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’.…

Major Murphy – ‘In the Meantime’


Major Murphy have shared the video for ‘In the Meantime’ ahead of the release of their second album ‘Access’ via Winspear on 2 April. Written after band members Jacob Bullard and Jacki Warren’s young son suffered from lead poisoning, the song captures the fears and anxieties parents go through when children are in danger with…

Holiday Ghosts – ‘Mr. Herandi’


Brighton-via-Falmouth-based band Holiday Ghosts have announced they have signed to FatCat Records and released a video for new single ‘Mr. Herandi’ ahead of the release of their third album ‘North Street Air’. Bringing to mind revered acts The Kinks and Violent Femmes but also cult contemporaries including Jeffrey Lewis and Daniel Johnston, the new song…

Madi Diaz – ‘Man in Me’


Nashville-based singer-songwriter Madi Diaz has announced she has signed to ANTI- Records and shared the video for debut single ‘Man in Me’. The song, produced by Madi with additional work by Andrew Sarlo (Big Thief, Bon Iver), finds her looking back on a past relationship: ‘It’s a very intimately visceral moment, a sort of play-by-play…