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KJ & THE FOX is the glimmering, shimmering indie project of Keith Johns Adams, who’s been releasing fun and beguiling, raw ‘n’ folksy indie tunesmithery for a while now as just himself (check out “Roughhousing”, which pitches itself at a lovely point partway between Billy Bragg and Hefner). He’s now happily ensconced with the his …

THERE’S been a little upswell in recent times of interesting and brilliantly evocative collaborations exploring the spoken word and the poetic, and how that plays against music. Slowly unfolding atmospheres, words chosen carefully, set to reduce to a fine and rich sauce, every syllable counting. The touchstone for me is Will Burns and Hannah Peel’s …

KAZUMICHI KOMATSU is a Japanese electronicist and multi-media artist who you can place quite firmly in a grand tradition of sonic playfulness and interrogation that also includes microsound artist Ryoji Ikeda (with whom he’s shared a stage – as well as The Field and Julia Holter) and the free-roaming IDM of Susumu Yokota. He’s been …

We are honoured to premiere the new single ‘The Great Divide’ from Melbourne-based indie band Dumb Whales. It’s an absolute thumping track: chiming, razor-sharp guitars carve their way over a steady and thunderous rhythm section featuring a rousing anthemic chorus and fulsome melodies. This is classic indie rock fashioned from sparkling guitars and celestial melodies. …

WE LOVE new and upcoming bands here at Backseat Mafia. It keeps us going, looking for that next band or song that just stops you dead and totally rearranges both your brain chemistry and your day. Isn’t that the gift of music? Ladies and gents, please be upstanding to welcome aboard the delicious rollercoaster of …

LLOYD MILLER is a polyglot, fluent in English, French, Persian and Dari, that being the Afghani Persian tongue; getting by in German, Swedish, and a few other languages; a multi-instrumentalist, reportedly at ease with three figures’ worth of different instruments at the last count; and a true statesman of not just jazz, but spiritual, Eastern …

We are delighted to be given the opportunity to premiere the video for the title track of Australian pianist/composer Pat Jaffe‘s debut album ‘Eldorado’. Unusually for us, this is a classical piece but one of such delicacy and charm that makes it enchanting for anyone who appreciates great music. ‘Eldorado’ has an inherent enigmatic and …

PORTUGUESE soul sister Marta Ren released her new single, “22:22”, last week; and has followed it with visuals which we’re delighted to premiere right here today on Backseat Mafia. She’s been fashioning tastily deep grooves since the 1990s, when she was a member of The Bombazines, but she burst on the soul scene in her …

PEOPLE SOUP is a new post-punk trio outta the capital of God’s Own Country, Leeds, comprised of singer-guitarist Harry Jones, bassist Ryan Walker and drummer Joe Willis. They’ve got it going on and have just released their first single, “Rosemary”, via the offices of Bandcamp, who’ve certainly come through as one of the good guys …

ALBUQUERQUE-based Bryce Hample, one-third of future sampledelia explorers REIGHNBEAU, also makes beautiful post-classical ambience as Hedia; and today he’s premiering the nature-minimalist video for “Untitled 1”, a lovely essay in viola de gamba (or viol), and piano, in which Bryce explores the luxurious reverberation of that instrument. We’ve embedded the video below; fans of Rachel’s …