The Wind Whistles : Window Sills


The Wind Whistles – Window Sills (Aaahh Records)

Even more Folk today with Aaah Records prolific tourers ‘The Wind Whistles’, stable mates of the indifferent Keyboard Rebels and the really rather good Entertainment for the Braindead this Canadian duo fit somewhere in the middle of the bunch. Window Sills is overall a genuinely likable album, it’s not particularly exciting, it’s not exactly inspiring or innovative but it is really, really nice. There’s a steady stream of Folk coming through these days which fits into the ‘nice’ mould and whilst it can, generally, end up being a rather dull mass of identikit music The Wind Whistles manage to get away with it by doing it better than most. Continue reading “The Wind Whistles : Window Sills”

Keyboard Rebel : Pop Grenade

Keyboard Rebel – Pop Grenade (Aaahh Records)

Billed, apparently, as Indie Mavericks by both themselves and the Aaahh Records NetLabel (also home to the rather better Entertainment for the Braindead) Keyboard Rebel are a Pop Folk outfit hailing from the barren North, or Manchester, as it’s otherwise known. Pop Grenade, their first release on Aaahh unfortunately does little to live up to the grandiose tag, feeling less like deconstruction of the Pop song and more like twee ‘eccentricity’ by numbers. Continue reading “Keyboard Rebel : Pop Grenade”

Entertainment for the Braindead : Hydrophobia

Entertainment for the Braindead – Hydrophobia (Aaahh Records)

It’s unnerving when music makes you feel slightly nervous. Especially when the music is, in theory, about as unnerving as a sack full of kittens on a temperate Spring morning in a meadow full of blooming flowers. And it’s even more bizarre when, at first glance, the music you’re listening to is from the same routinely dull stable of female singer/songwriters as any number of sultry toned, ‘eccentric’ and all too often twee chart regulars, much beloved of people who’d rather not actually hear the music they’re listening to. Still, such oddities do appear in this world of ours and Entertainment for the Braindead, solo project of German, Julia Kotowski and a host of random instruments which’d be the envy of most anyone, does a good job of suprising. Continue reading “Entertainment for the Braindead : Hydrophobia”

Entertainment for the Braindead : Seven + 1

Entertainment for the Braindead – Seven + 1 cover

Entertainment for the Braindead – Seven + 1 (Aaahh Records)

One of the first reviews I did was of EftB’s second album ‘Hydrophobia’ which I liberally gushed over like a teenage girl meeting Ronan Keating (or whoever the kids dig these days), an enthusiasm which hasn’t been dulled by time given that it’s still on my MP3 player and in habitual rotation. So, new album, good news right? Continue reading “Entertainment for the Braindead : Seven + 1”

The Wind Whistles – Animals Are People Too


The Wind Whistles – Animals Are People Too (Aaahh Records)

Another release here from those prolific purveyors of Indie Folk, Aaahh Records who, as well as being home to the habitually excellent Julia Kotowski (also known as Entertainment for the Braindead) play host to Canadian strummers ‘The Wind Whistles’. Who, for those not in the know, have been reviewed on this here blog once before in a relatively polite and likeable way. Continue reading “The Wind Whistles – Animals Are People Too”