Tag: England

mastersystem – ‘Dance Music’ (album review)

mastersystem – ‘Dance Music’ (album review)

Fans of Frightened Rabbit, Editors, and Minor Victories know that these great UK bands are more associated with the new wave of indie rock. Their approaches are more melodic in their orientation – or in the case of Minor Victories more shoegaze-y. In a live setting, however, they’ll occasionally unfurl an unexpected guitar solo or menacing riff. A mood-swaying gig, […]

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Tazmin Barnes – ‘Powerful’ (EP review)

Tazmin Barnes – ‘Powerful’ (EP review)

Achieving chart success with a debut EP is remarkable. Getting there again with a sophomore release can be trickier. Often the best material, honed over years of writing and playing live, gets consumed by the debut. Tazmin Barnes‘ new EP, Powerful, avoids the sophomore trap. Four distinctive yet unapologetically pop tracks display her vocal energy alongside mature songwriting. It’s not […]

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Ola Szmidt – ‘EP1’ (EP review)

Ola Szmidt – ‘EP1’ (EP review)

 Polish-born and York-based Ola Szmidt offers uniquely soulful dream-music. Threading vocal improvisations through exquisitely constructed musical loops, she deliver a delicious melange of sound. Sit back, relax and be transported to somewhere blissfully strange through her debut album, EP1. Headphones are definitely recommended. Opening track “Autumn”, atmospheric and absorbing, introduces Szmidt’s mesmerising vocals, arranged with artistry that seems simple […]

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Sharon Lazibyrd – ‘Opium Of The Masses’

Sharon Lazibyrd – ‘Opium Of The Masses’

Contemporary folk draws influences from all over, and none more so than the work of Sharon Lazibyrd, previously one half of duo The Lazibyrds. Calling on musicals, music hall and everything from Julian Cope to English folk, Sharon’s EP Opium Of The Masses showcases her beautifully naive vocal style, layered, traditional arrangements and compelling story-telling. It’s no surprise to find […]

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Tourists – “Masquerade” (single premiere)

Tourists – “Masquerade” (single premiere)

UK band Tourists may well look back on 2016 as their breakthrough year, achieving acclaim from influential tastemakers (like us!), radio airplay and stage-space to showcase their music. So the pressure is on to maintain the momentum in 2017. Less than a month into the New Year, Tourists are claiming 2017’s dream-pop zone with “Masquerade”, a six-and-a-half minute, atmospheric epic […]

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Daughter – “Not To Disappear”

Daughter – “Not To Disappear”

Over the last few years, Daughter have reached popularity that lead singer Elena Tonra probably never conceived when she started performing as Daughter in 2010. However, her stark, honest music resonated with many music fans around the world. Their 2013 record If You Leave is an amazing record, and one of the best of that year. In 2016, the London-based […]

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REVOLUTION – The Shoegaze Revival

REVOLUTION – The Shoegaze Revival

It’s really incredible to look at the state of shoegaze within the last year. Seeing bands like the reunited Slowdive headlining festivals all around the world, and an incredible revival of the genre as a whole have positioned this year to be one of the best for the genre. Ear to Ear Records, a new Welsh-Canadian label, have put together […]

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Marika Hackman – “We Slept At Last”

Marika Hackman – “We Slept At Last”

Marika Hackman’s debut full length, We Slept At Last, is beautiful and haunting and, on first listen, a subtle folk rock album. When looking for an artist to compare Hackman, Laura Marling will come to mind, which is fitting since they are reportedly friends, but you also can hear the same lush dynamics that made Luluc’s phenomenal 2014 album, Passerby, so […]

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(A Very Quick) Interview with the UK’s Shannon Wardrop

(A Very Quick) Interview with the UK’s Shannon Wardrop

Shannon Wardrop is an up-and-coming geetar-pop sensation from the UK. Heavily influenced by The Kinks, Rolling Stones, and dare I say a bit of Buzzcocks, she’s a cross-generational mixture of great sounds. Playing a mean guitar, and singing like an angelic demon (you read that right), she mixes vibes effortlessly, coming up with a unique and special blend of rock […]

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