Some quick round ups for you after a quiet week -
Fiona Bevan's Rebel Without A Cause is a love song about escaping inspired by London's last bout of riots and accompanied by a sun-drenched road trip video. Summery, poppy, acousticy, pleasant enough without being startling.
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Fiona Bevan - Rebel Without A Cause[/caption]
If it's edgier that you want, darker, more challenging then there's always Warp Records' artist Patten's blurred reinterpretation of Jon Hassell's 'Metal Fatigue'. Long time Eno collaborator Hassell has his 'City: Works of Fiction' album from 1990 reissued in June as a 3CD set comprising the original album, a contemporaneous (good word eh?) live set and an album of remixes including this vaguely unsettling tune. Nothing to do with summer or riots at all.
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Jon Hassell - Metal Fatigue[/caption]
More traditionally - Sam Semple credits the turning point in his musical path to seeing Kris Kristofferson live in concert. Kris is a god so Sam's fine with me. He's had a song covered by Boyzone but let's not hold that against him - it was written for his own wedding so he hardly intended Ronan and the lads to get their hands on it. 'Baby We're Alive' shows a bit of a Willie Nelson influence with just a drop of Bill Fay. Warm and fuzzy. In a good way. Life affirming.
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Sam Semple - Baby We're Alive[/caption]