THE SMALL PLAYLIST – Week #2

MASON HILL – HOLD ON

The acclaimed young Glasgow rockers get the hype train for their debut album up and running with their first single in over a year, perfectly showcasing the evolution of their sound. Whopping vocals, great riffs, straightforward yet very memorable lyrics and a massive rhythm make this one a doozy.

 


SPLINTERED HALO – FLOAT

Glasgow’s resident character metal group celebrate Halloween with yet another beautifully demented track as they pay homage to the 2017 It, highlighted by great riffs, rattling drums, brilliant lyrics, and a remarkably versatile, theatrical vocal display from the Scottish horror queen, Elivyn.


HOTEL MIRA – JUNGLE

A mere few months after the release of their self-titled EP, the Canadian trio are already back with what is a candidate for their best song to date, thanks to an infectiously bouncy energy and an utterly catchy chorus.


STATIC UNION – NEW FOUND WAY

A very nice offering from the Glasgow post-punk group that has a cool ambience to it, which is down to the smooth harmonies, neat guitar chords and mild synths.


XERO – GARDEN

The Newcastle alternative metal ensemble deliver their second single of the year, driven by a rocking rhythm, a real fine lead performance and a chorus that is so hooking.


TOMORROW IS LOST – SHADOWMAN

With their debut EP just around the corner, the Geordie rock unit are getting a buzz going with the title track, which stands out with sharp vocals, freakishly superb riffs and a cracking chorus, and they certainly kick it up a notch in last third of the number.


TIRADE – TO BE HONEST

The young Manchester rock prospects continue to impress with another jumping track featuring tight performances and a sweet energy to it.


JAMES HOLT – ALONE AGAIN

One of Manchester’s most budding solo artists is on top form here with a top-notch track where he really shines vocally, plus the toe-tapping melody is real sweet and the lyrics are great too.


AMY LOU – CHANIA

The Glaswegian indie pop artist treats us to a fabulously infectious ditty that is so full of spirit, well-written and headed by an enthusiastic vocal display.


CHERRY HEAD, CHERRY HEART – JUST A SECOND

A pretty underrated act in our eyes, the Teeside pop duo return with a stunningly wonderful tune that has such an exuberant melody which is so, so catchy. Further highlighted by a wonderful harmony and strong writing, this is one that will most definitely stick in the head.


LUCY MAIR – BEING PRETTY WAS FUN

The latest single from this fine London artist is a really polished number with a warm, swaying rhythm and an excellent, magnetic vocal performance.


JAMES EDWYN & THE BURROWED BAND – QUOTING SAGAN

Another tremendous piece from one of Glasgow’s finest Americana collective with a terrific melody, refined harmonies and a hooking chorus.


IVORY CAVES – FALL FROM GRACE

The Dunfermline rock outfit’s new single is a riveting number that commences slowly and works upwards to cap off on a high note. A waving pace, excellent guitar chords and good drumming stand as the defining aspects here.


DEREK J MARTIN – GHOST TOWN

The Saltcoats musician gives us another taste of his upcoming debut album here with a nice track featuring a great dual performance on the guitar and at the mic, as well as plenty of passion.

 

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