“We Came From the Stars” is The Ghost of Helags debut album and is nothing short of a synth-pop dreamscape of drama, romance and escapism. Teresa Woischiski and John Alexander Ericson who make up the band as the singer-songwriters and producers hail from Sweden and are now based in Berlin. Woischiski and Ericson intertwine their Scandinavian origins with the hearty electronic sounds that have held up the music scene of their new home in Berlin.
Barely Passable may be a fresh name, but they’re wasting no time in establishing themselves as true undiscovered gems in the retro-tinged pop renaissance. Their debut EP, appropriately titled Hindsight, is a joyful revival of floor-filling sounds gone by that’s just right for the post-Rona landscape.
In 2018 they hit the ground running and haven’t shown any signs of slowing down yet. Having shared the stage with the likes of Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes, Fidlar along with playing sets at some huge festivals like Reading and Leeds and Neighbourhood, Kid Kapichi has only been on the up, and they still continue to rise.
After a smattering of EPs across over five years, rising punk band The Young Hearts have finally dropped their debut album. According to frontman Craig Lawrence, the plan for this year was to power through the struggles facing so many bands right now and release another EP, but “after realising it could be the final release […], we decided that an album would be the most productive way for us to say everything we wanted to”.
Alan Mcgee told the NME that he wanted to sign “cocky little fuckers” for his Creation23 label again. This may apply to wannabe wee Gallaghers and the likes, but the “dark fruits” stereotype doesn’t really do justice to his recent signing of culture critic, mental health advocate Cat SFX. Lead singer Caterina Speranza already has a fair amount of music industry experience. Having previously fronted a band called The Vincent Fiasco who opened for Interpol, Cat has come back 13 years later with more to say. According to McGee, “In a different time, she’d be a punk hero.”
Singer/Producer guccihighwaters latest full-length album ‘jokes on you’ (out Friday 22nd January), carries on where his previous album left off. Each song features a touch of tenderness, the emotion fuelled lyrics crossing over into the world of emo-trap. Although a self-proclaimed introvert, guccihighwaters (real name Morgan Murphy), wears his heart on his sleeve in his music, exposing his vulnerability, his worries and fears.
Nadia Sheikh exists somewhere in the grey area between indie and pop, with an earnest style of songwriting that creates thoughtful indie-rock anthems. Journos from underground radio stations to BBC Introducing have been singing her praises, particularly as a live artist, and it’s this aspect of her career that she’s drawn from on her latest single ‘Fire Away’.