Premiere: Eilis Frawley – Leave The House

I first heard Eilis Frawley on Get In Her Ears’ reliably brilliant Hoxton FM show. Though the heart-rate monitor resembling synths and experimental percussion of her debut single ‘Illusions’ caught my attention, it was Frawley’s on-the-nose lyrics that really stopped me in my tracks, ‘business will kill us / when do you have fun?’ she […]

2020 Showcases

We finalised our showcase programme for the first half of 2020 with the news that Icelandic visionary JFDR will be playing for us on Sunday 10 May. Acclaimed folk artist Josienne Clarke headlines on Wednesday April 15 with support from Good Good Blood, while Broken Chanter, Moonsoup & Randolph’s Leap share a triple bill on […]

Five Right Now: Alice Boman

Alice Boman’s quietly stirring ‘Dream On’, released earlier this month, confirmed the Swedish songwriter as a talent well worth watching. Boman kindly told us about five current tracks she’s loving right now. Dive in. John Maus – Do Your Best To me there’s something so comforting about this song. And melancholic. When it comes on, […]

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 […]

Video premiere: Nora Petran – What it Takes to be a Man

Nora Petran’s debut collection of folk vignettes captivated us so much that we had no choice but to name it as one of our favourite records of 2019. Today we premiere the video to its title track ‘What it Takes to be a Man’. The track is representative of the album as a whole, the […]

New song: Bedroom – Gulf

Hypnagogia is the mental phenomena that occurs in the transition from sleep to wakefulness. When dreams and real-life intersect transporting you to a semi-conscious blur. Bedroom’s (Noah Kittinger) latest single ‘Gulf’ captures that liminality perfectly, its triangulating guitar and Kittinger’s soothing, lethargic vocal lulling the listener into a meditative state. A lightly threading bass and […]

My pet: Katie Malco

After releasing her much-loved EP ‘Tearing Ventricles’ way back in 2013, Scottish songwriter Katie Malco made her long-awaited return last year with a rollicking new single ‘Creatures’ and news that she had signed to 6131 Records. In today’s ‘My Pet’, Malco writes about her cat Morag and all that she’s brought to her life: “I’m […]

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.

New song: Camille Christel – Goldsmith Street

It’s pitch black, needles of rain fall in the glow of street lamps, whilst underfoot cars race by in both directions and pedestrians search for a place to shelter. That’s the scene I visualise when listening to Camille Christel’s ‘Goldsmith Street’ – the 19-year-old’s field recordings of pissing rain, bird calling plus her stark instrumentation […]

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 […]

New song: Twain – Royal Road

It was in a tense atmosphere where I first heard the name, Twain. It was at a Big Thief gig in Manchester’s Deaf Institute back in November 2017. After finishing a song, I didn’t recognise, Adrianne Lenker announced that ‘was a cover of one of our favourite bands Twain’. To everyone’s surprise, one audience member […]

New song: Hannah Ashcroft – Landfire

The debut single from Manchester’s very own, Hannah Ashcroft is a tale of two halves. The first half of ‘Landfire’ possesses a country-western like cool to it. The slinky bassline plus Ashcroft’s aloof vocal give off a Texan desert vibe as if a cowboy has just cantered past, leaving a sky filled with circling dust […]