Manic Street Preachers – Rosebud

With a crackly, muffled intro, like a mysterious demo cassette found in a dusty shoe box clicking into motion on a vintage tape deck, ‘Rosebud’ is the sound of Manic Street Preachers at their claustrophobically gritty greatest. The previously unreleased track from 2001 has been chosen as the launch single for the 20th anniversary (wellContinue reading “Manic Street Preachers – Rosebud”

Wez King – We Were Young

Cheersome reflection on the changing face of solid friendship is the order of the day on Wez King’s latest record ‘We Were Young’. Reminiscing about getting into scrapes with an old pal, ending up in fights on nights out, “a puff of smoke, a white line”, all night and day partying and drinking, the singer-songwriterContinue reading “Wez King – We Were Young”

Fate Of The Sun – Rogues Gallery

Cardiff DIY recording artist Fate Of The Sun has had it with the current crop of lead politicians and on new single ‘Rogue’s Gallery’ he lines them up against the wall, along with some individuals he considers their moral kin, placing Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak, Matt Hancock, Trump and Putin next to killers Fred andContinue reading “Fate Of The Sun – Rogues Gallery”

The Big Moon – Wide Eyes

The Big Moon’s first single taken from third album ‘Here is Everything’ is a sweeping, anthemic story of finding an innocence and sense of wonder amid a time of burn out and tiredness. The bones of the song were written when the group’s main songwriter Juliette Jackson was swamped in the exhaustion of nurturing aContinue reading “The Big Moon – Wide Eyes”

Sam Fender – Alright

To mark his monumental headline gig at Finsbury Park last Friday night, Sam Fender, the Geordie king of indie, has re-released one of his favourite tracks from his ‘Seventeen Going Under’ album sessions, ‘Alright’. Missing from the finished album release and originally playing second fiddle to A-side ‘Long Way Off’, the track was put outContinue reading “Sam Fender – Alright”

Lissy Taylor – She’s a Stunner

Lissy Taylor is an up-and-coming new singer-songwriter from Stoke-on-Trent via the USA via Manchester and her new single ‘She’s a Stunner’ is an empowering guitar track about a really fucking powerful and commanding, stunning and unidentified woman. With her north-west accent preserved, Taylor’s voice has the dreamlike brittleness of Ellie Goulding coupled with all theContinue reading “Lissy Taylor – She’s a Stunner”

Cosmorat – Cool Down

For starters, this may be the only song ever recorded that uses a telephone dialling tone as percussion. Secondly, and most importantly, Cosmorat’s latest single ‘Cool Down’ is a completely fun indie emo-pop tune – a bit like Be Your Own Pet, or No Doubt before they took themselves seriously. The trio formed in Boston,Continue reading “Cosmorat – Cool Down”

Dry Cleaning – Don’t Press Me

Excellently innovative London post-punks Dry Cleaning are usually famously unfussed, frontwoman Florence Shaw delivering spoken word vocals that barely rise above the volume you would talk into a handsfree phone-mic when trying to keep inconspicuous in the quiet carriage of a train, whilst their guitars drive and clang away like the very best of them.Continue reading “Dry Cleaning – Don’t Press Me”

Damian Luke and The Sweet Beast – Mighty Muse

Damian Luke and The Sweet Beast are a brand new four piece group from Sheffield. Having only formed in March 2022 they’ve already got it together marvellously to write and record brilliant chant-along debut single ‘Mighty Muse’, a rock’n’roll demon encompassing xylophone and a boldly anthemic guitar solo. Frontman Damian Luke encourages the listener toContinue reading “Damian Luke and The Sweet Beast – Mighty Muse”

Alvvays – Pharmacist

It feels like we say this on every other review at the moment (COVID genuinely screwed everyone’s release plans up, huh) but, after a five year absence, Canada’s Alvvays are back with swoonsome new single ‘Pharmacist’. Gorgeous breathy vocals and an indie-pop melody that would fit right at home on one of Camera Obscura’s finestContinue reading “Alvvays – Pharmacist”