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Welcome to The Waxing Lyrical Blog Page, where passionate opinions with regards to music are openly shared.

You’ll find all kinds of musical talk: song and album reviews, live music reviews and general exploratory commentary.

My name is Jessica. I’m a 19 year old music lover from Worcestershire, England. I love to express my feelings with regards to music and hope that you enjoy engaging in what you read.

Thanks for being here,

Jess x

Tom Houston and his new single, ‘I Am The River #33’

Tom Houston is a wonderful breath of fresh air, and his recently released new single only continues his flow of writing successes. He gifts us beautiful tales wrapped in gentle melodies, told by a voice so full of time passed, yet so full of Spring’s youth. ‘I Am The River #33’ is just one of the brilliant new tracks from his upcoming album, Gap In The Fence, on which Tom reunites with musician friends with whom he recorded his first album back in 1987, which makes me smile. That’s the effect that Tom and his music has.

This track is quite special. Conversations of drifting piano, twinkling guitar and gliding cello produce a sweet melancholy, graced by the angelic tones of Mary Erskine’s vocals accompanying Tom’s emotional presence. The rhyme runs through…..’I am the river and the river is me’. With these words, Tom embodies the empowering connection of the Maori tribe of Whanganui, New Zealand, to their ancestral river that flows through the mountains. It is so treasured a presence, that legislation passed, recognising the natural wonder as a living being with the rights of a living person. These sentiments beat through the heart of this song. Great inspiration makes for great music.

If I wasn’t introduced to this Scottish artist, then I would never had happened upon the song, Lilias, from Tom’s first solo album, Filling In The Cracks. It is one of the loveliest songs I’ve heard. Thank you!

You can access more of Tom’s work at https://www.tomhouston.org/. Wait eagerly in anticipation for his upcoming album which will be released in October, but dive into ‘I Am The River #33’ now:

My Octopus Mind release new single, ‘Buy My Book’

It’s always interesting when bands take a complete turn with their sound. It makes you wonder whether they found inspiration in a new style, or just got really bored with playing the same instruments….. With My Octopus Mind and their new track, ‘Buy My Book’, I get a feeling that it is the former.

After getting a taste of the experimental and conceptual approach to this single, I would say a darker feel is forecast for this Bristol band’s upcoming album, ‘Faulty at Source’. We love a bit of gloom.

‘Buy My Book’ boasts the use of double bass-laced balkan rhythms to keep your ears on their toes and your heart guessing which beat to nod your head to. Sparks of guitar fly out from underneath the feverish splashing of drums in a system of digital funk. It’s very She Wants Revenge. Frontman Liam’s distorted voice conjures up a sense of disintegration with its electronic droning, as his subversive style of writing mocks the world of self-help books, Youtube gurus and how the topic of trying to ‘fix’ oneself has featured in his life.

This track is accompanied by an amusing self-created lockdown music video that you can experience here on Youtube: https://youtu.be/w6o4HqFct9M. Stream the track and indulge……

My Octopus Mind, Bristol, July 2020. Photo credit: Simon Holliday / simonholliday.com

YINYANG and her debut single, ‘Black Mamba’

Northern Irish experimental Hip-Hop artist, YINYANG, has just dropped her debut single, ‘Black Mamba’, a playfully powerful track full of wicked bouncing youth. This woman shows no mercy in displaying the limitless energy of female empowerment and has already received much praise having had the track awarded the title of ‘Best Song in the World’ from Across The Line with BBC Radio Ulster.

This chaotic creation is full of heavy beat and chunky bass vibration. You are led around the YINYANG house of haunted design as she sheds her old skin and presents fresh confidence with her devilish lyrical delivery.

A very cool tune to indulge in.

This strong debut only increases the anticipation for more. Lauren Hannan, the creator behind the YINYANG project, hopes to release an album soon, with even more tunage to get excited about. Stream this track now:

‘Thin (I Used To Be Bulletproof)’, the new single from Our Man In The Field

Our Man In The Field, also known as Alexander Ellis, takes influence for his music from the world he has experienced on his travels. His gentle voice is accompanied by a brilliant band of pedal steel guitar, banjo, upright bass and drums, from which the sweet-sounding tones of alt-Americana and Caledonian Soul smoothly flow.

‘Thin (I Used To Be Bulletproof)’ is an emotionally retrospective track, intimately delivered by the soulful tones of both man and instrument. Ellis reflects on the change in his life, realising how time can be unintentionally spent living in dullness and wants us to know that there is always time left to take a risk to reclaim a happiness once had.

This new single is the first from Our Man In The Field’s debut album, ‘The Company of Strangers’, which is due to be released this September. Stream the new single from this London-based artist now:

PRIESTGATE and their new single, ‘NOW’

Priestgate are the wonderful five-piece Indie band hailing from Driffield, East Yorkshire. The group capture some beautifully powerful sentiments and set them free in this refreshing new single, ‘NOW’. It is a must to experience.

There is a brilliant togetherness about this band and it’s so energy inducing to feel the instruments really run wild with each other in this euphoric track. Priestgate communicates the understanding message of us as growing and learning human beings as they reflect on their youth. The wrenching emotion of the vocal over the track’s naturally heavenly sound makes for a more affecting adventure through the layers of this song.

The heavy influence of bands like RIDE, The Cure and Slowdive are delightfully evident in the dreamy pedal drenched guitar, soaring melodies and drums that crash with purpose. The passion of ‘NOW’ and the poignancy of their cried out lyrics projects this new single above the rest.

I feel something special about Priestgate. Stream ‘NOW’……now!

I Hope You Die- Molly Nilsson

Molly Nilsson is a unique and resolute songwriter and what she has to say is always clearly expressed in her tunes. Her electronic music is very DIY, which is incredibly inspiring. She has her own record label, ‘Dark Skies Association’, for which she records all her music by herself. I was very lucky to watch her perform in London in February 2019 when she walked into the toilets and her luminous orange hair caused me to let out an audible ‘woahhhh’ as I told her which toilets were free…. I was very happy to advise an idol of mine in such a time of need.

‘I Hope You Die’ is a song of pure devotion. It is a poetic ode of absolute loyalty in the face of anything. Molly entwines all kinds of love in this powerful Synthpop ballad full of spirit. You’ve never felt a kick drum and snare beat through your heart so strong as when the chorus ignites and you just have to dance. It’s heavenly gloom.

I always get emotional listening to this track. The abstract nature of Molly’s lyrics will really put a smile on your face and remind you of that one person you will always stand by. Dive deeper into her discography and indulge in an exciting new world.

‘Sometimes we win, but sometimes we lose our dreams, but I always wear the colours of your team.’ 

I do.

Electric Raptor’s debut single, ‘Operation Tony’: your new source of entertainment

Your musical dose of the absurd has arrived in the form of an epic track from the multi-talented Worcestershire band, ELECTRIC RAPTOR. ‘Operation Tony’ is a spicy blend of many genres, fused together by the energy of a six-piece band and their comical taste of humour.

This new single is accompanied by a brilliant live action video to illustrate the wacky events that unfold in a crazy Sci-fi tale. ‘Operation Tony’ tells the story of a group of intergalactic bounty hunters on a strange rescue mission. It is the first of their dark comedy web series, ‘The Space Morons’, to which new episodes with new accompanying songs will be added.

Shifting tempos tell a suspenseful story with roaring vocals and crashing drums in a big metal mash up. The jazzy midsection seductively whispers in, transporting our ears to a different groove with electric piano. The sounds of shred guitar and contrasting buoyant trumpet dance with each other as the scene of excitement concludes. It is quite a ride. Watch the video here now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDpDMsQC7H0.

There’s a hell of a lot more on the way from Electric Raptor as they hope to bring their untypically conducted music to the crowds, post pandemic. It’s great to know that there is such unique creativity so close to home. Listen to the track now on all streaming platforms! electricraptor.bandcamp.com

Bad Girlfriend on their way with new single ‘Here It Comes’

Known for their wild and unpredictable approach to music, Bad Girlfriend explode out of Birmingham with their exciting punk/garage sound. Underground venues across the UK have offered up their stages for many wonderfully chaotic gigs, making this band notable for their live presence.

‘Here It Comes’ is the title of the band’s biggest single yet. We are teased by an oasis conjured up with lush guitar. It isn’t long before the calm is interrupted by the storm and the sea of crashing drums and roaring guitar takes you under. You’ve dived into buzzing disorder. An abnormally uplifting riff seals the track, leaving you happily stranded in mystery as the whaling vocal continues to whirl in your mind.

Bad Girlfriend have a powerful presence, only emphasised by this new track. ‘Here It Comes’ will be released on July 18th.

Bad Girlfriend’s Website: https://badgirlfriendbrum.com/home

Why I Hate Free Radio

When it comes to music, I have an open mind. We all tick very differently, so I understand that music taste may be difficult to criticise. However, Free Radio is still awful and here’s why. 

Radio is a beautiful thing. How wonderful to tune in to someone cherry-picking songs for your pleasure, intimately addressing anonymous listeners far and wide. You wait in anticipation for the next random song to ignite a new interest, or tickle your nostalgia with an old one. We remember broadcasters like the late, brilliant, John Peel, who unveiled to the public new genres of music from the late sixties onward. He introduced variety into the dull routine of radio that was only focused on popular sounds at the time, which is remembered as being extremely important for the progression of wider styles of music. What Free Radio does for music will be remembered as insignificant.

Free Radio is a station associated with The Hits Radio Network which dedicates itself to broadcasting ‘The Biggest Hits’ of today. Since 2012, the station has managed to spread across the West Midlands, drumming the repetitive, headache-inducing, emotionless music of today’s mainstream world into numb ears. I am never exposed to Free Radio unless I am at work and then Ed Sheeran inevitably seeps into my life at the hands of someone lacking any music taste, which puts this radio station in the firing line. 

If I didn’t make it too obvious, I am not a fan of the music played on Free Radio. Most of the songs are meaningless regurgitations of the ones before. You hear the same shallow lyrics. You hear the same dull chorus with the same beats and melodies, sung by the same-sounding voices. You feel nothing unless you’re the eighteen year old girl in the club, with your strawberry and lime Kopparberg cider, worshipping Dua Lipa because she is JUST AMAZING. When you look at the driving force of ‘artists’ in the charts, it’s difficult to see any real passion for music and its deeper magic. 

What is easy to see is how money has become the biggest motive for creating. You don’t see people picking up their instruments with a message to deliver. Instead, you only hear of people sitting behind computers, conjuring up an algorithm to make unoriginal songs to satisfy the unhealthy need for immediate gratification given by that engineered, algorithmic chorus. The music is of zero substance and only plays to an increasing generation of dumbed down curiosities. You don’t even see that creator performing their words; you see a conventionally attractive body with an acceptable voice fronting the music. It’s all about image and it’s a poisonous disgrace to the beauty of music and its power to evoke so many different feelings. 

The variety is non-existent. Dull routine isn’t being broken enough by the exciting creativity of talent hidden in the shadows of the mainstream monster. Musical curiosity isn’t being aroused when Free Radio is constantly spitting out chart rubbish over and over and over. Someone please hang the DJ. I don’t know how you presenters do it.

The Worst Guys deliver new Alternative Hip-Hop from Birmingham

The Worst Guys make a solid impression with their smooth beats, engaging rhythms and introspective lyrics about life, youth and growing up in the West Midlands.

The Birmingham-based duo officially jumped onto the scene in October 2019 with their debut single ‘Round The Town’, a tune with a chilled summer vibe and the taste of West Coast hip-hop inspiration.

Rapper, Louis, prefers ‘substance over style’, which is evident in his powerful delivery about hometown change and days gone by. The robotic beats are contrasted by lo-fi samples of melancholic electric pianos and yesteryear strings, adding to the lyrical nostalgia about a carefree time growing up in Birmingham and the changes he’s seen. We experience the production skills of Joe, who looks to fuse his 90s hip-hop influences with his own unique style, producing the modern sound of The Worst Guys.

Joe’s soulful vocals are also showcased in their latest track, ‘No Celebrations’, released February this year. His gentle melodies and Louis’ bold voice are accompanied by the great use of electric piano, creating a catchy groove. In this track, the duo talks of hard work still to come, as the grind never stops for those striving to realise their dreams.

There’s nothing stopping these two, with a new single coming in July and an EP to follow. Collaborations and live gigs are on the horizon for The Worst Guys, so check them out on all platforms below and stream their music now!

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