Nov 30, 2023

🎙️ ifitbeyourwill Ep. 21 • Otracami

Otracami aka Camila Ortiz, a visionary musician pushing sonic boundaries, seamlessly blends genres to craft a unique auditory experience. Joining me from her home in Brooklyn NY we chatted about her mesmerizing fusion of electronic beats and ethereal melodies, inviting listeners into a world where innovation meets emotion. Checkout her latest record, "touching the stove coil" out now! A true maestro, Otracami is reshaping the musical landscape. Enjoy 🎙️

Opener ‘in the car’ offers a picture of an overbearing homelife (the only time I could ever really be alone / was after dropping everybody off at home / waiting for the stop sign to turn green / blinking through the high beams”) set to a dappled rhythm, while ‘Stove Coil’ punctuates a sedate, listless lethargy with the sharp violence hinted at in the album’s title. “Spiral glowing red / on the razor’s edge,” Ortiz sings, “a sting and a sweetness / will I feel it.” A strange mixture of pain and pleasure which could represent the entire action of the record. Approaching something which will almost certainly hurt, yet glows alluringly all the same. VSF

Emerald Park • We Wasted All Our Memories • 2023

"We Wasted All Our Memories" is the second joint single by Emerald Park, Danish Daycare and The Lonely Sasquatch. The tempo is faster this time, and the song seems almost danceable. Stars or Arcade Fire could be a reference. However, the emotional mood follows the previous song with its Nordic melancholy, which is characterized by a nostalgic hopelessness.

Nov 29, 2023

Hank Tree • Sweet Saltpeter • 2023

‘Sweet Saltpeter’ is about feeling dispensable in, yet trapped by, work life, however the music contains a certain warmth, as if being licked by a campfire, while reflecting on the hardships portrayed through the lyrics, which relate to the difficult work and climatic conditions faced by workers in the saltpeter towns of northern Chile… Hank Tree is a Glasgow based project led by Fergus MacDonald (ex- State Broadcasters), also comprising Roy Shearer (Ultras, Inspector Tapehead) and Bart Owl (Eagleowl, Broken Chanter). Hank Tree's first EP was released by Chilean label Uva Robot followed up by their aforementioned debut LP.

Nov 28, 2023

Avice Caro • At The End Of The Day • 2023

A solo, fairytale-folk multimedia project, inspired by literature, philosophies, folk-tales and dream sequences, Avice Caro stands out as a true beauty and craftswoman to her style of art, surrounded by an undeniably poetic and medieval aesthetic. Now partnered with the cult label, the ethereal folkster (FFO Lana Del Rey) is set to unleash a slew of new material over the next twelve months, with a full live plot readied for the new year.

Nov 27, 2023

🎙️ ifitbeyourwill Ep. 20 • Twin Bridges

Thankful for the conversation with Zach Gerzon of Twin Bridges. From his home in Portland Oregon, we chatted about Zach’s beginnings with punk rock music, and how he ultimately found his muse in the cello. Twin Bridges is on the heels of releasing their latest record Fertile Ashes to great fanfare, combining neo-classical elements to their brand of indie pop makes for a great listen.  Enjoy 🎙️ 

Twin Bridges started as a solo project, but it has evolved into more of a band setting with Zach’s gifted circle of musician friends contributing to live shows and recordings. The cast for Fertile Ashes includes Zach on cello, lead vocals, and engineering; Kylie Mcdermot on trumpet; Julia Michel on clarinet and saxophone; Chris Lazerek on bass clarinet; Jeff Kuhns on bassoon; Margaret Wehr on violin; and additional vocalists Lindsay Clark, Erisy Watt, Jeremy Ferarra and Chloe Serkissian.

Nov 23, 2023

BMX Bandits • Setting Sun • 2023

“Britain’s ultimate cult group”, The Guardian

Setting Sun" is the first single from BMX Bandits' forthcoming album "Dreamers on The Run". "Dreamers on The Run" will be BMX Bandits twelfth studio album. Chief Bandit, Duglas Stewart started conceptualising and writing material for "Dreamers on The Run" in 2014. It was planned to be the group's most ambitious album project so far. The project was abandoned in 2015 due to Duglas going through a period of mental and physical health worries. The album will bring together material originally written in 2014 with new material created by Duglas and his current main collaborator, multi-instrumentalist Andrew Pattie. Setting Sun is a song about the unifying everyday struggles of living day to day. Musically it is classic Bandits uplifting pop but with a dark underbelly.

Devendra Banhart • Pay The Toll (Adam Green Cover) • 2023

Widely known as one half of the songwriting duo that is The Moldy Peaches, Adam Green has had a singular influence on his generation of musicians and artists since the early 2000s. From the advent of the early aughts when bands like the Strokes, The Libertines, and The White Stripes began to write the new chapter of indie culture, Adam played an essential role in helping define this new musical and artistic sensibility.

Nov 21, 2023

Aloysius Bell • That Is Me • 2023

This song is about one other thing: rest. I'm trying to get better at it, taking breaks and naps. The music video was shot on Super 8 by Montreal filmmaker Dominique Montesano and choreographed by my sister Kalliane Brémault. It features me coming home and getting up the stairs, undressing, and getting into bed.

Nov 19, 2023

🎙️ ifitbeyourwill Ep. 19 • Sarah Mary Chadwick

I had  the immense pleasure of delving into the captivating world of a truly extraordinary musician. Her name is synonymous with emotion, vulnerability, and a musical authenticity that cuts straight to the core. Sarah Mary Chadwick career spans over multiple decades, carving out a niche for herself as a singer-songwriter who fearlessly explores the depths of human experience through her music. Our conversation was truly amazing, as Chadwick's work is an emotional rollercoaster that takes you through the highs and lows of life, love, and everything in between. Her ability to weave poignant lyrics with haunting melodies is nothing short of spellbinding, leaving listeners in awe of the raw honesty she brings to each and every composition. Enjoy. 🎙️ 

Nov 17, 2023

deary • Fairground • 2023

One listen to ‘Fairground’ and I was obsessed; I met them and signed them within a couple of weeks and a few months later ‘Fairground’ became their debut single. Initially released in January, it was remixed by Saint Etienne and – when it finally appeared in physical form – went straight to Number One in the Official Charts’ vinyl singles chart.

Nov 15, 2023

scarlet lastrapes • shady little lady • 2023

"Shady Little Lady" is a fresh slice of indie-pop, from a young voice both bright and assured.

Speaking of the track, Lastrapes said, "Shady Little Lady is my own compulsion personified. I imagine she crawled through my ear one day, when I was just twelve years old. I believe neurodivergence to be sorely underrepresented in pop music, so, I tried to craft the song I wish I’d had when I was a kid, and first met Shady."

Nov 14, 2023

Sarah Mary Chadwick • Someone Else’s Baby • 2023

Cause I'm just a one time wonder
A fickle lover
On close examination made of glass
Winter or summer
Clear skies or thunder
I'm not really here I'm in the past
I'm just a star that never shined
A mountain no one wants to climb
I don't know how to live under the light
But I'm thankful that I've had
The chance to touch the souls I have
I'll take that any day in lieu of life...

Messages to God is the eighth solo studio record from Sarah Mary Chadwick. Messages to God is perhaps a more universal record in terms of its content than 2021’s Me and Ennui Are Friends, Baby, yet it is still unquestionably intimate. Like all of Chadwick’s music, the album is centered around her completely singular approach to songwriting and storytelling, delivering one of Chadwick’s most dynamic records to date.

🎙️ ifitbeyourwill Ep. 18 • Jesse Kivel

Hot off the release of his latest record, Life and Death at Party Rock, Jess Kivel is ready to welcome the world into his. As a youngest Jesse rocked it with Princeton, synthed it with Kisses and now with his latest eases the listener into his string arrangements and pastoral tempo. We have a nice chat about Jesse’s musical timeline throughout the ages and how he approached his new self-title music. Enjoy the lead track “I sat on a Ridge” at the end of the podcast. 🎙️ 

Nov 10, 2023

Ben Kweller • Her Father and Her (Adam Green Cover) • 2023

Ben Kweller's rendition of this early Adam Green classic goes all out in its production, transforming a lo-fi indie folk ballad into full on power pop! And yet with his unmistakably tender vocal chops, Kweller conveys the nuance and feeling of the original track. The two have been close friends lo these many years, and so we believe that Kweller has some hidden insight into lines like Pardon me anyone, where is the nearest shore? we're all in this together and the police are at the door. Someone do my laundry or smash me through the floor to that tropical vacation buried underneath the store . Truthfully, we hear in this version of "Her Father and Her" a pitch perfect homage, a decades long friendship, and the respect of one songwriter to another. 

Nov 9, 2023

Fenne Lily • Hollywood and Fear • 2023

Based on the idea of how love and relationships are portrayed in movies versus what they are in actuality, Fenne wrote the song after an argument with a person she loved, an argument that boiled down to whether loving each other was enough to keep them together. blast

Girl and Girl • Fight Night EP • 2023

Fight Night Records is a recording studio perched above Dutch Vinyl record store in Melbourne, established in 2015 by identical twins Harley and Delaney Stewart. Their live studio sessions have captured performances by some of Australia’s most incredible underground talent, including Grace Cummings, Folk Bitch Trio, Felix Riebl, Gabriella Cohen, Jazz Party,  Bones & Jones, and Sweet Talk.
Girl and Girl are working on new music for their full-length Sub Pop debut and have announced AU and EU shows this fall, including a festival play on November 11th at Pitchfork Music Festival in Paris. Tickets for all shows are on sale now. subpop

Fri 3 Nov - London, UK - Sebright Arms 
Sat 4 Nov - Margate, UK- Whereelse? $
Sun 5 Nov - Brighton, UK - Mutations Festival 2023
Mon 6 Nov - Southampton, UK - Heartbreakers      
Wed 8 Nov - Orleans, FR - L’Astrolabe
Thu 9 Nov - Nantes, FR - Stereolux
Fri 10 Nov - Weissenhäuser Strand, GER - Rolling Stone Beach
Sat 11 Nov - Paris, FR - Pitchfork Avant Garde
Thu 30 Nov      - Auckland, NZ - Whammy (The Others Way Pre-Party)
Fri 1 Dec - Auckland, NZ - The Others Way Festival
Wed 6 Dec - Melbourne, AU - Spaced Out Festival

Nov 7, 2023

🎙️ ifitbeyourwill Ep. 16 • Cedric Noel

Multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter Cedric Noel is a pop powerhouse! With a massive catalogue, countless collaborations and a unique pop sensibility supporting him, Cedric is a catalyst in the Montréal music scene. Joining me from his new pad in Montréal, Cedric shared wonderful stories from his very beginnings as a musician, and stories of collaborations with other iconic Québec musical figures such as Ada Lea, Michael Feuerstack and Alexia Avina. Really great chat! Be sure to listen to the track at the end of the cast, yet another collaboration, this time with Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Sean Hellfritsch (aka Cool Maritime), a stunning electronic exploratory performance. Enjoy 🎙️ 

Montreal-based artist Cedric Noel has spent the past decade creating soul-stirring pieces that muse on identity, Black beauty, and celebration. His music is informed by his unique worldview: He was born in Niger to Canadian and Mozambican/Belgian parents, spent his upbringing around the world, and is currently based in Canada.

Across the last decade, Cedric has released a number of critically praised full-length albums, EPs and collaborative works of his own, while also playing bass for acts like Ada Lea, Alexia Avina, and Dana Gavanski. This fall, he’ll be releasing a milestone piece of work, titled Hang Time.

Nov 6, 2023

POSTDATA • Look To The Stars (Live from Cape Forchu Lighthouse, Yarmouth) • 2023

"'Run Wild' is an escape into a new world of colorful sounds that will make your ordinary day feel extraordinary."
Fame Magazine

"'Try,' reflects the palpable sense of magic, possibility and light that Murphy has infused into his upcoming record, which wraps encouragement and self-discovery within a vibrant indie rock odyssey."

"Irresistibly bouncy"
Backseat Mafia

Alex Nicol • Simple Fires • 2023

"“Simple Fires” is lush, evocative of Nick Drake and the Avett Brothers under the glow of contemporary cowboy chords and primitive, passionate storytelling

Nov 5, 2023

Valentina • Deadweight • 2023

“a gauzy electronic-pop sound that suggests Arthur Russell, Tirzah, and Jamie xx, and feels more than fitting for the current moment.”

 The Guardian


“Her hypnotic, hazy voice draws you in from the first verse.” 



“The floaty vocals take you to another galaxy, somewhere far away from reality. It’s hauntingly beautiful.”  

enfnts terribles


“Valentina’s vulnerability is her strength, making her a beacon for those navigating the tumultuous waters of love, self-worth, and identity.”

Neon Music

Nov 3, 2023

Sarah Mary Chadwick • If I Have It In Me At All • 2023

“I write so many songs that there’s always some casualties, some songs that I love that don’t end up making it onto a record for reasons other than my affection for them. This is one of those songs. It’s a love song written when I felt worried that I didn’t have enough to give. And I guess that still remains to be seen.” - Sarah Mary Chadwick
Photo Credit: Stacey Siân 

Nov 2, 2023

🎙️ ifitbeyour will Ep. 15 • Jaguar Sun

One man Canadian band Jaguar Sun is the brainchild of multi instrumentalist Chris Minielly.  His approach to crafting his music is remarkable,  a truly bedroom dream pop kinda guy doing everything from writing, recording, mixing, promoting and playing all his music himself in his home studio. We had a wonderful conversation about how he builds his songs, how his music went viral and what is coming down the line for Jaguar Sun. 
🌞 Enjoy 🎙️ 

Taking inspiration from bands such as STRFKR, Youth Lagoon and Panda Bear, Minielly’s music fuses dreamlike soundscapes with alt-pop. Jaguar Sun boasts a flair for instrumentation, effortlessly balancing layered guitars with synths and vocals - a great example of how his artistic autonomy shines through when making creative decisions. lastFM