Friday Round-Up

Freja Frances pulls at the heartstrings with Catching Fire!


Celestial singer-songwriter Freja Frances returns with another emotion-strewn new single, Catching Fire, out now. This is the second single to be taken from Freja's debut album The Funeral, out now. The album is an emotive collection of ethereal vignettes, showcasing Freja’s trademark ability to write beautifully melancholic soundscapes with an intricate storytelling charm. Talking about Catching Fire, Freja elaborates, "it sets the theme of a struggle with depression and a difficult relationship. It’s about finding someone who I felt able to relate to in the sense of mental illness for the first time, but also getting scared of the intensity and constantly trying to pull away. My feelings were a strange combination of both comfort and danger – we understood each other but we weren’t good for each other.”

Stream The Funeral on Spotify and Apple Music now.

Living Hour release the hypnotic video for 'Most' & announce European tour!

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Having released their poignant sophomore record Softer Faces via Kanine Records earlier this year, Canadian five-piece Living Hour are delighted to share the video for album track 'Most' as they prepare to embark on a European tour throughout September and October.

Formed in Winnipeg, Canada, Living Hour have a unique ability to create ethereal, atmospheric music combined with emotional vocal performances, innovative guitar harmonies and dreamy brass segments. Blending elements of dream pop, slowcore and psychedelia, Softer Faces is the vision of a band with the capacity to skilfully produce an evocative enchanting ambiance; as imposing as it is alluring. This has seen the record pick up support from the likes of NPR’s All Songs ConsideredPaste MagazineBandcamp DailyStereogum and many more.

After opening for renowned three-piece Duster in the US, Living Hour will begin the European leg of their tour in Prague before making appearances at the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Supersonic in Paris as well as shows in the UK and two final dates in Italy.

Softer Faces is out now via Kanine Records.

Chloé Caroline opens up about the reality of mental health on Forgive Me!


Pop artist Chloé Caroline takes us back to the 90s and 00s with her reflective new single Forgive Me, out now via AWAL. The single once again showcases Chloé's impressive ability to combine sounds from the past and present in order create her own fresh, organic, Californian sound. Her latest ballad immediately pulls at the heartstrings as her rich, lead vocals take centre stage, sounding akin to the likes of Taylor Swift or Sheryl Crow. This combined with Chloé’s undeniably catchy melodies and lyrical charm enables her to create something both infectious and inspiring.

Talking about the single Chloé elaborates, "Forgive Me is a song that shines a light on the normality of mental health struggles, perfectionism, and societal expectations. On the day I wrote this, I woke up one grey winter morning and just felt “blah”. I am naturally a very sunshiny girl but some days I don’t live up to being that person. I’m sort of sarcastically apologising to society and their expectations for just being human, and also talking to myself in a moment where I “want” to be that expected person but just can’t be.”

Gypsy Circus bridge the gap between contemporary and classic rock on Thin Ice!


Following on from the recent success of their anthemic EP, Holy Lights And Shadows, Edinburgh four-piece Gypsy Circus have now released their latest single, Thin Ice.

Stylishly combing indie, rock and pop, the quartet effortlessly bridge the gap between contemporary and classic rock sensibilities. Opening with chiming guitar segments and a snappy drum beat, Thin Ice builds energetically throughout, culminating in a euphoric chorus perfectly complimented by the gravelly, emotive vocals of Aaron King.

Formed in 2017, Gypsy Circus recorded their first EP at Post Electric Studio in Edinburgh with producer and Idlewild guitarist Rod Jones. Despite their relative infancy as a band, Gypsy Circus began to gain a reputation for their electric live performances culminating in co-headlining The Big Takeover Weekend in Shetland. 

Listen to Thin Ice on Spotify & Soundcloud.