Close Encounter – Fade Away…

Close Encounter – Fade Away…

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Aaah…. Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a blog Anthem! And what could be a better than this magical mystery tune by Seattle based band Close Encounter (personal resonance of the first kind!).The song just has that perfect balance of sparkly jangle, scintillating haze and sophisticated radiance: in short, the sounds that we live and breathe on […]

The Holiday Crowd Album

The Holiday Crowd Album

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The Holiday Crowd Album Label: Shelflife Records Release date: January 13, 2017 If ever there’s music that I consider to be timeless and will never bore me, it’s the music of my favourite guitarist Johnny Marr, and the latter is the first thing that springs to mind upon hearing The Holiday Crowd. Is this a good […]

China Crisis: the Joy and the Spark Reignited

China Crisis: the Joy and the Spark Reignited

Live review, interview with Gary Daly, and review of “Autumn in the Neighbourhood “ As much as I enjoy listening to old 80’s bands sometimes and go “oh yeah..that…what the hell were we thinking?!”…most of them sound really period-bound and it’s hard not to think it’s just interesting from a kitschy/retro view-point. I am not likely […]

Sophistipop Then and Now…

Sophistipop Then and Now…

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According to wiki, the term: “Sophisti-pop was a subgenre of pop music that emerged during the mid-1980s in the UK. It incorporates elements of jazz, soul and pop. Music so classified often made extensive use of electronic keyboards, synthesizers, and polished arrangements, particularly horn sections.” Anybody over 40 that used to think of themselves as […]

Stella Diana – Alhena

Stella Diana – Alhena

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Stella Diana – Alhena Italian  ( Neapolitan) band Stella Diana are probably the  most prominent band of the Italian shoegaze scene, or rather Italogaze scene: a scene with some excellent bands like, for example, Rev Rev Rev, Be Forest and Clustersun.  Stella Diana consists of singer Dario Torre (vocals & guitar), Giacomo Salzano  (bass),  Roberto […]