Album of the week: Florist – Emily Alone

Florist’s nature obsessed counterpart Adrianne Lenker, questioned whether we are part of the earth or simply observers of it on her solo album ‘abysskiss.’ Emily A Sprague, the songwriter behind Florist, is firmly in the former camp, “I am the ground” she declares on ‘Celebration.’ While Sprague is sure she’s part of the world, less […]

Album of the week: Ada Lea – what we say in private

By Anjali DasSarma Ada Lea’s music is like textures on a quilt, with different fabrics all meshing into one. On her debut indie rock album, “what we say in private,” released on Saddle Creek, Ada Lea is musician-come-property-developer treating each song like a house bought on the cheap, stripping it out entirely and rebuilding it […]

Album of the week: Joanna Sternberg – Then I Try Some More

Joanna Sternberg is a life saver. It was a quality they discerned in Elliot Smith when hearing him for the first time, a moment that inspired the then freelance musician to make the step centre-stage, writing and performing their own songs. A self-drawn portrait of their bedroom adorns the front cover and that’s indicative of […]

Album of the week: Erin Durant – Islands

On album opener ‘Rising Sun,’ Brooklyn-based singer Erin Durant casually sings “I’m going far / I’m going wide” in her balm-like voice. Those words are the mantra of ‘Islands,’ a wide-ranging exploration of lands and life. The music itself may be small-town and rooted in the traditions of the south, but its scale is immeasurable. […]

Album of the week: Flying Fish Cove – En Garde

After hearing ‘At Moonset’, Flying Fish Cove’s debut album, earlier this year, we couldn’t help but fall hopelessly in love with the Seattle quartet. With its jangling guitars and breezy soundscapes, ‘At Moonset’ laid out a sprawling island of joys in front of our love-struck eyes. We lost ourselves in it entirely. News of an […]

Album of the week: Julia Shapiro – Perfect Version

Julia Shapiro’s first solo album “Perfect Version,” is the picture of self-expression, tucked right in with filmic hooks and laid back vocals. With her band Chastity Belt, Shapiro makes music that’s angsty and wild in the best possible way, Perfect Version is much more introspective. The songs are homemade and warm, recorded in Shapiro’s flat. […]

Album of the week: Palehound – Black Friday

Ellen Kempner’s music has been a source of comfort to me for nearly half a decade now. Having first seen her back in 2016, with some band called Amber Arcades supporting, Kempner’s music has barely left my side, helping me navigate times both light and dark. From the moment Kempner sung ‘You made beauty a […]

Album of the Week: Christelle Bofale – Swim Team

In ‘Swim Team’, Congo-American songwriter Christelle Bofale has generated an all-consuming swirl. Rather than journeying from one destination to another, ‘Swim Team’ quite simply circles, its circuitous structures representing steam rising in the distance or the flow of a river changing directions as its water clashes against rocks. Bofale puts this formless, malleable flow down […]

Album of the Week: Slingshot Dakota – Heavy Banding

As Lorde reaches the halfway point of her show, just before she plays ‘Liability’, she takes a pew and launches into a huge speech: “It was such a simple thing, a million people had been in that situation before me, had been sitting in the back of a taxi, listening to a sad song, crying […]

Album of the week: Olden Yolk – Living Theatre

Taking their name from the writings of late 19th century to early 20th century Buddhist Monk Manathera Ladi Sayadaw, it’s no surprise that the mood board for Olden Yolk’s ‘Living Theatre‘ largely comes from centuries gone by. Their music is ornate, reminiscent of the tiled floors of Marrakesh and the intricate designs that sprawl over […]

Album of the week: Siobhan Wilson – The Departure

Siobhan Wilson has moved about a lot in her 23 years. Born in Arbroath and raised in Elgin, Siobhan moved to Paris at 18 before returning to Glasgow, where she currently resides, five years later. Siobhan breathes out that swirl of cultures on The Departure, and it makes for a divergent, fragmented listen. The variation […]

Album of the week: Tacocat – This Mess Is A Place

If dystopia hosted a disco, Tacocat’s fourth-full length ‘This Mess Is A Place’ would be a strong selection from the doom-ridden DJ. The rainbow-flecked guitars, playful backing vocals and huge choruses would certainly have you on your feet, whilst the sarcastic one liners, “what a time to be barely alive” would enshroud you in reality. […]

Album of the week: Miyha – World’s Biggest Crush

Miyha’s vocalist and songwriter, Alejandra Perez moved back in with her parents after a difficult break up in the summer of 2016. The following three years were her most fruitful songwriting years. In her brother’s old bedroom she poured the emotion of her break-up and other challenges life had thrown at her into song, so […]

Album of the Week: Field Medic – fade into the dawn

‘fade into the dawn‘ is best summed up by the closing line to ‘Mood Ring: “One day you lick my wounds / the next day you break me in two.” The first proper full-length on Run For Cover records from the previously prolific Bandcamp artist fluctuates between being downright depressing and deliriously euphoric. The country-western […]

Album of the week: Ancient Pools – Cosine

There are few better sights in nature than the sun’s glimmer reflecting in a body of water. Ancient Pools’ debut album ‘Cosine’ could soundtrack that view, the punchy percussion would be the rise and fall of the water, the shimmering synths, the blinding shards of light and Anna Jeter’s subtle vocal, the warm orange glow. […]