islandman – ‘Lamani’

islandman are the Istanbul-based trio of Tolga Böyük, Eralp Güven & Erdem Başer, who have a flair for Anatolian psychedelic tones, pairing up dancefloor beats with psych-guitars, synth riffs on a bed of irresistible rhythmic grooves.

The trio are preparing to release their second album Kaybola in August, and they are warming us up with lead single ‘Lamani’ – and it’s a doozy. With ‘Lamani’ they have spliced together parts psychedelic surf rock, mildly dancey, kraut-rock grooves with sweet, sweet vocals harmonies, crafting a unique sonic brew of irresistible grooves laced with psych riffs and hypnotic reverb soaked melodies. A final lavish layer is lathered on as it is fizzed through there own unique Anatolian psychedelic prism. A swirling, melodious and harmonious infusion that blends both east and west while sitting somewhere on the spectrum between Django Django, the Beach Boys, Os Mutantes and Ennio Morricone. This is captivating and utterly hypnotic brilliance; those melodies, and harmonies especially, are divine.

Listen to ‘Lamani’ below:

Silent Forum – ‘Safety in Numbers’

‘Safety in Numbers’ is the third single released by Cardiff based Post-Punk/ New Wave outfit Silent Forum and following on from the swaggering, jerky off-kilter art-rock energy of ‘How I Faked The Moon Landing’ and ‘Robot’, ‘Safety in Numbers’ enters a much more reflective musical realm.

Teaming up with the superb Libertino Records, ‘Safety In Numbers’ is a warm and touching ode to community and ‘the importance of looking after your friends’. Sombre and touching, it braces shadowy post punk tones with flashes of uplifting, inspiring new wave, while the art-rock influence still simmers away – most pronounced with the utterly divine harmonies. Harnessing the measured and restrained power of a constant drum beat, steadily rumbling bass and melodic guitar strum, the heart-filled tale is shared through rich, sombre and moving vocals. ‘Safety In Numbers’ is wonderful; it is warm, vulnerable, honest and touching – and you will be all the better for making its acquaintance.

‘Safety in Numbers’ is out now through Libertino Records. Tune in below:



The Hannah Barberas – ‘I Like You In Blue’

Over the past 18 months or thereabouts, self-proclaimed “DIY pop partisans”, The Hannah Barberas have treated us to a steady stream of irresistible singles and EPs and in doing so, this London-based indie-pop foursome have forged a rep for home-brewed charms, with a knack for charming effervescent indie-pop gems.

Following up this early promise, the New Cross outfit have released album The Hannah Barberas Get Physical, fronted by lead single ‘I Like You In Blue’. It continues with their winning formula for crafting charming indie-pop. A light and hazy jangle is smothered with woozy and breezy vibes, creating an enchanting and addicting parcel of pop-craft that’s dripping with melody and brimming with heavenly harmonies. There’s a simplicity to their songs, they don’t over complicate things and it works like a dream for The Hannah Barberas. This is timeless indie-pop gold.

Give a listen to ‘I Like You In Blue’ below and the whole album available to stream/purchase on Bandcamp.

Trudy and the Romance – ‘That’s Not Me’

Trudy and the Romance are preparing to release their debut albumSandman, later this month and ahead of its release on May 24, the trio have released a final single ‘That’s Not Me’.

‘That’s Not Me’ is that latest in a line of sultry singles demonstrating their penchant for rich, melodic and heartfelt old-fashioned pop. It is an intoxicating single, sweet, heartfelt and imbued with a pang of nostalgia. Drifting, delicately, this wistful indie-pop ballad purrs with a rich, dripping melody and pulls hard on heartstrings as vocals croon amid the swell of lush, swooning orchestral-pop tones. It is a beautiful song plain and simple – musically and lyrically – it is warm, hazy and heart-strung. It will take a cold heart to be enamoured by this beauty. A rich and alluring blend of dreamy harmonies and dazzling pop, it is bursting with everything good pop music should be.

Listen to ‘That’s Not Me’ below and keep your eyes peeled for Sandman on May 24.

Honey Moon – ‘If I Could Only Dream’

London jangle-pop outfit Honey Moon croon their way into 2019 with new single ‘If I Could Only Dream’; and a first jangly serving since last year’s wonderful Four More From… EP.

Honey Moon have a real talent for crafting three minute plus pop gems and teaming up with Manchester’s Heist or Hit label again, ‘If I Could Only Dream’ is a joyous sunny gem that will please your ears and melt your heart. Hazy, bright and breezy, it is brimming with sinuous melodies, lilting hooks and jangly guitars. ‘If I Could Only Dream’ is quite lackadaisical for the most par but punctuated by a swelling sense of intensity vocally, which is matched by fervent riffs and pulsating percussion. This is another enchanting and whimsical illustration of classic pop-craft, Honey Moon have got a right knack for creating tunes the right side of familiar.

Tune into ‘If I Could Only Dream’ below now:

Seatbelts – ‘Capitalist Confession’

We were introduced to the joyful guitar pop of Liverpool outfit Seatbelts with singles ‘Hey, Hey Tiger!’ & ‘Content Crush’ toward the close of 2018.

The Liverpool outfit – comprised from James Madden and Ryan Murphy of Hooton Tennis Club, and Abigail Woods and Alex Quinn – are back with new material for 2019 in the shape of ‘Capitalist Confession’. Lifted from their brand new EP Please Slow Down, it showcases their devil may care patchwork of loose, experimental styles which makes them so appealing.

Drawing on the combined vocal talents of Abi Woods, Ryan Murphy and James Madden, ‘Capitalist Confession’ is a colourful slice of off-kilter, avant psych-pop as the foursome critique Capitalism’s ability to destroy an individual. A charming, playful song shaped by heart-swelling melodies and sizzling exuberance, and those rich intertwined vocals resulting in a colourful explosion of lush instrumentation and contagious quirky guitar pop, culminating with a swelling, rousing and memorable chorus.

Listen to ‘Capitalist Confession’ below and if that is to your liking, why not give the entire EP a spin here.

Strangers With Guns – ‘Problem Is You’

Strangers With Guns are a Dublin based trio who’s raucous sound is a hypnotic fusion of grunge, post-punk and early ’90s lo-fi indie-rock.

Their latest single is ‘Problem Is You’ and it captures all that this Dublin trio offer – and how. The gritty raw materials of slant-edged rhythms, searing riffs and furious percussion provide the perfect vehicle for raw, almost spoken word vocals, to hit home. There is a hint of threatening menace to ‘Problem Is You’ as it grinds and grunts its way through a murky but muscular world of riffs and distortion; much like Death in Vegas’ ‘Aisha’ duking it out with Slanted and Enchanted era Pavement. It is a strident, sharp sound that finds time for a cataclysmic climax toward the end too. A solid and encouraging opening gambit from a trio with bags of promise.

Listen to ‘Problem Is You’ below now:

Eyesore & The Jinx – ‘Swill’

Liverpool post-punks Eyesore & The Jinx introduced their wares with politically charged cacophony of pent up fury that is ‘On An Island’ back in February, and they have made a swift return with new single ‘Swill’.

Turning their cross-hairs and ire towards the peddlers of moral panic as they rail against the right-wing press, the Liverpool trio’s Eyesore & The Jinx’s latest single is as highly charged and exhilarating as its predecessor. Produced by Daniel Fox of Girl Band alongside Matthew Freeman at Fresh Goods Studio in Birkenhead, ‘Swill’ sets off at a furious, rollicking pace before settling into a jagged groove fuelled by panicky drums and bass shuffle, whilst vocalist Josh Miller barks his aggrieved fury toward, as he says himself, “the odious, perpetrators of moral panic, in all of its loathsome forms”. A frantic, caustic post-punk belter that’s nothing short of phenomenal

Listen to ‘Swill’ below:


Lauren Ruth Ward – ‘Hungry Barber’

We became increasingly aware of Lauren Ruth Ward’s brand of energetic and rowdy rock ‘n’ roll throughout 2018 with the release of her debut album Well, Hell, and string of super singles that followed.

The LA-based singer/songwriter has kicked off 2019 with a new single, ‘Hungry Barber’. Working with longtime collaborator/co-producer Eduardo Rivera, ‘Hungry Barber was born from a desire to create something different to her usual retro folk stylings of three-minutes-with-a-chorus structure that marked her debut. The result is playfully woozy song inspired by The Dodos, The Beatles, and Vali Myers. Clocking in at a minute-and-a-half it forms something of in a stream of conscience as Ward externalises the inner dialogue when chasing the night, and all amid some wonderfully woozy vibes and pleasantly buzzed guitar strums.

You can sample ‘Hungry Barber’ along with the excellent and suitably psych-influenced video below now. Ward’s debut album Well, Hell is available here too, if you fancy giving it a spin.

Ynys – ‘Caneuon’

Ynys (pronounced ‘un-iss’) is a new project from Welsh artist Dylan Hughes, ex Race Horses and Radio Luxembourg.

Ynys’ sound combines an ear for melody and playful approach to song craft, fashioned to form delicate songs that an emit an irresistible warmth amid the beautifully melancholic harmonies and off-kilter psychedelic. For his debut under the Ynys moniker Hughes has teamed up with the wonderful Libertino Records to release ‘Caneuon’, a bona fide treasure. It is an instantly lovable, mildly dizzying and waltzing psych pop song. Pairing a gentle strum and chimes with a big heart-swelling melody and big chorus that envelopes the listener into his world as Hughes’ lilting warm Welsh vocals soaring above. It’s infectious, charming and adorable, with easy-going psychedelic flourishes and classic pop twist, it is an utter joy to behold.

‘Caneuon’ was recorded in Tŷ Drwg with renowned Cardiff producer Frank Naughton and mixed and mastered by Iwan Morgan (Gruff Rhys, Euros Childs, H Hawkline, Cate Le Bon, Meilyr Jones) in Liverpool.

Listen to ‘Caneuon’ below now: