Festival review: IndieTracks

In the week that Boris Johnson became Prime Minister, IndieTracks could not have been a bigger antidote. Run for love not money, the festival set on East Midlands Railway Centre is manned entirely by volunteers. So many things that would be monetised at other festivals remain free, the car park, the train ride to and […]

New song: Bonniesongs – Frank

Possibly the most unique discovery we’ve made all year, Bonniesongs is the genre-shifting project of art-folk virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist Bonnie Stewart. A graduate in jazz performance on drums, Stewart is a musician in the truest sense, utilising her wide-ranging expertise to create music that traverses classical, folk, jazz and grunge, often in just one song. […]

New song: Stef Chura – Sweet Sweet Midnight

‘Sweet Sweet Midnight’, the final single from Stef Chura’s forthcoming album ‘Midnight’, is her strongest yet. While the previous singles ‘Method Man’ and ‘They’ll Never’ had Will Toledo aka Car Seat Headrest on production duties, this time Chura invites Toledo to move from behind the mixing desk and join her up front. In spite of […]

New song: Haybaby – Get Down

Our first introduction to Brooklyn trio Haybaby came with the droll, slackrock of ‘Total Bore’. Like rainclouds moving in and out of sight, it ebbed and flowed with a virulent air. Follow-up single ‘Get Down’, the second from their forthcoming album ‘They Get There’, is an epistle on self-preservation. In the three years since their […]

Album of the week: Siobhan Wilson – The Departure

Siobhan Wilson has moved about a lot in her 23 years. Born in Arbroath and raised in Elgin, Siobhan moved to Paris at 18 before returning to Glasgow, where she currently resides, five years later. Siobhan breathes out that swirl of cultures on The Departure, and it makes for a divergent, fragmented listen. The variation […]

New song: Dude York – Falling

Our teenage years are spent in a state of total immersion. Love is usually the cause. Consumed completely by our search for love and an overwhelming desire for sex, we’re predisposed to count any shared interest – ordering the same thing from the takeaway, obsessing over the same artist, repeatedly watching the same film – […]

New song: Crake – Glycerin

When Big Thief’s Buck Meek poked his head into Crake’s dressing room after his solo show and asked them to support the Big Thief UK tour, the Leeds quartet must’ve thought they were in some sort of dream. It’s no surprise that Big Thief, a band with lyrics like ‘Worm will you return me to […]

New song: Crumb – Ghostride

Over a guitar that unravels like twine, and muted drums, Crumb frontwoman Lila Ramani expunges a slew of monosyllabic, off-hand observations. ‘Ghostride’, from their forthcoming full-length ‘Jinx’, begins with Ramani people-watching from the leather upholstery of a taxi backseat – “press my face up closer to the glass, I see the people when they pass, […]

New song: Olden Yolk – Grand Palais

The singles, the final one of which drops today, from Olden Yolk’s debut album ‘Living Theatre’ perfectly showcase the New York duo’s aptitude for diversity. Lead single ‘Cotton and Cane’ was a straight-up slice of dreampop, follow up ‘Distant Episode’ was a earthy, whirring ballad, while final single ‘Grand Palais’ gives into their more fuzzy, […]

New song: Swimming Tapes – Passing Ships

From a tiny space tucked behind an old pub in Haggerston, Swimming Tapes create escapist, fragmentary soundscapes that send them somewhere else. Images of the Northern Ireland coast – where three of the five-piece are from – possibly float through their minds as they merge subtle vocals, featherweight guitars and mute drums to create a […]

Album of the week: Tacocat – This Mess Is A Place

If dystopia hosted a disco, Tacocat’s fourth-full length ‘This Mess Is A Place’ would be a strong selection from the doom-ridden DJ. The rainbow-flecked guitars, playful backing vocals and huge choruses would certainly have you on your feet, whilst the sarcastic one liners, “what a time to be barely alive” would enshroud you in reality. […]

New song: Body Type – Uma

We enjoyed Body Type’s latest single ‘Free to Air’ so much that it earned a well-deserved spot in our 15 favourite songs from April. Now the Sydney quartet are back with the latest single from their new EP, which lands tomorrow (May 3). Well trained in the art of writing an infectious riff or two, […]

Track by Track: Flying Fish Cove

Dena Zilber is an incredibly visual songwriter. The Flying Fish Cove singer often sits alone in the evening, images and vivid memories floating through her mind, often acting as a cue for her to pick up the guitar. The amazing fruit and flowers that bloomed everywhere while Zilber fell for Flying Fish Cove guitarist Jake […]

April 2019 – 15 Songs

Welcome to April 2019 – 15 songs. Our 15 favourite tracks from this month. Enjoy listening and reading the accompanying descriptions. If you’re in a real rush, skip to the Spotify playlist at the bottom. I promise I won’t cry. Aldous Harding – Pilot In a show were the compare presented her as Aldous Huxley, […]

Interview: Dehd

Chicago trio Dehd couldn’t sound more classic if they tried. Their scuzzy, infectious riffs could be pulled straight from an MC5 record, yet whether it’s the jousting voices of lead singers Emily Kempf and Jason Balla or their stood-up sticksman Eric McGrady, there’s something wonderfully idiosyncratic about Dehd. Their new album ‘Water’ documents Kemp and […]

Track by track: Mammoth Penguins

From the moment I heard Emma Kupa sing ‘I love you, I love you, I love you, fuck it all, fuck it all, fuck it all’ on ‘I Wanna’, the lead single from Mammoth Penguins’ third album ‘There’s No Fight We Both Can’t Win’, I couldn’t help but become a Mammoth Penguins fanboy.  With an […]

Album of the week: Miyha – World’s Biggest Crush

Miyha’s vocalist and songwriter, Alejandra Perez moved back in with her parents after a difficult break up in the summer of 2016. The following three years were her most fruitful songwriting years. In her brother’s old bedroom she poured the emotion of her break-up and other challenges life had thrown at her into song, so […]

New song: Cate Le Bon – Home to you

Welsh trailblazer Cate Le Bon decamped to the fells of the Lake District to make her fifth and most personal album to date, ‘Reward’. Today Le Bon releases its’ second single ‘Home to you’ – the first single ‘Daylight Matters’ was featured in our March: 15 Songs list. ‘Home to you’ carries on where ‘Daylight […]

New song: Slow Mass – Siren

Before Thursday I knew absolutely nothing of Slow Mass. California band Club Night – who incidentally I love – dropped a tweet saying ‘THIS SONG IS CRUSHING ME’ into the great void with a link to Slow Mass’ ‘Siren.’ Without that post, myself and no doubt plenty of others would never have heard of Slow […]

New song: KAZU – Salty

Considering that KAZU, Blonde Redhead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Kazu Makino, ditched the blinding lights of New York in favour of the pristine Italian waters of Elba, a Mediterranean island in Tuscany, it’s ironic that her first ever solo single sounds like the metropolis she left behind. KAZU left New York complaining of ‘respiratory problems’ and […]

New song: Field Medic – The bottle’s my lover, she’s just my friend

‘The bottle’s my lover, she’s just my friend’ is the final single from Field Medic’s upcoming album ‘fade into the dawn’. The preceding two singles from folk-singer Kevin Patrick, the man behind Field Medic, ‘Henna Tattoo’ and ‘Used 2 be a romantic’ were painfully honest and his latest single continues this streak. This one though […]

Premiere: Miyha – Palm Trees

I fall in love with new songs every day but some songs ascend to an echelon above even that. Miyha’s ‘Palm Trees’ is comfortably in that upper echelon, the kind of song where you get a minute into it and an internal or even external ‘oh my god, this is good’ comes flying out of […]

New song: Porridge Radio – Give / Take

Last April I set out to see Florist – all praise the glory of Emily A Sprague – with absolutely no knowledge of the support act that night, though I did like their name, Porridge Radio. The performance was true of the origins of the act as it was simply the effervescent Dana Margolin performing […]

Premiere: The Roves – Jimmy Ashcloud

The Roves launched their new album ‘All Those Freaks’ with a single that shot straight out of the gates. ‘Who’s sleeping on the Throne‘ had swaggering riffs, a big chorus and a wonderful croaky vocal from James Wing. The second single, which we’re premiering today, is from a completely different stock and reveals a softer, […]