Album | Neil Young – Homegrown

In 1975, Neil Young had a choice of two ready-to-go albums to release as the follow up to the masterpiece that was On The Beach. Tonight’s The Night was a tequila-drenched wake in which Young mourned the drug deaths of…

Album | Julian Taylor – The Ridge

Julian Taylor has spent his life living between two worlds, while not really being a member of either one. 50% West Indian and 25% Mohawk, he grew up as an indigenous person of colour, raised by a white step-grandmother. As…

Album | Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher

Singer. Producer. Raconteur. Shares a band with Connor Oberst. Plays in a indie-supergroup with Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus. A winner on Twitter. An artist studying the world with an arched eyebrow, trying to find her place in the modern…

Session | Try Happy – Hold On Tight

Today’s session comes from Try Happy, the musical vanity-project of London-based Glaswegian Fraser Parry and a number of his talented friends and associates. Their debut EP, ‘Thankyou’, is a quirky collection of humorous but heartfelt songs about solipsism, enjoying oneself,…

Album | Larkin Poe – Self Made Man

“If you’re not going to kick down the door, why go into the room?” asks Rebecca Lovell. It’s really not much of a question for her or her sister and Larkin Poe bandmate, Megan. They are not about to enter…

Interview | FFS 5 with Nathan Kalish

Over the course of two years spent out on the road, tirelessly playing show after show, Nathan Kalish cultivated a collection of story songs grown from not only his own life experiences but also incorporating the experiences of the people…

Live | Laura Marling @ Union Chapel

In an alternate universe, Laura Marling would have just wrapped up an extensive North American and UK tour during which we’d have got a first listen to music from her seventh album Song For Our Daughter, scheduled for an August…

Album | Humphrey – Humphrey

Recorded back in 1971 in a South Africa which was, at the time, ruled by Apartheid, Humphrey’s self-titled album is wonderful surprise dug out from the archives by Notes on a Journey. Left in obscurity for almost half a century,…

Album | Stripmall Ballads – Distant

Phillips Saylor Wisor has led an interesting life, wandering the back roads of the American dream. With Distant he channels the ghosts of the highways and byways. He follows paths established by the likes of Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson and…

Album | Woods – Strange To Explain

Brooklyn’s Woods share heritage with the likes of Kevin Morby (their former bassist), Real Estate and Kurt Vile. But 11 albums into their career, Woods’ pastel psych-pop/folk remains more under the radar (in the UK at least) than their contemporaries.…