New track: Inland Murmur – Waterline

There’s something delightfully late-80s/early-90s about this new track from Cardiff indie three-piece, Inland Murmur. Consisting of Hannah on bass and vocals, Alan on guitar, and Toby on drums, guitars and vocals, they have a sound that falls somewhere between Out of Time-era REM, Broadcast, the Killers, and latter-day New Order. There’s a gentle wistfulness runningContinue reading “New track: Inland Murmur – Waterline”

New track: MG Boulter – Midnight Movies

I’m sitting at the dining table in my father-in-law’s flat in the picturesque Scottish coastal town of Troon, my embarrassingly old Macbook groaning loudly as I look out over the vast cobalt blue expanse of water that separates us from the snow-covered peaks of the Isle of Arran. Over the past forty-eight hours or soContinue reading “New track: MG Boulter – Midnight Movies”

New track: Almost Sex – Rest Up

Almost Sex snuck into my inbox a few months ago with their last single, Charmer. I wanted to write slid into my DMs, because it feels kinda sleek and sexy – much like their music – but it’s a little too ‘down with the kids’ for my liking. And I’m writing this from deep withinContinue reading “New track: Almost Sex – Rest Up”

New track: Sugarmoon – Autumn Leaves

I featured Sugarmoon on the blog last year when they released the lead track from their previous EP, The Only One. Like the other two tracks on the EP, it was a lovely thing; full of charm, joy, and it displayed a real gift for bittersweet melody. To give you an idea of the kindContinue reading “New track: Sugarmoon – Autumn Leaves”

EP review: Blue Tiger – Artifice

Although a recognisable face on the Edinburgh music scene for a number of years – having fronted sludge-rock luminaries Plastic Animals – the gorgeous Artifice sees Peruvian-born Mario Cruzado step out from the shadows and into the light. I’d say tentatively, but there’s a confidence and assuredness bleeding through every second of this intentionally low-keyContinue reading “EP review: Blue Tiger – Artifice”

Track review: Faithful Johannes – It’s OK to Be Alone (This Christmas) [feat. Benjamin Amos]

Everybody knows there are only three ways to make a Christmas song: A: Play it dead straight, somehow navigating the cliché and schmaltz-ridden wasteland on your way to creating something as timeless as It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. B: Have shitloads of fun, not take anything too seriously, and somehow end upContinue reading “Track review: Faithful Johannes – It’s OK to Be Alone (This Christmas) [feat. Benjamin Amos]”

Track review: Dust In The Sunlight – Hard To Explain

After a successful year which has seen them release their self-titled debut EP, followed soon after by another release composed entirely of five remixes of its title track, London duo Dust In The Sunlight return to see out 2020 with a surprisingly tender cover of the Strokes’ classic 2001 single, Hard to Explain. Looking atContinue reading “Track review: Dust In The Sunlight – Hard To Explain”

Track review: Diving Station – June Damp

June Damp is the third and final track to be released by Manchester four-piece Diving Station in the last couple of months, and – alongside the equally magnificent Joanna and Fruit Flies – it completes one of the most exciting releases I’ve heard this year. As with the two previous singles, it’s another rich offeringContinue reading “Track review: Diving Station – June Damp”

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