Review: Phebe Starr – Chronicles

The six-track release from Phebe Starr  gives an insight into her own little world; her insecurities, her strengths and her dreams. The EP kicks off with Starr’s most successful single ‘Feel My Love’. With stunning harp scales amidst harrowing lyrics , it instantly compels the listener, creating a truly ethereal, heart-breaking tale which switches in…

Review: Craig Finn – We All Want The Same Things

Once the lead singer of Lifter Puller and The Hold Steady, American Singer- Songwriter Craig Finn has now turned his attentions to furthering his solo career. 2012 saw the release of his debut album Clear Heart Full Eyes and this year, we see the release of his third solo album. Throughout Finn’s musical career, he…

Review: Minus the Bear – VOIDS

American Indie- rock band Minus the Bear have announced the release of their new album, VOIDS, set to be made public on the 3rd March for all to enjoy. Formed in 2001, this band has been blessing ears from here there and everywhere with numerous indie tracks filled with electronic and synthesised brilliance, upbeats rhythms…

Review: Del Paxton – All Day, Every Day, All Night

Complex and impassioned, All Day, Every Night, All Night is a musical testimony to how much Del Paxton have progressed since the release of their first EP Worst. Summer. Ever. more than three years ago. The album is recognisably distinctive because of its subtleties, with each track revealing small hints to overarching themes of nostalgia,…

Review: Stereo Off – EP III

The third EP from synth dream-pop extraordinaires Stereo Off is an eclectic mix which is as disorienting as it is endearing. The five-piece weave through a variety of genres, from ambient synth to dream pop, to electronic dance, and back again. Although at times frustrating to listen to, it is definitely an admirable approach to…

Review: Cinders Ensemble – Lonely Eskimo

Texas chamber ensemble Cinders have returned after more than a decade of no recording with Lonely Eskimo, a traditional chamber music approach which incorporates some interesting post-rock stylings. The record is comprised mainly of sombre, orthodox tunes which are incredibly polished. Despite being their first release in 15 years, the album irritatingly errs on the…

Review: Snow Angel – Snow Angel

Psychedelic Pop band Snow Angel is known for unique instrumental accompaniments, high energy rhythms and lyrics that celebrate love, friendship and positivity. In December, this six piece girl band release their debut eponymously-named album following the success of their single on vinyl, released early 2015. It consists of 11 tracks featuring lead vocals and electric…

Review: John K Samson – Winter Wheat

Canadian Singer and Songwriter John K Samson is known within the indie-rock world for being the vocalist and guitarist of The Weakerthans. During the ‘90s, he was also noted  for his contributions to the punk rock band Propagandhi; he played the bass guitar and sang in two of their albums. But now, the music industry…

Review: Nikki Yanofsky – Solid Gold

Bringing the sweet tones of jazz into the 21st Century, Nikki Yanofsky’s new EP continues to challenge the boundaries of musical genres as she incorporates jazz, folk, pop and R&B in to her new collection. Based in Montreal, Yanofsky’s singer/songwriter career made her a teenage musical prodigy, and professes to owing much of her musical…

Feature: Tracks to ease you into Autumn

As the autumnal weather sets in, we all put on our extra jumpers, woolly hats and scarves. We sit by the window drinking hot chocolate whilst watching the rust-coloured leaves fall to the ground. As with every season, Autumn calls for a playlist to truly put you in that cosy mood. Many songs from various…

Review: Chain Wallet – Chain Wallet

New kids on the block, Scandinavian psych pop trio Chain Wallet have just burst into the psychedelic scene with the release of their eponymously-titled debut album. The entirety of their first album is an extremely promising salute to psychedelic dream pop predecessors like DIIV and The Horrors with consistently strong melodies and synth solos aplenty….

Review: Battle Lines – Primal

After a year of personal struggle, self-exploration and perseverance, Battle Lines return to the music scene with their brand new album, Primal. A glorious concoction of dark pop, ‘90s sentiment and poignant lyrics, it is both an auditory and artistic delight. Comprised of ten beguiling tracks – all diverse in style and sound – the…