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 […]

Richard John-Riley – I Can’t Tell You (How This Feels)

Monday, 14 November 2016, 20:29 | Category : Reviews
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Review by Jason Barnard The online reviews for this 12″ 45rpm yellow vinyl release by Richard John-Riley have been phenomenal but does it live up to the hype? Yes, Side A’s extended mix of ‘I Can’t Tell You (How This Feels)’ is a thing of beauty. It’s 10 minutes of prog-synthness hypnotic perfection with echoes of meddle […]

Us and Them: Fading Within The Dwindling Sun – When I Was Walking

Thursday, 10 November 2016, 20:38 | Category : Reviews
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Review by Jason Barnard Us and Them have two forthcoming records that highlight the captivating nature of this Swedish duo. Taking on five signature Sandy Denny tracks is quite a challenge. So it was with some trepidation I gave their forthcoming Fruits de Mer 10 inch EP ‘Fading Within The Dwindling Sun’ a spin. How would Britt […]