American hope: Hiss Golden Messenger ‘Sanctuary’

The song Sanctuary was written and recorded with a message of hope; fortunately many of those prayers have just been answered, giving its lyrics an added celebratory note. North Carolina folk band Hiss Golden Messenger, with M.C. Taylor at the helm, has produced a warm and beautiful slice of Americana in this atmospherically rich number….

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New single Atlantic by The Weather Station captures the mood

The Weather Station has released a new single and video called Atlantic, from forthcoming album Ignorance (5th February on Fat Possum). The Weather Station is a project lead by Canadian singer songwriter Tamara Lindeman. This latest work is intensely personal (Tamara also directed the video) and it captures the present mood of uncertainty, with climate…

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Live in Hoxton: Luca Wilding and Wassailer

A window opened briefly on a world we knew and which will come again. Being able to go to a gig – socially distanced though it was -– brought into sharp focus just what has been missing from life. It’s ultimately about the music but it’s everything else besides – the camaraderie that comes from…

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Top albums, EPs and songs for 2020

Let’s go with the positive. This year there has been a plethora of amazing new music from artists both well established and emerging. For many people, listening to music has been a lifeline to turn to in these troubled times. And with lockdown, some have been able to rediscover the pleasure of playing an album…

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Kinbote album release: Shifting Distance

Kinbote – otherwise known as found-sound sampling glitch-pop producer Matt Gibb – released a quirky and intriguing single called Hiemalis in the summer, reviewed on Gourmet Gigs. And on 4th December he launched his album called Shifting Distance. The cover of Shifting Distance features slices of scenery, tantalising but unable to be grasped and experienced in…

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The North Will Rise Again – Manchester and Liverpool festival

Following the catastrophic damage caused to the live music scene this year, two of the North’s greatest cities will come together to host The North Will Rise Again (30 & 31 January 21), a live-streamed micro festival including The Charlatans, Lightning Seeds and Red Rum Club, Ist Ist, Zuzu and LIINES. The event is the brainchild of John Robb of Louder Than War and Karl…

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Album Waves of Haste by Hjalte Ross makes its debut

The simple and rather beautiful drawing on the cover of Waves of Haste offers a hint of what awaits listeners of this new album by Danish artist Hjalte Ross, his second so far. The illustration by Kasper Eistrup is of the head of a young man – perhaps Hjalte himself. He is lying on a…

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Ed Cosens shares new single The River

Ed Cosens has just released a video for The River, the second single from his debut solo album Fortunes Favour, here it is below. A long-time lynchpin of the Sheffield music scene, best known as the guitarist and co-songwriter in Reverend & The Makers, Ed waited to make his solo debut until the time felt right. “It’s only taken…

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KIN release dreamy ‘Wander & Lost’ single and video

Interview with KIN band member Grace Strickland de Souza, on the day of the release of their new single and video Wander & Lost. Creative female-focused band KIN are keeping things rolling during lockdown. The London-based trio release the new single Wander & Lost today along with a gorgeously atmospheric video. The multi-talented band are…

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Alabaster dePlume and music to heal the soul

Alabaster dePlume has recently released To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol 1 on Lost Map Records in collaboration with Chicago-based avant-jazz label International Anthem and the Total Refreshment Centre in London. I had to check if this was the same Alabaster dePlume who sang a couple of humorous songs at a Union Chapel daytime session I attended. Although there…

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