Albums Of The Year | Fetch The Bolt Cutters – Fiona Apple

It's clear that, within the five years of recording, mixing and releasing this album, Fiona Apple has had a lot to ponder. Take even the most timid step into Fetch The Bolt Cutters and you'll be confronted with a colossal collection of thoughts and observations, some dark, some scathing, some utterly liberating. This is, after…

Albums Of The Year | Punisher – Phoebe Bridgers

If Punisher were to be simply defined, it would be through its experiments in emotion. Ruling each line, utterance and note is a troubled sense of conscientious recluse and isolation. If Bridgers' 2018 debut Stranger In The Alps was an inquisition into how we associate - or disassociate - ourselves from others, Punisher delves head…

Albums Of The Year | Keleketla! – Keleketla! & Coldcut

Malose Malehela, co-director of the South African Keleketla! library and grassroots organisation, makes clear his intentions in a short documentary about this album. Gone are the days of white artists adopting the sounds of Africa with little regard or accreditation for the roots, culture and musicians who built them - instead, calling upon 90s electronic…

On Repeat | Peach Stone – Indoor Foxes

Served with a generous helping of discord and distortion, soloist Indoor Foxes' 'Peach Stone' holds a vibrant intricacy that acts as a separation from the wider pop-rock crowd. Combatting tones of flange and fuzz against a beautifully picked counterpart on the guitars establish the track's buoyancy, grounded by the vocals that combine the Celtic romanticism…

Albums Of The Year | Inner Song – Kelly Lee Owens

If 2020 has forced each and every one of us into a state of involuntary inertia, it seems to have only pushed Kelly Lee Owens courageously outwards, as demonstrated by one of this year's strongest releases Inner Song. Where her eponymous debut showcased an array of techno-focused and ambient-infused tracks, Inner Song has looked further…

Review | In Blue With You EP – Byfyn

In the modern era of mass musical production, artists are fighting more and more to establish their difference from the crowd, a sense of individualism amongst the constant bubbling of new cultures and evolving genres. Emerging from the plethora of synth-driven pop are the transcendent tones of Byfyn (Ellie Isherwood) and her new EP In…

on Repeat | Harold – Blanketman

Songs on Repeat is a new feature on the blog that looks to publicise upcoming bands and new releases. If you are in a band or are part of a label/PR company, feel free to contact the blog to promote new material. Often, tracks that take you down lyrical avenues of psychological powerlessness are stylistically…