from the listening nook

vinyl thoughts for an analogue life

Falling In Time/Bodyshock – Violets

March 8, 2018
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Format: 7″ Black Vinyl

Side A: FALLING IN TIME – A rhythmic electronic beats bonanza wrapped up in a miasma of magical female vocals. A tad trancey, a bit hypnotic, this pulsating and ethereal pop dance track stuffs envelopes full of deep meaning and posts them at you with glorious fervour. It might be a dance track, but it might also be a philosophical tract. Either way, it is fantastic.

Side B: BODYSHOCK – Trance bassline wedded to sublime vocals generates a wide and expansive electro-meets-contemplative-pop masterpiece. An eclectic mix of ambient sounds and instrumentation massages your ears and enriches your brain. This is think-piece music, a track with meaning and purpose.

Score: 10/10

Vinyl Thought: Let me live in this electro-philosophical world and float away on a pulsating beat of deep thought

Info: Violets (Twitter) / Flying Vinyl

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Palace / Ultraviolet – The Amazons

February 27, 2018
fromthelisteningnook

Format: 7″ Orange Vinyl

Side A: PALACE – a big ballady slab of poetic piano pop/rock. Featuring fantastically strong emotional vocals and a solid epic sound. This is poignant indie-pop and it pulls you into its world and takes you on a magic-carpet ride of highs and lows.

Side B: ULTRAVIOLET – another indie anthem but this time with a strong Keane-meets-Foo Fighters vibe throughout. An upbeat, martial rhythmic belter, true festival pleaser. Radio indie-rock, yes…but this is no by-the-numbers middle-of-the-road rock song. A call to arms, with anthemic vocals.

Score: 8/10

Vinyl Thought: Preach with beats, my friends.

Info: The Amazons (twitter) / Flying Vinyl

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Shipwreck Blues EP – My First Tooth

February 27, 2018
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Format: 12″ Pink Marble Vinyl

5 track indie-pop EP. Wow, what a wonderful find. A grab-bag of indie, folk and rock, with a large-group ensemble vibe. How amazing this band must be at festivals! A beautiful blend of multi-part vocals with folk instruments and brass/horn sections. A set of round-the-fire sing along anthems featuring strong and pitch-perfect harmonies. This is the emotional core of summer evenings, world-watching, a little bit hippy but with strains of melancholia and mystery. Each song presents us with a big, wide world of experiences, a wealth of characters and opportunities. They entertain with flavours of Celtic traditions and traditional rock influences. A truly wonderful listen

Score: 9/10

Vinyl Thought: Smooth…nice…super…wow!

Info: The Lost Music Club / Wax and Stamp

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Take It Easy On Those Corners, Baby EP – The Attika State

February 27, 2018
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Format: 12″ Pink Marble Vinyl

A 5 track EP of incredible melodic rock. Beautiful heartfelt vocals vie with energetic, pacey instrumentation. This is a modern rock band who have mastered the art of ‘band playing’ with no one player showboating, and the whole being lifted by the skills of its parts. All 5 tracks showcase fantastic storytelling lyrics blended with toe-tapping music. The EP has a 90s indie vibe, solid tight playing and accomplished production. This is a band I just know are brilliant in a live environment. A mix of crowd-pleasing anthems and thought-provoking indie-rock think-pieces. There’s terrific high tempo drumming, and the overall feeling is that this would fit perfectly as the closing live track in the film EMPIRE RECORDS.

Plus: what an incredible piece of cover art!

Score: 8.5/10 + 1.5 for the cover art = 10/10!

Vinyl Thought: 5 tracks of non-stop outrageously amazing melodic rock – now we need a full LP!

Info: The Attika State / The Lost Music Club / Wax and Stamp

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City In Reverse / Kendrick Road – The Leaf Library

February 27, 2018
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Format: 7″ Black Vinyl

Side A: CITY IN REVERSE – A lo-fi mysterious mood-piece with multi-layered male & female harmonised vocals. A dark moody musical melange that builds slowly to a feeling of possibility.  A thoughtful but unnerving hypnotically repetitive invocation of life’s thought processes. Guitars and synths blend mirage-like with the evocative lyrics.

Side B: KENDRICK ROAD – pitch-perfect Anime score with a taste for travelling. Angelic female vocals playfully engage with gorgeous strings and teasing timpani. A magical and inspirational bag of instrumental tricks that soars through the soul and leaves you smiling.

Score: 9/10

Vinyl Thought: A guided music missile aimed straight at your soul

Info: The Leaf Library / WIAIWYA / Wax and Stamp

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Weekender/Twisted Wheel – Milk Disco

February 15, 2018
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Format: 7″ Black Vinyl

Side A: Weekender – A Joy Division-esque slab of low, deep beats intertwined with a spokenword story and clashing guitars. A mysterious suburban wail, and escape hatch from endless streets of dull, lifeless existence. Sexy but scary, stomp-texting alternative ennui.

Side B: Twisted Wheel – a low-key funky 80s alt-baby of fuzzy guitar and great width. A larger-than-life feel suffused with engaging but held-back vocals. A strong 70s Bowie theme which builds in scope to a truly epic soundscape.

Score: 8/10

Vinyl Thought: How low can you go to reach the soul of suburban existentialist primal scream?

Info: Milk Disco / Flying Vinyl

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