Single Review: “In The Future” Rory Ryan

This song reminds me very much of a psychedelic track… there’s something almost Pink Floyd..  The lyrics are full of questions:  “Do you ever let your guard down? Let someone come into your life?  Do you fall asleep easier? Or are you restless at night?”  It’s like your inner voice interrogating you at 3am in …

Single Review: “Shelf-Life” Marie Keane

Let there be horns! This comes in high and fast, Marie’s new single just comes in full whack! The drummer brings out the brushes, and leads the song through with stops and starts. The organ that comes in calls to mind country blues. Marie brings that soul, singing about someone living that single life but …

Single Review: “You Built A Wall” – The Way After

This is the new single from The Way After a band from London/Coventry, and it’s quite a tune! It starts off with a count off on the sticks, which gives way to a very pleasant indie rock number. But what caught my ear is the use of the string quartet on it, really lush strings. …

Single Review: “Hold The Weight” – Rosie Frater-Taylor

This is a stunning piece of soul and blues….  It starts off with an acoustic guitar in the intro but then it’s joined by Rosie’s electric guitar….  BOY can she play! WOW!!! I’ve been a fan from way back but this is taking it to another level. The chord changes are straight out of a …

Single Review: “To The River” – Dorsten

Arizona brother and sister duo Dorsten are back and what a number! This song starts off with footsteps and claps slowly, along with finger picked guitars, then Sophie comes in with her signature powerhouse vocal.  Careful. She will knock you off your seat.  Little blonde girl with the big voice?  Of course she is.  This …

Single Review: “Someone’s Sometimes” – Sarah Michie

This song starts off really moody, with chords in the lower register… But Sarah’s vocals come in over the top and it’s such a lovely contrast. It’s such a powerful ballad, and the lyrics even name check “Creep” by Radiohead, and I love that for this song. I’ve just realised there’s a nerdy reference in …

Song Review: “She Moves” – Carrie Grant

Carrie Grant released her album today, and this is the third track in the running order. I have not been able to progress past this one. It’s a piano based ballad, with strings and a strong backdrop of harmonies that are hinted at but it only appears once just leaving space for Carrie to do …

Single Review: “Tears” – Miles Pascall

This new single from Miles Pascall return to what he does best. Great soulful vocals over an epic backing. It’s been a minute since we heard from him and it’s a welcome return.  The stand out parts for me are the chorus, but also the verse where it’s him versus the piano, just giving the …

Single Review: “24F” – Maya Lane

This song is a thing of beauty, it’s acoustic, and has Maya’s signature vocal… She sings strongly over an acoustic guitar that has percussion underneath. For me it’s the harmonies that are doing the job, especially where they are adding more and more in the chorus – there are harmonies throughout the song, but the …