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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”

Track review: Almost Sex – Charmer

Almost Sex are Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist Nick Louis and the mysteriously named HW LaSota; an intriguing combo that describe themselves as ‘a folky alternative post-punk rock indie pop duo’. Their bio talks of ‘a chance online encounter, several months of remote collaboration, and one freakin’ epic meeting’, all of which has lead to their first twoContinue reading “Track review: Almost Sex – Charmer”

Track review: Rowan – You’re Not The One

You’re Not The One is the closing track from up and coming Irish indie-folk band Rowan’s debut EP – which was released into the wild last week, on November 20th. It’s a pity I don’t have a huge amount of time at the moment to write about everything I get sent in, because I’m sureContinue reading “Track review: Rowan – You’re Not The One”

Album review: Maeve Aickin – Waiting Rooms

Maeve Aickin is quite a talent. It’s incredibly clichéd to mention age like it’s a barometer of anything other than how many days somebody has been on the planet, but I’m going to do it anyway. At seventeen, the Minneapolis-based songwriter’s debut album Waiting Rooms is as astonishing a piece of work as I’ve heardContinue reading “Album review: Maeve Aickin – Waiting Rooms”

EP review: As We Leave – Everything To A Point

I’m a real sucker for exactly this kind of music, and boy do these guys do it well. To glance at the artwork for Everything To A Point you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve clicked on a Stone Roses album by mistake, but thankfully As We Leave couldn’t be further away in sound. BasedContinue reading “EP review: As We Leave – Everything To A Point”

EP review: Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly – Hold Tight

“Tired of looking at the past” sings Sam Duckworth within the first minute of Go Figure, the opening track of this new, surprise six-track EP. It’s by no means the most important line from the release, but it does capture where we find him right now. And that place is, well, right now. There’s aContinue reading “EP review: Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly – Hold Tight”

Track review: Beckie Margaret – Divine Feminine

Regularly (and rightly) championed by the likes of 6 Music and Radio X, Southend’s Beckie Margeret continues to blossom as a singular songwriting talent. Having steadily released a stream of stunning singles over the last three years, with each a little more jaw-dropping than the last – check out Cars and Catacombs, New York andContinue reading “Track review: Beckie Margaret – Divine Feminine”