Femmepop – Kick EP
Looking at the case, State was expecting five saccharine, sweet, lovey, dovey completely un-inspired songs. Instead, we found an honest, airy offering that sparkles in all the right places. It’s no wonder that the comparisons to Tanya Donnelly have already started because Femmepop (aka Margaret O’Sullivan) has a voice that you could listen to hours on end. The title track ‘Kick’ features Chris Geddes of Belle & Sebastian on keyboards, lending a gentle, melodic start, setting the sincere, heartfelt tone for the rest of the EP.
And don’t let the EP cover put you off – this is not frivolous pop to be ignored. State recommends you keep an eye on this Cork woman.
Autumn Owls – Insomnia Lodge EP
The debut EP from Autumn Owls isn’t exactly bad – it just left State feeling a little er, under-whelmed. Heavily influenced by Wilco and Radiohead, this Dublin five-piece sounds like they need a shot of espresso and a good kick up the arse. -Submission Serenade’ was likeable and the gravelly vocals on -Love is Just a Place’ impress but the EP itself was downright dreary.It may be called -Insomnia Lodge’ but this debut EP put State right to sleep. Yawn.
The Spikes – Hypnotised
-Hypnotised’ is the first single from The Spikes debut album and we like what we hear. Sturdy drum beats, great guitar riffs, catchy chorus. What’s not to like? The Spikes have already had some critical and commercial success and it looks like there’ll be more to come. Previous single -Showman’ was used on the Munster rugby team’s Heineken Cup victory DVD and -Love No More’ made Phantom FM’s 100 top tracks of 2006.
-Hypnotised’ will available June 20th for download from Sonikpollen.com.
Singles & Tracks
Grand Pocket Orchestra – Little Messy
-Little Messy’ is the peculiar new single from Grand Pocket Orchestra. State has been a fan of the band since the charming debut EP -Odd Socks’. The new single, released June 20th doesn’t stray from the quirky, catchy format of the previous offerings and is very likeable indeed. You may think that this bouncy, frisky, playful pop is just in vogue and not your cup of tea, but Grand Pocket Orchestra are damn good at what they do.
The single will be available for free download from RCRD LBL from June 20th.
Foy Vance – Shed A Little Light (Future Cut Remix)
Blues from Bangor? Yep. And it’s pretty good too. The new Foy Vance single -Shed A Little Light’ is soulful, catchy number that will have you singing along in the shower, the car, in the lift…you won’t be able to get this song or his voice out of your head.
Available from iTunes and usual download platforms.
More EP reviews later this week.