"The song was started and finished at two different stages of a relationship - at the very beginning and at the end. The first verse and choruses were written in the early throes of passion, and then finished 6 months later as the relationship was fading."
"Chaos" is off of his debut album, "Everything has been done by now, so now, everything is possible…" released in April of this year with a sparkling early premiere on Jammerzine. An exploration of heartbreak and deep emotion, the indie-rocker calls it "A maximalist piece of art & work, full of ideas & doubts, drive & blockage, through which I expressed all I wanted to say at the time."
‘Southern Ocean’ is the glorious new single from New York duo The Forms. The first release in a decade from the Queens based band, the track was recorded by Steve Albini, who has recorded both of The Forms’ albums to date: their Pitchfork lauded debut ‘Icarus’ and their critically acclaimed, self-titled sophomore album. The last taste of new music from the group prior to ‘Southern Ocean’ was the 'Derealization' EP, that featured The National’s Matt Berninger on vocals, as well as Shudder To Think’s Craig Wedren. Over the course of these releases, The Forms were invited to share the stage with an incredible collection of artists including St. Vincent, Nick Cave, The National, Dizzee Rascal, The Hold Steady, Kurt Vile, Jose Gonzales, Deerhunter and Bat For Lashes.
He teams up with Haich Ber Na, one of the most promising emerging artists out of the UK, and Shay Lia, Kaytranada’s protégé who’s based in Montreal. Resolutely pop, while naturally incorporating some glitchy French Touch vibes, the track is sonic sunshine and perfectly suited to soundtrack summer barbecues in the months ahead.
Born in Montreal, studying in Brussels, confined to Paris, Peter Pan Pan reflected on some memories during this global break. To escape the loneliness of a too-small studio, he sings on his bed, enlarges the walls with synthesizers, invoking the melancholic pop of Radiohead or Eels, the excitation of Animal Collective or MGMT. A first EP like an invitation to dance, to dream, and carelessness.
“Bouncy indie melodies and gigantic pop hooks” DIY
“Wistful, effervescent music that brims with youthful exuberance” The Line Of Best Fit
US indie heavyweights Hippo Campus return with sparkling new cut ‘Bad Dream Baby’ and announce their ‘Good Dog, Bad Dream’ EP, out August 6th via NYC indie label Grand Jury (Samia, Twin Peaks, Jordana, Native Sun).
“Tip Toe is the first single to be released from our debut album & was written last winter in lockdown. I had blown an eardrum & was trying to record music still but needed to sing as quietly as possible to avoid further damage, which resulted in singing most of the song in a very relaxed falsetto style. This change in vocal delivery altered the album's direction down a much chiller path.
Due to the isolation at the time the band was unable to meet up & write together but I was lucky enough to collaborate with powerhouse vocalist Hollie Joyce from separate houses. I wrote the core structure of the track & had Hollie put her spin on it. I then cut up & moved her vocals around to create a bit of a lo-fi dance vibe.”
Golden Doubt is carried by shimmering guitars and the harmonizing vocals of members Holly Thomas and Bella Quinlan. Elevated by the production of Matthew Redlich (Holy Holy, Husky, Ainslie Wills), the record explores what comes after grief, and how we throw ourselves back into love. As Nicholson explains, the album tries to bottle “the rush of feelings and fears when you give in to falling for someone. It’s also an album in love with other albums, and the other bands around us.”
Already firm favourites on Scottish turf, the band have become accustomed to selling out venues like St Lukes in Glasgow and The Water Rats in London in a heartbeat.
Returning in 2021 with a euphoric new track loaded with a timeless indie quality, frenzied guitar solos and a chorus that’s begging to be sung out loud; expect to hear “Dreams, Schemes & Young Teams” igniting the crowds as they take to the stage at TRNSMT Festival this Summer.
"The quartet’s sound is steeped in ’90s nostalgia, with heavily layered guitars and melodic hooks. There are hints of Nirvana throughout Superbloom’s upcoming album, but the lush chords on “Pollen” give off a distinct early Smashing Pumpkins vibe. Fans of modern acts like Silversun Pickups and Nothing should also take note."- Consequence
"'Wide Eyed Elk Ensemble' is a vivid, poetic encounter with a talent operating on his own terms..."- CLASH
"...breezy, rustic, big-hearted indie folk songs that should appeal to fans of Lord Huron, Manchester Orchestra, and other stuff of that ilk."- Brooklynvegan
"....rustic, folky and achingly, emotionally beautiful."- Riff Magazine
"The five-song indie folk rock release mixes surprising modern pop elements with his mellow sound."- Orange County Register
“…alongside down-and-out saints with vigour like Townes Van Zandt, Elliott Smith and The Cure, Mansfield sears vivid scenes rooted in hardship, drinking, despair and fear of losing love into the psyche…..yet at all times he does so with a hand on his pop pistol, ready to blast completely into smithereens what, on paper, would look like just another hushed singer-songwriter on a downer” -Drowned In Sound
"Francis Lung turns dark emotions into bright and welcoming songs" ****
"This makes hangovers sound heroic"
– The Guardian
"Gorgeously jangling, falsetto-led indie-pop"
– The Times
“Richly detailed second full-length album from Manchester smart-pop luminary” ****
"Blondes Have More Fun" finds the artist fusing glorious, glass-half-full melodies with twinkling piano and heartfelt acoustic guitar. It's another exploration of this new sonic approach for Lung that takes inspiration from the work of Harry Nilsson, Stephin Merritt, Maurice Deebank (Felt), etc, whilst thematically it touches upon Lung's newfound sobriety – a topic pertinent to the new album – and ideas of wanting to escape.
‘The only true twee pop heirs to Belle and Sebastian’
‘A beacon of stability within the tumultuous confines of the indie pop world’
‘If all your childhood stuffed animals got together and started a band, it would sound like The Boy Least Likely To’
Rolling Stone Magazine
‘The naive charm of Huckleberry Finn and the sticky sweetness of Hubba Bubba’
Indie pop legends The Boy Least Likely To make a timely return with brand new happy-go-lucky summer anthem ‘Things Are Looking Up’ out now independently. ‘Things Are Looking Up’ is a bubbling indie pop floorfiller reminiscent of Orange Juice, Dexys Midnight Runners and Bananarama.
The sun is also shining behind the scenes: in the Netherlands the renowned Friendly Fire has added The Haunted Youth to its international roster (booker buddies with Slowdive!), and the band has a residency in the wonderful Muziekgieterij in Maastricht to look forward to. Meanwhile south of Belgium booking agent A Gauche de la Lune (Balthazar, K’s Choice, Girls in Hawaii) is setting things in motion in France.
One of Scotland’s best-kept musical secrets, Charlie Clark is a multi-talented songwriter, musician, promoter and more. First rising to prominence as a founding member of acclaimed Glasgow indie-pop foursome Astrid, Clark has been a pro-active presence in the underground music scene for over two decades. From his role in Scottish supergroup The Reindeer Section to his own projects Broken Arrow and MJ12, Clark has earned a cult status amongst public and peers alike, becoming a go-to guest musician to the likes of Mogwai, Arab Strap and Snow Patrol in the process.
UPCOMING LIVE EVENTS
28th May - Astrid Facebook livestream @ 8pm
29th May - An Lanntair Courtyard Stornoway (outdoor solo show)
As dense and foreboding as it is intricate and meditative, the music Automotion create is rooted in process; looped guitar lines provide mesmerising structures on which the rest of the intense instrumentation is built. These rolling guitar phrases, which tonally wouldn’t sound out of place on a Pixies record, are often juxtaposed with spoken word vocals, reminiscent of minimalist composer Steve Reich - one of the band’s key influences.
LUMP – the product of London singer-songwriter Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay of the band Tunng...Half cute, half dark and creepy, the songs Marling and Lindsay create as LUMP are unlike anything from either of their respective other projects. Marling’s lyrics are spontaneous, immediate, and playful (she drew heavily on her interest in psychoanalysis). Meanwhile Lindsay creates an accessible electronic palette that borders on psychedelic. ‘Animal’ was recorded at Lindsay’s home studio in Margate, Kent and primarily constructed around his Eventide H949 Harmonizer, the same pitch-shifter David Bowie used on 'Low.'
The catchy new glam rock track comes packed with shimmering keys, a driven drum beat, and gritty vocals, as Moales delivers lines like, “But when I heard you holler,/ I knew I was too late/ Now I’m waiting in a diner for the bloodhounds of fate.” The accompanying video comes packed with colourful, flashy shots of Moales performing along to the track beneath bright, captivating graphics.
"The song is built around a cascading piano figure that while sonically upbeat, lyrically carries more ominous tones"
"Moles drops a big-hearted DIY mix that renders the fantastical imagery of glam with a crushing electro-pop wave."
"The catchy new glam rock track comes packed with shimmering keys, a driven drum beat, and gritty vocals"