London-spawned APRE join a host of rising voices on the UK scene, but few are as uniquely exciting as this band. So, what is so special about the music they make? Simply defined, its modernist pop with heaps of character and cool, yet this description is far too meagre to fully envisage the nuanced, subversive […]
Alternative pop duo Megan Markwick and Lily Somerville have been collaborating together under the guise of IDER for a while now, their first release ‘Sorry’ captured the excitement and authenticity of a creative union fizzing with chemistry, purity and purpose.
Island are no strangers when it comes to touring and after recently finishing their first headline tour of America, the boys were soon to hit the road again. This time taking a trip around the UK, and for us this signified a visit to the rather impeccable live haunt of YES, in Manchester.
“I’ve just made a cup of tea!” Archie carries a mug around the Cavern with him as we decide where to do the interview. Issy suggests the warmth and quiet of the restaurant across the road. Archie takes his fresh brew outside with him and across the street.
Hatchie is the musical alias of Harriette Pilbeam, under this nom de plume the artist has released a clutch of stellar tracks, each slightly more evocative than the last and becoming of a vital voice. Her writing centres on the introspective buoyed by threads of youthful experience and complicated love. The project was officially christened […]
For a band as musically understated as Night Flight, they’ve certainly had an action packed few months. Their most recent EP was well received, and their debut album is getting equally positive praise, and rightly so. A collection of their previous releases, seasoned with a few subtle extra cuts like ‘Medicine’ and ‘Forever And,’ it […]
Far flung from the Hollywood veneer of excess and superficiality, this Los Angeles native has an earthiness of spirit that warms the soul, a soft demeanour hiding a fire within, a strength of character that inspires rather than simply attracts: Jesse Jo Stark is a musician of the next generation with respect for the past […]
The music of five-piece psychedelic indie band, Club Kuru, delivers mellifluous and melodic synths, creating vibes of enticing tranquillity with each song they play–and their performance on Friday the 2nd of November was no exception.
It’s not often you see indie pop described as ‘interesting’ – but Kawala is a band to which it applies well. A vocal and strong acoustic core is amplified by afrobeat-infused drums, rhythmic bass and electric hooks, allowing for a beautifully layered listen.
Primed to leap across the pond and bring his self described ‘sad and loud’ music to Europe once again, we caught up with Sam Fender backstage at his sold out Manchester Soup Kitchen show to talk milestones, writers, and the great scran you get on European tour riders.
The type of artists I am drawn to interviewing are those I watch live and want to run up to after (or perhaps rebelliously, during) the set and ask ‘just how do you do that?’.
Music is deeply rooted in Gothenburg singer, songwriter and musician Albin Lee Meldau’s life history, his parents both have their own connections to music making and Albin himself has been working professionally for many years. Releasing his debut album earlier in 2018, ‘About You’ offers a rich yet candid portion of Meldau’s immersive artistry.
The name Spector lives on, the band has coined many great one liners and in turn has spawned many great conversations, songs like Chevy Thunder and All the Sad Young Men are conquering anthems that reflect back the fleeting permanence of youth. Since their second album ‘Moth Boys’ in 2015, the only bit of music the […]
Alice Merton released her breakthrough hit ‘No Roots’ in December of 2016, the debut song received a startling reaction from audiences across the globe—earning platinum sales statuses in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy and Poland, and achieving the number one spot in Billboard’s US Alternative chart (just a few of the many well-deserving accolades that […]
The mysterious Moon Panda, latest addition to label My Little Empire’s not-so-little collection of emerging artists, hit us with their remarkable debut Rabbit last month, impressing tastemaker blogs everywhere and leaving us all thirsty for more.
British singer and songwriter Freya Ridings makes magic when she starts singing at the piano. Her enchanting voice – which goes from soft wisps to full powerhouse – bares so much emotion you find yourself caught in her spell. Teamed with her gentle fingers on the piano, lyrics that reflect the deepest of feeling, you […]
Imagine a cover version of the iconic Madness track ‘Baggy Trousers,’ but brought to a new emotional level with soaring female vocals, keys with an almost visceral quality and emphatic cello. Well, imagination is no longer required – as Little Sparrow’s latest, much anticipated EP ‘Just 3’ (released 13 July) stars a strikingly powerful and […]
Australia’s Holly Rankin (better known under the nom de plume Jack River) is a warrior, her music is testament to a determination to triumph over the impossible. The songs which make up debut album Sugar Mountain are in no way frivolous pop offshoots of a young artist hungry to find relevance, but beacons of bravery: […]
Blending the traditional songwriting talent and uniquely nuanced voice of singer and guitar player Mike Sharp with the ominous futuristic soundscapes of electronica wizard Joel Roberts, the bizarrely named Otzeki have been making waves in all the right places ahead of the release of their debut ‘Binary Childhood.’
London-via-Ireland three-piece whenyoung have been making statement after statement with their firebrand pop/rock, since they roared onto the scene with their epic debut, ‘Actor.’ Tunes this fresh and meaningful don’t just happen overnight, yet for whenyoung it would seem the opposite. Every original composition they produce acknowledges the urgency for personal truth and expression–a vital […]