The Faim — four friends and small town heroes from Perth — have sated their legions of ravenous fans with their debut album, State of Mind; an ambitious, diverse and ultimately powerful affair that is sure to leave you hungry for more.
No use in hanging around as Brighton’s Strange Cages release the long-awaited Pop Therapy (in collaboration with Acid Box). Restlessly sparkling like squeezing into a pair of slightly too tight, kaleidoscopic sequined suit pants; you’ve gotta lurch and heave and then suck in your breathe a bit to earn the right to groove alongside this sharp four piece.
Birthed from the quietude of a series of late-night walks, the Brighton-via-Newcastle trio Sick Joy have released an EP which is an exploration into coming out the other side of something dark, with a new sense of clarity.
Coming from humble beginnings in the outskirts of Newcastle, Sam Fender has gone from pulling pints to pulling guitar strings for a living with ‘Hypersonic Missiles’ being a powerful first album, with 48 minutes of catchy tunes with beautifully penned lyrics.
Something eerie has turned the water a tinged shade of gothic rock ‘n’ roll (and it’s not just critters lurking beneath the soil).
Swimmingly, New Zealand’s Mermaidens release their latest record Look Me In The Eye (Via Flying Nun Records). Like a collaborative reef of organically derived subject matter, Gussie Larkin (co-lead vocals/guitar), Lily West (co-lead vocals/bass) and Abe Hollingsworth (drums) skirt endless echoes of shimmered hand-on-heart emotional awareness alongside bedded youth.
If you were to lean in so as to put your ears against the stoney walls of a barren museum at dusk, the whispered tales told may unnerve as soaked observations beyond the means of human dimensions are forevermore trapped inside glass boxes reaching to the heavens.
It’s 80s noir, utterly splendid shades of rosy and sensory synth for decades as Bat For Lashes (Natasha Khan) releases her fifth record to date.
Town Centre is the debut EP from the idiosyncratic stylings of Squid. This is an excellent EP and must be listened to from start to finish in the intended track order. Otherwise you will not appreciate the brilliance you are about to hear.
‘Bad Lucky Party’ is the audible personification for the birth of a chaotic entity which is progressively maturing, and ultimately, finding its place in a world as distorted and ambivalent as the forces that control it.
Embracing life for what it is, the sophomore album from Grayscale soundtracks their growth both musically and personally.
‘Fear Inoculum’ has proven that all good things come to those who wait, and that the more you listen to an album, surprisingly there is still more to be discovered.
Birthed from the realisation that losses are an inevitability that we go through; Gender Roles’ debut album ‘Prang’ evolved into an exploration of the ways in which to deal with the paranoia and negativity of life.
‘Never Not a Doomsday Cult. Never Not Heroes of the Multiverse’ – Black Futures are ambiguous, entrancing, and quite frankly, a bit bonkers.
The Night Cafe have released their long awaited debut album which does not disappoint, 0151 is a album full of great indie songs which promise to propel them to being one of Britains biggest bands.
Poetic spoken word and intricate guitar music make for a perfect EP.
Album of the year.
The Murder Capital are a very special band. They see a romance in the darkness, use both the beauty and the beast in order to create songs that have a powerful impact on any listener and will stand the test of time.
Renowned rockers Mallory Knox are back with their fourth studio album, the self-titled ‘Mallory Knox’.
Devilish music played with intricacy and poeticism.
Handle-bar moustaches have never been neater than they are on Welshman L.A. Peach’s narrative chin. A master of music to soundtrack your life to, he releases his latest EP Come On Over and Test Me via Sad Club Records
If you’re in need of hearing some organised chaos, perfectly crafted melodies, or just a little bit of noise – Gaffa Tape Sandy have you covered.
Marika Hackman seems to be picking up where Christine & The Queens left off, in continuing the conversation of female desire - focusing the attention and thought process of her intimate moments with her own hands as a reminder that women can feel lust, have crude thoughts and desires just as any man can.
LA’s female empowered, teen spirited pop-punk band The Regrettes have made a second album of scuzzy power anthems for even scuzzier shoed lovers and late nights driving down freeways à la Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Party Hardly’s sophomore EP shows a development and maturity as a band and as songwriters.
Of Monsters and Men are back after too long a wait with their third album; one a lot more ferocious and introspective than the two that came before.