The point of Round Up Reviews is to cover stuff I don’t have a chance to give a bigger write up to – or have enough to say about – but still want to give a mention to. Singles, the odd demo track and the like all get lumped into one post rather than slip through the cracks.
It has been a little over a month since the last one of these, and I’ve picked up a ton of stuff to get through in that time. History suggests I’ll call lots of things “gorgeous”, I should really get hold of a thesaurus.
This was meant to be in the last batch of reviews, but I forgot, as I’m an eejit. Dems previously got a nod in Round Up Reviews #2, where I loved his previous release Jarndyce Vs Jarndyce. Since then he’s moved back to London from Edinburgh, but so long as quality works keeps coming out Dems are always welcome on Aye Tunes. Make no mistake, this is quality work. Inspired in part by Big Cat Week on the BBC, this is just gorgeous. Lush production that manages to have all sorts of interesting things going on without being overwhelming or busy and downright beautiful vocals. Lioness is one of those songs that perks me up instantly if I’m a wee bit miserable. I’ve played this song to death over the past month and a bit and I’m nowhere near tired of it yet, nor will I be any time soon.
Lioness is available as a free download from Bandcamp.
Once again something I’ve been meaning to mention for ages. I’m really not the best at staying on top of things, but I digress. Trapped Mice are fairly new Edinburgh band – they just played their first gig a little over a week ago – who make lo-fi folk tinged music. They happen to make it very well too. There’s a few songs available, of which Secret Letters is my pick of the bunch, but the rest are well worth investigating too. Secret Letters starts off fairly gently before building to a glorious crescendo by the end. Pretty much a lovely wee song, check it out.
Secret Letters is available as a free download here.
Beldina O is another artist that’s popped up in these before, with her song Chariots featured last time. Since then a few songs have made their way on to Beldina’s Bandcamp page, including this one, which I didn’t have last time round. By Candlelight is another cracking wee song. Sparse and stripped back the song is carried by a fairly simple bit of organ and a luscious vocal. Distinctive and enchanting, this is really lovely.
By Candlelight II – and a few other songs – can be downloaded free from Bandcamp.
Help yourself to a free download of Go On Yerself here.
Kyle Wood from BGAC also has his own long running – and terrifyingly prolific – solo thing going on under the name of Lovers Turn To Monsters which I don’t mention nearly enough. Recently Kyle wrote and recorded and EP – The Pain and the Ghosts – in the space of three hours. For good measure he threw in a cover of Batman Forever so for a laugh let’s compare his solo acoustic version to BGAC’s. The song works pretty well stripped down to it’s bear bones actually. The sense of fun of the song is replaced my a more delicate and mournful feeling, but is just as enjoyable in its completely different form.
The Pain and the Ghosts is available to download free here. While you are there get loads more Lovers Turn To Monsters stuff, it is very good.
Fortune Favours The Brave is released on September 10th, with a launch gig at The Caves is Edinburgh on the same night.