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; […]

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 […]

The long read: Johanna Samuels

As soon as LA songwriter, Johanna Samuels and I exit the side-door of Todmorden’s Golden Lion pub, she whispers “one second” before pulling her phone out and recording the black Labrador flayed out in front of us with accompanying ‘awwwws’. “I miss my dog so much”, she laments – June, her three-year-old terrier mix, has […]

Interview: Ralph Castelli

By Anjali DasSarma Hailing all the way from Alaska, 22-year-old Ralph Castelli first began making music in the woods of his native state. At 18 he moved to Australia to study composition and production before finally finding a home in LA. That new home is where Castelli cultivates his uniquely blended bedroom pop, which influences […]

Interview: Merival

On a rare occasion that Anna Horvath (Merival) attended school – she was home-schooled for years from her isolated, rural farm– she heard her Art teacher say, “the more you know, the less you know!” It’s an idiom that has become truer to her over time, the Toronto singer-songwriter increasingly aware of how tiny her […]

Premiere/Interview: Total Heat – LA Song

Total Heat’s Ross Wallace Chait first sat behind the drum kit at eight years old, setting in motion a career which has seen him bang the drums for Girlpool – he still plays and tours with these – Winter and Walter. Over 15 years on from that life-changing moment and Chait is now setting his […]

Interview: Kishi Bashi

By Anjali DasSarma Kaoru Ishibashi, known musically as Kishi Bashi, has always made eclectic soundscapes, fusing intense strokes of the violin with beautiful singing, yet on new album “Omoiyari” he takes his music to a new level of social awareness, achieving a long-term goal in the process. Since starting Suzuki violin at age 7, Ishibashi […]

Interview: Advance Base

Empathy is what makes Advance Base stand out as a musician. The Orindal Records boss – one of our favourite labels in the world – has a unique ability to inhabit characters entirely. The fact he can write an album about dog lovers though he professes not to be a huge one himself is testimony […]

Interview: Patience

Following the break-up of Veronica Falls, lead singer Roxanne Clifford went back to her guitar and recorded the final songs she ever wrote for the band. The intention was for these songs to make up her first solo record yet for Clifford it just didn’t feel right. The Manchester-born musician felt she was simply treading […]

Interview: Julia Shapiro

Julia Shapiro has given over most of her adult life to Chastity Belt. The band, she sings and plays guitar in, started eight years ago when she was just 20. In those years Chastity Belt have forever been on the album-touring treadmill. Halfway through the tour for their third album ‘I Used To Spend So […]

Interview: Slingshot Dakota

Husband-and-wife duo Slingshot Dakota released their fifth and finest album yet, ‘Heavy Banding’ a fortnight ago. We loved its Hollywood keys and Carly’s raw, hungry child-like, vocals so much we made it our album of the week. The Pennsylvania duo bring their PDA romance to British shores soon, playing alongside the incredible Fresh. Ahead of […]

Interview: Dehd

Chicago trio Dehd couldn’t sound more classic if they tried. Their scuzzy, infectious riffs could be pulled straight from an MC5 record, yet whether it’s the jousting voices of lead singers Emily Kempf and Jason Balla or their stood-up sticksman Eric McGrady, there’s something wonderfully idiosyncratic about Dehd. Their new album ‘Water’ documents Kemp and […]

Interview: Field Medic

Field Medic has saved his most honest album yet for his first proper full-length release on Run for Cover Records. The once prolific Bandcamp artist contends that the “only good song is an honest one” and on ‘fade into the dawn’ Kevin Patrick – the IRL name of Field Medic – channels his experiences of […]

Interview: Faith Eliott

Though originally from Minneapolis, singer-songwriter Faith Eliott is Scottish at heart. Faith moved to Scotland at age 16 and they’ve given their new home as much as they’ve taken from it, initially Faith floated around in Edinburgh’s DIY scene contributing their art and music before they set up OK Pal Records with their friend Hailey […]