Review Round-up..

By on Monday, 9th February 2009 at 7:23 pm

We bring you the finest international reviews – on this occasion Californian indie outfit Arcane & Abel and Aussie wonders Blake Scott & The Festival of Living. Also catch a free download of Ryan Smith’s new EP too!!

All of Us/None of Us – Arcane & Abel EP


Right from go the track ‘Hurts MyHead’ combines southern acousticism with Kurt Cobain-esque vocals (if Kurt were born in a Texas ranch. (though AoU/NoU are really from California)) Immediately the EP oozes of something deeper than standard love songs and such.. there’s a sense of smooth cigars on a Californian highway and second track ‘Whatcha Gonna Do?’ is an accumulation of these ideas and images. The track is cool and collected and the raspy electric guitar kick-in is much welcomed. American bands might normally face a problem in Britain when it comes to relating the audience, but this EP is loveable due to it’s OC tendencies.  ‘Excess’ employs more rough guitars backed by soft acoustics and stuttered vocals. The lyrics are also hitting their peak with: “You wear your excess on your sleeve,” the mainline of the chorus before the inter-twined moaning of “Excess”/”Success.” The EP closes with the softer still ‘Knew That.’ Whispery vocals and a gentle strum on the old acoustic give an echo-ish vibe and the track rounds off an EP which radiates ‘cool.’ All in all the EP is smooth and light on the ears throughout. The guitar is original at first but the novelty combination of acoustic and rough-electric soon wears off and the only thing lacking in the EP is the innovation – the sound never changes, fortunate then that it’s a brilliantly laid back utopia of sound which hums pleasantly in the ears..

You can purchase the EP on iTunes now…

Blake Scott & The Festival of Stable Living EP (Arbitrage Records)


We’re getting more and more global, from sunny California to Melbourne and indie rockers Blake Scott and their self titled EP,  ‘Evening Scars’ sums up the EP as a whole, casually energetic backing to dry vocals which often hit notes so high that they’re barely audible. They resemble those of the love child of Matt Bellamy and Thom Yorke. A ska feel persists through the verses creeping it’s way in through the bass. ‘Crop Dusters in The City’ is slightly more relaxed and this time the vocals take a blues twist. It’s slow-dance material for the most part and the ringing keys provide a spookish backdrop for the track. The track is the most gloomy on the EP “who are we” ringing deep in the mind even after the song finishes. The image created here is stronger than any other – before the blues breakdown one can easily envisage a foggy street before sunrise.. ‘Are You Alarmed?’ plays a brighter tune, the “o-o-o-oooooo” after the long piano intro sparks the song to life as it beams with a freshness not seen so far.. The EP is completed with the downtempo ‘City Lights and Factories.’ The tempo remains constant throughout to signify the end of the record and it’s a nice ending to a decent effort. The only criticism would be that despite the versatility in style this is not matched by the songwriting – their bleakness is pretty persistent and repetitive through the EP, ‘Are You Alarmed?’ being the only break to it. Despite this however ‘The Festival of Living’ is a brilliant collection of this group’s work and is a must hear!

MP3: Blake Scott – Crop Dusters in The City

You can purchase the EP on iTunes now…

Ryan Smith – I Just Want to Feel That Way

Ryan Smith was kind enough to link us all to mp3s of his new EP “I Just Want to Feel That Way..” It’s country-pop and cliched filled but it’s still pretty brilliant.. think Jack Penate with an American twist..

1) Good Intentions
2) This is Not a Tragedy
3) Santa Cruz
4) A Few Hundred Miles
5) I Just Wanna Feel That Way
6) Following the Ambulance Home

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