November 2019 – 15 Songs

Welcome to November 2019 – 15 songs. Our 15 favourite tracks from November. 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. Aoife Nessa Frances – Here In The Dark ‘Here In The Dark’, the second single from Aoife […]

My pet: Cross Record

Emily Cross put out her third full-length under the Cross Record moniker back in August. Though the lead single ‘PYSOL My Castle’ was poppier than anything she’d done before, the self-titled album remained true to her experimental roots.

Five Right Now: The Gotobeds

The Gotobeds made a typically tight return earlier this year with their third full-length ‘Debt Begins at 30’. The guitars are bashed within an inch of their death, the drums pulsating and the vocals full of star quality – each track features at least one guest vocalist, sometimes two, sometimes three. The Pittsburgh garage-rockers are […]

My pet: Claire Cronin

Not only did 2019 see Claire Cronin release her beautifully sinister record ‘Big Dread Moon’, it also saw the goth-folk musician rescue two schipperkes – Bunny and Mira. Below, Cronin writes about how they came into her life and how life has changed since her family grew by two: The Story of Bunny and Mira […]

Five Right Now: Wished Bone

Following the release of her sumptuous record ‘Sap Season’, Wished Bone (Ashley Rhodus) tells us about five current tracks she’s loving right now. Check out Wished Bone’s ‘Five Right Now’ selections below: Planet Jackpot – Strouds Run When I first saw Planet Jackpot perform in Athens,OH I was sort of blown away with the extreme raw […]

Album of the week: ings – Lullaby Rock

“What if I have got more love than I know what to do with?” Inge Chiles aka ings asks on ‘Kiss Your Heroes’. And the Seattle-based artist does appear to possess a deeper reservoir of love than most; for herself, for her friends, for her community, for humans at large. Indeed, ings even taps this […]

Interview: Friendship

In our ‘album of the week‘ review, we said that Friendship’s second full-length ‘Dreamin’ “was more restrained instrumentally than ‘Shock Out of Season’ yet no less affecting. Any effects, any adornment, that could divert attention from the core of each song have been ditched. Though smaller in scale the songs are more affecting than ever; […]

Album of the Week: Friendship – Dreamin’

Last October I ordered LISA/LIZA’s ‘Momentary Glance’ on vinyl. An Orindal Records sampler CD felt like a bonus, when I found it at the bottom of the package. The only CD player I own is in my car – a red convertible smart car, I know. I still remember audibly saying, “What’s this?”, when the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Album of the Week: Suggested Friends – Turtle Taxi

On ‘Turtle Taxi’, Suggested Friends bracingly glare elites in the eye whilst making music that’s outrageously fun. Self-defined as “a queer choir of mostly lesbians”, Suggested Friends interweave tongue-in-cheek masculinity with their  generous blend of country, jangle pop and folk-rock. It’s a collection of ten bombastic, hook-filled bangers; as if nobody in the studio ever said, […]

September 2019 – 15 Songs

Welcome to September 2019 – 15 songs. Our 15 favourite tracks from September. 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. Alessi’s Ark – Sacred It feels strange to hear a song exhuming the joys of summer […]

Album of the Week: Field Guides – This is just a place

Time-lapse cameras are often situated in forests to capture a plant’s growth from seed to full bloom. The final product, often seen in David Attenborough documentaries, is electrifying to the senses, the lapsing of the frames making it appear like the plant flourished in minutes rather than months. A Field Guides song is kind of […]

Album of the week: Molly Sarlé – Karaoke Angel

Griots hold an esteemed position in West African society. They are reservoirs of truth, maintaining the histories of families and land. They tell and re-tell these stories to music, keeping the people within them alive, and enlisting pride in their relatives. If Molly Sarlé happened to be born in Senegal, Mali or the like, she would’ve […]

Album of the week: The Paranoyds – Carnage Bargain

By Sage Shemroske ‘Carnage Bargain’ opens on a fire siren with the full onslaught that is ‘Face First’, a raucous track that’s hyper-aware of what’s around the corner. From the off the Paranoyds establish their ability to take up room, there simply isn’t space for any other sound to exist once they’ve signaled go. ‘Carnage […]

Interview: Frankie Cosmos

By Anjali DasSarma “Does anyone wanna hear the 40 songs I wrote this year?” Frankie Cosmos asks. And yes, after hearing 21, we absolutely do. Frankie Cosmos has done it again. Close it Quietly, released on Sub Pop, captures Greta Kline’s genius into a cohesive album.  Though the recent “Haunted Items” series was a bit […]