Leading with emotive songwriting and a subtle eighties influence throughout, Land’s new EP Down By This River effectively introduces a band with a uniquely expressive lyrical and vocal backbone.
“My three ‘favourites’ were “Muppet Criminal”, “Hobbit Noodle” and “Schizophrenic Pineapple”… Can you imagine? “Ladies & Gentlemen, please welcome to the stage, Hobbit Noddle”.”
Turns out a lovely hit of lo-fi, guitar-led trip-hop is all that’s required to temporarily switch off the weight of the world and relax into the moment.
A beautifully thoughtful, deep-thinking & poetic single, which sets the mood for its late-night contemplation & melancholy with pristine ambiance & notable vulnerability in the lyrics.
A beautifully connected body of work that has an agenda of gentle care and wonderful, wide-eyed story-telling. It smacks of an uncompromising vision and an affinity for the work that’s both singular and compelling.
The Assist have made Life to raise money for the UK’s NHS charities in these trying times, and it’s an accomplished, well-mixed and well-meaning tune with great dynamics and a lot to express over its 5 and a half minute duration.
LA’s FAMES take on the pop world with an addictive little hook that quickly weaves its way into your consciousness.
Red Alert is a Publick Safety Announcement, apparently. It’s a fun, frothy and retro sound that explodes out of the speakers and has a zesty kinetic video made to accompany it.
Faithful rounds things up with a stunning melody, a questioning, intimate lyrical top layer, those gorgeously hypnotic, breathy vocals, and a blissfully soothing balance between acoustic guitar-picking and piano.
An acoustic strum, an arrangement of voices, that raw, unedited presentation – you know the sound, and you trust it to offer something real; refreshing.
It’s a big, brash mayfly of a tune and makes its whopping great point before putting the cat out and turning off the lights. Epic, truncated fun!
What a treat to review such a well-realised and tastefully-produced song. Impressive, wide-screen, spacious, addictive.