Review: The Blackpool-born singer and guitarist manages to find the time to go solo, whilst also fronting the alternative/indie rock troupes Ultimate Painting and Mazes. In 'Sandgrown', Jack Cooper comes across as a Lancashire alternative to Real Estate, taking on a relaxed pace and pulling focus to hazy nostalgia. The pairing of unhurried instrumentation and reserved observational lyricism is quietly indicative of Cooper's great talent for painting relatable scenes of what it's like growing up in a seaside town, in all its leisurely dullness, wonder and charm.
Review: Olden Yolk are fresh psychedelic pop-rock-folk and downbeat-pop duo Shane Butler and Caity Shaffer outta New York. Bringing together stomp boxing guitar rhythms with synthesized sounds, space echoes and other trippy textures, the band's work finds itself in a middle ground that's somewhere in the midst of The Go-Betweens or Yo La Tengo. "Living Theatre" presents the pair with their second album and it follows last year's self-titled LP, this time delivering hypnagogic folk and kosmische rhythms, expanding and refining Butler's work with former band Quilt. Our picks being the dreamy episode in "Meadowlands" and the shoegazing surf folk of "Grand Palais".