New Routes – Folk Roots

Sunday, 21 May 2017, 10:48 | Category : Reviews
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Review by Jason Barnard Those that know me are aware of the backed up pile of review requests at Strange Brew HQ, but despite this I occasionally highlight artists that are well worth seeking out. There are two folk influenced releases I’d therefore like to mention a gorgeous single from Renée Forrester and; stirring live album from Tom Moriarty […]

The Greek Theatre – Broken Theatre

Saturday, 8 April 2017, 20:38 | Category : Reviews
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Four years ago I was stunned by an unknown Swedish band delivering the album of the year – Lost Out At Sea. An LP chocked full of blissed out Surfs Up Americana I was intrigued where the group would go next. Broken Circle is the answer. It retains all what was best from their predecessor […]

Astralasia – Oceania

Saturday, 11 March 2017, 20:30 | Category : Reviews
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Three years on from Astralasia’s last double album ‘Wind On Water’, the band have topped that long sold out release with ‘Oceania’. Split across double vinyl, the band present 80 minutes of largely chilled out electronica. It’s 11 tracks delve deep into the lost continent it is named after and, as the band describe it: “It’s about […]

Mark and the Clouds – Cumulus

Sunday, 26 February 2017, 14:47 | Category : Reviews
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Review by Jason Barnard ‘Cumulus’ is London based Mark & the Clouds follow-up to debut long player ‘Blue Skies Opening’. Fronted by singer/guitarist and songwriter Marco Magnani, the group’s first release had a 60s psych/90s indie feel and this release does not break a successful formula. Some bands that cite the 60s as their prime influence overpower their recordings […]

Five’s Company – Friends and Mirrors

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 20:48 | Category : Reviews
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By Jason Barnard For the first time Grapefruit/Cherry Red have compiled the complete recordings from Chelsea based beat band, Five’s Company. The band released three singles in 1966, Ango-Dylan hybrid ‘Sunday For Seven Days’, the jaunty 60s pop of ‘Some Girls’ and excellent Ray Davies cover – ‘Session Man’. Rejected 4th single ‘Friends and Mirrors’ […]

Fairground Attraction – The First Of A Million Kisses: Expanded Edition

Sunday, 15 January 2017, 16:54 | Category : Mark Nevin, Reviews
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By Jason Barnard Fairground Attraction, now notable for the songwriting prowess of Mark Nevin and peerless vocals of Eddi Reader, are a band of contrasts. They were incredibly popular but produced music that cut against the grain of the late 1980s  pop scene. They live long in the memory thanks to chart topper ‘Perfect’ and Brit Award winning […]