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Singles that Mingle 20220204

  • Published in Columns



Our frontline reporter and London correspondent, Captain Stavros, brings you the newest and most exciting new tunes.


Mothermary – ‘I am Your God’


Out Now – Italians Do It Better


Calling all Italians Do It Better fanboys/girls, double trouble coming at you with Mothermary. No such thing as too much of a good thing. Foot tapping rump shakin’ goodness.



Tempers – ‘Nightwalking’


Out April 1– on DAIS


Stripped back doom-synth (I’m not sure that’s a thing, but it is now!) sullen and moody. Somehow still catchy though.



Bnny – ‘I’m Just Fine’


Out now on Fire Talk


Melancholy vocals accompany equally melancholic melodies. If you dug Windowspeak and Holy Motors’ latest, give this a whirl.



Tess Parks – ‘Happy Birthday Forever’


Out May on Fuzz Club


We immediately got some low-fi Sneaker Pimps vibes off this one, let us know if you hear it too.



Media Giant – ‘Guilt/Shame’


Out now on Brace Yourself Records


We had a good feeling about this one because the promo shots were next level ironic. Media Giant’s tunes are anything but ironic, they feel awkward in a loveable and listenable way.




Zoee - ‘The Empty Glass’


Flaw Flower is out now on Illegal Data


Theatrical avant pop comes at you mostly like a psychedelic pagan ritual to welcome in the spring time sooner, a helluva lotta more fun than a ground hog day event in our opinion.



Geese – ‘Projector’


Out now on Partisan Records and in the UK for a tour in June.


Reminds us of Feet, effortlessly cool. It’s the type of track that reminds you to check-and-see what’s piping in through your headphones.



Calexico – ‘El Mirador’


Out April 8 on City Slang


A visually appealing video accompanies a familiar sound Calexico south-western sound. It’s a blur which, one, or all, South American musical styles they draw from and pay homage too point is it sounds mighty fine.












Tess Parks And Anton Newcombe - I Declare Nothing

  • Published in Albums

Sultry and ultra laidback albums of original material nodding firmly towards the likes of Serge Gainsbourg and the more blissed out end of the European Sixties film market don’t come better than this in the first half of 2015. Whilst the chap behind Nouvelle Vague is still pottering about doing cover versions in I Declare Nothing two artists with real talent have created the best kind of homage imaginable.

The work’s timelessness is one of its major selling points. Authenticity without slavish posturing and originality minus over-inflated egos, successfully combine to fully realise the aims of the collaborative project. Hearing these ten tracks unaware of what you were being played you’d be hard pressed to say what era actually spawned it.

Tess Parks’ stunning vocals weave a spell from beginning to end on the album, alternately beguiling and matter of factly freeing the listener as Anton Newcombe wraps the whole thing up in layers of lush psychedelic lounge and late-night clubland melancholia.

Self-produced & self-released by Newcombe on his A Recordings label, the benefits of having full artistic control over proceedings whilst work was progressing at his studio in Berlin over the past year or so are readily visible in the looseness achieved and the way the album flows together. Not a single track feels like it would have been better placed elsewhere in the running order.

The music buying public don't need constant re-hashes of the music of times and eras long since past but stylistically those sounds are as relevant as they've ever been, when expertly performed in up to the minute compositions as Parks & Newcombe have created here. Take the time to lose yourself in I Declare Nothing and see where it leads you. 

I Declare Nothing is available from amazon & iTunes.

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