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Interview: Ben Ales

Born in Verona, now based in London, self-described musical troubadour Ben Ales relays the time-stopping powers of romance in his uplifting new single, Here Forever. Led by Ben’s powerful husky vocals, the track is a dreamy indie-pop number, with layers of harmonies and euphoric strings lifting the listener up into the clouds. I had a …

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Interview: Fortnight In Florida

London-based three-piece Fortnight In Florida channel nostalgic disco-pop vibes on their new single, I Can’t Wait Forever. Inspired by Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks painting, the song juxtaposes moody synths and steady beats with mournful vocals, telling a bittersweet tale of unrequited love. I caught up with the band to have a chat about how they came …

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Interview: Mount Forel

London-based four-piece Mount Forel explore the politics of place and privilege in their new single, Witney. Named after David Cameron’s former constituency, Witney is a raw indie banger – complete with bittersweet guitar hooks and an anthemic chorus. The accompanying music video shows the band performing a gig to a blindfolded audience – one of …

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Interview: Miss Elm

Australian ‘Ukelele Princess’ Miss Elm follows up her debut single with a hypnotic new release, The Castle. Layered vocal hooks, delicately-stacked pop-folk arrangements and a message of strength and perseverance weave together to form a mesmerising and effortlessly catchy tune. I caught up with Miss Elm to learn more about her writing process, the after-effects …

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Interview: North America

East London-based indie five-piece North America present their cinematic new single, Leave Us To Fate. Rich, warm vocals weave a bittersweet tale of surrendering romance to whatever outcome it’s destined to undergo. Airy soundscapes create a contemplative tone and the dynamic build within the track perfectly portrays the emotionally torn nature of the song. I …

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Arsene Wenger reveals he will hold Bayern Munich talks next week

Could Arsene Wenger be the next Bayern boss? Arsene Wenger has revealed talks are scheduled with Bayern Munich’s Karl-Heinz Rummenigge next week over the vacant managerial position. Wenger has been out of the job since leaving Arsenal in the summer of 2018. The Frenchman had a largely successful career in north London but the final […]

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Unai Emery provides take on Granit Xhaka controversy vs Crystal Palace: ‘He was wrong’

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has this evening reacted to Granit Xhaka’s foul-mouthed outburst, following his substitution during the club’s draw with Crystal Palace. Arsenal pegged back The Gunners welcomed capital rivals Palace to the Emirates a short time ago, for a league clash. Arsenal headed into proceedings sitting 5th in the Premier League table, 5 […]

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Interview: D’Addio

D’Addio – a.k.a artist and producer Giulia Scarantino – reflects on the meaning of home in her new single, A Separation. Ghostly vocals whisper intoxicatingly catchy vocal hooks, intertwining with soulful electric guitar and organ above grainy, lo-fi drums. I had a chat with Giulia about her influences, writing and recording process and what we …

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One Slip in ‘Restored Balance’ Glory

Brain Damage had the chance to ask Mason (https://youtu.be/5zqg5Wc4BRU?t=1498), during the AOL Build Series interview on the The Early Years Box Set (almost exactly three years ago) if such a thing existed – and whether it would ever see the light of day – Mason’s answer was encouraging: even though he had completely forgotten about it, he had in fact already re-recorded the drum parts for A Momentary Lapse of Reason. Mason stated that the band would consider anything: a remixed release with those new drum parts looked like a remote possibility now. In just three years that remote possibility – with the added bonus of additional work from Richard Wright – began to materialize and has been working its way through streaming services, toward its full release on November 29th. When you listen to the remixed version of One Slip, the first thing you will notice is a more pronounced rhythm section and a more serene keyboard part. The new version has a more regal quality, a trait that is indebted to the distinctive presence of Mason and Wright and the ghosts it summons: during the Gilmour era, The Division Bell pulled together the creative input of Pink Floyd’s three members with the most pronounced strength, but just as The Endless River weaved that together with exquisite distinction, so does this version of One Slip – and presumably, the rest of the remixed version of A Momentary Lapse of Reason on The Later Years. It really pulls the entire era together elegantly without displacing the original mix of A Momentary Lapse of Reason – which will always hold a unique place in history given the circumstances around it and the distinguished team of musicians that helped construct it.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hits out at Man United attackers after Partizan/Hails ‘MOTM’ Brandon Williams

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has this evening provided his take on his side’s hard-fought win over Partizan. Martial’s strike the difference The Red Devils visited the Partizan stadium a short time ago, for their latest Europa League outing. United headed into proceedings looking to establish firm control of the Group L table. Ahead […]