Monday, 3 May 2021

Vistas share new single 'Stuck in Your Head' + announce album

Scotland's Vistas returned last week with news of their second full length album. Coinciding with the announcement the band have also shared their latest single Stuck In Your Head'. Speaking about the album, frontman Prentice Robertson said: "It’s incredibly clich├ęd to call album two “the difficult second album” but I think that description really does ring true. When I sat down at the start of 2020 to try and write some new music there was so much uncertainty in my life. Our first record wasn’t released yet and I didn’t know how that would be received or where we would end up once it was out. As 2020 progressed it would be safe to say that this sense of uncertainty grew (for obvious reasons) and I think this is where the second album came from. Looking for some kind of answer is the common thread that runs through this album. On our debut, we focused on the transition from our teenage years into adulthood and on this album we asked the question: “now that you’re here, what it is that you want?”. All the tracks on this record look at something where uncertainty plays a large role and we felt the title ‘What Were You Hoping to Find?’ summed up the sentiment of the album as a whole. We ask a lot of questions across this album and I think it has helped us to answer them for ourselves." Take a listen for yourselves below. The new album What Were You Hoping To Find? Set for release 20 August 2021 via Believe.


Sad Boys Club - Can't Help Myself

London's Sad Boys Club returned last week with their nostalgic new single Can't Help Myself. Written about an existential crisis, the track's uplifting nature adds a new dynamic to what would be an otherwise less than joyous topic through infectious melodies and anthemic choruses. Speaking about 'Can't Help Myself’, frontman Jacob Wheldon says: "There have been periods that have felt so monotonous to us this year, we wanted to do something that fizzed and got us going about it, revelling in it, some manic melancholy". Take a listen for yourselves below. 


Shelter Boy - Absence (Official Music Video)

Last week saw German born and based musician Shelly Graupner return with his latest single Absence. Under his moniker Shelter Boy he has so far released two EPs and a handful of singles and this looks set to be the start of an exciting new journey as infectious guitars meet uplifting melodies in abundance. "Absence is about catching yourself thinking about someone who isn't your partner - followed by the fear that comes from realizing where your mind has just gone." he explains. Take a listen for yourselves below. Absence is available now via Cascine.

Photo credit: Cinzia Grundke


Monday, 26 April 2021

Natalie McCool - Heaven

Taken from her forthcoming new album 'Memory Girl' due out July 30th, last week saw Natalie McCool unveil her stunning new single Heaven. Built around an effervescent melody line, the track delivers a wholesome sound that's primed in pop perfected energy. Having first discovered her sound in 2014 through her single Dig It Out, it's been a pleasure to watch the unravelling developments and this latest effort adds another glowing mighty fine string to her bow. Speaking about the new album, she said, "Memory Girl is about childhood and adulthood. Songs that feel introspective. Songs about not having a voice, finding a voice, jealousy, love, loss and peace. It's about things that have left a deep mark on you one way or another, those moments from the past that hit you and knock you sideways, either making you laugh out loud or nearly die of embarrassment. It has a strong focus on the habits and mental state of myself and those very close to me. It's really close and introspective. It’s about discovering yourself, recognising what's good for you and what's not - it's about learning curves." Take a listen for yourselves below.


Sunday, 25 April 2021

Mellah - Easy Breezy

To this day I still see the world separated into 3 parts,” Mellah explains. “One thing, its opposite and together the whole; the liminal space between the two extremes, the point of balance, oneness in duality. For example - future, past, now; birth, death, life;  good, evil… human.” Coinciding with his announcement of 3 new EPs (born through his OCD which manifested as a fixation on the number 3), this weekend saw Mellah unveil his brand new single Easy Breezy. Packed with kaleidoscopic melodies and a seriously infectious chorus, the track continues to build on his quirky pop-perfected sound to great effect and offers a wondrous introduction to what lays ahead. Take a listen for yourselves below. Mellah’s Them EP will be released on 10th June. The full collection with Us and Me is set to follow.

Photo Credit: Barnaby Keen


Thursday, 22 April 2021

Jake Whiskin - Heavy

Making his very welcomed return, Leeds-based singer/songwriter Jake Whiskin has today unveiled his new single, Heavy. Following on from kicking off the year with with the pristinely polished Slow Motion, Jake continues to mature in sound and presence as we get a taste of what's to come with another blindingly moving pop effort. Speaking about 'Heavy', Jake Whiskin said: "Heavy is all about the feelings of being weighed down by someone and wanting to shake them off. I was listening to Blood On The Tracks by Dylan a lot when I wrote it and wanted to write something more story based like that record, but my own stuff got in the way and the story I was writing was pretty close to home. The whole EP is pretty much tapping into that kind of self examination from different angles, which can be pretty terrifying - but if I’m not a little bit scared at some point in the process then I’m probably not being as real as I could be."  'Heavy' is taken from Jake Whiskin's forthcoming second EP, set for release this summer through Dance to the Radio. Take a listen for yourselves below.



Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard - New Age Millennial Magic

Making their very welcomed return, Hotly tipped Welsh outfit Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard unveil their brand new single New Age Millennial Magic. Speaking about the single, singer Tom Rees goes on to explain in further detail: “Seeing Gen-Z’ers quitting school and actually influencing real change in place of me theorising whether Engels would have put his recycling out really brought into focus how fickle millennials (including myself) really are. I take absolute delight in lecturing a table of half-cut peers on the failures of capitalism, but little do they know my grab bag of 250 plastic guitar picks are already priming their way down the A470 straight to my door in the hands of an underpaid delivery driver with eyes like pissholes in fake snow.” Take a listen/watch to the catchy number for yourselves below. 


Monday, 19 April 2021

girl in red - you stupid bitch (official audio)

Sharing another exceptional cut from her hotly anticipated debut LP “if i could make it go quiet”, due out April 30th, girl in red has recently unveiled her infectious new single you stupid bitch. Inspired by a complicated friendship the track channels her soaring pop sensibilities and infectious choruses in to another self indulgent power trip. "There’s this line from this movie I love, The Perks of Being a Wallflower that goes ‘we accept the love we think we deserve.’" explains Marie Ulven. "It’s a very heartbreaking line, but it’s really what I was experiencing in this situation, where I was always there for this person who would get their heart broken, and I would just come running. I would drop everything just to be there for them. That person would never see me as anything else than just a friend, even though I feel like I could’ve made her so happy… The core essence of this track is like, I’m obviously here for you, and I want to be with you, but you keep messing around with other people, and you keep getting broken. It’s this really direct, straightforward track." Take a listen for yourselves below.