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SEPTEMBER DEMOS | MUSIC REVIEW

SEPTEMBER DEMOS | MUSIC REVIEW

THE PITCHFORKS facebook.com/thepitchforksuk Weirdly, just before writing this review I was googling for something else that took me to a regional blogpost about The Pitchforks from four years ago, when they were a covers band in the Rhondda. These days they “take inspiration from bands like the Arctic Monkeys!” and, with the help of the […]

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AUGUST DEMOS | MUSIC REVIEW

AUGUST DEMOS | MUSIC REVIEW

NITEROOMS facebook.com/niterooms This Caerphilly balladtronica trio used to be called Atterbury & Gibbz, which presumably means they’re weren’t always a trio, and have removed all their songs recorded under that name from cyberspace – leaving only Wash, their rather alluring debut as Niterooms. Super-slow codeined-out r’n’b that probably digs The xx and The Weeknd but […]

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JULY DEMOS | MUSIC REVIEW

JULY DEMOS | MUSIC REVIEW

HOTEL DEL SALTO facebook.com/hoteldelsalto Likeable solo fodder from a Carmarthen resident, J Francis, who I very dimly recall performing under that name some years back. Hotel Del Salto’s Stand For Your Right is experimental bedroom pop – perhaps not literally, but stylistically – built from muffled vocals, a drum machine threatening to crumble to dust, and […]

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JUNE DEMOS | MUSIC REVIEW

JUNE DEMOS | MUSIC REVIEW

HONEST ROB twitter.com/honestrob4jd Rob is a rapper from Cardiff, which shows when he says “we used to kick it like Bellamy,” Craig Bellamy being his go-to reference for some football wordplay. This is a line from Leeches, his debut song, and the past tense is because of the leeches of the title, presumably less honest […]

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APRIL DEMOS | MUSIC REVIEW

APRIL DEMOS | MUSIC REVIEW

MAX UNITY soundcloud.com/max-unity The main guy behind this Cardiff-based act, if not the sole entity responsible, is painter Sean Donovan. Can a mere cloddish demo reviewer discern a creative link between Donovan’s idiosyncratic watercolours and his music? It’s a no from me – which isn’t to say that these concoctions of shuffling dance beats and […]

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MARCH DEMOS | MUSIC REVIEW

MARCH DEMOS | MUSIC REVIEW

CASHUW facebook.com/cashuwmusic Everything about this EP’s looks – jewel case with black tray, cheaply photocopied sleeve, even the Impact typeface – reminds me of how all demos were presented in about 2003, but Cashuw is actually a Cardiff University student named Rachel, so presumably too young to remember that era. Here, she crafts post-rockish ambience, […]