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It’s Thursday evening, April the 8th. Every day has suddenly felt like a month in itself, as we near the end of a year-long disconnection from the world. I feel the need to say this because : we need live music back. We need to share that magic created instantaneously when performers grace the stage, …

New Morning Blues band photo

New Morning Blues is a new folk collaborative project from wife and husband Joanna Backovic and Ian de Sylva. They’ve just released their first single, A Face in the Mirror, and you can get it here. They’ve also announced their debut album – London – which is out on 5th June. They create a beguiling and …

Sheffield trio Polyhymns are gearing up for the release of their debut EP ‘Hybrid Sunday’, available on Limited Edition 10” Lathe Cut Vinyl with Sheffield’s Do It Thissen Record Label, and deliberately scheduled to fit in with Bamdcamps first Friday of the month offers – do yourselves a favour, right? From the EP we’re delighted to …

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 …

ACROSS a trio of albums for Drag City leading into the 21st century – The Rye Bears A Poison, Daylight SavIng and The Night Is Advancing, Callander’s Appendix Out made some of the gentlest, most spellbinding alt.folk you’ll ever have the pleasure of tipping into your ears. After the release of The Night Is Advancing …

Since emerging on seminal Scottish label Fence (King Creosote, Pictish Trail) in 2006, Diana De Cabbarus, aka Candythief, has released a succession of critically acclaimed records with a distinctly Alt/Folk/Psych vibe, culminating in this years third full length album, ‘Imaginary Medals’. Latest track ‘Today’, continues in that vein, accompanied by this dazzling animated video, premiered …

I first heard Elkhorn, the New York City based, long term friends, Jesse Shepard and Drew Gardner, whilst searching out new and interesting sounds to balance my equilibrium. The duelling duo had just digitally released the name your price ‘LIVE at Rhizome’. An album featuring tracks from their eponymous debut release ‘Elkhorn’ on fellow NYC …

Black and white image of the band Pascal Pinon

Pascal Pinon prove that absence makes their songwriting grow stronger with the chilling beauty of new album’ Sundur’. If Pascal Pinon’s 2013 album ‘Twosomeness’ was about sisters Ásthildur and Jófríður Ákadóttir being together, new album ‘Sundur’ – from the Icelandic proverb “sundur og saman” meaning “apart and together” – reflects on their separation. While Ásthildur …

Calexico - Albert Hall - Manchester

Calexico made a welcome return to the UK after a couple of years’ absence in support of their brilliant new album – Edge of The Sun – and we were there to see them at Manchester’s Albert Hall. This was only one of three British gigs for Calexico so the venue was packed to the gills with people of …