Monday, July 10, 2017

Little Indie Roundtable Review - w/e July 14 2017

This week our three guest reviewers take on another five new tracks and give them a spin through the headphones before they then air their opinion on each.

This week's panel: radio presenter on Sine FM, Simon Pattinson; vocalist Sam Robinson from Leeds band Chest Pains; Little Indie editor Linn Branson.

The Washington state alt-rock outfit drop this latest single -co-written by John Feldmann (Neon Trees, Biffy Clyro, 5 Seconds of Summer) from their forthcoming 'The Fear' EP, out July 14 through Outerloop Records. 'Mannequin' finds vocalist Chase Manhattan lamenting the loss of a lover over a percussive onslaught.

Simon Pattinson: Big anthemic pop sound that has the sound of Imagine Dragons with the enthusiastic tones of Maroon 5 in there too. Definitely something worthy of being heard in the UK Top 40 at this moment in time. 3/5

Sam Robinson: Admittedly, this is not a genre I regularly listen to or enjoy, but this track is definitely catchy. For any fans of pop music with an electronic spin, this is probably right up your street! 2.5/5

Linn Branson: Like Sam, not really my thang either: the dreaded r (rock) word. But actually, while not sure I could do the whole EP, I actually love this! Chase Manhattan - not his real name, surely? - is super cool on the vocal element. It's a big and bold anthemic number. 4/5

Total score: 9.5/15

Nottingham three-piece Silver Wilson offer their electro-tropical danceable indie sound on new single, released July 14. Summery vibes with a touch of Bombay Bicycle Club.

SP: This three-piece throw a huge dose of summer in your face. Upbeat vibes for those days, and to lift your spirits in the pouring rain. It's fun and who doesn't love a steel drum beat in a song. This track is crying out to be remixed for the clubs in Ibiza. 4/5

SR: No surprise this track is being released this month, it’s definitely a song for the summer time. It almost sounds like the kind of track you’d hear on a Pimms advert, or any other similar summery drinks advert. 3/5

LB: A little lightweight for me, though it has appeal. 3/5

Total score: 10/15

Debut single - produced by acclaimed London producer Eliot James (Two Door Cinema Club, Bloc Party, Coasts) - from the LA-based project of Chilean-American singer/songwriter Chris Rogers unleashes catchy, melodic psych-pop disco energy.

SP: This track certainly has a lot of bounce and knowing that Eliot James has produced this track says it all! Real trippy and echoey vocals mixed with big drum beats, not to mention the groovy bass line make this such a fun track. Feels like the perfect beach track. It's catchy, fresh and very vibrant and if this is of whats to come then I am excited to hear more. 4/5

SR: This track has a lot of really interesting effects throughout, particularly on the vocals. Great work by producer Eliot James. Once again, I can imagine this one being played at a summer party, maybe slightly later on in the night when people have decided to start dancing though. 3/5

LB: Love the opening - and as a cat lover, this can't fail. It does have a lot going on, not picked up on with just one hearing. Nice arrangement. Could be an artist worth watching. 3.5/5

Total score: 10.5/15

Upbeat indie pop second single from the Glasgow four-piece following their debut, ‘Hit Like This’, helmed by Ryan Caldwell's likeable vocals, jangly guitars and infectious chorus.

SP: Real art pop goodness. This sounds like the younger and wilder sibling of Everything Everything being let loose with a fiery and thrashy edge. Makes your head nod and has your feet tapping something all good tracks should be able to do and this is right up there. Could be a new FAUVErite. Get it? 5/5

SR: This a really great track by the relatively new Glasgow band. It’s the kind of track you instantly want to start singing along with, especially with the singer having such a nice voice! A great delicate breakdown too. 4/5

LB: Another great opening - those "ah-ooh" vocal effects are crazy! This moves at a nice, springy pace and I like it a lot, a big lot. 4.5/5

Total score: 13.5/15

After recent release 'Vultures', the south London outfit share another cut from their forthcoming self-titled debut album, released September 1 via PIAS Cooperative. As hot as its title, this Tom Dalgety-produced banger bursts out of the starting blocks on full-on guitars and the cutting dual vocals of Chloe Little and James Taylor.

SP: This band constantly write big songs full of energy and it hasn't changed this time around. Punchy rock 'n' roll from a band that know how to get their audience moving. It's a punk throttling, in your face banger that leaves you wanting more. Absolutely love this track and can't wait for their debut album to be released! 5/5

SR: As a big fan of female vocals this track is really great. I do, however, think the choruses would be a lot better if the female vocals carried on rather than being taken over by a male singer. The talk-style singing in the verses is super cool too. 3/5

LB: I don't know, Sam, I prefer James's vocals, but maybe that's just me not being overly enamoured of the female voice. But this is still a fierce little tune. 4/5

Total score: 12/15

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