West London rock band Måntra would rather stand up and deliver music with a message for the left-behinds and the disenfranchised in these increasingly polarised times. Frontman/guitarist Simon Stark formed Måntra with two friends from Ealing, Richard Leeds (bass) and Rob Emms (drums), as an expressive outlet for these subversive sentiments, underpinned by their shared musical influences.
Wovoka Gentle are an experimental folk three-piece from London, comprised of William Stokes and twins Imogen and Ellie Mason. Taking its root in folk and Americana songwriting, the Wovoka sound draws upon the psychedelic soundscapes of the late 60s as well as contemporary experimental, jazz and collage music; marrying classic instrumentation with sampling, analogue synthesis and sound manipulation.
Moon Sugar are an alternative, indie rock & roll outfit from Birmingham, UK that formed in 2014. Originally formed as a 3 piece (consisting of Dave Cross, Jon Williams and Adee Shaw), they started out gigging small social/sports clubs to friends and family. As the need for a bassist and drummer intensified, Moon Sugar recruited the skills of Ellis and Chris on Drums and Bass respectively.
There’s a certain transcendent magic that happens when two contrasting voices coalesce in perfect harmony. Imperceptibly, they can raise you from the temporal to the spiritual in the breath of a song, and set you floating among the firmament infused with a sense of wonder – just like Sound of the Sirens.
22-year-old British musician Isaac Gracie has the world at his feet. Growing up in Ealing, the son of poet, Judith Gracie, Isaac wrote his first songs at the age of fourteen. Inspired by familiar greats in the Buckleys, Radiohead, Leonard Cohen, and Bob Dylan, Isaac had an instinctive knack for writing a devastating melody, and a voice honed to precision.
Up and coming Liverpool band N¥TCLUB released their new single ‘Drive’ on Friday 17th February. The band burst onto Soundcloud late last year with their debut track ‘Dressed Up’. Backed by BBC Introducing and Radio 1’s Phil Taggart, the track set out what N¥TCLUB are all about big, synth-pop choruses and ear-worming hooks.
Talking about Gabriella Cohen requires a new adjective: when she tells you about a guitar tone she likes, an organ sound she’s looking for, or the opening bars of The Velvet Underground’s ‘I Found a Reason’, she might tell you these things sound ‘pink’. She’s not describing a synesthetic or aesthetic connection with the colour — instead, it’s an adjective she’s coined. Luckily, after a spin through Cohen’s debut album Full Closure and No Details, we’ll all know what ‘pink’ sounds like: it sounds like this. It sounds like heartbreak and reckless abandon, like quiet reflection and raucous teamwork.
Coming up this week at The Sunflower Lounge we have Failure By Design Records’ finest Weatherstate on Tuesday. Wednesday sees ambient eletronic-pop artist Stevie Parker from Bristol. Friday is the EP Launch from Birmingham punk band Ideal Club, and Saturday sees Brooklyn trio Las Rosas bring their lo-fi rock & roll swagger. Check out the full listings below:
The Northern Irish artist, singer and electronic composer and member of the The Magnetic North, Hannah Peel released her new solo album Awake But Always Dreaming to great acclaim at the end of 2016, with Q Magazine describing the album as a ‘sublime electronic opus’ in their 4 star review.