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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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See: The monochrome video for Trevor Sensor’s ‘Chiron, Galactus’: an instant classic of mourning, cathartic Americana

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Album review: New Bums – ‘Last Time I Saw Grace’: Ben and Donovan reveal an unexpected treat

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IT’S SHIMMERING, it’s languorous, with a classically rousing indie glow, a clicky bass propelling it forward as guitars and keyboards combine in a glitter that’s part shoegazey, part classic-era Chills or the like. A But wait, what’s that going on lyrically, sung so sweetly; the old plague slogan, “bring out your dead?” And then it …

Camp 8 is New Zealand born, Melbourne resident Reuben Apirana whose voice should be preserved and used for the future good of humanity in some way. It’s medicine for the mind and soul. Its rich deep mellifluous tones are applied with delicacy and precision to his new track ‘Honey’; a transfixing piece of music that …

Last month we premiered the glorious jingle jangle pop of Restless Leg‘s ‘The World’s A Room’: an archetypal antipodean indie rock classic with its lilting melodies and indelible refrain. Now the band has put some vision to the sound and released a charming video featuring the band performing in the interior of a crumbling mansion …

‘Welcome to the Ages, by Australian band Anatomy Class is pure and unsullied indie pop that jingles and jangles with harmonious intent. It is a privilege to premiere this little slice of heaven on Backseat Mafia where we are sure you will agree, it is absolutely cooks. All the essential ingredients are there for this …

17-year-old Kansas singer-songwriter Evann McIntosh (they/them) announces exciting new album Character Development will be released on 27 August through Mom+Pop Music.  Written and recorded primarily in the rising star’s suburban bedroom, the 13-track collection mixes dark alt-pop and ethereal R&B with some hip-hop, jazz, and funk added to the mix. It’s an intimate tale of self-expression as it …

OPTIC NERVE, the Preston label which is repressing indie 7″s with love and care in its singles series, version 3.0 of which is with us now, have just added a single by Northumberland indiepoppers The Nivens to its canon. In recent times, the label has brought us reissues of The House of Love’s “Christine”, Revolving …

STELLAR frontwoman of the excellent funk freestylers The Mighty Mocambos Gizelle Smith has followed up her out-there-in-orbit cover of Kate Bush’s “King Of The Mountain” with a double drop of conscious, expansive, neo-psychedelic soul, “Better Remember (They’re Controlling You)” and “Miss World (Less Is More)”; and we’ve got that digital A-side for you to listen …

Heather Maine is the nom de plume of Olivia Regueira Garcia, a singer-songwriter and producer based in Sydney, Australia, and her new single ‘Dumb’ is an effervescent indie pop treat. While a current of melancholia haunts the delivery, there is a sunshine veneer filled with gorgeous layers of instrumentation – with some unexpected intrusions – …

Hamburg psych goth band Seasurfer released a magnificent and epic double album ‘Zombies, reviewed by me earlier this year. I wrote that it is an album packed full of anthemic dream pop songs that are differentiated from the pack by an electronic spine and dark-tinged gothic attack. Throughout the album, singer Apolonia’s voice is absolutely …

There is a raw visceral edge to the new single ‘Liquid Numbing Pain’ by Brisbane’s Lucy Francesca Dron that is really quite exquisite. Dron’s voice is infused with a late night insouciance, dripping with emotion and pain, soaring magnificently over a sparse rumbling soundtrack – insistent and driving, relentless. You cannot help but think of …