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 […]
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 […]
Mappe of talks us through every talk from his sophomore album ‘The Isle of Ailynn’
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 […]
Earlier this month, Josienne Clarke released her charming debut, ‘In All Weather’. ‘Slender, Sad and Sentimental’ is easily its most jovial moment.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Descriptions of Brighton duo ARXX’s sound are understandably likely to focus on their angular riffs, robust drums and the obvious juxtaposition Hannah Pidduck and Clara Townsend pose to the roles women are expected to play in music. Their second EP ‘Wrong Girl, Honey’, however, proves that the duo are many-sided, rendering any such pigeonholing reductive. […]
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 […]
Not only did 2019 see Claire Cronin release her beautifully sinister record ‘Big Dread Moon’, it also saw the goth-folk musician rescue two schipperkes – Bunny and Mira. Below, Cronin writes about how they came into her life and how life has changed since her family grew by two: The Story of Bunny and Mira […]
At 14 I certainly did not have the presence of mind to realise how much I’d lucked out with my parents. Rather, I was beset by a sense of rebellion, convinced that every telling off was an outrageous injustice rather than a simple attempt to put me on the right path. Eve Owen, however, was […]
Following the release of her sumptuous record ‘Sap Season’, Wished Bone (Ashley Rhodus) tells us about five current tracks she’s loving right now. Check out Wished Bone’s ‘Five Right Now’ selections below: Planet Jackpot – Strouds Run When I first saw Planet Jackpot perform in Athens,OH I was sort of blown away with the extreme raw […]
“What if I have got more love than I know what to do with?” Inge Chiles aka ings asks on ‘Kiss Your Heroes’. And the Seattle-based artist does appear to possess a deeper reservoir of love than most; for herself, for her friends, for her community, for humans at large. Indeed, ings even taps this […]
‘I feel seen’ would be an adequate, Twitter-friendly response to Pet Crow’s new single ‘What We Doin’?’ The Derby punks ask, ‘What are we doing?’ – a question that the band and listener alike can’t possibly respond to with a logical answer. Like, seriously what are we doing? Why are we on this planet? Why have […]
‘Here In The Dark’, the second single from Aoife Nessa Frances’ forthcoming debut album ‘Land of No Junction’, is as catchy as it is ambitious. Stretching across five-and-a-half minutes, ‘Here In The Dark’ is centred around an infectious, forthright chorus. The instrumentation that surrounds the chorus, however, reveal Frances’ experimental leanings; psychedelic flourishes are at […]
“I hate the change of the seasons” Zoe Graham declares on new single ‘Gradual Move’. It’s little wonder Graham is pained by such overt change; in the last 12 months, the Scottish songwriter has lost her dog and fled the family nest for the first time. “The total shift happened gradually over the six months from September […]