Music Scenes: The 5 Best Soundtracks of 2017

In our second 2017 round-up piece, some of our writers have chosen the five best soundtracks from TV and film this year. From fluffy bears to gritty warfare, a good audio accompaniment can deeply affect how you view something, so read on to see some of the most effective audiovisual combinations to hit our screens…

Music Scenes: The 5 Best Videos of 2017

Our selection of the best music videos of 2017 includes dances of colour, classic movie tropes, enchanting spectacles and myriad notes of didacticism. Join us on our countdown of the five most bewitching, engrossing and powerful visual articulations of music to emerge this year.  5. Andromeda, Gorillaz This may seem a peculiar contender for best…

Review: Mr Yolk – Self Portrait

Having previously produced work for Velvet Morning and Rocket Ship TV,  Samuel Jones has already had plenty of opportunities to illustrate his song writing talent. With the release of Self Portrait, however, he can proudly flaunt his music making skills while gaining full recognition from all listeners and critics alike. What a gifted artist and…

Review: Pollens – Mister Manufacturer

Experimental, eccentric and energetic, Pollens’ latest avant-pop EP doesn’t hold back – it immerses the listener in their unconventional sound from the first beat. Blending repetitive speak-singing with angular percussion and synth beats, the 6-track release from the Brooklyn-based duo is reminiscent of tUnE-yArDs, LCD Soundsystem, and Talking Heads. The band appear more stripped back…

Review: The LaFontaines – Common Problem

If you were to put the iconic sound of Def Leppard into a blender with the indie charm of Biffy Clyro, the blitzed up end product would be The LaFontaines, a perfectly typical indie band. Putting cynicism to one side, their latest album holds promise for the group. Although primarily anchored in the indie genre,…

Review: Hallatar – No Stars Upon the Bridge

No Stars Upon the Bridge is a memorial; a tribute by Swallow the Sun guitarist Juha Raivio to his late partner and bandmate in Trees of Eternity, vocalist Aleah Stanbridge, who tragically passed away in April 2016 from cancer, aged just 39. Written over the course of a week around a month after Aleah’s death,…

Review: Blue Rose Code – The Water of Leith

Highly recommended for fans of Van Morrison and Tom Waits, The Water of Leith offers an insight into Wilson’s own journey of self-discovery, and is subsequently rife with tales of regret and his complicated relationship with his Scottish homeland. In his opening track ‘Over the Fields’, in which we travel with Ross on his return to…

Review: And So I Watch You From Afar – The Endless Shimmering

It is, undoubtedly, a good sign when you realise that you have listened to an album three times on repeat, in one sitting. A sequence that can lift the mood in any room, ‘The Endless Shimmering’ certainly helped me in navigating across the seemingly endless sea of job applications that waits at the end of…

Review: Pale Honey – Devotion

In collaboration with producer Anders Lagerfors at the illustrious Nacksving Studios in Gothenburg – the birthplace of the Swedish band – Pale Honey deliver a powerful narrative on romance, devotion and heartbreak through an infectious blend of musical styles. Although individually distinct in sound, regarding content, each track flows neatly into the next to reveal…

Review: Yo No Say – Inner

Yo No Say’s debut album Get Lost consisted of synthesizers and complex guitar accompaniments; “the music was thick and complex,” one member expressed in a recent press release.  While Toal created the ultimate rock atmosphere with his drumming, band members Feldman, Brightfield, Delgado and McCusker used guitar, bass, and piano to add further layers of…

Review: Angus and Julia Stone – Snow

Although they have been creating acoustic deliciousness for over ten years now, the Australian brother-sister duo are still managing to produce music that is innovative, complex and alluring. Titular track ‘Snow’ opens their latest release with a synthesis of angelic vocals unmistakably delivered by Julia and Angus’ pleasant murmurs that smoothly glides through the instrumental…