No Hang-Ups – Dialtone (Independent Release)
Hey it’s the early 70s; hey it’s when Brian Eno still loved being in Roxy Music, hey its Rick Okasek fooling around with a dream Beach Boys monster created by Mathew Sweet.
It’s 2008 and you are listening to ‘Summer’ the opening track of Dialtone’s new album.
It’s a skewed new wave, incorporating the tension of the best of indie of the past years, with a love for the hooks and sly glamour of the neon ghosts from way back then.
The single, ‘ Emo T-shirt’ is a ragged anthem for those self aware college fans tired of the too clean sad eyed beautiful fakes that sing to them normally.
This is what happens when you take the pristine structure of the PoP song for indie kids, and roll it around in the street and dirt outside the punk club.
Stand out track and a glimpse of edgier paths soon to be followed, is, ‘Still Sleeping’ which manages to combine the scary side of Cheap Trick along with the quirky emotional harmonies of leftfield artists like Sufjan Stevens.
This is a CD to be played often, allowing its (not so) tender charms to eat their way inside your rock n roll heart.
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Jonah’s Revenge – Matt Tyler (Dannyboy Music)
As the songs roll past, images are concocted of a Texan Troubadour, singing a rowdy bar to contemplative silence, or a Springsteen creating rough demos in the middle of the night, or a denim clad Eagles roadie finally going it alone, with his own stories and secrets.
There is Americana and folk and heartfelt rock, all instruments played by this Birmingham native, utilizing a left of centre warmth and a natural feel for personal , intimate moments.
With a voice just on the right side of rough, Tyler allows the songs to soar melodically through uncluttered arrangements, hooking into the mind with a wry pop sensibility.
Stand out tracks for this reviewer are ‘Icarus’ which swoops and dives through the air like the character in the title and the sweetly orchestrated, ‘Lorraine’
If you can imagine the aural lovechild of Buckley in his folk phase, and early David Grey, this album captures that perfectly.
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Hear tracks from both these albums on the NBT Podcast going out on the 28th Nov