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Issue 36 - updated 7th November 2004

Release of the week

Various Artists: Popplist 3

·Other albums this week

3 Kisses / 8 Foot Sativa / Just Joe / The Meteors / Patti B. / Straylight Run / String Planet

Singles/EP’s this week

Deejer / Kilpi / Maclean / Maggie’s Choice / Rob McCullock / Sirenia / Soundbite


·         All releases are out now unless otherwise noted

·         All reviews written by Hans Jįkup Eišisgarš


Release of the week:


Various Artists; Popplist 3


When I got a hold of the previous CD in these series, it just wouldn’t leave my CD-player again and I think this one is going to last even longer. There are 19 tracks from Faroese artists on here spanning from the early 80’s until today. Most of this stuff is quite new, though. The best known artists on here are probably the Universal-signed artists Teitur and Gunnar, but there’s also the likes of Eivųr Pįllsdóttir, Hųgni Lisberg, Enekk, Petsi Tvųrfoss, I AM, Divided Minds and Lena. If you haven’t been introduced to Faroese music before you should try and get a hold of this CD and hear some of the music that has been sounding on the islands for the last 20 years. (JJJJJ-)


Other albums this week:


3 Kisses; Wings

Stolen Kisses Music

I get a lot of music from Austin, Texas, for some reason (I guess it’s because there’s a lot of good music coming from there) and here’s another band to add to that list. This four-piece (two guys and two girls) has only been together for eight months and based on that I think these people can get far. Not that this CD is perfect or anything. It isn’t. Don’t get me wrong it’s not bad either. Not at all. It’s just that the production could’ve been better. It would also have suited the alt-pop/rock sound of the band better if it was. But overall it’s pretty good anyway. Lead-singer Tish sounds kinda like a mix between Gwen Steffani and that girl from Dakoda Motor Co. (JJJJ--)


8 Foot Sativa; Season For Assault

Black Mark

(Provided by Target Distribution)

8 Foot Sativa have really managed to bring metal to the charts in their homeland New Zealand. Don’t know if that’s common there, but nonetheless when this album was released in New Zealand by Intergalactic Records it landed on a sixth place, just a few places below artists like Dido and Outcast, which must be said to be nicely and impressively done. Now it’s time for a European release through Black Mark. I seriously doubt that it’ll make the same waves in Europe however. For instance an as hard and metal-filled album like this would never reach top ten in Denmark (unless you’re Slipknot obviously). But it’s worth checking out people... (JJJJ--) 


Just Joe; I Fly With The Stars


(Provided by Caravan Music Promotions)

Here’s another artist I can’t find much info on, but their PR-company says he’s mix of Moby and The Chemical Brothers, which is quite true but they forgot to add that there’s a lot more to Just Joe’s music than just that. This, his debut full-length starts with a track that would have you think that this was going to be an indie-rock album, but it doesn’t take long until it goes totally electronica and techno on you, which is fine because we need more albums like this. Doesn’t sound like the bass-pumping techno they play at your local disco, now does it? (JJJJ--) 


The Meteors; These Evil Things

I Used To Fuck People Like You In Prison Records

(Provided by Target Distribution)

From the label with the funnies name in the world but also perhaps the most distasteful one comes another cult-classic that is sure not to be everybody’s cup of tea. The press-release says that these guys have been around for 25 years and that they have released over 30 albums and countless singles. It also says that they’re the only true psychobilly band around and that their heroes are Michael Myers, Charles Manson and Mark Chapman (the man who shot John Lennon). To this I can only say that this is not the only true psychobilly and having heroes like Charles Manson and Mark Chapman is just a sorry excuse for getting some attention. But no matter how stupid these guys may come across, they’ve actually made a pretty darn good psychobilly album here and it’s loads of fun to hear the metal-classic “Breaking The Law” (Judas Priest) getting the psychobilly treatment. (JJJJ--)


Patti B.; Breakin’ Through

Wild Cat Productions

I am not quite sure what I was expecting when putting this CD in the CD-player, but I know one thing, I was not expecting what came out of the speakers. I guess I expected something softer, but what came out of the speakers nonetheless was quite rocking, really – even bordering on hard rock on occasion. Mostly, however, this is a good and solid mix of classic rock with a bluesy feel carried by Patties strong voice. Perhaps not modern-sounding as far as rock music in the new millennium goes, but it will definitely appeal to fans of 80’s rock. (JJJJ--)


Straylight Run; Straylight Run

Victory Records

(Provided by Target Distribution)

This is another example on how far the music of the Victory label is stretching these days. Straylight Run has nothing to do with either metal, punk or hardcore. Actually it starts like something that you would never have guessed would come from a label like Victory Records five years ago. It starts with a piano-driven, quiet song full of emotions and heart. And those are actually the keywords for this album: emotion and heart. This is rock-music, don’t misunderstand that, but it’s not the typical Victory Records rock. It’s not even emo... I would just say that this is modern pop-rock based around the wonderful universe of piano, guitars and vocals (made by John and Michelle Nolan who are accompanied by the bass-playing of Shaun Cooper and Will Noon’s drumming). Favourite cut: “The Tension and The Terror”. (JJJJJ-)


String Planet; String Planet

Tone Science Records

(Provided by The Creative Service Company)

This is an album made up solely by two string instruments: viola and the stick. Novi Novog and Larry Tuttle are the people responsible for this album and I think they have a good thing going here as they combine jazz, world and classical into nice relaxing pieces. I have been listening to this album a lot late at night just before going to bed and I can tell you one thing, it’s relaxing. And well-played of course. (JJJ---)


Singles/EP’s this week:


Deejer; Multimedia


Here’s a three-track EP from yet another Austin, Texas band. These guys play the kind of modern metal people used to call nu-metal just recently... I have been saying over and over again how tired I am of this kind of music, but Deejer are really not that bad. Maybe it’s because I am not constantly hearing these bands on the radio anymore, but I don’t think so. These guys have got some good songs and they could still make it, because, after all, Hoobastank are still pretty big. (JJJJ--)


Kilpi; Varjoista Valoihin


This is a single taken from the new album by this Finnish band. There’s only one track on the single so there’s really not that much to say about it all. I think these guys should’ve put a b-side or two on there, because if you have the CD there’s really not much point in getting this. But it’s a good melodic hard rock song nonetheless with nice AOR-like vocals. As you might have guessed it’s in Finnish. (JJJJ--)


Maclean; How Is It

Kaleidoscope Records

(Provided by Caravan Music Promotions)

Now here’s a soulful and black-sounding EP for sure, written and performed by Paul Mclean.. Mostly it’s just simple and plain soulful pop music with good vocals and nice arrangements, but in “I Must Confess” you’ll find a cool soul-vibe alongside delicious reggae rhythms. (JJJ---)  


Maggie’s Choice; Tale For Free


Here’s a quintet from Portland, Oregon that I’ve never heard about before. They’ve released a full-length before releasing this six-track EP and if that one is as good as this one it’s definitely worth looking into, just like one. These guys have a great alt-country feel underneath their rock-songs. One of the three singers (don’t know which one it is) makes me think of Michael Stripe of R.E.M. Actually, when thinking about it, Maggie’s Choice sounds kinda like a country inspired R.E.M. Great band – great EP. (JJJJ--)


Rob McCulloch; Only Questions


(Provided by Caravan Music Promotions)

A three-track single from this young English fella. He has got a quite good grasp on the British-sounding singer/songwriter thing, which is nice for a change since I am receiving so much American-sounding singer/songwriter stuff. All three tracks on here are well-written and well-played and will appeal to fans of Richard Ashcroft. This guy is young (or at least he looks young) so he should have plenty of time getting even better. (JJJJ--)


Sirenia; Sirenian Shores

Napalm Records

(Provided by Target Distribution)

It hasn’t been long since Norwegian gothic metal four-piece released their “An Elixir For Existence” album, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be releasing another EP already, now does it? I think this five-track EP is more appealing that their album was. It’s the same gothic metal with epic choirs and stuff like that going on, but it’s also spiced with an acoustic song, a more danceable remix and an uber-cool take on of Leonard Cohen’s “First We Take Manhattan”. These guys just earned some extra credit in my book. (JJJJ--) 


Soundbite; The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter


(Provided by Caravan Music Promotions)

Soundbite is a British three-piece who blend punk, rock n’ roll and garage-rock into a quite entertaining cocktail. The first two tracks on this EP are insanely catchy. Just can’t get them out of my head again, really... Couldn’t tell you what they’re called, though, as there are no song-titles on my copy of this EP. Check these guys out if you want things straight-up and to the point. (JJJJ--)

Hans Jakup Eidisgard, PO BOX 38, FO-470 Eidi, Faroe Islands, Via Denmark