Notes From the Undergound..

By on Friday, 13th February 2009 at 11:56 am

We bring you the best reviews and news alike from things happening on the smaller scale with this feature. This time round we have an uber-cool free download, exclusive reviews of Dan Smith, Thee Single Spy and Inner Voices as well as a sneaky sneak sneak preview of the new video from one of London’s finest The Social.. enjoy you swines..

Dan Smith – Alchemy/Words are Words (Mi7 Records)

Dan Smith (side)22 year old ‘Bright Young Thing’ winner Dan Smith is one of many exciting singer-songwriters to be propping around the scene. His progressive experimental approach gives him a unique edge. The strings on ‘Words are Words’ cement it as a hype up track, a slow progression to the chorus finished nicely with a anti-climatic conclusion. Alchemy the lead single is better still.. The piano keys are soft on the ears as are Dan’s breathtaking vocals, easily the best I’ve heard in a while. Perhaps it’s his Leeds-London accent, or his tone, whatever it may be the vocals are faultless. The drums kick in as the song progresses before the bass explodes along with Dan’s beatboxing to reach musical orgasm. Both songs use the same formula of gradual build in tempo and instrumentalism before calming down and starting again – this loop effect proves to work brilliantly and this is a solid debut. Dan uses instruments as tools to his ‘alchemy’ covered lightly with vocals to provide listeners with an explosive debut bound to sweep away 2009 and make it his own..

MP3: Dan Smith – (Ir)reverence

Thee Single Spy – If You Walk on Gravestones/Smoke That Tea (VoiceBelowThunder Records)

Thee Single Spy (side)When you receive a hand knitted sleeve with a promo single you can safely assume that this is an artist who puts both care and effort into his/her/their releases. The immediate folk feel of this AA is comforting in a strange way. It’s simple and yet craves attention. ‘If You Walk on.. ‘ is a brilliant lead – the acoustic shadowed by gentle strings are reminiscent of Sufjan Stevens – ‘For The Windows..’ The female vocals in the chorus strengthen the comparisons yet still the single maintains it’s originality. ‘Smoke That Tea’ compliments the single well with a soft drums and high noted keys, it’s a musical journey from a folkish barn in shropshire to the pubs on Camden Road.. the jazzy sing-a-long helps the song along well and evokes a sense of comradeship amongst fellow sing-a-longers.. What’s important here though is that Thee Single Spy have found a way to make indie-folk work and if they stick to it the future looks pretty fucking bright..

Inner Voices – Surveillance State EP

Inner Voices is the project of Adam Brierly and debut EP ‘Surveillance State’ is filled with guts and attacks society in a way not many others would dare. The lyrics on opener ‘Surveillance State’ contain an angsty undertone: “So render your profile, with hits you made last/Building monuments, with your virtual past!” It’s energy filled and the combination of electro breakbeats with guitars and emotive lyrics help separate Inner Voices from the pack. On ‘Carbon Shadow’ the electro influences are more evident as Adam tackles the sensitive issue of religion with the powerful booming of “You will never stuff, never stuff this war”. The lyrics on this track are easily the best on the EP, further attacking religious blasphemy with the energetic wailing “When your time has come/what shadows your memories with the things that you’ve done.”

‘My Aberration’ opens more peacefully with soft guitars but the chorus soon kicks in and the indie-electro mania soon takes over. Again the energy in the vocals is remarkable and the persistent of this through the EP is a magnificent achievement. The track is self produced and self mastered which shows the talents of this young man, the lyrics again are spot on; “Airbrush lines around my eyes/Paint dark clouds make them white/But through the eye of your lens this is me.” The album version of opener ‘Surveillance State’ which closes the EP is a massive achievement. The track seems reborn with a better sound and tone. The electro-synth is more spot on and the guitars ring more clearly – the sound is a brilliant achievement and closes the EP beautifully. It differs from the homemade approach on the other tracks and the echoes of the guitars prove to help the mood. The entire EP is a brilliant musical accomplishment – it’s filled with the balls that most artists seem to be lacking, and the unique electro-guitar sound ensures that this excellence exceeds the excellent songwriting – this is borderline genius.

Finally we have a video preview of the new single from The Social whose debut EP we previewed not too long back.. Their new video is for track ‘The Fallen’ – an energetic attack at the standard generic music scene. Enjoy..


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