Archive for the ‘Pop’ Category

Basic Plumbing – Bad Mood

Posted: December 3, 2019 in Indie, Music, Pop, Rock

In 2016 Patrick Doyle relocated from London to LA, midway through writing his new album – the follow up to his acclaimed release as Boys Forever. The self-titled album was Patrick’s debut as a solo artist after years of playing in well-loved indie bands including Veronica Falls, The Royal We and Sexy Kids.

Tragically, after completing the recording of the follow-up, Keeping Up Appearances, Patrick passed away aged just 32. With the support of his family and bandmate and friend Helen Skinner, Keeping Up Appearances will get a full release in January, with profits from sales going to charities chosen by Patrick’s family – LA’s LGBT Centre and UK’s CALM.

The album perfectly captures the live and punchy sound he had set about to achieve and is full of timeless indie pop hooks and effortlessly catchy melodies, whilst lyrically it tackles the end of a relationship, capturing the feeling of growing apart from the person you were once closest to with an unflinching directness.

Listen to Bad Mood from the record, and pre-order it here.


Ead Wood – Skin

Posted: November 29, 2019 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Pop, Psychedelic

Bristol’s Ead Wood has shared a breezy, kaleidoscopic slice of sun-dappled psych-pop. Skin came out yesterday via Leisure Records.

After his previous summer single Plum Cake, Skin adds grit and guts to Wood’s shimmering guitars and is an ode to the thing that unites us all: skin. But despite its relaxed demeanor, the track grapples with plenty of anxieties just below its surface.

Check out the video for the new single below, and you can also stream Plum Cake too.



Baxter Dury – Slumlord

Posted: November 26, 2019 in Alternative, Disco, Indie, Music, Pop, Rock

Slumlord is the brilliant first taste from Baxter Dury’s new album The Night Chancers, which will see a release in March next year.

As one of the UK’s most interesting songwriters, he once again inhabits the song like a second skin, waxing lyrical in a literate and sharply observed way that very few can even hope to emulate let alone match. It is a tale of the unpleasant, the tainted and the grotesque whilst still retaining a sense of something despairingly romantic about it. It is the musical equivalent of a bare lightbulb swinging in a dingy bedsit, casting sickly light on things you might not want to see, and then suddenly illuminating something that might break your heart.

Musically there are echoes of The Clash, of Straight to Hell perhaps, and some Nile Rodgers style funk that just settles into a groove that quickly becomes irresistible.

Best thing he’s ever done as far as we’re concerned and Slumlord has some tough competition.

Great video too.


More From Hurt Valley

Posted: November 19, 2019 in Americana, Folk, Music, Pop

Hurt Valley, the enigmatic folk-pop project of Los Angeles’ Brian Collins, has shared a new single from his forthcoming debut album Glacial Pace.

Due out on the 6th December, the record is inspired by Death Valley and also features the previously shared single Apartment Houses. It is available for pre-order from Bandcamp here.

But for now, the pastoral twang of opening track Geology Dreamer is a delight – stream it here.


Fusing influences ranging from psychedelia, indie and shoegaze, whilst soaking up the South African sounds around them, Cape Town’s HONEYMOAN have recently signed to Communion Records for the release of their second EP, Weirdo, and have shared the first single Still Here.

Listen below to the Bloc Party inspired drums combining with heavy washed out guitar to drive the distorted pop hooks up a notch.


Catch them live:

17 November – Manchester, Castle Hotel
19 November – Brighton, Hope and Ruin
20 November – London, Paper Dress Vintage

Thyla – Lenox Hill

Posted: November 14, 2019 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Pop, Post Punk, Rock

Lenox Hill is the second track to be shared from Brighton’s post-punkers Thyla. It comes from their forthcoming EP Everything At Once, which is out on the 24th January.

A sweet, almost pop, vocal sits atop a thrumming rhythm and some crunchy guitars and the whole lot combines into a very tasty anthem that just begs for a indie-kid singalong.

Stream it here.


Failed Flowers – Faces 7″

Posted: November 8, 2019 in Indie, Music, Pop, Rock

Formed by friends in 2014 during a summer spent obsessing about the Sarah Records catalog, Michigan band Failed Flowers quickly developed into a shadowy, high-speed pop vehicle. Drawing at first from the wistful sighs of Sarah, the group grew more of an edge as they progressed, evoking elements of C86 granularity and shoegaze blur. The original lineup of bassist Erin Davis, drummer Miles Haney, and dual guitarist/singers Fred Thomas and Autumn Wetli played around the midwest for about a year, releasing an eight song demo before Wetli left the band. Close friend and collaborator Anna Burch stepped in during the spring of 2015, amplifying both the harmonies and the disquiet. This new lineup recorded a nine-song mini album of sharper material that saw release on the 25 Diamonds label before Thomas left Michigan for Montreal and Burch began a solo career with her own pristine indie-pop tunes.

The band have remained sporadically active, playing the occasional gig, doing a short run of shows with Protomartyr in 2017 and getting together to write and record in the increasingly rare moments when all parties were available. The two songs on this newly released 7″ are the fruits of Failed Flowers’ most recent sessions and are a real treat.



Hailing largely from the West Coast, the project of Nelene Deguzman formed in Tucson, The Rifle has roots in bedroom solitude, taking days when you never leave the house and putting them to music.

New single Are You Having Fun Yet? is taken from their upcoming long player Honeyden (out on Burger Records on the 31st January) and it is as charming a slice of sweet indie as you’re likely to hear this side of Christmas. Its fuzzy, psych-pop filled heart is a absolute joy.

Stream it here.




Brooke Bentham’s new single, All My Friends Are Drunk is a song for lost youth and young adulthood.

With influences somewhere between Mazzy Star, Yo La Tengo, Sparklehorse and early Angel Olsen, the young singer/songwriter writes sharp and eloquent songs about her experiences and this one captures “that wishful longing for what was” in the self-destructivity of her and her peers.

It is a truly exemplary display of her talents – creamy overdriven guitars combine with driving rhythms and stunning vocals, giving a Sonic Youth-esque feel to her raw and emotive sound.

Stream it below.



Dry Cleaning have shared the second single off their forthcoming EP Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks.

Invigorating and thoughtful, Viking Hair has their trademark repetitive, melodic guitar motifs ringing out over an energised rhythm section that builds to a gradual crescendo.

Check out the video below, and also first single Sit Down Meal here. You can order the EP via Bandcamp here.