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FRESHLY pressed and starched, collars buttoned just so, Home Counties are back pursuing an ever more addictive, spasming line in capitalist critique encapsulated in wiry, fractured punk-funk. It’s like The Fire Engines were back among us, and hell we needed this. “White Shirt / Clean Shirt” continues their Beckettian lyrical railing against the rat race, …

MINT JULEP, the halcyon, dreamy musical confection of Hollie and Keith Kenniff (aka Goldmind), are to release a new album, In a Deep & Dreamless Sleep, on Western Vinyl on March 19th; and one listen to the gorgeous “Pulse”, the new single, and you’ll see how deliciously apt a title they’ve picked. Beginning in clicky …

FIRST things first: we’ve got a bit of a crush on Bleach Lab. The Buckinghamshire dreampop outfit fronted by Jenna Kyle who now call South London home have just dropped one final single ahead of their debut EP, A Calm Sense of Surrounding, out in just ten days; it’s called “Flood”, it’s a heavier confection …

TUVABAND is the dreamlike solo project of Norwegian singer, songwriter, and producer, Tuva Hellum Marschhäuser, whose third full-length offering to the world, Growing Pains & Pleasures, will out in the world in the May – and sees her change direction once again. Her first album, Soft Drop, was airy, ghostly and cinematic, while the second, …

TROUBADOUR genius touched by the hand of the Tim Buckley, collaborator on some very fine albums, sole architect of yet other records that fall very much in that same category, and one of the funniest tweeters in music, Ryley Walker has just dropped a new track, “Axis Bent”, from his early April album Course In …

FORMER Idlewild man turned solo songcrafter of considerable talent, Roddy Woomble has finally turned his hand to a follow-up to 2017’s The Deluder; he’ll be releasing his new album, Lo! Soul, in May, by way of previewing which he’s just dropped a lead single, the (almost) title track “Lo Soul”. Take a listen and read …

WE’VE fallen pretty damn hard for Graywave, the self-styled “dreampop from the West Midz” project of Jess Webberley, on a couple of occasions in recent times; there was her previous single “Before”, from the beginning of the year, which we noted as being “full of that thrill and dusky elegance you get from the Cocteau …

Sydney singer-songwriter Jonas Nicholls, formerly of indie pop outfit SURES, has continued down this path with the release of the shimmering track ‘The Way I Fear’, under the name Offshore Projects. The chiming, bubbling guitars form a lovely circular and chunky base up on which Nicholl’s voice soars – melancholic and heavenly harmonies form a …

AMY ILLINGWORTH and Lily Stury-Bolshaw, the Leeds-based musicians who fashion fine music together as Sunflower Thieves, have shared their new single “Don’t Mind The Weather”, ahead of its release as part of the Come Play With Me 7” singles club later this month; before you toddle off and invest in the physical, which you absolutely …

ALWAYS grinning devilishly from the corner of the room, observing the way music was unfolding with a knowing gaze, an askance understanding, Cathal Coughlan, the intelligence behind Microdisney and The Fatima Mansions, has always been a joyous thorn in the side of alternative music. He’s been away a decade – how did that happen? The …