Category: New Releases

s k y t o n e echoes in all directions

Canadian brother-duo who blend influences of early Posies, some Fountains Of Wayne with some moody, post-BritPop sounds. Skates gently through a quietly pretty blend of the aforementioned sounds all woven together with solid poppy laid-back songwriting. Echoes In All Directions contains a consistently enjoyable melange of striking influences brought together with great care in each …

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The Social Icons : I’m there…you’re here (Beauty 016)

“I’m there…you’re here” was recorded over a two year period at Bova Sound Studios in Ottawa. The sessions once again united the group with esteemed engineer/producer Phillip Shaw Bova (Hilotrons/Belle Orchestre/Sadie Hell). Explaining how he came to suggest the album title, front man Nickolai says, ‘It was first just an audio clip used in “Stardust” …

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Skytone : Shining Over You (Beauty 18)

A nice ten track collection, this is a solid collection of pop-rock tunes, with nods to turn of the eighties punk and powerpop, The Beatles and Weller. All good then. Skytone consists of two brothers, with great natural harmonies. It’s down to the songs though and the pair nail it time and time again. Skytone …

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Roy Moller : Playing Songs, No One’s Listening To (Beauty 017)

Comprising ten tracks recorded by Moller at his Singalong Junk home studio, Playing Songs, No One’s Listening To Roy Moller deftly demonstrates why Belle & Sebastian’s Stevie Jackson, a regular Moller collaborator, describes the Edinburgh-born songwriter as “amazing – blessed with great talent, enthusiasm and concentration: most of all he’s a lot of fun to …

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Dot Dash : Spark>Flame>Ember>Ash (Beauty 019)

Dot Dash is a post punk pop band from Washington D.C. spark>flame>ember>ash is their long-playing debut. It contains 14 songs and was recorded in three afternoons. If this bio had one of those “RIYL/Recommended If You Like” sections, it might drop names like The Jam, Joy Division and The Byrds… … Or perhaps it would …

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