New song: Soot Sprite – Bleed

Soot Sprite’s ‘Bleed’ is a breezy pop song darkened by an encroaching, ominous undercurrent. Originally a solo project for singer/guitarist, Elise Cook, ‘Bleed’ is their first release as a full, collaborative band, and an intriguing taster of ‘Sharp Tongue’ – their forthcoming EP on Specialist Subject Records. A start of shimmering, shoegaze-like guitars is soon […]

New song: German Error Message – Fine

After five years of near silence, Paul Kintzing (German Error Message) has had a busy 2019, releasing his fifth album ‘Mend’, an electronic record under the moniker Other Nothing and producing one of the year’s standout singles, ‘Count to Five’ from Bedroom.   His purple patch continues with new single ‘Fine’, an expansive song hinting at […]

New song: Longriver – Wasting Time

The project of Austin songwriter David Longoria, Longriver’s debut single ‘Wasting Time’ is a direct, occasionally funny, look at procrastination- something we could all do with a little more of! With meandering guitars and creeping hand percussion, Longoria imbibes the fragmented, dreamlike state present in latter day Cass McCombs. While embellished with an organ later […]

New song: Big Thief – Not

Big Thief today announced their second album of 2019, ‘Two Hands’, with the studio recording of live favourite ‘Not’. Since first hearing it back in 2017, ‘Not’ has become an unhealthy addiction, the YouTube live performances stealing chunk after chunk of my battery power. The repeated shouts of ‘not’ instilling a form of rebellion in […]

New song: The Big Moon – It’s Easy Then

‘It’s Easy Then’ from The Big Moon is gargantuan, a glorious slice of alt-pop that wouldn’t have looked out of place on Lorde’s Melodrama. Like the unstoppable rise of smoke ascending into the air, ‘It’s Easy Then’ just swells and swells from the first chorus, the blending voices urging each other to go one octave […]

New song: Cross Wires – Paradise Club 1953

Instilled with the bawdy angst of a Joy Division live recording, Cross Wires’ ‘Paradise Club 1953’ is a swaggering signal of intent from the East London four-piece. The bass riff jousts with the high wire-like electric guitar in the song’s opening, granting lead singer Johnathon Chapman space to posture and flex his muscles. The riffs […]

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 […]