Music by Bergman: Good Morning

A duo from Melbourne, Stefan Blair and Liam Parsons have been working on music together since they met in high school about ten years ago, the focus of their collaboration being Good Morning. Their sound is well within a low-fi indie acoustic genre that can be a breeding ground for sad white boy music, but their latest albums are filled with a characteristic warmth and honesty that is quickly and quite damningly lacking from so many others. 

Set for release on 22nd October via new label home Polyvinyl Record Co, the Australian duo  have announced their brand new album ‘Barnyard’, and they’ve released new track ‘Burning.’

Best Covers: Clinic “I Can’t Stand the Rain”

Liverpool post-punks Clinic are releasing a new album, Fantasy Island, on October 22 via Domino. Now they have shared its third single, which is a cover of Ann Peebles’ “I Can’t Stand the Rain.” The original was the title track to Peebles’ 1973 album of the same name. Clinic’s cover was shared via an Emily Evans-directed video.

4Ever Songs: Beck ‘Loser’

In the early 1990s Beck Hansen and co-writer Carl Stephenson spent a few hours recording a song called “Loser,” which fledgling label Bong Load Custom Records pressed 500 copies of. It surprisingly made some noise on FM radio in L.A., and Beck was signed to Geffen imprint DGC, which re-released “Loser” in 1994 and included the song on Beck’s album Mellow Gold. Since it actually hit the charts in 1994, most people consider 2014 to be the 20th anniversary of the song, which had as big an impact on the DIY singer-songwriter movement as Kurt Cobain had upon alternative rock.

The muses of La Musa: Joy Crookes

Born and raised in Elephant and Castle, Joy Crookes musical journey has garnered Amy Winehouse and Lauryn Hill comparisons. The daughter of a Bengali mother and an Irish father, she grew up listening to an eclectic mix of genres – everything from Nick Cave, to King Tubby, Kendrick Lamar and and as a result she’s curious, passionate and music obsessed – traits that creep into her own creations at every opportunity. Joy’s universally appealing sound and knack for smart, modern storytelling and her candid, fearless attitude has seen grow ever amassing fanbase waiting avidly for her next move.

Now, the 22-year-old British-Irish-Bangladeshi musician is releasing a debut album that makes a strong statement about her identity. Joy Crookes’s Introspective Soul Digs Deep Beneath Her ‘Skin’

Divus Julius presents: Manic Street Preachers

For a band who have continually reinvented themselves over the years, from the young androgynous punk upstarts who gave us Generation Terrorists, to the virtiolic The Holy Bible era, and the Britpop conquering albums Everything Must Go and This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours, the Manic Street Preachers 14th studio LP The Ultra Vivid Lament still carries with it a big surprise.

Throughout their 35-year career, across all their various stages, the Manics have always been a guitar band. Each incarnation of their sound has been driven by frontman James Dean Bradfield’s compositions, ably supported by his cousin, drummer Sean Moore. Though bassist Nicky Wire and lyricist and guitarist Richey Edwards, before his sad disappearance in 1995, were often the band’s mouthpieces, their spiritual leaders if you like, musically it was Bradfield and his trademark white Les Paul guitar that shaped their sound.

On The Ultra Vivid Lament, though, Bradfield has put the six string to one side and instead crafted each track on the piano, having taught himself to play over the course of lockdown. The inspiration, it seems, came from the likes of ABBA and Neil Diamond, acts who were at the forefront when the Manics themselves were kids, and the result is a set of gloriously rich songs that rank up there with some of the best the band have ever produced.

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