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Album Review: Descendents – 9th & Walnut

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Album review: Adam Stafford – ‘Trophic Asynchrony’: Falkirk composer moves to a deep, cyclical set of formal minimalism to address the ecological state we’re in

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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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Well, it’s been a while hasn’t it?! But finally live music is back in England and what a way to start it off with the line up that Sabotage have put together in Manchester’s Yes Basement venue.  Getting down early, so much so the room is empty save for a sound engineer, it already feels …

He’s been part of a number of bands including the live setup for Tycho, but Billy Kim has only recently started to embark on a musical venture of his own. Back in March, the artist also known as Karaboudjan (yes, that is a The Adventures of Tintin reference) released his debut single ‘Seems Like’, and …

In February, the Vermont-based Moira Smiley released her most recent album In Our Voices, her attempt to reconnect with the world of a capella singing from which she came – regularly performing with VOCO, their plans for a tour of the US in early 2020 were scuppered for obvious reasons. Unable to perform live for …

Art punk duo Lung are gearing for the re,ease of their third album Come Clean Right Now on August 20th via Sofaburn Records, and we’re delighted to be able to premiere the new video for their track I’m nervous right here on Backseat Mafia this morning. The duo, classically trained singer and Cellist Kate Wakefield …

New York dark wave duo Xeno & Oaklander have announced their impending full-length release, Vi/deo, due out on 22 October via Dais Records. The album promises to further distil the group’s iconic noir synth-pop and is inspired by ideas of synaesthesia, scent, star worship, and obsolescent technologies. Duo Liz Wendelbo and Sean McBride conceived the …

YOU KNOW that if no less a renaissance man than Max Cooper is taking enough of an interest in what you’re sculpting in sound to sign you up for his label, Mesh, then you must be doing something not only very right, but also very interesting; Max really these days being at the forefront of …

New Zealander Isla Noon‘s single ‘Talk About Us’ is as perfect as a pop song can be – luscious layers of smooth music and a melody that enamps inside the brain, puts up its feet and sets up residence. All burnished by Noon’s gorgeous yearning vocals that have a greater range than the Southern Alps …

Sydney’s Imperial Broads, on the strength of their new single ‘Control’, are a perfect amalgam of day-glo bubble gum pop and cutting, excoriating gritty indie rock with shabby leather jackets. It’s a delightful mixture: a jangling , ringing, shimmering guitars, muscular wandering bass and celestial layered harmonies with a pop sensibility and euphoric afterglow. The …

With earphones on, ‘Daffodil’ from Melburnian Dull Reality – the solo work of Ben Shields – positively bubbles and snaps from one side of your head to the other – syncopated, arpeggiated popping sonics that massage, confuse and delight the ears. Over the top, Shields’s voice glides, swoops and circulates with melody: a contrapuntal force …

Singer/songwriter/producer Geoffrey O’Connor set my radar beeping with his release last month ‘For As Long As I Remember’, the reflective and delicate track featuring the dulcet vocals of Jonnine from the band HTRK as a duet. He has now returned with another blissful sunlit escapade, ‘What A Scene’, this time with Melbourne artist Sui Zhen stepping up to …