Interview: The return of Duane Eddy

Sometimes an idea comes from so far out of left field it takes you a while to realise just how perfect it is. Like Duane Eddy, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall-of-Famer who invented the famous ‘twang’ sound, recording an album…

O Chapman

Eighteen-year-old Londoner O. Chapman makes bluesy acoustic folk that the panel really wanted to hear… James Robinson: O. Chapman makes perfect music – there is nothing that needs to be put in or taken out. These lovely duets with their minor chord progressions,…

Maple Leaves

Maple Leaves are a trio who have gone from meeting at a Glasgow open mic night to supporting the likes of Zoey Van Goey, playing T In The Park and appearing on BBC1.  Their debut EP Golden Ether is getting…

Album: Dodos – No Color

Dodos are one of those bands who dangle in musical purgatory, regarded highly enough to have fans but not enough to have fanfare. This is a real shame because the quality of songs on their debut release Visitor and sophomore…

Glass Ankle

Japanese-influenced trio Glass Ankle are named after band mastermind Greg Jackson’s football injuries.  Their debut EP If You’ve Been There is available now, as is new single Kyo Wa Ii Hi – which means ‘Today is a good day’ and…

Album: Rubik – Solar

We’ll admit we don’t follow the Finnish music scene that closely, but were any of us to do so, we’d find Rubik somewhere near the top of the pile. Solar, released here in the UK only now, has already been…

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…