Well it was a relatively slow month gig wise following SXSW and trips to Seattle and Portland (the Portland PDX Pop Now 2013 CD has been devoured by my ears of late). I needed a bit of respite before I launched into May: Soundcity, Live At Leeds, Sounds From The Other City, Great Escape, Evo Emerging, Dot To Dot, Goldsounds and more. Hold me.

For that reason I'll keep this on the lighter side! I got to catch up with two great bands in Manchester for chats In April. I caught the awesome UV, an electronic duo (Zandra and Jonjo) based in Manchester, live for the first time at St Phillips Church in Salford supporting Patterns at their album launch. Have a listen in to our chat here or take a listen to 'Receiver' here:

I was fortunate to have the debut play of their new single 'Cuts' on my Amazing Radio show and can't wait to hear what they produce next!

From a local band, to something a bit more far out. Mexican Psych band Lorelle Meets The Obsolete released their new album Chambers on Sonic Cathedral who just turned ten (the label not Nat!). Happy birthday Sonic Cathedral and forever L O V E to you! You can check out my interview with the band here or check out their latest single:

The most prestigious music awards ceremony in the Liverpool Music scene is the Get Into This Awards (GIT Awards). Previously dubbed the 'Scouse Mercury Prize' - a list of respected industry professionals lend their ears to the latest hotbed of local talent. I previously attended the awards at Leaf Tea Shop a couple of years ago and had a great time, so thought I'd head over to the Kazimier for the 2014 installment.

I was pretty hyped to see and meet (Holly) Lapsley and witness her second only live show as she was aptly awarded the One To Watch Award on the night. I'm sure her dad recognized me too as that girl that keeps banging on about how great his daughter is.

The big winner on the night though? Someone I had watched playing a makeshift venue back at Liverpool Soundcity in 2012 to a group of people who swayed rhythmically in delight at his every electronic murmur. He is Matthew Barnes, aka Forest Swords and he made an absolute stunner of a record called Engravings in 2013 which was released on Tri Angle Records and was one of my favourite albums of the year. To me the magic in the record was in how he managed to evoke a sense of geography in his sound through the use of nature, the choice of instrumentation and how its carefully constructed and layered. Check it out:

Unfortunately Matthew couldn't attend on the night as he was playing a show down south, he's been out touring with the likes of How To Dress Well and so he thought he'd ask Lee Scratch Perry to accept the award on his behalf. For realz:

A lengthy night for sure, but I got to see Ninetails, VEYU, All We Are, Bill Ryder Jones and more live. It just goes to show there is no shortage of new musical talent in Liverpool. *doffs cap*

My festival endeavours of late have dug up some fresh and exciting sounds to share with you, so take a listen to:

Acre Tarn: Described as a progressive electronic outfit from Manchester, 'This Once' needs to be heard:


Girl Friend: There isn't much out there about Girl Friend yet, but I got to witness them live at Sounds From The Other City Festival In Salford and boy was I Impressed. Moody, charismatic and with pretty scary lyrics. Lead track 'Perfume' is out on London label You Records now.


Blossoms: Stockport outfit Blossoms have been on my radar for a while since being picked up by RIP Records and the psych-tastic swirling love fest of new single 'You Pulled A Gun On Me' is a treat to the ears.


Orval Carlos Sibelius: He's Playing Liverpool Psychfest later this year but I got to witness him playing a swearty basement in Liverpool at Soundcity Festival. The Psych thing really is as strong in France as in the UK, and 'Asteroids' is a shimmering slice of summer that I never want to leave.


The Creases: I really am ploughing the psyche furrow this month aren't I?! Brisbane four-piece The Creases were one of my must sees at The Great Escape Festival. They mix it up live, swapping instruments and vocalists and I have an insatiable taste for their effortless groove!