review of Villagers album Fever Dreams on Domino Records

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…

Sister. – ‘Hideaway’


Former college roommates (and still housemates) Hannah Pruzinsky and Ceci Sturman have shared ‘Hideaway’, the first song to be lifted from forthcoming second EP ‘Something/Nothing’ (out on 10 September). A quietly stirring piece of alt-folk, Hannah says ”Hideaway’ is that space where someone can exist wholly. That secret place where you can be without a…

Roddy Woomble – ‘Lo! Soul’ album review


Roddy Woomble’s fifth solo album ‘Lo! Soul’ finds Idlewild’s frontman in contemplative and gently experimental mode – exploring different sounds to the acoustic folk he’s delved into previously. The new record was recorded remotely between Roddy’s home in the Hebride and producer/collaborator (and Idlewild bandmate) Andrew Mitchell’s studio in Dundee over the course of last…

Holly Macve Not the Girl album review

Holly Macve – ‘Not the Girl’ album review


Holly Macve follows up her stunning 2017 debut album ‘Golden Eagle’ with ‘Not the Girl’, a collection of songs that finds her dipping into darker territory while also aiming high: ‘My vision was big. I knew I wanted to do something more expansive than my first record’. With a more experimental approach – partly influenced…

Rachel Sermanni – ‘Travelled’


Rachel Sermanni has shared ‘Travelled’ ahead of the release of new EP ‘Swallow Me’ on 2 June. The new EP was written while Rachel was pregnant, and this song finds her looking back on past experiences and sights with evocative nostalgia: ‘Held many a gaze, now cannot look away’. Rachel talks about preparing for a…