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Review by
Steve Boniface


11 track album Story is half of a double LP concept titled 'The Long Lost Story'. The records tell 'of a young man’s loss of hope and identity following the death of young love, and the prolonged, arduous, and life-changing journey to re-find them' and part two ('The Long Lost') will be available later this year. The question is, with this first album to two, is there enough here to make us look forward to another in a matter of months? The simple answer is yes.

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Esoteric electronica artist Alvin Spetz is back with sophomore album 'Candy In Weightlessness', under the moniker Full English Breakfast. Building on the success of the eponymous debut album in 2009, it's an album that willingly eschews the mainstream in search of his own sonic territory.

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Liverpool 4 piece The Loose Hearts released their debut album on the very last day of 2012, and begin the new year by working on a 2nd. If this impressive LP is any indication, it should be something to look forward to. Bringing an upbeat, energetic feel to indie rock tropes, this new band have created a release well worth your time.

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Steve Boniface


From the dramatic introduction of opener 'Tell Me The Truth' to the closing chords of eponymous final track 'Pilgrim Angry', this classy debut is one to enjoy. Bringing together influences from the worlds of rock and classical music (including full on strings and brass sections), this LP is a dark, theatrical treat that has an immediate impact from first listen. Initial impressions lead automatically to Muse comparisons thanks to the complex melodies and blended genres, but there's something darker about 'Out of the Blue' that it's tough to put your finger on.

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Steve Boniface

 

Following up well received April single 'Swan', Emperor The Stag are back with their first EP - five songs of solid indie rock demonstrating that they are a band who have really found their sound. The distinct, low register vocal of Nick Webb sits comfortably over a backdrop of guitar and rhythm section that calls to mind noughties indie tropes.

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Review By Steve Boniface

According to their website, the initial concept for this debut LP from Leeds based post-punk duo Flies On You was to create 'totally demented songs, everything under two minutes'. And while not every track clocks in at fewer than the requisite 120 seconds, demented is definitely one word for this collection.

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Review by Ciarán Steward.

The spellbinding sound of Alt-Folk rockers Feldspar is so captivating that I found myself getting caught up in it repeatedly, slowly down my day quite significantly. The latest four track EP from the band is titled ‘The Flat and Paper Sky Vol II’, following on (predictably) from the first volume of the same name which received backing from giants such as BBC Radio 2. Each track is full of its own individual charm and the sounds created by the band come across as an English version of Fleet Foxes who know how to rock and make the most of their sounds.

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Review by Steve Boniface

Boston based  artist Our Ghosts (aka James Gray) is something of a musical enigma. In spite of a musical upbringing based mostly around hardcore genres (punk, rock, metal), and currently playing as part of heavy group  'The Betty White Slam! Dance', his debut solo work comes out of an electronic left-field. 'A Brand New Mouth Full of Razor Sharp Teeth' is an eleven song collection that challenges, surprises and satirises. One thing it never is is boring.

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Review by Steve Boniface

Having recently written a very positive live review for David Migden & The Dirty Words (http://www.mydadrocks.co.uk/indie-music-reviews/3259-live-review-david-migden-a-the-dirty-words-bar-10-maidstone-301112.html), it may surprise you to learn we approached their album with a certain amount of trepidation. When a band are outstanding on the stage, their studio material can sometimes lack the energy of the performance and get lost in translation. Especially when "their set encompassed a truly startling range, taking in americana, country, funk, jazz, blues, soul, mariachi, samba and rock stylings". Tying down all these genres into a coherent collection of 11 songs is never going to be easy. Fortunately, we needn't have worried.

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Review by Steve Boniface

Following the ongoing success of their 'Play It Forward' live nights, IAmMusic.tv dipped their toes further into the live arena with their first evening of 'Rise', dedicated to showcasing top new talent. Welcomed from the cold London streets into the cosy basement bar of The Luxe, Spitalfields, the night was a modest success, drawing a decent crowd and featuring some genuine talent worth keeping an eye on for the future.

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Review by Sacha Whittaker

Over the years Oxford has proven to be something of a hot-bed for musical talent, with home-grown bands such as Foals, Young Knives, Supergrass, and – lest we forget - Thom Yorke and his Merry Men. The city’s latest offering is Limbo Kids: song-writing duo, Mark Stephenson and James Hitchman. But aside from sharing a hometown with the aforementioned, Limbo Kids are carving out a name for themselves on their own grounds.

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