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INVOKING the righteous bluegrassy, feminine country strength of a fine line of songwriters that stretch back through First Aid Kit and Shelby Lynne, and right on back to Dolly back herself, Scottish country chanteuse Rianne Downey is back and proud with her strumsomely lovely new single, “Do Or Die”, in which she moves on from …

FLOODED with pure catchiness aimed straight at your grin glands, the completely irrepressible Lottery Winners are straight outta Leigh with a song which summer itself might’ve designed, “Favourite Flavour”. Lyrically centred on all the fun and sweet things, chocolate chip and buttercream, berry sauce and ice cream, it’s a cute-as proper lurvesong. “When I come …

LIVERPOOL’S upbeat popsters Red Rum Club are gonna be swinging into autumn with a new album, in which the sextet are gonna unveil a dastardly plan couched in well-turned tunesmithery – How To Steal The World. Top hats, twizzling ‘taches and some bloody decent tunes. Wanna hear a first single? Good-o, because “Nightcalling” is with …

COMING armed with a clutch of proper old-skool, downhome country tunesmithery from the east of Glasgow, Rianne Downey is singing proud and strong on what’s only her second single drop, “Stand My Ground”, the proper rootsy pop inflections of which you can hear below. It’s as if our very own Dolly P had got her …

Holly Macve

Brighton based singer songwriter Holly Macve has revealed the video for “Be My Friend”. A blend of country dream-pop, complete with slide guitar, with Macve’s wistful delivery over the top. A little reminiscent of singers such as Neko Case or Caitlin Rose, it’s a late night saloon bar sound that somehow matches a sugar sweet …

‘Another State’ is the new dreamy and hypnotic single from the very exciting Tourists, and accompanies news of the release of the eponymously titled debut album due out on 20 November through Modern Sky. ‘Another State’ creates a mesmerising fugue – awash with gurgling and bubbling synths and layered vocals, ultimate dream pop to assuage …

AS THE rain starts to wrap us in autumn, at least Liverpudlian sextet Red Rum Club are here to bring a little thoughtful pop sunshine. Today they’ve dropped a video for “The Elevation”, a sweet brass-led groove about a fractious relationship in the WhatsApp age: when you get no reply even after “the ticks go …

Torquay five piece Tourists have released a shimmering new single, ‘Lego Man’, in anticipation of a much awaited new album later this year, and on announcing news of signing to record label Modern Sky. Singer Jamie Giles describes Lego Man as: …a song about love turning sour. It fascinates me how love can turn into something dark, …

BOTH the title and motive behind The Blinders’ new album seems remarkably timely. The album explores numerous internal struggles across its eleven tracks, whether through the tortured sense of self in the vocal catharsis of “Forty Days & Forty Nights” or the  cataclysmic depiction of an introvert’s breaking point on “Black Glass”, who refuses to …

THE BLINDERS’ latest track, “Black Glass”, is a seamlessly evolving, six-minute behemoth, is the final single to be featured from their upcoming album. The track begins tantalisingly slowly, before lead vocalist Thomas Haywood’s commanding “Black Glass” cry is subsequently offset by a parry of jolting lead guitar. The pace then catapults into a violent and …