Spectral Nights Top 5 Albums of 2021


As the year draws to a close, we thought we’d take a look at some of the records that have soundtracked our past 12 months. As ever, we’ll remind you that music is not a competition and there is so much to discover out there – and with the government’s (in the UK, at least)…

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Maximo Park – ‘Child of the Flatlands’


Maxïmo Park have returned with ‘Child of the Flatlands’ – the band’s first new music in almost four years. The release is accompanied by a visual art piece from Greg Hodgson. The melancholic slice of arty dream pop has a kaleidoscopic feel as Paul Smith looks back on his youth in Teesside and laments the…

Carnival Youth band

Carnival Youth – ‘Words Like Birds’ stream


Our favourite purveyors of pop-folk from Latvia, Carnival Youth, have returned with the indie-anthem-in-waiting ‘Words Like Birds’. Sure to whet anticipation for debut album ‘No Clouds Allowed’, it sees the teenage four-piece dip into a more polished sound than perhaps we’ve seen before – but that’s not a bad thing, especially as they’re keen to…