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Diane Marie Kloba – I Am An Unknown Artist (avant pop)

April 23, 2011

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‘Avant pop’ is a term that has been bandied about at various times, in various contexts, and it is one that Diane Marie Kloba has applied to her own work… It may take some listeners a while to hear past the somewhat challenging surface of this music. Once they do they will find a probing, enquiring creativity that is intellectually and emotionally stimulating, but also sweet natured, and motivated by a generosity of spirit.

The Little Unsaid – Into The Faceless Night (folk/ alternative rock)

April 23, 2011

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Original songs in the style of folksong aren’t ‘folk’ in the sense of ‘traditional music’, and nor in fact do they actually sound like any traditional music ever did… this is a collection of finely crafted songs in a style that draws heavily on that tradition, with some rock elements, in the form of some bass and percussion, and some very tasteful, and sonically imaginative electric guitar.

Raising Maisie – “Etc, Etc” (indie pop)

April 20, 2011

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Studio Dog Records, 2010, CD album, 34m 38s, £7 http://www.myspace.com/raisingmaisie http://www.liveunsigned.com/Raising_Maisie/ Raising Maisie are not badass, intimidating or scary in any way. Neither are most hardcore, extreme metal or gangsta rap artists, but Raising Maisie aren’t pretending. Pretension is no part of their uncomplicated, well crafted, concise and extremely entertaining pop-rock. Regular readers of my […]

VA – Dusty Curtain Face Sampler (various styles)

April 20, 2011

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Dusty Curtain Face Records DCF-001, 2011, CD album, 73m 8s, £? http://www.hobopope.com/fr_otherbands.cfm Dusty Curtain Face Records are about as DIY and low key as a label can be, based on their founder/ producer/ engineer Paul Rhodes’ realisation that he could use some cheap, semi-functional equipment in bands’ rehearsal spaces to make better recordings than often […]

Monday Musings: Exciting Times In Music & The Week’s News Roundup

April 18, 2011

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It’s definitely an exciting time to be active in music, for a host of reasons. The industry is in flux, and it’s fascinating to watch its convulsions as the market works out what sort of distribution mechanisms it’s going to support. There are new technologies for musicians springing up on a daily basis that are useful, accessible and easy, in both production and marketing/ distribution. The channels of communication are open: artists are now at liberty to make their pitch on their own terms, and millions of people are listening.

The Scoobs – Is It Now? (world groove fusion)

April 16, 2011

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self released SCOOBS001, 2009, CD album, 49m £5 http://www.thescoobs.co.uk/ It’s only a few weeks since I reviewed a Scoobs gig, and what they do live is very similar to what’s on this recording. I get the impression that all or most of these tunes have been honed and developed through many years of live performance. […]

Artificial Sun Project – 62204 (ambient/ electronica/ IDM)

April 16, 2011

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self released, 2011, DD album, 68m 8s £name your price http://artificialsunproject.bandcamp.com/album/62204-2 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Artificial-Sun-Project/224311699231   ‘Ambient’ is a term that has carried many meanings in music. As originally coined by Brian Eno it referred to an approach which placed intentional sound in the habitable environment without necessarily making it the focus of attention: this sense drew on […]