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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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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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Large Pink Floyd feature in latest issue of UK’s Uncut Magazine

available online worldwide (https://www.newsstand.co.uk/140-TV-and-Film-Magazines/6457-Subscribe-to-UNCUT-Magazine-Subscription.aspx), and has a large feature on Pink Floyd, with a number of new interviews with key personnel, as the band gets ready to release The Later Years box set, and 2LP/1CD highlights sets (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/latest/pink-floyd-the-later-years-box-set-price-drop-plus-hear-high-hopes-early-ver.html). In the feature, Uncut’s Tom Pinnock talks to David Gilmour, Nick Mason, creative director Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell and long-time engineer Andy Jackson about regrouping following Waters’ departure in December 1985. By 1984, Roger had very obviously decided that enough was enough for him, Gilmour said, and I hadn’t decided that enough was enough for me. So I imagine I thought, ‘Yes, we’ll go back to doing [Floyd].’ David was very determined not to be told that he can’t do it any more, explained Andy Jackson. In some ways you could interpret Roger saying, ‘There is no more Pink Floyd’ as [from David’s point of view], ‘Well, you can’t tell me that…’ He had the desire to carry on as a band, so he had to make that work really. We were trying to make something that sounded very much of the time, which means of course that as time progresses it ends up sounding dated. As Bob Ezrin was prone to do, at the start of the [Momentary Lapse Of Reason] album he came in with a stack of CDs and said, ‘This is what’s happening now.’ In ’86, digital was very much at the forefront. [Dire Straits’] Brothers In Arms had just come out and that had a very particular sound, and that was one bar Bob said we should be aiming for. Nick Mason: We sort of laid everything on it. There was a sense of trepidation over what it would be like without Roger, so we slightly over-egged the pudding in terms of lots of session players. Some of it’s overproduced, far too much stuff on it… I thought it didn’t really sound like a Pink Floyd record, said bassist Guy Pratt, who joined the band in 1987 for their live work, but it was a very good record. It’s very of its time – Floyd were suited to ’80s bombast. Most of you will be aware that the box set includes a remixed and updated version of the AMLOR album. By returning to some of Richard Wright’s keyboard parts and recording new drum tracks with Nick Mason, producers David Gilmour and Bob Ezrin are said to have restored the creative balance between the three Pink Floyd members. The release of the One Slip remix today has caused quite a buzz in the Floyd community, as the work undertaken on it seems to have paid handsome dividends. We’re even more eager to hear the rest of the album now! If you can’t find the December 2019 issue of Uncut at your local UK store, order online now (https://www.newsstand.co.uk/140-TV-and-Film-Magazines/6457-Subscribe-to-UNCUT-Magazine-Subscription.aspx). The issue comes with Bob Dylan on the cover and an exclusive unreleased Dylan track on the free, cover mounted CD. Elsewhere in the issue, there’s Robert Smith, Nick Cave The Bad Seeds, Prince, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Jeff Lynne, Booker T, Tindersticks and much more…

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Interview: Mike Dignam

Soulful and resonant, Mike Dignam’s new single Under The Influence marks a confident return to the music scene for the Manchester-based artist. Moving into a new role as producer, Dignam’s husky vocals glide effortlessly above punchy bass lines, moody piano chords and oscillating percussion. I had a chat to Mike to find out more about …

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Interview: Michael Baker

Rich and poignant, Michael Baker’s new single Baby Books explores themes of mental health and friendship. Bittersweet guitar riffs and soaring vocal melodies hover above a bed of wistful atmospherics and driving percussion. There’s a gentle balance between fragility and a compelling forward motion that simultaneously soothes and motivates. I had a chat to Michael …

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Interview: Alessandro Ciminata

London-based singer-songwriter Alessandro Ciminata returns with his brand new single ‘Signs’, his second release of the year. Earlier this year, Ciminata unleashed his awe-inspiriringly affecting track ‘Kings’, which saw him pair enthralling production with his absoring vocal performance. ‘Signs’ sees him sonically shift slightly towards a darker sound, but his arresting vocal performance will undoutably …

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Interview: Idolising Nova

Our friends over at Indie Central Music premiered the Peterborough trio’s brand-new track ‘Party Through The Night’ last Thursday, and we couldn’t miss the opportunity to catch up with Idolising Nova to learn more about their latest single & more! ‘Party Through the Night’ sees the band continue their upward trajectory, following the release of …

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INTERVIEW: Bright Orange Spectacle

Before their highly anticipated Camden Assembly show, we sat down with self-titled “millennial glam” newcomers Bright Orange Spectacle, who refuse to be known as yet another generic indie band and rightly so, there’s nothing generic about this quartet who blend old but gold music influences with a very modern, zesty twist. Bright Orange Spectacle may be …

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Interview: Tokyo Tea Room

Tokyo Tea Room are a Canterbury-based psychedelic pop sextet who we simply can’t get enough of, they are certainly one to watch! Their infectious latest release Always Tomorrow is a dreamy tune tinged with warm nostalgia that is guaranteed to have pop, indie and psychedelic music lovers mesmerised. We caught up with the band to discuss musical …