Monday, April 19, 2021

Milo Gore joins the 'Midnight Club' on new single

Credit: Josh Collins

Words: Steve Willcox 

Last year's debut album, ‘How Do You Cope While Grieving For The Living’, with it’s storyboard narrative, took many by surprise (and certainly became one of my favourite albums of 2020), and showed Bristol-based Milo Gore as a true songwriter.

Well... the story’s not finished. With a new EP, ‘As You Hear Me Now You Listen To My Past', out on May 28, its lead single ‘Midnight Club’ is one of the record's standouts, with its 'Live fast, die young', and/or 'Grow up' mindset whilst delivering laid back guitars against Gore's own internalised demons in the vocals. 

Recorded in a Cornwall Airbnb along with Mumfords/Florence producer Pete Prokopiw (and mixed later by Andy Savours - Sigur Ros, Killers), the EP has a lot of dedication and heart running throughout.

“This EP represents serious growth for me," says Gore. "Although it is important to look forward, it is equally important to look back and reflect. That is why, even with such a long time between recording and release, people can change, people can grow. Sometimes people just need more time to get there.”

Friday, April 02, 2021

EP Review :: Josephine Sillars - Desperate Characters


Josephine Sillars 

Desperate Characters

April 2 2021 (self release)


Words: Richard Cobb 

Highlands-born, Leeds-based singer-songwriter Josephine Sillars returns with 'Desperate Characters', her first batch of new songs since 2019’s standalone single ‘Skeleton’ which was a former BBC Radio Scotland track of the week. 

The EP is something of a time capsule from the last year in the UK with audio from Skype calls running through the heart of the six songs. Describing her music as protest pop, the conversations which Sillars carried out are a candid exploration of how Brexit, the numerous lockdowns and more have impacted people from all walks of life in different ways. 

Whilst on the surface the songs are all quite serious and politically charged as you might expect given the themes, the backing music has a bit more legroom. At times ‘Desperate Characters’ is reminiscent of the reflective and thought-provoking moments from long lost pop culture American dramas like The OC and One Tree Hill with its atmospheric and heartfelt keys showcased on the track ‘California’ or its mazy eastern sounding guitars which dance in the moonlight of ‘Gone to War.’ 

If you’re on the hunt for an EP to distract you from the current climate, you may be best to leave this one on the passenger seat until COVID-19 is little more than a small speck on the horizon. However, if you’re searching for an EP to soundtrack the thoughts and insecurities bouncing back and forth in your head, this can help act as a bit of a release and it’s perhaps comforting to know that you’re not alone in your thoughts.


Murmur drop Easter gift with latest offering ‘I’m The Same’ 

Words: Amelia Callister

Brighton-via-Staffs trio Murmur drop an Easter gift with their latest single, ‘I’m The Same’.

Out today (April 2), the track, which follows last year's 'Shame', is a controlled exercise in pairing a savage thrust of post-grunge with a noise coating, fusing a blistering raft of tones that compete for attention. 

Vocalist/guitarist George Mills describes the track as "a confrontation, a visceral urge to acknowledge one’s battle adhering to the pressures of society, forever feeling flawed... A realisation that the desire to become validated by strangers is jeopardising their identity and their ability to love themselves for who they truly are."

Watch out for more singles on the way.

Try Leo Bhanji's brand new single ‘Raw’

Words: Sam Geary 

London artist Leo Bhanji has shared his new single ‘Raw’, the lead cut from upcoming EP ‘Birth Videos’.

The bedroom pop track he describes as "music that I just wanted to keep learning with and look back on as something special kept from whatever was going on at the time; I don’t actually remember what was going on at the time, but that’s not important right now. I hope everyone enjoys it and is doing OK in general.”

Once again highlighting the blend of pop, r’n’b and hip hop, the self-produced 'Raw' questions “did I do you wrong, and did I let you down?”. 

Check it out via the video below, shot by Sam Hiscox (Rex Orange County, Celeste, Rejjie Snow) around Leo’s local stomping ground of Finsbury Park in north London.

Listen :: Squirrel Flower - Hurt A Fly

Words: Sam Geary 

Boston singer-songwriter Ella Williams, aka Squirrel Flower, returns with her 90s essenced 'Hurt A Fly'.

The grungy, slow-burner ballad, taken from the forthcoming 'Planet (i)' album, out June 25 via Polyvinyl Record Co. / Full Time Hobby, is dreamy, yet gritty, and augmented by Williams’ soft vocal.

In a statement, Williams said that the lyrics in the song "is me embodying a persona of gaslighting, narcissistic soft-boy type shit. The classic, ‘Sorry I acted violently, I’m not mad that you got upset at me, wanna hang out next week?’ I wanted to see what it was like to be a character trying to skirt around accountability. It’s an angry and unhinged song.”

Sugarstone go back to the 80s for their synth pop bop

Words: Leah Raymond 

Premiered by John Kennedy on Radio X, Manchester synth rockers Sugarstone unveil their electro 80s indebted new jam, ‘Angel Boy’.

Produced by the Sugar House team in St Helens, and released this week through Tri-Tone, the springy, new wave pop bop track carries an infectious groove with snappy synths and beats.

Lyrically, say the quartet, 'Angel Boy' references a “metaphorical reflection of a complicated, hectic, yet loving friendship.”