Grumpynators – Wonderland

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Two years can seem like a very long time when you are excitedly anticipating something. Certainly the wait for the debut album from Grumpynators has felt like a life time after being hooked by their previous releases. Once arrived and there waiting to explode from the speakers, thoughts turn to pondering if it will now live up to probably over demanding expectations and hopes. The Danish quartet’s self-titled motorbilly has been one of the few fresh sounds to really ignite ears and emotions over recent years and yes the band has forged another landmark in their ascent with Wonderland. The band’s mix of hard rock, psychobilly, punk, metal, and old school rock ‘n’ roll is maybe not over fuelled with major originality yet the way the band hone and twist the blend, it emerges as something distinct and specific to Grumpynators whilst providing a healthy and rousing option for fans of anyone from Motorhead to Metallica, The Damned to Volbeat, Mad Sin to Tiger Army. So it is again with Wonderland, a slab of ferocious rock ‘n’ roll pushing the band’s voracious sound and our passions to new heights.

The Copenhagen band was formed in 2011 by former band members and crew from Taggy Tones and Volbeat. Their first rampage on stage came that year at the Danish underground festival Barnyard Rumble in Denmark, the opening riot in an ever increasing and feverish attention following the band thereon in. Across the years the band has on shows and tours shared stages with the likes of Magtens Korridorer and Volbeat amongst a great many. A self-titled demo EP in 2011 just as potently awoke ears and appetites, though arguably it was the 666 RPM EP two years later which was the major spark to trigger a much further spread awareness. Wonderland is a bigger, bolder beast standing before us all now with the potential to break the band into the keenest spotlight possible.

The album opens up with its title track, and instantly has ears and imagination intrigued and enthralled by a thirty second kaleidoscope of haunting sounds and evocative textures. From its sinister coaxing, a flash of guitar opens the door for a predatory lure from the double bass of Jakob Øelund to immediately seduce an appetite always open to that kind of bait. Scything beats from Per Fisker equally adds to the brewing drama of the song whilst the guitars of Christian Nørgaard and Emil Øelund stir up air and senses with their belligerent persuasions. It is a fiery mix only increasing in energy and intensity as the song expands to its full height, the at times Lemmy like tones of Emil a magnetic roar in the midst of the infectious tempest. The encounter is equipped with the distinctive Grumpynators sound but already show a new adventure and creative theatre in the band’s invention and tenacity, hooks and swinging rhythms as mischievous as they are predatory whilst a guitar solo simply sizzles on the senses.

Wonderland cover _Reputation Radio/RingMaster Review   The stunning start is matched by both Walking in the Night and Burning in the Snow, the first dangling before the listener a spicy groove from its first breath, subsequently wheeling it in and using it to core the spinning of a feisty web of psychobilly contagion and hard rock devilry. The stomp just increases its attraction as vocals and another incendiary bass tempting fills its rampant prowl. Like a flirtation happy to brawl at any given moment, the track has ears and body leaping to its puppetry before making way for the similarly irresistible lures of its successor. The third track is a more even tempered stroll with restraint to its energy but even more virulence to its rockabilly meets punk ‘n’ roll devilment. Things do get over excited in its chorus but the band always pulls it back for a pungent croon of a seduction around the verses, led by Emil who is as ever impressively backed by calls across the band.

Walked Away winks with a dulled country twang initially before launching its own individual and tenaciously striding heavy rock persuasion. Of course as with all songs, it is a maelstrom of flavours colouring its anthemic canvas and tearing through ears, a thick flavoursome mix of rock infusing varied textures and spices soon emulated in The Calling. The track is a predator, prowling ears with an intimidating bassline and imposing grooves carolled by the excellently switching twin attack of the vocals. Track and band show you do not have to go hell for leather to create an inescapable anthem with the song, its character and potency a lingering thrilling threat. The short number of tracks in previous EPs generally meant each song bordered on a major highlight, the cream of that crop of songs so to speak, and it is easy to say that Wonderland follows suit, this point in the album already offering five dead on Grumpynator classics.

The Stalker steps forward next, this a lighter hued cantor despite its title but lock ‘n’ loaded with more addiction forging grooves and nagging hooks cast with a swagger and smiling contagion. As all offerings, it defies the listener not to join in with its epidemic of persuasion, poking the thought does rock ‘n’ roll get any better? Maybe not but it can be equalled as shown by Speeding #2, a reworking/recording of a track from their demo EP. It is does not venture too far from its first outing but provides a fresh and magnetic nature to an already established fan favourite.

The carnivorous This Is My Life growls next, its grouchy presence delving into more metallic scenery whilst laying down one pure rock ‘n’ roll groove through the forever masterful string plucks of Jakob. The guitars of Emil and Christian spread sultry strands of sonic endeavour around the instinctive catchiness of the proposal too, and driven by the forceful commanding swings of Per, yet another highlight is forged and soon matched by the voracious Pray For Your Life. It is a bruising antagonistic affair that, with its sterner caustic attitude, only captivates as its spreads its heavy and hard rock invention.

Both songs though are outshone by the steamy Mama No, probably the most diverse track on the album in that every strain of sound found on Wonderland is embroiled in the hectic and irresistible punk metal ‘n’ roll rampaging. Every riff and groove comes with a thick splattering of those flavours to their colour, an impressive feat and success driven by rabid rhythms and the rousing tones of Emil. The track is the perfect end to the album but the band knows better and closes things off with A Life Without You, an acoustic seducing of guitar and vocals embraced in the melancholic beauty of cello provided by Richard Krug. The song is a dark romance in ears, one sparking a tingle in the senses and a sigh of satisfaction by its, and Wonderland’s end.

It is fair to say that Grumpynators had a head start on raising the passions thanks to their excellent previous EPs but that also led to greater, greedier demands on Wonderland, something tossed aside with ease. As declared a little earlier, rock ‘n’ roll does not get much better than this.

Wonderland is out now via Target through most online stores

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RingMaster 21/05/2015

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The DiggerZ – A Psycho’s Tales

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There are numerous things to love about the debut album from German psychobillies The DiggerZ; from songwriting to sound, invention to unique devilry it is a rampant ride of contagious rock ‘n’ roll. Maybe the most notable thing about its success though is the fact it leaves the listener continuing to strut around after its departure as if they were indeed the cause of its glories. A Psycho’s Tales is a gripping and refreshing slab of diversely flavoured stomping, and one of the most compelling psychobilly incitements of recent times.

The DiggerZ emerged from Essen in 2010, the union of three musicians already well known to each other from mutually attended local shows. The line-up is Köppy (who is also the drummer for Pitmen), Andre Zaremba (guitarist of Messerstecher Herzensbrecher), and vocalist /double bassist Mo, a trio who like all good stompers decided to form a band after the consumption of a beer or ten. Shows around Essen established their adventurous sound whilst in turn breeding a potent fan base and a growing reputation only enhanced by festival appearances at the likes of Psychobilly Earthquake in Bremen, Satanic Stomp at Speyer, and Potsdam’s Psychomania Rumble, as well as an increasing number of gigs across Germany. Musically, as shown by their first album, their temptation is a mix of psychobilly snarling, eighties rockabilly infectiousness, and additional spices of surf, punk , and old school rock ‘n’ roll. It is a fascinating and excitable blend which at times plays like a fusion of The Frantic Flintstones, Pitmen, and Stray Cats but everything honed into something distinct to The DiggerZ.

The Crazy Love Records released encounter opens with the haunted Intro, a web of sinister sounds and passing tormented/innocent noises playing like a deranged opening to a horror TV show. It is slightly too long and it must be admitted after a couple of listens of the album, the tendency is to leap ahead to the first riotous offering in the compelling shape of Forgotten Son. The guitar of Andre instantly warms ears and imagination with its enticing, bait quickly joined by an intermittent juicy hook and the thumping beats of Köppy aligned to a rumbling bassline and gruff vocal pokes provided by Mo. A raging appetite is swiftly incited by the sounds and presentation, every element given its own spotlight but united in a storming stroll of a song. Spicy melodies and grooves continue to feverishly colour the infectious romp whilst the impressive tones of Mo, again clearly spotlighted within the tapestry of the track, direct the attack.

diggerz_psychos_tale_Reputation Radio/RingMaster Review   The following Breakout merges into its sultry tempting a guitar jangle which is almost ska like, whilst a shimmering melodic enterprise has as much of a surf swelter to its air as a rockabilly croon to its enticing. As with its predecessor there is no escape from its lure for feet and indeed voice, full involvement easily achieved though not quite as quickly as with Fresh Flesh From The Graveyard. A tangy hook opens up the decayed attraction, vocal cries and roving beats not taking long to leap into the affair either as a more psychobilly defined heart reveals itself within the song. To it though, spices across decades of rock ‘n’ roll again bring their hues to the death dance as the track incites its victims into bounding across the floor with limbs a blur as throats join the anthemic call.

Already a potent variety is blossoming across A Psycho’s Tales and continues in the rigorous seducing of Dreamgirl, a seductive energetic prowl of the senses and psyche. Its dark lure comes as a collection of punchy rhythms, addictive basslines, and acidic strands of sonic toxicity, all wrapped in a siren-esque melodic serenade. Its craft is so masterful that it simultaneously has the body not knowing whether to sway with its romance or rampage with its predation, in the end both is the best answer as the song ignites the passions ready for the addictive shuffle of Hangover and the heated swing of BBQ On Lost Island, again mouth-watering songs weaving a host of delicious, at times bluesy, hooks and melodies into a tenacious union of spiky beats and feverish rapacious grooves. As all tracks upon the album, both have their own confident and infectious swagger which almost alone has ears and emotions locked in and grinning broadly.

Jealousy is a frenetic motion of dark string plucking aligned to agitated rim and skin jabbing, again the rhythms a insatiable provocation to body and soul whilst the mix of tart and melodic escapades cast by the guitar alongside the magnetic vocals of Mo, flirt with ears and imagination. It is a furiously virulent uproar of sound and persuasion matched in energy and catchiness if not identity by I Want Her. Whereas the previous song seems to have the intent of wanting to brawl in its belly, its successor explores a mellower but humid landscape of melodic surf and rockabilly caressing. It is very different in sound to Jealousy but a mirror of addictiveness as the album brings itself to a raw and rousing close through a live cut of Set Me Free. Dirty and uncompromising, the song tells you all you need to know as to why The DiggerZ should be checked out in the flesh.

A Psycho’s Tales is a treat, a must for psycho/rockabilly fans providing something recognisable but very different from the crowd. The DiggerZ is the name and the sinister devouring of your passions the game.

A Psycho’s Tales is out now via Crazy Love Records @ http://www.crazyloverecords.de/diggerz-a-psycho-s-tale-cd.html

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Blacklist Union – Alive N Well Smack in the Middle of Hell

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June sees the release of Back To Momo, the new and fourth album from US rockers Blacklist Union. To whet the appetite and incite rich anticipation for it, the band have unleashed the single Alive N Well Smack in the Middle of Hell, a raucous stomp of an infection proving that rock ‘n’ roll can be raw and accessible, raunchy and endearing in one single slice of devilment.

Formed by frontman Tony West back in 2004, the Los Angeles hailing Blacklist Union has consistently earned plaudits and recruited an increasing loyal fan base through their colourful and ferociously varied mix of alternative metal and heavy rock. Debut album After The Mourning in 2006 was a well-received introduction to the band, an attention reinforced and pushed on by its successor Breakin’ Bread With The Devil two years later. Following up their third full-length Til Death Do Us Part of 2012, another eagerly welcomed incitement, the band is readying another full-on assault on the broadest spotlights with the West and Todd Youth written Back to Momo, and if their new single is any indication it has a fair chance of achieving its aim.

Alive N Well Smack in the Middle of Hell makes a relatively low key entrance, a lone guitar luring ears before a vocal shrill breaks the air. Energy and fiery revelry is soon swamping ears from this point as thickly jabbing beats and a throaty bassline joins a bluesy mesh of grooving. The track is soon into a tenacious stride, riffs and rhythms a punkish badgering within a sonic enterprise loaded with choice hooks and that persistently enticing groove. A following moment of clarity is pure contagion matched by the mischievous vocals whilst the busy haze of energy around rock ‘n’ roll endeavour has anthem written all over it.

It is easy to assume that Alive N Well Smack in the Middle of Hell is a firm fan favourite live and will be the same as it now storms through the airwaves and listener’s speakers. It is unfussy, unbridled rock ‘n’ roll baby and probably the best advert for Back To Momo that Blacklist Union could have come up with.

Alive N Well Smack in the Middle of Hell is out now whilst Back to Momo will be hitting stores from June 13th.

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RingMaster 21/05/2015

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Forever Still – Save Me EP

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Every time we feature Danish rockers Forever Still on our online radio shows, The Bone Orchard and The Ringmaster Review, barely one play goes by without suggesting the band’s time for global recognition is nigh, thoughts seemingly replicated in the minds and responses of the listeners. The Copenhagen trio has yet to receive that deserved break, though every release certainly pushes them closer. Their new EP Save Me, is the most potential and ability equipped proposition from the band to date and if this does not rupture the broadest spotlights with accompanying successes than something is seriously wrong out there. Its three tracks explore the full range of the band’s songwriting and sound, seducing and savaging the senses with an imagination and passion which just leaves you hungry for much more.

The band since forming in 2010 has perpetually infused the music scene at home and increasingly further afield with a fresh breath of creative attitude and sound. In 2013, the band unveiled debut EP Breaking Free, a release seriously acclaimed by fans and media alike and emulated in success by the equally impressive and stature pushing Scars EP of last year. Both encounters lit a fire in the European independent rock scene if not yet quite to the level found in the passions of an increasing fan base. Now it is the turn of the exceptional Save Me EP to have a go at breaching broad horizons, a success impossible to bet against. The encounter flourishes once again from the melodic roar and harmonic seducing of Maja Schønning, and the maturely inventive songwriting of her and Mikkel Haastrup (bass / guitar / keyboards / drums). Backed by the skilled abilities of Dennis Post (guitar), the EP simply ignites ears and thoughts alike from its first breath.

cd-cover Reputation Radio/RingMaster Review    Awake the Fire opens up the release and instantly grips the imagination with its initial tangy grooving. It is irresistible bait continuing intermittently across the song, holding its own against bulging rhythms and hungry riffs unleashed by the band. Once the ever compelling voice of Schønning takes ears in her potent hands, drums seem to elevate in boldness and intensity whilst the guitars cast a sonic tapestry as spicily aggressive as it is virulently imaginative. There feels like there is a new confidence within the song, indeed EP, compared to the band’s previous and seriously impressive offerings, every element of the song from writing to sound bearing a creative swagger and almost volatile passion. The track is a masterful roar of melodic and heavy rock, alone ensuring any old references to bands like Evanescence and Lacuna Coil are now redundant. Forever Still has evolved into something wholly unique, a fact quickly reinforced by the second song on the EP.

Breathe In opens with an electronic teasing before a vocal snarl from Schønning triggers a lively magnetic saunter of eager riffs and bewitching melodic grooves. That electronic coaxing still continues within the blossoming croon of a song, whilst a wiry bassline captivates as a more tempestuous yet still restrained atmosphere fuels the increasingly impressing encounter. The sudden eruption of carnivorous intent in voice and sound seals the deal on another outstanding proposal, an Otep like ferocity expelling its fury before the song relaxes once more ready for one final forceful eruption.

The EP closes with its title track where the band reveals they are just as able and striking at creating mellow but inflamed seductions soaked in emotional turmoil as they are with thunderous tempests. The song is bewitching, Schønning a poetic aural lure in a similar embrace of melodies from guitar and keys. Within its mesmeric textures though, an electronic agitation lurks and a more sombre bassline prowls, their pairing creating riveting shadows within the evocative fire of the melodic serenade. An underlying snarl also brings more depth and potency to the closing persuasion, reminding all again of the range and imagination within the invention of Forever Still.

Save Me is the most powerful and gripping release from Forever Still yet, building on past triumphs and exploring far loftier heights. Hopefully it will mark the moment the world catches on to band and their dramatically thrilling sound. If not now it has to happen some when soon.

The Save Me EP is out now as a name your price download at https://foreverstill.bandcamp.com/album/save-me-ep-name-your-price

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RingMaster 21/05/2015

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Goldsmack – Wild Season

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To be honest it is proving hard to describe the Goldsmack sound; certainly it is a blaze of sultry pop equipped with a potent glaze of psychedelia. But equally it delves into dark rock ‘n’ roll and blues bred exploits whilst casting a theatre of intimate drama amidst an evolving landscape of aural roars and smouldering emotions. Maybe the closest hint is to say that the Italian trio create something akin to Nick Cave and the Velvet Underground uniting in the seduction of My Baby and MGMT, but then again maybe not. There is also a familiarity to their music which makes accessibility very easy but as revealed by the diverse collection of adventures within their new debut EP Wild Season, it is once caught by that invitation that the real adventure and thrill actually begins.

Goldsmack consists of vocalist Georgia Minelli, guitarist Davide Tebaldi, and bassist/keyboardist Luca Bagatti, three childhood friends brought up “in the single most beautiful and boring place on earth”. It was a small village in the gentle hills of northern Italy where the trio nurtured their musical prowess and imagination, amongst many things to while away the hours. Their sound plays like the home of dreams and isolation bred from a similar source of inspiration in their remote upbringing whilst the band name, again to quote from the press release, “…refers not as much to real gold, but rather to an alchemical sort of gold, a chimera, a potent drug…a prismatic, paradoxical thought that becomes circular and obsessive.

Good Morning Star tantalises first, a monotone sonic lure the thread to a web of electronic beats and guitar cast spirals of melodic enticing. A thick bass tempting swiftly adds to the potent bait, the mix carrying a post punk air reinforced by the also singularly expressive tones of Minelli, an essence of the Au Pairs coming to mind at this early point. At the heart of the persuasion a brewing infectiousness grows, wrapping the increasing celestial pop and vivacious radiance of the encounter. Contrasting it though are prowling shadows courtesy of the bass aligned to a sonic predation, extremes colluding to offer their part in the exploration within the EP of “the impossible triangle between Love, Money and Spiritual Enlightenment”.

The captivating start is swiftly surpassed by A Wild Wild Season, a fascinating dark rock stroll seeing Bagatti bring his full vocal participation to the narrative alongside Minelli. A spicy melody winds itself around another darkly lit bass coaxing, beats resonating in the background as Bagatti’s equally shadowed Cave-esque tones cast the beginning of the evocative narrative. The song continues to saunter, merging lighter scenery into the sinisterly aired landscape, whilst both Bagatti and Minelli duet and entwine their compelling deliveries to enthralling success. The seduction gains even greater momentum as a croon of orchestral like coaxing reveals their provocative textures in another riveting and mouth-watering triumph to the release.

A feisty ambience of blues and psyche rock smothers ears next as Rites Of Spring takes over, that My Baby reference a perfect clue to the sultry and fiery shuffle of the encounter. Minelli is as much ablaze as the guitars, their individual tempestuous energies and impassioned creativity uniting in a fire of persuasion though one kept in check a touch by the great wandering tenacity of the sobering bass. Once more ears are glued and imagination ignited; their appetites hungry for more and straight away fed by the similarly caustic delta blues pop/funk of Kids with Guns. Feet and emotions are quickly recruited to the swagger of the song, ears seduced by the impressive and sizzling enterprise of Tebaldi’s guitar resulting in one more increasingly enjoyable and incendiary escapade.

The closing Of Human Bondage is an enthralling oddity, a turbulent experience of dark drama and emotional torment coloured by insightful references and samples. These alone reinforce the imposing theatre and power of the track but are matched just as potently by the menacing shadow coursing its sound. Within it all a dark beauty is at work too, a calm and hope which only accentuates the track’s absorbing provocative heart.

It is a gripping end to a thrilling introduction to Goldsmack. Wild Season is an infestation of the psyche which continues to work away even after its sound has left the body; a golden slice of psychedelic darkness and shadowed pop whose recommendation comes as a roar.

Wild Season is available now @ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wild-season-ep/id988821494

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RingMaster 20/05/2015

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Diamond Youth – Nothing Matters

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It may be only thirty minutes in length but Nothing Matters, the debut album from US alternative rock band Diamond Youth, is jam packed with boisterously contagious songs to party hard and long to. It is a riot of fun seemingly bred on flavours inspired by the likes of Queens Of the Stone Age, Weezer, and Foo Fighters but with plenty of its own distinct characteristics and flavours to create something individual to Diamond Youth. For personal tastes the release is stronger and most tenacious in its first half but every offering within Nothing Matters is a compelling slice of pop rock equipped with feisty persuasion and a good strain of tenacious mischief.

Diamond Youth hails from Baltimore, emerging around 2010 with a line-up featuring members of Trapped Under Ice, Terror, and Down to Nothing; all sharing a common background of art, design, skateboarding, and of course music. Influences range from band such as Pixies, The Nerves, and unsurprisingly Queens Of The Stone Age, and it is fair to say that the quartet has increasingly lured attention through a host of EPs starting with DMND and Don’t Lose Your Cool in 2011. It is Orange in 2013 and Shake a year later, both as the new album released via Topshelf Records, which provided the spark to greater focus and acclaim enveloping the band, in turn sparking strong anticipation for the band’s debut full-length. It will leave no one disappointed and is destined to not only recruit another wave of eager spotlights and fans whilst simply creating a fun time for all.

Recorded with engineer Dave Warsop, the album starts with its title track, swiftly entrapping ears and appetite with stirring rhythms and spicy hooks encased in vocal and melodic revelry. Quickly, especially as the vocals impressively cast their tempting on proceedings, that QOTSA air is an open breeze bringing even greater catchy bait to the vibrant persuasion. It is the tangy hook though which brings the biggest smile in the emotions, that and the adventurous ideation lining the song from first note to last.

Nothing-Matters-Cover Reputation Radio/RingMaster Review     The excellent opening to Nothing Matters is quickly matched by Thought I Had It Right, another song with thick hooks and entrancing harmonic tempting. Slightly more restrained in energy compared to its predecessor, the song saunters and sways with a rich Muse like sultriness to sound and voice. Every syllable comes coated with a spice of angst whilst melodies like a fine wine just become more seductive and effective on the senses with very passing moment. There is also a volatile edge to the contagion posing as a track, its sonic presence flirting with causticity as it forcibly infests and ignites ears through to the imagination.

Spinning steps up next with an even more reserved nature though melodic and vocal passion in turn create a blistering roar courted by a snarl of a bassline. Fair to say that it might be the least feisty song on the release so far but it is the most tempestuous and fascinating, and subsequently quite irresistible as also the following Far Away from Earth. Rhythms straight away lay down an anthemic potency before quickly finding themselves skirted by a deliciously grizzled bassline and a brewing sonic mist of guitar. The mellow croon of vocals does bring a magnetic tempering but ultimately only seems to inflame the growl and rebellious attitude of the song as it erupts in a cauldron of pop infectiousness and rock ‘n’ roll predation. Crunchy and warmly smouldering simultaneously, it teases the psyche like Josh Homme toying with Muse as it creates yet another instant pinnacle upon the album.

A more summery swagger comes with Succulent next, a surf rock/ garage pop colouring the sweltering climate of the bewitching instrumental. Its heated charm and warm elegance are emulated in next up In the Clouds, a bubbling shimmer of sound and harmonies which takes the listener by the emotions and leads them on a dance of addictive devilry. Six tracks in and five of them are easily single potential, an instrumental having little chance of being chosen let’s be honest.

From Riptide onwards, band and album seems to explore a different avenue with a lessening of the agitated sonic invention and an increasing of more immersive melodies and warm radiance. Tracks as this compelling ballad still have a fire in their belly but such the alchemy of virulence in earlier songs they just miss, and it is just, casting the same persuasive spark. Nevertheless the song has ears engrossed and satisfaction full whilst the static kiss and melodic coaxing of No Control and the post punk like rhythmic lure of The Nothing, ensure only the keenest attention is given. The second of the two especially has thoughts and enjoyment lit before Deep Love explores some dark pop beauty. It has a feel of UK artist Rooster Cole to it, with its sombre ambience encased in an excitable adventure of sound. The track is superb, a match for anything before and without doubt also a song on its own sure to trigger greedy reactions.

The album closes with The Difference, itself a humidly aired release of emotional and musical drama, and a fine end to an increasingly impressing encounter. Diamond Youth has taken the qualities nurtured in previous releases to new thrilling and at times spellbinding heights. Whether you want an out and out romp to party with or something with a melodic embrace to sink into, Nothing Matters delivers one very enjoyable time.

Nothing Matters is available now via Topshelf Records @ http://www.topshelfrecords.com/products/545159-diamond-youth-nothing-matters or https://topshelfrecords.bandcamp.com/album/nothing-matters

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RingMaster 20/05/2015

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Ella Squirrell – Loop EP

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English singer songwriter Ella Squirrell has a voice to eclipse reality, a presence to lift the listener away from a grey day into a melodic and emotionally coloured oasis. As proven by her new EP Loop, the lady also has a lyrical gift and musically creative craft to back up her transfixing tones. She is beginning to stir up a healthy buzz within the British music scene and it is easy to see why with the unveiling of her four-track release.

With a her father a professional musician in a folk band trio and her mother a poet, maybe it is no surprise she has emerged with similar gifts and combined them in her own creative adventures. Hailing from Bridport in Dorset, Ella explored instruments and music from an early age, starting with the Irish penny whistle and folk songs at the age of 10 and moving on to the guitar a year later. Her own songwriting began when she was around 15 with a fusion of folk and pop emerging. Ella cannot read or write music but conjures them in her head and as her bio says, “teases them out into reality.” However it works, the songs making up Loop simply captivate from start to finish with a purely organic seduction.

Picture 38   The release opens with new single Quiet Fire, a romance on the ear which from its first kiss of keys just enchants. A slow reflective start is barely seconds in before eager beats and the voice of Ella open up a lively shuffle within ears and imagination. There is smokiness to her voice as it wraps flirtatiously around the song’s rhythmic stroll and tender melodic caresses, a Sade meets Skye Edwards (Morcheeba) feel to her mesmeric tones which simply smoulders against the lively swing of the song. It is one of those encounters which follow you around after just the first hearing, persistently nagging away in thoughts with its magnetic lures and an infectious tenacity loaded with sound of the summer potential.

The bewitching start to Loop continues with its title track, keys straight away enticing the senses with reserved but funk kissed alluring whilst melodies cast a folk pop proposal supported by the jazzy flicker of brass. As in its predecessor, backing harmonies add to the temptation as they slip in and out of the surrounding atmosphere. It is sheer captivation, another slice of virulent pop drama matched swiftly by the emotive balladry of Trust Is A White Dove. Piano and voice transfix again, hugging ears and thoughts alone for the opening croon before the song expands its elegance and persuasion with melancholic strings and a shadow delving bass tone to be lustful over.

In three bright slithers of beauty, the songwriting of Ella reveals its adeptness at variety, an equally feisty trait in the closing Trouble. Arguably the most folk lined song on the release, it is also a bold flight of electro pop and jazz sparked imagination. It sways and coaxes with physical and emotional temptation, like a flame licking ears with melodic vivacity as it takes thoughts on a fascinating amble of varied textures and boisterous creative dexterity.

The song is a gorgeous end to a simply spellbinding proposition and an introduction to an artist you can only anticipate major recognition and hopefully in turn big success for. Right now though, Ella Squirrell has provided one delicious aural kiss.

The Loop EP is out now via Gospel Oak Records at https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/loop-ep/id981163074

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Upcoming Gigs:

27th May2015 The Jam House, Birmingham (The Launch Pad – a regular showcase of some of artists that the Jam House considers “ones to watch”.)

4th July 2015 Big Mix Music Festival, Lyme Regis (The Big Mix is Lyme’s own youth music festival by the sea)

RingMaster 20/05/2015

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