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New EP: Peter Cat – The Magus

Peter Cat arrived on my radar in 2020 with the release of The Saccharine Underground, a fine debut LP falling somewhere in the gap between what I guess you’d call art-rock and art-pop. What I liked most about that record (aside from the sheer quality of the tunes – many of which are inexorably burntContinue reading “New EP: Peter Cat – The Magus”

EP review: Faithful Johannes – Is Hopeful

Typically late to the party, I’ve only just gotten around to listening to this four-track EP from Durham City’s Faithful Johannes. Released back at the beginning of February through Win Big Records, with a sold out limited run of 8″ lathe cut vinyl, it follows 2019’s debut LP Thrills & Bills. Keen readers of theContinue reading “EP review: Faithful Johannes – Is Hopeful”

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: 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”

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”

EP review: Juno Francis – Oyster Love

Based in Berlin, Juno Francis are an enigmatic electronic dark pop duo – Jacob Fagerstål and Angelica Ranåsen – that describe themselves as “the love child of a 60s gentleman and an 80s lady”. That’s literally all I know about them as I write this, and it feels pretty much on the mark. Mixing elementsContinue reading “EP review: Juno Francis – Oyster Love”

EP review: Neev – Forgiving Light

Completing her debut EP with the release of her latest single, Excuse Me – Glasgow-born but London-based singer-songwriter Neev captivates across four entrancing slices of melancholic folk pop. Opening the set with an ominous, almost tribal sounding verse is Tunnel Vision. It’s a strong introduction, very much on the front foot, and one that quicklyContinue reading “EP review: Neev – Forgiving Light”

EP review: Funeral Lakes – Golden Season

Funeral Lakes are an alternative indie/folk two-piece from Toronto made up of Sam Mishos and Chris Hemer. Formed in 2018 in Vancouver, they released their eponymous eight-track debut album in 2019 – a record inspired by topics that ranged from environmental destruction and generational malaise, through to crooked politicians. Unfortunately, as you’ll no doubt beContinue reading “EP review: Funeral Lakes – Golden Season”