Simen Mitlid – ‘Murders’

Simen Mitlid is a Norwegian singer-songwriter hailing from the woodlands of Os, has a proven himself a precocious talent for lush, dreamy indie-folk; a statement given great clout by two sublime albums – 2017’s Everything is the Same & 2019’s Neutral.

And not long since ushering the latter into the world, Mitlid is back with delectable offerings from a forthcoming new album Birds. Mitlid shared the beautiful ‘Weeks’ and gorgeous title track, ‘Birds’ earlier this year and now it is the turn of ‘Murders’. It is another carefully crafted and sincere indie-folk ballad. Mitlid’s lilting vocals, serene and tender, rise gracefully above the softly plucked guitar, twinkly tones and gushing haze. It is yet another charming, heartwarming and utterly bewitching slice of indie-folk – Mitlid’s calling card.

Listen to ‘Murders’ below and the new album is expected in the Autumn.

Eoin Dolan – ‘June Hope’

Whenever Galway musician and singer-songwriter Eoin Dolan, one of Ireland’s finest talents as it goes, releases new material it is a great day.

Following on from last year’s Commander of Sapiens – Dolan’s third album to date – new EP June Hope is a gentle, carefully crafted collection of psych-inflected indie-pop. Dolan has a remarkable ability for crafting sci-fi-tinged surf pop, marrying heartbreaking melodies and gentle instrumentation, sadness with beauty and interstellar psych-pop exploration – and this signature sound is all over ‘June Hope’. Breezy, light and thoughtful, it charts a journey from youth to young adulthood through the prism of seasonal change. It is woozy and dreamy as it drifts along a gently waltzing groove flanked by Dolan’s breezy air and twinkly guitar, while radiating a sense of hopeful optimism. As always, Dolan has delivered an absolute treasure.

Listen to the single below and check out the David Boland aka New Pope crafted video – the EP is here too.


Simen Mitlid – ‘Birds’

Simen Mitlid is a Norwegian singer-songwriter hailing from the woodlands of Os, who has a proven precocious talent for lush, dreamy indie-folk.

This assertion is given great weight by two sublime albums – 2017’s Everything is the Same & 2019’s Neutral – and not long since ushering the latter into the world, Mitlid is back offering delectable offerings from a forthcoming new album Birds. Mitlid shared the beautiful Weeks’ earlier in the year and now is the turn of title track, ‘Birds’. A gorgeous acoustic ballad about black metal, skateboarding, life, birthdays, dying and yeah, birds. Mitlid’s lilting vocals, imbued with warmth and tenderness, rises gracefully above the serene  sea of softly plucked guitar and lush choral-esque backing harmonies, as it slowly swells to a stirring and heartfelt crescendo. It is yet another charming, heartwarming and utterly bewitching slice of indie-folk – Mitlid’s calling card.

Listen to ‘Birds’ below and the new album is expected in the Autumn.

Martha Ffion Announces New Album; shares ‘After the Fact’

Glasgow-based Irish singer-songwriter Martha Ffion (aka Claire McKay) has returned with a wonderful new single ‘After the Fact’.

Working with the excellent Lost Map Records again, ‘After the Fact’ is the first taste of from her forthcoming much-anticipated second album Nights to Forget, which will be released on August 14, 2020.

Ffion’s 2018 debut LP Sunday Best is a beautiful record, filled with gleaming guitar-pop, wistful-ballads, swooning sixties inspired indie-pop and touches of folk & country, and being as it was one the finest records of that year, the expectancy levels for its follow-up are set rather high. New single ‘After the Fact’ is magnificent; it is a glorious ray of gleaming indie-pop with an underbelly of melancholy and disquiet. A fractured pop song, Ffion’s honeyed lilting vocal is juxtaposed by the stuttering groove interspersed with angular riffs and stabs of off-kilter guitar, and the results are a glorious. This captures all that is greatest about Martha Ffion’s work in just three-and-a-half-minutes – a marvelous songwriting wrapped with bittersweet indie-pop.

Check out the new single below – and keep the eyes peeled for the new record coming in August:


Campfire Social – ‘Speak Louder

North Walian five-piece Campfire Social trade in lavish, heart-melting folk-tinged indie-pop; a sound brimming with charm, sweet seduction and heavy on hooks you could hang your hat on.

The brand new single ‘Speak Louder’ clearly and concisely parades the endearing nature of their charming, country tinged jangle. Abounding with colour, charm and melodic sweetness, beautiful lilting vocals and soaring choruses glide above the hazy meander, whisking us away on a sojourn to warm and swooning sliding guitar-led alt-country world of lush sunshine, carefree abandon and end of summer sweetness. ‘Speak Louder’ is colourful, charming, super sweet and bursting with passion – and utterly irresistible.

Listen to ‘Speak Louder’ below, you will not be disappointed. Also, check out ‘Isolation Song’ (Lockdown Session 2020 aired on BBC Radio Wales) over here – it too, is sublime.

Michael Clark – ‘Winter Song’

UK musician Michael Clark has shared ‘Winter Song’, half of a double A single that will be released in its entirety on May 1.

‘Winter Song’ is a gentle, woozy wander, that strolls along meandering melodies and whimsical wondering, through a hazy and melancholic atmospheric world. A gently glistening strum, snappy snare and twinkly synth are intricately woven through the cloak of swirling mist while lilting, heartfelt vocals depict rich vein of imagery. Clark’s stripped-down, folk-inspired compositions create an enchanting sound that bewitches from the rumble of the first note – beautiful.

You can listen to the wistful enchantment of ‘Winter Song’ below:

Ex Norwegian – ‘Jove Was At Home’

Miami Beach psych-rockers Ex Norwegian are spending their 2020 releasing new music almost every Friday, mostly obscure covers of favourites, like this one from Irish psych-folk troupe Dr. Strangely Strange’s 1971 track ‘Jove Was At Home’

The original, a gentle, playful and pristine psych-folk jaunt is afforded an electric make-over into a psych stomper. While retaining the sweetness and melody of the original, this re-imagining it saunters along a swaggering groove and stomping beat amid a heady haze of warm fuzz and distortion as guitars buzz, riffs fizz and fuzz with hazy, nonchalant vocals loom large in the background. A superb and very easy on the ear tune, this is one of the more unusual things to cross my path recently but a welcome one at that. I had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Strangely Strange live a few years back (on my Dad’s recommendation who is a big fan) and they were really enjoyable. 

Listen to Ex Norwegian do Dr. Strangely Strange and ‘Jove Was At Home’ below:



Freedom Fry – ‘Tell Me It’ll Be Alright’

The ever prolific LA duo, Freedom Fry will follow up their delightful 2018 debut LP, Classic, with Songs from the West Coast on May 29th.

Ahead of the album’s release, we had ‘West Coast’ back in January and now they have shared a new single ‘Tell Me It’ll Be Alright’.

The duo, Marie Seyrat and Bruce Driscoll, have regularly brightened up our lives with charming, catchy and bright indie-pop songs, and ‘Tell Me It’ll Be Alright’ being no different – it could not have come at a more opportune time. It is lush blend of warm sunny tones, gently undulating grooves, sweet acoustic strum and twinkle of xylophone, all whisked together into a beautiful confection melodic, dreamy and hazy allure. As is so often the case, the pièce de résistance of Freedom Fry’s sound is the wonderful harmonies and beautiful vocal interplay from the pair. A simply beautiful song and one that will leave you all the better for letting it into your life.

Listen to ‘Tell Me It’ll Be Alright’ below now:


Jinx Lennon Shares ‘North Louth’; New Album Out Now

Jinx Lennon is a unique talent – a national treasure to be exact – and one of Ireland’s most insightful songwriters who is influenced as much by hip hop and post-punk, Jinx is the embodiment of a modern folk singer. 

Whether it is an acoustic guitar or sampled disco beat, raw garage noise or breakbeats his are songs of raw truth that push us to confront uncomfortable home truths in our society while kicking back against the humdrum bullshit of the modern world. Jinx’s new album Border Schizo Fffolk Songs for the Fuc**d was released on Friday last, and came accompanied by single ‘North Louth’. The tune, and the video, are immense. ‘North Louth’ is a hard-edged tune but one that has more than modicum of infectious allure, not to mention extremely danceable. While bristling with rawness as Jinx delivers his powerful lyrics in his distinct and brilliant manner, fizzing synths, frazzled electronics and break-beat add the dancey grooves.  Jinx Lennon’s music isn’t for everyone, sure but there is no one else quite like him and it hard to be unique nowadays but Jinx does it with ease and is searingly brilliant as always.

Border Schizo FFFolk Songs For The Fuc**d is out now – watch the superb video for ‘North Louth’ below:

TOLEDO – ‘Lovely’

Revolving around the Brooklyn-based pairing of Dan Alvarez and Jordan Dunn, TOLEDO have have kept us well supplied with irresistible, lush and melodic indie-folk delights.

The pair have returned with a new single called ‘Lovely’; a charming, sweet and dreamy confection that is, as its name suggests, ‘lovely’. It flows along a gentle, understated melodic groove with a patter of percussion, breezy air, alluring strum and tender vocal imbued with emotion and pang of melancholy. With its dreamy allure, easy-listening vibes and distant brass, we are whisked off to simpler times of hazy summer evenings, and bewitching us in the process.

Listen to the dreamy delights of ‘Lovely’ below: