Single Review – Franz Ferdinand – Feel The Love Go

Prior to the release of Always Ascending, Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand dropped Feel the Love Go; a song founded in a squelchy synth bassline and the quickening *tss* *tss* of hissing cymbals. With lyrics seemingly written by just throwing together a bunch of repeated words – though undeniably pretty catchy – the band, including new members Dino Bardot and Julian Corrie, have put forward nothing hugely ground-breaking, but something a no-nonsense robotic rock record, perked up with some sax towards the end to round off the track in a more promising way than it starts. The instrumentals are definitely the best quality of the song, merging sizzling electronics with back-to-basics indie. The band’s fifth studio album is set for release on February 9th.

Eleanor Chivers

Really Good Remixes – Maximo Park – Leave This Island (Mogwai Remix)

Maximo Park and their sorrowful single ‘Leave This Island’ from their 2014 album Too Much Information is often viewed as an appeal to Scotland during it’s growing desire for Independence from the Northumbrian band, to consider the region in the debate. It seems only apt that this song was remixed by Glaswegian band Mogwai who do a brilliant job of giving the song even darker and more sorrowful depths musically, but interestingly remove the lyrics and by extension the message of the song. Nevertheless the sonic charge they give the song works wonders in achieving their aims whilst not changing the musical emphasis of the it.

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

Single Review – Belle and Sebastian – The Party Line

The beginning of any song is always the most important part for me, as it is the part of the song which draws you in and intrigues you. This was certainly done in ‘The Party Line’ by Belle and Sebastian, with the sound of the synth and drums almost seeming to come increasingly into focus, bursting into life and character when the full volume of these sounds is given. The presence of the guitar is also a strong point that I identify with this song, punctuating the song and giving it a melodious bite, which is a good parallel against the deadpan vocals. I also love how each of these parts of this song don’t simply disappear after the first minute of the song; they do reappear, and carry my appreciation of this song throughout its duration.

Written by Louisa Pennell

FREE DOWNLOAD – Cocoa Futures – Scotland

Just days after Scotland voted against leaving the United Kingdom and Scottish band Cocoa Futures have released a free download of their cheery and optimistic track entitled ‘Scotland’. As everyone splits themselves into the 45% or the 55% of those who voted; the campaign messages still apply. Unity and solidarity must win over against division and conflict and this track is a symbolism of that. The track opens with a warped chime and with simple percussion as the rapid lead riff flashes across the other instrumentals before glazing over the track with it’s wiry electricity for a basic, yet effective hook. The vocals are familiar and not overbearing. They give an added sense of warmth to hammer home the message of the song in that everyone in Scotland has something in common and that’s a wonderful thing. A message that could be applied to the whole UK too. I’ve made my feelings clear over the last few months as a socialist who believes that Scotland voting Yes was a contradiction of the very thing I am, but at the end of the day there will always be a place that we feel most proud to come from. For me it’s the North East of England. For Cocoa Futures it is Scotland and they think it’s great. It’s hard to disagree.

Darren Campbell Q&A

It’s likely that you’ve heard of Darren Campbell before. That’s because I reviewed his single ‘Remember You’ about two weeks back. The Dundee singer/songwriter answered a few questions on his influences, his advice for up and coming British artists and what he has in mind for the future!

For anyone who hasn’t had the chance to hear your music; can you describe your sound and what you’re about?

A-     I’d like to think of my sound as a poppy (not too poppy) easy listening sound that anyone can like no matter what genre they prefer!

Who are the primary influences to your music?

A-     I listen to a lot of pop punk bands like The Wonder Years and Transit, and also a lot of Dance producers like Alesso and Avicii

 ‘Remember You’ is a great song What is the song about lyrically and musically?

A – I prefer to leave my songs open to the listeners interpretation, so they can relate it to whatever they are going through in their own lives, I feel if they know exactly what I wrote it about it can take away from whatever they relate it to (if that makes sense)! And thanks for the compliment 😉

What do you think is your most complete tune?

A-     So far “remember you.” However I am working on a new song which Is ten times better in my opinion.

Are there any songs that you like to cover? Any reason why?

A-     I don’t know why but I tend to avoid covers and playing them. I do however, have a cover up of “Bon Iver’s” Skinny love.

What’s the best venue you’ve played at?

A – A venue in my hometown called “Fat Sam’s” that was a few years back!

Is there a venue that you’d really want to make it to?

A – Well it is my dream to headline T in The Park. And just generally tour the world!

Where do you record your tunes? Is it easy to do so?

A-     I record in a Studio with my friend Paul who records the tracks. It can be stressful sitting and making sure everything is the best it can be.

What advice would you give to a singer/songwriter in Scotland and the rest of the U.K?

A-     Just get out and paly as much as you can. If you live in a small town that doesn’t do a lot of gigs or there are no venues. Go out and busk in town and get the locals talking about you!

What have you got in mind for the future?

A-     In the long term I want to make music my career. In the short term I’ll be playing around Scotland! I want to be successful so I’ll work to get it!

Thanks to Darren for the answers! You can check him out at https://www.facebook.com/darrencampbellsmusic (Image source), @1darrencampbell and http://www.youtube.com/user/DarrenCampbellmusic?feature=watch