New song: Suggested Friends – Cygnets

Self-defined as a ‘small choir of mostly lesbians’ on their Bandcamp, queer DIY quartet Suggested Friends returned this week with the wonderfully jaunty ‘Cygnets,’ the first taste from second record ‘Turtle Taxi’.  In spite of the fairly recent addition of Mammoth Penguins’ vocalist and songwriter Emma Kupa, Faith Taylor keeps a hold of the mike […]

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: Bedroom – Count To Five

The aptly named Bedroom makes music so personal and so homespun that you feel like you’re stood in his bedroom watching him play. Formed around a largely repetitive piano structure, Bedroom’s first single in five years, ‘Count to Five’ is so intimate it feels like it’s happening just yards away. That if you endeavored to, […]

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 – […]