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EVERYONE’S favourite gravelly, bass-voiced, sad-eyed chronicler, Bill Callahan, has announced a new LP – Gold Record – just a year on since Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest. While Bill was preparing to take Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest  out on the road across the globe, for a period of perhaps a year, he opened the notebooks, pulled …

STEEPED in music and musicality for most of her life, Viennese chanteuse Sofie Fatourechi has been quietly working away in the industry in various guises for a long while; but now, after a paradigm shift in her life, it’s time for a little limelight for herself with her first album of songs, Cult Survivor, on …

THE BOX-FRESH, bounce-along-in-your-DMs zing of Jane’s Party really belies how long this Canadian four-piece have been in the game. Originally meeting in 2006, singer-guitarists Jeff Giles and Tom Ionescu, bassist Devon Richardson and drummer Zach Sutton are actually five albums deep into their recording career, but not for them the hoar and tarnish of too …

HE’S a man of talents, is Sean O’Hagan. Sometime member or creative force in Microdisney, Stereolab, and The High Llamas, he also turns a neat sentence, too. We haven’t heard from him musically in a little while, so my ears pricked up at the announcement of this one-off single release, “The Wild Are Welcome”, which …

TORONTO’S Little Kid are in the process of making the step up from Ontarian word-of-mouth cult act to the modern roots first team. The project of Kenny Boothby, Little Kid have shared the video for “All Night (Golden Ring)” as a taster for their LP Transfiguration Highway, which is out on July 3rd via Solitaire …

A DEMO recorded on a smartphone, and a paucity of vowels: from such humble seeds Yorkshire’s bdrmm have flowered into probably the most hotly tipped band on the rejuvenated shoegaze scene.  So how did it all begin for bdrmm? Frontman Ryan Smith details the moment. “I remember being in my bedroom before a 12-hour shift …

LONDON singer-songwriter Ellie Bleach taps into the spirit of baroque pop on her latest and very fine self-released single, “He Bought Me Nikes”. With a voice like the finest smokey chocolate, she drapes contralto lyrics that bite over a churchy organ strain, which summons The Dixie Cups’ girl-group classic “Chapel of Love”; mellotrons, and harpsichords. …

TRUNKY JUNO has been called ‘lo-fi’ in an attempt to slot him nicely into an ever more complicated musical map. And while some of the trademarks of that sub- (micro- ?) genre are definitely there, I would – to groans, necessarily – propose herewith that actually our dear Mr. Juno be referred to as ‘wide-fi’.  …

THE EXCELLENT Canadian baroque pop auteur Andy Shauf has announced a brace of live-streaming events for next Tuesday, June 30th. The shows, which will stream live from his home in Toronto, are ticketed; Andy aims to raise money for a number of beneficiaries, including the Parkdale Community Food Bank, in his adopted home city; the …

OUTTA the mountains of New South Wales, Imogen Clark has released a video for “My Own Worst Enemy”,  the second track to be culled from her upcoming six-tracker The Making of Me, which is set for an August 21st release.  Written with Australian indie star Alex Lahey, “My Own Worst Enemy” is a country-inflected, widescreen, …