New Single Rarely Been So Long by As We Leave

Isle of Wight band As We Leave has a new single out called Rarely Been So Long. On its surface there’s a sun-dappled, lazy summery aura going on as it opens on a gentle scene-setter: a guitar chord gently thrumming. This hazy confection has a nostalgic feel, the vocals revealing a wistful quality, uncertainty in…

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Pictish Trail head out on tour

Pictish Trail have plenty of tour dates lined up for this year, including some festival appearances – Green Man festival features, as always. Walk the Line and Lost Map present: Leyline Shows in South West of England with support from Lost Map artist Bas Jan, plus a DJ set by Guto Pryce of Super Furry…

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Keston Cobblers Club: Lullaby for the Wide Awake

For anyone struggling with insomnia, this new song may help. Lullaby for the Wide Awake is written by vocalist Julia Lowe of folk outfit, the Keston Cobblers Club. She suffers from insomnia herself and the song was written to help those of us who find themselves staring at the ceiling at 3am, turning minor niggles…

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Sylvette announce track Marble Stone and gigs

Manchester-based band Sylvette have announced a new track called Marble Stone, which was released on Monday 25th. It is from their upcoming third studio album. In keeping with their music released so far, it’s very atmospheric and imaginative – Marble Stone is accompanied by rich strings and delicate vocals. The band describe it as “using…

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Jo Schornikow new release ‘Lose Yr Love’

Jo Schornikow releases Lose Yr Love, a shimmering beauty of a track, and the second share from her upcoming album. In common with her recent release, Visions, reviewed here, this song has a feel of War on Drugs. Lose Yr Love is Schornikow’s exploration of “fear and beauty in loss” which “grew from a real-life…

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The Battery Farm release ‘We’re At The Top’

We’re At The Top is the closing track from The Battery Farm’s 2nd EP Dirty Den’s March of Suffering. It is a song about “loneliness and a song about forgotten people”. Unsurprisingly, it’s suffused with melancholy – but so heartfelt and so raw it stopped me in my tracks. It’s a beautifully paced number, commanding…

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Vanishing Point: Richard Walters and Pølaroit

Sometimes a fusion between two seemingly different and disparate elements can produce something that radiates a new and unique energy. The newly released track Vanishing Point is a case in point. One half of this collaboration is Richard Walters: solo singer songwriter and a band member of LYR with poet laureate Simon Armitage. He teamed…

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Alabaster dePlume new song ‘Mrs Calamari’

There’s a lot of music out there designed to bring down the heart rate, still the breathing, calm the soul and send you to a pleasant and nourishing place. There is one artist, an eccentric, caring and exotic being, who has made work which definitely has this effect: Alabaster dePlume, poet performer has previous form…

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Jo Schornikow new release ‘Visions’

Australian singer-songwriter and pianist for Matthew Houck, aka Phosphorescent, Jo Schornikow has created an album of alt American indie which ‘explores the complexities and loneliness of motherhood’. Our first peep is this beautiful track called Visions. The new album is called Altar, to be released on May 20, via Keeled Scales. With woozy, reverby guitars…

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New single by Elephant Stone: La Fusée du Chagrin

New material from Montreal psychedelic band Elephant Stone always gives my heart a lift. I was captivated when I first saw this band at The Lexington at a psych night back in 2011, and a few nights later at the much-missed Bull & Gate in Kentish Town. Rishi Dhir‘s sitar playing is mesmerising and adds…

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