All articles by Jack Phillips

Review: Eardrums’ Between Two Waves Compilation

Reviewing a three-disc compilation is difficult enough without the bands not being real bands. This Eardrums Pop compilation, Between Two Waves, brings together the bands Scandinavian label/blog Eardrums Pop like, with them creating one-off projects. There are some differing results…

Adelaide’s Cape to Launch EP

Fresh from touring with First Aid Kit, Alessi’s Ark and Racheal Dadd, Adelaide’s Cape will be releasing their debut EP ‘Last Sleep In Albion’ at The Luminaire on 6th March. For the first time, they’ll be playing their lo-fi folk…

FFS Interview: Wye Oak

Baltimore duo Wye Oak have just released one of the best albums of this year, The Knot could win over the sternest of souls. After self-releasing their debut, they’re now signed to the legendary Merge Records, home to the such luminaries as Arcade Fire, Conor Oberst and Neutral Milk Hotel. The long-time friends answered FFS’s questions about all things Wye Oak.

Album: Wye Oak – The Knot

Every so often an album comes out of nowhere and absolutely blows your mind in such a way that you wonder how you even survived without it. Instantly you get a connection with it and it rings so true that you wonder if this band was made entirely for you. And according to Wikipedia- as if to make them even more impressive- Andy Stack plays drums and the bass lines at the same time at gigs. Again, this is Wikipedia… but if true, wow.

Single: Lofty Heights – Eye Contact

Lofty Heights, Greg Griffin to his parents, is about to carve a nice little path out for himself and his debut single, ‘Eye Contact’ is about to set him on his cheery way. The California-born Londoner brings ukeleles, steel guitars, double bass and rickety drums together in a way that instantly tickles a smile.

Album: Matt & Kim – Grand [sampler]

There’s something in the water in Brooklyn that makes it churn out the coolest of cool bands- Grizzly Bear, Vivian Girls, Bear Hands to name but three, with Matt and Kim’s superbly simple and imperfect DIY indie somewhere amongst all those. And this sampler of Matt and Kim’s second album, Grand, is as bare-boned and rough around the edges as you could wish for, or very Brooklyn.

Album Review: Scott Matthews – Elsewhere

It was always going to be tough following ‘Passing Stranger,’ Scott Matthews’ debut album. It was an album packed with ethereal beauty showing off his Buckley-esque voice and brought him an Ivor Novello for ‘Elusive.’ Second album ‘Elsewhere’ signifies a definite change of mood, in other words he’s “done a LaMontagne.”