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‘Propoganda’ – Aārp June 18, 2020

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Aārp is a classically trained experimentalist with a penchant for politically orientated song titles. Opening track “CA Fuit De Pentant” is an intriguing synth led track which is experimental rhythmically as well as tonally. “Condamnez Vous Les Violences” features scattered rhythms over a descending jazz style sequence. “Axis Of Evil” has a filmic feel with organ leading into a dance like feel with frequent changes of rhythm pattern. “Less Than 1% Of Patients Leave Addicted” has a sadder, less frenetic feel “There Is No Alternative” builds into a dance orientated track with a more laid back feel.

Some tracks such as “Nada Es Gatos Esta Vida” and “The Herbicide That Gets To The Root Of The Problem” feature a more experimental feel . The rhythms are more disorientating and therefore require closer listening. “I Prefer A Literal Dictator” has a sinister feel with orchestral interludes. Final track “Les Malheureux” opens with bassy synth sounds leading into an interesting mix of rhythms interspersed with symphonic interludes and alien dance rhythms. This album reminds somewhat of the work of Ryuichi Sakamoto and the Yellow Magic Orchestra and that is no bad thing. I look forward to hearing further musical exploration from Aārp and his politician quoting song titles.


Written by Paul Bamlett.

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‘Armlock’ – School of X May 16, 2020

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Armlock is the self-produced debut album from School Of X a.k.a Rasmus Littauer. Following the acclaimed EPs ‘Destiny’ and ‘Faded Dream’ this multi-talented artist has reshaped some of his earlier work to create a collection of emotional Indie pop songs with an adventurous new and refreshing sound. Opening track “Where Do I Start” begins with a great keyboard intro which leads into a melancholy pop song with some excellent keyboard embellishments. Next up “Bad Love” is a beautiful keyboard-based song. When the rhythm picks up this has a really good pop feel to it. Third track “Believe It” has a more indie feel to it and a very appealing guitar figure. Track 4 has an intimate ballad style opening and the addition of female vocals here is a nice touch. When the two voices meet in unison they fit together perfectly. Great keyboard sounds again.

“Forgot Me On The Moon” is a great melodic and upbeat song featuring more sublime keyboards. “Collarbone” has a strong backbeat with a beautifully controlled vocal. The seventh track “Flowers” opens with a strange bass soundscape leading into a fine keyboard theme. There is a slightly more experimental feel here. Ethereal vocals with echoing keyboard and more than a taste of ‘Steve McQueen’ era Prefab Sprout. “Rivers” has a strong rhythmic feel and a lovely lilting melody
Final track “Blood Flow” has a great anthemic slow feel and is a superb closer with a reprise of the marvellous vocal sound that is such a feature of this record.
This is an appealing and uplifting album and should help to move this innovative and gifted artist to a place where his delightful melodic music is heard and appreciated by a much wider audience.

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