Track Of The Day: Claire Pitt Wigmore – ‘Words’

Having received acclaim from the likes of BBC Introducing for previous singles, ‘Dreaming (Where Did You Go?)’ and ‘My Nostalgia’, Margate-based multi-instrumentalist Claire Pitt Wigmore has returned to charm our ears with a brand new single.

Oozing a soulful, impassioned energy, ‘Words‘ is an open letter to Claire’s younger self – reflecting on times when she was bullied and sadly experienced LGBTQ+ hate-crime. As twinkling guitar hooks shimmer alongside her rich, emotion-strewn vocals, it oozes a mellow grace; interweaving a jazz-infused musicality with elements of trip-hop and pop, it’s a beautifully heartfelt ode to carrying on in the face of adversity. Exuding a sparkling allure, with ‘Words’ Claire has showcased her ability to create truly stirring ballads, resonating with a poignant sentiment that so many of us can relate to.

Mari Lane

Track Of The Day: Torture and the Desert Spiders – ‘Cult Song’

It’s hard to believe that Torture and the Desert Spiders have only been together for a couple of months. The New Cross-based band’s sassy, self-assured debut, ‘Cult Song’, feels so accomplished.

I’m a sucker for an interesting voice and Anna Kunz, also known as Torture, will stop you in your tracks with her rich, rough vocals. Reminiscent of Cat Power or early PJ Harvey, they have a raw power and intensity that’ll have you pumping your fist in the air or crying your eyes out. Probably both.

Meanwhile, guitarist Levent Ceylan and drummer Darcy Georgina bring a dirty, bluesy, 1960s garage scuzziness to what is essentially a ballad. And it makes you wonder how loud this band get when angry. I’m looking forward to finding out.


‘Cult Song’ is out now. Catch Torture and the Desert Spiders live in London:

11th March – The Five Bells
23rd March – St Moritz
20th April – NUNFEST

Victoria Conway