Scottish artist CAFOLLA has released his powerful debut single 1985, out now via Dusty Reel Records. Inspired by all things 80s, 1985 takes you on a synth-infused, neon-tinged journey back in time. The single combines uptempo propelled beats, raucous guitar twangs and stimulating synth soundscapes to create a sound that is undeniably infectious. The distinctive soulful vocals conjure memories of artists such as Prince and Jamiroquai’s uniquely vibrant performance style.
Irish singer-songwriter KTG - aka Katie Gallagher - has no intention of going home anytime soon as she releases her fun-filled new single Never Go Home. Taken from her debut mini-album Searching For Magpies, out on 26th September 2019, the single highlights KTG’s soft, folk-tinged vocals as they soar seamlessly over the vibrant score. Indeed, KTG's effortless vocal talents remind us of artists such as Laura Marling and Wallis Bird. Throughout the mini-album, KTG combines modern folk, pop and even country-tinged sensibilities to produce a sound with nods to her contemporaries while creating a unique voice of her own.
Synth punk three-piece Mexican Radio are delighted to release single Night of the Nihilist. Comprised of Dyan Valdes and Nathaniel Fregoso, ex members of cult band The Blood Arm, along with Hannes Neupert formely of The Mokkers, the track is the first cut from their forthcoming album release Destruction/Reconstruction, out on 20th September 2019 via R.I.P. Ben Lee Records. Inspired by his own personal experiences and those of the artists and writers he loves, singer Fregoso’s (vocals, synth, effects) lyrics are a visceral exploration of historical events compiled within a 2019 context. With songs about Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Burroughs, Kirchner and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Fregoso has woven together threads of destruction and reconstruction and delivered them with a sardonic edge akin to vocalists such as Mark E. Smith. Inspired by the Russian nihilist movement from the 1860s and making reference to their assassination of Tsar Alexander II, Night of the Nihilist is an in-your-face synth-punk gem perfectly showcasing Mexican Radio's confrontational sound.
To celebrate the release of his poignant new album Chaos Ensued, alt-folk troubadour Gallery 47 - akaJack Peachey - has now shared the powerful video for his latest single Choices. Peachey combines his trademark folk sensibilities with splashes of blues rock, post-punk and classic rock to create something that is undeniably unique. His new found sound is bold, brave and dynamic, whilst still maintaining his signature ability to write wistful tales of melancholy that are highly relatable. Fans of the likes of Bob Dylan and Canned Heat will feel at home here. Talking about the single, Peachey elaborates, "I was spending almost all of my time alone in London, feeling isolated. When I mention ‘friends’ in the song, I’m talking about bottles. The chorus line ‘ freedom undone by choices we have made' is about how the few hours of relief one day can make the next day so much harder, limiting what you can achieve."
Brighton boys Animal House make the most of those fading rays of sunshine with their undeniably addictive new single Legs Out For Summer, out now. The track is a hook-laden, slacker-rock stomper that will get your toes tapping instantly. Talking about the track, Will McConchie (vocals and hips) elaborates, “its a shout out for more pride in imperfection and how uncomfortable it seems to be. Give us more hairy backs and stretch marks. Make them squirm.” Legs Out For Summer is taken from the band's self-deprecating debut album Premium Mediocre, out on 15th November 2019 via Radicalis. Each track on the album combines catchy hooks, off-kilter riffs and a blistering energy akin to that of The Strokes and Twin Peaks to create the insatiably addictive garage-pop sound we all know and love.
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Following the critical acclaim of their eighth studio album Interview Music, out now via Empty Words, Idlewild have now released a stunning acoustic version of their new single There's a Place For Everything. Following a summer of festival dates across the country, the quartet will also be gearing up to hit the road once again in November. Tickets are available here. The album has been a huge success, reaching #22 in the UK Official Album Charts, #11 in the Official Physical Albums Chart and #1 in the Scottish Album Charts, as well as being Idlewild's sixth top 40 album to date. Combining the trademark off kilter indie-rock sound that made them famous on The Remote Part and 100 Broken Windows with a more mature grace, Idlewild have created a record NME has described as, "... their best work in 17 years."