Interview | FFS 5 with Shawna Virago

2020 has been unpredictable, to say the very least. Shawna Virago’s ‘Heaven Sent Delinquent’ bares a stark message of hope for these burdened times, and her new electric mix ups the octane some. A critique of the oppressive and proud,…

Album | Laura Veirs – My Echo

“My songs knew I was getting divorced before I did”- Laura Veirs When Laura Veirs started putting pen to paper and forming the ideas behind what would form My Echo, her 11th studio album, she realised that her 19-year marriage…

Album | Juanita Stein – Snapshot

On her third solo LP, Juanita Stein emerges from the soundscapes of her previous works and again joins musical forces with her brother Joel, her bandmate from Howling Bells. The new record brings ten personal songs, woven out of snapshots from…

Album | Mary Lattimore – Silver Ladders

Mary Lattimore is well-known for her collaborative works, including recently-acclaimed albums with artists such as Meg Blair and Mac McCaughan. She’s also released two solo albums of contemplative and solemn harp music, the last one being 2018’s stunning Hundreds of…

Album | Tempesst – Must Be a Dream

Listening to Tempesst’s debut LP is like traveling by cool old van through the inner surreal landscapes, passing by cosmic canyons, giant flowers, sunsets on the beach, and mushroom clouds. There a lot going on around and you don’t know…

Album | Drive-By Truckers – The New OK

When the Drive-By Truckers kept us waiting three years for January’s The Unraveling, it was the longest gap yet between albums in their 20-plus year career. Now, just nine months later, they’re back with The New OK. This surprise new…

Video premiere | She Owl – Glass (Live)

Three years after its initial release, She Owl’s Drifters EP continues to bewitch. And during these strange times one song in particular has taken on a new meaning – ‘Glass’ was written about isolation and the craving for human touch.…

Album | Sufjan Stevens – The Ascension

After years of sonic adventure and leftfield swerves, Sufjan Stevens’ 2015 career highpoint Carrie & Lowell saw the restless songwriter drop anchor in the wake of his mother’s death. It’s barely-there arrangements cradled Stevens’ bleak grief with remarkably life-affirming results. I’m…

Album | Sing Leaf – Not Earth

Sing Leaf may have the most appealing album name of the year. Earth in 2020 is a volatile and fragile place, perched precariously on the edge of disaster. Not here, Not Earth? That sounds like a welcome respite. So too…