The Captainskydiver Adventskranz Part 2:

Single Review –
Upside Down by Cannon Beach

Hello December! It’s blooming freezing, but at least we’re all locked inside, right?

This week we have part 2 of the Musical Adventskranz, and boy is it a cracker! (Pun may or may not be intended).

Genre: Alt-Rock

Let me start my saying that as soon as the beat hit on this song, my inner emo screamed with delight (told you it wasn’t just a phase mum).
I’m not going to lie, as I wrote this review, the song was on on repeat in the background and I may have taken several bopping breaks. It is an absolute smashing song, and I’m sure Spotify will now add it to my ‘on repeat’ playlist.

What I really like about this song is that it combines 80’s synth beat with that oh so wonderful emo theme, that creates this amazing sound. What I love, is that the band are trying to remind us to do what we love, and surround ourselves with wonderful people. The lyric that really resonates with me is “I’m not afraid anymore”, showing us that no matter what happens to us, we will get out the other side in one piece, and we are not alone, which we 100% need to hear in the ūüí©show that is 2020.

“Where can I listen to this fantastic track?” I hear you cry, well look no further than below!

Lyric Video

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The Captainskydiver Adventskranz Part 1:

E.P Review –
Connecting with D.O.T.S EP by Elliot Stradling

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Hello there fellow music lovers, are you feeling festive yet? It’s just two, yes TWO days until December. So, without further ado, here is part 1 of 4 music reviews leading up to that festive day (think a musical Adventskranz).

Let’s dive right in with this corker of an E.P!

Genre: Alternative Hip-Hop

I’ll admit, this isn’t usually the kind of music I listen to (I’m more Folk/Rock/Pop/Instrumental), however, I found myself getting really into this E.P. Each song seems to flow effortlessly into the next and Elliot is a great lyricist and artist. I can’t wait to see what comes next!
I’m known for speaking fast, but damn I don’t think I could do it as well as that without sounding like I’d tripped up with a scrabble box.

This review was written on a cold Sunday afternoon, playing it through my Alexa full blast (sorry to my next door neighbour!). I swear I could even see Hamish bopping about whilst he made sure I got this finished.

Even if you’re not a Hip Hop fan, I’d highly recommend checking this out, try something new ūüėČ.

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Single Review – Misty Me by Katherine Aly

Words: The Captain

FFO: Florence & The Machine and Bjork

“What’s this”? I hear you cry “MORE music we most definitely need to listen to?”. The answer is, of course, whey aye man!

Katherine Aly has a beautiful and distinctive voice and this, paired with an angelic harp, makes for lovely listening. Make sure you have a good set of speakers or headphones to hand, because you won’t want to miss a single detail of this wonderful track.

Listen to/see a live video HERE

If you love it as much as me, you can find her here:

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E.P Review – Bare by Lana Wild

Words: The Captain

Album Art: Syntaxidermy

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FFO: Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers, Grace Petrie or Billy Liar.

It’s April 2020 and we’re all staying home to protect ourselves and the NHS. SO… it’s the perfect time for you (and let’s be honest, also your neighbours because you’ll be playing this loud and on repeat) to get your teeth into some new music!

Lana’s Debut E.P. definitely packs a punch. The E.P was intended to be about the songs, not the production, so it “feels live and raw which is the way [they] wanted it!”.

The 4 songs on the E.P. are f*****g fabulous. They are raw, emotional and beautiful. However, I’d say my favourite song of the E.P is “Beginnings & Endings”. Lana is an amazing songwriter, performer and human, and this really shows in her Debut E.P.

Lana wrote this record as a “short window into my life leading up to coming out as transgender – so to be able to put it out, perform it and reach other people who are like me means a tremendous amount. This record is for me, but also for the people who need to hear it.”

Find the Album:

Bandcamp | Spotify

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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
РReleased an album that was nominated for a Scottish Alternative Music Award.
РCarve 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.

‚Äú‚Ķgroove-riddled folk-pop‚Ķ‚Ä̬†– The Line of Best Fit

‚Äú‚Ķ assured artistry‚Ķ‚Ä̬†– Clash

‚Äú‚Ķpretty amazing‚Ķ‚Ä̬†– 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.

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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 Р11th November 2017 @ Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
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6th October 2017 @ Smash, Edinburgh

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*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.¬†

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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: DO/RE by Blair Coron

Words: The Captain

Photo: Nicole Stapinski

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This is the debut E.P from Blair Coron and to cut a long story short, it’s bloody brilliant!

I grew up listening to A LOT of classical, jazz and folk music, so this E.P really spoke to me. Every single one of the five tracks is so exquisitely written and performed that it moves me to my very core. I can really feel the music flowing about the room I’m sitting in, bouncing off every object and filling the space with the beautiful sound. I almost feel like I’m in one of those movie scenes, where everything stops and goes into slow motion, then speeds up again and I am the only person there, running through the rain, spinning round and round on the teacups at the funfair or speeding down the motorway laughing.

Perhaps the track that stands out the MOST to me, purely because it differs so much to the others, is Track 4. Simply named “Abstract #32” it is a spoken word piece, with more music in the background. He is so softly spoken and the words seem to pitter patter across the keys with the fingers playing them.

Of course, I am only listening to this music on my very cheap speakers in my home, so I cannot begin to imagine so beautiful this must sound on a proper system or even live! I can really see this music being played in one of those empty/abandoned gasometers. I have heard music in one of those before and the acoustics are amazing.

Not to harp on, but this E.P is so, so, so amazing and beautiful and wonderful. Blair really is a very talented man (not only did he write all the music, but he also recorded it, mixed it, mastered it AND made the artwork). I am very excited to hear what he brings us next! I EMPLORE you to go and listen to his E.P and buy a copy! You will not be disappointed. You can find him on the platforms below.

Facebook // BandCamp 

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!

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YouTube  //  Soundcloud  //  Spotify