Category Archives: Indie Pop

BLOOD RELATIVES-DEERHEART.

BLOOD RELATIVES-DEERHEART. It’s about this time of year that people start that the movers and shakers in Scottish music start thinking about the nominations for the Scotland’s premier music award, the Scottish Album of The Year Award. Last year, R.M. Hubbert’s sophomore solo album Thirteen Lost and Found won the Scottish Album of The Year …

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THISELL-I.

THISELL-I. Never before have I reviewed an album that had been recorded in a disused school. That’s until I came across Swedish band Thisell’s debut album, I. I was recorded in a disused school during a seven day period in August 2010. For seven days, Thisell, their friends, family and even pets ate, lived, slept …

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THE BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2013-PART 1.

THE BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2013-PART 1. On the last day of the year, I always publish my list of the best albums I’ve reviewed during 2013. This year, I’ve expanded it to my top thirty albums. That’s a reflection of the quality of music released during 2013. What follows is an eclectic selection of …

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THE BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2013-PART 2.

THE BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2013-PART 2. JUANA MOLINA-WED 21. Previously, Argentinian singer-songwriter Juana Molina has been described as a musical visionary. Comparisons have been drawn to legendary Beach Boy. These comparisons aren’t hype. No. Far from it. Juana Molina is an alternative to bland, anodyne music. This is cerebral, intelligent music of substance. Variously …

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THE BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2013-PART 3.

THE BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2013-PART 3. RODDY WOOMBLE-LISTEN TO KEEP. Back in 2006, when Roddy Woomble, the lead singer of Idlewild, released his debut album My Secret Is My Silenced, Idlewild had just enjoyed the most successful period of their career. Their third album, 2000s 100 Broken Windows was certified silver, while 2002s The …

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THE BEST SCOTTISH ALBUMS OF 2013-PART 1.

THE BEST SCOTTISH ALBUMS OF 2013-PART 1. Over the past thirty-five years, Scotland has produced some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful bands in British music. From the tail-end of the seventies, Scottish bands have been trailblazers, producing music that’s innovative and ahead of the musical curve. This stared with Postcard Records, who …

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THE BEST SCOTTISH ALBUMS OF 2013-PART 2.

THE BEST SCOTTISH ALBUMS OF 2013-PART 2. QUEENS OF THE PRISON RODEO-ON THE DESOLATE HILLSIDE. Queens Of The Prison Rodeo are no ordinary band. Far from it. The Falkirk based Queens Of The Prison Rodeo describe the music on their debut album, On The Desolate Hillside, as freak-country-folk. Released recently on Adam Stafford’s Glasgow label …

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YOU TOOK IT ALL FEATURING YAZMINE AZAIEZ-NUTRITIOUS DELICIOUS REMIX.

YOU TOOK IT ALL FEATURING YAZMINE AZAIEZ-NUTRITIOUS DELICIOUS REMIX. Over the last few years, Nutritious has forged a reputation as one of the best remixers and producers in New York. Considering the fierce competition, that’s quite an achievement. Anyone who heard Nutritious’ remixes or productions will know that he’s got a big future ahead of …

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CALL TO MIND-A FAMILY SKETCH.

CALL TO MIND-A FAMILY SKETCH. Glasgow’s Olive Grove Records look like they’ve hit the jackpot with their latest signing Call To Mind. Why? Well, this is a band with a big future. One listen to their latest single A Family Sketch, which was released on Olive Grove Records on 28th October 2013, and you’ll realize …

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RANDOLPH’S LEAP-REAL ANYMORE.

RANDOLPH’S LEAP-REAL ANYMORE. Randolph’s Leap who recently released their mini-album Real Anymore on Olive Grove Records, aren’t like any other band. Not all. After how many bands describe themselves as a “Glasgow-based figment of your imagination?” Well, Randolph’s Leap do. This adds an air of mystery to the Glasgow-octet. It also hints at a band …

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PETE MACLEOD-ROLLING STONE.

PETE MACLEOD-ROLLING STONE. It was seventeen years ago, that Pete MacLeod made his professional debut. That night, in 1996, Pete walked on stage and sang two of his own songs. It gave Pete his first taste of the music industry. He was hooked, and wanted more of it. For the next eight years, Pete travelled …

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SWEETHEARTS OF THE PRISON RODEO-ON THE DESOLATE HILLSIDE.

SWEETHEARTS OF THE PRISON RODEO-ON THE DESOLATE HILLSIDE. Sweethearts  Of The Prison Rodeo are no ordinary band. Far from it. The Falkirk based Sweethearts  Of The Prison Rodeo describe the music on their debut album, On The Desolate Hillside, as freak-country-folk. Released recently on Adam Stafford’s Glasgow label Wiseblood Industries, On The Desolate Hillside showcases a cerebral …

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BELLE AND SEBASTIAN- THE THIRD EYE CENTRE.

BELLE AND SEBASTIAN- THE THIRD EYE CENTRE. Between 1975 and the late eighties, The Third Eye Centre was The place to find cutting-edge, sometimes controversial and always progressive art. It was the antithesis of every other theatre or venue in Glasgow. This wasn’t like The Kings, Pavilion or the Theatre Royal. No. You didn’t luxuriate …

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CHVRCHES-THE BONES OF WHAT YOU BELIEVE.

CHVRCHES-THE BONES OF WHAT YOU BELIEVE. One of the most highly anticipated albums of recent years is Chvrches’ The Bones Of What You Believe. What makes the rise and rise of Chvrches so remarkable, is Chvrches were founded just two years ago in 2011. Everything has happened so quickly for Lauren Mayberry, Ian Cook and …

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CAMERA OBSCURA-DESIRE LINES.

CAMERA OBSCURA-DESIRE LINES. There aren’t many bands who announce on their website that they’re on maternity leave. Camera Obscura do. They’re another Scottish band who do things their way. So far, that’s worked well. They’ve released five albums since they were formed in Glasgow in 1996. Their most recent album, was Desire Lines, which was …

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THE BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2012-PART 3.

THE BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2012-PART 3. By now, we’re at the third part in The Best New Albums of 2012. The five albums I’ve chosen cover the period between July and September 2012. This includes albums from labels based in Japan, Belgium and the UK. Each of these labels art independent labels, who are …

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THE BEST REISSUES OF 2012-PART 3.

THE BEST REISSUES OF 2012-PART 3. Throughout my review of The Best Reissues of 2012, I’ve reviewed albums that have either been commercial successful or for some reason, failed commercially. Sometimes, there’s nothing wrong with the music. Often, it’s too innovative, released at the wrong time or not promoted enough. Behind each of the my …

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GREAT BRITISH ALBUMS.

GREAT BRITISH ALBUMS. Usually, in the run-up to Christmas, record companies find any excuse to release compilations, best of’s and box set galore. Wander through you’re local record shop, and you’ll find the umpteenth album of greatest hits from the usual suspects, including rock stars of yesteryear topping up their pension plans. Often, a similar …

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THE BEST OF BBE 2012.

THE BEST OF BBE 2012. Probably one of the most difficult jobs in music came when BBE Music decided to compile their latest digital release, The Best of BBE 2012 which will be released on 3rd December 2012. After all, BBE Music have been on something of a roll during 2012. That’s something of an …

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FAC. DANCE 02.

FAC. DANCE 02. Of the many compilations released in 2011, one of the most eclectic and compelling collections of music was on Fac. Dance 01, a double-album featuring twenty-four tracks from the much missed Factory Records’ back-catalogue. Given how much I’d enjoyed Fac. Dance 01, I’ve been looking forward to reviewing this compilation. Indeed, I …

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