Music Review May 2015

A rundown of some local recent releases

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The Suitcase Dwellers

An Introduction


Starting with tinkling piano and a clockwork waltz beat, opening trackThe Stars and the Moon feels like a eerie trip into a vaudeville world. The duo cut through the eeriness with a harmony of vocals, and their sound becomes something of an alternative folk version of Bat For Lashes. Over six tracks, An Introduction moves from serene sadness to the full hoe-down of Bloody Fields. Though sitting firmly in the ‘folk’ genre, An Introduction has the potential to bring The Suitcase Dwellers mainstream commercial success, with a sound that’s easy to get into and beautifully put together.


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Stu Whiston

Take A Stride


Three tracks of pure indie rock, Take A Stride is a worthy addition to the scene. Opening anthem There Was A Time follows the footsteps of Oasis or The Stereophonics as being one of those songs that cannot fail to raise your mood (and probably get you up singing along). Dirty Day is more downbeat, but no less anthemic and with a big finish. Closing trackNot Enough Hours moves more into the more poignant realms of The Verve or Coldplay. Stu Whiston will one day no doubt be mentioned in the same breath as his heroes.



So You’re Mine


Already receiving plaudits from Rolling Stone Germany, Crumplehorns remain UK indie’s best kept secret. So You’re Mine is a throwback in the best sense of the word, a tribute to the slow, lo-fi sound of 80s/90s alternative. B-sideRecovery Position has a swaying rhythm punctuated by organ, a beautiful dirge.


Half Ten

I Will Survive (Jazz Cover)


Half Ten are two members of local ensemble These and The Other Guy. Alex and Gergo bring a new twist to this Gloria Gaynor disco classic, mixing up the tempo and giving it certain sadness. The vocals and improvised keys are spot on. Perfect for a jazz bar near you.