It is often dubbed the “difficult” second album, in most cases this statement duly proves to be mere superstition or rather an unfortunate belief in the folklore of artistic stagnation, while the creation of Broken Hands’ sophomore record was fairly straight-forward on the surface, its arrival into the world has been far from it. A […]
Live events might have ground to a halt in the very unusual lockdown times that we’re living in, but music isn’t stopping, and punk in particular has a history of thriving in times of adversity. We have been witnessing a bit of a moment of spotlight for the genre in recent years, but this might […]
As a third wave of artist announcements has rolled in, and little more than a month separates us from the start of Sŵn Festival, the multi-venue musical event to take place in Cardiff on the weekend of the 18th to 20th October is shaping up to be one to remember. Our previous entries in the […]
Among the many things to grace this year’s Sŵn Festival, now not too far away with the weekend of October 18-20th looming ever closer, there is a sizable contingent of Irish bands. If the UK music scene has been enjoying a moment of particular grace lately, bands across the Irish Sea have been no less […]
As the second wave of artists performing at Cardiff’s Sŵn Festival has now been released, the line-up of the multi-venue festival coming to the Welsh capital next October is looking even more impressive than it already did. There are many reasons why this year’s edition is shaping up to be one not to miss, among […]
Our path towards Sŵn Festival, the multi-venue festival that is going to take over the Cardiff music scene for the weekend of 18th, 19th and 20th October, touches base in neighbouring Bristol yet again, as I discuss musical oddities, the state of the post-punk scene and dark humour with Alastair Shuttleworth, vocalist for self-described satirical […]
Sŵn Festival is coming back to Cardiff next October, and from the first wave of artists announced it already looks like this year’s line-up for the original Welsh multi-venue festival is going to be one of its most exciting. As the festival approaches, I’ll be talking to some of the artists that are going to […]
In celebration of International Women’s Day this Friday 8th of March, we asked one of our favourite singer-songwriters if they would be open to writing a piece surrounding women in music. Thankfully, for us, they liked the idea and made the creative their own. In this Op-Ed piece Caoilfhionn Rose writes about the power of […]
Manchester artist Caoilfhionn Rose unveiled her debut album Awaken on the 12th of October, 2018. Respected label Gondwana Records has the privilege of releasing the work, after a couple of years in development the collaboration finally reached its fruition when Rose and Gondwana’s Matthew Halsall connected in the studio. They were introduced serendipitously, Rose’s father […]
Working under the stage name The Kite String Tangle, Australian singer and producer Danny Harley creates music evocatively charmed in sensuality and sentiment. Telling stories of alluring personality and endearing intimacy, Harley forms soundscapes of intricately layered orchestration and vibrant electro-pop, leading to his most recent body of work—In A Desperate Moment—which breaks new ground. Exploring […]
Announcing plans of an innovative release model in early 2017, Los Angeles-based artist Lostboycrow laid out a proposal of grand scale. Committing to a year-long succession of new music that would eventually result in a complete body of work and the bones of his debut album, Traveler. Singles were drip-released and placed together in a […]
Since inception, Klangstof has continued to push boundaries with their musical creations through multi-textural idiosyncrasies and bold invention. Commencing their mammoth ‘Everest’ Autumn/Winter tour, the group will see in a few months of travelling around the continent that will take them to the end of the year.
Amber Run has never been a band that rests on its laurels. Compelling and emotive, their recently released Acoustic EP delivers four unique sensations through a collection of original material, and alternate renditions of other artists’ music. The undressed adaptations are, at once, precise, spellbinding, and affecting. Revealing a tenderness and wholeheartedness that can have […]
Since releasing staggering first single ‘Top to Toe,’ Fenne Lily has ensured prowess with each subsequent song that has followed, now at a juncture where we can rely on the capability of Lily’s song-writing to engage a profundity and an inwards connection. Lily assuredly judged that it was time to branch out: ‘Three Oh Nine,’ […]
Stroud-based Low Chimes released debut album ‘Illumine’ earlier this month – the collection of ten boasts a far-reaching quality and a joyous contemporary flourish of folk, indie rock, and progressive textures. Obtaining great inspiration from the natural world and the vast landscapes that surround us, the four-piece has carefully crafted a sonic exploration like no […]
Reaching a pivotal marker in her career, Siv Jakobsen released debut full-length ‘The Nordic Mellow’ in August 2017. The glacial collection of ten takes in moments of exquisite voice, narration of great intimacy, and forever emotive evocation. The stories aren’t tales of the imagined, they are photo-frames of the eternally alive – once lived, can’t […]
Bitter Sweet Symphonies’ Zoe Peck speaks to Wolf Alice lead guitarist Joff Oddie, ahead of the release of much anticipated second album ‘Visions Of A Life.’ Conceived in the silence succeeding a two-year world tour, the album is the alt-rockers’ answer to their hugely successful 2015 debut album – ‘My Love Is Cool’ which reached #2 […]
Music is a transcendent force. A harbour for expression and reflection, a collage of sound and texture, a conduit for further thinking – it wields the power to resonate and can sometimes even shift a person’s outlook. We continue to be intrigued, astonished and drawn into these worlds in which the artist creates, none more […]
Courtney Marie Andrews has been playing the music game for a good while. Andrews is no novice when it comes to both writing and performing, having put out six LP’s since 2008, but it’s the latest of these, ‘Honest Life’, that’s seen Andrews really breakthrough worldwide.
The prospect of going to watch a live band is typically formulaic. It is based on tradition and what has come before. But little is typical about an act whose almost annum-old debut single is titled to proclaim ‘We Are The Freaks’. Never was a freak so cool.