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Baby Let Me Go – Smoking Martha

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Stepping away from their more upbeat and rocky music, Baby Let Me Go by Smoking Martha is a soft rock acoustic song with dark undertones on their album In Deep.

Echoing the glamorous style of rock and roll singers from the deep south, surprisingly this band hails from Brisbane’s sunny coastlines.

This is the second song I have reviewed of Smoking Martha’s, and I didn’t even realise because of how different this song is to the last one… Continue reading

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Left Handed Kisses – Andrew Bird ft. Fiona Apple

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I adore this song. It would be nothing without Fiona Apple though. She brings all the raw emotion to it.

What begins as an internal conflict of Andrew Bird’s, soon becomes a quarrel between lovers as Fiona Apple’s growling vocals retort. I think it’s about Andrew’s conflict over writing a love song – does he believe everything happens for a reason? Or is love logical?

It soon takes the role of two lovers having an argument. Continue reading

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Cloudbusting – Kate Bush

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I am a huge Kate Bush fan, but Cloudbusting has to be my favourite song. I never knew what the song was about until now. I thought it was like a pep-talk about good things being just around the corner. 

In fact, Cloudbusting is about a real-life father-son duo in the 1950s who believed they had invented a machine, called a cloudbuster, to make it rain. This invention would result in crops being saved during a drought if successful… Continue reading

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Imagining My Man – Aldous Harding

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A blend of Joanna Newsom’s folk style and Kate Bush’s theatrical tone makes New Zealand’s Aldous Harding.

I had never heard of her before, but apparently one of her songs is on an advert back home at the moment. 

The melody of Imagining My Man makes you melt; the soft keyboard and guitar relaxes you completely… Continue reading

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Black – Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi ft. Norah Jones

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I heard this song on the epic TV show Breaking Bad and it gave be chills immediately. Its melancholic, dreamy sound is amazing – Norah Jones’ voice was perfectly matches the tone. Choosing her to feature in this song was … Continue reading

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Hard Times – Paramore

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I can’t stop listening to this brilliant song! I stopped being a fan of Paramore a long time ago, but I stumbled across this song during a busy day at work creating a new-found love for Hayley Williams’ freakishly talented vocals… Continue reading

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It Don’t Seem Right – Eyal Erlich

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It Don’t Seem Right is an acoustic song with the raw and stripped-back sound of Eyal Erlich. Erlich is a relatively new artist who is currently performing throughout Israel, and plans to release his first album this year. His waning … Continue reading

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Cherry Blossom Trees – Leafy Satori Risk

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Cherry Blossom Trees is a lullaby love song to Japan by Leafy Satori Risk. It’s a cool blues/soft jazz song with an echo of folk that blends into a song that evokes a passionate and beautiful Spring romance.

Cherry Blossom Trees is a slow-tempo song about, perhaps, being shrouded in desire and aspiration. Just like the floating petals, the writer’s dreams are beautiful and bold, yet barely tangible. The showers of pink petals summons a scene of a soft, pink-hued world. Maybe we’re looking through rose-tinted glasses… Continue reading

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Mississippi Devil – The Darkest Hearts

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Hailing from Tennessee, The Darkest Hearts is a hard rock band recently nominated for the Nashville Industry Music Award for Best Alternative Rock Band. They are drawing attention world-wide for their unique combination of rock, pop and punk genres, featuring striking guitars and rich, theatrical vocals… Continue reading

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In The Air Tonight [cover] – Peter Nordberg

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Peter Nordberg covers the Phil Collins classic, In The Air Tonight. With Nickleback-esk vocals and traditional-sounding stringed and percussion instruments, Nordberg certainly brings a different angle to the well-known song… Continue reading

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Windows – Greye

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Windows by Greye is a country-pop song, which echoes early Taylor Swift and Ashley Simpson.

With squeaky-clean, youthful and energetic female vocals – not dissimilar to the likes of Paramore’s lead vocalist -Greye certainly has a distinctive, almost acoustic folk, sound at times… Continue reading

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Till I See You Again – Bunny Sigler

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Dedicated to the US military and America’s uniformed first responders, Till I See You Again could certainly be a moving song for many. Till I see You Again is a recognisable and loyal echo of the 1980’s R&B/soul music sound, that … Continue reading

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Promised Land – Russ Still and the Moonshiners

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With a strong country twang and bluesy piano, Russ Still and the Moonshiners sport the well-known sound of classic country music. But when the electric guitar strikes and the heavy punch of drums begin, their sound is undeniably country rock… Continue reading

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Only One – Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders

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A melodic and catchy song from Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders’ recent album. They’re a hillbilly band who stay true to their roots, and not trends, as stated by the front man, Billy Roberts. A moral that the band sticks to when recording their hits… Continue reading

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Little Johnny – Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders

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You’ve probably seen my reviews of Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders here, here and here. Here’s another – their new song, Little Johnny.

This slow rock song is featured on their third album, Greenbah. A dark and moody tune akin to that of Johnny Cash and The Eagles, I reckon.

The band’s distinctive husky voice, whining violin and tense guitar can still be heard – Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders are loyal to their sound… Continue reading

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Love Ain’t A Prize – Donica Knight

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Another country princess makes a pop song.

Despite being a high-production-value song and music video, Love Ain’t a Prize left me feeling like I had heard it all before. The country-pop genre tends to be quite monotonous for me.

This is not a poorly-made song, but the chorus repeats itself, which makes the writing appear lazy.

The style and sound becomes a self-fulfilling stereotype. The classic black-tassel-wearing and silver-studded band members came as no surprise in Donica Knight’s video… Continue reading

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Lie – Blue Moon Harem

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This classic 1990’s-sounding ballad, Lie, is a melancholy rock anthem with heavy guitar and drums backing strong and gravelly vocals.

With powerful guitar solos and a hard rock bridge, Blue Moon Harem’s song reminds me of string-heavy ’90s bands such as Nickleback and Soundgarden.

The vocalist has a husky voice, that reminds me of Collective Soul’s vocalist Ed Roland in their song The World We Know. Blue Moon Harem’s vocals are emotionally-charged and compliment the band’s rock genre well… Continue reading

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15 Minutes of Fame – Belle Vex

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I don’t really listen to pop music. But I’m pretty sure Belle Vex sounds similar to how I would imagine One Direction and the Johnson Brothers… Oh wait, that’s not right… Jonas Brothers, rather, would sound.

Belle Vex’s (AKA Beautiful Curse) sound is typical of the genre – nasally vocals with a frantic electronic vibe – which is popular these days. His music would likely be a hit in the nightclubs with today’s youth, especially if remixed… Continue reading

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Gone to the Dogs – Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders

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This is the third song I’ve reviewed of Billy Roberts’. Seen It All Before, No More Mr Nice Guy and now Gone to the Dogs. This latest tune has lived up to the country-rock sound of Billy Roberts and co. for sure. As I’ve mentioned in my previous reviews, the vocals are wee bit flat, in a spoken-word tone. This doesn’t quite live up to the energy of the electric guitar and sliding guitar sound… Continue reading

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Humanity – Radio Drive

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Written as a reminder to people that “deep down we are all the same,” Humanity is certainly meaningful and relatable. It is a very well produced song for sure – produced by Stuart Epps. You can definitely hear the work that has gone into it. Because of the band’s name, I was expecting a Radiohead Karma Police sound – intense and deep – which was why I was surprised to hear a relatively bright pop song… Continue reading

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Seen It All Before – Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders

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This is the second song I’ve reviewed of Billy Roberts’.

Seen It All Before has a different sound to No More Mr Nice Guy. The last one was more country, but this one sounds more like a garage band. A bit rockier!

But this song still carries the same unique sound of Billy Robert and the Rough Riders, with the same spoken-word kind of singing style… Continue reading

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Come on Girl – AJ Smooth

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Easy listening for the over 25-year-old single or broken-hearted ladies out there.

Every Bridget Jones-esk spinster, or recent singletons, would have this track on repeat during their Sunday afternoon wine.

It is the new smooth sound – quite literally. You may have been equally deprived of this fact, but New Smooth Sound is a legit genre combining R&B, pop, and jazz… Continue reading

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Council House Opera – Warme

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I really love this track!

They remind me a lot of Radiohead, mixed with a sort of Shihad kind of deal – sort of grunge, but upbeat.

I cranked this baby up, and the layering of the vocals is what makes this song! His gravelly voice raises the song above a typical pop song into a something with a sound I haven’t really heard anywhere before… Continue reading

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Top 5: Forgotten Music Videos

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These may have slipped your memory because they are from the late 90s/early 2000s. But for some, they are embedded in childhood brains… Continue reading

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Wild

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Based on a true story, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) battles the ghosts of her past: heroin addiction, divorce, the death of her mother and the abandonment of her father. As a way to start fresh, she goes on a 1000-mile journey along the Pacific Crest Trail.

To be frank, the flashbacks made me feel really uncomfortable. But… I guess the world of heroin addicts shouldn’t exactly be attractive.

A classic ‘runaway movie’, although I’m not entirely sure if this is actually a sub-genre. Nevertheless, Wild fits into this category along with Into the Wild, Thelma and Louise, and to some extent: Eat Pray Love, Gone Girl and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty… Continue reading

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