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A review of ' Hector: Badge of Carnage – Episode 1: We Negotiate with Terrorists' written exclusively for Shadowlocked.com
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It examined how, the at the time, upcoming release could revolutionise First Person Shooter games.
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Hailing from Germany via rural Ireland, Yngve (apparently pronounced Ing-Vuh) offers something that could have come straight from the American mid-west... if you ignore the occasional Irish twang.
Draw A Line features Americana, folk and Bluegrass all rolled into one. The talk of rivers conjures up an image of a raft voyage towards the deep south. The piano – an underused instrument in these days of skinny jeans and pork pie hats – that leads Draw A Line sounds fantastic; and really compliments the old school guitar solos. The track is a pure slice of Americana with Yngve’s vocal style borrowing more than just a little from Bob Dylan.
B-Side Changing Tracks also sounds like it could have come straight out of the USA, with a sound that creates a mental picture of gritty old bars in the Wild West. This comes from the track being predominantly piano led, with the instrumental introduction alone taking up almost two minute of the 7 minutes of Changing Tracks. The excellent guitar solos tell their own sorrow stories that sound like they should contain large amounts of sippin’ liquor.Yngve & The Innocent offers a breath of fresh air and has a Hell of a lot of soul. Buy this, add some Jack Daniels and enjoy this slice of German/Irish Americana.
(Originally written for Gobshout)
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Released on : Because Music
With the name ‘Syd’ in the name of the artist, and an opening track called Wolfmother you may think this album might have a loud good ol’ fashion rock and roll vibe. Alas, that isn’t the case with BrotherOcean from Syd Matters – it is a drifting, folky record. But, of course, that alone doesn’t mean it should be cast aside.
It’s the fact that BrotherOcean can get rather boring that means the above sentence could be considered good advice.
Now, you don’t need to be rock and roll in order to be exciting but BrotherOcean does often verge onto the wrong side of dull. That’s not to say it’s not a decent album; the acoustic instruments sound fine but a lot of tracks sound the same. The slow, often downbeat vocals-especially on We are Invisible-don’t do much to stir up much interest.
Thankfully BrotherOcean is somewhat saved by some wistful, pleasant melodies on tracks including River Sister and Lost. Meanwhile, Rest ups the tempo of the entire album with an almost electronic sound, even if the vocals aren’t that different to the sullen tone of the rest of the album.
Syd Matters has produced an adequate if rather repetitive album with BrotherOcean, which might be worth a look if if you’re a fan of old Noah and the Whale or the recently disbanded Nizlopi.