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.
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Originally featured on album ‘Rumours, Lies, Tears & Tantrums’, the new streaming track from vintage rockers Strangers Know More is titled ‘Shoot the Witness’ and it’s available online now. It finds the trio on great form, and it comes as no surprise to learn that they’ve been playing music – both separately and together – since the seventies.
That sort of background breeds confidence, and there’s certainly plenty of confidence on show here. It builds on simple rock song structures and foundations, but adds in flourishes from punk, new wave and even moments of pure, catchy pop.
It’s a strong cocktail, and there’s more coming soon. For more on that you can find their website here.
If you live in London and are into the independent music scene, you may know that there is currently a dearth of strong, top quality pop bands on the circuit. Thankfully, Magazine Gap are here to fill that gap (pun intended).
Arguably the UK’s answer to Maroon 5, Magazine Gap delight in creating thumping pop music with a rocky edge. The latest example is single ‘What’s That About?’, a new single which leads the way before a new album later this year.
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.
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.
What do you get if you take good old fashioned rock and roll, mix it with some blue eyed soul, funky blues and a dash of Aretha? The answer is the new album from US vocal superstar Kelly Moneymaker. And if that sounds like a set-up and punchline for a joke, it’s not.
Previously a member of female vocal group Exposé (named among Billboards top ten female groups of all time, by the way), Kelly Moneymaker has returned to music after some time off to start a family, and is now working hard to claw herself back to the top.
Thankfully, the strength of her vocal alone is enough to get a lot of attention, and the fact that she’s being backed by a host of top quality musicians and kick-ass songs is just a bonus. This is blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll at its best.
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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:
Fresh from the release of their debut album, MetaQuorum have unleashed the track above – the excellent ‘North Sea Fret’. If you’re a fan of mainstream radio music, perhaps you should look away now.
However, if you like what you’re hearing, then you will also enjoy the additional nine tracks you can find on debut album ‘Midnight Sun‘.
Apologies for the perjorative headline – Essex has never been a particularly good or place band for an indie band to come from. However, in recent years, the growth of programmes like The Only Way is Essex have give the county a bad name.
Thankfully, now comes a perfect antidote to the airheaded idiots of that particular show. The Lowriders are an indie band on the rise, proud of their hometown of Clacton-on-Sea and also, rightfully, proud of their self-titled debut album.
The track above is taken from the album, and demonstrates brilliantly the solid, chunky sound of the band. But there are quieter moments too, ones which waver and shift in front of your eyes (and ears), but in a good way. It’s hard to know from one track to the next on this album what to expect. But one thing’s for sure – all of it works.
If you like the track above, you owe it to your ears to experience the rest:
A three piece based in London but originally from South Africa, Irvine are a band who are proud of their homeland but have decided to chase their music dreams in London.
The creators of high velocity indie rock, the trio have apparently drawn huge crowds in their home country thanks to an epic live show, one which they’re hoping will also garner them a reputation in the capital. Their music is characterised by their energy, some lovely rock melodies and tracks which don’t always follow where you might expect. It’s this willingness to change direction, as well as their raw pace, that set them apart.
Buy the album:
UK iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/irvine/id665004407