A distillation of tracks taken from some of the memorable albums and Cambridge shows of 2018…
1. Wave Pictures: Sugar
Two albums this year and this uptempo loveable confection has already established itself into the trio’s live set.
2. Public Service Broadcasting: ROYGBIV
Stunning visuals made the live version of this lesser known track unforgettable.
3. Fightmilk: Your Girlfriend
Excellent new album but this stealthy masterpiece is in a class of its own.
4. Colour Me Wednesday: Sunriser
Album and live set opener, a summary of all the features that make this band something special.
5. Suggested Friends: Please Don’t Look At Me On The Bus
Short burst of DIY angst, delivers its message as the hookline haunts your brain.
6. Gaffa Tape Sandy: Water Bottle
High-energy set opener from explosive power trio.
7. Teleman: Cactus
One of many highlights of the new ‘Family Of Aliens’ LP, a stupendous and unrelenting electronic riff marches into the consciousness, with even more energy in the concert version.
8. Ember Rev: Bring It Right Down
Thoughtful and message filled accordion-based rock, works well on stage too.
9. The Sunbathers: Girl You Left Behind
Gentle seaside themed concept album includes this indie-folk waltzing gem.
10. Elma: September
A reminder of a celebratory album launch at the Portland for a fine collection of retro 60s delights. Special mention too for heart breaking ballad ‘Late To The Party’.
11. The Smittens: Upper West Side
Many vocalists and moods in a brilliant show at the Blue Moon from USA Indie collective.
12. Robyn Hitchcock: I Used To Love You
Cambridge references in this song from probably the best gig of my year, a church venue the perfect setting for the intimate performance of songs from a glorious back catalogue of timeless psychedelic imagery.