Camp Trash – ‘Downtiming’ EP review


A band steeped in mystery, Camp Trash are getting set to release their debut EP ‘Downtiming’ via Count Your Lucky Stars Records. The distorted pop-rock hooks of ‘Bobby’ opens the EP in refreshing and vibrant style. There’s perhaps a touch of The Lemonheads in the guitar sound as the band plea with the subject to…

Spectral Nights Top 5 EPs/mini albums of 2020


You don’t need us to tell you how much brilliant music has been released over the past 12 months to make things a little more bearable. Here are five of our favourites… Martha Hill – ‘Summer Up North’ (EP) Recorded entirely in lockdown, Summer Up North found Martha examining her mental health struggles, past actions…

Laundromat – ‘Green’ EP review


Laundromat (Meet Me in St Louis frontman Toby Hayes) releases the ‘Green’ EP via Brace Yourself Records. It follows the success of the ‘Blue’ EP back in the springtime. Having already received acclaim from Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq and Dork magazine, the three pieces of bedroom pop find Toby embracing influences ranging from Broadcast to…

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Phoebe Bridgers – ‘Copycat Killer’ EP review


Phoebe Bridgers releases an EP featuring stripped-back, orchestral reworks of four of the songs on her album of the year contender, ‘Punisher’. These new versions have all been recorded with GRAMMY Award-winning arranger and string player Rob Moose. ‘Kyoto’ is one of the defining songs of 2020 and here’s it’s slowed down to just Phoebe’s…

Martha Hill – ‘Summer Up North’ EP review


Martha Hill shares her eagerly awaited ‘Summer Up North’ EP this weekend. The Newcastle-based musician worked remotely with producer Julien Flewon on these five songs during lockdown, recording them via Zoom. Martha says the overriding concept of these songs sums up simpler times (well, the ‘old normal’ that we’re all so desperate to return to):…

Tomberlin – ‘Projections’ EP review


Sarah Beth Tomberlin follows up 2018’s beautiful ‘At Weddings’ album with her new EP, ‘Projections’. This release follows appearances on Jimmy Kimmel and tours with emo heroes including American Football, Alex G and Andy Shauf. The EP opens in subtle style with ‘Hours’, an understated song that reminded us of Tim Kasher’s solo material with…