Artists at a glance
AMONGST THE PIGEONS – The Monsters Are Hiding In Plain Sight (feat. With Sun)
Amongst The Pigeons, otherwise known as Daniel Parsons, is an electronica musician, producer and performer based in Lancing, West Sussex.
I’ve been familiar with Dan’s work for quite a while. I find his sound diverse, playful and sometimes wonderfully wonky. Dan isn’t afraid to experiment and push the boundaries of electronica.
The Monsters Are Hiding In Plain Sight features the voice of (artist in her own right) With Sun. It’s a philosophical piece exploring the idea of unleashing our inner monster and fears. Thought provoking and poetic, it’s a lovely collaboration of whimsical electronica and a pure and honest vocal delivery. I’m certainly very taken with it.
Dan is a festival regular, the lucky boy got to perform at Glastonbury again this year. Go check his socials too and give him a follow. He’s a nice, positive tweeter.
BAR PANDORA – Vice Vice Vice
Based in Coventry, Bar Pandora is a collaborative project by alt-pop artist Charlie Tophill, and owes its name to a literary cafe in La Latina, Madrid where Charlie used to hang out with friends, bonding over literature, life, and feminism with some red wine and fizzy sweets thrown in. A girl after my own heart!
In October 2021, Charlie received funding from Arts Council England to collaborate with Jungle producer SimplyDread on this new EP. I see on her socials that there has been support from BBC Introducing and also some live shows coming up.
Charlie is a ‘heart on sleeve’ songwriter who says her songs are penned with mischievous frankness. Vice Vice Vice is an accomplished slice of synthy pop. I love the confidence and flow of the vocal, it has a very sophisticated feel. Lovely work!
BODY WATER – Throw It All In The Fire
Body Water are Cerys and Eli, a Manchester based Horror Rock band. I’m loving exploring their bios, mainly because they speak of being inspired more by the dark side of life like serial killers and ghostly things, rather than plain and boring old ‘love’. They are visually and musically inspired by gothic horror and go in for witch-like lyricism.
Body Water have only been writing together for a year but have already caught the attention of BBC Introducing and 6 Music, as well as having recorded sessions for Independent Venue Week.
Throw It All In The Fire is a melancholic and dark song about regret and heartache. The main vocals sound gloriously bitter whilst the backing vocal is soft and haunting.
If you like your music deliciously dark then I suggest you check Body Water out.
CODEWALKERS – Preternatural
Codewalkers are a Cardiff based Rap/Rock/Reggae act, fronted by Nigerian-born Seun Babatola, and consisting of musicians from all over Wales. They are a vibrant fusion of cultures, ideas and musical styles, dealing with anything from gender to violence to societal expectations.
Codewalkers were chosen to be on the 2019/2020 BBC Horizons scheme, as well as being supported by Adam Walton (BBC Radio Wales) and someone called Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music).
Preternatural is a Hip Hop come rock fusion that is reminiscent of Jurassic 5 in its flow and production. Seun’s vocal is distinctive and fluid as he gives us an anti-hate message. Tobi is right, this track would fit well into a Tarantino film. I’ll be doing that whistle all day, love it!
COW – Notemakers
COW are an Alternative Rock Band from Liverpool/North Wales. Despite not being together very long, COW have crafted their own unique sound. Drawing influences from the likes of Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr and Pavement. I see they’ve been busy with live gigs and festivals including Focus Wales and Smithdown Road Festival. They have more gigs coming up supporting Holy Coves in various venues across the UK — dates and venues are available to check on the bands socials.
Notemakers certainly has the vibe of some of what I was listening to in the 90s, and it’s refreshing to hear that quirky, jangly guitar sound hasn’t gone away. The bassline is strong and the melody infectious. A little sound of the summer for me. It’s great!
GRACE DAVIES – Wolves
Grace Davies is a singer/songwriter and vocal powerhouse based in Lancashire. Grace penned this track as an ode to owning your own mistakes, it’s an empowering and brave take on how what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. Wolves is co-produced by Toby Scott (Becky Hill and Galantis).
Grace has had support from the likes of BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra following the release of last years EP I Wonder If You Wonder.
If you fancy seeing Grace live and are in the London area, she has her first headline show on Thursday 18th August at St Pancras Old Church.
LASS – 20s Are Weird
Joy and Grace Moore are sisters from Wigan. They named themselves Lass as a nod to their Northern roots and describe themselves as ‘feel good pop’ come ‘nostalgic folk’ with relatable topics and catchy tunes. 20s Are Weird is a simple and effective little pop tune about the frustrations and expectations put upon us in our 20s. It’s honest and pure both lyrically and vocally. I’m well past that point in my life but the ‘four weddings a year’ I can totally relate to, and probably still paying off now in my 40s. Lass, I think you’ve helped me to appreciate my middle age. And also, we’re all still making it up as we go along.
PIT PONY – Tide Of Doubt
Pit Pony are Andrew, Garth, Jackie, Joey and Potter, a Tyneside-based ‘Fuzz Rock’ act. They say their rawness is owed to their North East Coast roots and I adore how the accent comes out in Jackie’s voice. They are signed to Clue Records and have caught the attention of 6 Music’s Maryanne Hobbs who describes them as “A ferocious five piece.” High praise indeed, from a lady who knows.
Tide Of Doubt doesn’t hang about, straight in with a great drumbeat then the booming guitars. It’s a real charmer of a track. Unique, catchy and powerful!
It’s also worth mentioning that Pit Pony have some very tasty merchandise on their site. Go have a look.
SAN-ZO – Touch
Based in Trilport, France, the San-Zo project was born in Autumn 2017. A meeting of thoughts and time that escape in a poetic and melancholy fugue. The project invites you to share its intimate notes whispered at the edge of your ears.
I’m not afraid to admit that I’m in love with this track. The scratching, the wonk, the experimental nature of it and it all sounds like it was so easy and natural. It reminds me a lot of Avalanches style and finesse. A little stunner!
SPILL – Inertia
I couldn’t find much out about the band members of Spill I’m afraid but I did find out they make music on their own label Airdriver records and they liken their sound to that of Crumb, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Carl Cox.
Inertia is great, it showcases a fairly wide variety of genres with the jazzy element winning me over in the end. Both the main and backing vocals are really cool with a nice juxtaposition of the high and low notes. Big nod from me and the FOTN readers alike!
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