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 […]
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 […]
January saw us pull our wellies out of the end-of-year lists mire and set foot on fertile new ground as artists and bands began announcing new creations. Half Waif, Margaret Glaspy, U.S. Girls, Dana Gavanski and Porridge Radio were just a handful of the artists to announce forthcoming albums this month. Our playlist this month […]
A review of Lindsay Munroe’s single ‘Mirror’
A review of The Early Morning’s single ‘Artificial Flavour’
An album review of Squirrel Flower’s ‘I Was Born Swimming’.
A review of Frances Quinlan’s album Likeness
If you asked who we hoped for an album from most in 2020, Half Waif (Nandi Rose) would’ve been pretty high up the list. Today, Half Waif has shared details of her new album ‘The Caretaker’, the follow-up to the sublime ‘Lavender’. On lead single ‘Ordinary Talk’, Rose cages you within a claustrophobic atmosphere of […]
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, […]
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 […]
Premiere of the first single taken from Greg Mendez’ ‘Cherry Hell’, out February 28 on Devil Town Tapes & Forged Artifacts
A review of Good Good Blood’s new album ‘At Your Mercy’, out on Fox Food Records & Team Love Records
Dana Gavanski has marked the announcement of her debut album, ‘Yesterday Is Gone’, by releasing the subtly engrossing ‘Good Instead of Bad’. Her third single in under a year, ‘Good Instead of Bad’ imparts a sophisticated grandeur, you can imagine Dana and band playing it in the corner of a room as party guests waltz […]
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 […]
A review of The Innocence Mission’s new album ‘See You Tomorrow’.
A review of Sofia Wolfson’s new single ‘Party Favors’
Our review of London band Gold Baby’s new single ‘Dogbone’.
An interview with the musician Ada Lea who is signed to Saddle Creek.
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 […]
Review of The Just Joans album The Private Memories and Confessions of The Just Joans
A review of Sun June’s new single ‘Terrified’.
Balloon Machine’s favourite songs of 2019
Balloon Machine’s favourite albums of 2019.
By Sage Shemroske Angel Olsen has had a very particular experience with how the press responds to her music. Years ago a Chicago radio host described Olsen as “kind of like a girl at the bottom of a dark well”, and that helped paint the picture of Olsen as some sort of lonesome storyteller. The […]
By Anjali DasSarma Chastity Belt’s music has grown and matured with each new album, and their self-titled album from earlier this year is no exception. The rolling hooky guitar sounds that they have been known for over the past six years tumble through the melancholy. The production, partially done by Melina Mae Duterte (Jay Som) provides a […]