Album Review: Best Girl Athlete

Words: The Captain

Photo: George Mackie

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Following her debut album, “Carve Every Word” in 2015, Katie Buchan – aka Best Girl Athlete – has returned with her brand new album, the self-titled Best Girl Athlete, which she wrote prior to turning 18 with her father Charley.

Katie has already done a lot in her young years. Check it out!

She has:
– Toured Europe AND the U.S
– Released an album that was nominated for a Scottish Alternative Music Award.
– Carve Every Word was named the second best Scottish album of 2015 by Ravechild and received acclaim from people like The Line of Best Fit, Clash Magazine, Folk Radio, Artrocker, The Sunday Herald and BBC Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway and Roddy Hart.

“…groove-riddled folk-pop…” – The Line of Best Fit

“… assured artistry…” – Clash

“…pretty amazing…” – Folk Radio

I was lucky enough to listen to this on vinyl as well as Spotify.
Big thanks to Charley for sending me the vinyl in the post and my mum for letting me use her record player!

The best thing about this album is that every song is different. You never know what to expect as each track ends and the next starts, it’s amazing! One song you have strings and eloquent vocals, the next you’re pleasantly surprised with some rap, then suddenly you feel like you’re at an accomplished pianist’s concert.

Katie is definitely an accomplished musician, her voice is strong and powerful and you feel as if she is singing directly to you. As each song is so different, it almost feels like both you, and your best mate who is TOTALLY different to you, could both identify with the music & lyrics on the album.
Each song can stand on its own, following the idea that these days it seems that most people like to consume music through individual songs and not whole albums.

Her music is different, it’s original and it’s certainly something for those with a very wide music taste, it’s definitely something you could play to your gran without worrying.

Having to pick a favourite is always so hard! In this case, I say… BUGGER THAT! I’m not picking a favourite, the entire album is my favourite!

The album is out NOW via Fitlike Records. It’s available to buy on iTunes and stream on Spotify.

Official Site // Facebook // Twitter // SoundCloud

 

E.P Review: All These Days by Gordon’s Alive!

Words: The Captain

Photo: Micky Cooper

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In the words of Kuzco… “BOOM BABY!” (if you don’t know what I mean, watch “The Emperor’s New Groove”, you won’t regret it). Some swish new music to get my lugs around.

“All These Days” is Gordon’s Alive!’s second E.P and they are very much rockin’ (geddit?) the old school rock style. It’s super awesome! Good riffs, nice vocals and I can feel my foot tapping along of its own accord.

If you like the “vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion”* that AC/DC and Led Zepplin make, you’ll LOVE Gordon’s Alive!. Trust me, four songs ain’t enough… WE WANT MORE!

If you want to see them live, then listen up!

Live at Harleys – 16th September 2017 @ Harleys, Ayr
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SAHROCK – 11th November 2017 @ Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
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6th October 2017 @ Smash, Edinburgh

Facebook // Twitter // Spotify // Amazon // iTunes 

*definition of music, by Google Dictionary.

 

Single Review: Space Junk by L-Space

Words: The Captain

Photo: Gail Watt (The Woozle)

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I first saw L-Space as a support for Eyre Llew back in March and I really liked them, so when I was approached by the band to review their new single, I was rather elated.

As I said when I reviewed them live: “Think if Doctor Who and Red Dwarf got together and made a band, this would be it”. I still stand by that statement. It helps that I am an avid Doctor Who fan and also think Red Dwarf is pretty cool (I’m gonna eat you little fishy, I’m gonna eat you little fissssssssh!).

Judging by the name of this track, the other tracks I’ve heard and their stage talk, they LOVE space and this certainly comes across in this track. “Space Junk” is all kinds of weird and wonderful, with the emphasis on the latter. When I listen to it, I feel like I’m floating about in some kind of disco bubble in space and I’m having a party with other people who bounce by in their own disco bubbles and everyone is having a great time.

The synths emanating from my speakers (alongside the sweet, yet ever so slightly and nicely distorted vocals) make my room feel like that bubble I mentioned just before. This track is super cool and I urge you to listen to it, along with their other stuff. If you like what you hear, or think “that sounds so utterly amazingly cool I have to hear it on stage NOWWWWW!”, then you don’t have to wait too long! Here is a list of their next few dates, they’re going to be very busy!

  • The Flying Duck, Glasgow – 27th July,
  • MugStock,  Mugdock Country Park – 29th July (Chameleon Stage @ 13:40 & Oxjam Stage @ 15:15)
  • Merchant City Festival @ Tron Theatre, Glasgow – 30th July (with Fox Star Records) 
  • Opium, Edinburgh – 13th of August. 

Website // Facebook // Twitter // SoundCloud // BandCamp 

 

Single Review: The Game by Conor Heafey

Words: The Captain

Photo: George Robinson

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When you search for Conor Heafey’s page on Facebook, it pops up with “Rainy-day easy listening songs”, which I think describes his music PERFECTLY.

The Game is the title track from his recently released E.P and I’ll start off by saying that I think it’s Fabulous! (So fabulous, it needed a capital F!).

I think what I like most about the track that it’s so simple, Now, please don’t think that I mean it’s boring, far from it! What I mean is that there’s no over-driven guitars, no erratic solos, no trying to decipher what is being sung. However, it is INCREDIBLY catchy and his voice has a sort of gruffness to it, which sounds rather lovely. That mixed, with a great bassline and guitar, that slowly fade away as the track ends, makes a wonderful song.

Find him on:

Facebook // Twitter

You can find the WHOLE E.P on the following sites:

Spotify  // Apple Music  // iTunes  // Bandcamp  // Soundcloud

P.S. Sorry for all the caps, I felt they were needed + I got excited.

E.P Review: East Teen Salazar by AVU

Words: The Captain

Photo: Provided by AVU

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This is AVU. I saw them a few weeks back a Macmillan Charity gig in The Mash House (Edinburgh). As soon as the first note warbled out of the speakers, I instantly knew I wanted to review their music, so I approached them after their set. A few weeks later, here we are!

If you’ve read my previous reviews, you’ll know I do have a SLIGHT liking for instrumental music. By slight I mean on par with chocolate, which I maybe like a little too much sometimes. BUT… that’s not the point. The point is instrumental music speaks to me as you are allowed to interpret what the song may mean to you, no one is saying “this song is about this particular thing”.

However, AVU’s music is very different from all of the instrumental/post progressive instrumental rock I’ve ever heard. It seems to take on a more weird, yet just as wonderful, turn. I kind of feel like I’m floating through space, with lots of things flying past me, yet I am all alone facing whatever is coming. It’s certainly a very good E.P and if you like something different and slightly “not too mainstream”, then this is the E.P for you! If that’s not enough to entice you, then let me tell you this:
If you like dogs then you need this album. There is a song called dogs in which dogs feature. I felt like that last bit had to be in bold, just to show how awesome it is.

You can find them on all the following sites:

Facebook // YouTube // SoundCloud 

Single Review: Lovinit by The Recoupes

Words: The Captain

Photo: Paul Zanetti

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Ooooh-la-la! Some new music for my ears! Brilliant!

Within the first few seconds of pressing play, I was in love with song. I tend to establish my liking for a song in that period. So we’re already off to a good start, well done guys! It’s a funky and  fresh sound, with slightly raw and rough vocals layered over. I can definitely imagine dancing to this live, I’m a terrible dancer, but for these guys I’d do it! The band sound so tight and clear, it’s obvious they have it together.

I may be slightly weird, but when I listen to a song, I try to imagine a video to it. For instance a road trip or a night out etc. If I can’t see a video, I tend to like it. I like being able to imagine for myself what the song might bring up a picture of. I can totally see a video for this song, something with a beach, and a dinosaur outfit. Possibly… let me know if you need any extras guys! I do a mean T-Rex impression!

The single is out NOW and you can find it on all the following sites. Over and out!

Website  // Facebook   //  Twitter  //  Instagram 

YouTube  //  Soundcloud  //  Spotify