The Besnard Lakes launch their redemptive new album

The Besnard Lakes don’t make things easy for themselves, publicity wise. The new album which launched on January 2021, The Besnard Lakes are The Last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings isn’t a title that fits neatly into social media posts, as well they know. But the Canadian outfit don’t particularly care – nothing is going…

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Lumer launch EP The Disappearing Act

There’s been a surfeit of talented young bands coming out of Yorkshire’s towns and valleys – such as Working Men’s Club, The Lounge Society and Fehlt. And local venues such as The Trades in Hebden Bridge, Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, and Todmorden’s Golden Lion have been instrumental in supporting their burgeoning talent. Lumer are…

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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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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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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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As We Leave release new single from upcoming EP

Psych-pop Isle of Wight band As We Leave have just released a new single from their upcoming debut EP, Everything to a Point, which will be released on 13 November 2020. The new track is called Hope That Kills, a melancholy and thoughtful number with a floaty, wistful feel. It certainly displays the maturity of…

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Hjalte Ross shares latest track Thinking About You

If you haven’t heard Danish singer songwriter Hjalte Ross before, Thinking About You, his latest track, is a good place to start. Opening with an upbeat blast of brass that gives way to Ross’s surprisingly deep and soulful vocals, the path leads you further on into a gorgeously expansive piano section. Thinking About You takes…

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