Quick plays: KILL FOR EDEN, CIRCA, MELINDA ORTNER

KILL FOR EDEN – S/T

www.killforeden.com

Interestingly, anyone I have mentioned West London band Kill For Eden to has enthusiastically told me how good they are and the general feeling is that their debut, and self titled, album should do very well for the band.

The album is packed with catchy hooks, great production and solid musicianship. Front woman Lyla D’Souza’s powerful, gritty vocals lay somewhere between Sass Jordan, Garbage’s Shirley Manson and for sheer power Bonnie Tyler whilst the band’s influences can be identified as The Cult, Garbage and Deep Purple amongst others.

Highlights amongst the album’s 14 tracks include the radio mix of “Kerosene”, “The Evil That Men Do”, “Over & Over” and “Living On Mars” and it’s safe to say that the whole thing is held together by guitarists Dave Garfield and Andrea Basiola.

If you get a chance to catch the band live do as their live show promises to be something special.

****

Nikk Gunns

 CIRCA – Live from Here, There and Everywhere

Glassville Records (Released 10th June)

Circa may not instantly be a recognisable band’s name but the members will be as the line-up includes former Yes members Billy Sherwood (also a member of World Trade) and Tony Kaye. Completing the line-up are Rick Tierney (bass) and Scott Connor (drums). The band has released four studio albums to date and this double CD marks their first live album. Kaye and Sherwood also had a brief foray in Yoso which featured former Toto vocalist Bobby Kimball.

You can’t fault the musicianship on display and the Yes feel to ‘And So On’ and ‘Ever Changing World’ with its neat vocals and keyboards are undoubted highlights. There are plenty of long instrumental passages, however sometimes the melodies can get lost in a sea of soloing.

One for fans of Billy Sherwood’s work, featuring a good quality sound throughout.

***

Jason Ritchie

Melinda Ortner – I Wanna Be OK

Ziggy Popular Music

Melinda Ortner is a totally new name to me. She was born and raised in California according to the PR literature and had a top 100 hit in Finland together with a song featured on “American Pie : Book of Love”…sounds a bit like the PR company trying too hard…

“I Wanna Be OK” is the debut full album from Melinda who released the “Strangers” EP last year and quite an impressive release it is. Melinda reminds me of a mix between Tori Amos and KT Tunstall with a bit of Imelda May and even Beth Gibbons thrown into the mix.

The album never drags from opener “Wait Another Day” complete with cello and weird drumbeat through the almost Portishead “I Wanna Be OK”, the almost heavy “The Beauty in Me” and the distinctly odd Casio keyboard featuring “Say Those Things”.

Melinda states “the higher up you are, the more it’s gonna hurt coming down”. Well based on this release she is definitely on the way up and it’s likely to be a long time before there is a risk of her coming down!

Enjoyable quirky release.

****

Phil Berisford


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