The Quick of the Heart by Quinta

1. The Morning After St Jude 04:08 – Repetitive piano motif into dreamy pop. Nice.
2. Astragal (The Most Wonderful) 04:10 – Is it the Residents?  No.
3. Guido 04:23 – Synth driven kinda experimental electronica.
4. Embryo 04:12 – This is Enya.
5. Blood 05:15 – Piano and vocals – erm…ugh….
6. Morning Reckonings 03:57 – Way too straight – make it weird!  Make it interesting!
7. Lightning Trees 03:12 – This is better – bang that piano!
8. Subsong 02:53 – Dreary subsong – bet you didn’t see that coming?
9. An Elf Ring 06:25 – The long slow brooder. Gets ok at the end but why wait?
10. A Tutorial For Little Karen 04:06 – A light nothing song to end.

Score: 3

Worth listening further: No

 

Bedroom Recordings by Euphoria Again

1. ol rudy 02:24 – Tries it’s best for some dynamics though it’s tough with just an acoustic guitar (and some quiet overdubs).  Has a bit of a Mascis/Barlow sound in the verse.
2. she told me not to trus a pirate 02:30 – Downer…nice but I don’t wanna die this afternoon.
3. janis klonopin 01:56 – Points for a different sound – more lo-fi.
4. closing thoughts 02:54 – Maybe what an MBV song sounds like with no effects pedals.  Or basically an intro to any shoegaze song of your choice. Fuck, 13 more songs to go….
5. x marks the time 02:14 – Get me the razor I want to cut my emo wrists in the wrong direction.
6. daydeathdream 02:00 – Same plod along as the previous track but some straight vocals at least.
7. paps 01:20 – A waltz, well there had to be one really.
8. fathers 03:25 – This is so subdued I can’t listen to it.
9. massacre isn’t marie 02:59 – I have a friend called Marie – I might call her Massacre from now.
10. luvvstuf 02:06 – Hatestuf – really hate that finger slide sound.
11. black 03:22 – It’s not Jimmy Carl Black but there’s some drums here.
12. greatest hits 02:16 – This is not one.
13. dennis quaalude 02:11 – Gah – this isn’t one either.
14. andihope 02:59 – I know it’s hard but this is getting so samey.  I can only think about Sentridoh, Bob Dylan and Daniel Johnson again and again and again.
15. void in time 02:22 – I’m gonna go listen to Void.
16. uncle sam’s adopted sons 02:21 – A tambourine can’t save this.
17. cold bones 02:08 – I almost like this one.  But wonder if I’m just relieved that this is the last track and I’d like to say something nice.

Score: 3

Worth listening further: No

Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street by Beach Slang

1. All Fuzzed Out 03:11 – Big guitars – cool.  Wimpy vocals.
2. Dirty Cigarettes 03:02 – It’s the early 90s.  The type of music that was called alternative about 15 years ago, so the kids could know what the alternative was.
3. American Girls And French Kisses 02:54 – The faster track to mix it up.  Singer is channeling the Psychedelic Furs.
4. We Are Nothing 02:28 – The acoustic track.  Well at least it isn’t the slow boring track with a crescendo ending.

Score: 5

Worth listening further: Nah

POSTURES by POSTURES

1. Circles 02:52 – Silence…..not a good start eh?
2. Heavy Tremor 06:25 – This is better – nice rhythm, strong guitar line.  Production is smooth…maybe a little too nice.
3. Are We Still Breathing? 02:32 – Same as the last track – sounding interesting but the production leads one to think things are heading in a mainstream direction.  Needs more grit and dirt!
4. Solipse 08:35 – Dinky effected guitar – nothing happens.
5. Falling Into Place 06:42 – Fuck me – complete silence again.  I’d think the album had finished already.
6. Clusters 04:14 – Nice creepy melody, a little Cramps like, tho spoilt by super smooth vocals.
7. Undertow 05:15 – See track 4.
8. Clouded Sight 02:16 – This one jumps out of the blocks and is a little more like it – but, those vocals are annoying as hell.
9. Quakes 12:41 – See track 5.
10. Circles (Shake Up Your Mind) 04:23 – Gave up, didn’t bother…..

Score: 3

Worth listening further: No

I Didn’t Want To Do This To You, Thomas by And Then

1. 535 03:15 – Could be some rad electronica ready to explode!
2. What Is Art? (Baby Don’t Contradict Me) 02:08 – Could be some more rad electronica ready to explode!
3. Slow Car Crash 02:48 – Ugh those ten seconds were never ending….
4. I Showed Her Fireworks Down There (Ode To Thom) 05:40 – These didn’t get much better – Bad slow electro beats.
5. NYW 03:29 – Huh?  Suddenly gone indie.  But not good indie.
6. Diddle Till The End 02:12 – Too little too soft too late.

Score: 2

Worth listening further: No

A Map of the Chelsea Leaf by A Map of the Chelsea Leaf

1. The Opposite of What I Want 03:18 – A pretty average acoustic riff played in a tin shed.
2. Breathing in the Breeze 02:13 – Nice drum sound, could go anywhere, weak guitars come in…
3. Sleep Through Lonely Nights 04:02 – Sure needed some editing here.  Tape hiss.
4. Cat in the Sink 06:21 – Is this the same song as Track 2?  Both have ‘in the’ in their titles.
5. Untitled 02:40 – This sounds better, could end up with a campfire sing-a-long.
6. Unobtrusive 02:23 – Nice ambient intro but I fear it could lead to post rock.
7. During the Day, it’s Warm 03:14 – Brighter guitar sound here is much more interesting, the Casio drums aren’t as bad as you’d expect either!
8. Ashley 02:10 – Twang twang……twang!
9. The Power Went Out 02:36 – Toy Dolls riff (which they probably borrowed too)
10. Is This Fake Blood? 07:40 – Dicking around – doesn’t bode well if the track is nearly 8 minutes long.
11. Kissing Partners 02:44 – Straight into it, lots of tape hiss.  Daniel Johnson-esque maybe.
12. Jimmy Carter 05:56 – Ting ting…..ting!
13. The Revenge of Abe Lincoln 04:40 – Really need to tighten up the recordings to get a good score on this blog!

Score: 4

Worth listening further: No

Mongrel EP by TIME FOR T

Track 1: Tornado – Some funky keyboards joined by some lazy drums.  Not looking good.

Track 2: Great Grandma – Bleaugh guitar going nowhere – suits the song title somehow tho.

Track 3: Vegetable – This is better – nice to hear the word pyjamas in the second line.

Score: 4

Worth listening further: No