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Cardinals

Cardinals

    Cardinals start as a joke between two sixteen-year-olds in a sleepy fishing town on the southern coast of Ireland.

    A whole joke- taken- to- heart later and their difference is marked by an early immersion in Cork's live music scene, 'we wanted to juxtapose ourselves,' says frontman Euan Manning, 'we have pop-leaning influences and didn't want to shy away from that.' Now barely twenty, the six-piece are next in an Irish line changing the sound of alternative music.

    Blending Ireland's musical beating heart with a swell of contemporary frisson, the six- piece are tied to making music they enjoy whilst being perpetually kept outside of their comfort zone. The result is an eclectic gothic amalgam of shoegaze, Irish trad folk, and rock which incorporates 60s Wall of Sound elements for a punk- inflected noise that 'wants to be warm pop.' Underpinning this trademark friction is a soft narrative arc which chases a stark vulnerability, 'I've heard music and seen films and somehow felt less alone,' says Euan, 'If we can do that for someone else, then that's cool in my books.'

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    Twist And Turn
    Unreal
    Roseland
    Amphetamines
    Nineteen
    If I Could Make You Care

    Nightbus

    Exposed To Some Light / Average Boy

      Hailing from varying parts of the North of England  and now based in Manchester, set behind a backdrop of haze with the mid 20s coming knocking, Nightbus (Olive, Jake and Zac) found common ground in their mutual taste in music. Amongst those late nights and the hedonism that comes with them, partnered with somewhat of a compulsive nature, The question of; what next? Rang around.

      In summer 2022, a desire to collaborate and make their own music was almost telepathically manifested. Evidently their sound is a testament to the scenes, eras and bands that have inspired them to make music that would stand out in an ever-expanding alternative scene.

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      Exposed To Some Light
      Average Boy

      Folly Group

      Down There!

        Drawing from post-punk, dub, hip-hop, electronic dance music and traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms, Folly Group have established themselves amongst UK experimental rock's new leading lights Marrying open- hearted lyricism with furiously inventive self- production, this bracing, complex record lends a genuinely original voice to a familiar theme: alienation in modern Britain.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: A bafflingly complex, instrumentally dense LP that ends up both impressively coherent and surprisingly danceable. There's elements of Battles' off-kilter asymmetry but it's grounded by a funky, dance influenced rhythm backline. A wildly unique, and brilliantly balanced album.

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        Big Ground
        I'll Do What I Can
        Bright Night
        East Flat Crows
        Strange Neighbour
        Freeze
        Pressure Pad
        Nest
        New Feature
        Frame

        Oscar Browne

        If Only EP

          A founding member of the London based folk-collective Broadside Hacks (amongst other banded-ventures), Oscar Browne's debut solo endeavour 'Never Quite Right' was released in 2022 to critical acclaim; an established inauguration which saw him eventually signing to So Young Records in the spring of 2023.

          Following a six-month spree in which Browne found himself tirelessly writing in order to process the changes taking place around him, the five songs which would eventually go on to form his debut EP 'If Only', are a deep- dive into the heart and soul of an artist who masterfully captures all the joys and heartaches of life in your early-twenties.

          Recorded over one week at Bristol's The Playpen, home to producer Ali Chant (Aldous Harding, Katy J Pearson), 'If Only' was all-in-all, a long time coming. Selfaccustomed to doubling things up and hiding imperfections, it was through the art of collaboration, and Ali's teachings in the power of emotional transparency that the pairing of Browne and Chant really shined. "Ali was a massive part in keeping the recordings minimal" notes Browne "he kept the rawness".

          Oscar Browne's creative- capability is a limitless array of captivating delights. These aren't simply re-interpretations of eras gone by. Browne channels as much Ben Howard or Kurt Vile as he does Nick Drake and John Martyn. Rather, it's through his ear for musical- lucidity, highlighted throughout the course of these selected songs, that enables Browne to transport his love of traditional folk and folklore, into a uniquely contemporary realm. His fearlessness in baring- all to those who'll listen creates an artistic magnitude will only keep growing with fine prowess, as Browne continues to cut his teeth as a beguiling 'one to watch'.

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          Cut Me Off
          You And I
          All Or Nothing
          Somebody Else
          If Only

          Been Stellar

          Been Stellar EP

            Crackly, bright and distorted - stories of violence, love, and a new, un-glamorous, New York City. Hailing from the suburbs of Detroit, the beaches of Los Angeles, and Brazil by way of Sydney, Nando Dale (guitar), Laila Wayans (drums), Sam Slocum (vocals), Nico Brunstein (bass) and Skyler St. Marks (guitar) have positioned themselves at the glimmering rotten center of tonight's rock and roll. Each member so distinctly themselves, it must be assumed that such a diverse and unlikely gang were drawn tight together in their first year of university by nothing short of serendipitous fortune and a shared, waggish sense of humor.

            They are a band of friends - sharing, crying, fighting, and kissing - wreaking havoc together and laughing like how only the jaunty youth can afford to. Been Stellar's arrangements come textured, swooping - pushing past you at a downtown pace and off to find a better night. The songs are of their own time and space, offering a New York City - Been Stellar's New York City - the sounds of growing up young.

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            Arthur
            Manhattan Youth
            My Honesty
            Kids 1995
            Ohm

            Vlure

            Euphoria EP

              Vlure defy the rules, they rip up trends and create new ones. With a certain honesty and a vulnerability, they confront you and get under your skin. They make you feel things, the way music should.

              "One of the most buzzy young bands Scotland has to offer." - Line Of Best Fit

              "With their hard-hitting blend of electro-noir-glam, industrial-rave and post-punk - a sound that's simply designed

              TRACK LISTING

              Show Me How To Live Again
              Heartbeat
              The Storm
              I Won't Run (From Love)
              Euphoria


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