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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”

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 clichĂ© 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”

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”

Track review: Neon Islands – Moon

Taking influence from bands such as Interpol, Maximo Park, Sonic Youth, Foals, and Bloc Party, Neon Islands’ Facebook page bills them as “a cry for hope in the middle of a dejected culture“. With a built-for-radio sound based heavily around huge, shimmering synth lines, muscular guitars, and anthemic choruses, it’s an apt description. I shouldContinue reading “Track review: Neon Islands – Moon”