Premiere: UV – ‘Wilt’

Following support from the PRS Women Make Music Foundation, award-winning artist Marina Elderton – aka UV – has announced her debut EP, along with sharing a bewitching new single.

Co-produced by Knut Jonas Sellevold, ‘Wilt’ offers an hypnotic, ethereal soundscape. As twinkling hooks and tribal beats provide the backdrop for the soaring soul of Elderton’s impassioned vocals, it builds to an anthemic, emotion-strewn slice of alt-pop, with shades of ’90s favourites Portishead. Showcasing the power this promising artist can create, it’s a truly impressive taste of what’s to come on the upcoming EP.

Listen to ‘Wilt’, for the first time, here:

 

Defender, the debut EP from UV, is out 19th July. And you can catch her live at the launch show at St Pancras Old Church, that evening.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

 

 

PREMIERE: Stream Oslo-based Ē’s debut EP

If you identify as an introvert or you’re a fan of lo-fi or “lo-pop” sounds; then Oslo-based Ē‘s debut EP is going to resonate with you. The group are set to self-release their four track record on June 14th via Bergen-based indie label Eget Selskap, but we’ve got exclusive access to the EP ahead of its official release date!

Formed in the summer of 2018, Ē consists of Ingvild Nærum, Chiara Cavallari, Ingvild Nærum and Sigrun Sæbø Åland. The band’s musical and lyrical sensibilities are influenced by the relatable fears of loneliness and abandonment, which have culminated in the band branding their sound as “lo-pop”. Drummer Ingvild Nærum explains further: “Sonically, “lo-pop” is essentially lo-fi pop music.Thematically, it indicates a sense of feeling small in society and just not being able to mask our pop sensibilities, both of which we reluctantly embrace”.

Ē’s reluctance translates in to moody, but infectious tunes that smolder with angst-driven energy. Mixed and mastered by Simen Hallset of Gold Celeste, the four tracks on their debut self-titled EP are designed to “explore things from a new perspective…[and] just to run with what feels cool and exciting, and even a bit silly.”

We’re hooked on Ē’s debut EP, which you can stream exclusively below! Follow the band on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Premiere: Kerry Devine – ‘Ariel’ (Oscuro Remix)

Having received acclaim from the likes of BBC Radio 2’s Marc Radcliffe and BBC Radio 5 Live, East Anglia artist Kerry Devine (The Baby Seals) has now shared a brand new remix of her captivating single ‘Ariel’.

Using the poetry of the Fenland landscape to inspire her work, Devine captures sounds and conversations to weave beautifully poetic stories, as exemplified in this latest offering. Remixed by fellow East Anglian Oscuro, this version of ‘Ariel’ flows with swooping beats and ethereal chiming hooks accompanying Devine’s soaring, rich vocals. Creating a twinkling, swirling soundscape, it’s a truly dreamy slice of effervescent alt-pop that demands multiple listens.

Of the remix, Oscuro explains:

“I really wanted to create an engaging sonic backdrop to support the vocal, I am always interested in the relationship between vocals and music and like to explore different ways to enhance the meaning of the lyrics with sound choice and processing.”

Watch the euphoric new video for the Oscuro remix of ‘Ariel’, for the first time, here:

‘Ariel’ (Oscuro Remix) is out tomorrow, 14th June, via Trapped Animal Records and Cargo Records UK.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Track Of The Day: Miss June – ‘Best Girl’

Sometimes you just want to hear some scuzzy, grungy rock music by people with scruffy clothes and messy hair. Miss June, who hail from Auckland and have just finished supporting Idles on their New Zealand tour, have recently signed to Frenchkiss Records and released the track ‘Best Girl’. It is a surly take on the inbuilt need for female overachievement amongst young women.

Singer, writer, musician, skateboarder, model and doctor (!), Annabel Liddell, has an understated, deadpan style that is reminiscent of Kim Gordon and ‘Best Girl’ is “an anthem for anyone who has been misled from birth into battle for a spot that doesn’t exist.” It’s one for the Heathers-watching, black-wearing, cussing dispossessed amongst us. The band will release their first full record in September, so ‘Best Girl’ is by way of being a taster track for what is to come.

Double A-side ‘Best Girl’/’Twitch 7’ is out now via Frenchkiss Records. Catch Miss June live in the UK at the following dates:

12th June (tonight!) – The Windmill, London
15th June – Bushstock Fest, London

Cazz Blase
@CazzBlase

Photo Credit: Nicole Brannen

Five Favourites: jade imagine

Fresh from a tour with fellow emerging Australian artist, Julia Jacklin, and with their forthcoming first album coming later this year, Melbourne trio jade imagine have recently shared their latest single ‘Big Old House’. A captivatingly gloomy slice of shoegaze-inspired guitar pop, it’s a shimmering offering that leaves us eagerly awaiting the upcoming album…

We think one of the best ways to get to know a new band/artist is by asking them what music inspired them to write in the first place. We caught up with Jade to talk about her ‘Five Favourites’ – five albums that have influenced her songwriting techniques, or simply take her back to a specific feeling or time. Check out her choices below, and make sure you watch the band’s new video for ‘Big Old House’ at the end of this post.

The Church – Of Skins And Heart
This album is a huge nostalgia trip for me. When I was a kid, it was one of my first introductions into music… I’m not entirely sure if it was a hugely ground breaking record or not (I’ve never really thought about it), but i feel like in some way this album encapsulates a lot of the elements that I bring into my own music; I’ve always loved The Church’s chord progressions and the way their guitars weave together melody and the way the drums are pretty straight and punchy/punk-y, and the way the bass leaves space and punctuates the song. The Church create create these really interesting songs, but deliver them in a kind of dead-pan way. There’s some strange kind of glam vibe in there, but also a sense of ‘Australiana drama’ kind of thing going on. Fave track’s gotta be a tie between ‘Bel-Air’ and ‘Is This Where You Live’.

Ty Segall – Sleeper
I’m a sucker for a good old folk acoustic guitar album. Though I’m a big fan of all of Segall’s heavier work, for some reason this record really stuck out to me. Maybe it was the headspace I was in when I first heard it. I was travelling a lot and would put this on to chill myself out whilst on long flights. So, I associate it with movement and security. Ironically, I have read that this was written by Ty when he was going through a rough patch, which just proves to me that music can 100% be interpreted uniquely by everyone in a different way. I like how some of his songs are seemingly ‘nonsense’ songs, but there feels to me to be a deeper meaning behind them, even if that meaning is still a vague interpretation on my behalf…

Cat Power – You Are Free
Just a great vibe album. A good mix of loud and up, and quiet and down… 

Sibylle Baier – Colour Green
Sometimes when I’m not managing my anxiety very well, this album can totally help to chill me out and slow my brain down. I believe Baier’s son compiled these songs – which she’d recorded in the 1970s – and then the album was released in 2006 after it was passed on to J. Mascis from Dinosaur Jnr who passed it on to Orange Twin, a record label. I just love how you can hear the faint ambient room sounds throughout the album; the creaking of a chair in the background, the air in the room. I just wish this album was the whole soundtrack to my life.

Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left
I came across this record when I was in my mid teens and lived in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. I lived on a property with my family and uncle and all of his sheep and dogs and pets. I used to go on long walks in the bush around the area with my walkman, listening to this record over and over again. I think this album really shaped the music that I like these days and helped me to love the more understated albums in the world. They’re growers – albums you come back to over and over again throughout your life.  

Huge thanks to Jade for sharing her five favourites. Check out jade imagine’s new video for ‘Big Old House’ below:

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Track Of The Day: Mags On Earth – ‘Queen Of Modern Scenes’

An electronic exploration of what feels like wasted youth; Mags On Earth has shared her new track ‘Queen Of Modern Scenes’. Fueled by her unease about “yolo” culture, the song and accompanying video have a “nocturnal, staying home on a Friday night kind of feeling” that we can easily relate to.

Taken from her debut EP Girl in the City, ‘Queen of Modern Scenes’ deals with the feeling that you “ought to use your youth in a certain way”, explains Mags. “You’re supposed to be on the move, experiment and nothing is enough. It’s a feeling of pressure”. Fortunately, Mags On Earth is able to deal with this pressure by channeling it in to creating her songs and editing the visuals that accompany them.

Watch the video for ‘Queen of Modern Scenes’ below and follow Mags On Earth on Facebook for more updates.

Photo Credit: Fiona Regan 

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut