Five Right Now: Kate Davis

Just days ahead of her debut full-length ‘Trophy’, an irresistible collection of indie pop anthems, Kate Davis tells us about five current tracks she’s enjoying RIGHT NOW: Black Midi – Ducter This band is wild. The music appeals to my inner muso nerd but also the faux punk. They go hard and I really wanna […]

New song: Party of the Sun – Drifters

Americana extraordinaries Party of The Sun released their debut LP ‘Trekker’ last Wednesday (30 October). ‘Drifters’ – its standout track – is reminiscent of leaving the house on a fresh Winter morning, the air entirely still, no car engines sounding, your breath appearing like a column of smoke. It’s a fleeting moment of quietude that […]

Track by track: Office Culture

Office Culture sound like they hold a weekly residency at the coolest cocktail bar in town. The persona worn by frontman and figurehead, Winston Cook-Wilson is one of espresso martinis, stained velvet blazers and sunglasses indoors. You can imagine him reclining on top of a piano, head flung back, eyes looking at the ceiling as […]

My Pet: Lazy Day

For the fifth edition of ‘My Pet’, Tilly Scantlebury, the brain behind Lazy Day – one of the catchiest indie bands around – tells us about her loyal Labrador Stanley, and the instrumental role pets have played in her life: “My big brother was really into dogs as a kid, I think ‘dog’ was his […]

October 2019 – 15 Songs

Welcome to October 2019 – 15 songs. Our 15 favourite tracks from October. Enjoy listening and reading the accompanying descriptions. If you’re in a real rush, skip to the bottom for the Spotify playlist. We promise we won’t cry. Basement Revolver – Have I Been Deceived Canada’s Basement Revolver released new EP ‘Wax and Digital’ on Friday […]

New song: The Innocence Mission – On Your Side

The Innocence Mission’s ‘Green Bus’ was arguably 2018’s best song; the resulting album ‘Sun On The Square’ was pretty flawless too. The Pennsylvania trio have just announced a prompt follow-up, ‘See You Tomorrow’ which comes out January 17. And if lead single ‘On Your Side’ is anything to go by, it’s set to be as […]

New song: Emily Yacina – Gleaming

Emily Yacina’s backing vocals were a stand-out feature of Yohuna’s magnificent record, ‘Mirroring’. Yacina is a fast friend of Johanne Swanson (Yohuna) and the two seemingly share a friend in Eric Littmann – he produced ‘Mirroring’ and Yacina’s forthcoming record, ‘Remember The Silver’ (December 06). Lead single ‘Gleaming’ is more a feeling than a song. […]

Showcase Announcement: Crake + Gold Baby

After being hand-picked by Big Thief’s Buck Meek to support the band on their European tour, Crake return to Manchester to play our first 2020 showcase on Saturday, February 8th! The Leeds quartet released single ‘Glycerin’ to praise from The Skinny, Gold Flake Paint and For The Rabbits earlier this year, later giving the song […]

New song: Basement Revolver – Have I Been Deceived

Canada’s Basement Revolver released new EP ‘Wax and Digital’ on Friday (25 October), following up their debut full-length ‘Heavy Eyes’. Its standout moment is ‘Have I Been Deceived’, a shimmering, lush track with a deceptively dark subject matter. ‘Have I Been Deceived’s bright glimmer makes it easy to miss Chrisy Hurn’s (singer/guitarist) bleak words. Under […]

Five Right Now: Great Grandpa

Great Grandpa released their second full-length ‘Four of Arrows’ on Friday (25 October). In our album of the week review, we said: “Four of Arrows’ is an unselfish album that doesn’t promise to fix us, but is invested in the we, in the fact that all of us are here and drenched in it together.” […]

New song: Gold Baby – Philadelphia

The last time we heard from North London’s Gold Baby, songwriter Sian Alex was visualising a conversation between her adult and child self on the wonderfully infectious ‘500/1’ (read our review here). Three months on and we find Alex showing her narrative chops again, this time inter-splicing a story of when she got lost in […]

Track by track: Amy O

Adulthood often forces us to lose sight of the inner child who exists inside all of us. The child, who simply did things for the sake of it, gets lost amidst the ever-increasing heap of bills, appointments and shopping lists. On ‘Shell’, Amy O endeavours to rediscover the traits she had as a child and […]

Album of the Week: Great Grandpa – Four of Arrows

By Sage Shemroske Great Grandpa draw from the tarot deck when handing us their second full length LP, ‘Four of Arrows’. In a tarot deck the Four of Arrows are a sign that you’re in need of introspection, quiet, recovery. The card indicates faith in counsel or help. And so it goes. Though the wetness […]

New Song: Mayfly – Selfish Girl

‘Selfish Girl’ sees London’s Mayfly take aim at narcissists who refuse to acknowledge their privilege. Written and produced by London’s Elena Garcia (Mayfly), ‘Selfish Girl’ is anchored by synths that carry the same ice as the song’s sentiment. Garcia’s vocal is cool and assured above, snarling “For the fifth time today you’ve addressed your wealth”. […]

New Song: Frances Quinlan – Rare Thing

Hop Along’s Frances Quinlan needs no introduction. Quinlan’s distinct, vociferous voice is responsible for some of the decade’s greatest songs. Though Hop Along was originally Quinlan’s solo project, today she releases music under her own name for the very first time. ‘Rare Thing’, taken from forthcoming solo record ‘Likeness’, is as good of sign as […]

New Song: Grizzly Coast – High Functioning

When our friends and family think we’re at our happiest and most achieving, we’re often screaming internally. As humans we’ve evolved to hide our deepest insecurities  in the often irrational fear that they’d derail the high-esteem that friends and family hold us in. Toronto’s Alannah Kavanagh aka Grizzly Coast explores this strange paradox on ‘High Functioning’. […]

Five Right Now: Shhe

‘Five Right Now’ is a new series where musicians tells us about five current tracks they love. First up, we have electronic musician Su Shaw, better known as Shhe. The Dundee-based act only had to release one single, ‘Eyes Shut’, to find herself signing a record deal with Björk’s label One Little Indian Records and opening for Kathryn Joseph on her UK […]

New Song: JFDR – Taking A Part of Me

A huge Balloon Machine favourite, JFDR (Jófríður Ákadóttir) is the only artist I’ve made two separate five hour round-trips to London to see. Having only released one album under her JFDR moniker, Ákadóttir is perhaps more known for her work as Pascal Piñon, her folk-infused project with twin sister Ásthildur,  and Samaris, an electronic project with […]

Album Review: Miniature Tigers – Vampires in the Daylight

By Anjali DasSarma Miniature Tigers’ ‘Vampires of Daylight’ chronicles the violent, difficult, heartbreaking break-up and resulting depression of chief songwriter and frontman, Charlie Brand. His band’s sixth record, ‘Vampires of Daylight’ is an essay-like collection of Brand’s own struggles with blame and acceptance of an ending.  “I wrote you a record and threw it away […]

New Song: Julien Baker – Tokyo

There are few artists able to command your attention so entirely as Julien Baker. Whatever household task your involved in, her voice sounding from your speakers instantly stops you in your tracks, the washing you’re carrying instantly becoming weightless.  Her new single ‘Tokyo’ – part of the Sub Pop singles series – is no different. […]

Album of the Week: Big Thief – Two Hands

By Anjali DasSarma Big Thief only released the subtly immersive ‘UFOF’ back in May, and today (October 11) they return with the equally enrapturing ‘Two Hands’. UFOF possessed an eerie and beautifully unsettling quality, while ‘Two Hands’ is a comforting and dialectic example of how truly beautiful music can be. Adrienne Lenker herself dubbed ‘Two […]

EP Review: Pallas Athene – Pallas Athene

Pallas Athene, the electronic project of Toronto’s Breanna Johnston, was borne from adversity. Injuring her hands in a construction mishap, the then folk and rock musician had to put down her guitar in order for her hands to heal. Not beaten though, Johnston threw herself into electronic music – a voyage less strenuous on her […]

EP Review: Soot Sprite – Sharp Tongue

By Sage Shemroske ‘Sharp Tongue’ quickly immerses you in ‘Bleed’, a frayed picture of a song. Vocalist and guitarist Elise Cook plainly speaks, “you’ve got such a sharp tongue, you’re gonna hurt someone” as drummer Matthew Tiller supports and steadies the sentiment. It’s a piece of advice given from someone that has already been victim […]

New song: Lazy Day – Real Feel

The brainchild of Tilly Scantlebury, London’s Lazy Day have followed up their ‘Letters’ EP with new single ‘Real Feel’. Their most angsty, most visceral track yet, ‘Real Feel’ sees Scantlebury take on her inner voice with brute force. With her voice right out front on the mix, Scantlebury howls “but you always blame me / […]