April – Piece of Me

Ireland’s April Lawlor has put out two fantastically sultry electro-indie EPs to date, namely 2020s New Conditions and Luna. Piece of Me is release number three, produced by Low Spirits/Spector’s Fred Macpherson, co-written with Sea Girls’ Frank Colluci, and with it the stakes get raised yet again. Firmly aimed at the mainstream, the record isContinue reading “April – Piece of Me”

Vona Vella – Driving to L.A.

Driving to L.A. is a sunny, optimistic soul song with jazz. A wistful, escapist soundtrack, like a road trip to a far off place, “a thousand miles away” on a crisp autumn day with the windows down and the radio on. Izzy Davis and Dan Cunningham share entwined vocal duties as a duo, Izzy’s sweet,Continue reading “Vona Vella – Driving to L.A.”

Jaws The Shark – Cold Feet

Jaws The Shark is London (via North Devon) songwriter and one man band Olly Bailey. Cold Feet is the latest blues-punk riff-laden beast of a record from his new solo project. Drawing on The White Stripes and The Kills early 2000s garage rock revival, the song is packed with melodic hooks and turns the rawnessContinue reading “Jaws The Shark – Cold Feet”

The Mysterines – Hung Up

I wonder if The Mysterines were sat on their sofa in Liverpool one evening when The Supremes ‘You Keep Me Hanging On’ came on the radio and as a group they decided “let’s take the sentiment of this sugary Motown classic and turn it into a full throttle heavy fucking grunge rock assault”. Even ifContinue reading “The Mysterines – Hung Up”

Barking Orders In German – Free At Last

Cancelled flights, uncertain times and boredom do not sound like the obvious recipe for a punchy, glam punk stomp of a record, but those are allegedly the ingredients that helped new Munich five-piece Barking Orders In German start a band and come up with their brand new full-throttle single. They describe their output as “fuzz-riddledContinue reading “Barking Orders In German – Free At Last”

Let’s Eat Grandma – Hall Of Mirrors

Let’s Eat Grandma’s latest single Hall Of Mirrors is mystical, enchanting, pure rainbow-pop with a tinge of sorrow. The first taste of the Norwich duo’s as-yet-untitled third album is a synthesiser-soaked, electro, shimmering fairground of flashing fairy lights and whirling waltzers, backed with a pumping drum machine, proclaiming a secret, dizzying and confusing love thatContinue reading “Let’s Eat Grandma – Hall Of Mirrors”

Bandicoot – Worried Blues

Citing John Lennon, Bob Dylan and krautrock as major influences, Bandicoot‘s musical utopia sounds far further afield than their South Wales hometown of Swansea. On Worried Blues they bring their idols home with them to soundtrack life in the self-same city. With a handful of scuzzy, blues rock numbers, two of which are sung inContinue reading “Bandicoot – Worried Blues”

Idles – The Beachland Ballroom

When a band reaches a certain level of success, all the rules that applied at the start of their career are off. The fans are committed for the long term so the band can play around with their sound. This is where Bristol punks Idles find themselves as they enter fourth album Crawler. New singleContinue reading “Idles – The Beachland Ballroom”