Album review: Elk – beech

Elk’s debut album ‘beech’ is an outer body experience. Brimming with mysticism, it consumes your very soul, levitating it far above your limp body below. The unfurling fingerpick of Leeds based multi-instrumentalist Joey Donnelly bounds like vine around a stick, while his ethereal whisper possesses more power than its aware of, immersing you entirely in […]

New song: Black Beach Baby – All I Know

‘All I Know’ is a gleaming slice of jangle-pop courtesy of Stockholm-based duo Black Beach Baby. The shimmering guitars and exaggerated Beach Boys-like vocal are in complete opposition to the song’s subject matter, a personal experience of the despair felt when a colleague you counted as a friend only tells you he’s leaving on his […]

New song: Connor McCoy – Effort

‘Effort’ from Salt Lake City’s Connor McCoy is a barren landscape. A landscape so bare that any sighting becomes magnified, dust blowing in the air, a figure in the distance. With just an electronic keyboard, a whirring synth and a soaring vocal, McCoy channels Carrie and Lowell-era Sufjan Stevens raising the hairs on the back […]

Album of the week: Ada Lea – what we say in private

Ada Lea’s music is like textures on a quilt, with different fabrics all meshing into one. On her debut indie rock album, “what we say in private,” released on Saddle Creek, Ada Lea is musician-come-property-developer treating each song like a house bought on the cheap, stripping it out entirely and rebuilding it from the ground […]

Album premiere: We Should Be Laughing – Temporary Swan Songs

Remember that near-perfect summer’s day? Responsibilities were a distant memory and for once, you were completely present in your environment – sharing stories with friends over a picnic, playing fetch with the dog, lying on your back with a book. Houghton quartet We Should Be Laughing soundtrack the way you felt that day, their freewheeling […]

Premiere: Daniel – Smaller Creatures to Bury

Today we premiere the video for Daniel’s debut single, a new solo project from former Spills member Chad. It’s released on Bodys – a forward-thinking promoter and record label based in Wakefield – this Friday.   So much of our life is predicated on our memories of the past and premonitions for the future. Yet these […]

Album of the week: Joanna Sternberg – Then I Try Some More

Joanna Sternberg is a life saver. It was a quality they discerned in Elliot Smith when hearing him for the first time, a moment that inspired the then freelance musician to make the step centre-stage, writing and performing their own songs. A self-drawn portrait of their bedroom adorns the front cover and that’s indicative of […]