You can get your single and EP releases into me at canavan7 [at] gmail.com. Just stick '62 word review' into the subject headline. Looking for Scottish acts in particular but anything else is fine too.
Kill The Waves – Oak Tree
Oak Tree's military marching beat, smooth bass, atmospheric backing vocals and understated orchestration indicate influences such as Interpol. It's expertly put together, with intricate layers continuously building and building to great effect. B-side Friend still has that dark edge but takes on an electro styling, it's not unlike some of Meursault's second album material at times. Give these guys a listen, recommended.
Release details for the final, mastered version will be announced shortly.
Blank Canvas – The Wrecker
The Wrecker sounds like some sort of industrial Simple Minds - no bad thing. An airy and expansive sound is underpinned and driven by a clear urgency in the bass and drums whereas tighter-wound B-side Byron is more typical early-80s post-punk. I've reviewed quite a few 80s revival bands these last few months, Blank Canvas are among the best of the lot. Excellent.
Available now from Bandcamp.
Middleton Hall – First Bus Out Of Town
Some nice breezy pop here that has the feel of some of The Eagles summery output. It is lyrically a little lightweight, and maybe a touch long but it's early days for this band so we can see past that. I wouldn't really listen to something like this myself but it's the kind of thing fans of Teenage Fanclub and Big Star.
Available to download for free on August 27th from Bandcamp.