EP: Gold Baby – ‘Rabbits’

Gold Baby’s debut EP, Rabbits, is a real treat for the ears and soul. The band – fronted by singer-songwriter Siân Alex – show their versatility with this accomplished and assured collection of lush, folk-infused dream pop.

Opener ‘Bodie’ is the soothing soundtrack we all need right now. With retro, woozy guitars and drums that thump like a heartbeat, it has echoes of ’60s girl groups. And like those glorious, bittersweet ballads that bands like The Ronettes or The Shangri-Las sang back then, ‘Bodie’’s lyrics dwell on loneliness and longing. It’s a real standout.

The band show their playful, experimental side with ‘2041’ – a punk-inspired number with jerky spiky guitars and a lo-fi, shouty chorus (“And I said NO!”) that act as the perfect foil to Siân’s pure, calming voice. It’s brave and brilliant; the sound of a band who refuse to be pigeon-holed and are keen to grow and evolve.

Closing tracks ‘Betty’ and recent single, ‘Captain Dorego’, are quieter, deeper and more confessional, reminiscent of Sufjan Stevens and The Unthanks – very much in the folk storytelling tradition. ‘Captain Dorego’ is particularly affecting, dealing with Siân’s experiences of being overstimulated by modern life. Something that, in these crazy times, we can all relate to.

Ultimately, with Rabbits, Gold Baby show that they can both soothe you and make you shimmy (check out the video for ‘Captain Dorego’ for more of the latter!). The band’s confidence and chemistry, coupled with Siân’s raw, self-revelatory songwriting and beautiful vocals, come together on this release to create something that’s pure magic. Listen if you want something pretty that packs a real punch!

Rabbits is out now. Download via Gold Baby’s bandcamp

Vic Conway

Video Premiere: Hazel Iris – ‘Needles’

With acclaim from the likes of Lauren Laverne on BBC 6Music, and having worked with Grammy award winning Tom Biller on her album Nine Sisters, classically trained, Berlin-based, musician and songwriter Hazel Iris is known for her intricate sonic tapestries and rich lyrical storytelling. Fusing together elements of folk, indie, classical and traditional songwriting, her creations consistently remain truly unique and emotionally poignant.

Collaborating with London-based filmmaker Mona Najma, Iris has now shared a new video for her track ‘Needles’. Reflecting on the power of womanhood, and the anthropomorphic relationship between woman and nature, it’s propelled by a twinkling majesty, flowing with a sparkling uplifting splendour as the ethereal grace of Iris’ vocals captivate the ears. Accompanying the sweeping, effervescent musicality, the video features beautiful pastoral imagery as a woman makes her way through the forest. An utterly enchanting tranquil soundscape bringing a subtle message of hope, now that spring has arrived, with an equally stunning cinematic visual to match.

Of the significance of the video’s imagery, Iris explains:

Historically forests have often represented a space where “women” can roam free in folklore, which is why it stylistically takes inspiration from films such as Daughters of the Dust, The Company of Wolves, and Valerie and her Week of Wonders.

Filmed in the Berlin forest Grunewald, with archival footage of the Californian Yosemite Valley, watch the exquisite new video for ‘Needles’ here: 

Mari Lane
@marimindles

WATCH: Catgod – ‘I’m Dead’ / ‘Killer Whales’

Catgod is a folk-rock project led by Oxford-based sibling duo Robin Christensen-Marriott and Catherine Marriott. ‘I’m  Dead’ / ‘Killer Whales’ is a double A-side release, with both songs inspired by the sea, and taken from Born Again, the band’s upcoming new album.

I’m Dead’ introduces the theme of death and rebirth that is the basis for the forthcoming album. It is sung by Cat, and has an air of ’60s psychedelia, and swirling, ethereal guitars. The song is accompanied by a pastoral video made by band keyboard player Patrick Bolton, placing the band in their everyday and natural surroundings, perfectly capturing the theme –  the mystery of life and nature. An exquisite soundscape that’ll captivate both the eyes and ears with its glistening allure. 

Killer Whales’ is a dream-like, ambient piece sung by Robin, and inspired by his haunting dreams of swimming with those magnificent and terrifying creatures. With an enchanting flute intro by Cat, the strangeness and the atmospherics of the song will hook you from the start. ‘Killer Whales’ is accompanied by a live video that captures the twinkling majesty of the band perfectly. 

What I like about this band is that they are unafraid to mix genres, and the results are both surprising and mesmerising. Judging by these singles, there is much to look forward to from the upcoming album. Both tracks have a spring-time feel featuring beautiful vocal harmonies and multi-layered instrumental palettes which broaden the band’s sound, taking the listener to weird and wonderful places. 

Born Again, the new album from Catgod, is set for release this Spring.

Fi Ni Aicead
@gotnomoniker

Photo Credit: Patrick Bolton

Introducing Interview: Anna Krantz

Having just released the third single from her latest series New Moon, New Tune, Dublin-based artist Anna Krantz has just released a beautiful new single.

Written on Zoom with friend and co-producer Simon Johnson, ‘The Trouble With Suzie’ flows with twinkling country-inspired melodies and Krantz’ smooth rich vocals, creating a heartfelt shimmering alt-pop gem.

We caught up with Anna to find out more…

Hi Anna, welcome to Get In Her Ears! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Hi! Thanks for having me. I’m a born and bred Londoner, currently living with my partner in Dublin. I’m really happy to be in Dublin as Irish music was a huge influence for me growing up. So, this is a fun adventure. Although I’ve been quite homesick through lockdown with not being able to travel home as much.

How did you initially decide to start creating music?
It wasn’t really a decision. I sat at a piano when I was eight years old and a song just kind of fell out of me. I’ve been writing ever since. 

Your beautiful new single ‘The Trouble With Suzie’ is out now – can you tell us what it’s all about?
Suzie is a fictional character who represents those unadvisable decisions we all make from time to time. She does the things she knows are bad for her over and over again because they just feel so good!

You’ve been compared to the likes of Suzanne Vega and Fleetwood Mac, but who would you say are your main musical influences?
My main influences change every time I answer because there are so many! However, they always include Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac and Van Morrison.

What music scenes are you into – offline and online?
I used to live in Nashville and it’s like a second home to me now. Many of my friends live there, including my best friend Lucie Silvas. I’m always inspired by what’s coming out of Nashville. 

How are you connecting with your audience and other musicians during the pandemic?
 Zoom. Zoom. Zoom.

And how do you feel the music industry is for new artists at the moment – would you say it’s difficult to get noticed?
I’d say it’s very difficult until it isn’t, if that makes sense? So many people are releasing music, more than ever before, so the odds of rising to the surface are very low. However, there are also far more ways to be seen these days and sharing music is easier than ever.

As we’re a new music focused site, are there any other upcoming artists that you’d recommend we check out?
YES! How long have you got?! Fancy Hagood (a good friend of mine) has some incredible new music out. His music and his heart move me to tears of joy every time I listen. Check out Kree Harrison too. She has a voice like butter, covered in maple syrup and sprinkled with fairy dust. Really traditional country sound with modern lyrics and relatable sentiments. 

Finally, what does 2021 have in store for you?
First and foremost, a trip home to see my family! What’s more important than that? I’d like to release a full length album next year too. Meanwhile, I have more singles planned for release in the early part of the year.

Massive thanks to Anna for answering our questions! Listen to ‘The Trouble With Suzie’ below: