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Brinleigh

Brinleigh – “The Landing”

Brinleigh’s fascinating 2017 album “The Landing” is as much a conceptual story in audio format as it is an album. Drenched in sci-fi synths, brooding spacious otherworldly moments and songs that feel quite timeless, it’s an unusual but excellent entry into the music scene. The title track’s instrumental drone opens the album like the beginning […]

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Chantal Acda

Chantal Acda – “Bounce Back” Review

Lulling you into a safety net of hugs and heartbreak

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Kev Minney

Introducing… Kev Minney

Hushed male tones to whisk you away

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Kazyak

Introducing… Kazyak

Indie rock for the camper van

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C Duncan

Video Vault – C Duncan

C Duncan’s 2016 album “The Midnight Sun” was a quiet force of an album and my joint favourite track from it “Like You Do” now has a low-fi creepy music video to accompany it as the latest single from the album. It also comes with a new b-side too. I can’t quite work out if […]

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Higher Plain Music’s Top 25 Albums of 2016

My 25 best albums of 2016. Happy New Year!

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Bic Runga

Bic Runga – “Close Your Eyes” Review

A unique take on a covers album

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C Duncan

C Duncan – “The Midnight Sun” Review

Audio dreamscape of the year

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Bic Runga

Bic Runga returns with “Close Your Eyes”

New Zealand’s queen of soft rock has returned for her throne

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Phil and Lu

Introducing… Phil and Lu

A brother and sister act with proper integrity

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Night Marcher

Introducing… Night Marcher

Reflecting on harder times

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This Is The Kit

This Is The Kit – “Bashed Out” Review

A pure voice, a soft indie folk background – heaven is made

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Natalie Imbruglia – “Male” Review

Natalie takes a turn at country folk and covers

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Tellement – “Winter’s Hedgehog” Review

Gently does it for this Korean folk band

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Ben Kyle – “Ben Kyle” Review

Lead of Romantica, Ben Kyle has strutted out to do his own solo album. This is an album of delicate soft acoustic based rock with some wispy light vocals. Ben Kyle opens with “Don’t Settle” which is a gorgeous acoustic rock track. Ben’s vocals are so light in the verses, even when he’s got about five of […]

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Ari Hest – “The Fire Plays” Review

Ari Hest releases his seventh album on Tuesday entitled “The Fire Plays” and it’s a beautifully understated masterpiece. Opener “Untitled Part 2” brings electric piano and hushed drums to the table in a warm embrace that is coated in Ari’s syrupy vocals. His voice is smooth and has a certain depth to it that it […]

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Atticus Finch – “Atticus Finch EP” Review

Atticus Finch have crafted a wonderful sound and their EP is simply one most surprising discoveries I’ve had in the last few months. Their blend of acoustic rock, sympathetic chords and vocals – it just melts together like a top shelf act. “My Release” opens the EP with radio single hit in the making “Let’s […]

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Introducing… Andrew Osenga

Sometimes I just need a bit of clean, fresh, simplicity in my music. Not often it must be said – but sometimes I really do. Enter Andrew Osenga who reminds me very much of David Gray but softer and with no shouting required. Andrew’s single from his latest album “Leonard The Lonely Astronaut” is called […]

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Copperfox – “From The Den” Review

Copperfox are a lovely duo whom weave delicate melodies around lead vocalists Lisa’s soft hushed vocals. Opener “James” shows perfectly how the duo use their guitars, bass and drum loops to create a wonderful swinging bliss, especially in the second half of the track where the song starts to dissipate into echoes. It’s thoughtful and […]

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Steve Katz – “Barricades” Review

Steve Katz is someone we featured a while back last year and Steve has returned with his first EP “Barricades” and it showcases his guitar/vocal workings to excellent effect. Opener “Thrive” is a real road trip track. It’s elating chorus of muted power chords and euphoric vocals over a rock ballad beat works really well. […]

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