Archive for the ‘Pop’ Category

  1. Dr. Dog – Heart Killer
  2. Haley Heynderickx – Rex’s Blues  (Townes Van Zandt cover)
  3. Beach Skulls – That’s Not Me
  4. Mourn – Barcelona City Tour
  5. Wedding – Hands In The Till
  6. Amyl And The Sniffers – Cup Of Destiny
  7. Culture Abuse – Calm E
  8. Crocodylus – My Love
  9. Jessica Risker – I See You Among The Stars











Bark Your Head Off, Dog features the familiar sounds that have always made the band allergic to genre: grunge, folk, punk, and power pop all appear, with inspiration from ELO to Elvis Costello to ‘70s girl group vocal arrangements. This time around, they’ve added strings, more intricate rhythms, lush harmonies (featuring Thin Lips’ Chrissy Tashjian), along with a momentary visit with a vocoder.

The results are by turns complex, dense, intense and wholly satisfying. Listen to three tracks from the album below, and the record is out on the 6th April via Saddle Creek (order here).




  1. Eels – Bone Dry
  2. Joan Shelley – The Bridge  (Dolly Parton cover) feat Bonnie Price Billy
  3. Breakfast Muff – Patient
  4. Manchester Orchestra – No Hard Feelings  (Avett Brothers cover)
  5. Hinds – Finally Floating
  6. Laura Veirs – Lightning Rod
  7. Medistation – Pool Of Blood
  8. Wye Oak – Lifer
  9. Eureka California – Mexican Coke











Riding the wake of critical praise for their debut release The Liar, The Fernweh release their second single, Is This Man Bothering You? which features guest vocalist, Alessi Laurent-Marke (Alessi’s Ark) on the Skeleton Key label. It is out tomorrow.

Using three looped drum kits, a wall of overdriven 12-string guitars, flute and Mellotrons in a heart-stopping rush of psych-folk-pop, the band’s distinctly English, coal-fired translation of the acid-soaked culture of decades lost shows through with subtly sinister lyrics that draw on terrifying British, cult-horror classics, such as Peeping Tom and the kitchen sink drama of BBC’s Dixon of Dock Green.

It all comes together in the video, made by maverick artist David Chatton Barker (one half of Folklore Tapes) using a found 16mm reel documentary set in Hockley, Birmingham in the 1960s. The reel was physically painted and splattered frame by frame using a rainbow of inks, then scanned-in and re-edited to fit the song.

Watch below.

Steven Adams & The French Drops have shared their new krautrock inspired single Free Will, which is taken from their new album Virtue Signals, due out via Hudson Records on 4th May (pre-order it  here).

Railing against the iniquities of the world, Adams (the former songwriter/singer/guitarist with The Broken Family Band and Singing Adams) can’t help but be witty and empathetic even as he rages, and the fury is wrapped inside characteristically sweet melodies.

Watch the video, which combines cut-and-paste animation with 80s video graphics, and then stream the album’s barbed first single Bad Apples too.


  1. Pop. 1280 – When No One Cares
  2. Speedy Ortiz – Lean In When I Suffer
  3. Hiss Golden Messenger – Passing Clouds
  4. Willie Breeding – Ride On
  5. Snail Mail – Pristine
  6. Dead Tongues – Won’t Be Long
  7. King Tuff – Thru The Cracks (feat. Jenny Lewis)
  8. ESCONDIDO – You’re Not Like Anybody Else











Ben Littlejohn and Denis Sager, otherwise known as Bent Denim, make glitchy, lush, Americana and dream-indie for the defeated – the kind that envelopes you whole and talks to you like an old friend. They have shared the brief, but exquisitely insular Chasing Catherine, the first track from their forthcoming new album Town and Country.

Have a listen.


Okkervil River have released a new song and video Pulled Up The Ribbon, it is the second new track from their forthcoming album In The Rainbow Rain, out  27th April on ATO Records.

The song is a hooky, uptempo track with a yearning, wide screen feel. The epic and esoteric video follows the band as they embark on a mystical journey that seems to transcend time.

Watch below.


Fiancé Announce Feverdream EP

Posted: March 13, 2018 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Pop, Rock

With a blend of hypnotic guitars and hauntingly sad melodies, Delaware indie rock outfit Fiancé’s latest woozy release tackles singer Andrew Fusca’s bouts with anxiety and depression.

The four track EP is titled Feverdream and will be available imminently via their Bandcamp page (until then you can make do with their self-titled EP which is available on a pay what you want deal, also via Bandcamp.)

Listen to the pulsing, mesmerising Wing and the more unsettled, queasier Worms from the EP below.



Introducing >>> Wing Defence

Posted: March 6, 2018 in Indie, Music, Pop, Rock

Not much information available about Aussie duo Wing Defence. Aside from the netball connotations, they have delivered a sublime single of indie pop with Stuck.

An infectious melody of major earworm quality is shot through with a core of wonderfully bitter lyrics.

Ones to watch. Stream it below.