With urban music being rapidly commercialised, cloned, diluted and disseminated ad nauseam, RVWR's sound might be deemed 'unsanitary'.
The month-long Blogtober Festival got underway at The Finsbury this weekend with two nights, curated by For Folk's Sake and Young & Aspiring, that set a high bar for the remaining 29 shows
London-based indie-pop band The RIVE Project are releasing their debut EP ‘Wanna Change’ at the end of September. The project is the brainchild of New Zealand singer/songwriter Christy Whelan and Israeli ambient guitarist Arli Liberman.
Ahead of their EP release, Lost in the Manor chats to Christy and Arli about their future plans and why they moved to London.
Maggie has ditched the traditional folk instruments of her earlier work to make the kind of electronic alt-folk that would jam comfortably in the ears of a Sylvan Esso fan. Usually reinvention is a gamble for new artists but she makes it as instinctive as breathing.
‘Lonely Lover’ has the air of contemporary R&B but is shorn of the corporate cultural production that demeans so much of the genre. Instead it is pure, organic soul
The humid swing of ‘Satellite’ bears a shimmering country vibe announced by a reverbed guitar that expands across a smokey jazz-bar groove
Our sleep-deprived scribe likes the sound of this colossal eight-hour continuous piece of music, composed to facilitate greater access to the land of nod. Watch a teaser for the project here
Exclusive shots from a brilliant four-band showcase at The Finsbury, topped by California's Happy Hollows on the last date of their UK tour to promote new single 'Astrid'
I’ve seen Retrospective For Love perform many times. Every show so far has triggered a dual emotional response. Initially I’ve been hit by a surge of joy that original, clever and soulful music is still being made today. But somewhere on my journey home I get a sour taste in my mouth, due to the fact that, to my mind, they haven’t been getting anything like the attention they deserve. I have high hopes for RFL, whose influences range from J Dilla to Chet Baker, and I won’t be content until they’re headlining Glastonbury and beyond.