Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Spend '7 Minutes In Heaven' with the new release from Kita Alexander

Words: Sam Geary

Australian pop singer-songwriter Nikkita Kalea - Kita - Alexander channels more of her known her 'short and evocative lines demonstrating Taylor Swift-level lyrical prowess', with latest offering '7 Minutes In Heaven'.

Although the Brisbane songstress only actually gives us three and a half minutes of 'heaven', it's nevertheless a sweet as honey and soft as silk experience.

Floating around you like a warm and sensual embrace, Kita describes the song as "like a heartfelt letter from my best friend, my inner voice, urging me to loosen up and have fun. It’s a personal pep talk, reminding me to embrace each moment as if it were my last.”

Monday, June 12, 2023

Track Of The Day :: Seaside - Housewife


Words: Linn Branson 

We've always had a special warm spot at Little Indie for Byron Bay's Seaside. From 2018's 'Golden Girl' to the following year's 'Habits', the quartet always seem to inject just the right amount of shimmer and sass into the spin on all their work. 

Fast forward to 2023, and newly released single 'Housewife', produced by Tony Beliveau (The Crash Kings), follows on from earlier cut ‘We’re On Fire’. Recorded at Rockinghorse Studios, the song precedes a new EP, and indicates a bold new approach for the band.

Sharp and propulsive, 'Housewife' provides both plenty of post-punk resolve, tempered by Darcy Dexter's urgent vocal that keeps things buoyed up in a  jagged projectory for three minutes before closing out.

What's even better, is that they are currently forgoing an Oz winter for the delights of a British summer, and are on tour here in the UK for the next weeks with Ocean Alley. See dates below.

UK/Eire Dates (with Ocean Alley)


12 Liverpool, 02 Academy

13 Bournemouth, 02 Academy 

15 The Wild Gardens of Port Eliot

16 St Agnes Summer Sessions

18 Dublin, Vicar Street

20 Bristol, 02 Academy

22 Bexhill on Sea, De La Warr Pavilion 

27 Manchester, Albert Hall

28 Glasgow SWG3 Studio

30 London, Troxy

Sunday, June 11, 2023

It's a Language thing...

Words: Linn Branson

Currently storming their way around Europe on the festival circuit - ahead of their London and Glasgow dates this coming week - Brooklyn's indie synth-punk outfit Nation Of Language are sounding and looking better than ever.

Ian Devaney (lead vocals, guitar, synthesizer, percussion), and Aidan Noell (synthesizer, backing vocals), are heading up to the release of their next album, Strange Disciple, set to drop on September 15, the follow-up to A Way Forward, their second full-length album from 2021.

The trio have debuted three tracks from the record, 'Sole Obsession', 'Weak in Your Light" and the recent 'Stumbling Still'.

Meanwhile, check out the band performing 'On Division Street' at Primavera Sound in Porto yesterday (June 10), and 'The Grey Commute' at Primavera Sound in Barcelona on June 2.

Nation of Language UK 2023 Tour Dates:

28 Brighton, Concorde 2

Watch :: The Lathums on Later...


Wigan's finest The Lathums (a former Little Indie Band To Watch ) pitched up again last night (June 10) on BBC2's Later... with Jools Holland.

Following up on their 2020 debut on the show, the quartet, fronted by Alex Moore, performed two songs: 'Say My Name' and 'Struggle'.

The former number comes from their second album, 'From Nothing To A Little Bit More', released in March, while 'Struggle' was another single cut back at the start of the year.

Check out both here.

Thursday, September 02, 2021

There's just one thing Talkboy want to know: 'Why Don’t You Love Me Lana Del Rey'? 

Credit: Glynn Parkinson

Ahead of their hometown headline show at The Brudenell tomorrow (September 3), Leeds sextet Talkboy share new single, the intriguingly titled 'Why Don’t You Love Me Lana Del Rey'. 

“I don’t think it’s really worth saying exactly what the song is about as I think this one in particular gives a very clear overall mood," says co-vocalist and guitarist Tim Malkin of the woozy, rose-tinted ode to unrequited feelings and what could have been. 

"I also don’t really know what it’s about," he adds. "I was getting really bored of writing super specific songs about stuff that had exclusively happened to me, and on top of that, who even cares? I think overall it’s about surface level encounters - how they are usually thought to be bad but can also be good. It was written just after lockdown one and I think I had quite a romantic yearning to speak to someone outside a pub about Neil Young in 1974.”

Created and produced by 10 Days, the video for 'Why Don’t You Love Me Lana Del Rey' tells a dark tale of bliss and revenge starring an adorable purple monster falling in love with a Lana Del Rey lookalike. The film was part of a unique brand collaboration with the crowd sourced sustainability platform Wherefrom. 

Check it out below.

Book Klub put out the call on their dark, angular new single 'Siren Song'

Words: Linn Branson

Two years ago when we first happened upon the debut single of Glasgow-based post-punks Book Klub, 'Care', we remarked how "at first [it] feels like a cross between The Smiths and Chapel Club, but then in the last 50 seconds, gives over to something - or rather, someone - else: early TOY, particularly in the vocal style of guitarist and frontman Reece Robertson - which is part Tom Dougall, filled out with a Lewis Bowman depth!"

Lauded as a "damn fine single" (and still is!), we were naturally curious about their latest single 'Siren Song', which dropped last week on Disobedient Records.

More downbeat and discordant than the above, 'Siren Song' - taken from the band's upcoming EP, recorded with producer Paul McInally - has a darker finish to its lustre, while once again employing the Book Klub trademark key change. As sharp, angular guitars play around a dizzying bassline, the penetrating vocal brings the song to a climactic end.

"'Siren Song' is a track about metamorphosis at the cost of one's humanity, and it too transforms from one thing into something else entirely," comments drummer and vocalist Jack Martin.

"On this track, we have explored a dark, trance-inducing soundscape made up of drum machines, sinister piano and reverberated bass. The song sways into a thunderous second half where we are noisier than we've ever been."

Rosie Sco captures the mood in the accompanying monochrome visual for 'Siren Song' below.