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 […]
King Charles has always been enigmatic – never directly definable. His music, his image, his style (even his hair), forever transforming and renewing. The 2012 debut album, LoveBlood introduced a debonair, characterful performer with a touch of the eccentric, flash forward to 2016’s follow up, Gamble for A Rose and a completely different scene and […]
We’ve all heard the prescribed notions of what a singer-songwriter is and should be, but basics are basics and it is time to clear the slate. Every artist deserves to be heard fairly, few find success and few are successful but many have talent. Joel Baker is one of the latter. A pure talent. His […]
Alice Merton released her debut album in January 2019, it’s a powerful mix of personal and relatable music that acts as a vibrant beacon for the artist to tell her story. Through emotionally-succinct and intensely rhythmic means, ‘Mint’ wields a strong sense of defiant resilience and upbeat motivation. It’s a record to embrace fully, or […]
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 […]