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Villagers – ‘Fever Dreams’ album review


Conor O’Brien’s Villagers return with sixth album ‘Fever Dreams’. Written over the past couple of years and recorded during those longer lockdown days at the start of the pandemic, the record has a central theme of escapism and finds Conor ruminating on events ranging from night swimming on a Dutch island to the inescapable power…

Foxing – ‘Draw Down the Moon’


‘737’ opens the album in subtle, swaying style as Conor Murphy declares ‘I feel like a 737, painted over and over again until the paint gets too heavy’ – keeping up the Foxing tradition of cryptic metaphors in their lyrics. He then repeats the words ‘I can’t do this alone’ over an ‘I’m Wide Awake’-era…

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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…

Japanese Breakfast – ‘Savage Good Boy’


Japanese Breakfast has shared the video for new single ‘Savage Good Boy’ ahead of the release of new album ‘Jubilee’ on 4 June. The video features The Sopranos actor Michael Imperioli and offers an interpretation of the song’s main theme. Michelle Zauner says: ”Savage Good Boy’ came from a headline I read about billionaires buying…

Alf Whitby – ‘Calling Mullingar’


Manchester-based singer-songwriter has shared ‘Calling Mullingar’, a song based around a train journey from Dublin to visit family on the west of Ireland. It finds Alf reflecting on his Catholic Irish upbringing and the beliefs that played a huge role in his younger years but are not so prominent now: ‘Writing this song was quite…