Everything Shook – Argento Nights

The Last Mixed Tape reviews the new E.P. from Dublin based three-piece Everything Shook, entitled Argento Nights. Everything Shook’s E.P. Argento Nights is a record about unyielding individuality, frustration and brute force. Built from disparate musical parts, it’s also a record that fuses a myriad of sounds into a harsh, uneasy listen that captures the imagination. The twinkling…

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The Run Ons – Doctors On Hold

The Last Mixed Tape reviews the latest E.P. from Dublin based indie-pop outfit the Run Ons, entitled Doctors On Hold.  Wasting very little time the Run Ons open Doctors On Hold the infectious swagger of ‘Open Window’. Although the track is an absolute stand-out it doesn’t make the rest of the E.P. feel top-heavy, and instead makes a…

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PolyGlove – Redial

The Last Mixed Tape review’s Dublin based electronic duo PolyGlove’s new E.P. Redial.  Beginning with the undulating screeching synth that moves in and out of focus in ‘Czarist’ PolyGlove turn and switch the fuzzy parameters of their sound from one texture to the next, setting the tone for Redial as tracks like the moody ‘Lb’ and large-scale…

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White Sage – Way Beyond Our Means

The Last Mixed Tape review’s Andy Walsh’s new solo project White Sage and his E.P. Way Beyond Our Means.  With White Sage electro minimalist playing with rhythm and tone, songs like the title-track and ‘Will o’ the Wisp’ merging gentle and aggressive sounds into one working whole Way Beyond Our Means provides an immersive, and at times visceral…

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Cronin – Nelson Riddle

Indie four-piece Cronin deliver a truly ambitious, full-scale sound with their sonically vivid new record Nelson Riddle.  Beginning with the sweeping epic that is the E.P’s title track, Cronin provide a widescreen, cinematic opener that lets the listener know exactly where the band intend on taking them for the rest of Nelson Riddle. With the creeping Bad…

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Vann Music – Running

Dublin electro-pop outfit Vann Music provide a self-assured glimpse into their evolving sound with the band’s new E.P. Running.  ‘Boy’ (which opens the E.P.) is undoubtably the centre-piece of Running, both in terms of sound and songwriting. With its moody, crunching synth atmosphere and breathy, up-close vocal Vann Music find themselves in U2 circa Achtung Baby/Zoopora territory, with the…

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O Emperor – Lizard

The ever-changing O Emperor make an impressive return with the Waterford act’s sonically sublime new E.P. Lizard. With the sudden burst of glistening synth that opens Lizard O Emperor firmly establish the group’s willingness to expand the boundaries of their music with the absolutely monumental ‘The Sky Is Your Oyster’. Quite possibly the band’s best work to date, ‘The…

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Myles Manley – More Songs

The Last Mixed Tape takes a look at indie-pop songwriter Myles Manley’s new E.P. More Songs. Beginning with the rolling off-kilter swagger of ‘Pay Me What I’m Worth’ Manley instantly produces his best work to date. Funny, wry and unmistakably pointed the song is quirky indie-pop at most effective and best. As More Songs move forward so too…

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Cal Folger Day – Adornament

Alternative-folk songwriter Cal Folger Day delivers a twisting, genre merging sound with new E.P. Adornament.  With persistent scratching textures and rhythm of ‘Homez A Place’ starting the E.P. off in defined alternative-folk, the quickly following pounding percussion alludes to the slight, subtle twists in sound that characterises Adornament, and indeed Cal Folger Day’s music. Songs such as ‘Stoopid’…

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Autumns – Blonde E.P.

Derry based alternative-rock artist Autumns release a fully formed, tonally strong record with his latest E.P. Blonde.  Opening with the fast-paced ‘Je Veux Être’, it becomes quickly apparent that there is a core wildness to Autumns music that underpins and stays with the record throughout. Keeping this sound and burgeoning on the manic mood of Blonde Autumns…

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