Category : Music Reviews

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Sonja Sleator – Violent Strawberry

The ‘singer/songwriter’ tag carries so many negative connotations currently. By listening, you play a game of Russian roulette – will you get another chart topping copycat, an unsentimental and listless love song, the latest open mic night ‘sensation’? Luckily for…

April 3, 2019

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May Rosa – Waxwork Sweetheart

Having burst onto the scene in 2017 with the alluring debut single ‘Dancing In The Debris’, Belfast singer-songwriter May Rosa is back to confidently make her mark as an alt-pop sensation with ‘Waxwork Sweethearts’. Since we last heard from her,…

March 31, 2019

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Patrick Gardiner – Pieces Of Me

Folk music is one of the nations oldest traditions, and the fact that it retains much of its prestige is a testament to the artists who are producing it. The inclination towards DIY has long been a calling card for…

March 25, 2019

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Andrew Patterson – Out Of Babylon

Andrew Patterson‘s latest EP, Out of Babylon, opens with ‘Broadway Lights’, a track that oozes acoustic bliss. Every delicate chord change being felt beneath Patterson’s soft vocal. There is also some superb harmonies that creep in adding to the gentle…

March 7, 2019

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Baroda – Walk On Water

    EP’s can come at you from different places. Maybe one gets slipped to you across a sodden bar table. Maybe you get sent one in the post. I became first aware of this particular tape by local four-piece…

February 14, 2019

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THVS – Plague Widows

Belfast-based trio THVS make sharp, visceral, aggressive and blood-pumping music that refuses to be pigeonholed and 2018’s Plague Widows proves this. Across its three tracks of sonic assault, THVS throw down a frenzied amalgamation of hardcore and metal styles, ranging…

February 13, 2019

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Rosborough – Paper Boats

Derry singer Rosborough has been no stranger to success. From his first release, which was lauded by critics, to his recent activities touring with DMA’s, the multi-instrumentalist has been on an absolute tear as of late. Now with the release…

February 12, 2019

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Conor Mason – On The Surface

Conor Mason’s On the Surface has been my commuter companion for the past few days, and in a blatant selfish way I’ve enjoyed it so much that I’ve definitely prolonged this review for just another listen through in my own…

February 10, 2019

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Joshua Burnside – Wear Bluebells In Your Hat If You’re Going That Way

Belfast’s premier folk artist Joshua Burnside returns with his newest album ‘Wear Bluebells In Your Hat If You’re Going That Way.’ Always far from a one trick pony, Burnside’s latest release sees him flex his creative biceps. While the same…

January 29, 2019

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Wynona Bleach – Sugar

R51 made as big a name for themselves as any around the Belfast music scene over the last few years. The band played incredible live shows where they went with tracks and an EP, Pillow Talk, that had our own…

January 2, 2019

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Alpha Twin – Cloud Mountain

Belfast rocker trio Alpha Twin return with their second EP, Cloud Mountain, an apt name given the colossal new heights aimed for on this three track release. Replacing their blistering pace with a toothsome groove and heavy funk, Cloud Mountain…

December 20, 2018

Glass Wings – Everything and Nothing

Glass Wings, other than being one of the least useful inventions of all time, is the moniker for Belfast based musician Stephen Jones. Performing in his current state since 2016, Jones’ debut album Everything And Nothing is a positive first…

November 26, 2018

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The Mannerly Hoods – Ear Gear

Just as they were nearing the end of a hugely successful year of gigs, The Mannerly Hoods have released their long awaited debut EP ‘Ear Gear’. Beginning the EP with the track ‘Fear the Reader (Suzy’s Shackle)’ was a great…

November 21, 2018

VerseChorusVerse – Outro

VerseChorusVerse (VCV), either the most basic wikihow recipe ever or the musical persona of one Tony Wright. A musician by trade and a veteran of the scene, having toured extensively when younger and being a founding member of collective And…

November 19, 2018

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Bear Skin – Bare Bones

Described as being one the ‘most impressive new acts to have emerged in NI recently’, the future of four piece Alt-Rock group Bear Skin seems bright if their debut EP ‘Bare Bones’ is anything to go by. Recorded at Einstein…

November 11, 2018