Review: Described by Music Week as 'Intriguing slice of rock that blends soaring vocals reminiscent of Muse with the taut pop sensibilities of The Killers'. This is a strong single which has already got the support of DJ Janice Long, who has invited the band for a live session on BBC Radio Two.
Review: Apparently inspired by 1980s computer game soundtracks and the synth-heavy scores to fantasy films, M83's "DSVII" is slated as a sequel to the band's 2007 set "Digital Shades". If so, it's a rather belated one, especially considering the French outfit has released three studio sets and a swathe of soundtracks since then. Regardless, the material here is deliciously evocative, emotion-rich and atmospheric, mirroring the ebb and flow (and peaks and troughs) associated with soundtracks whilst relying entirely on i80s-sounding synthesizers and drum machine hits. It's basically synth-wave, with Symmetry's "Themes From An Imaginary Film" - itself based on music initially intended for the "Drive" soundtrack - being an obvious comparison.
Review: Deep Psalms from a deep man, Good Deeds Music delivers its fourth release that comes from Roxy Music founding member (and oboe and saxophonist) Andy Mackay. Recorded and performed with a band, choir and string orchestra, the music itself is based on the Book of Psalms and takes in a specialist selection of classical, rock and spoken word with the slightest of electronic influences too. God fearing or not, praise the Lord. Amen.