[video of the week] Rosie Carney – Tidal Wave

Taken from the album “I Wanna Feel Happy”, out May 27th 2022 via Color Study. Rosie Carney was born in Hampshire, England but moved to Ireland at the age of ten. She signed a record deal at age 16. In 2019, Carney released her debut full-length album titled “Bare”. “I Wanna Feel Happy” follows Carney’s…

LIGHTNING IN A TWILIGHT HOUR Overwintering (Elefant, 2022)* Quel senso di innata nostalgia che ha costantemente innervato le creazioni musicali di Bobby Wratten nei suoi oltre trent’anni di attività, sotto diverse forme e denominazioni, appare probabilmente oggi ancor più pronunciato e, per certi versi, si attaglia in maniera del tutto coerente con il suo profilo…

[video of the week] Catastrophe Waitress – Second Valse

Second single from the E.P. “Silent Talk”, out February 4th 2022. Catastrophe Waitress is an indie-pop band, based in Freiburg (Germany). The five songs on the new record range from light-footed folky to poignant orchestral. The two-part singing carries you through the multi-faceted compositions and touches you with its simplicity. In terms of sound, the…

[video of the week] Feutre – Apocalypse

Taken from the album “Nos rencontres”, out now via Kocliko Records. Feutre is a French indiepop band from Bordeaux. At the end of 2019, Feutre was formed by bassist and composer Michaël Korchia (who plays in Vacance and was in the indiepop duo Watoo Watoo) and Virginie Raynaud, singer and lyricist, with a jazz background…

SEMI TRUCKS Vs. California (Meritorio, 2021)* Tra la miriade di proposte in circolazione che presentano come riferimento un pop dai contorni nostalgici e sognanti, capita ogni tanto che qualcuna si distingua da una pur piacevole omologazione di stili e sonorità. È senz’altro questo il caso dell’album di debutto del losangelino Brendan Sepe sotto l’alias Semi…

SHOESTRINGS Expectations (Shelflife / Discos de Kirlian, 2021) Per sua stessa natura, la nostalgia è un sentimento che si manifesta “fuori tempo massimo”, quando le vicende che ne sono ad oggetto si sono già concluse o comunque è troppo tardi per poterne modificare il corso. Forse anche per questo può considerarsi a ragione un sentimento…

[video of the week] BSÍ – Vesturbæjar Beach

New single by Icelandic duo BSÍ. Reykjavík’s central bus terminal BSÍ is no longer only the most miserable location you can find in all Iceland – it’s also finally reincarneted and praised as the name of a very new band. While people still wonder if BSÍ actually stands for Brussels Sprouts Intl., it’s at least sure…

THE REDS, PINKS AND PURPLES Uncommon Weather (Tough Love, 2021) Non si limita più a disseminare gemme di artigianato pop attraverso la rete il progetto casalingo di Glenn Donaldson (Skygreen Leopards, Art Museums). “Uncommon Weather” è il terzo album ufficiale del musicista di San Francisco negli ultimi tre anni e, come gli altri, sviluppa il…

[streaming] Michael Cormier – Degradation

“Degradation” is the opening track from “More Light​!​!”, out June 25th 2021 via Oof Records & Dear Life Records. When he isn’t drumming in Friendship, writing songs with Hour, co-running the prolific indie label Dear Life Records or working as a bread baker, Maine-raised, Philadelphia-based multi-instrumentalist Michael Cormier is ruminating on the miniscule moments that…

[streaming] Sin Fang, Sóley & Örvar Smárason – Shame

New track from the collaborative project of Sin Fang, Sóley and Örvar Smárason of múm and FM Belfast. It combines the individual strengths of three acclaimed musicians, blends melody drenched folk sensibilities with splashy pop beats. After releasing a new collaboration track at the end of each month in the year 2017, collected in the…

[streaming] The Catenary Wires – Mirroball

New single from The Catenary Wires, out April 16th 2021 via Skep Wax Records and Shelflife Records. “Mirrorball” takes two lonely single people, and takes them for a night out in an 80s disco.  Surrounded by divorcees and middle-aged drunks, will they be too shy to talk, or will they find some love action?  Is this going…

[streaming] Rick Treffers – Relief

Track from the forthcoming album “Looking For A Place To Stay” (due May 6th 2021). Rick Treffers (1967) is a Dutch songwriter, singer, musician and producer. Het has been releasing albums since 1995 as Mist, El Turista Optimista, Miss Universe, Girlfriend Misery and Rick Treffers. In 2018 he published his first novel (in Dutch) Ik wou…

[video of the week] Lia Pamina e Os Peregrinos – Follas Novas

The combination of Lia Pamina’s delicious voice and Charlie Mysterio’s and Roger Arias’ (Os Peregrinos) elegance and inspiration is back, to give us this small, exquisite gem. A single inspired by the work of the Galician poet and novelist Rosalía de Castro, where folk sounds, Brazilian music, and infinitely exquisite arrangements come together. “Follas Novas”…

[streaming] Wyndow – Take My Picture

Wyndow is a collaboration between Laura J Martin and Lavinia Blackwall (Trembling Bells). A set of musical postcards sent across the wires from Liverpool to Clydebank and once described by a four year old boy as a complete nightmare. Voices intertwine on a bed of homebrewed minimalism with words detailing the quiet moments. “Take My…

[streaming] Jane Weaver – Heartlow

“Heartlow” is the opening track of “Flow”, out March 5th 2021 via Fire Records. “Flock” is the record that Jane Weaver always wanted to make, the most genuine version of herself, complete with unpretentious Day-Glo pop sensibilities, wit, kindness, humour and glamour. A consciously positive vision for negative times, a brooding and ethereal creation. The…

PLANTMAN – Days Of The Rocks  (Self Released, 2020) Seguendo i lenti tempi della natura e quelli della sua ispirazione creativa, Matthew Randall torna per la quarta volta a confezionare una raccolta di canzoni dai contorni gentili e dalle sfumature dolcemente malinconiche. Lo fa quasi a sorpresa, senza nessuna anticipazione o promozione, nonostante siano trascorsi…

[streaming] Films On Song – I’m Starting To See You In A New Light

Taken from the “False Starts” EP, out now digitally (free/name your price) via Bandcamp. Films on Song are a band from Charlottesville, Virginia, making “lovely, catchy, bright, and dark” popsongs, with a late 80’s new wave / post-punk sound. After a bunch of singles, they’re released their first two EP’s in 2020: “Too True” and…

[streaming] Tim Cohen – Rage On

Taken from Tim Cohen’s sixth solo album “You Are Still Here”, out March 10th 2021 via Bobo Integral. When people muse on the quirky literate songwriter traditions of San Francisco, certain names come to mind. Garcia/ Hunter, Country Joe, Skip Spence, Jonathan Richman; it’s time to add Tim Cohen to the roll call. For more…