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Parting – ‘Unmake Me’


Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate)’s Keith Latinen has collaborated with Ben Hendricks (Annabel), Gooey Fame (Dowsing) and Joyn Guynn to form Parting – and the band are set to release their debut EP ‘Unmake Me’ on 4 June via Count Your Lucky Stars (US) and strictly no capital letters (UK) records. There’s a…

Bitch Hunt – ‘Shapeshifter’ EP review


Queer indie/punk Londoners Bitch Hunt release their debut EP ‘Shapeshifter’ via Reckless Yes on limited edition CD and digital outlets on 28 May. The band say: ”Shapeshifter’ explores the difficult journeys that someone has to go through to navigate a cisheteronormative world, but does it in a mostly upbeat and triumphant tone. Themes include heartbreak…

Bedrooms band Ireland Afterglow EP review

Bedrooms – ‘The Afterglow’ EP review


Dublin-based four-piece Bedrooms self-release their debut EP, ‘The Afterglow’, on 30 April following praise from Clash, DIY, NME and NPR. Produced by Bill Ryder-Jones, the three songs are packed with heartfelt observations and tender melodies. Opener ‘For Today’ is a brooding piece that recalls the more sensitive side of ’90s rock (think a mixture of…

Laundromat music Red EP review

Laundromat – ‘Red’ EP


Toby Hayes releases ‘Red’ – the final instalment in a run of three EPs under his Laundromat moniker. Released via Brace Yourself Records, it opens with recent single ‘Flat Planet’, with Toby saying: ‘I kinda hear it like a St. Vincent song or something like that. Some tongue-in-cheek (but not) apocalyptic pop. An eye-roll pointed…

Gold Baby – ‘Rabbits’ EP review


Gold Baby self-release their debut EP, ‘Rabbits’, on 26 March. The four songs find Si├ón Alex offering astute observations on everything from her own struggles with OCD to female identity, American ghost towns and the medieval notion of cockaigne – an imaginary place of luxury where physical comforts and pleasures are always availble. Sole drumbeats…

En Garde – ‘Debtors’ EP review


Akron, OH-based duo En Garde (Ross Horvath – vocals/guitar – and Andy Hendricks – drums) have shared a collection of songs recorded back in 2012 with Joe Reinhart (Hop Along, Algernon Cadwallader) via the always sublime Count Your Lucky Stars Records. The EP opens with the urgent, intense and impassioned ‘Our Hands’. Reminding us of…

Blanketman band National Trust EP review

Blanketman – ‘National Trust’ EP review


Already favourites of Annie Mac, Steve Lamacq, Marc Riley and Lauren Laverne, Manchester four-piece Blanketman are getting set to release their new EP, ‘National Trust’. The songs cover everything from the band’s exasperation at Britain’s national identity to personal fears, escapism and the consequences of financial, social and geographical divisions. The early Maximo Park-style art…

Juliet Quick – ‘Glass Years’ EP review


Brooklyn-via Hudson Valley singer songwriter Juliet Quick releases her new ‘Glass Years’ EP – five songs full of poignant storytelling, spare acoustics, playful synths, stirring strings and lap steel. The EP opens with recent single ‘Circles’ and Juliet delivering the lines ‘Don’t know what to do with myself lately, I’m not that driven. Funny how…