Album: Austra – Feel It Break

Having been around the Toronto music scene as a solo artist and a member of the band Galaxy, as well as collaborating with a number of other artists, Latvian-Canadian Katie Stelmanis is now fronting so-called electro-goth trio, Austra. There’s no…

Early Ghost

Early Ghost are a Brighton based six-piece – and even though they are a fairly new band they have already released two EPs and played with the likes of Beirut. The panel decided to have a gander… Scott Edgar: When I…

Album: The Antlers – Burst Apart

The Antlers’ last release, 2009’s Hospice, was many things – a story of love and loss, a tragedy, an allegory, a (say it softly) concept album – and could be described in many ways – emotional, heartwrenching, shattering, beautiful. To…

A playlist for the end of the world

The ol’ playlisting ground to a resounding halt when Brian got himself into what can only be described as “a MASSIVE HUFF” over Spotify’s user-unfriendly changes. Huffing is terribly unattractive behaviour, (especially for one who considers himself to be wise),…

Hoshal Patrick

Art-school duo Alex Mummery and James Shedden make ace music videos and lovely recordings in their bedrooms and give them away on their excellent website – the panel dropped by to have a listen Richard Furlong: What really strikes you about…

Festival Preview: Truck

The 14th Truck Festival (22nd-24th July) will, unfortunately for FFS, be our first.  We had a rough idea that something good was going on in a field in Oxford all these years, but we’ve only just been informed of the…

Interview: Ron Sexsmith rises again

When Ron Sexsmith’s 12th album Long Player Late Bloomer was released earlier this year, FFS declared it to be the Canadian singer-songwriter’s “most exuberant album to date”. We’re sticking with that assessment, but the man himself told us it came…

EP: Daughter – His Young Heart

Solo Londoner Elena Tonra, known musically as Daughter, quickly gained an online following after the release of a four track demo EP earlier this year. That collection, almost entirely recorded with just a guitar and Tonra’ s delicate vocals, revealed…