On the Rise: Meet Me @ the Altar

As the first all-female band to sign to the infamous record label Fuelled by Ramen, Meet Me At The Altar are helping to carve out a space for people of colour in the archaic and white-washed genre of pop-punk. It’s 2007, and everything is dyed hair, raccoon eyeliner and nonsensical…

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Pond’s Journey from psych-rock to polished pop

Pond is a band of two halves. Usually lumped into the ever-enigmatic category of psychedelic rock - what with their extended guitar jams, cosmic riffs, and acid aesthetic - the term doesn’t quite capture the group’s full sonic palette. It’s tempting to see the band as having changed direction, but…

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On The Rise: Dexter

South West London’s Dexter is making relatable music for her generation with honest lyrics set against a backdrop of blissful, dreamy bedroom pop. “I don’t think you understand the extent to which I am obsessed with London. Why is my song over the tube? It’s funny because I didn’t even…

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Madi Diaz’s Slow Walk From Hurt to Healing

Playing piano almost before she could walk or talk, Madi Diaz grew up in an intensive musical education class. The daughter of a Frank Zappa tribute act and child of the American south, the soundtrack of her childhood sways between the extremes of chaotic psych rock and sweet country ballads…

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Amber Mark on finding inspiration in science and spirituality

R&B wunderkind Amber Mark opens up about the creative process behind her long-awaited debut album - due 2022 - and how researching astrophysics helped ground her during a tumultuous year. Amber Mark is hungover, and for good reason. It’s a Tuesday afternoon, just hours after she played a sold-out show…

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On The Rise: Child of the Parish

North-London witch trials meets euphoric festival-inspired dance-pop in Child of the Parish, the new project from brothers Ben and Tom Vella. In 2016, Ben Vella played Glastonbury as part of a previous band. That weekend he watched M83, Tame Impala, LCD Soundsystem and Beck. Inspired by the vibrancy and colourfulness…

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Who the fuck is Tommy Genesis anyway?

In the small hours of the morning, Tommy Genesis laid wide awake. Rather than waiting for sleep to come, she decided to play the object of her obsession: her new album, goldilocks x. As she listened, she knew, at last, that this one wasn’t too hard or too soft –…

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