My Pet: Alessi’s Ark

For the fourth edition of ‘My Pet’, Alessi Laurent-Marke, the brain behind the ethereal Alessi’s Ark, tells us about her Labradors Saxon and Shadow. She wholesomely writes about their love for walnuts, digging and birthday cake below: “Pets have always played a hugely important role in my life. My Aunt has always had cats and […]

Interview: Ralph Castelli

By Anjali DasSarma 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Interview: Slingshot Dakota

Husband-and-wife duo Slingshot Dakota released their fifth and finest album yet, ‘Heavy Banding’ a fortnight ago. We loved its Hollywood keys and Carly’s raw, hungry child-like, vocals so much we made it our album of the week. The Pennsylvania duo bring their PDA romance to British shores soon, playing alongside the incredible Fresh. Ahead of […]