Jessie Buckley and band sing for frontline workers

It all started with a set of photographs of nurses on a Covid ward, taken by frontline worker Hannah Grace Deller. The work was shown on Grayson’s Art Club – a series presented by Grayson Perry on Channel 4 – which Chris Difford of Squeeze just happened to catch. Chris was impressed by Hannah’s work…

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Poetic drama: Sylvette release album Stiller than Still

I have to credit Chris Hawkins’ early morning show on Radio 6 Music for introducing me to the Manchester band Sylvette. The slinky, crystalline notes of their new single Kelpius cut through the early morning blur and I was instantly wide awake. Music as caffeine. The album Stiller than Still, the band’s second album, was…

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Video just released for Ed Cosens new song ‘If’

Ed Cosens of Reverend & the Makers released a single last week called If – it’s the first number from his up-and-coming debut solo album, Fortunes Favour, out on 29th January 2021. And now there’s a video to accompany the song… it is Part 1 of 4 of , a short film, to be released…

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Save Sea Change festival – crowdfunder now underway

Among those events and venues not chosen for the Cultural Recovery Fund last week was the wonderful, quirky little Sea Change Festival in Totnes, Devon. Sea Change is now in a perilous position and has had to cancel the event for 2021. A crowdfunder is now up, to help it survive and there are a…

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New Luca Wilding single: Ruby, Don’t Cry

The eagerly awaited new single by Luca Wilding called Ruby, Don’t Cry is released on October 16th. This latest track features the artists’ trademark emotive, falsetto vocals and poetic lyrics – the arrangement is beautiful in its simplicity, pulling the listener into its dreamlike quality as the tale unfolds. The song will feature on Luca’s…

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Firestations release Small Island ahead of EP Automatic Tendencies

There’s a new single just out by alt-pop band Firestations, called Small Island. The track is taken from their upcoming EP, due to be released on November 6th on the Lost Map label. Small Island is the first instalment of a new multi-EP project titled Automatic Tendencies – the first of three EPs set to be released…

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New HENGE album ExoKosm

The new album by psychedelic rockers HENGE titled ExoKosm is unleashed upon the planet today. ExoKosm is, like the band’s first album, an exploration into the extra-terrestrial, sacred sonic artform that HENGE call ‘Cosmic Dross’.  Featuring seven new tracks, ExoKosm includes HENGE’s recently-released singles Get Outta Ma House and New Planet, plus their first single, Exo. Side A…

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Review: new Kinbote single Hiemalis on Lost Map

We always pay attention here at Gourmet Gigs whenever Lost Map Records announces a new release. It is run by Johnny Lynch aka Pictish Trail from his remote island home in Eigg in the Highlands and, apart from sounding like a very appealing location, the label never disappoint with its eclectic and quirky range of…

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Passport: Back to Our Roots second wave of artists

Pet Shop Boys, KT Tunstall, Russell Watson and Passenger have pledged to play gigs for ‘Passport: Back to Our Roots’, the campaign to raise money for grassroots music venues at risk of closure. UPDATE: Jamie xx and Metronomy have been added to the line-up,  announced on BBC Radio 6 Music during the station’s ‘State Of Independence Day’. Metronomy will…

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Synthwave duo Affair are back for 2020

After eight years of silence, euphoric synthwave duo Affair release a new EP called Clouds; the single taken from it, Higher Still, dropped at the end of August. A certain amount of mystery shrouds Affair who were, nearly a decade ago, on the cusp of signing after a flurry of interest in their sound by…

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