Premiere: Versari exclusively unveil for us their new EP Brûle: an epic filled with glorious edits and remixes casting a whole new light on the originals

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Meet: The Coral’s James Skelly takes us through the inspirations for the new album ‘Coral Island’, the magic of memories, and how The Coral are the Robbie Fowler of the music industry.

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Album Review: The Raft releases the shimmering and dreamy album ‘Summerheads and Winter Beds’

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Wreckless Eric (born Eric Goulden) released the brilliant “Whole Wide World” in 1977 (covered more recently by Cage the Elephant) and perfectly captured the late seventies post punk new wave zeitgeist with its laconic delivery and nihilistic lyrics. I suppose one could argue that this was a classic one hit wonder but Goulden, part of …

The legendary musician, songwriter, artist and poet, P.J. Harvey, has just released a collaboration with British composer Harry Escott called ‘An Acre of Land’, the theme to mystery/thriller Dark River, the latest film by Director Clio Barnard. It is a gorgeous folk-tinged lament that showcases Harvey’s haunting vocals and expressive lyrics over delicate tendrils of …

Æ MAK are a dreamy electro pop group from Ireland whose new single, ‘Glow’, is an enigmatic, haunting number. Singer Aoife McCann’s distinctive and evocative voice floats above bubbling sparse musical bedrock at the start which evolves into a darker, rumbling synth base: It’s a lush piece of aural stimulation that massages the mind. Æ …

Uniquely combining a sneering indie rock attitude and dance floor electronica, the new single from US artist Isador (the solo work of Warren Heller) is a sonic rush. Heller says “I wrote ‘Jungle’ when I was living with my parents in New Jersey, I had just been signed to a record deal and was traveling …

Mallrat is the project of Brisbane resident Grace Shaw who has been receiving a great deal of well-deserved interest – firstly across Australia and now internationally. Mallrat has been selected to play at the legendary SXSW and will be doing some dates in the US to coincide. Her new release, ‘UFO ft Allday’ represents well …

In 1975, Rowland S. Howard wrote a song called ‘Shivers’, one of the best songs ever to come out of Australia and indeed anywhere (in my humble opinion) at the tender age of 16. Originally written for Howard’s first band,The Young Charlatans, Howard took the song, ‘Shivers’, with him when he joined another local Melbourne …

Backseat Mafia recently interviewed Halifax band The Orielles following the release of a couple excellent singles in anticipation of their debut album, “Silver Dollar Moment” due out on 16 February 2018. We’ve had a listen to the album and it really is an extraordinary debut. Sweet harmonies over a scuzzy layer of instruments is not …

Taken from their self titled debut album, Showing my Face is a brilliant electro-goth romp infused with cool yet not self-absorbed swagger matched with a stunning video that perfectly captures their theatrical steampunk stomp. The Swedish duo, Niklas Rundquist and J.P Cleve on vocals, are not newcomers to the scene – in fact the former …

Backseat Mafia were highly impressed by Melburnian native Eilish Gilligan‘s single “Creature of Habit” late last year – a haunting, sparse piece of electronica that highlighted Gilligan’s extraordinary vocals. Gilligan is back with S.M.F.Y., which, almost impossibly, ups the ante. Instrumentally this is a far more complex dance-orientated piece with synth riffs and a driving …

There is no doubt that the vocals of Swedish duo ShapeShiftingAliens (SSA) will immediately make you think of David Bowie, and there are echoes of some other of my favourite vocalists from Nick Cave, Wayne Hussey (Sisters of Mercy), Blixa Bargeld (Einstürzende Neubauten). Vocal style alone, however, does not a great band make and SSA …