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Posts Tagged ‘pop’

My favourite finds from the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition 2014

The Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition winner for 2014 has been announced, but there were many more brilliant tunes submitted. Here are my favourites which did not quite make my final top three.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Ellie Ford by Daria Hlazatova

Ellie Ford by Daria Hlazatova.

A few weeks ago the final showdown between 8 finalists was held at Pilton Working Men’s Club, with the ultimate winner of the 2014 Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition announced as M+A with their super catchy tune Down the West Side, below.



When I wrote about my top picks for the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition I promised to also share some of the great bands and tunes that did not make it on to my short list. I was given a long list of 140 bands and musicians to listen to, from the genres of folk, country, dance, electronic, dance, indie, pop, acoustic and singer/songwriter - so obviously this selection reflects that choice. The… read more

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The Horn The Hunt introduce the video for Starless

Singer Clare Carter describes the making of the enigmatic video to accompany new single Starless, a precursor to THTH's album Terrafidella, due for release later this year.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Leeds based duo The Horn The Hunt have been locked away in a studio in Greenland in the middle of nowhere for three months creating anthemic pop music interlaced with […]

Album review and interview with Swedish duo Pallers: The Sea of Memories

New Scandinavian chillwave from a talented duo. Welcome to the blissed out world of Pallers.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Pallers by Shauna McGowan. The upcoming album from Swedish duo Pallers is a blissed out slice of wonder. The Sea of Memories opens with Another Heaven and indeed listening to […]

Album Review – The Travelling Band: Screaming Is Something

With their sound deeply rooted in rock, folk and country The Travelling Band’s second offering Screaming Is Something will please the ears of acoustic music lovers everywhere.

Written by Emma Barlow

The brand new album from The Travelling Band features all the trademarks of a good folk pop album, including introspective lyrics, fantastic harmonies and, as no self-respecting nu-folk band would […]

Album Review – Crystal Stilts: In Love With Oblivion

The new album from Brooklyn based Crystal Stilts is out now on Fortuna POP! The Joy Division comparisons are impossible to shake off, but we're still impressed by this second outing.

Written by Emma Barlow

I was hoping to be able to stay away from the Joy Division comparisons while writing this review of New York band Crystal Stilt’s new album In Love With Oblivion, […]

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Music: Interview with Cults

Spontaneous, fear of growing up, adult responsibility and cults - make for a happy mix in the music duo, Cults. Here follows an interview with the private Californians.

Written by Helen Martin

Illustration by Gemma Smith Cults are a New York duo with a 60s guitar pop sound. Their debut album is out in May and I can’t wait. Go Outside has […]

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Music: Big Deal, New Single Release

The East London duo are new and exciting. They have their first single out today; Talk. It's misty, tender and electric.

Written by Helen Martin

Photo by Jon Baker They met when he was hired by her mother to teach her to play the guitar. They, as in Big Deal: Alice Costelloe and kc Underwood, […]

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Music: Interview with Alex Winston

Detroit born 21 year old Alex Winston makes lighthearted, catchy pop - the best kind. Full of sisterhood, attitude, feeling and fun. Her EP came out this month. Here's an interview with the lady herself.

Written by Helen Martin

Illustration by Gemma Smith Alex Winston‘s music is the sort that you drive around listening to in the summer. Aha! And look outside, it looks as if spring has popped […]

An interview with singer songwriter Kyla La Grange

Kyla La Grange's debut single Walk Through Walls is released today on Noir and she celebrates tomorrow with a launch party at Notting Hill Arts Club. I visited Kyla at her London management offices to find out more about this talented new star in the making.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Kyla La Grange by Anna Casey. A couple of weeks ago I met with angsty new folk popstrel Kyla La Grange at her management offices in central London. Her slight […]

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Icelandic Music Artist, Eliza Newman: Interview

This Icelandic lady taught millions how to say 'Eyjafjallajökull'. She also plays the ukelele like a dream. We love her quirky, folk pop.

Written by Helen Martin

Eliza Newman by Jenny Lloyd Eyjafjallajokull. How did you say that it your head? The impressive word refers to the glacier on top of the volcanic mountain (remember the ash […]

Joe Worricker at XOYO: Live Review

Joe Worricker played his debut showcase to a packed crowd at XOYO on Tuesday 16th November. From new single Finger-Waggers to slower numbers it was a right soulful romp.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Joe Worricker by Karina Yarv. Joe Worricker was indeed wearing stars on his face, as declared on twitter twenty minutes before I arrived at his gig. I could hear Joe’s […]

6 Day Riot: On This Island – Album Review

6 Day Riot return with a beautiful new album that marries folk/indie/pop and Latin flavours, all tied together with the sweetest of vocals from Tamara Schlesinger.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Tamara Schlesinger may have the sweetest voice but she’s not above a storming yowl. And so this album starts, the choir like harmonies and honeyed vocals of Take Me descending […]

Album Review: The Like, Release Me.

Album Review: The Like, Release Me.

The raddest quintet from the Golden State return with a new album and reshuffled line-up, fortunately for us, these L.A scenesters are as much substance as they are style.

Written by David McNamara

It has been five long years since the release of The Like’s debut album Are You Thinking What I’m Thinking? and it has not been an easy time for the […]

An interview with fashion designer Masha Ma

Womenswear label Masha Ma have announced their debut at this year's London Fashion Week, so we caught up with Masha for a chat…

Written by Ester Kneen

Masha Ma, AW 2011, illustrated by Holly Exley Womenswear label Masha Ma, described as “semi-couture”, features fabulously chic and powerful silhouettes with a contemporary yet elegant feel. The stunning structural […]

Free Music Friday!

Enjoy a free digital download by Lail Arad, to kick start your weekend

Written by Cari Steel

We are going to try something a bit different and new today. In the spirit of it being a sunny summers afternoon on the best day of the week, we’re […]

The Pipettes – Interview

Having lost a member and their reliance on 50s doo-wop, the Pipettes return with a second album that sees them seeking new sounds from the 60s and 70s

Written by Ian Steadman

The Pipettes were a pretty big deal a few years ago, bursting onto the indie club scene with their 50s and 60s-influenced polka-dot pop song album Meet The Pipettes and […]

Dimbleby & Capper – Interview

An unsigned singer with a backing band of birds, making some mighty beat-filled dream-pop

Written by Ian Steadman

Illustrations by Daniel Almeroth A surprisingly balmy (well, if 14 degrees can constitute ‘balmy’) evening at the Hoxton Bar & Kitchen beckoned me in last week, where I was promised […]

:Kinema: – Interview

Talking to an indie-dance band from the south coast, who peddle an exciting brand of pop that matches brain to boogie

Written by Ian Steadman

Hailing from Brighton, :Kinema: (yes, those colons are an intentional and integral part of the band’s name) haven’t been around for long but have already managed to put out a […]

Red Bull Music Academy: Steve Reich lecture Q&A from students

After he'd given a lecture to the students of the Red Bull Music Academy, Steve Reich took a series of questions from the floor; here are his answers. Illustration by Gemma Milly.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Illustration by Gemma Milly. Steve Reich gave a very inspiring lecture to the students of the 2010 Red Bull Music Academy (which you can read here). Afterwards he took a […]

London Fashion Week A/W 2010 Catwalk Review: Pam Hogg and Nick Cave, Peaches Geldof, Mika

A review of the Pam Hogg show on Monday 22nd February, featuring celebrities including, drumroll please... Siouxie Soux, Jodie Harsh, Mika, Peaches Geldof, Nick Cave, Jaime Winstone, Alice Dellal and Tim Noble & Sue Webster.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Pam Hogg by Etiene Del Monte. Pam Hogg can pull in an all star rocker crowd and she knows it. I wondered if this begat the complex star sticker system […]