Sonny Syd explores the highs and lows of adolescence on ‘Try Again In Green.’
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by lloydbolton52
10h ago
His third single is a brooding personal exploration, brightened by notes of lyrical optimism and masterfully minimal guitar layers. Photo: Callum McGuinness | Words: Otis Hayes ‘Try Again In Green’ is the third single from London based folk artist Sonny Syd, following 2023’s ‘Sooner See’ and ‘Dry Stone Love.’ On this occasion, Syd’s lyrics take on a nostalgic quality as he dives deep into his psyche, reminiscing on childhood memories good and bad. Syd creates a soundscape which lifts and lowers the listener as he delivers poetic lyrics to reflect the tumult of youth and the ups and downs of fa ..read more
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Rowan and Friends’ debut album proves the existence of ‘Rock N Roll Super Powers.’
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by lloydbolton52
10h ago
Speaking of a love of songcraft and the richness of York’s music scene, it is an outstanding and affirming debut. Words: Lloyd Bolton Rowan and Friends have ‘Rock N Roll Super Powers,’ or so their spokesperson/lead singer and songwriter, Rowan, declares. “I’ve got Rock N Roll Super Powers, I can play for hours and hours.” A leading force in the York scene as a live staple, open mic regular and an industrious promoter, Rowan does have some legitimacy to the claim. The lyric from the title song, reportedly inspired by seeing Pavement a few years back, speaks to this way of life. With speakers co ..read more
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Ugly lead the latest lineup drop from Left of the Dial.
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by lloydbolton52
2d ago
The Rotterdam festival builds a more international picture with their second batch of artists. Words: Lloyd Bolton As 2024 kicks into gear, Rotterdam’s Left of the Dial, our favourite festival on the continent, continues to expand, with a fresh set of acts sourced from the finest small scenes across Europe and beyond. Building on an initial bill that heavily represented the UK’s finest new artist (including Lou Terry and Man/Woman/Chainsaw), this selection includes more international names, including the Japanese glitch punk duo HYPER GAL, the charming Franco-American dream indie duo Special F ..read more
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The Last Whole Earth Catalog’s ‘If Only’ is a long and winding gem.
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by lloydbolton52
6d ago
The latest single from the prolific group is a welcome return after 2023’s excellent ‘Do You Face the Brutal Reality.’ Words: Lloyd Bolton ‘If Only’ is the latest release from The Last Whole Earth Catalog, the prolific and consistently surprising group that centres around the songs of Dan Parr. Like many of the group’s defining songs, it winds between moods and moments, guided here by Parr’s jangling and idiosyncratic riffs and gentle voice. A rolling opening swirls into a more jagged middle section where the lyrics lament the world’s woes with a list of ‘If only’s,’ Parr’s plaintive voice for ..read more
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Pop Miri releases dreamy, surf-tinged new single ‘Battery Acid.’
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by lloydbolton52
6d ago
Bathing in intimate lo-fi shimmers, the new single from Pop Miri serves up balmy, heart-break tonic. Photo: Jack Tennant | Words: Elvis Thirlwell After an opening 20 seconds of brooding, muffled Musique concrète, South London solo artist Pop Miri quickly reveals their true agenda with a wash of reverberating guitar chords and a tender, intimate vocal.  Offering a luscious, velvety embrace of lo-fi dream-pop, ‘Battery Acid’ falls gently down to the earth like a cloud of falling autumn leaves; a real comfort, and one indeed for the wee small, candlelit hours. With a little of La Luz in its ..read more
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Goblin band debut with a vital rendition of ‘The Prickle Holly Bush.’
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by lloydbolton52
1w ago
A word-of-mouth success from the folk revival scene, their exciting debut does not disappoint. Illustration: Alex Merry | Words: Brad Sked Amidst Britain’s latest folk revival we’ve seen the rise of the likes of Daisy Rickman, Shovel Dance Collective and The New Eves. One new name among these has swiftly and steadily risen up lineups and grown in reputation as word-of-mouth spread. Now, with their first single, Goblin Band have surfaced with their recorded debut. The wonderfully named sextet share their eagerly anticipated debut, ‘The Prickle Holly Bush’, released via Broadside Hacks Recording ..read more
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“Everyone’s trying to understand the song as it goes:” An Interview with Bingo Fury.
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by lloydbolton52
2w ago
Ahead of the release of his debut album, ‘Bats Feet for a Widow,’ we delve into the process and self-teaching that shaped it. Photos: Holly de Looze | Words: Lloyd Bolton Bingo Fury brings with him an way of perceiving life, moods and smoky scenes, evoked by atonal pianos, screeches of cornet and overlapping memories of basement venues and lonely walks home. ‘Bats Feet for a Widow,’the debut album from the Bristol-based artist known to civilians as Jack Ogborne, releases on Friday, an impressive, whole work that captures the best of the 24-year-old’s imagination for experimentation and moderni ..read more
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‘Slow Dance ’23’ is a diverse and inspiring source of innovative ideas.
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by lloydbolton52
2w ago
The label lives up to its ‘tastemaker’ reputation on an excellent iteration of its annual compilation. Above: feeo | Words: Lloyd Bolton Slow Dance’s annual compilation is a consistent celebration of the fruits of the scene, repeatedly making the case that this label is the best in touch with what is happening right now on London’s alternative scene and beyond. In recent years, they have cast their net a little wider, featuring some artists from beyond the UK, but its bedrock is still innovative recordings, experiments and demos from the range of London sounds. Opening the compilation, Plutoz ..read more
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King Gizzard, Dry Cleaning and Squid among standout names at Wide Awake 2024.
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by lloydbolton52
3w ago
The instant classic festival is ready once more to live up to its reputation as a tastemaking party at Brockwell Park. Last year’s festival by Luke Dyson | Words: Lloyd Bolton Gizz fans of the world unite! And while we’re at it, let’s gather all the fans of music’s weird and wonderful for the London scene’s annual love-in, Wide Awake. With a lineup that captures the mood of the city’s alt music fans like no other (helped by the fact that it is run by some of the best promoters in town), the festival is always a must for those within reach of Brixton’s Brockewell Park. The big headline this yea ..read more
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IDLES and Slowdive lead End of the Road’s first lineup announcement.
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by lloydbolton52
3w ago
Joined by headliners Fever Ray and Bonnie “Prince” Billy, the lineup is rich with delights from the best music outside the mainstream. Photo: IDLES | Words: Lloyd Bolton End of the Road returns to Dorset this August, always a highlight of the High Festival Season. Its rolling hills of campsites, beautiful grounds and relatively small capacity makes for an especially sociable festival experience, while its winding woods make for the best spots for mischief for children and adults alike. Reliably bringing together the very best artists from outside of the mainstream, its lineup can define a year ..read more
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