Joseph #3 - SOS (Overboard)


Another brilliant gig I went to recently was the superb double-header of Liza Anne and Joseph at the gorgeous St Pancras Old Church. Joseph, played as a trio and melted my heart with their effortless harmonies and beguiling music. 

They hinted that their usual live sound was 'bigger' than we heard that night and the latest single from the sister's forthcoming album I'm Alone, No You're Not, released August 26th certainly backs that up. "SOS (Overboard)" starts with those signature harmonies, tight and pure before morphing into a 90's era power ballad filled with punchy singalong choruses and booming instrumentation. It's works brilliant, a soaring, heart-warming epic. Like "White Flag" before it, I love it. 

Liza Anne's new material was great too, so keep an eye out for that...

Billie Marten #5 - Lionhearted


The days have all blurred into one recently (my absence from this blog has many reasons including lack of mojo and lack of time) but I cannot quite believe it's already nearly a month since I was sweetly serenaded by three brilliant songwriters at Shakespeare's Globe. 

The middle of those three was Billie Marten, who let the crowd, who were naturally haunched down, lingering on her every word, know that this track "Lionhearted" was to be her new single and her debut album is forthcoming (Writing of Blues And Yellows, released on the 23rd September through Chess Club Records/RCA).    

The track itself is remarkable, a pure and fragile beauty that defies too many words, so I'm not going to ramble on any more, just fall in love with this incredible talent. 

Julia Jacklin #2 - Coming of Age


Julia Jacklin cant do much wrong at the minute (as far as I'm concerned anyway) and the third track taken from her debut album Don't Let the Kids Win (due on October 7th) certainly confirms that. 

"Coming Of Age", a storming, fuzzy country-rocker perfectly captures the live sound of Julia's band (well the one I heard twice at The Great Escape anyway), more direct and snappy than the ballads "Pool Party" and "Leadlight” but no the more emotive, there's plenty of guitars, stomping beats and noise and that is certainly all good with me.

I'll see you down the front at The Lexington in a little over a week.

Miya Folick #4 - Pet Body



Miya Folick released one of my favourite releases of 2015 with her impeccable debut EP Strange Darling, a six track, genre crossing collection of heartbreak and vulnerability, grit and fuzz.

Miya returns this week with the juggernaut "Pet Body" , a more direct and ferocious slice of awesomeness, it takes about ten seconds to make its intent clear,  filled with brash guitars, rumbling drums and punky choruses, it's an absolute beast.

Still waiting for UK dates...

Weyes Blood #2 - Seven Worlds


I saw Weyes Blood (Natalie Mering) perform over a year ago now at rather sweltering and sparsely populated Lock Tavern so I'm glad to belatedly find that she returns to London in November (on the 22nd at The Waiting Room). That show was much like the song I'm going to quickly write about now, "Seven Words", the first track to be heard from her forthcoming LP Front Row Seat To Earth due October 21st via Mexican Summer.

A slow, mesmerising waltz that serenades the listener with confessional lyrics and pure tones, it's warming, spiritual and ever so beautiful, it won't long to sweep you into its sadness amongst the carefully placed, darkly foreboding instrumentation

I'm behind the times this year, as long term readers could probably guess, but this is one release I'll be all rushing to hear as soon as I can. What a voice. 

Tennis #9 – Ladies Don’t Play Guitar


Tennis are a band I’ve been fond of for quite some time now (I first wrote about them here back in July 2010) so their new track “Ladies Don’t Play Guitar” was a sure-fire candidate to awaken me from my slumber.

As the sarcasm in the title perhaps adheres, it sees Alaina shift from behind the keyboard to the guitar on a sneering track that sees her attack those who think her gender means she can’t be the songwriter in a band, of course being a Tennis track it’s also wrapped up in gorgeous minimalist melody, smouldering vocals and here, some rather funky early Prince-esque guitar licks. I'm certainly down with that. 

Yohuna #2 - The Moon Hangs In The Sky Like Nothing Hangs In The Sky


I featured Yohuna, the project of Johanne Swanson, here over five years ago. Certainly long enough for me to forget what her 2011 release Revery sounds like (a quick spin confirms my dreamy, cavernous lullaby comment as accurate).

She returns to me with the rather Steinman-esque title "The Moon Hangs In The Sky Like Nothing Hangs In The Sky" (taken from what appears to be her debut album Paitentness, released September 9th via Orchid Tapes on vinyl and available here). I'm immediately caught up in its beauty and fragility, a track that is immersed in its own atmosphere and melancholy as swirling Casio-tones slowly simmer amongst restrained instrumentation and Johanne's ethereal vocals. The impact is devastating yet warm too, just like all my favourite things. 

Emma Ruth Rundle - Marked for Death


The US label Sargent House is primarily known to be as the home of the magnificent Chelsea Wolfe and there is certainly some similarity between the dark and atmospheric world she conjures and the first track I've heard from Emma Ruth Rundle (it's actually the first and title track from her second LP Marked For Death due on September 30th).  

It's majestic from beginning to end, a stark yet gnarly sound that twists and turns with a stormy intensity that leaves you hanging on to every drop, a collision of tentative and restless instrumentation that slowly creeps to shattering eruptions amongst this captivating vocal, I'm already smitten.