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“YOU want me to love myself, more than I love anyone else / I tire of myself sometimes, just like I tire of you … do I need you, do I want you, do I hate you … I’m here for you, even if you don’t want me to be”. So offers Raphaelle Standell-Preston during …

IT’S been reported across C86 newsgroups and fan sites over the past 48 hours that Alex Taylor, dulcet singer with Edinburgh’s great and ramshackle Shop Assistants and later of The Motorcycle Boy, has died – as long ago as 2005. The Shop Assistants formed in the Scottish capital in 1984, and were originally called Buba …

OFF THE back of their debut single, “You Got Me” last month, South London’s PELA have shared their second outing, “South Of”.  It’s a beguiling, dazed bliss of a track, with an underscore of Rhodes shimmer and a lazy break shuffling forward, courtesy Olly Shelton; south-of-the-river chanteuse Hannah Coombes drips honeyed sun over the top.  …

DAVID MORRIS, proud Falmothian and singer with Red River Dialect – the six-piece who’ve brought us some of the most vital of British folk-rock over the past decade – has shared a solo sketch. Described by David as “a lockdown love letter to my housemates”, “The Ballad of Ross Wyld” strips back the layered instrumentation …

KRISTIAN GROSTAD is a fjordgutten – a “fjord boy”. Hailing from Steinkjer on the craggy Norwegian west coast, an eight-hour drive from Oslo, Kristian grew up in a musical household and began writing music when he received a guitar as a gift. A move to Oslo not long afterwards inspired a wave of creativity as …

JULY 10th will finally see Margo Price’s hotly anticipated third studio album, That’s How Rumors Get Started, hit the shelves. With its original release date of May 8th trashed by the escalating disease crisis – and indeed, the album is still showing with that release date at some places online – the 27-year-old Illinoisan admits …

CHARTING the times we are in, with all the fear, anger, hostility and frustration inherent, is something of a mission for Finlay Anderson – the man behind those purveyors of sonic terror, Internet Death. Still a teenager, the Christchurch, New Zealand producer has distilled down the dark matter of our times into a sandstorm of …

STRAIGHT outta Paisley on the back of the C86 guitar pop wave, Close Lobsters were a little unfortunate to fly under the radar compared to some of their contemporaries. The pristine jangle shimmer of singles such as “ Never Seen Before” and “Going To Heaven To See If It Rains” led to a brace of …

STEPPING out on her own after underpinning the work of acclaimed fellow travellers such as Appalachian purists The Black Twig Pickers, it’s time for Sally Anne Morgan to take a little of the limelight.  She has released “Thread Song” ahead of her debut full-length set, Thread, for Chicago’s eclectic and rather cool Thrill Jockey imprint, …

A TREMULOUS, held guitar note, fed through fuzz and vibrato, with the raw quality of a wire fence shuddering in the wind; a darkly delicate piano arpeggio, as if remembered from the end of sleep. The tune has the quality of a haunted fairground under brooding skies.  And so we’re into the dark world of …