Interview: Ralph Castelli

Hailing all the way from Alaska, 22-year-old Ralph Castelli first began making music in the woods of his native state. At 18 he moved to Australia to study composition and production before finally finding a home in LA. That new home is where Castelli cultivates his uniquely blended bedroom pop, which influences range widely from […]

Interview: Merival

On a rare occasion that Anna Horvath (Merival) attended school – she was home-schooled for years from her isolated, rural farm– she heard her Art teacher say, “the more you know, the less you know!” It’s an idiom that has become truer to her over time, the Toronto singer-songwriter increasingly aware of how tiny her […]

Premiere/Interview: Total Heat – LA Song

Total Heat’s Ross Wallace Chait first sat behind the drum kit at eight years old, setting in motion a career which has seen him bang the drums for Girlpool – he still plays and tours with these – Winter and Walter. Over 15 years on from that life-changing moment and Chait is now setting his […]

Interview: Kishi Bashi

Kaoru Ishibashi, known musically as Kishi Bashi, has always made eclectic soundscapes, fusing intense strokes of the violin with beautiful singing, yet on new album “Omoiyari” he takes his music to a new level of social awareness, achieving a long-term goal in the process. Since starting Suzuki violin at age 7, Ishibashi went on to […]

Interview: Advance Base

Empathy is what makes Advance Base stand out as a musician. The Orindal Records boss – one of our favourite labels in the world – has a unique ability to inhabit characters entirely. The fact he can write an album about dog lovers though he professes not to be a huge one himself is testimony […]

Video chats: Nervus

Prolific songwriter Em Foster navigates the harsh realities faced by trans women and her addiction struggles when singing with her band Nervus. The Watford-based rock band have released two albums – Permanent Rainbow and Everything Dies -that tackle these issues face-on, their unflinching honesty winning them an army of devoted fans. Nervus just played to […]

Interview: Patience

Following the break-up of Veronica Falls, lead singer Roxanne Clifford went back to her guitar and recorded the final songs she ever wrote for the band. The intention was for these songs to make up her first solo record yet for Clifford it just didn’t feel right. The Manchester-born musician felt she was simply treading […]