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Scraps EP – Tom McConnell

Combining blues music with folk elements, Tom McConnell offers his debut EP, featuring four phenomenal tracks. On ‘Scraps’, we see the first offering by this incredibly promising musician, who demonstrates a very interesting scope to his slant on various genres. The whole EP seems to be steeped in the blues genre, though McConnell seems to offer much more than just this bare genre, giving a very rich and enjoyable experience. ‘Scraps’ serves as the perfect introduction to McConnell’s music, where each of the four tracks all demonstrate something that is being offered by the musician. It’s a very enjoyable experience that certainly shows promise from McConnell.

Although ‘Scraps’ is a somewhat short EP experience, lasting just under twenty minutes, it manages to serve its purpose well of introducing us to McConnell’s music. Acoustic riffs are accompanied by various beats and other instrumentals that make up the very core of each track. It’s the vocals though by McConnell, where we see the talent come through. McConnell’s vocal style fits perfectely into the genre he’s chosen, sounding every bit as bluesy as the instrumental backing tracks. There’s also some wonderful techniques being used in the instrumentals, where complicated rhythms show some real talent. What’s nice as well is how McConnell chooses to close the album with a gentle acoustic track, showing that there’s no restriction to the style McConnell is using for his music. It’s a highly enjoyable EP, where the only weaknesses are in a few of the techniques used, where certain ideas don’t come across as well as McConnell might have hoped. In particular is in the album’s longest track ‘Flags’, where the song is punctuated by a deep and gravely vocal interlude. Although interesting, it does stand out in particular as it makes me wonder what purpose does it have on the track? There’s a lot of promise here, and although there’s a few kinks, the EP itself seems to suggest that it is something that can easily be ironed out.

Overall, ‘Scraps’ by Tom McConnell is perhaps one of the more perfect EPs to have come out in recent times. It manages to achieve everything an EP should do, and also leaves the listener simply wanting more to hear. Everything has been done well, wit McConnell not cutting corners in terms of production and song-writing. It’s a fine effort, and one that is both highly enjoyable and promising. Whether or not McConnell’s style will translate well into a full-album is anybody’s guess, though ‘Scraps’ seems to suggest that enough works in McConnell’s style to make sure that it would work. In any case, I certainly am awaiting a full-album release.

Album Rating:

  • ★★★★☆  4/5

Selected Songs:

  • Dead Man’s Shoes
  • Show You How
  • Flags
  • Old Edinburgh Town

Tom McConnell’s debut EP release ‘Scraps’ is out now and can be purchased at: http://tommcconnell.bandcamp.com/album/scraps

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In A Perfect World – Kodaline

The debut album by Kodaline, titled ‘In A Perfect World’ showcases the band into the music industry, with an album that continues in the same vein as many indie-pop bands that have preceded them. Echoing the styles of the likes of Coldplay, Kodaline show off their talents as song-writers and musicians, and offer a wonderfully crafted album featuring pleasant vocals and wonderful instrumentals. There’s many strong elements at work here which certainly suggest one of the many reasons why Kodaline are becoming a strong upcoming band. Many elements come together in brilliant style to produce what is a very impressive debut release.

‘In A Perfect World’ seems to echo styles of many established bands, such as Coldplay, and to some extent Death Cab for Cutie. There’s a sort of indie-pop element at the core of most of the music on ‘In A Perfect World’, which Kodaline seem to utilize very effectively. There’s some wonderful themes and ideas present in the music, which comes across to create what is a nice and enjoyable music experience. What is nice is how Kodaline seem to be utilizing their talents to create good music, rather than just doing the bare minimum and creating simple and uninspired music which is so often done in the genre. There’s an element of simple honest music that just sounds nice.

For all the elements of ‘In A Perfect World’ that work, it is marred by the somewhat predictable elements the band has used for some of the tracks. Whilst Kodaline have produced an album that is a step above the bog-standard indie-pop/rock experience, it is also a step below those who push themselves to really create something that is interesting and different. ‘In A Perfect World’ is certainly enjoyable and nice sounding, but it seems like a safe-bet by the band, in that they’ve not really tried anything that truly sets them apart from those who have preceded them. The album and it’s tracks are enjoyable, but it feels like Kodaline are perhaps capable of doing just a bit more.

Kodaline haven’t done anything truly wrong on their debut effort, and in fairness to them, most of the elements and styles utilized on the album come together very well. It certainly paves the way for the upcoming band, and suggests what is hopefully, more good things to come from them. Their debut effort is impressive in terms of the crisp clean sound produced by the band, though it does leave a note of wanting just a little bit more from the band themselves. Perhaps this will be something we’ll get to see in the future though. I certainly hope so, otherwise there’s a chance that Kodaline will fall into the hole of typical cliched indie-pop/rock bands. For now though, they’re certainly on the right path.

Album Rating:

  • ★★★★☆  4/5

Selected Songs:

  • Love Like This
  • High Hopes
  • All Comes Down
  • Pray

Kodaline’s debut album ‘In A Perfect World’ is out now.

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