Track by track: Alex Chilltown

Since starting Alex Chilltown back in 2014, London’s Josh Esaw has spent the best part of six years perfecting their sound. ‘Eulogies’, out today on Fear of Missing Out Records, is the moment that gestation period comes full circle, the moment where Alex Chilltown become the band they’re meant to be. ‘Eulogies’ is an assortment […]

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 […]

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 […]

Track-by-track: Broken Chanter

Skye, Donegal, The North Atlantic – just some of the places that informed the making of Broken Chanter’s self-titled debut. The songs found there are just as large and epic as these landforms, their mountains, their oceans. They build and build until like a wave they crest before finally bowing out in a poetic trough.  […]

Track by track: Necking

Necking’s debut album ‘Cut Your Teeth’ was borne out of a necessity to start again. Three of the Vancouver quarter went through break-ups during the making of ‘Cut Your Teeth,’ turning to the band not only to get out all that indignation but also as an essential support mechanism. “The band got me out of […]

Track by track: Yohuna

“This is meant to say, words fail” Yohuna remarks when discussing her new record’s opening song ‘Knowing You.’ The Brooklyn artist’s sophomore record ‘Mirroring’ is an admission of this failure, its precisely curated sonic palette answering as many, if not more, questions as the words that weave through them. That sound world of spiraling synths, […]

Track by track: Outer Spaces

Outer Spaces’ ‘Gazing Globe’ is the epitome of a driving record. It quite simply coasts, rattling along at a nice enough pace without breaking the speed limit. Its guitars bending and meandering along with the curve of the road. Over these cinematic soundscapes, Cara Beth Satalino the IRL name of Outer Spaces tries on different […]

Track by track: Halfsour

Halfsour’s ‘Sticky’ is the toothpick that props your eyelid open. A glorious aid to wake you up or stave off sleep, ‘Sticky’ is a flat-out shredder that punches you straight in the gut. With spiky guitars more reliable than a robotic production line, drums that perforate your very soul and unmistakeable vocals courtesy of Zoë Wyner, […]

Track by track: Fauvely

Thirty seconds in to ‘Fall Asleep To TV’ and the repetitive, layered vocals and rolling drums vanish, leaving Sophie Brochu, the artist behind Fauvely, alone with barely a strumming guitar for company. Initially her voice is controlled, before she howls “I’m so fucking crazy at the way things turned out,” her voice faltering, on the […]

Track by Track: Flying Fish Cove

Dena Zilber is an incredibly visual songwriter. The Flying Fish Cove singer often sits alone in the evening, images and vivid memories floating through her mind, often acting as a cue for her to pick up the guitar. The amazing fruit and flowers that bloomed everywhere while Zilber fell for Flying Fish Cove guitarist Jake […]

Track by track: Mammoth Penguins

From the moment I heard Emma Kupa sing ‘I love you, I love you, I love you, fuck it all, fuck it all, fuck it all’ on ‘I Wanna’, the lead single from Mammoth Penguins’ third album ‘There’s No Fight We Both Can’t Win’, I couldn’t help but become a Mammoth Penguins fanboy.  With an […]

Track by track: German Error Message

German Error Message’s music is forever on the periphery. Like the sun rising in the distance, it’s beautiful to watch yet it’s heat never assaults your senses nor causes sweat to form. Nashville’s Paul Kintzing, the man behind German Error Message, has been perfecting his curious blend of acoustic guitar, analog tape loops, digital sampling […]

Track by track: Alexia Avina

I listened to Alexia Avina for the first time just over a fortnight ago. I went in blind, the only hint I had to what she might sound like was the genre given to her by Apple Music – Alternative Folk. These meagre words were absolutely no preparation for what was to come. ‘All That […]