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Formally know in print in Grapevine Magazine as Music to your Ears (MtyE) – these, generely brief, reviews of albums that have caught the eyes, or more precisely ears, of the New Music curator, Tony Bell. With the occasional single thrown in from time to time and the occassional longer review for the album of the month which was introduced in 2020.

And now for a band I have yet to see live. My how the msl grows and grows - 2020 is going to be a busy one by the looks of it. Fishclaw are a Suffolk / Essex collective of seven musicians who, for sake of geographical ease, call...
In truth I got a bit fed up reading Gaffa Tape Sandy’s excellent reviews – then I saw them play live and, you know what, it was all true! They are good, no doubt about it. Family Mammal calls itself an EP but with eight tracks it falls into...
This is a band that were new to me until recently. I came across them at one of the most excellent TMT gigs run by Epic Studios in Norwich. Fronted by Norfolk based John Fisher, this set of two sister albums is a debut set for the band released...
Can it really be eight years since I first came across Tilly at The John Peel Centre? In those years I have merely grown older. Tilly however has transformed from girl to woman, her music too has matured. This is just Tilly’s second studio album and by her own...
Sam Coe was last month’s Grapevine CoverSTAR and has just launched Comeback Queen, her first solo album without the Long Shadows in tow. Moving away from the country sound she is best known for this is Sam’s opportunity to do her own thing. Case in point Devin Don’t Care…...
For me personally, the best part of the NMG Awards was being introduced to music I wouldn’t normally listen to. Electro synth pop doesn’t feature much on my playlists - until now. Sophie won the Female Solo award at NMG and I can see why. She writes & produces...
This Peterborough based band introduced themselves to us after the NMG Awards, sent us a link to this single and I was hooked on that guitar riff from the get go. Then I read their bio which talks about their “...unique brand of hard-hitting guitar riffs.” - no argument...
John, Ollie, Christy and James have now been officially adopted by Grapevine Magazine! For they won the Indie category at the NMG Awards which Grapevine sponsored. Incredibly catchy and well produced this - their latest single release, is one of those ‘I wanna hear more’ sounds (“I need it,...
Their bio says: “..memorable guitar riffs & anthemic choruses about small town monotony...” hmmm, whatever that says about their home town King’s Lynn, it didn’t stop this single being BBC Radio 1’s track of the week back in June. Clever lyrics, slow build up to a rock rhythm,...
Why have I not heard of this young woman before? If for no other reason than her very clever music videos. Growing Pains was released last year and now that I have discovered it I cannot help but keep playing the opening track Freak - not that there is...
Whatever I say about this EP will have little effect on this amazing band. They will remember 2019 for one gig and one gig only - the one in Chantry Park, supporting Ed Sheeran. What is ever going to top that? These NMG Breakthrough Artists are well worth a...
This single is Dan’s first release since his 2016 EP Three Good Friends. He was a little taken aback to win the NMG Best Male Solo award. His sound drifts towards country with a hint of pop but as I always say, these sort of labels are just that,...
This is a duo I’ve wanted to see play for a long time. That chance came my way last month and I was not disappointed. Grace and Aaron produced one of the best live blues sounds I have heard recently. ‘Kill For Your Love’ is my favourite of the...
This is Grenadiers UK, not to be confused with an Aussie band who sound nothing like their UK namesakes. This is their most recent release continuing their sixtiesesque sound which blends Beatles with Small Faces with a sprinkling of punk. You think you know all the songs but they...
Hands up who likes ambient electronic music! You might notice that I haven’t raised my hand... yet. This three track EP by Cambridge based Lo-Grade Lawrence was not my first choice this month but it is growing on me... those ethereal sounds and mystic beats. I dare you to...
‘Remember’ is the latest single and opening track on ‘Bouquet’ the most recent EP offering from this Cambridge/London based band. A mere three tracks but enough to leave you wanting more. Of the three my favourite is ‘Shoreline’ a fast paced number with a rhythm that ebbs and flows...
Boy did I take a wrong turning on the information superhighway when searching for videos of this band playing! Punk funk with added brass would be a wonderful heading for this Norfolk band’s music. They themselves describe their sound as a mix of punk, folk, rockabilly, dub, jazz, funk...
Anthony Shiels is the keyboard player with The Candle Thieves. This is his solo project and I was hooked from the first track. A wonderful collection of piano centric pop songs with hints of jazz and rock. This music could fill an auditorium or be used as background music...

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