June 2019 – 15 songs

Welcome to June 2019 – 15 songs. Our 15 favourite tracks from June. Enjoy listening and reading the accompanying descriptions. If you’re in a real rush, skip to the bottom for the Spotify playlist. I promise I won’t cry. American Poetry Club – Pro Pic Pinegrove articulated that the love we have for friends we’ve […]

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 […]

Album of the week: Erin Durant – Islands

On album opener ‘Rising Sun,’ Brooklyn-based singer Erin Durant casually sings “I’m going far / I’m going wide” in her balm-like voice. Those words are the mantra of ‘Islands,’ a wide-ranging exploration of lands and life. The music itself may be small-town and rooted in the traditions of the south, but its scale is immeasurable. […]

EP Review: GHUM – The Coldest Fire

Internationally assembled post punk/grunge band GHUM’s new EP ‘The Coldest Fire,’ might be the most aptly named release of the year. That title wonderfully surmises the hostile, face-melting environment it draws you into. The band’s star signs cover three of the four elements; fire, water and air. And the EP zones in on each of […]

Video chats: Nervus

Prolific songwriter Em Foster navigates the harsh realities faced by trans women and her addiction struggles when singing with her band Nervus. The Watford-based rock band have released two albums – Permanent Rainbow and Everything Dies -that tackle these issues face-on, their unflinching honesty winning them an army of devoted fans. Nervus just played to […]

Premiere: Frydstads Markiser – Easily Bored

“Why do I bother?” questions Norweigian songwriter Jorgen Frydstad AKA Frydstads Markiser on new single ‘Easily Bored.’ That question paired with the poorly drawn doodle on the accompanying video perfectly encapsulates his slack-rock, comic sans aesthetic. The frenetic structure of the 98-second single sharply parallels ‘Light Up Gold’-era Parquet Courts, while the lyrics share characteristics […]

Album of the week: Flying Fish Cove – En Garde

After hearing ‘At Moonset’, Flying Fish Cove’s debut album, earlier this year, we couldn’t help but fall hopelessly in love with the Seattle quartet. With its jangling guitars and breezy soundscapes, ‘At Moonset’ laid out a sprawling island of joys in front of our love-struck eyes. We lost ourselves in it entirely. News of an […]