24 February 2012

TWENTY TWOO WORD REVIEWS: 28

SPECTOR - "CHEVY THUNDER"



A rambunctious clattering of indie guitar twangs and synths culminate into a fifties style mod explosion dripping infectious beats and hooky vocals.




LABRINTH - "LAST TIME"



Shuffling towards commerciality, this track whips together bumbling electro beats with galactic vocoding and en-vogue Mediterraneano dance beats; a surefire club favourite.




LABYRINTH EAR - "HUMBLE BONES"



Emerging London act who splice maniacal electro vibrations, airy panpipes, vortex synth channels and serene vocals into a alt-electro beat happy production.




TRAIN - "DRIVE BY"



This track harks Americano-frat-country rock traits. Simplistic lyrics, bronzed guitar plucks and stompy beats create a warm chorus for San Francisco's finest.




THE SPECIAL K'S - "EVIL WOMAN"



The Brightonians blend frenetic electro synth jabs over a bedazzling bass-phillic beat. The hauntingly light vocals create a dynamic equilibrium; very Delphic-Friendly-Fires-esque.



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09 February 2012

TWENTY TWOO WORD REVIEWS: 27

ZULU WINTER - "WE SHOULD BE SWIMMING"



Placid guitar tweaks and heavenly indie synths launch this song into an ethereal realm of heavenly lightness and reflection; characteristically Friendly-Fires style.




WAR OF WORDS - "BATTLEGROUND"



The latest electro-pop helping from the UK piece together honest and candid vocals over pleasant beats and lazy instrumentals with graceful poise.




M.I.A. - "BAD GIRLS"



The provocative and controversial Brit throws out an Arabian infused medley of drunken bass beats, vociferous vocals and an empirical chorus structure.




CHRISTOPHE WILLEM - "STARLITE"



Sampling Chaka Khan's "Ain't Nobody" and re-worked by The Freemasons, this 'Francais-discotheque' array of glittered synths and sultry vocals is audio glamour.




RACHEL SERMANNI - "THE FOG"



Pristine folky alternativism with gentile guitars and spectral vocal ranges creates a misty collective of glacial audio peaks and shard-like sensory intrusion.



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06 February 2012

TWENTY TWOO WORD REVIEWS: 26

FOXES - "YOUTH"



Foxes transcend genres with gothi-electro-pop that wallows around in vicious synth mires and whomping bass shudders, pierced neatly by Louisa's glossed vocals.




MIIKE SNOW - "PADDLING OUT"



Returning with fresh material, this cracker heats up groovy nineties trance keys over sketchy vocalities and Svenska-pop beats with mammoth choral pulses.




NIKI AND THE DOVE - "DJ, EASE MY MIND"



The formidable Swedish outfit's latest track stirs up gargantuan synth bass monsters and ghostly vocal layouts packaged into an imposing electro-trance hybrid.




THE 2 BEARS - "WORK"



This Collaborating duo infuse a steady eighties-pop beat with irrationally skittish electro bleeps and chirps over mantra-style vocals and powerful synth soundscapes.




14TH - "TAKE ME THERE"



Nineties garage is profusely slapped over contemporary clean-cut electronica and a charming synth organ. Duodu's soulful vocals give the track unparalleled depth.




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01 February 2012

New Changes For 2012

OWL BY NIGHT is changing for 2012 but fear not, the changes will only be subtle and will enhance your new music reading experience.

The rigid structure of this blog will be cast aside in favour of a more flexible approach. Reviews, whether they are singles, albums, artists or gigs will be created at varying lengths. There will be occasional in depth reviews which were previously titled as "Top Tunes To Blog About". Now these posts will be renamed as "WORTH A HOOT", followed by the blogpost number relating to that specific post. These reviews are more in depth and give background information and analysis of a given artist, song, gig. These reviews aim to provide you with professionally written content that you will hopefully enjoy and which will maximise your viewing and reading experience.

NEW FOR 2012 are "SOMETHING TO HOOT ABOUT" reviews. These are mid-length responsive posts that will cater for those wanting to know about the latest tunes from the freshest and most innovative artists at a quick pace. These posts may include multiple artists or just the one, but aim to bridge the gap between the longer "WORTH A HOOT" reviews and the smaller 20 Word Mini Reviews.

This nicely leads us on to "Mini Reviews In 20 Words". The concept shall remain the same for 2012 but their will be an extra two words added to these easy reading and reactive multi-post reviews. Their new name will be "TWENTY TWOO WORD REVIEWS" See the word play there? TWOO as in "TWIT-TWOO" as in relating to Owls? Yes, ingenious we know! Furthermore there will be several minor display and design changes to the blog in due course to keep it fresh and clean for your beautiful eyes.

So to clarify:

"WORTH A HOOT" reviews = in depth longer reviews, less frequent.

"SOMETHING TO HOOT ABOUT" reviews = mid-length responsive reviews, frequent and reactive to blog trends.

"TWENTY TWOO WORD REVIEWS" = mini reviews, 22 words in length, bite-size snippets of new music information to get you through the day.

These new blogpost styles will commence as of today and will continue onwards from previous posts. These changes shall hopefully improve your OWL BY NIGHT experience. All comments and suggestions are welcome and we hope you continue to enjoy your time as loyal followers to this fledging new music blog.

HOOT HOOT :) x

Mini Reviews In 20 Words: 25

A*M*E FT BARTOVEN - "CITY LIGHTS"













The Southeast London newcomer delivers bouncy pop beats mashed with nineties house grooves in a vocally urban and fresh package.




HYPERCRUSH - "WERK ME"






Menacing electro stabs, Benassi-style vocals and vibrating bass waves driven into a psychedelic Deutsch-techno amalgamation make this track red hot.




LADYHAWKE - "BLACK, WHITE AND BLUE"











This anticipated offering serves up giddy indie-pop with swaying choruses of drums, synths and cymbals trickled over Ladyhawke's classic vocals.




FEAR OF TIGERS - "HIDUP"












Dreamy electro-pop with soaring synth summits and eerie vocals add a breezy cosmological dimension to the London producer's latest cut.




THE SPRING STANDARDS - "QUEEN OF THE LOT"










Waddling brass instrumentals and folky stop-start indie beats create an altogether refreshing and charming track from the New York band.