EP Review: Hollan – Ready as the Day

With ‘Ready as the Day’, Anna Manotti, who releases music under the moniker Hollan, has created an unabashed singer-songwriter EP with enough ambiguity and bite to keep you hooked. Though buoyant in rhythm, ‘Weakness’ comes affixed with splicing guitars and a crackling vocal that add spice on an otherwise sweet harmony, “In my dreams / […]

Track by track: Wovoka Gentle

“We like noise,” London trio Wovoka Gentle say understatedly of their sound. With a love of folk as their kernel, Wovoka Gentle build outwards from there, adding jarring bleeps and bloops, field recordings and drum machines to make something truly hedonistic. A kaleidoscopic soundworld first dreamt up in the minds of twins Ellie and Imogen […]

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. […]

EP Review: Toria Wooff – Badlands

Synesthetes hear music and simultaneously sense the sounds as swirls or patterns of colour. Lancashire folk-rock prodigy Toria Wooff fuses colour and sound in a manner so idiosyncratic, so sensory, that her music translates that feeling for non-syntesthetes. Her new EP ‘Badlands’, her first release on Sloe Flower Records, is a fleeting portal to that […]

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 […]