Welcome to the 21st edition of New Music by Region. Every fortnight we aim to present the best new music in 6 major cities and regions from across the UK (and Ireland). With the help of regional correspondents, we present our shortlist of new music in Cardiff, Dublin, London, Liverpool, Manchester, Norwich and Oxford.

New Music by Region #20 can be found here!

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  • Name: Violas – ‘Sea Shells’
  • For Fans Of: Foals, Y Niwl.
  • Website: Soundcloud
  • Correspondent: Joe O'Connell

Wales has long been a fertile breeding ground for psychedelic guitar-based pop, and Violas continue in the vein of Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci et al with their own gloomy sets of wiggy and atmospheric jams. Sometimes instrumental and sometimes with vocals (in Welsh and English), last year’s HWYLIO//SAILING EP is not too different from their live sound: studious, brooding and very, very good.

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  • Name: No Monster Club – ‘Be My Bone’
  • For Fans Of: Wavves and Ariel Pink.
  • Website: Official Website
  • Correspondent: Barry Peak

Hey! Summer's here kids! What ya gonna do? Grab your board, hit the beach and catch some gnarly waves? No? Bummer! Maybe hang out in a garage with some broken instruments, drink cheap hooch and write some pop songs? Yes? COOL! No Monster Club's approach to writing songs seems to be: have as much fun as possible and wait for the hooks to arrive. For evidence of these hooks check out new album 'Dublin' on CF records.

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  • Name: Cook and the Case – ‘Paper Rose’
  • For Fans Of: Jeff Buckley, Matthew & the Atlas .
  • Website: Facebook
  • Correspondent: Liz Jones

There's not a lot to say about Cook and the Case, simply because there hasn't been much said up until this point. I know next to nothing about songwriter Daniel Cook, any of his releases, or whether he even has any official ones. This much is true, however - after stumbling upon 'Paper Rose' a few weeks back, I was completely taken aback by Cook's remarkably earnest songwriting. Moreover, the Buckley-esque vocal stylings are to die for.

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  • Name: Sun Drums – ‘Leaves Along The Stream’
  • For Fans Of: Caribou, Animal Collective
  • Website: Soundcloud
  • Correspondent: Emily Arc

Considering Sun Drums only consist of three members, you’d be fooled into thinking that there were a lot more; layer upon layer of synth riffs and billowing echoes drench your ears, transporting you to somewhere almost mystical. There is an air on unpredictability about Sun Drums, which is aided by their EP clocking in at around forty five minutes- ample time for you to be kept on your toes, but just enough time to explore and enjoy the different avenues of psych-electronica they have to offer.

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  • Name: Girl in a Thunderbolt – ‘Nitroglycerine’
  • For Fans Of: Eartha Kitt, Siousxie Sioux .
  • Website: Official Website
  • Correspondent: Alex Carson

Girl in a Thunderbolt is one of Norwich’s staple music acts. Having released her debut album in 2010 on Hey Buffalo record to great success she has gone on to play around the UK as well as remaining a steadfast component of the Norwich scene. The sound is a beautiful cacophony of looped melodies set to driven percussion underpinned by soulful vocals.

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  • Name: The Old Grinding Young – ‘King Canoe’
  • For Fans Of: Tom Waits, Radiohead
  • Website: Virb
  • Correspondent: Sebastian Reynolds

Following the demise of much loved acoustic indie poppers Ute, front man Ollie Thomas and bass player Michael Chilcott have dusted themselves off and formed a very exciting new project, The Old Grinding Young. I'm yet to catch these guys live, but on record they have more of a chamber folk feel than Ute, acoustic led with Ollie's vocal approximating Thom Yorke's hangdog croak and some amazing woodwind work (bassoon and cor anglais). New track King Canoe is available as a free download, get clicking!