Beat Surrender – Best of 2016 – EPs

#20

The Pooches – Heart Attack

#19

Peaness – No Fun

#18

Kamikaze Girls – SAD

#17

Nat Johnson – The Libery System

#16

Deerful – Stayling Still

#15

Curlee Wurlee! – Agents of the Apes

#14

The Fireworks – Black & Blue

#13

Jeni Magana – Golden Tongue

#12

The Wind Up Birds – The Right

#11

The Dreaming Spires & Friends – Paisley Overground

#10

Shit Present – Misery + Disaster

#9

Patsy’s Rat = S/T

#8

Silver Rose – S/T

#7

Curse of Lono – S/T

#6

Bryde – EP I

#5

The Salient Braves

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

#4

Bryde – EP II

#3

FuzzQueen – Xenia I

#2

Francie Moon -S/T

#1

The Salient Braves

They Must Have Seen Me Coming

The Dreaming Spires (& Friends) – Paisley Overground (coloured vinyl)

New from At The Helm Records is a fantastic mini-album – 8 tracks, four from The Dreaming Spires on the a-side and four from friends, Sid Griffin & Tony Poole, Co-Pilgrim, The Hanging Stars and The Raving Beauties on the flip side.

Three of The Dreaming Spires tracks were recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis, the fourth Silverlake Sky was written on Sunset Strip during a band tour before being recorded back home in Oxfordshire with a vintage Eko 12-string acoustic.

The album is available digitally as well as lovely vinyl from the fine folks At The Helm Records.

BEST OF 2015, ROCK, INDIE & POP #25 to #6

25   Personal Best – Arnos Vale

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24   Lightning in a Twilight Hour – Fragments Of A Former Moon
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Lightning in a Twilight Hour

23   Jennie Vee – Spying

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22   Kontiki Suite – The Greatest Show On Earth

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Kontiki Suite / Facebook / Twitter

21   Reichenbach Falls – The Traitor Shore

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20   Paper Aeroplanes – Joy

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Paper Aeroplanes / Facebook / Twitter

19   Piney Gir – mR hYDE’S wILD rIDE

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Piney Gir / Facebook / Twitter

18   Mammoth Penguins – Hide & Seek

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17   Craig Finn – Faith in the Future

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16   Case Hardin – Colours Simple

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15   The Dreaming Spires – Searching for the Supertruth

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14   The School – Wasting Away and Wondering

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13   Joanna Gruesome – Peanut Butter

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12   Owl & Mouse – Departures

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11   The Manhattan Love Suicides – More Heat! More Panic!

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10   Bully – Feels Like

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9   Ezra Furman – Perpetual Motion People

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8   Bill Ryder-Jones – West Kirby County Primary

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7   The Treasures of Mexico – Holding Pattern

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The Treasures of Mexico 

6   Kid Wave – Wanderlust

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The Dreaming Spires – Searching For The Supertruth

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In the few days before I started to write this post the music news was full of the rather farcical judgement in favour of Marvin Gaye’s family by a US court surrounding the alleged plagiarism of the great mans song Got to Give It Up by Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke, if this is a test case for future suing and counter-suing, and I was Oxford brothers Robin and Joe Bennett then I’d maybe be expecting a few letters in the post from various legal representatives of the great and good of the music business as the siblings latest album, recorded with Jamie Dawson (drums and percussion) and Nick Fowler (guitars) as The Dreaming Spires, at one point or another sounds like any number of songs from the past, whether they originate from the West Coast of the US, South East of Glasgow  or Muswell Hill.

The truth of the matter is that despite the surface familiarity that manifests itself throughout this album, revealing and uncovering its influences and inspirations, that in order to convey a true reverence to the past then the resulting songs must resonate in the here and now with a  deeper level of appreciation – in their quest for the supertruth The Dreaming Spires have reinforced the point that there are only really two types of music and this ten song collection falls into the ‘good’ category – highly recommended and what’s more it available in a rather nice vinyl package too from the guys at Clubhouse Records

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