Review: Rose Dorn – Days You Were Leaving

“Excuse me but I have to take a call outside / Joey or Jamie can stop me from crying”, Scarlett Knight sings on opener ‘Big Thunder’, in a line that mentions both her bandmates Joey Dalla Betta and Jamie Coster. That line is the Raison D’etre for Rose Dorn’s ‘Days You Were Leaving’, an album […]

August 2019 – 15 Songs

Welcome to August 2019 – 15 songs. Our 15 favourite tracks from July. 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. The Big Moon – It’s Easy Then ‘It’s Easy Then’ from The Big Moon is gargantuan, a […]

Great Grandpa – Mono no Aware

Built around a frankly anthemic chorus, Great Grandpa’s ‘Mono no Aware’ – the first taste from sophomore record ‘Four of Arrows’ – is a contemplation on the fleeting nature of memory. Led by warm, wistful guitars, ‘Mono no Aware’ also has Bon Iver-like electronics in the shadows – their spirit-like presence personifying the fragmented, childhood […]

New song: Dry Cleaning – Goodnight

Dry Cleaning were a highlight of Greenman 2019. The dead-eyed look of singer, or more accurately speaker, Florence Shaw as she delivered her lyrical tirade – comprised of overhead conversations, YouTube comments and adverts – paired with the band’s wiry, fraught riffs almost chainsawed the stage in half.  ‘Goodnight’, the opening song from their debut […]

New song: Sumie – Moon

By Anjali DasSarma “Moon” by Sumie is the perfect gentle lunar song. The careful and delicate piano contrasts against the direct and certain vocals. “The whispers of a morning tune/A sister’s lullaby,” Sumie sings. The flow of the song has the perfect amount of ups and downs, an early morning porch swing overlooking a hill. […]

Album of the week: Boy Scouts – Free Company

When Kurt Vile sang “Walkin’ in a pretty daze”, little did he know he’d just perfectly described the feeling of listening to Boy Scouts’ third full-length, ‘Free Company.’ Taylor Vick’s (Boy Scouts) illusory soundscapes bathe the listener in a near-permanent splendour. Album-wise its closest sibling is Sun June’s nigh-on perfect ‘Years’, in that both records […]

Premiere: Rey Villalobos – Donut Girl

Joy Division’s live recording of ‘Sister Ray’, originally a Velvet Underground song, at London’s Moscow Club in 1980 has become notorious, legendary even. Los Angeles’ Rey Villalobos’ pairing of basement, lo-fi effects and his acerbic Lou Reed-like croon on new single, ‘Donut Girl’ brings that historic recording to mind.   The follow-up to ‘Breathe’, this is […]