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The landscapes of Brooklyn: An interview with Lapland

The debut album from Brooklyn dweller Lapland is a haunting collection of tunes inspired by the landscapes within...

Written by Amelia Gregory

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Lapland by Daria Hlazatova.

Josh Mease works out of a tiny bedroom in Brooklyn, where he created his gorgeous debut self titled album Lapland, released late last year on The Lights Label. Trawling the evocative landscapes within his mind, he has put together a haunting collection of songs that are sure to creep under your skin...

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You were born in Houston but now live in Brooklyn - why and when did you make the move to NY?
Right after high school. I thought I wanted to be a jazz musician, and NY is the best place to do that. I came up and studied music at a university, and about halfway through I realized I'd rather write songs and sing.


What were your biggest influences, music wise, growing up?
When I was a kid it was the Beatles and… read more

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Best Christmas Indie Songs for 2014

My annual round up of the best new indie Christmas songs: what a glorious and unusual lot. Featuring the likes of Smoke Fairies, Hand of Glory, Hannah Peel and many others.

Written by Amelia Gregory

I’ve been too busy to do any recommended Christmas present blogs this year but I couldn’t forgo my annual Christmas music round up. Here’s what I recommend listening to for […]

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Coves and Caves: Spinnerets & Heart Explodes

The Manchester based band Coves and Caves have produced a beautiful debut album that was well worth the wait...

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I was first introduced to the glorious dreampop of Manchester based Coves & Caves when the band got in touch to tell me about their debut album which they have […]

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An animated video from Co-Pilgrim: Pushover

Oxford based band Co-Pilgrim have produced another beautiful animated video to accompany Pushover...

Written by Amelia Gregory

The new Co-Pilgrim animated video for Pushover was made by Claire Bennett (who sings in Co-pilgrim) & Suzy Brough. This is the same team who made the Fairer Sea video, […]

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Album Review and Interview: Transformuration by Jo Mango

Meet the uber talented Glaswegian musician Jo Mango. This remix album is out of this world...

Written by Amelia Gregory

Jo Mango by Marina Esmeraldo. The genre defying musician Jo Mango released her new remix album Transformuration last month, enlisting the help of international artists to reimagine all 10 tracks […]

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Y Dydd Olaf (The Last Day) by Gwenno Saunders: an interview

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Written by Amelia Gregory

Gwenno by Katie Ponder. Gwenno Saunders, formerly of The Pipettes, and now living in Wales, has released a political concept album inspired by an obscure 1970s Welsh language sci-fi novel. […]

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Happy Halloween! Flights of Helios: Succubus

Music to seduce this balmy All Hallows' Eve.

Written by Amelia Gregory

I’ve just hosted a toddler Halloween party and I could not for the life of me locate a suitable playlist for them to jump around to in skeleton costumes. However, […]

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Little May: Dust

Ghost Folk by the Australian threesome: introducing the wonderful world of Little May.

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Little May by Hannah Boothman. Little May are Hannah Field, Liz Drummond and Annie Hamilton: together they produce eery folk melodies that have garnered the name Ghost Folk. The Australian […]

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Tide: an interview with Wooden Arms

Be seduced by the intricate chamber trip pop of Norwich band Wooden Arms... playing TONIGHT in London.

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Wooden Arms by Alice Jamieson. Mixing lush orchestration with percussive vibes, the Norwich based band Wooden Arms present a haunting debut album with Tide: be prepared to fall in love. Vocalist […]

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Dad Rocks! – In The Seine

Snævar Njáll Albertsson shares the video for his latest single, taken from the album Year Of The Flesh.

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In The Seine is the second single from Year Of The Flesh by Dad Rocks!, the ambitious sequel to debut album Mount Modern. The album is based on Snævar Njáll […]

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Palm Ghosts: an interview with Joseph Lekkas

When his previous band came to an end, singer songwriter Joseph Lekkas went through a period of intense depression, emerging to write a beautiful collection of songs as Palm Ghosts.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Palm Ghosts – Canaries In The Mine, by Carly Watts. Pennsylvania’s Joseph Lekkas makes ‘sun-damaged American music’ in his new guise as Palm Ghosts. His first self-titled album as Palm […]

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Red Lines: an interview with Danish musician Hannah Schneider

Hannah Schneider grew up surrounded by classical music, an influence which shines through the pop melodies on her third album, the first to be released in the UK. If you love the likes of Robyn you'll love Red Lines.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Hannah Schneider by Essi Kimpimaki. Danish born Hannah Schneider comes from an illustrious musical heritage: her grandfather was famed violinist Alexander Schneider, a member of the celebrated Budapest String Quartet […]

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Into The Wild Summer Festival 2014: Review

Held during the Bank Holiday Weekend on August 22nd-25th 2014, Into The Wild Summer Festival was a truly relaxing adventure and a great alternative to busier, larger Summer Festivals - with a serving of food for the soul on top!

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Last Spring I felt a strong desire and intention to start exploring the world of Summer Festivals. This was rather out of character for someone who, a little embarrassingly, at […]

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Haiku Salut: Japanese Poems Steal Brains

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Ian Watson is the manager of cult Derbyshire band Haiku Salut and they also happen to be signed to his label How Does It Feel To Be Loved? Ian has […]

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Mirage: Cloud Seeding with Alexa Wilding

An evocative video accompanies this beautiful song by Cloud Seeding in collaboration with Alexa Wilding, who describes candidly the inspiration behind her lyrics.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Alexa Wilding by Simon McLaren. New York based singer songwriter Alexa Wilding introduces her beautiful collaboration with Cloud Seeding, an ode to a lost pregnancy. I was extremely touched when […]

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Kate Bush at the Eventim Apollo 2014: Live Review

We catch the iconic singer during her sold out run of London shows on Saturday 6th September 2014.

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Kate Bush by Daria Hlazatova This could never be an ordinary show. Not like some 20 minute set at the Windmill, oh no. This was Kate Bush, and Kate Bush […]

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Kimberly Anne introduces new EP Liar

Kimberly Anne shares her life and soul in songs such as Almost On My Feet, streamed here. Hers is a talent to watch...

Written by Amelia Gregory

Kimberly Anne by Melissa Pierce. South London born and bred, singer songwriter Kimberly Anne bears her heart on her sleeve, sharing life and love in soulful songs such as Almost […]

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A Divorce Before Marriage: a film about I Like Trains and the music industry

Not enough is written about how the music industry works in the UK. This film seeks to redress the balance, and you can be a part of the final cut by contributing to their Kickstarter Campaign.

Written by Amelia Gregory

A Divorce Before Marriage by directors by Matt Hopkins & Ben Lankester follows the Leeds based band I Like Trains following their rejection by the mainstream music industry. During this […]

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Junkboy: Sovereign Sky – an interview with Rich Hanscomb

Singer songwriter Rich Hanscomb introduces his new album Sovereign Sky, recorded with his brother in Brighton, and featuring stunning artwork by Christopher Harrup and Claire Softley.

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Rich Hanscomb of Junkboy introduces his new album Sovereign Sky, created in collaboration with his brother Mik on the south coast of England. Since 1999 they have been quietly experimenting […]

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KawaKawa by Simon McLaren. Kawakawa is Hidden Cameras and Paloma Faith collaborator Sam Taylor, and he has just launched his solo project. Sam was born on the island of Kawakawa […]