Thing of the Day #8
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Back in February, John M0use embarked on his "Fen Sessions" project wherby ten songs were recorded, released and subsequently deleted over a hectic weekend. After much deliberation, and perhaps because they are so good, 2 songs have escaped their early fate and have been rescued from the recycle bin for a wider release. 

Thing of the Day #6
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The debut EP from Sunderland hotshots Roxy Girls is an absolute blast. Super fast and fully charged, the songs come and go in a flash. It's a debut with the attitude of Double Nickels on the Dime and one which sees the band paying due respect to the musical giants of Sunderland  whilst forging their own path. The band have been hotly tipped and regulars on the North East circuit for a few years now so it's good to finally have a substantial (in a 15 minute kind of way) release to savour.

Thing of the Day #5
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Benefits is a new band formed by Kingsley Chapman, ex of The Chapman Family and more recently Kingsley Chapman and the Murder. Chapman's music has always had a clear political slant, but in The Chapman Family and The Murder, it was at least shrouded in some sort of nuance or arty pomp.

Thing of the Day #4
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30 Sep 19

Wild Nature! is Ivan The Tolerable's 4th record of 2019, and seemingly his 32nd release since 2011 (kudos to whoever is managing to keep track). It's the follow up to Rations, a mammoth, over blown full band affair which took the Ivan the Tolerable name into uncharted territories. But where that album revelled in excess, this one is the antithesis, moving back to basics whilst Oli Heffernan himself has reverted back to doing it all himself - playing, writing, sleeve designing, mixing, mastering and releasing via his own Ack! Ack! Ack! label.

Thing of the Day #7
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27 Sep 19

Benjamin Shaw has been a relatively prolific recording artist over the past ten years, releasing a number of albums which flit between bedroom lo-fi and glitchy ambience (check out Goodbye, Cagoule World and Guppy for a good cross section). He's not one for the relentless touring life though, and earlier this year he performed his first concert in 5 years at donaufestival in Austria (all the more random as Shaw lives in Melbourne, Australia these days).

Thing of the Day #3
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16 Aug 19

A new album from Frog is always something to celebrate, but this latest effort sees the band in a time of flux. The flux being the loss of a member. And when your band only has two members to begin with that's a pretty big deal. So whilst Tom White departed the combo and moved to the UK, Danny Bateman was left in the US without a drummer or a job. A 1979 MX5050 tape machine seemed to be the answer to this predicament, which Bateman used to piece together this "solo" record (but one which is still under the Frog banner).

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12 Jul 19

Another album to file under "Anthologies of bands that may have slipped through the cracks", Audio Antihero seem to be making a habit of releasing albums in this niche genre after putting out a similar collection by Tempertwig just a few months ago. Here they've teamed up with Old Money Records to release a 22 track anthology of Fighting Kites' material.

Thing of the Day #2
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12 Jul 19

Seven years have now passed since the release of Imperial Teen's massively under-valued Feel the Sound album. That record was one of my favourites from that year, a textbook example of contemporary pop, and one which seemed to puncture the bubble of gloomy indie and rock which was the zeitgeist. They've finally returned with a new album, Now We Are Timeless, which firmly re-establishes them as trail blazers of this intelligent, but fun electro sound.

Thing of the Day #1
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Haiku Salut are Gemma Barkerwood, Louise Croft and Sophie Barkerwood and last year they were commissioned to compose the score to Buster Keaton's 1926 masterpiece, The General. The band have been gradually teasing tracks from the resulting 23 track double album, and "Firewood" is the latest offering. It's an uplifting piece which straddles the line between low-key and orchestral, gradually building up the layers into something that is undeniably cinematic.

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28 Jun 19

Molly are a duo based in Innsbruck, Austria comprising Lars Andersson on guitars and Phillip Dornauer on drums. But this isn't your standard raucous guitar-drums indie garage duo, Molly are more akin to the sweeping densely populated sounds of Explosions in the Sky or Sigur Rós. Occasionally toning things down a notch to Slowcore territoty. Put it this way, everything is slow and that ain't no bad thing.