THE CATENARY WIRES Birling Gap (Skep Wax / Shelflife, 2021)* La lunga storia di Amelia Fletcher e Rob Pursey (Talulah Gosh, Heavenly) alla ricerca della perfezione melodica e di atmosfere raffinate si arricchisce di un nuovo capitolo, il terzo da quando i due hanno intrapreso l’ennesima avventura musicale insieme sotto la denominazione di The Catenary…

[streaming] Breathe Panel – Spring

Taken from “Lets It In”, out August 17th 2021. Split between London and Brighton, Breathe Panel come together to create a sound that is the sum of their four parts. Playing together half unplugged in a living room and swapping drums for cushions is where they would often hit their natural rhythm, capturing a shared…

[streaming] Massage – Made of Moods

“The warm and tender guitar pop of Massage is not lost on their newest single “Made of Moods” from the upcoming sophomore record Still Life out June 25th via Bobo Integral, Mt.St.Mtn. and Tear Jerk Records. Assembled by Los Angeles songwriters Andrew Romano, Gabrielle Ferrer, and Alex Naidus, the latter a descendent of indie pop royalty, The…

[streaming] Hot Coppers – Sunflower Seeds

Hot Coppers is a new solo recording venture for Gareth Parton, a Melbourne-based UK record producer best known for his work with Breeders, The Go! Team, Foals and The Beta Band as well as several artists on Lost And Lonesome – Last Leaves, Anthony Atkinson & The Running Mates, Monnone Alone, Mid-State Orange… Having spent…

[video of the week] Quivers – Gutters of Love

Opening track of “Golden Doubt”, out June 11th 2021 via  Ba Da Bing (US), Bobo Integral (Europe) & Spunk Records (Australia). Filmclip directed by the band from super 8 footage collected in late 2020 in Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia. Edited by Michael Panton. “Golden Doubt” is carried by shimmering guitars and the harmonizing vocals of…

[streaming] Ski Saigon – It’s Already Tomorrow

Taken from “Sees the Albatross”, out March 4th 2021 via Too Good To Be True. “Ski Saigon Sees the Albatross” is the debut album by London-based band Ski Saigon. It follows “Brings the Storm Cloud EP” (Art is Hard, 2016), a concept record about the history of the world’s first indoor ski slope in French-occupied…

THE BOYS WITH THE PERPETUAL NERVOUSNESS Songs From Another Life (Bobo Interal, 2021)* L’elettiva affinità tra Gonzalo Marcos (El Palacio de Linares) e Andrew Taylor (Dropkick), già dimostrata in “Dead Calm” (2019), si è sviluppata in particolare negli ultimi mesi, sotto forma di sessioni dal vivo online e soprattutto di un costante dialogo creativo. Sono…

[streaming] Sun June – Everything I Had

Sun June have shared the last single, “Everything I Had,” from their upcoming album Somewhere, out February 5, 2021 via Keeled Scales and Run For Cover Records. “‘Everything I Had’ is about feeling stuck and wishing you could go back in time. It misses when things were new and easy and full of promise,” said Sun June’s Laura Colwell. “It feels very ‘Austin’ to…

[streaming] Clémentine March – Into The Distance

Taken from “Songs Of Resilience”, out February 5th 2021 via Lost Map Records. Recorded over two days in November last year, Songs of Resilience is the intimate, instinctive and beguiling second album by eclectic London-based French singer-songwriter Clémentine March. Set for release on limited-edition CDR and digital platforms on February 5, 2021, and preceded by…

[streaming] Cool Sounds – Back To Me

Taken from the album “Bystander”, out February 12th 2021 via Osborne Again. Cool Sounds are a Melbourne-sprung indie guitar-pop outfit. They’ve been playing together since the mid 10’s, fluid in line-up but with writer/vocalist Dainis Lacey at the heart of it, whose idiosyncratic vocal makes the band instantly recognisable. Notable for their guitar-lick interplay and…

[streaming] Tiny Wine – Leaves

Taken from “Archer” EP, out December 22nd 2020 via Tiny Room Records. When Chri Milton was young, his mother would play him tapes on a small shoe-box tape player/recorder. This model, a RCA RP3504, had been in the family since he was a kid. Growing up with the analogue and dusty sound of cassettes, he…

CHRIS JACK – Miles To Go (Action Weekend, 2020) Le vie della musica si rivelano, ogni volta, infinite. Nell’occasione sono quelle che hanno portato il musicista scozzese Chris Jake a vivere per molti anni in Giappone, dove ha pubblicato numerosi album con la band garage The Routes; ma sono anche quelle che conducono al suo…

[video of the week] The Gabriels – Loose Canyon

‘Loose Canyon’ is the debut single from The Gabriel’s, a new band from the Midlands brought together through a shared love of melodic pop, jangly guitars and classic songwriting. Featuring Gudg (vocals), Fran Feely (Bass), Leon Jones (Guitar) and Stuart Gray (keys).  The band have all known each other socially for years. Gudg and Fran…

[streaming] Dannika – I Don’t Wanna Be With Anyone

At some point in history, it became a given that debut albums by indie bands had to be described as some kind of virtuosic, single-minded work. It’s such a boring trope: the suffering auteur, going mad from their own genius, working with a band but channelling some vision they could only ever craft alone. That…

[streaming] The Big Net – Cowboy

Taken from “In The Service Of Song”, out January 15th 2021 via Marbled Arm Records. Recorded for the most part in two days, “In the Service of Song” is a mission statement. The Big Net exists to serve the song. It is music that gets us through the hard times, holds us when we’re blue,…

[streaming] Strawberry Whiplash – Press 4 For Love

Taken from the two-track ‘Press 4 For Love’ single, out now on Matinée Recordings. First release in five years from Scottish pop purists Strawberry Whiplash! ‘Press 4 for Love’ is an exquisitely structured dose of perfect pop with jangling Rickenbacker guitars, stop-start rhythms, and Sandra’s sweet-as-sunshine vocals, while ‘A Rainy Day In Glasgow’—a forgotten classic…

THE LUXEMBOURG SIGNAL – The Long Now  (Shelflife / Spinout Nuggets, 2020) Se, per definizione, il mondo del “pop” (inteso nel senso più ampio del termine) vive di un’immediatezza ben presto portata via dal tempo, l’indie-pop continua a rappresentare il contesto per eccellenza di una nostalgia rivolta non soltanto al passato ma anche a un…

[streaming] Stephen’s Shore – Brisbane Radio

Title track of the new EP by Stephen’s Shore, out January 22th 2021. Following on from 2016’s “Ocean Blue” EP and 2018’s “September Love” LP, Stockholm’s Stephen’s Shore are back with a brand new EP entitled “Brisbane Radio. Stephen’s Shore started out as a two man project by Viktor Sjödin and Erik J Undéhn in…