from the listening nook

vinyl thoughts for an analogue life

Bonnie/Love – Anteros

January 5, 2018

Format: 7″ Yellow/Orange Vinyl

Side A: BONNIE – The amazing Anteros are back with another slice of modern lively pop exuberance, over-flowing with Blondie-esque vocals and bouncy, upbeat fun! A super-sized helping of personality flows through this corker of a track backed by vibrant guitars and a hint of bubble-gum pop.

Side B: LOVE – a dreamy, bittersweet pop ballad infused with a gorgeous 80s feel and just the right amount of Jane Wiedlin vocal styling. A driving rhythm melds beautifully with a delicious main course of storytelling.

Score: 9/10

Vinyl Thought: 2018 won’t officially start until the debut Anteros album is released!

Info: @anterosofficial / Flying Vinyl



How Are You Wired/Scrape Yourself From the Floor – Pet Crow

August 28, 2017


Format: 7″ Lemon Yellow Vinyl

Side A: a frenetic ensemble of drums with punk-girl pop-i-ness. A pacey, upbeat bass-led stompingly fun punk-pop insta-classic. Channelling the very best of late 70s US female-led punk vibes, this is a real deal, a short sharp hit of musical perfection. Stuffs its punk credentials down your throat and never lets up!

Side B: Psychedelic surf-punk with a tsunami of luscious ethereal vocals. A spooky 60s undercurrent sweeps you out into the depths of echoic instrumentation. You are dragged back to the beach for a Halloween party pleaser, a high energy po-go-ing riot of raucous excitement. This is the sound of having a punk party in a lava-lamp!

Score: 10/10

Thoughts: It doesn’t get any better than this…flying the flag for perfectly performed punk-pop. Time to hit the dance floor and start a po-go party!

Info: Too Pure Singles Club / Pet Crow


What It Feels Like – Bruising

April 13, 2017

Format: light pink 7″ vinyl

It’s back to early 90s angst with grungy bass underlying a soft female vocal and layered with steely guitar. Reminiscent of Weezer and Eels but in no bad way. Short sweet and full of life, Brusing have created a track that wouldn’t​ feel out of place on the Empire Records soundtrack or any of Kevin Smith’s early films.

Score: 9/10

Thought: time to dig out the old droopy cardigan and floppy hair wig and watch some Teachers on DVD

Info: TooPure

Speed Racer/I’ll Try – Her’s

April 5, 2017

Format: 7″ black vinyl

Side A: 50s beat pop vibes slathered with Smith’s style guitar and vocals. Insistent rhythmic indulgence that throws hand claps and sweeping tones into the mix. Uplifting yet oddly melancholic pop that tingles and fizzes whilst keeping you thinking.

Side B: Dream-dirge vocals artfully playing with a warm bassline and tantalisingly playful rhythm guitar. Smiths in form and function but this is no rip off but a cleverly crafted continuation of Morrissey and Marr’s art. Some truly beautiful picked lead guitar entrances in a perfect example of the use of stereo panning. A lovely piece of melodious pop.

Score: 8/10

Thought: makes one long for the daffodils and tennements and 1p chews

Info: Flying Vinyl / Her’s

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