This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.


Noel Gallagher is a man with opinions. His quotes are potentially the best thing to come out of 90’s Britpop (this is the man who described his brother as being like ‘a man with a fork in a world of soup’). But for some reason that intellect and cutting wit never really seems to find its way into the lyrics. Tere are, without question, more ‘la-la-las’ than any one album needs. It’s disappointing really. Mods have to stick together (“we are the mod” just doesn’t have the same ring to it) and haircut twin Johnny Marr performs alongside Gallagher on Te Ballad of the Mighty I. Described by Noel as one of the best songs he’s ever written, in my opinion there’s a lot which outrank it. Gallagher seems to be able to knock out Oasis songs like it’s 1995, and there’s the rub. Tere’s nothing wrong with sounding like Oasis, it’s just I’m not sure whether it’s a sound Noel’s trying to sidestep slightly and failing. All said, Noel is still a genius. Tere are some cracking songs on Chasing Yesterday, and if you’ve a spare 44-ish minutes it’s worth putting on your parka and giving it a full play through.



It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of incredible composition skills must be in want of a gritty, cathartic break-up album. So goes the oft-quoted adage. With enough poetic flair to warrant a rehashing of Austen, Ghostpoet brings us Shedding Skin. Tunes such as X Marks the Spot and the candidly-titled Yes, I Helped You Pack detail a hopeless relationship way beyond salvage. ‘It’s bigger than you and me, think of the kids’, Ghostpoet drawls on the latter. A stellar line-up of vocals also prove that this brilliantly self-produced album is anything but insular. Sorry My Love, It’s You Not Me is a particularly great example. Lucy Rose’s chilling voice combines with Ghostpoet’s to deliver the damning lines ‘It’s just your forgettable/ I think that’s the issue babe/ I wanna feel magic and stars/ Is that too much to ask?’. Ever true to reality, Ghostpoet mixes such dark shallows with sunnier heights. Meanwhile, classical strings and confident poetry throw right back to my initial 19th century literary comparison. Reader, I pre-ordered.



As soon as I pressed play on my stereo to listen to this album it was like I had skipped the next three gruelling months and entered the ever anticipated summer; I half expected to look out of my window and see girls skipping down the street in shorts and sunglasses. Tis up- tempo Liverpudlian band kickstart their debut album on a high, the first three tracks making the listener remember t- shirt weather. A highlight of this album is their new single Fossils, Kieran’s vocals vibing the radiance of haphazard barbeques and daylight until 9pm, the perfect soundtrack to anyone’s upcoming summer season. Although the album lulls at certain points, with many songs sounding incredibly similar and sometimes monotonous, it is redeemed by their album namesake song Young Chasers’ punchy chorus accompanied by guitar tones that tailor an absolute tune. With an highly anticipated tour hitting the country in April, Circa Waves are definitely rising through the ranks, their bold and euphoric aura however sometimes hindered by indistinguishable tracks that may send you into a summery sleep, but at least you’ll be sleeping to an indie rock album that’s bound to boom.

38 / March 2015/

Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64