EP: Matthew P – The Breakfast EP

You won’t go mistaking Matthew P’s records for any of the other Americana bands who fit in to the same wistful bracket. For while his music recalls the straightforward ease of the Wood Brothers and others who dwell somewhere between…

Album: O’Death – Outside

Folk-rock is given a sinister spin on Outside, the third full-length record from Brooklyn six-piece O’Death. As the band’s name suggests, life – and the end of it – serves as a source of inspiration, with multiple tracks rhythmically and…

Album: Bodies of Water – Twist Again

Twist Again is a bit like chocolate with chilli in it, full of unexpected combinations: the first track, ‘One Hand Loves The Other’, evokes orchestration by Philip Glass spliced with Nancy Sinatra vocals, and the result is endearingly demented. ‘Triplets’…

Live: Best Coast @ Thekla, Bristol

After Kurt Cobain’s death, a gathering was held where his rival, and apparent nemesis, Eddie Vedder noted that the fame of Seattle’s grunge contingency might well be down to Cobain’s genius. Whilst Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino has the same love…

Album: Bon Iver – Bon Iver

Justin Vernon returns with a more integral cast of collaborators for his second album as Bon Iver. The name is drawn from the French for “good winter” (bon hiver) and the often sparse instrumentation coupled with Vernon’s alternately hushed and…

FFS interview | Mechanical Bride

FFS met Lauren Doss, the creative force behind Mechanical Bride in the Transgressive Records offices in Islington. Her first album Colour of Ants was released on Monday. FFS: Your album is finally being released after a really long wait, how…

Blog: Kimya Dawson’s hidden talent

So you probably already knew Kimya Dawson was an awesome songwriter and lyricist, ex-Moldy Peach, soundtrack composer, Bundles member, mother to Panda and entertainer of children via Alphabutt. But you’re likely to be unaware of her talent for bashing out…