Monthly Archives: June 2014

Fun M Bouncy – Dave’s Review

Brighter Days is an apt name for the upbeat electro-pop album from Icelandic group FM Belfast. I saw the band play at Sónar Festival in their home city of Reykjavik earlier this year and it is impossible not to feel uplifted … Continue reading

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Glare-free – Fran’s Review

Bright and breezy, FM Belfast’s electro-pop dance fest Brighter Days is a sunny Summer album. Full of upbeat synths and optimistic lyrics, this is light listening that will bring a smile to your face. The album is made up of solid pop tunes, with … Continue reading

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Countdown to Melt! Festival – To Ireland?

There is exactly a month to go until we hop on a plane to the coolest city in Europe for Melt! festival. So it should be no surprise that this fortnight’s album is from another band on the line-up. Brighter Days is the third … Continue reading

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Three is the magic number – Fran’s Review

Understated and out there, Portishead’s Third casually traverses a slightly bizarre soundscape, with great success. The album begins quietly but confidently with the only song I know that just stops, mid-bar. Silence is well into its stride when the sound is cut in full flow; I … Continue reading

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Third Time Lucky – Dave’s Review

Esteja alerta para a regra dos três. O que você dá retornará para você. Essa lição você tem que aprender. Você só ganha, o que você merece. Portishead’s Third begins with this opening warning in Portugese: be alert for the rule of … Continue reading

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Countdown to Melt! Festival – Three…

As Fran and I prepare ourselves for Melt! Festival in July, this fortnight we will be listening to the latest album by one of the festival’s headliners. Although it may seem a long time since Portishead released Third (six years ago in … Continue reading

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Lost in Translation – Fran’s Review

It’s always hard to review an album when you don’t understand any of the lyrics. My Italian currently consists of an extensive vocabulary of swear words (courtesy of my Italian housemate), and not much else. This didn’t help much with … Continue reading

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