[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…

[streaming] Love, Burns – Gate And The Ghost

Pale Lights singer and songwriter Phil Sutton has recorded a single, as Love, Burns. It includes two songs, “Gate and The Ghost” and “It’s a Shame”. The single is available now as a digital download and as a 7″ single via Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten. Love, Burns is the solo project of Phil Sutton, of Pale…

[streaming] Swallow Cave – Cold Moon

New single by Bristolian quartet Swallow Cave, produced by Ali Chant (who in the past has worked with PJ Harvey, Soccer Mommy, Katy J Pearson). The band, who have built a strong name for themselves on Bristol’s live scene with support slots for acts including Sasami, Porridge Radio and Lazarus Kane, have a knack for…

[streaming] Sun Drift – So Close

Taken from the album “Lucky”, out November 13th via Bingo Records. Sheffield-based musician and producer Zac Barfoot, who releases music as Sun Drift, is releasing his second album ‘Lucky’ via Bingo Records. Spawned from songs written on a broken tape machine, ‘Lucky’ is an attempt by Barfoot to get away from the screen-staring, production-driven sound…

CUT WORMS – Nobody Lives Here Anymore(Jagjaguwar, 2020) Se il debutto “Hollow Ground” aveva rivelato il gusto pop retrò di Max Clarke sotto forma di canzoni dalle melodie scorrevoli e solari, “Nobody Lives Here Anymore” ne eleva con decisione il profilo a quello di ricercato cultore di uno stile sixties radicato nelle tradizioni americane. Non…

[streaming] Swansea Sound – Corporate Indie Band

First single by Swansea Sound, available 17 October 2020 as limited edition cassette via Lavender Sweep. Hue Williams and Amelia Fletcher are reunited in Swansea Sound, with a brand new set of songs and full-on indie attitude. The first single is a two-track cassette on Welsh indie label Lavender Sweep. In ‘Angry Girl’ and ‘Corporate…

[streaming] Dig Nitty – Palm Springs

Taken from “Reverse of Mastery”, out September 18th 2020. Many of Dig Nitty’s songs were written while Erin McGrath was working as a national park ranger, surveilling birds at the beach in the Rockaways. “Walking in a straight line while monitoring birds would free up my brain and melodies would float in,” she reflects. The…

[streaming] The Slanted City – False Starts

‘False Starts’ is the first single lifted from the self-titled debut album by The Slanted City, the new minimalist pop project from Erik Nilsson. The album sees release on the 9th of October 2020 via Hidden Shoal Records. The Slanted City sees Erik Nilsson shape the experimental instrumental work of his previous two Hidden Shoal…