Wednesday, March 3, 2021

"Flower Girl" by Lionel Boy

 Here is a smooth late night treat: The bass-heavy and ultra-coo. "Flower Girl" by Hawaii native, Long Beach resident Lionel Deguzman, aka Lionel Boy. It is the kind of song that justifies the replay button.

The single is out now via Innovative Leisure.




Various links for "Flower Girl"

"Serotonin" by Girl In Red

 Winter is edging away up here, and we are craving serotonin. And we have a double dose today because the skis are sunny and we have the new and appropriately-named single by Norway's Girl In Red.

Girl In Red is Oslo, Norway-based Marie Ulven. She wrote "Serotonin" and all of the other songs on her debut album, If I Could Make It Go Quiet. The album is due April 30th via AWAL.




Various links for "Serotonin"

Various links to order album

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Nightshift - Zoe

We apologize to those who rely on us for a bit of diversion when trying to work from home, but we took a few days off for a road trip. So we now will attempt to make amends by presenting one of our contenders for top albums of 2021. Zoe is the pandemic lockdown creation of Nightshift, an assembly of fine songwriters and performers from various Glasgow bands (some of which we have featured here in the past). The members assembled the songs in their own homes, adding their parts and sending the files on to other members. Despite that unusual approach, the result is a post-punk masterpiece -- smooth, cohesive, and consistently intriguing and even surprising.

Very often, even with a good album, some aspects stand out more than others. Sometimes it is the rhythms, sometimes the vocals, sometimes the melodies or guitars. However, in the hands of Nightshift, everything stands out. admittedly, the rhythms hit us first. They are standout earworms all by themselves, and they have a "sticky" quality that prompted a feeling of physical loss when the last song finished. However, the vocals pull you in like an emotional tractor beam and the guitars and keys, while spare, are perfect accents. I particular, the rhythms and vocals combine to create a hypnotic effect. This is post-punk with hear, soul, intelligence and intensity, and a bit of humor. We can't recommend it enough.  

Nightshift are David Capbell, Andrew Doig, Eothen Stearn, Chris White, and Georgia Harris. Zoe is out now in digital, vinyl and CD formats via Trouble In Mind Records.

Friday, February 26, 2021

"Ferme la Bouche" by Wojtek the Bear


A bracing slice of Philadelphia soul pop/rock from the streets of Glasgow? Why not? We think "Ferme la Bouche" by Wojtek the Bear is a perfect way to start the last-day-of-the-week-which-really-is-the-first-day-of-the-weekend. Out today as a digital single, add it to your "essentials" kit for the weekend.

We also suggest that you note the expected summer release of the band's album, Heaven by the Back Door (which we think is one of the better album titles we have seen lately). All released via the good and very tasteful crew at Last Night From Glasgow.


Various links for single and upcoming album

Thursday, February 25, 2021

"Dream House" by Wy

"Dream House" is the latest single by Malmo, Sweden duo Wy. It also is taken from the band's upcoming album Marriage, which is due May 7 via Stockholm's Rama Lama Records. The duo consists of married couple Ebba and Michel Gustafsson Ågren, who have released two previous albums. Their music is emotional, vulnerable, and personal. If the rest of the album is as dynamic and affecting as "Dream House", this may be the record that gives them the broad audience they deserve.

"Outlaws and the Cops" by Dom & The Wizards

At WYMA world HQ we are bouncing around with excitement with the news that Dom & The Wizards will unleash new album The Australian Cyclone Intensity Scale on April 2. We expect Dom Trimboli's delightfully off-kilter stream of consciousness speak-singing, a full album of new favorite songs and plenty of psychedelic imageruy to bend our impressionable minds. And you can glimpse inside the treasure chest right now with lead single "Outlaws and the Cops". Insistent groove, a violin, and Dom spinning a tale. Just what we would have ordered had our waiter asked us.

The Australian Cyclone Intensity Scale will be released by Tenth Court Records.

Various links for "Outlaws and the Cops"

Bandcamp for album

Label page for pre-order of vinyl

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Raveloe - Notes and Dreams

This music may not be for everyone. If you don't like beautiful folk-accented melodies, impeccably crafted and sung, well, you might want to turn your ears elsewhere. But for everyone else, we suggest that Notes and Dreams is an EP that you will want. Indeed, that you need. The creation of Glasgow's Kim Grant under the name Raveloe (named after a town in George Eliot's Silas Marner) and a few collaborators from far and wide, it consists of five tracks created during the pandemic lockdown. Proving herself an accomplished wordsmith as well as an excellent musician, each of Grant's songs are a hushed but powerful burst of light. We expect more good things from Raveloe in the future, but for now this EP really hits the spot.
Notes and Dreams is out now in digital and CD formats via Glasgow's Olive Grove Records.

On this record Kim sings and plays the guitar, synth, and bass, and Jacob Tomlinson plays the drums. Izzy Rose plays bass on "Post It" and "Steady". Jen Anthan provides the strings for "Old Tree". Erin F. Watt plays the piano for "Post It".



Bandcamp for Notes and Dreams

Olive Grove Records page for EP

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

"New Moon" and "Why Don't You Come Out Anymore?" by The Natvral


Fans of The Pains of Being Pure At Heart will be thrilled to know that Kip Berman -- songwriter and frontman for that band -- has a solo project called The Natvral (well, did you expect a straightforward name?). Its debut album, tilted Tethers, will be released on April 2 via Kanine Records. The album reflects Berman's new groundedness as a father in a young family, and the tension between the comforts of home and the desire to go out and participate in the broader world.

So far, The Natvral has released two singles from the album. The latest is the folky "New Moon", while the first, "Why Don't You Come Out Anymore?", demonstrates that Berman hasn't lost his knack for infectious guitar pop. Enjoy both below.




Bandcamp for Tethers

"Loath to Leave" by The Gracious Losers

 Today we introduce you to Scottish folk rock band called The Gracious Losers. In fact, they are a supergroup comprised of members of Sister John, Thrum, God Help the Girl, The Parsonage, Sporting Hero, and Berie Big Band. As you might expect, the assembly of that much talent from various spots in the musical spectrum results in a sound that reflects psychedelic, Americana, Celtic, folk, and pop. In fact, the introductory single, "Loath to Leave", falls into the moody, atmospheric pop category. We think is displays range, nuance and talent, and look forward to more from The Gracious Losers. And speaking of more, the band's full album Six Roads Ends is due in digital, CD and vinyl formats March 26 via Last Night From Glasgow.



Label page for vinyl version of album

Monday, February 22, 2021

"Mirrorball" by The Catenary Wires

Welcome to one of our favorite duets in recent memory. "Mirrorball" is jaded, sweet, worldly, world-weary and optimistic. Yes, that is quite a package, but The Catenary Wires is powered by Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey of Heavenly and Talulah Gosh fame, joined by Ian Button, Andy Lewis and Fay Hallam. "Mirrorball" is available to stream now, and will be released April 16 as a 7" digital or vinyl single via Skep Wax in the UK and Shelflife in the US. We don't want to divulge any secrets, but just between us the B-side will be a Human League cover.

While we don't have a release date yet, but we can tell you that The Catenary Wires will bestow a full album titled Birling Gap on the ears of eager fans this year.




Skep Wax Records

Shelflife Records page for release