Album review: Nora Petran – What It Takes to be a Man

“Even as a child / I was drowning in contemplation”, Michigan’s Nora Petran sings on album track ‘Dream Again’. Her debut full-length, ‘What It Takes to be a Man’ is a space for Petran to air these life-long contemplations, and a designated space for listeners to work through their own. The structures holding up these […]

Video premiere: Elk

Elk performs ‘Avenue’ live on Brighton seafront in this beautiful, exclusive video. Taken from his album ‘Beech’, ‘Avenue’ perhaps most closely reflects the album’s subject matter. Named after Elk’s former family home on Beech Avenue, the place where he and his family lived for the longest period of time, ‘Avenue’ re-imagines the memories made in […]

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 […]

New song: Green Gardens – They Held Me Down

A few months ago, we went to see Balloon Machine’s first ever interviewee Faith Eliott. Green Gardens, the evening’s support act, were entirely new to us, bewitching us with their impeccable harmonies and charmingly restrained rhythms. Their set left us excited to hear more from the Leeds quartet, something that was assuaged with the release […]

Album of the week: Bonniesongs – Energetic Mind

No idea is a bad idea in the mind of Bonnie Stewart (Bonniesongs). The Irish art-folk virtuoso hits record on voice notes whenever one makes itself known and believes from there, it’s just about coming back to it and giving it time. It’s a mindset that permeates her debut ‘Energetic Mind’; with repetition and expansion […]

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.  […]

New song: Dana Gavanski – Catch

‘Catch’ is Dana Gavanski’s reminder to herself about the control she has over her own creativity. Imagining it as something fleeting, something fluid that might slip through her fingers, Gavanski laments “I don’t know how to catch”, before offering herself some reassurance, “Open your eyes / It won’t disappear.” The verse quite simply strolls over […]