Author Archives: Melissa Svensen

About Melissa Svensen

Melissa, 22. Editor. Student, music journalist, probably talking about Blur or Bowie

EP: Hawk – ‘Clock Hands’

With twinkling guitars, heavy drums, Kate Bush-inspired vocals and a Björk-esque quirkiness, Hawk’s Clock Hands EP is beautifully haunting. The title track is reminiscent of Haim, but carries an ambient, somewhat Hispanic-sounding backing; it’s simultaneously dreamy and powerful as Julie…

Gigslutz Festival Guide 2015 – Small Festivals

Whilst the bigger festivals often seem like the easy option – chances are you know exactly what you’re letting yourself in for and little research is required – there are probably festivals you’d prefer… You just haven’t heard of them….

New Track: The New Southern Electrikk

Despite its lyrics and melody being written by a heartbroken Rikki Turner fourteen years ago, this new track, ‘Brown Eyes’, from The New Southern Electrikk is finally being announced as part of their Brown Eyes EP, which was released Valentine’s…

New Track: Heyrocco – ‘Elsewhere’

With the sudden rise in tattoo chokers and the likes, it’s clear the 90s is making its way back into fashion; but we suggest you ditch the chokers and go about 90s nostalgia the right way. But what is the…

New Track: Dalton – ‘What Never Should End’

With 23rd February seeing the release of his self-titled debut album, American ‘dreamer’ Dalton presents us with latest track ‘What Never Should End’. Travelling round the USA – currently settled in LA – Dalton (A.K.A Nate Harar), has a rather…

NEW TRACK: The Jacarandas – ‘Get Her Off My Mind’

Who’s up for some high-spirited, lustful, indie-pop?! If so, you might just like Birmingham band The Jacarandas’ latest demo, ‘Get Her Off My Mind’. Whilst the band sing “I can’t get her off my mind”, I’m having a similar issue with the…

EP Review: Freddy Cass – ‘In Session at the Joint’

I’m often very skeptical about new singer-songwriters; surely there can only be so many capable of bringing something fresh? Clearly, there’s still stuff to be done, as St. Albans-based Freddy Cass proves. As well as a BBC Introducing session, Cass…

Interview: Beans on Toast

Drawing towards the end of one of his most exciting years yet, we spoke to Beans on Toast (aka Jay McAllister) before he closed his UK tour at Camden’s Electric Ballroom. Slightly bedraggled from the rain, I’m quizzed mercilessly by…