The Dekkoes – ‘Divide’


London-based outfit The Dekkoes released their debut EP Divide, in the latter part of last year and today, it is the title-track that concerns us.

The roots of their approach lie in indie-pop, merged with touches of britpop thrown in for good measure and latest single, ‘Divide’ captures this in exquisite fashion. A melodic, playful and infectious confection, it bobs along bouncily to a stomping, rhythmic beat; the engine beneath tthe jangle-tastic guitar and swooning harmonies. Lively, bright and upbeat, ‘Divide’ is utterly buoyant, utterly brilliant and seemingly effortless in its pursuit of indie-pop perfection.

You can listen to ‘Divide’ – with its refreshing and an uplifting vibe – below and if that is to your liking, you can sample more of their wares here.

Lazy Day – ‘Weird Cool’


‘Weird Cool’ is the new single of the London-based lo-fi dreamy-grunge quartet Lazy Day.

Beginning life in 2014 as the solo bedroom project of Tilly Scantlebury, Lazy Day have expanded to a live four-piece band, going from strength to strength and served us with a series of superb releases. Latest single ‘Weird Cool’ is no different and spoils us in a similarly splendid style. Simultaneously biting and moody, ‘Weird Cool’ shifts along a groovy bubbling bassline and reverb-ridden, chorus-y guitars as Scantelbury’s beautiful, powerful and impassioned vocals soar effortlessly over the top. The single is aptly self-described by the band as a ‘groovy moody weird love song’, but in general terms Lazy Day are reliably brilliant and honestly heartwarming.

The single coincides with a series of UK headline shows (Bournemouth, London and Bristol) as well as Irish & UK support with Alex Lahey, including Belfast on March 30 & Dublin on April 1 – no joke. The complete list of dates are here.

For now, the only thing to do is listen ‘Weird Cool’.


Freedom Baby – ‘When We Go’


Freedom Baby – initially a Toronto-based bedroom project between Eric Reid and Brianna Bordihn – has progressed and evolved, to trade in magnificently melancholic sounds to soothe your soul.

From these humble beginnings the pair have studiously spent the past six months carefully crafting their debut EP, How You’ll Grow, which shall be with us on March 9. Ahead of its release, the pair have shared lead single ‘When We Go’. The song is an ode to the inevitability of death and dying; marked by an acceptance of the loss of loved ones but in a hopeful, grand celebratory fashion. Representing an end as well as a beginning, it seems rather apt and fitting that ‘When We Go’ is our first introduction to Freedom Baby’s forthcoming EP. A bittersweet, misty-eyed cut of orchestral-pop, it unfolds with a lonely ukulele, quickly embraced by a warm blanket of trumpet before the percussion pops up. These carefully compiled layers are allow the sparsity of Bordihn’s angelic vocals to hit home. Hovering tentatively over burgeoning orchestration, the music swells to consume you and everything else in its wake. An exquisitely crafted, compelling, captivating and emotive tune. Simply magnificent!

Listen to ‘When We Go’ below and you know, keep your eyes peeled for Freedom Baby’s forthcoming EP in March.

The Echo Bombs – ‘Pistachio Pudding’


Phoenix, Arizona trio The Echo Bombs – aka Eddie Horn, Daniel Endicott & Michael Regan – do a rather redoubtable trade in the seriously potent garage rock stakes.

They play fast, energetic and loud, something abundantly clear upon hearing ‘Pistachio Pudding’ – first single off the forthcoming second album, Pleb, penned for released in April. Musically, it’s a whirlwind of crunchy guitars, searing riffs, pounding drums and raspy vocals (decrying a seething revulsion at growing older), all clamouring for air above a sea of fuzz. There are shades of Weezer meets Fidlar, in a confection of punky, surfy, power-pop that across two-and-a-half minutes, delivers an undeniably infectious catchy and anthemic cut of garage-rock.

You can listen to ‘Pistachio Pudding’ below – as yet, there is not confirmed date for The Echo Bombs new record but watch this space.

Toledo – ‘Crane Song’


Boston-based Indie-folk foursome, Toledo are preparing to release a new album this year, ahead of which they have kindly afforded us a glimpse of what we may expect in the shape of lead single ‘Crane Song’.

Deeply melodic folk vocals are supplemented by a gently picked guitar, brush cymbals and dark choral harmonies but ‘Crane Song’ is anything but a conventional indie-folk tune. At the halfway mark the acoustic atmospheric-folk gives way to a more sunny and spritely disposition, filling the spaces with luscious, dreamy slackerish psych-pop. An absolute delight and full of surprises this one. Enjoy!

You can listen to ‘Crane Song’ and we’ll be keep our eyes peeled for news of the aforementioned new LP.