Tagged with Album Review

April’s Ocelot Album Reviews

April’s Ocelot Album Reviews

A real mix of music this month, from the crunching metal of Bring Me the Horizon to the proggy synth washes of The Flaming Lips. And several stops in between as well. Album of the month for me is Dinosaur Pile-Up’s.It has grown on me like you wouldn’t believe since I reviewed it, and has … Continue reading

The Manic Shine – Let Go Or Be Dragged

The Manic Shine – Let Go Or Be Dragged

 First published by greenmanmusic.biz I have written before on how difficult it is to put simple labels onto some bands. They just defy categorisation, either through being totally unique and original through isolation from other music or by absorbing so many diverse influences into their music that they develop a schizophrenic sound, which can either … Continue reading

Tegan & Sara – Heart Throb

Tegan & Sara – Heart Throb

First published by greenmanmusic.biz  I nearly skipped this one in the review pile. Coming to it with no prior knowledge it looked to me like some kind of cheesy X Factor rejects having a final stab at stardom. The acts name, the album’s name, the artwork, all screamed “mainstream nonsense” at me, loudly. But, being … Continue reading

Luke De-Sciscio – Happy New Year

Luke De-Sciscio – Happy New Year

I have been reliably informed by some people properly in the know that Swindon singer-songwriter Luke De-Sciscio has, despite being a relative youngster, been around a while, showing great promise and developing quickly. However, he is a new discovery to me, having had a recent dalliance with a full on rock n roll band (the … Continue reading

Alice – Skin & Bones

Alice – Skin & Bones

Part of my Gig Monkey column in the December Ocelot was a short review of the latest recordings from Swindon’s Alice Offley,who is  something of a musical chameleon with a back catalogue of huge variety. Having been in bands, dabbled with dance and pop influenced solo work she decided to record songs in the same style … Continue reading

The Soft Pack – Strapped

The Soft Pack – Strapped

First published on greenmanmusic.biz In my humble opinion, one of the greatest attributes to “indie” music is its sheer variety and scope. Very much a term of convenience its original coining to describe music put out by small independent labels naturally encompassed a vast range of styles. It gradually came to refer to any alternative … Continue reading

Tamaryn – Tender New Signs

Tamaryn – Tender New Signs

Another cracking record I had the pleasure of reviewing on Green Man is this gem. Not necessarily my first choice when browsing the “aisles” of the (online) record store, but nonetheless it is a superb record. If dreamy alt-pop is your thing then you ought to acquire a copy of this album, the second record … Continue reading