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Rhian Daly

Posted on Wednesday, June 3, 2015

New Band Of The Week - Oscar Is Gunning For Rihanna's Attention

London's bedroom-pop songsmith tells Rhian Daly why he's aiming to attract the attention of music's big guns - plus stream new track 'Stay' below There’s been a strong lineage in British music of bands and artists coming out of art school: from Pete Townshend to PJ Harvey, Blur to MIA. Latest in that long line is 23-year-old north Londoner Oscar Scheller, a former student at famed London art college Central St Martins and creator of infectious lo-fi bedroom-pop, such as single ‘Daffodil Days’.


NME Blog

Posted on Friday, May 29, 2015

Algiers Interview: Politicised, Genre-Mashing Trio Who Want To Break Down Barriers And Readjust The Social Status Quo

People say bands aren’t politicised any more. Then again, they say you shouldn’t fuse punk with gospel, so what do they know? Just ask Algiers, a three-piece that combines these disparate genres to rally against consumerism and political conservatism. Vocalist and guitarist Franklin James Fisher, bassist Ryan Mahan and guitarist Lee Tesche hail from Atlanta, a home city for which they shared mutual disdain. “People act as if the South’s history of exploitation and slavery happened so long ago that it’s no longer relevant,” Fisher says. “In fact, its violent history is still quite recent.


Al Horner

Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Loyle Carner On His New Material – And Some Big Collaborations

You’d forgive a hotly tipped British hip-hop hopeful about to embark on a busy summer of huge festivals for being nervous about the months ahead. Loyle Carner, however, is more concerned about how his fast-filling-up schedule is going to impact the five-a-side football team he plays with on Tuesday nights a stone’s throw from his south London home. “None of the shows are on Tuesday at the minute.


Kevin EG Perry

Posted on Friday, May 22, 2015

Fraser A Gorman Interview: ‘I Look A Fair Bit Like Dylan – The Hair, The Harmonica, The Guitar…’

Meet the Melbourne singer-songwriter crafting eloquent pop on Courtney Barnett’s label. Interview by Kevin EG Perry Fraser A Gorman has a distinct memory of the very first time he ever met his now-label boss, Courtney Barnett, after moving to Melbourne as an 18-year-old. “I met her in a bar and tried to pick her up,” he laughs. “Which is kinda funny because she likes girls!” The pair have now become good friends, and as singer-songwriters they share an aesthetic as well as a certain lyrical wit and ability to convey their lives, hopes and fears openly.


Matt Wilkinson

Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2015

Is J Fernandez America's Next Great Singer-Songwriter?

Justin (J) Fernandez might just be the real sound of America right now. With not an ounce of icey NYC ‘cool’ or hipster LA wankery about him, the Little Rock-born, Chicago-based songwriter’s music taps into that same sense of prevailing sincerity as Elliott Smith and Evan Dando. You could never call him brash or OTT, and that’s kind of the point. A map-maker by day, he made most of new album ‘Many Levels Of Laughter’ at his apartment in the Windy City’s Humboldt Park area.

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