Lael Neale – ‘Acquainted with Night’


Lael Neale has shared her self-directed video for ‘Acquainted with Night’, the title track from her new album (out now via Sub Pop and available to order physically on white vinyl* via megamart.subpop.com, select independent retailers in North America, in the U.K.). Lael says the concept is ‘another homemade video that explores my complex relationship…

Eades – ‘Former Warnings Cluster’


Eades have announced they’ve signed to Heist or Hit (Pizzagirl, Her’s, Hannah’s Little Sister) and shared the Wes Anderson-inspired video for new single ‘Former Warnings Cluster’. The new single finds them channeling their inner Graham Coxon or Stephen Malkmus with its wiry, fuzzy and spiky melodies, while the beats and back-and-forth vocals – not to…

Italia 90 – ‘Borderline’


London four-piece Italia 90 have shared new single ‘Borderline’ ahead of its release on 7″ in April (order via Bandcamp here). Slotting nicely into a slot near Yard Act, TV Priest and Life, the new single finds the band taking aim ‘at the failed third-way ideology that led to our present political moment’. With sardonic…

Bad Idea – ‘Happy’


Rose Coloured Records signings Bad Idea have shared new single ‘Happy’ – a song described by the Leeds-based four-piece as ‘a sad sounding song about feeling good, describing the surprise appearance of positive thoughts during a slump’. Opening with woozy Cocteau Twins atmospherics, the track finds Sarah Sefton trying to make sense of these chinks…

The Hold Steady – ‘Open Door Policy’ album review


The Hold Steady return with ‘Open Door Policy’, the follow-up to 2019’s critically revered ‘Thrashing Thru the Passion’. The now six-piece again worked with producer Josh Kaufman to deliver 10 richly developed pieces of storytelling that examine issues including wealth, power, capitalism, ambition, opportunism and survival… Gentle stabs at the piano signal the start of…

Katy Kirby – ‘Cool Dry Place’ album review


Texas-based singer-songwriter Katy Kirby was born, raised and homeschooled by two ex-cheerleaders in small-town Texas and started singing in an evangelical church. Her new album, ‘Cool Dry Place’ (released via Keeled Scales), finds her dismantling her past: ‘I can hear myself fighting that deeply internalized impulse to make things that are super pleasant or approachable’.…