It may not be remotely festive, but this set of sonic baubles is most definitely a gift. Our latest playlist unwraps new sounds from The fin., St Tropez, Paddy Hanna, Ecca Vandal and Zaflon. Just press play...
Despite a peppering of diverting effects, The Vryll Society’s hypnotic hazy psychedelia is comforting in its familiarity. ‘Air’, the lead track from their new EP ‘Pangea’, holds many reference points in its eddy of gentle space rock
"An excellent mix of old and new, which you can't help but tap along feverishly to. 'Look Forward' spreads its loveliness throughout and remains in your head"
The mesmerising video for ‘Anchor & Hope’ is the latest triumph for Victor & The Rain Dog. Directed by Jamie Jones, it is a perfect collaboration between two creative forces. French-born singer Victor Marichal leads The Rain Dog on this minor-key, sea shanty/junkyard stomp, the style of which seems like a homage to Victor’s hero, Tom Waits, and sounds like a special nod to the pirate songs of his 1985 ‘Rain Dogs’ album – songs such as ‘Singapore’ and ‘Cemetery Polka’.
Former frontman of And So I Watch You From Afar, Tony Wright, takes an earthier turn on ‘No More Years’, a rousing blast of vigorous acoustic strumming, brash harmonica and pounding stickwork, which rises above much of the national nu-folk output by virtue of its stomping, windswept glee.