BarryGruff Playlist November 2015


Your regular monthly round up all the blog action, in a nice, neat and handy playlist of tracks featured throughout the month.

November was another busy one, with introductions to A.S. Fanning, exmagician & New Cardinals. There were excellent new singles/EPs from Avid Walker, Anderson, Public Service Broadcasting, Ulrika Spacek, Daniel Avery, CaStLeS, David Harks & Manor. And we had tunes from Globelamp, MMOTHS, Coves, Hinds & Tuff Love ahead of their respective, new and forthcoming albums.

Oh, and there were two new episodes of ‘Millions Like Us’, Justin Beats & I’s new music podcast extravaganza for 604now (if you missed them, check ’em here). You can also subscribe to ‘Millions Like Us’ on iTunes & Podcast Republic or find us on Facebook & Twitter.

Well then, that’s that for another month – listen to BarryGruff’s November 2015 playlist below. Enjoy!


Manor – ‘Grand Mal’

Manor 2015 - Photo by Anny Duff

Melbourne duo, Manor, have been charming us with a series of enchanting singles, the most recent of which, ‘Can You Hear Me’, was released only this summer.

Following on from that, and marking the band’s second offering from their forthcoming debut EP (out December 2015), the Aussie pairing have returned with an equally excellent new single, ‘Grand Mal’. While retaining those hazy, psychedelic aesthetics of their previous work, ‘Grand Mal’ pushes further their flair for dreamy pop toward further spaced-out zones of surrealism. Grounded with a distorted crunchy drum beat, it is a hypnotic four-minutes of reverb-drenched guitars, deep grooves and a gently undulating haze of layered sounds, as Duff’s floaty and exquisitely beautiful vocal peaks through an at times, heavy blanket of reverb and fuzz. An utterly, intoxicating and all consuming return from Manor – fast becoming their forte.

You can check out ‘Grand Mal’ below and keep an eye out for their forthcoming debut EP, which shall be with us in December.


BarryGruff’s July 2015 playlist


A now regular monthly feature, whereby we round up all the blog action with a nice, neat and handy playlist of tracks featured during the month.

July was pretty ace! We had new tunes from The School, The Stammer and DRINKS ahead of their respective, forthcoming new albums, and the return of WE//ARE//ANIMAL. There were excellent new singles from Neon Wolf, Galants, Lethal Dialect, Manor, Kelly Lee Owens, The Expert, Glass Sines and Koloto.

Also featured on this month’s playlist are great tracks from Bedbugs, Effin, Gwenno, Trails and Ways, Open Window and Joan. So, July was pretty good. And that’s all before mentioning that Justin Beats gave Jamie xx’s new record In Colour, the once over, Johnny Feeney reported from Knockanstockan and we had a chat with Trails and Ways. And the small matter of my albums of the year so far list.

Listen to BarryGruff’s July 2015 playlist below.

Manor – ‘Can You Hear Me Talking At You’


Melbourne duo, Manor, have been making music for quite a while now. With a string of singles to their name already but we’ve not heard from them since the release of the wonderful ‘Architecture’, in 2013.

The duo of Caitlin Duff and Nathaniel Morse have emerged from this period of quiet, sharing news of a forthcoming debut EP and revealing a first taste into the bargain. Entitled ‘Can You Hear Me Talking At You’, it is a rich blend psychedelic sounds and classically-tinged alt-pop. A fuzzy riff filled five minutes, with hypnotic drums and deep groove, complimented by Duff’s beautifully hazy and enchanting, layered vocals, which are are cast in a shifting series of settings, with beguiling results. An utterly intoxicating and all consuming return from Manor.

The EP will be available sometime in August. In the meantime, treat you ears to the magnificent sounds of  ‘Can You Hear Me Talking At You’.

Manor – ‘Architecture’

Manor - Promo Photo

‘Architecture’ is the latest single from Melbourne alt-pop duo Manor, and one of the most effortlessly catchy tracks you’re likely to hear for quite some time.

Together this duo, comprised of Caitlin Duff (vocalist) and Nathaniel Morse (multi-instrumentalist), have managed to pull off something rather special. ‘Architecture’ is a compelling slice of alt-pop and one that’s utterly intoxicating. It’s a dreamy slow-burner, crafted around a chugging bass line and spacey synths, with Duff’s enchanting vocals atop Morse’s swirling guitars. It is just such a wonderful song. There’s chat that a debut EP is in the pipeline from Manor too and if ‘Architecture’  is anything to go by, it should be one to keep an eye out for. They’ve gone and set the bar rather high with this one.

‘Architecture’ is out now digitally from all the usual haunts. You can give it a spin below.