Andrea Franz – ‘Stupid Nerves’

Andrea Franz is a Mexican American artist from Southern California who crafts, in her own words, ‘Sad Pop Rock’ – as apt a description as you are likely to find.

Last we heard from Franz was with ‘Running Back’ – a lush, woozy and dreamy affair permeated by melancholy, irresistibly blurring the lines of beauty and darkness. Cut from a similar cloth, Franz is back with a new single ‘Stupid Nerves’. Hushed, honeyed vocals drift breezily by recalling tales of anxiety and fear and juxtaposed by the charming dreamy indie-pop ruminating below as guitars shimmer, bassline bubble amid playful bursts of twinkly chimes, warm melodies and waltzing grooves. It is lush, woozy and bewitching fare, that given a modicum of time, will be jangling around your head for days.

Listen to ‘Stupid Nerves’ below now, you are in for a treat.

Total Rubbish – ‘Honey Ryder’

Total Rubbish are Philadelphia-based garage rock trio – Bre Steinfeldt (bass), Cass Nguyen (guitar) and Kiki Schiller (drums) – who will be releasing their debut EP, Triple Negative, soon and have introduced it, and their wares, with phenomenal single ‘Honey Ryder’.

While taking their cue from 90s alt-rock and grunge, on the evidence of ‘Honey Ryder’ there are 60s psych brustrokes and echoes of shoegaze at play too. It stomps and swaggers out of the blocks with distorted guitar, buzzing meaty riff and scorching lick cutting through a wall of fuzz and distortion as we tread carefully along a steady, solid beat with the hypnotic hushed vocals floating above. With ‘Honey Ryder’ the inappropriately named Total Rubbish have eked out a perfect balance with powerful, brute force and ear for melody, coexisting in a sea of dense atmospheric tones and swirling riffs.

Listen to ‘Honey Ryder’ below now and Triple Negative is out on November 20th via Born Losers Records

Ailbhe Reddy – ‘Looking Happy’

Dubliner Ailbhe Reddy is gearing up to release her debut album, Personal History, on October 2 and has been teasing the record with singles ‘Time Difference’ and ‘Between Your Teeth’, and now ‘Looking Happy’.

‘Looking Happy’ is a buoyant and bouncy indie-pop jam that is simultaneously happy and sad.Punchy guitars dance above a bouncy beat, jerky groove and splashes of cosmic synth while Reddy’s vocals soar powerfully above. ‘Looking Happy’ is a bright and buoyant indie-pop-powerhouse, adorned with addictive hooks you could hang your hat on but with melancholic themes seeping through as lyrically, Reddy laments an ex’s life unfolding on social media. An irresistible jam that exquisitely blurs the lines of beauty and darkness.

Listen to ‘Looking Happy’ below and keep an eye out for debut album, Personal History, on October 2. 

Arms That Fit Like Legs – ‘What it is is’

Arms That Fit Like Legs are an electronic instrumental-rock trio from Dublin – composed of Mark Lynch, Gordon McCaughley & Mike Mahon – who take their cue from the likes of El Ten Eleven, Battles, Redneck Manifesto, Fridge and Aphex Twin among others.

We were introduced to their electronic experimentations with ‘My Mind is Going’ and accompanying album Legwork earlier in the year, and have shared new single ‘What it is is’ and revealed plans for a new record next year. The single is an immersive and hypnotic cut, elegantly blurring the lines between experimental electronica and propulsive Krautrock leanings. It is a transfixed coming together of glistening guitars, soft synths and breezy chilled-out vibes that gracefully mingle above lush, fast paced grooves the woo the soul before all culminating an epic climax – and then, silence. It is majestic sound, one that is vividly imaginative and elegant, and all consuming.

Listen to ‘What it is is’below and why not check out their most recent album Legwork, here.

Field Trip to the Moon – ’62 Bullets’

Field Trip to the Moon is the musical project of London-based Manchester native Angela Christofilou, who with band in tow, has a flair for dark, potent – sometimes jagged or dramatic – post-punk infused garage-rock.

Together they released their debut album Something Owed in 2017 and they are back with a new self-titled EP, heralded by lead single ’62 Bullets’; a raw, raucous and thrilling jam. Opening with a catchy, fuzz-drenched riff introducing Christofilou’s raspy vocal before ’62 Bullets’ hurtles off in a blaze of buzzsaw riffs, stomping beats and shredded guitars all basking in a sea of fuzz and distortion. From the off, ’62 Bullets’ is a rip roaring blast of guitar wielding brilliance underpinned by a relentlessly driving beat and fiery energy, and whirlwind of fuzz, that is utterly irresistible.

Listen to the brilliant ’62 Bullets’ below and check out the new EP here.

Introducing: Ford Corl

With a decade’s worth of work already to his name, Ford Corl’s new record, The Dumb Album, is the culmination of four years graft.

Corl’s calling card is a heady brew of starry-eyed indie-rock with shoegaze and psych brushstrokes; as demonstrated by ‘Day Goes On’ and ‘Vitamins’ – both lifted from the new record.

‘Vitamins’ is a crunching yet melodic blast of fuzz-filled, lo-fi leaning indie. Guitars fizz, fuzz and buzz amid a sea of dream-like hazy distortion and infectious reverb while all strewn with hooks you could hang your hat on. It slinks and swaggers on it melodic meander as the straining vocal echoes through the shimmering haze – a tantalising taste of Ford Corl at his most catchy. While not born from a similar hook heaven, ‘Day Goes On’ is captivating but offers a more groove focussed side to Ford Corl’s psych-rock explorations. An exhilarating seven-plus-minutes, it is spearheaded by a relentless motorik groove and droning synth which cuts through the mist of swirling fuzz and distortion as melodic vocals float into view of the bustling guitars and buzzing riffs. An all consuming, immersive and hypnotic jam, and one that reveals itself even more enticing, intriguing and dynamic upon further listens.

Tune in to ‘Day Goes On’ and ‘Vitamins’ below and if they are to your liking, why not check out the new record here.

Shuko X Nia Wyn X KinKai – ‘I Ain’t Finished Yet’

Welsh soul singer Nia Wyn,  Manchester rapper KinKai and German producer Shuko have joined forces for a collaborative single on the latter’s label For The Love Of It.

The single, ‘I Ain’t Finished Yet’, is laid-back, lush and super smooth. Wyn lends her rich inimitable vocals as Shuko brings all the soothing jazzy vibes, seductive subtle grooves, soft brushed beats and layers of warm and colourful tones, and topped off exquisitely by the mellow and melodic vocals from KinKai. We’ve been following Nia Wyn’s rich, soulful and unmistakable sounds for a while now and never disappoints, and the same can be said for ‘I Ain’t Finished Yet’. It is one of the most smooth, seductive and mesmerising tracks you’re likely to hear – stunning.

Listen to ‘I Ain’t Finished Yet’ below now.


Simen Mitlid – ‘While Heaven Is on Fire’

Norwegian singer-songwriter Simen Mitlid will release his third album – Birds – on October 30, 2020.

Hailing from the woodlands of Os, Mitlidhas a proven a precocious talent for lush, dreamy indie-folk; emphasised by two sublime albums – 2017’s Everything is the Same & 2019’s Neutral.

With the new album’s release not far on the horizon, Mitlid has shared ‘While Heaven Is on Fire’ – a fourth single taken from the forthcoming LP. While previous tasters ‘Weeks’, ‘Birds’ & ‘Murders’ resided in a more traditional folk avenue, ‘While Heaven Is on Fire’ ventures into more electronic territory as rich vocals effects soar above grandiose sweeping strings, gentle strum and warm folk sounds An intricately crafted and sincere, serene and tender indie-folk ballad brimming with heartfelt and tender emotion. Yet another reason to look forward to the release of album #3.

Listen to ‘While Heaven Is on Fire’ below – and if you haven’t already, please check out the previous records.

Deep Sea Diver Announce New Album, Share ‘Lights Out’

Seattle’s Deep Sea Diver have announced their third album — Impossible Weight — will be released via High Beam Records on October 16th.

Accompanying this news, the indie-rock outfit led by Jessica Dobson have shared lead single ‘Lights Out’ to whet the appetite, and oh my, does it ever. ‘Lights Out’ explodes out of the blocks with an urgent, propulsive bassline driving us onward as guitars flash and flurry of angular riffs flash amid the mild fuzz while Dobson’s own electrifying guitarwork is front and centre, a suitable backdrop to more fully illuminate the power of her vocals. ‘Lights Out’ is a massive, massive tune built upon thrilling momentum and restless intensity as we careen through mesmerizing highs and lows that are raucously defiant yet delicate at the same time.

Check out  ‘Lights Out’ below – the new album is out on October 16th.

Relick – ‘La Magie’

Relick is the indie-pop pairing of Amber Nicholson and Matt Hibbard from Texas whose creative chemistry has been on show since debut EP ‘Twin House’ back in 2015.

The Texan duo’s latest single ‘La Magie’ is a lavish, lush and woozy affair. A sweet charming and seductive groover, sublime honeyed vocals flow over an irresistible blend of pop melodies and psychedelic brush strokes as it slinks along a gently swaggering, subtle bubbling bassline as guitars shimmer over the patter of soft drums.  ‘La Magie’ is cool, confident and undeniably irresistible – a pristine piece of pure pop perfection.

Listen to ‘La Magie’ below – it will leave you all the better for it.