The Lightning Year – The Needle

Straight out of the ’80s, just left of Depeche Mode, The Human League and all, the latest beaut from The Lightning Year feels nostalgic and brand new in one fell swoop – leaving you with the feeling that you’ve straddled decades to the extent that you might have a couple of rips in your favourite jeans. Never mind,…

We Were Glue – Birthday

If you’re the kind of sad sack who’s been reading this nonsense for a couple of years you might just about have a vague understanding when I say the debut corker from Scousers We Were Glue has the rumblings of Cavaliers about it. For anyone else, it’s like an up-to-date TDCC with vocals that are as dry…

Two Islands – Heaven

Complete with a video that you DEFINITELY shouldn’t be watching if you’re epileptic in any way, the new one from Two Islands is catchier than whatever it is that’s making me itch. Soft and tender vocals (and even softer and tender-er harmonies) sit atop a cascade of claps, delicious bass and god knows what else to create…

Annabel Allum – Eat Greens

Without a doubt, Annabel Allum is up there in the top five artists that has wrestled their way into my flaky ears in 2017. Last single ‘Rich Backgrounds‘ was always going to need something special to follow it if she was really going to pull you in by the lapels and – luckily for all of us – ‘Eat Greens‘…

Orchards – Darling

Oh darling, darling, you really shouldn’t have, I don’t deserve this. I can’t believe you got me a shiny new beauty from Orchards — it only dropped just today I believe, how did you know I’d love it so much? Well, I mean, who wouldn’t love this? It’s so perfectly delivered like a pizza that has…

Bryde & Little Rêd @ Camden Assembly

Firstly, it’s The Barfly, if you’ve ever been there you know full well it’s The Barfly, let’s move on. Having waxed lyrical about the excellence of Bryde‘s tunes on a few previous occasions, I finally had the pleasure of seeing her live as she headlined a rather busy Camden Assembly on a Wednesday night which saw my…

Colour Of Spring – Echoes

SHOEGAZE ALERT! SHOEGAZE ALERT! Everybody stop whatever you’re doing and focus so intently on your laces that you’re bound to cause some concern among those around you but, seriously, this is a gauzy gem that you’re simply not going to want to miss. Colour Of Spring – a Leeds-based musical beat group, I believe – are about…