Bloc Party – Traps

To come up with new single ‘Traps’, art-rockers Bloc Party have delved back into their own archives, interrogating debut album ‘Silent Alarm’ and singer Kele Okereke’s solo output to compose a sure-fire indie club monster. The band’s line up has changed considerably in latter years, having lost and gained an entire rhythm section in 2016,Continue reading “Bloc Party – Traps”

Shame – Baldur’s Gate

Shame have come out with a nearly anti-Christmas single. The ingredients are there for a heart warming Yuletide ditty, albeit one performed by South London post-punks – jingle bells, a light melody with twinkling guitar and keys, gently coo-ing vocals. You can almost hear snow falling on pavement as the narrator trudges through wintry streets,Continue reading “Shame – Baldur’s Gate”

The K’s – Picture

One of the perils of 21st Century living, when you’re casually, nonchalantly scrolling through the instagram account of an old partner and, horror of horrors, your clumsy sausage fingers tap the screen on a picture from 36 weeks ago. You try to tap again to undo it but, in the fluster, end up sending overContinue reading “The K’s – Picture”

The Mysterines – The Bad Thing

The Mysterines keep hitting higher and higher heights of lowdown dark and gritty garage rock. In ‘The Bad Thing’, the Liverpool four-piece plumb their deepest depths yet. Frontwoman Lia Metcalfe, in a jaded, baying serenade, imagines digging up a long-dead lover from the grave in order to commit some nefarious deed. A slow burning singleContinue reading “The Mysterines – The Bad Thing”

Point A – Cross Me

Point A is alluringly mysterious. After her debut single ‘Cross Me’ appeared online at the far end of October a buzz set alight across certain reaches of the blogosphere and social media, fascinated with the composition’s strutting, self-assured confidence and determination – Point A’s own fusion of spoken word, rap and song articulating her ruthlessContinue reading “Point A – Cross Me”

Black Country, New Road – Concorde

The ascent to lofty heights of indie success for Black Country, New Road has been swift. Since forming in 2019 as part of the Brixton Windmill scene, they have already received massive acclaim from all and sundry and put out a highly revered eight track debut album ‘For The First Time’. A few short monthsContinue reading “Black Country, New Road – Concorde”

Spector – I’m Not Crying You’re Crying

Spector’s third studio album, the appropriately titled ‘Now or Whenever’, has been delayed for months after its original October release date, with blame laid firmly at the door of the current vinyl shortage, but to keep us attentive the London lads have been drip feeding us a stream of classic singles. Keyboard led ‘I’m NotContinue reading “Spector – I’m Not Crying You’re Crying”

Horsegirl – Billy

Chicago noise-pop trio Horsegirl make shoegaze indiepop music like Kevin Shields writing songs for Belle & Sebastian. Billy is a largely uncomplicated record with rolling drums, a fuzzy, repeating guitar chime and Penelope Lowenstein’s simple, lazy backing vocals. Yet Nora Cheng’s deliciously impassive vocals flip the track into a filmic dimension when she tells usContinue reading “Horsegirl – Billy”

Evan Williams – When The Shutters Rise Again

Strap Originals Two-Parter: Part 2 – Last Friday, 26th November, Strap Originals released two fantastic new singles – Vona Vella – Rainy Days and Evan Williams – When The Shutters Rise Again, and we’re bringing you reviews of them both. In the second instalment, we bring you Evan Williams – When The Shutters Rise Again.Continue reading “Evan Williams – When The Shutters Rise Again”

Vona Vella – Rainy Days

Strap Originals Two-Parter: Part 1 – Last Friday, 26th November, Strap Originals released two fantastic new singles – Vona Vella – Rainy Days and Evan Williams – When The Shutters Rise Again, so we’re bringing you reviews of them both. First up, Rainy Days by Vona Vella. Vona Vella’s second single, Rainy Days, is anContinue reading “Vona Vella – Rainy Days”