Maps & Atlases: ‘Fall Apart’

Maps & Atlases make a welcome return with their latest release, ‘Fall Apart‘. The forthcoming new album’s first single is unassuming, romantic in nature and packed full of vibrant indie undertones. This boasts an impressive return to form and one that is infectious, heartfelt and emotional.

Clothes: ‘Never Home’

With its stunning call back to seminal post-punk bands of days gone by, Clothes have managed to make their sound sentimental, yet completely relevant. There’s a melodic canon that burns brightly at the centre of their music. Kaleidoscopic guitars bathe the song in a shoegaze light leaving you feeling satisfyingly uplifted.

Active Bird Community: ‘Spend The Night’

Brooklyn quartet, Active Bird Community’s latest release will end up pulling those nostalgic heartstrings. With its immaculate dynamic, ‘Spend The Night’ will have you reaching emotional depths. An appropriate anthem for a new generation, it moves between enervation, hope, and desolation. Protected by a glorious, melodic cacoon, turn it up loud and sing till your…

Low Cut High Tops: ‘Typical’

With almost 2 minutes 37 seconds of relentless high-octane sonic mayhem, you will be hard pushed to find a more addictive alt-punk song so far this year. Gleefully terrifying, this is a thrilling guitar-saturated joy ride and one that you will not want to end.

Spielbergs: ‘Distant Star’

If you are looking for one of the hooks of 2018, look no further – Oslo trio Spielbergs have you covered. With a hyperdrive guitar assault and soaring vocals, this will make your heart burst with happiness. Spielbergs have penned something pure, charming and confident. This sits firmly with my other songs of the year…

Scott Hutchison: A hero

  In the throes of passion, articulation can sometimes be lost. I might not be as eloquent as many a journalist, but these memories and experiences make me very thankful. There is a content warning here, there will be a discussion of mental health and associated elements. Myspace was a strange and intriguing thing. Before…

Cloth: ‘Demo Love’

Ebbing and flowing with ethereal ease, Glasgow-based trio Cloth have debuted with a sublime alternative ballad. With a vocal that washes over you like morning sunlight and tenacious folk-strum all parcelled in a lush ambience, this sits comfortably as one of the best songs to come out of Scotland this year.

Bossy Love: You Hitting Home

I remember the day that Synergy Concert’s Grainne Braithwaite brought Bossy Love to my attention. Her excitement was palpable and when I look back now, I know it was a massive turning point in terms of how I regarded new music in Scotland. I was part of women’s collective TYCI and thanks to Braithwaite’s introduction…