Album of the week: Erin Durant – Islands

On album opener ‘Rising Sun,’ Brooklyn-based singer Erin Durant casually sings “I’m going far / I’m going wide” in her balm-like voice. Those words are the mantra of ‘Islands,’ a wide-ranging exploration of lands and life. The music itself may be small-town and rooted in the traditions of the south, but its scale is immeasurable. […]

Video premiere: Swimming Bell – Got Things

With strumming guitars, a deep textured voice and an aptitude for nostalgia, ‘Got Things’ is the perfect accompaniment for a long drive through the countryside. A standout from Swimming Bell’s debut album ‘Wild Sight,’ ‘Got Things’ possesses an innate freedom that coaxes you into winding down the window and letting the wind blow through your […]

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: 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: 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 […]