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‘Avalanche’, the new album from Italian shoegaze behemoths, CLUSTERSUN, clearly sets out its sonic intent from the very beginning. ‘Desert Daze’ is an aural buzzsaw, tilting along a thundering rhythm section with sonorous, razor sharp guitars and impassioned vocals. It is a wall of sound filtered through by flange, reverb and feedback that leaves one …

Italian duo 7Mondays have just released their debut EP ‘Sent’: a collection of three songs that draw strongly on a shoegaze sound tempered with a touch of emo and post punk rock. The EP is topped and tailed by an intro and outro effects. Opening track ‘What’s Best to Die For’ is a shifting, changing …

Brenso (from Bologna’s slang BREve + inteNSO — Short +  Heavy) formed in Bologna in 2019.  The band defines its music as post-covid, over-the-counter rock, influenced by the many sounds and experiences of its members: from Grunge to Desert rock, through punk, hard rock and 1970s psychedelia. The  Demo-EP ‘Brenso’ was recorded in a one-day …

Backseat Mafia is honoured to premiere the new vibrant and cinematic single from Italian indie rockers The Ghibertins – a visceral and sinewy track that has an endless vista, wider than the sky, and is just as immersive and mesmerising. It’s an anthemic, emotional roller coaster that is bold and magnificent. A punchy and scything …

There is a cool and assured swagger to ‘Lime’, the new track by Little Suspicions, that gives it a bright and fresh vigour. The attendant element of theatricality – crooning vocals, a kind of sixties gloss to the thundering reverb-soaked guitars, sweeping strings and doo-wop backing vocals – gives this track an indelible sheen. Of …

We are extremely delighted to premiere the lyric video for Italian indie shoegaze band The Backlash. And what a track it is. Shard-like chiming guitars soar over a spine-crushing rhythm section with an epic, cinematic intro before the song rushes full tilt into a driving, insistent and pulse-quickening pace. The song crashes and recedes like …

HAILING from the northern Italian city of Turin, Cijan are quickly making a name for their themselves on the domestic scene. Their debut longform set, REA-0919, was released last year; and they were on the bill at Milan’s destination fest for all things shoegaze and post-rock, A State of Flux. New single “Homecoming” tickles all …

Italian producer and DJ Slim One has released a new single, “Mass Murdering,” which features rappers Blacastan and Madhattan. His new album, IL GENIO DEL MALE, drops July 3rd, and will be released by the underground hip hop label Frank’s Vinyl Records. The song is the artists’ response to police violence and protests now affecting …

In the midst of the rather oppressive age of isolation, Italian band Richard’s Orchestra have released a single that is infused with a sense of bucolic joy – fitting given the band comes from the gorgeous area of Reggio Emilia. ‘Amazing Sunrise’ is a trippy, psychedelic song, seemingly born out of the sixties, haunting and …

Backseat Mafia is very honoured to premiere today the phenomenal new video by Italian band Unruly Girls. ‘Black Love’ is off their recently released album ‘Epidemic’ – an album I rated a 9.1 out of 10 – and is a typically unhinged, anarchic and thundering production, yet is antithetically tinged with a sense of poignancy. …