Review: Melanie Crew – Midnight Sounds.

Melanie Crew recently released her EP, Midnight Sounds. a singer and musician from London, writing acoustic, Crew spent 10 years playing classical clarinet then turned her attention to her guitar, and has spent the last few years writing songs inspired by musicians such as Kathryn Williams and Elliott Smith. You can listen to the EP here.

Crew has a stunning voice. A crystal clear vocal that delivers with some beautifully honest lyricism which shines from the start of the EP. The emotion and storytelling of her writing is the thing that gets your attention, particularly tracks such as Visions which is a short but bittersweet track on Midnight Sounds that grabs your heart.

The melodies that Crew creates with just an acoustic are just as stunning. The Place I Knew is a great example of this where the easy guitar with percussion really highlights the strength of the melodies she creates on this record. Midnight Sounds is a record packed with beautiful, chilled out melodies that harmonise with Crew’s melodies perfectly.

Melanie Crew releases another stunning record, if you love acoustic work done gorgeously, this is your EP.

Review: Able Baker Fox – Visions.

Able Baker Fox this week release their new album, Visions, through No Sleep Records. The follow up from their debut album Voices, Visions sees the band living up to their high standard here as they return after six years. You can listen to a track from the album, Painted Shell through Alternative Press now here.

This band deliver from the start. Huge choruses abound throughout this record delivered with sharp vocals that make you pay attention to this album. Songs such as Sins Of Dad certainly are proof of this as the band create an infectious chorus with a dose of honest lyricism that makes you listen and that continues throughout this record.

Backing the vocals up though is a great band. Rough and fuzzy guitars back these songs up on every track, powering up in all the right moments and entwined with vocal layers, they make for a dramatic sound,  in particular on tracks such as Can We Be Honest where the band really step up when it comes to melodies and this continues on tracks such as Dead Canaries as the guitars wind themselves through the song with real style.

Visions is a victorious return from this band. A band that oozes talent throughout this record, with great guitar work and drum beats that energise these songs, Able Baker Fox certainly deliver a great sophomore record with Visions and it should be given a listen, there will be a song you love on this album. Highlights for me on this album include Can We Be Honest, Painted Shell and The Clearing, which wraps up this record to perfection.

8/10.