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REMOTE SOUND – Not Thinking Of You (Self-released 3-track CD)

Posted: July 31st, 2006, by Dave Stockwell

Remote Sound are a young band from the sunny Falkland Islands, led by songwriter Alastair Jackson and ably assisted by friends Sara, Tristan, Neil an Phil. This is a re-release of their debut CD, which sold out of its original run of 200 copies since February. This time around there’s a bonus track added on for extra value. The whole thing was recorded for less than £70 and Remote Sound have got to be applauded for their enthusiastic approach to DIY, especially as they apparently live in the back of beyond where there’s barely any outlets for music.

The production’s impressive considering how cheaply they recorded it. But what does the music sound like? Basically they’re straight-up indie rock, playing someone’s heartfelt songs written when they really should be studying for their A-Levels. It’s hard to criticise the band or their approach given their circumstances and youth, but their music could be plucked out of any number of anyone’s bedroom band from their teenage years. It’s not a bad first effort at all from someone so young; I’d just be more interested in where they’ve got to a few years down the line and have matured musically somewhat.

But then what do I know? I’m a jaded fool who likes nothing more than random ramshackle noise and drone recorded onto a broken dictaphone. This music is much “straighter” than anything I can muster enthusiasm for these days. You should really check out the band for yourself:


Dave Stockwell

David can always be relied on to end his e-mails with one of those 'np: blah blah' things in order to remind us of how much more music he listens to every day than anybody else. His interests include rockin ' out in a major style as guitarist in Souvaris, throwing frisbees from tall buildings "just to see what happens" and simply kickin' back with his bitches in a gold-plated jacuzzi.


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