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SPIKE ISLAND'S BAGGY WOODSTOCK WITH THE STONE ROSES!

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The Stone Roses arrived on the scene with the debut album "The Stone Roses" in 1989, although they originally formed in 1983.  The band consisting of Ian Brown, John Squire, Reni and Mani were touted as the most exciting British band in years.


As they have recently reformed I thought I would share my experience of The Roses especially at Spike Island in Widnes on 27th May, 1990.  As it was also the time of the "Madchester" craze including Happy Mondays, Inspiral Carpets, The Charlatans and The Mock Turtles to name but a few, Mr Brown and the boys were integral to it's success at the end of the 80s and start of the 90s.
The first album was brilliantly fresh and original, it sounded like nothing else around.  The heavy guitar based and superbly woven melodies matched with Ian Brown's anthemic vocals.

I got into the Madchester bands because not because it was popular, but because it was something new and fresh, the late 80s were so dull with all t…

ANNA MELINE

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Anna Meline is a 24 year old singer songwriter and guitarist from Sweden. The music variates from Dance to Pop to an almost Indie Country style.  It's hard to define but it is original.  Her voice is very unique and it takes time to tune in to the Euro Pop Rock voice with the English/Swedish accent vocalising over various genres of music.


Anna got her first guitar at 13 years old and started singing her own poems as a way to express herself and handle different problems in a productive way, performing.  Like other kids growing up Anna also suffered times of bullying and the feelings she endured at this time made her the person she is today.  Being who you are and going for what you want are important to her.



Since releasing her debut album, "I Couldn't Stay" a couple of years ago she has been working hard on her second album coming soon.  She hopes to make a video for each of the songs on the album being more creative with all the process.   Anna wanted to do th…

REQUESTED ALBUM REVIEW - RADIO DRIVE "SHE COLORS MY WORLD"

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MUSIC ARTISTS? WANT YOUR NEW ALBUM OR SINGLE(S) REVIEWED TRACK BY TRACK PLUS FREE PROMOTION ON NEW MUSIC EAR AND SHARED TO TWITTER, LINKEDIN, INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK? IF YOU LIKE THIS REVIEW, PLEASE CONTACT ME :)
RADIO DRIVE

"SHE COLORS MY WORLD" By Andrew Goodwin for NEW MUSIC EAR www.newmusicear.com. 
ALBUM SUMMARY - "She Colors My World" is Kevin Gullickson's 5th album as Radio Drive.  Playing all the instrumental parts and all vocals and harmonies he enlisted recording engineer Robert L. Smith to finish the mastering.  Smith has worked with the likes of Bowie, Aerosmith and U2 and this album contains a plethora of styles. From 60s beat bands, 70s Psychedelic and Progressive Rock, Classic Rock and 80s anthems and soft ballads this has everything for the listener.  It's a cool set and a little tip, listen in headphones for the full effect of the pure "live" sound that Kevin has created.  Creative Rock in all its forms make for a formidable album…

PRINCE - SPIRITUAL GENIUS AND MESMERISING SHOWMAN

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In 1984 something changed my perception of music.  That something was a single by Prince called "When Doves Cry".  It was a massive hit in the USA and soon became a hit here too.  It was a Funk-Pop-Rock-Dance infusion and had no bass line to speak of which made it an unusual hit on the Dance charts as most Dance records did!.


On hearing this, I instantly bought "Purple Rain" and of course became a massive fan of the man.  As a 16yr old boy this music (and Madonna) became a teacher of love, sex, faith and non-conformity.

Yes, most of Prince's lyrics bordered on soft porn but it was all done in a loving way, even the most scandalous songs like "Do Me, Baby", "Jack U Off" and "My Private Joy" all had a hint of fun and mentioned God saying it was ok to be sexual, sensual and loving.

The man played almost 20 instruments on his first album "For You" in 1978, produced it and sung all the vocals.  This was a genius in…

ADAM ANT - ANTMUSIC FOR SEXPEOPLE!

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The 80s for me is still the greatest music era, such variety and the emergence of the music video and the "stars" were justifiably named so.

From Abba and The Sweet to Blondie, from Bon Jovi to Prince and Madonna, my first proper fan experience was with Adam and the Ants. 


Adam Ant with his band epitomised the 80s.  With forays from Punk to New Romantic, from Pop to Rock and the mini movies Adam put the fun back into music.  He is still an idol to Antpeople everywhere.

From that first appearance on Top of the Pops singing "Dog Eat Dog", the Ants captured me as a 12 year old boy with their look, sound and originality.


This was going to be my first taste of fandom, I was hooked.  I bought magazines and the back catalogue of music, anything about this new refreshing, exciting band.

Rockers mocked Adam, punks said he sold out, but there was something unique about this guy.  Everything he said and did had teenagers, parents and grandparents keen to take hi…

LUNA BLUE

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Luna Blue are from Chichester and comprise of Tom High (rhythm guitar/vocals), Ryan Wellman (lead guitar), Seb Bowen (drums) and Nick Davie (bass/vocals).  Their sound is a mixture of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Razorlight with great Funk and Indie elements.


The band released a self-titled demo E.P. and the "Nightjar" E.P. which features the brilliant single "Borrowed Words".  This great raw sound and energy will surely take this band far in the years to come!


Based in Brighton the band won their University's Ensemble of the Year award and are touring constantly building up a rapidly growing fanbase.  While "Borrowed Words" is similar to the early 70s Funk bands, another song on the E.P. "Welcome Home" is a slowed down soulful Progressive Rock.  Proof that this band are mature beyond their years.

Their YouTube videos cite them as Alternative Rock but I think there's much more to them than that.  The funky basslines and the abili…

AMELIA LAPPERT

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Singer/songwriter Amelia studied at Liverpool University in music while gigging around the London area until graduation in 2015.  Originally from Hertfordshire this young lady makes a unique sound with both Country and Folk vibes incorporating sweet and quirky high ranging vocals with heartfelt lyrics and melodies.


A rare talent who released in 2017 her debut E.P. "Game Of Life".  This set shows her quirky and wholesome vocals but also some very memorable tunes.  Ranging from the almost Eliza Doolittle bouncy and bright lead track "Game Of Life" to the Country-esque "You Are My Light".

Amelia was Runner-up in the St Albans The Horn Battle of the Bands in 2016.  Adept at a variety of instruments after having lessons growing up playing the trumpet and piano as well as teaching herself to play guitar!  She has since appeared at festivals and also BBC Introducing...


Experimenting with writing songs at an early age she has said in interview that sh…

NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - SUPPORT LESBIENS "REGENERATION"

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THESE ALBUM REVIEWS ARE FAVOURITES FROM MY OWN VAST AND VARIED ECLECTIC COLLECTION! I AM A FAN OF THESE ARTISTS SO MY OPINIONS MAY NOT BE ON A PAR WITH YOUR OWN BUT PLEASE ENJOY AND MAYBE THERE ARE SOME ALBUMS YOU MAY LIKE TO SAMPLE FOR YOURSELF OUT OF CURIOSITY :)
SUPPORT LESBIENS

 "REGENERATION

I first found aout about Support Lesbiens while talking with Czech friends online in the early 2000s.  Along with Monkey Business, also from the Czech Republic they sing mostly in English with the obligatory track in their native tongue.  When I heard the song "Bet My Soul" I instantly loved it and sought out the album from the Czech online store Bontonland.  The band have since started anew but all the albums featuring charismatic lead singer Krystof Michal I soon acquired.  On watching the videos on YouTube I saw Krystof as like a music version of James Marsters (Spike in Buffy The Vampire Slayer).  He was cool, and almost looked and sounded like him with his quirky English…

WHITNEY ROSE

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Whitney Rose is a Canadian singer-songwriter who gives her music the genre name of "vintage-Pop-infused neo-traditional Country".  Sometimes channeling her inner Olivia Newton-John, Katie Melua and Patsy Cline.  There is a vulnerability in her voice, a sultry feel at times and also fun.  It is classic Country with a twist!


I first saw the video to "Chivalry Is Dead" with Whitney wearing a cute little white dress complete with cowboy boots and then she started singing.  A very pure vocal which you just have to be drawn to, comparable with the great female Country singers of the past.  With only her debut album, "Whitney Rose" on the streets, she toured with The Mavericks in 2014.  She captured the imagination of The Mavericks' producer Raul Malo who produced the second album, "Heartbreaker Of The Year".  

I especially liked the songs "The Devil Borrowed My Boots" with that sultry bad girl vocal similar to Susanna Hoffs of Th…

JANUARY

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January (Thompson) is a singer/songwriter who makes a sound involving ambient and electronic sounds creating an atmospheric feel backing her pure harmonious vocals.  Her debut album in 2008 prompted critics to liken her sound to Tori Amos and Kate Bush.


I hear a lot of Sarah McLachlan in her music and her latest album, "Whelmed" is full of emotive, almost haunting music with beautifully sung heartfelt lyrics. "Careful What You Tell The Sky", the debut set included the Oriental sounding title track and the almost Medieval backing of "Beautiful Ache".


This lady obviously likes to experiment and push the boundaries when it comes to making music.  The way she uniquely combines mysterious harmonies, backing of different eras and times and her sweet, pure vocals that can switch to Classical is an intriguing mix!

The "Whelmed" album contains more of the same experimentation with the Evanescence style of "Too Soon" and "Delicat…

YUNA

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Yuna is a Malaysian singer songwriter who can also play guitar and ukulele.  Born Yunalis binti Mat Zara'ai in Kedak to a current legal advisor of Pahang father and a high school teacher mother, this lady is a major global world star.  Through word of mouth and an amazing online fan base, Yuna's self-titled debut Malaysian album and a handful of single releases, she achieved a Grammy equivalent award in her homeland and several high profile awards.

This lady has a lot to offer with her brand of Indie-Pop, Folk, Acoustic, Alternative R n' B style.  The first track I heard from Yuna was actually a cover of Nirvana's "Come As You Are" on Spotify.  It was a very light easy listening track with this stunning voice, similar to Norah Jones singing over a light Acoustic backdrop.  As I wasn't a fan of Nirvana, this was appreciating the song in a completely different more melodic way, a little like Tori Amos' version of "Smells Like Teen Spiri…

NIA WYN

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Nia is a Welsh singer-songwriter from Llandudno, with a hybrid voice that has the quirkiness and gutsy vocals of Paloma Faith with the pureness and honesty of Eva Cassidy.  Will be looking forward to a debut album from this talented lady.


A new style to old Blues and Soul influenced from records found in junk shops, she moulded her talent of songwriting to incorporate her own stories and experiences.  In "Northern No Soul Town" you can hear a little scratching, so slipping in a little Hip Hop to her guitar based songs with big vocals is quite unique to such a new talent and brave. 

I mentioned Eva Cassidy and Paloma Faith, but you can also add Imelda May and Amy Winehouse as Nia is all of those rolled into one amazing talent. Ironically enough, Nia is supporting Paloma Faith in Summer 2018!


Nia has had airplay of the single "Northern No Soul Town" by Gary Crowley on BBC Introducing in London.  Searching for more info on this young lady I found an inter…

NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - THE MISSION "CARVED IN SAND"

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THESE ALBUM REVIEWS ARE FAVOURITES FROM MY OWN VAST AND VARIED ECLECTIC COLLECTION! I AM A FAN OF THESE ARTISTS SO MY OPINIONS MAY NOT BE ON A PAR WITH YOUR OWN BUT PLEASE ENJOY AND MAYBE THERE ARE SOME ALBUMS YOU MAY LIKE TO SAMPLE FOR YOURSELF OUT OF CURIOSITY :)
THE MISSION

"CARVED IN SAND"

The Mission are one of those bands I never thought I would like from perceptions of Gothic music I had witnessed around me.  Until I looked deeper into their catalogue I realised what a fantastic band they were and still are.  The big album was "Children" with the songs "Beyond The Pale" and "Tower Of Strength", after hearing more and more music I sought out every album before and after I could find and now have all the albums.  They developed into a great Arena Rock band full of anthemic tunes and driving guitars and percussion with memorable choruses.  I was lucky enough to witness the band live at a charity concert at The Royal Court, Liverpool for th…

NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - THE ICICLE WORKS "THE ICICLE WORKS"

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THESE ALBUM REVIEWS ARE FAVOURITES FROM MY OWN VAST AND VARIED ECLECTIC COLLECTION! I AM A FAN OF THESE ARTISTS SO MY OPINIONS MAY NOT BE ON A PAR WITH YOUR OWN BUT PLEASE ENJOY AND MAYBE THERE ARE SOME ALBUMS YOU MAY LIKE TO SAMPLE FOR YOURSELF OUT OF CURIOSITY :)
THE ICICLE WORKS

"THE ICICLE WORKS"

I remember hearing "Love Is A Wonderful Colour" by The Icicle Works in 1983 on the radio.  I had never heard anything like it before.  The lyrics were eloquent, they were sung in an unusual style and the music was big, orchestral like in its composition.  I recorded it off the radio (the in thing at the time!) and the cassette was on rewind and play on this song for weeks until I could sing along perfectly. Always on the lookout for new bands to follow, this band were on my list.  Subsequent albums after this debut were also readily acquired!

This debut album only reached number 24 in the UK chart and only spawned two singles.  Sometimes I wonder if the UK just wasn&…

WHOWho

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WHOWho are an Indie Rock/Electronic Dance hybrid band who hail from Seoul in South Korea.  Their music is an eclectic mix of Funk, Dance, guitar Pop-Rock and Electronica.  The group formed in 2012 and have been touring extensively spreading their music across Asia and surely the rest of the world will take them to their hearts soon!


Jun Yong (vocals/guitar), Yohan (bass), Jin Chul (drums) and Young Kwang (synths) are a quartet of musical imagination.  I first reviewed the band after only a couple of E.P.'s and hoped they would go on to make an album as the music was so unusual I wanted to hear more.  Their motto at the time was "dance silly, play sexy", I just knew this group were destined for bigger things!

The track "Her" got me researching this band.  The song kicked off with an Electronic beat and synths followed by some Daft Punk-esque vocals.  It then changed into a soft English vocal to kick into an 80s power pop riff which is verging on Punk.  On to…

GUEST BLOG - TOP TIPS FOR ASPIRING COMPOSERS - FROM THE MAKERS OF MUSIC NOTATION SOFTWARE DORICO

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ARE YOU IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS IN SOME WAY AND WOULD LIKE TO GUEST BLOG AN ARTICLE ON NEW MUSIC EAR LIKE THIS ONE?  OPEN TO RECORD COMPANIES, MUSIC SELLERS, JOURNALISTS OR ANYONE WITHIN MUSIC.  CONTACT ME FOR DETAILS! :)
TOP TIPS FOR ASPIRING COMPOSERS - FROM THE MAKERS OF MUSIC NOTATION SOFTWARE DORICO

BY DANIEL SPREADBURY, DORICO PRODUCT MARKETING MANAGER
For young musicians, finding a way to break into the world of classical music and build a career as a composer can be difficult.

Here, we outline our top tips for aspiring composers – from familiarising yourself with music composition software to learning how to promote your music. 
PERFECT YOUR PORTFOLIO

A solid body of work, presented in a professional portfolio, can work wonders in a field as fiercely competitive as the world of professional music. Assembling your portfolio should be something that you put time and consideration into. This, after all, is the demonstration of your work so far, but also of your potential and talents as…