‘Wonder’ track online now from excellent ‘Clockface’ concept album – The Kite Collectors

Clocking in at a healthy 14 songs, ‘Clockface’ is the critically acclaimed debut album by Wiltshere trio The Kite Collectors. Principally written by vocalist and guitarist Robby Allen, the album is a concept album full of sharp tales and wit, driven by the rock genre.

Taken from the album for promotional purposes, ‘Wonder’ is a track that stands ably on its own two feet. From the assured acoustic blues opening, there’s a feeling that this is a song that knows where it’s going. And as the fuller sound kicks in and the song rolls towards it’s short, sharp climax, that feeling doesn’t dissipate.

‘Voices’ single out today from Patrick McCallion

There are many talented young singer-songwriters on the circuit in the UK at the moment, catering for all tastes, shapes and sizes. One of the most promising upstarts in the acoustic-pop-rock genre is Patrick McCallion – a raw, powerhouse songwriter from the North.

His new song ‘Voices’ marks the start of a number of singles coming this year. And, though it is perhaps softer and more personal than some of his edgier material from last year, there’s a lot to enjoy here. The melodies are quietly infectious, the lyrics affecting – and the video is pretty good too.

Tablefox: lush indie from the other side of the world

If there’s one mistake that independent rock bands make too often, it’s trying to give their songs ‘energy’ by simply launching into them at a haphazard pace. Those bands could do a lot worse than check out the debut album from Tablefox. Out now, ‘Objects’ is a collection of songs with its own unique energy, but which controls it throughout without losing control.

Some tracks do motor along, don’t get me wrong, but there’s always a feeling of sleek control to the interlacing of guitar and synths. On their slower, more contemplative tracks, there’s arguably even more energy in the shape of a dark atmosphere and bare emotion in a lot of the lyrics.

The Rebel Scientist – ‘Never Stop Waiting For You’

Rebel ScientistThe Rebel Scientist is an independent songwriter who has cut his teeth in a different environment to many other songwriters in his genre. As a session guitarist, he has toured the world with huge stars and played some great venues, and has also performed on national TV and radio alongside those artists thanks to his renown within the industry.

However, his own independent songwriting is of a completely different scale. Writing under the Rebel Scientist pseudonym, you can only assume that this side project is one that allows him to chase his own creativity in between working bouts of working on other people’s songs. Whether this is 100% accurate is not altogether clear, but it’s the feeling that comes from this great 4 track pop EP.

The songs have a freedom and energy about them that suggest an artist freed from constraint. He’s taken what he’s learned from his top pop career, and twisted into this solid, well made piece of independent music. Creatively wide ranging, but also recogniseable and accessible, these four tracks show that The Rebel Scientist os more than capable of turning his guitarist hand to a different arena.

You can hear/buy the EP now on Spotify and iTunes.

Helen Perris single – ‘Mirrors & Windows’ out now

Originally released at the end of October in her native Australia, ‘Mirrors and Windows’ is the new single from Helen Perris – out now digitally worldwide.

The song is a pop treat which is oddly life affirming in its exploration of depression and loss. Written during a bot of post natal depression, it would have been easy for Perris to have written something much darker while going through such a difficult time.

However, though the song does touch on some dark emotions, the overall feeling is one of hope thanks to the clean, bright production and the lovely use of piano and other layers.

‘I Can Pay For It’ – new video and EP from E Mute

Good music is often the marriage of two fundamental elements – strong lyrics and good instrumentation. It seems simple to say it, but it’s surprising how many independent artists don’t get that balance quite right. Strong lyricists are often let down by their lack of musical inspiration, while excellent composers struggle to match the qulaity of their music with their words.

However, songwriter Theo Mak and his group E Mute have the balance right.

Passionately written by the politically motivated Theo, the songs reflect with wit and verve on the current state of the nation and the world beyond it. The subtitle of the EP – A Collection of Songs for the Current Political & Socio-economic Crisis – gives a strong idea as to what to expect.

But this proto-punk style of lyricism would fall flat if the music didn’t back it up. And thankfully, this EP is a shining example of edgy, gritty indie, effectively delivered.

You can find all this out for yourself, for less than a fiver, on iTunes.

New lyric video – Baron Goodlove: ‘Orpheus’

A debut single from a new singer songwriter, ‘Orpheus’ is out now from Baron Goodlove & The Dreadful Noise. Thankfully, the band name is inappropriate, as this is a very good curtain raiser indeed.

Really enjoyable in an offbeat-sort of way (you’re unlikely to dance around the room as you listen), the fun from this comes from the subversiveness. There’s a lack of melody which gives the vocal and lyrics space to so their thing, and it makes for an interesting effect.

‘Orpheus’ will also soon be found on an EP which is out soon. But if you want to sneak it into your collection before that, the band are offering it here for free:

https://www.reverbnation.com/barongoodlove

The Mexanines show off moody clip for upcoming single ‘Rocket’

Released on September 25th as lead track to their new ‘Rocket’ EP, the video above is the latest offering from longstanding indie stalwarts The Mexanines. Something of a cult band with a strong following, they’re one of those bands that you hear and wonder why more people haven’t heard of them.

With any luck, the moody monochrome video and the track attached will garner the attention they deserve, because an independent band rarely turns out material which is as high concept as this. The song has an assuredness which you usually only hear in bands which headline arena tours, and perhaps is another result of having been together for so long.

What sets it apart though isn’t the basic things. The vocals are effective, the guitars sear through the speakers well enough. But it’s little touches, like the counter melodies underpinning the chorus, that really brings this up a level. The rest of the EP should be a very good listen if it’s anything like the title track.