Category Archives: Music

Pons Aelius, Captain Glen’s Comfort. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

The feel of Scotland without stepping over the border, caught as it were between two lands, between two ideologies and yet with a passion that resonates inside one beautiful heart and a single burning desire to deliver upbeat instrumental Folk to an audience that quite rightly never seems to tire of hearing a sound that is voluptuous, absolutely spirited and so cascading that it surges out of the blocks quicker a traffic warden noticing a row of meters are about to expire. This is the world of Newcastle’s Pons Aelius and their offering of Captain Glen’s Comfort.

Edguy, Monuments. Album Review.


Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Every anniversary should be looked upon as a chance to take stock, to reflect and see Time as something more than the clock with fast moving hands, especially when what you are remembering is the colossal and the personally historic, reflect, celebrate and play the music loud because for all of Time’s faults and annoying quirks, when it comes to Monuments of a life, celebration of achievement is a true passion of Time spent well.

Crash City Saints, Are You Free? Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

The path to salvation is whatever you desire it to be, sometimes it is filled with razor wire and the half dragged painted signposts which declare the two word legend of Keep Out with stern authority but with half a wink in the eyes that dares the wanderer, the searcher of truth to climb over and see how far they get.

At other times the pathway is clear, find the one thing that drives you and keep doing it, for the lucky, for the fortunate, music is the only way to be considered, like that beautiful stranger who entrances you with wild plans and the urge to fly, sometimes salvation is exactly where it has always been, in the arms of music.

Danny & The Champions Of the World, Brilliant Light. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Whether it a candle flickering wildly, a torch shone with investigative intent or the power of a the brightest of stars filling the galaxy with such luminosity that it cannot be hidden from,  that not even turning your back upon it and cradling your eyes shut tight, the Brilliant Light will always be revealing and beautifully cruel.

Amy Henderson, Soul For A Compass. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

The accordion is a much underrated musical apparatus, in honesty it may not look as graceful as a violin, it might not have the same appeal as the cello and it perhaps doesn’t have the associated aura of sexuality that comes with the saxophone. However, what it may lack in looks to the concert goer, it more than makes up for in sound, passion and the upbeat heart that most musical instruments cannot live with and nod in deference too when the song requires the same meaty and energetic pulse but with something extra, the close keen eyed observance of the hypnotic soul.

Adam Barnes, Bad Luck. Single Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Luck or preparation, what can seem like two separate entities, can be at times the same feeling but looked upon from different views in a hall of mirrors as one and the same, they can melt and bleed into one another and be seen as fortune made good. The reverse can also be true, that practise skipped and dedication to the cause missed is the mother in the mirror of the universal Bad Luck, the ill fortune and the struggle for acceptance in the eyes of the peers and the bold, is regarded as the meeting of the mistimed and out of step.

David Nixon’s Navigation, This Side, Other Side. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

No matter where you point the compass, it is not necessarily a case of deciding to travel East or West or to choose between the polar opposites of North and South, it is on occasion just a simple preference between This Side, Other Side, no more, no less, the anticipation of wondering if the path we choose happens to be the right one or just a moment of mistakes.

Ashley Reaks, Track Marks. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

It is possible to get lost once in a while, to lose all sense of direction and notice that not even the stars can navigate you home; when that happens the best thing to do is look down, not in self pity, not in recrimination but in the assurance that the best way home is to follow the Track Marks laid down long before.

Scott Midlane, Head Down. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

To keep your Head Down can be seen as honourable and certainly wise as the gunfire ravages and takes no prisoners; in the end, when all is laid waste, what remains is the auditory sound of the blessed and the determined, the righteous and the indomitable.

The first of three sets of music performed, recorded and mixed by Scott Midlane, Head Down is a sultry affair of acoustic bliss but one that covers with the darkest of cowls a sense of rage and heat which is gritty, strong willed and beautiful to feel permeating across the airwaves.

The Routes Quartet, Windrose. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

The string quartet is one of delight, harmony within the bow and the wood, a sound that carry heaven upon its shoulders and yet break your heart as easily as a first school crush. Many make much of the virtue of four guitars working in tandem or the beat of a double sided drum kit banging out in unison the call of the wild and the snare of a trap well laid, yet a string section, regardless of whether in pairs or by the full blown orchestral promise, can take your heart to places it never knew possible and the mind into the realms of deep fascination for the sheer synchronisation possible.