Gushh – ‘Drifting Through the Emptiness of Space’

Gushh is the solo project of Bristol-based artist Richard Stockley who looks after everything involved; composing, recording, mixing, mastering and artwork.

Gushh revolves around the concept of looping elements and building tracks up whilst telling a narrative through old-timey samples from forgotten pieces of media. Lifted from a forthcoming – so far unnamed – EP, ‘Drifting Through the Emptiness of Space’ is the first new material since last year’s debut EP, and is a great example of the wonderful wizardry weaved by Gushh. Guitars shimmer and bright riffs burn atop multi-textured layers cinematic explosion in sound and colour as it is propelled by a hypnotic groove and unrelenting bedrock of beats. Sprinkled with space dust and cosmic aura, It builds and builds with an undercurrent of euphoria toward a triumphant climax of epic proportions.

Listen to the epic brilliance of ‘Drifting Through the Emptiness of Space’ below.

Moon Rituals – ‘Painting A Bird’

Moon Rituals is the project of Melbourne pair Sarah Hardiman (Deaf Wish & Brickhead) and Mikey Young (Eddy Current, The Green Child & Total Control) and together, Hardiman and Young craft playful and melodic psych-splashed pop.

Moon Rituals’ latest venture is new 7″ single ‘Aura’ – a melodic boppy synth-pop jam with an effervescent personality – and backed by playful and meandering b-side ‘Painting A Bird’, and it is the latter that concerns us today. ‘Painting A Bird’ struts along amid a playful melodic air as we are whisked off to a world of offbeat folk with psych brushstrokes. It is brimming with stirring defiance led by Hardiman’s powerful versatile voice that cruises above warm fuzz, meandering off-beat groove as it chimes with a unique musical whimsy. ‘Painting A Bird’ palatability draws from an oddity paired with melodic sweetness – an absolute gem!

Listen to ‘Painting A Bird’ below:


Anorak Patch – ‘Blue Jeans’

Colchester-based foursome – Effie Lawrence, Eleanor Helliwell, Oscar Ryland & Luca Ryland – Anorak Patch, are a formidable proposition who introduced us to their raucous rock sound with single ‘Irate’ earlier in the year.

Anorak Patch are back with new single ‘Blue Jeans’ – and unsurprisingly, it is back with a bang! ‘Blue Jeans’ is an exhilarating exploration of their penchant for raucous rock fueled by a relentless and furiously rhythm meted out with metronomic precession while guitars crunch and riffs burn before breaking down to a meandering pace and exploding into fiery life again. It is all topped off with uncompromising vocal delivery, threatening yet nonchalant, setting the tone for what is now their hallmark; powerful, a fierce and compelling grunge-filled indie-rock. 

Listen to ‘Blue Jeans’ below now – it doesn’t hold back.

Spirit Award – ‘Shout (Kill the Rich)’

Shout (Kill the Rich) is the latest sprawling single from Seattle-based psych-rock outfit Spirit Award.

Taken from their third album, Lunatic House, Shout (Kill the Rich) showcases a fearlessness to explore psychedelic rovings and embrace chaos and jarring jerky aggression; and striking a perfect balance between these two facets is the cornerstone to which everything else is built. ‘Shout (Kill the Rich)’ is a living, breathing and ever-changing kaleidescopic explosion, it opens with a grimy, chaotic and caustic energy as they explore a sound on the margin with taut drums, jerky riffs and swirls of distortion as it stares dead-eyed, with an ominous, vacant air of menace amid a sense of the otherworldly and rising tide of claustrophobia before reseeding to calmer climes. The gritty makes way for shimmering guitars, warm layers of lush synths and melodic sweetness to offer a sense of comfort and positivity. A magnificent and sprawling exploration – simply stunning!

Listen to ‘Shout (Kill the Rich)’ below:

Anorak Patch – ‘Irate’

Colchester-based foursome – Effie Lawrence, Eleanor Helliwell, Oscar Ryland & Luca Ryland – Anorak Patch, are a formidable proposition.

Formed among high school friends in late 2019, they quickly released the singles ‘Beans’ & ‘6 Week Party’ last year, and their raucous rock sound has left a mark. So much so, that their latest single ‘Irate’ is the latest to grace the Nice Swan Introduces… series; a monthly series started last year by Nice Swan Records to shine a light on exciting emerging talent incl. Sports Team, Pip Blom, Courting, Sprints, Hallan, among others).

So, back to the single. ‘Irate’ is a colossus. Pulverising drum beats combine with razor sharp riffs and meaty, crunching guitars, chugging bass to create a thunderous backdrop of seething, pent up rage and fury unleashed, while vocals soar high above. Barbed yet nonchalant, the vocals set the tone for what is a powerful, a fierce, uncompromising and compelling slice of searing grunge-filled indie-rock – but one that is incredibly catchy and tuneful too.

Listen to ‘Irate’ below now – batten down the hatches.

Swine Tax – ‘Relax’

Newcastle-upon-Tyne outfit Swine Tax have proven their credentials for fiery, jagged and infectious post-punk with a slew of singles that are best described as a bit indie, a bit alternative rock, a bit rough-around-the-edges and a whole lot melodic.

The Newcastle quartet return with a thrilling new single ‘Relax’. Quite possibly their best work to date, it is produced by Barry Hyde of The Futureheads, who approached the band about producing their music following an intense live show in Sunderland last year, and ‘Relax’ is the first fruit to emerge from these sessions. The single itself is a spikey, agitated and hook-driven jam propelled by a throbbing bass groove and a heavy punk stomp as jerky riffs and power-pop chorus duke it out for an intoxicating, off-kilter dance. Yet another rousing, boisterous and brilliant blast of guitar hijinks from Swine Tax.

Listen to ‘Relax’ below:

Jacqueline Tucci – ‘Home’

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Jacqueline Tucci is a Toronto-based musician with a penchant for 90s indebted alt-rock as evidenced by 2020 singles ‘Fear’ & ‘Sweeter Things’.

Further strengthening this rep, Tucci has released a powerful and potent new single, ‘Home’. It is a powerful and potent alt-rock anthem that is bristling with raw biting emotion and intensity as guitars burn and wind through mild fuzz and feedback with a bouncy bass bass riff for company, with Tucci’s powerful vocals soaring above. It is a huge tune that while meaty, raw and powerful, there is deftness to it too. It once again demonstrates Tucci’s brilliant ear for melody, a catchy chorus and lyricism, wonderfully switching as it does, from softer, more melancholic verses to euphoric, uplifting and anthemic choruses with seamless ease. 

Check out ‘Home’ below – it will not disappoint.

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:

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.

LØE – ‘People Have The Power’

LØE are a UK based alternative-rock outfit who’s raison d’etre is weaving speech and music to create a reflection of our times, and to capture and reflect triumph, heroism, anguish and struggle throughout society.

On their debut single ‘People Have The Power’ they marshal all their might to craft an artful and powerfully evocative mix of post-rock, post-punk and krautrock, with a hint of instrumental hip hop and electronica. It is an epic and electrifying powerhouse that opens with a relative whisper as John Lennon speech flutters through a cinematic air, twinkly synth and glistening guitars line before exploding into a riff fueled frenzy – riffs roar, guitars crunch and drums bang as it ebbs and flows with power and a deft touch of elegance. It is a stunning jam that captivates from the first note to the rousing and explosive concluding climax of thundering drums and serrated, buzzsaw riffs. A mighty, riotous and epic debut – an absolute must listen.

Check out ‘People Have The Power’ below: