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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Firestations: new single Reflection Spells

First recommendation of the year: a single out in late December by a band we’ve followed since their early days, the London based outfit, Firestations. The captivating new track called Reflection Spells exhibits all those distinctive elements that the band are known for: reflective dream pop charm with the soothing harmonies of Mike Cranny and…

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Frazey Ford celebrates UK tour with new track ‘Saul’

Frazey Ford now to appear at Green Man festival 2022. Fluttery, fragile yet with a quiet power, when Frazey Ford starts to sing, the vocals that emerge are something distinct and unique. The Vancouver artist sings right from the soul, her voice eloquently expressing and encompassing all the emotions of a life that has not…

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Warm Graves releases single called Neon from his next album

Leipzig-based Jonas Wehner, aka Warm Graves, is about to release his second album in seven years. He’s been in hibernation since his debut Ships Will Come, and is now entering a new phase with album Ease to be released on February 25th 2022. For now, you can sit back and take in a first glimpse…

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Nightmares on Wax new single with OSHUN

Nightmares on Wax is set to release his album Shout Out! To Freedom on 29th October and so far, things are looking very positive for the artists ninth work. Nightmares on Wax, aka George Evelyn, has revealed an impressive list of collaborative forces: Greentea Peng, OSHUN, Shabaka Hutchings, Halle Supreme, Pip Millett and more. He…

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Aftertouch: magical new album from Absolutely Free

Emerging from a misty and dreamy landscape comes the second album from Canadian outfit Absolutely Free called Aftertouch, released September 24 on Boiled Records. The band caught my attention earlier in the year with the thought-provoking single How to Paint Clouds – the second track on this new release. Absolutely Free, comprising the core trio…

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New release: Pictish Trail ‘Natural Successor’

There’s a fabulous wild energy about the new Pictish Trail single Natural Successor, bringing its joyous abandonment from the rugged landscapes of the remote isle of Eigg to festival crowds this late summer and beyond. Get out there, reconnect with your soul and dance. The stomping five minutes-long track announces itself with a steady drumbeat…

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Mark Harrison presents new album The Road to Liberty

The Mark Harrison Band have just launched their sixth album called The Road to Liberty. I met Mark at Ealing Blues Festival a few years ago where I talked to him after his set. He was charming and patiently chatted to a few of us for quite some time, discussing the beautiful National Resonator guitar…

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