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Bristolian unsigned duo, Mauwe, comprising of vocalist, Portia Conn, and multi-instrumentalist producer, Jay Rodger (piano, guitar and vocals) return May 15th with their latest single, ‘Ain’t It Magical’.

Mauwe formed two years ago after a chance encounter and since solidified their friendship through writing and producing music. This culminated in their debut EP, ‘The Art Of Letting Go’, in April 2018.

‘The Art Of Letting Go’ received highly positive appraisal from media outlets, receiving attention from Spotify – being featured on their New Music Friday playlist – alongside support from talent hunters, BBC Introducing.

Mauwe – compared to the likes of The XX – have been known for infusing elements from their eclectic R&B, Electronic and Pop influences. This is no more apparent than on ‘Ain’t It Magical’, a slightly more gritty side to Mauwe that listeners may not yet be familiar with.

Approaching the subject matter of their latest single, Mauwe explained that:

Ain’t it magical is a song (we wrote) based on that feeling that can often creep up at a party… when you aren’t connecting with the people around you, or even that you’re not remotely on the same wavelength.

Listen to Ain’t It Magical by Mauwe below or follow this link to listen on Spotify.

Ain't It Magical - YouTube

From the offset, Conn wastes no time setting the scene. Simultaneously, presenting a cool and smooth vocal delivery, Conn, ponders “Baby, it’s not my crowd”. A slow-build introduction throughout the first verse means that when the song reaches the chorus, it is not a moment too late. Vividly mirroring the song’s theme; the timing, pace, and lyricism are neatly packaged to perfectly invoke the all too familiar sense of alarm that creeps in these exposing moments.

In the streaming age, where listeners want to be rewarded with instant gratification, the infectious urgency is never lost with a momentum that builds throughout, keeping listeners on their toes. ‘Ain’t It Magical’ is expertly paced – like a wave hitting a beach only for it to then recede before it once again returns – listeners will be mesmerised by the repetition of verse/chorus/verse. This is by no means a criticism as this only makes an even more compelling case for ‘Ain’t It Magical’ to be essential repeat listening.

Conn and Rodger have approached ‘Ain’t It Magical’ with a sense of self-awareness and familiarity. Credit must be given to Jay Rodger for its smooth and infectious production. Punctuated by its deliberate repetitive nature of the pulsating and murky beat during the choruses; it would not be out of place being played in a dimly lit underground club or party. By the song’s end, listeners will have lost themselves – caught in a trance like a deer in headlights – within the hooks and be marching to the beat of their own drum.

‘Ain’t It Magical’, is out now and available to stream on all major streaming platforms or follow Mauwe on Twitter, Facebook, Spotify and YouTube.

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Somewhere between Monasterevin and Melancholy lies The Comstocks, a band from Co. Kildare where this talented quartet make their mark on a music industry flooded with artists and thieves.

I’m always amazed at the amount of music and bands out there, every time I stare into the abyss of submissions for review, it’s almost like someone is playing a joke on me. I’m also amazed how easy it is to find something of value, artistically speaking of course. It happens every time, without fail. The Comstocks stopped me midstream, with their single, 40ft. Droning and plodding and captivating, the single walks the listener through verses of solitude and somberness, then reassurance, capped with pro-level melodic choruses, I mean The Smiths or The Cure type stuff.

the comstocks // 40ft (Official Video) - YouTube

Shimmering tones, lush and ethereal in nature, no-nonsense drums, the instrumentation on all of this band’s recordings is refreshing and smart; it’s humanistic, collaborative and replete with expert songwriting. I mean, I bet these guys are all friends or something, they probably even have a room somewhere dedicated to their craft, that kind of nonsense.

At the time of this review, 39 monthly listeners is not going to cut it. There’s a disconnect somewhere and I’m going to do my part, my due diligence. The Comstocks deserve an ear, a follow, a beer, something. Other sonic overlooks? Try London Pleasures, Morning Mourning (the guitar tones and parts on this track are worth admission) or Maybe Ellie. There’s also a great acoustic version of 40ft floating around out there too.

This band knows the importance of visual offerings as well, it really serves their music and is an integral part of their presentation to the world. Simple photography of their milieu and surroundings goes a long way while listening to their tracks. It answers questions and reassures the listener that what you’re listening to: pukka. Google it on your way to Spotify.

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Netherlands-based Right Club Foot’s newly-released ‘Virtual World’ is a sound for sore ears, imparting an important message considering the current political climate and synthesised world in which we reside.

Right Club Foot embraces individuality and openness, demonstrated perfectly in name – eponymous for the common medical condition, club foot. Right Club Foot describes this condition opened his eyes to empathy and acceptance, noticing each person’s uniqueness, and these qualities are present throughout his discography.

Their discography infiltrates various genres and sounds, giving nods to indie, electronic, alternative, pop and punk music. The rejection of strict genre conventions adds to Right Club Foot’s uniqueness, ‘with fusion and experimentation at the core’ (quote taken from the band’s Facebook). Right Club Foot presents himself as dance-y and raw, without appearing pretentious, the sense of authenticity he provides being what initially drew me to his music.

This is especially true of ‘Virtual World’, an indie/alternative track reminiscent of the 80s New Wave, where cyclical percussion is paired with meaningful lyrics to produce music with a message. This message revolves around the futility of internet culture and associated fakery, demonstrated in punchy lyrics such as ‘fantastic little world, where we all live in denial’ and ‘filter on, look at me, beautiful’. The shoegaze-style vocals suggest the lyrics are important, but self-supporting of their theme in that they feel accessible, yet not imposing.

Listen to Right Club Foot – Virtual World via YouTube below or Spotify

Virtual World - YouTube

From the onset, the dark undertones of lyrics and bass thrive amongst the clashes of hi-hats and lilting guitar, seemingly allegorical for the song: the darkness hidden beneath the surface of the enticing ‘virtual world’ that Right Club Foot is warning of. The thrumming bass is my favourite part of the arrangement, fitting the artist’s dark and gritty aesthetic. These perfectly-blended layers of sound engage listeners; the balance of guitar, vocals and percussion comparable to bands such as The Cure, Bombay Bicycle Club, RHPC and The Psychedelic Furs.

filter on, look at me, beautiful.

Overall, ‘Virtual World’ is a stellar release from Right Club Foot that would feel right at home with the growing underground indie-alt scene of London. I greatly look forward to hearing it live one day.

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Belfast’s very own multi-instrumentalist storyteller, Owen Denvir, returns with a rousing, stripped back rendition of Green Light. Originally released as his debut single in 2016, it is a meditative tale about longing, vulnerability and hope.

Much of what has already been documented about Owen Denvir makes reference to him being a singer-songwriter. Whilst this is undeniable, it trivializes and detracts from what makes his work, and by extension, Green Light (Acoustic), well, astonishing. Denvir has garnered over 2,000,000 views on his YouTube channel, which include his unique triptych ‘three-in-one’ style mashup-cover videos. Denvir showcases his musical talent playing viola, two guitars and vocals and over the three separate takes, a rich soundscape and three-part harmony emerges.

It is not a surprise then that this had caught the attention of Coldplay. Coupled with his background as a trained orchestral Viola player, this experience heavily underpins the hybrid blend of folk and pop which can be heard so vividly in the instrumentation and arrangement of Green Light (Acoustic). Whilst the polished DIY production leans more towards the latter, it is no wonder that Denvir has subsequently chosen to release an acoustic counterpart into the world. It is clearly loved as the studio version of Green Light has amassed over 40,000 streams on YouTube and 20,000 streams on both Spotify and iTunes.

Green Light (Acoustic) - YouTube

Beyond his talents as a multi-instrumentalist, there is much to admire, including his ability to transfix listeners with stories about even the most mundane, everyday human experience. Green Light revels in its intentionally cryptic lyricism and thus its honesty is more reserved than other offerings from Denvir, comparatively, ‘Jackhammer‘. Despite this, he remains as authentic, vulnerable and pensive as ever. The meaning will shift and take form differently in the mind of each individual listener.

For some, in the 3:20 running time, hazy recollections of waiting for a reply to messages that they have sent on Tinder will come flooding back. I tried not to wince at all the messages I sent with the same lackluster enthusiasm. They were always along the lines of “hi, how are you?” After all, why bother if no one usually replies anyway? In the space between sending these messages and waiting nervously for a reply, there is an entire universe. It is in this space that Green Light (Acoustic) not only occupies but lives and breathes. However, unlike myself, Denvir remains more optimistic and hopeful.

It is a testament to Denvir’s raw musical talent to interweave his signature triptych ‘three-in-one’ style seamlessly on Green Light (Acoustic). The original studio version is driven by punchy bursts of viola fiddling and guitar work building towards a soaring choir crescendo. Comparatively, the comforting “piano/chill” version, draws listeners in with a more slow building, tender and subdued piano ballad. There is a deliberate sparsity to this stripped back arrangement, even more so than what is usually associated with Denvir’s other work. This is in no way a criticism as it is exactly this which helps build an intimate immediacy to the rich tapestry of sound.

Each element of Denvir’s signature ‘three-in-one’ style is introduced in turn: a minimalist piano-driven introduction, which is then proceeded by vocals, guitar and finally viola. These different layered facets build slowly, simmering away within the fabric of the arrangement. The punchy bursts of the viola and guitar from the original studio version are more relaxed here which gives permission for Denvir’s expressive vocals to to take center-stage. This acts as an anchor throughout, allowing his impressive range to roam in the soundscape to explore the pertinent questions, “Do you need me? Are you in demand?”

To my shame, I had not previously heard of Owen Denvir prior to writing this review however, every once in a while an artist will demand your attention. Much like my first impression, you may find yourself being taken aback by Denvir’s breathtaking musicianship and mesmerized by his intimate manner of storytelling. Or otherwise, by its truly arrestingly addictive nature, you will be consuming the song on repeat, only to find yourself hours after the first listen humming the hook-filled chorus to yourself. Owen Denvir hopes that this soundtracks tranquil moments of peace whilst “in the bath or while chilling in your dressing gown + slippers”. So kick back, relax, close your eyes and allow your mind to wander through the vast universe that is Green Light (Acoustic).

Green Light (Acoustic) is out now across all streaming platforms. Follow Owen Denvir over on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or visit www.owendenvir.com.

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From the moment Jt Larsen’s track, Old Loud Beat Down Train, kicks in it’s like pouring a sweet honey love potion in your ears. The slide guitar instantly teleports you down that Alt-country/ Americana path and the rhythm, slow and seductive, initiates a dreamy state of mind.

The vocals, smooth, deep and warm sets this song up for a blissful scenic journey into the writer’s mind.

“I’m pacing by my window and the stars are shining so dim”, the first line of the song, immediately compels me to want more. Where is he going with his story and what is he trying to convey?

Old Beat Down Train - SoundCloud
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The pre-chorus then indicates to me that this is a love story of longing and “Old loud beat down train”, is a metaphor for this crazy, noisy world in which we live in and how that noise can drive us to destinations far from where we ought to be. Unless of course,

You’ll be on that old loud beat down train right here with me.

Old Loud Beat Down Train – JT Larsen, the follow up to Southern Indiana Nights, is a captivating song that shows great talents from a unique songwriter. The song contains all the required elements, from the intro to the chorus. OLBDT is filled with love, longing, and hooks and makes this a compelling, must listen to track. The instrumentation, the timing and the somewhat lazy feeling of the vocals suits this track to perfection and I’m drawn to that seat right next to him on that “Old Loud Beat Down Train”.

Being raised by two musicians, Larsen has always been around and loved music. And along the way, he’s been able to hone his craft as a singer, writer, musician, and producer creating a sound that is all his own. JT Larsen is based out of Indianapolis, Indiana and can be heard across regional and national radio stations and well as global publications.

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From the moment Jt Larson’s track, Old Loud Beat Down Train, kicks in it’s like pouring a sweet honey love potion in your ears. The slide guitar instantly teleports you down that Alt-country/ Americana path and the rhythm, slow and seductive, initiates a dreamy state of mind.

The vocals, smooth, deep and warm sets this song up for a blissful scenic journey into the writer’s mind.

“I’m pacing by my window and the stars are shining so dim”, the first line of the song, immediately compels me to want more. Where is he going with his story and what is he trying to convey?

- SoundCloud
(0 secs long)Play in SoundCloud

The pre-chorus then indicates to me that this is a love story of longing and “Old loud beat down train”, is a metaphor for this crazy, noisy world in which we live in and how that noise can drive us to destinations far from where we ought to be. Unless of course,

You’ll be on that old loud beat down train right here with me.

Old Loud Beat Down Train – JT Larson, the follow up to Southern Indiana Nights, is a captivating song that shows great talents from a unique songwriter. The song contains all the required elements, from the intro to the chorus. OLBDT is filled with love, longing, and hooks and makes this a compelling, must listen to track. The instrumentation, the timing and the somewhat lazy feeling of the vocals suits this track to perfection and I’m drawn to that seat right next to him on that “Old Loud Beat Down Train”.

Being raised by two musicians, Larsen has always been around and loved music. And along the way, he’s been able to hone his craft as a singer, writer, musician, and producer creating a sound that is all his own. JT Larsen is based out of Indianapolis, Indiana and can be heard across regional and national radio stations and well as global publications.

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Norwegian pop/rock band, Moron Police, already have an extensive touring record under their belt. Having performed at Fjellparkfestivalen, the Hove Music Festival and Norway Rock Festival, these guys are no strangers to large, screaming crowds.

Their up and coming release, A Boat On the Sea, is the group’s third album and will feature the brand new single, The Invisible King; out today. Describing the track as a criticism of “the religious wars, the military” and “the ruthless recruitment of young boys and girls”, The Invisible King is both a referral to political figureheads as well as God himself.

It’s difficult to believe, at first, that a song with such an upbeat start can address something so serious and hard-hitting, but it’s this juxtaposition of creative ideas that makes the track so extraordinary.

Listen to The Invisible King by Moron Police via YouTube below or Spotify

The Invisible King - YouTube

Throwing you straight into the catchy, upbeat chorus (sung a-cappella), the intro is then followed by an immensely satisfying guitar riff. The melodic verses entwined with influential speech samples, make The Invisible King an amalgamation of significant ideas and beliefs that are revealed in a wonderfully jubilant style. The darkly ironic lyrics against a fast-paced, joyful tune and an incredibly addictive main riff, truly demonstrate why Moron Police are a huge hit with live audiences. The track then cuts out to a delicate, glittering middle 8 before jumping back into another exhilarating guitar melody; showing off their ability to hype listeners for the final chorus.

This song just keeps on giving, with so many glorious parts to it and each tune being as addictive as the next, it’s hard to choose which one tops them all. It’ll have you singing not only the rhapsodic vocal line but also the awesome guitar solos along with it.

With a band name that perfectly reflects the topic of the song, Moron Police are paving the way for modern, triumphant protest music. The Invisible King is out today and you can listen to the track right here on For The Love of Bands.

If you like what you hear, then visit Moron Police on Spotify and follow their socials to keep up with their next gigs:

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Find The Invisible King on our New Music playlist on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer & YouTube.

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So soulful, unhurried and genuine in nature is Trailerhawk’s newest single, Cold Day. From the Vancouver band’s April release of album, Paid in Full, Trailerhawk delivers Americana, Tennessee Valley, Coal Miner’s daughter vibes with irresistible instrumentation. Folks, every song does not need a guitar solo and these guys are living proof. They, in fact, have the goods to overplay, over sing, overproduce, but don’t. They completely capture their genre and deliver it on time.

This is another band that I got hooked on while reviewing their single; I decided to stream the band’s other work this past weekend, then get to work on the review, makes for a great weekend and a busy Monday.

Cold Day - YouTube

Vocally speaking, there’s a treasure trove here. Carmen Bruno is the kind of singer that would lose on The Voice, not enough vocal gymnastics, yet she was the best singer that evening, that’s what makes her a winner. She (and the band) are song servants. It’s what makes great artists. If it does not serve the song, it’s out. Simple as that. Bruno is an amalgamation of a thousand singers named Lynn, Mavis Staples, Dolly and Patsy, all under the watchful eye of Aretha Franklin phrasing.

Cold Day, logistically speaking is a continual build, an addictive track, it materializes right before your very ears until its poignant crescendo. This band is so responsible, so professional and the envy of any performer with a throw-together lineup behind them. Listeners are treated to the great country and RnB tones of vintage equipment, buttery tube amps, unfettered with guitar sounds, period tremolo/reverb, fingers squeaks on the strings, Cropper-esque fills, et al. Emotional sections of Cold Day are created by humans, they’re persuaded by the very hands playing the parts, a quality unaccounted for today.

Other hot spots? Pretty Thing, Church of Jim Beam and Shy should get you started on your Trailerhawk journey. Cold Day is bona fide single, it’s packed with emotion, served on the best paper plates money can buy, alongside award-winning potato salad. I can’t think of anything better.

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If you’re a fan of Ben Howard or Bon Iver, then here’s a track for you: ‘Mavourneen’ is the final song on singer/songwriter, Joe Kaplow’s debut album entitled, ‘Time Spent In Between’.  The professional-musician-turned-hippie lives within a shared mansion in the hills of Santa Cruz, and creates tranquil folk music that sends you straight to a free-loving paradise.

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Mavourneen - YouTube

Taking inspiration from the likes of Paul Simon and The Tallest Man On Earth, Kaplow writes music that assists him through the difficult times in his life. ‘Mavourneen’ refers to Traditional Irish Folk music, translating to ‘my beloved’, and the song itself is a harmonious partnership between unique vocals and a selection of organic instruments. It begins simple, reminiscent of traditional song, yet slowly unwinds with ease to become something peacefully serene. The soothing acoustic guitar/banjo motif is a sure anchor throughout the song, bringing you back to this comforting familiarity between verses, and his poetic lyrics provide details that transport you to a free-spirited utopia.

‘Mavourneen’ is an escape from the stressful complications of modern society, a chance to feel weightless for a short time. If you are searching for liberation, then listen to Joe Kaplow’s ‘Mavourneen’ on his debut album and follow his socials here:

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We’ve added Mavourneen to our Lazy Indie Morning playlist on Spotify, Deezer, YouTube and Apple Music as well.

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This is one of those reviews that I live for. More time is spent retrospectively researching the band and their past releases then actually writing the review. Upon first listen, my next move was not to wait patiently for Word to open (and then crash), it was to go back and listen to other releases from this artist. It’s the one where you realize about halfway through the process, you’re being blind-sided into becoming a fan. No notes or outlines were scribbled here; this kind of review writes itself while the music plays on.

Fools and Foes based in Manila, Philippines is releasing a debut, full length, self-titled album on June 1st. Sheriff was the single submission and if the rest of the album is at all like the single, we could have a great one on our hands. I do wish to shy away from the Math Rock moniker, at least for my review. I’m afraid it will scare away hordes of potentials for this band. I don’t want anyone to confuse a stellar rhythm section and a genre title; I’m still not sure I like the word Math and Entertainment in the same sentence, ever.

Listen to Sheriff on YouTube below or via Spotify

Sheriff - YouTube

Fools and Foes drive home original rhythms effortlessly on Sheriff. This rhythm section is a machine, using all of its powers for the greater good. The single is capped with a masterfully delivered, hollow and vacant, sometimes charred and damned vocal performance from Romualdez. She’s in a league with the best of them, O’Riordan, O’Connor, you get the idea. This release is a dynamic one, constantly twisting and turning through its sections, exploring different energies, rhythms, but it’s all accessible, unlike math.

We’re excited about the prospect that Fools and Foes have set a tone on this upcoming album much like the single itself. The recording and production is lovely. It’s so nice to hear a drum kit again, like you’re sitting beside the player instead of listening to production voodoo. I’m a fan and June 1st is on my calendar.

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