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Quick Reviews: Scream to Me, Darling

Every week, one of our writers will be given a selection of tracks – they could be unsigned, they could be international superstars. Any genre could be included, and the writer gets one week to give their verdict on each song in under 100 words. This week, Craig Forshaw takes his turn. If you like what you hear, click on the band names to visit their website, and if you want your music to be included in the future, send an MP3, picture, short bio and link to music@camelshump.co.uk.

Scream’ by BIMPromotional shot of BIM

‘Scream’ most sounds like the future of end credit tracks for Japanese anime series about the inevitable fusion between man and machine. When this singularity approaches, we will ascend from the Earth as machine gods, colonising other worlds and converting them into boring grey nano-goo. Within the goo, our minds will become as one, and we will truly know each other. This is probably why BIM, “Scream”: when our minds are joined, we will truly know the depths to which the human mind can plummet. Every dark, dirty secret. Even yours. Yes. That one. (It’s also enjoyable and dancey.)

‘4 – 7 – 0’ by One Shot Progress

There are many words that can be used to describe ‘4 – 7 – 0’, but sometimes we need to be a bit more creative to fully express ourselves in the most succinct manner possible. The word that best describes my reaction is, therefore, “Pleasitating”. This portmanteau sums up the constant straddling of the fence, between enjoyable and tedious, before eventually veering away from been-there-done-that rock towards something a little more varied and enjoyable. Recommended, with reservations.

‘PrModern faces promo shotavada Scrolls’ by Modern Faces

‘Pravada Scrolls’ is quite good, make no mistake, but the one part of this rock track that stuck with me the most was the phrase, “jaded complexion”. It struck me as odd. What is a jaded complexion? Jaded, of course, means, “to lack enthusiasm”. Meanwhile, complexion means, “the colour, texture or appearance of skin”. That made me wonder… how can colour lack enthusiasm? Perhaps an image search on google would be enough to explain what they meant… However, the search just produced pictures of make-up containers and women of Asian heritage. Colour me confused.

‘Screwface City Dub’ by Screaming Soul

Imagine a disused, London Underground station, with shafts of light cutting through the persistent murk from somewhere above, when a carnival, all steel drums, colourful dancers with silk handkerchiefs, stomping Morlocks dressed in rags, and a floating cherub choir with beehive-haircuts, triumphantly and ecstatically prances out of one tunnel. If you can imagine how that looks, that is how this track sounds: a wonderful, multicultural, swooping and looping mixture of various underground samples and sounds over a well-paced, seductive beat. Lovely stuff.

‘Lie to me Darling’ by Kings and Aces

‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ has always been a favourite show of mine, and one episode that stands out from the early seasons is, ‘Lie to Me’, in which a bunch of Gothic posers learn that vampires are less, “lonely wanderers”, and more vicious pricks. You may wonder why this review has wasted half its word-count on a topic mostly unrelated to the track or the band, but one of my failings is that lies do not easily trip off my tongue, darling. Instead, it is better to say as little as possible, especially of this dull, guitar-based indie-pap… oops.

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About cforshaw67220

When a mysterious necklace transports Kieran Black across the multiverse, and into the heart of the events of his little sister's favourite novels, he faces a battle against armies of vampires and monsters if he is to ever hope he can get home. [] Meanwhile, Dahlia Black doesn't just have to deal with the disappearance of her brother. In his place the most vile villain of the 'Blood Lord' series of novels has been unleashed on the world - and he is not happy to find himself in a world that has been cheering his every defeat. []--------------------[] Craig Forshaw is the writer of 'Cross-Over', and the 'editor' of the online multiversal social issues column, 'Tomorrow's Atrocities' (which can be found here: http://www.shiverwriggle.co.uk/swpeople/harlan.html) He enjoys Italian horror movies, the writings of Robert Anton Wilson, and making sure everyone knows he isn't a witch. [] 'Cross-Over' itself was written as an reaction to some of the more recent young-reader novels, such as 'Twilight', 'Harry Potter' and many more. The story concerns itself with the nature of magic and reality, and the way in which fiction dominates our life, and our own unusual relationship with it.

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One thought on “Quick Reviews: Scream to Me, Darling

  1. Yo! How did you come across our track, 4-7-0? Would be interested in submitting our other stuff 🙂 Thanks for constructive criticism.

    Posted by Mike Donnison | March 19, 2012, 12:49 am

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