NANCY – ‘Orange Yellow Orange’

Based in the North East of England, NANCY have demonstrated an enigmatic talent with a propensity for audacious sonic adventures that are anything but conventional.

More accustomed to frenzied blasts of art-rock meets post-punk steeped-in-psychedelia, on this occasion NANCY affords us a glimpse at a softer side with synthy single ‘Orange Yellow Orange’. It is a woozy little jam that will lull you into a trance with its seductive melody and laidback tranquility. Basked in a hazy glow, lush synths and pillowy soft percussives provide the perfect environment for the soothing and transfixing whistle to whisk you away before hushed vocals flutter into view. ‘Orange Yellow Orange’ is hazy, gentle and swoons with a heart melting melody doused with a tinge of beautiful melancholy.

‘Orange Yellow Orange’ offers us a glimpse into forthcoming EP ‘Happy Oddities’, which is out on August 7.

Neurotic Fiction – ‘Happy Goth’

Neurotic Fiction are Bristol-based outfit with a penchant for fast-paced, frantic, jerky and melodic post-punk sounds.

The foursomes latest release, EP Romance, is something of a bittersweet moment. Yes, it is a wonderful blast of jerky, agitated guitar pop but it marks their final bow, as they go their separate ways. Across the four tracks the EP offers us a short but precise insight to the magical allure of Neurotic Fiction’s sound and if there is one track that encapsulates their harmonic balance between frenzied guitar heroics and resplendent, intricate pop craft and ear for melody and the catchiest of hooks, it is EP closer ‘Happy Goth’. Propelled by relentless driving bass and urgent drums, jerky riffs and reverb-drenched surfy guitars collide to provide a twitchy and agitated backdrop. In lesser hands, the juxtaposition of this with the sunnier, lush and dreamy vocals probably wouldn’t work but thankfully Neurotic Fiction nail it.

Listen to ‘Happy Goth’ below, a standout from a superb EP (which is here). It’s a shame to see them ride off into the sunset…..

Mofer – ‘Across the Border’

Mofer are a German post-punk trio with a penchant for rough, raw and immediate sounds rooted in 80s and 90s indie and post punk vein.

The trio’s latest single ‘Across the Border’ is a perfect encapsulation of their sound. A bit indie, a bit post-punk, a bit alt-rock and a bit rough around the edge it – this coarseness is not to be confused with lacking skill. The gritty raw materials of slant-edged rhythms, chugging riffs and distortion provide a perfect vehicle for the sullen yet reflective vocals. It is a compelling jam filled with menace, noise and melancholy, and also ear pleasing melodies.

Listen to ‘Across the Border’ below:

Slim Tin Fox – ‘Feed Me’

We were introduced to Slim Tin Fox‘s energetic and no nonsense rock ‘n’ roll with ‘Molly’ toward the end of last year and the Dublin-based foursome are back with double a-side ‘Feed Me’ & ‘Hometown Blues’.

‘Feed Me’ continues in the same vein as before; it is a thrilling blend of indie, rock, blues, garage, post-punk and punk. Vocals snarl, delivered with a rasp while brash and muscular rhythm rumbles below a deluge of meaty riffs, guitars and feedback. It is powerful, all-action jam delivered with a swagger and an ear for a hooky tune. All this is just a long winded way of saying this foursome from Dublin have come up with yet another thrilling tune.

Listen to ‘Feed Me’ below now:

Introducing: Tallulah.

Tallulah. is a 19 year old artist and musician from Oakland, California who delights, excites and enthralls with her indie-meets-dream-pop stylings.

Tallulah’s propensity for bouts of mesmerising melodic dreaminess is born out on debut EP Revert; a three-track introduction to these delectable talents. ‘Day Job’ is hazy and melodic as a synth gently pulses alongside the steady grooving drumbeat  while the shimmering twang and woozy atmospheric swirl creates a lush and alluring elixir for the hushed, dreamy and nonchalant vocals to thrive. ‘Hysteria’ is the most bristling indie-rock type of the three. Those now signature dreamy vocals float gracefully above a haze of mild fuzz and distortion as a propulsive riff ushers us forward through a sea of lush shimmering synth and swirling hazy atmospherics. ‘Here’ is a woozy subtle, spellbinding and lush sea of textures, soft-edged synths, blissed out tones and flourishes of dreamy psych-folk. It bubbles along a rippling rhythm as guitars shimmer and chime and synths twinkle with a lapping groove growing and swelling with intensity as   Tallulah’s smooth, light and mellifluous voice breezes above, as per usual.

Taken individually, each of these are fabulous singles in their own right but taken collectively the offer even more – a wonderful introduction from an artist we’re hopefully hearing a lot from soon.

Tune in below:

Jacqueline Tucci – ‘Sweeter Things’

Jacqueline Tucci is a Toronto-based musician who is preparing to release debut EP, Jungle Sounds later this year.

Having provided a superb intro with debut single ‘Fear’, Tuccii has released a second single from the forthcoming EP, Jungle Sounds. ‘Sweeter Things’ is born from feelings of frustration at so many things that are happening around her and in the world, ‘Sweeter Things’ is about having a voice and wanting to use it through music, but feeling pressure to not step on any toes and to not say things that might make people upset. It is a powerful and passionate jam that’s bristling with a defiant tone as crunching guitars, meaty riffs and bounding beat cut a swathe through the fuzz and feedback with Tucci’s powerful vocals soaring above. It is a huge tune that while meaty, raw and powerful, there is deftness to it too as it once again demonstrates Tucci’s brilliant ear for melody, a catchy chorus and lyricism.

Check out ‘Sweeter Things’ below – it will not disappoint.

Colorama announce new album; shares ‘And’ & ‘Dusty Road’

Following a break of three years, Colorama is back with news of a new album, Chaos Wonderland, which will be released July 31, 2020.

Now, three years isn’t an unusually long gap but Carwyn Ellis, the brains behind Colorama, has spent the intervening time focused on his other Carwyn Ellis & Rio 18 and in doing so released last year’s finest record; Joia! (Welsh psych meets Brazilian pop).  Back on Colorama duties Ellis has teamed up with American producer Shawn Lee for the new record and in advance of its release at the end of the month, have share two sublime cuts to get us in the mood. First up, ‘And’, is a shimmering, slo-mo 60s-inspired psych-soul groover. It gently swaggers along a super seductive groove while hushed, hazy vocals drift above the distorted guitar shimmerings, bittersweet organ, and cymbal-heavy drums. Meanwhile ‘Dusty Road’ is just a big on the grooves while psychedelic & spaghetti western in tone. It gentle bobs along a groovy beat, fuzzy guitar strum and sitar twang while the hazy melodic vocals drift breezily above. Amid the twangy haze there emanates a sense of dangerousness and outlaw vibes.

Two magnificent reasons to be excited for ‘Chaos Wonderland’ on July 31, 2020.

Sprints – ‘The Cheek’

Sprints are Dublin-based post-punk foursome of Karla Chubb (vocals/guitar), Colm O’Reilly (guitar), Sam McCann (bass) and Jack Callan (drums).

Together, Sprints create a raw, raucous and potent post-punk sound – one filled with a ferocious blend snarling vocals, driving rhythms, meaty riffs, swagger and noise. The aforementioned attributes are captured perfectly by their latest single ‘The Cheek’; re-released as part of  Nice Swan Records’ monthly singles club. ‘The Cheek’ is loud, confident, and defiant. Driven by a fierce and propulsive bass line, it grabs you from the off and refuses to relent as it swaggers along barrelling drumbeat. Guitars rumble, buzz and crunch amidst the hail of noise and feedback as Chubb’s vocals increase their bite, growing increasingly defiant, leading the charge to an electrifying climax. A huge, thrilling and furious jam, delivered with a swagger and laced with sarcasm, ‘The Cheek’ tackles sexuality head on.

An absolutely massive tune, listen ‘The Cheek’ below:

Laughed the Boy – ‘Thirde’

Comprised of brothers Chris and Sean Panacci and Brennan Hrehoruk, Toronto-based indie trio Laughed The Boy have made a name for themselves in embracing and exploring a genuine love of unpretentious 90’s nostalgia.

The Canadian trio’s two albums to date – Here is Fine and Change of Scenery – are marvellous and littered with easy going tunes filled with catchy melodies and fuzzy guitars; a trend, along with  ear for melody and affection for 90s nostalgia, that continues with new single ‘Thirde’. It bobs along a gently undulating and merry groove as guitars jangle and shimmer while sweet and charming vocals roll breezily by. ‘Thirde’ is a sunny, shimmering and delightfully catchy earworm that will be spinning around your heads for days and days. No word on whether this is a stand alone single or we can expect an EP or LP in the future but for now, just enjoy the wonderful charming delights of ‘Thirde’.

Listen to ‘Thirde’ below:


Springfield Elementary – ‘Doctor Doctor’

Springfield Elementary are Manchester-based post-punk powerhouse comprised of Billy Goodwin (Vocals/Guitar), Brad Lewis (Lead Guitar), Liam Moffat (Bass) and Chris Tomkinson (Drums).

The foursome introduced their raw, raucous and thrilling sound with singles ‘Machine Fiend’ and ‘Five Second Rule’ – a fierce and fearsome blend of post-punk and garage-rock. With their new single ‘Doctor Doctor’ Springfield Elementary continue to explore the punk and psych realms of their sound with thrilling results. It is beautiful carnage as a huge wall of fuzzed-up guitars, meaty riffs, muscular drums and big bassy sounds combine over what is a very catchy groove while powerful, gritty vocals soar high above.  It is a massive tune, exhilarating and bursting with vitality and will have you headed straight for repeated plays.

‘Doctor Doctor’ is out now on Detention Records, and available from the usual haunts: