Tag: EP

Azure Ray – ‘Waves’ (EP review)

Azure Ray – ‘Waves’ (EP review)

Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink have been partners in crime for over two decades. As young teenagers, they launched the band Little Red Rocket, which blossomed into Azure Ray. For nearly a decade, the two would become the standard to which all dream-pop would be compared. Following the release of the lovely As Above So Below EP in 2012, though, […]

Read more ›
Jo Marches – ‘Day In Day Out’ (EP review)

Jo Marches – ‘Day In Day Out’ (EP review)

 In the three short years since Johanneke Kranendonk unveiled her project Jo Marches, she has proven to be unpredictable. At one moment, she weaves a synth-driven, disco-punk tune that echoes the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. She then quickly she spins a psychedelic-pop trip a la Tame Impala. Suddenly, she concocts an industrial-driven, krautrock-infused number. One trait, however, is common to […]

Read more ›
Belle Mare – ‘Liars’ (EP review)

Belle Mare – ‘Liars’ (EP review)

Since Belle Mare‘s birth in 2012, Amelia Bushell (vocals) and Thomas Servidone (guitar) have perfected the art of turning dream-pop into an ethereal experience. Their debut EP, The Boat Of The Fragile Mind, and album, Heaven Forget, were blissful marvels, filled with breathtaking moments. The pair along with Rob Walbourne (drums) and Sam Bartos (bass) extend their boundaries on their equally stunning […]

Read more ›
YONAKA – ‘Teach Me To Fight’ (EP review)

YONAKA – ‘Teach Me To Fight’ (EP review)

After releasing their debut single “Ignorance“, YONAKA immediately entrenched themselves as one of the UK’s most exciting new rock bands. Like Wolf Alice, INHEAVEN, and Black Honey before them, the quartet of Theresa Jarvis (vocals), George Edwards (guitar), Alex Crosby (bass/keys), and Robert Mason (drums) were reviving the lost of art of edgy, seismic indie alternative-rock. Following the release of their […]

Read more ›
Sam Valdez – ‘Mirage’ (EP review)

Sam Valdez – ‘Mirage’ (EP review)

 Approximately a year ago, Sam Valdez quietly launched her career, introducing herself with two dazzling singles – “Hours” and “Don’t Want To Be Yours Anymore”. Comparisons to Angel Olsen, The War On Drugs, and Hope Sandoval were inevitable and unsurprising since they are three of her influences. She is not, however, an imitator nor a follower, but rather she […]

Read more ›
Rookes – ‘The Game & The River’ (EP review)

Rookes – ‘The Game & The River’ (EP review)

Describing herself as a Birmingham-native but based out of London, Rookes is the indie-pop project of Jenny Bulcraig. In development since October 2016, the debut EP The Game & The River provides a worthy showcase for her talent. Opening the EP with a folk-pop feel, title track “The Game & The River” gives a sweet, slightly angry exploration of emotion. […]

Read more ›
Spielbergs – ‘Distant Star’ (EP review)

Spielbergs – ‘Distant Star’ (EP review)

Distant Star EP by Spielbergs “Have you recently had a close encounter… A close encounter with something very unusual?”, David Laughlin asks Roy Neary in Steven Spielberg’s classic, Close Encounters of a Third Kind. The film questioned whether we were alone in the universe and whether we could believe in “anomalies”. In a similar fashion, Spielbergs are asking us if we still believe in […]

Read more ›
SONTALK – ‘Act I’ (EP review)

SONTALK – ‘Act I’ (EP review)

Since the days of Chaucer to contemporary literature, film, and television, a story is often told in three acts. The first is the exposition, which introduces us to the characters and the challenges before them. The second is the “rising action” or for simplicity purposes the main events of the plot. Finally, the resolution – or climax and the denouement […]

Read more ›
Thirteen Mile – ‘Don’t Stop Never Stop’ (EP review)

Thirteen Mile – ‘Don’t Stop Never Stop’ (EP review)

There’s a trend for producers to come out from behind the mixing desk and into the spotlight. It’s gathering pace with the emergence of Thirteen Mile, the music brand of Manchester-based producer and songwriter David JL. Thirteen Mile’s debut EP, Don’t Stop Never Stop, is a collaboration with vocalist Tristan Henry, another studio man whose session vocals have appeared in […]

Read more ›
Melt Dunes – ‘Flesh’ (EP review)

Melt Dunes – ‘Flesh’ (EP review)

 Some bands make you go “wow” with their music. Then there are those make you exclaim “Hell yeah!” or “F*ck yeah!” with each release. Southampton / Portsmouth outfit Melt Dunes fall under the latter category. However, they do it in a fashion that goes against the norm. Instead of blasting anthemic rockers that get the endorphins bursting, they hammer […]

Read more ›
Lorna Dea – ‘Comfort Zone’ (EP review)

Lorna Dea – ‘Comfort Zone’ (EP review)

We’ve had Lorna Dea picked out as one to watch for some time now. Her Motown-influenced, pure-pop style delivered bubbly up-beat girl-power in her 2016 debut EP, Little Spark, and her collaboration with Jack in a Box “Got To Have You” showed an unexpected, quirky side to her work. If we saw the promise of her talent, it’s not surprising […]

Read more ›
Me Not You – ‘Reckoning 2’ (EP review)

Me Not You – ‘Reckoning 2’ (EP review)

With their 18th month birthday approaching this weekend, Me Not You, the project started by Nikki Taylor and Eric Zeiler, have developed into one of the best indie success stories in recent memory. Their debut single, “Bulletproof”, became a viral hit with nearly 5 million streams on YouTube and counting. Since that momentous day, they’ve played to sold-out venues across […]

Read more ›
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 […]

Read more ›
Kadija Kamara – ‘Nothing Left To Lose’ (EP review)

Kadija Kamara – ‘Nothing Left To Lose’ (EP review)

Kadija Kamara is an unlikely, fast-rising music star. Having won an MTV Iggy Artist of the Week poll and been featured by fashion house Fendi, the expectation is that she’s just another pop singer, electronic producer, or hip hop artist on the over-saturated top-40 train. She is none of these things. Instead, she’s completely retro, fusing ’60s and ’70s psychedelia […]

Read more ›
Quicksilver Daydream – ‘A Thousand Shadows, A Single Flame’ (EP review)

Quicksilver Daydream – ‘A Thousand Shadows, A Single Flame’ (EP review)

 The name Quicksilver Daydream evokes images of horse-drawn caravans crossing the vast deserts of the southwest USA in search for riches and a new life. These are the days when the horizon stretched for miles and uninterrupted by the resident cacti, rattlers, coyotes, and hares. The arid lands, however, have a mystique to them. They are filled with mystery […]

Read more ›
White Room – ‘Eight’ (EP review)

White Room – ‘Eight’ (EP review)

For anyone who has followed the five Brightonions who call themselves White Room for the past two years already know they are one of the most promising and underrated psychedelic bands around. While fellow Brits Temples helped usher in a new wave of neo-psychedelia, Jake Smallwood (vocals/synths), Jacob Newman (guitar), Tristan Sava (guitar/keys), Josie McNamara (bass), and Hen Sava (drums) […]

Read more ›
Bousada – ‘Shake’ (EP review)

Bousada – ‘Shake’ (EP review)

Fancy a bit of hip-hop influenced electro gorgeousness? Meet Bousada, a producer and singer/songwriter who creates everything himself in a little room in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He gets out of the little room occasionally too, performing live with a loop machine, blurring the line between DJ and performer by playing, singing, and sequencing on the spot. Shake is Bousada’s […]

Read more ›
No Vacation – ‘Intermission’ (EP review)

No Vacation – ‘Intermission’ (EP review)

Dreams, so we’ve been told, only occur while we sleep in our bedrooms. For No Vacation, the bedroom is where everything started, and now they’re living their dreams. The guitar-pop quintet have in a short period achieved a cult status within the indie community, leading them to move from their hometown of San Francisco to the music mecca of Brooklyn. […]

Read more ›
Holy Wars – ‘Mother Father’ (EP review)

Holy Wars – ‘Mother Father’ (EP review)

Courage is often associated with physical strength and daring feats. It can, however, be displayed in many other ways, such as persevering through fear, danger, or difficulty, or revealing your naked self for the world to see, hear, and critique. For Kat Leon – née Katherine Pawlak – her courage is revealed on the debut EP from her new project, Holy […]

Read more ›
Miya Folick – ‘Give It To Me’ (EP review)

Miya Folick – ‘Give It To Me’ (EP review)

Few artists today can consistently and simultaneously devastate and challenge listeners. These artists’ stories elicit such strong emotions that after the songs end you need to collect yourself. PJ Harvey, Angel Olsen, Feist, Sharon Van Etten, TORRES, and Julien Baker are just some of the examples. Miya Folick is another one. While she has yet to achieve the fame of […]

Read more ›