FRAGMENTS, SALT CATHEDRAL, SINGLE, RECORDED
NEW York is synonymous with musical duos. Throughout the history of the state, there is a rich vein that constantly pumps out and supplies every corner, genre and listener with something identifiable and emancipating. Simon & Garfunkel providing disconsolate lovers with a soundtrack of regret, the fronting up beats of east-side hip hop outfit Mobb […]
FROM THE LAND BELOW, AH! KOSMOS feat. LAFAWNDAH, SINGLE, REVIEW
UNITING the sounds of Istanbul-born sound designer Basak Gunak – aka Ah! Kosmos – and the towering tones of vocalist LAFAWNDAH, new track ‘From The Land Below, which dropped on March 3, is a stunning union that demonstrates why these women are two of the most promising talents around. With Gunak’s crisp orchestrations that delve […]
FAAAST FOOD, SISTERRAY, SINGLE, RECORDED
A SONG hasn’t typified a generation in under two-minutes as confidently as SisterRay’s new track ‘Fast Food’ since fellow London rascals The Rakes released ’22 Grand Job’ in 2005. Twelve-years on since The Rakes garnered that hit, and perhaps all that has developed is the speed in which we devour our money. Whether it be […]
Amber Run, Engine Rooms, Southampton, Live
FOR a group that has shifted between elation and disintegration quicker than an alcoholic rattling in a coffee shop, Nottingham-born indie-pop quartet Amber Run may have finally found some unshakable ground. A genuine surprise for a group pitched brashly into the ever-unhealthy realms of the music industry prats after a negligible five gigs, discarded months […]
FIGHTING CARAVANS, INTERVIEW, RAILWAY INN, WINCHESTER
HOME to the country’s most northerly commercial vineyard, Europe’s oldest Caribbean carnival and creator of impish pair Sooty and Sweep, the once great mill town of Leeds has always been a city draped in ethnic tapestry that refuses to wilt. I mean Christ, it even gave the world Marks & Spencers – what more could […]
OH YEAH, DUTCH UNCLES, SINGLE, REVIEW
Whilst comparisons to Kate Bush and the Talking Heads are well trodden ground when discussing Marple-born Dutch Uncles, new single “Oh Yeah” would not sound out of place on a Thomas Dolby greatest hits collection, and I mean that as a compliment. This is celebratory art-pop at its most honest and endearing. The song is […]
Sooner or Later, Brasstronaut, Single, Recorded
FOR ten years, Vancouver six-piece Brasstronaut have been exploring musical grounds like a rootless jongleurs; unhappy to define themselves by a sound. This has seen the outfit shift between aching indie rock and Afrobeat without the slightest hint of laxity. But after meandering between the genres, it appears Brasstronaut has finally found a happy ground […]
Stretch Your Eyes, Agnes Obel, Single Review, Recorded
IF folk-artist Agnes Obel – Copenhagen’s consistently brilliant daughter – and her new release ‘Citizen Of Glass’ showed a continuation of the divergent sound-scapes that has turned the 36-year-old into Denmark’s most important modern star, then new single ‘Stretch Your Eyes’ is the pre-climax to whatever finale she wants to complete. Without doubt, ‘Stretch Your […]
Oblivian, Dollkraut, Single Review, Recorded
SOMEWHERE in Holland Frédéric Chopin lives. The Polish composer, regarded in some circles as central in setting the tone for Gothic authors, musicians and teenagers thanks to his iconic composition ‘Marche Funèbre’, has to be sat around an amplifier in a dingy practice room in Amsterdam. It’s the only reason Dollkraut, the nomadic psychedelic revivalist, […]
Amber Run, Engine Rooms, Southampton, Preview
NOTTINGHAM rockers Amber Run are back on the road after flexing their with brand new track ‘Fickle Game’. The UK four-piece are also readying to release their sophomore album ‘For a Moment, I Was Lost’, a 12-track chronicle of their interval between the last, packed with moments of expansive beauty & full-blooded raw emotion. Front […]