Little Indie blog

A little blog about indie stuff



  1. With the vibrant indie music scene in Australia and New Zealand constantly outshining much of the output from their British and American cousins, Little Indie picks our weekly bunch of some of the best new tracks on offer.


    ALEXA CASINO - RED


    Little Indie introduced Wellington, NZ chillwave delight Alexa Weatherall here back in 2016, now she unveils the video to 'Red', taken from last year's 'from the cloud' collection, and precedes her forthcoming album 'Big Feelings', to be released later. "The song was from a time where I couldn’t shake seeing red everywhere, I was obsessed. One of my favourite colours, there is a special power harnessed by the colour red," she says.
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    HOLIDAY PARTY - DREAM STATE


    Describing it as a “lush, junkyard pop anthem”, the Brisbane dream-electronicateo-piece released this new single on February 13. Mel Tickle's honey dripping vocal helms glistening melodies, strings, a few chimes and silky synths.
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    SYMPHOLILY - NO SLEEP


    A stripped back teen ode, taken from the debut EP 'Lights', released on February 17, by Auckland, NZ singer-songwriter and classically trained pianist and cellist, Cecilia Lily, now based in Melbourne. Sparse arrangement, subtle keys and ethereal vocal.
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    THE MOVING STILLS - NINETEEN


    Latest surf-garage single from the alt-pop-rock quartet from New South Wales. Slacker pop nostalgia, recorded with Syndey producer Ian Pritchett, and inspired by their two years post-high school.
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    YUKON ERA - FEEL


    Auckland, NZ post-punks share their first song in over a year. Released February 16, vocalist Christian Dimick says it "is a song that touches on personal issues within my life. Feeling absent from others as well as myself, along with feeling crushed by the weight of peoples expectations of me. When in reality it doesn't matter, which I can say now. But while writing the song my mind was in another place." The quartet head to the UK in May to play The Great Escape.
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    OCTOBER - 1000 EYES


    Follow up to last year's 'All She Does Is Stare' from 20-year-old Auckland, NZ-based electronic pop artist Emma Logan. Pulsating power, driving rhythm and big chorus. Catch her at SXSW festival in Texas in March.





  2. Words: Linn Branson

    Nottingham singer-songwriter Joseph Knight may be just 18 in years, but his maturity is of someone far older.

    After starting to play the guitar at seven, releasing his debut single at 15 while still in school in 2015, performing at festivals such as Dot To Dot, Y Not, and supporting the likes of The Hoosiers and Lewis Watson, Knight may still be largely an unknown name still outside of the East Midlands.

    But take a listen to his new single 'White Wine' and it is all too clear that here is something of an undiscovered gem. His confessional lyrical style is perfectly complemented by immediately catchy melodies enveloped in electronica, beautifully composed and arranged, and sung with a soulful and passionate voice.

    Joseph Knight is a name to raise a glass to.

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    Live dates

    MARCH
    13 Hyde Park Book Club LEEDS
    14 The Northern Light Cinema WIRKSWORTH
    15 The Basement YORK
    16 Fox Talbots NOTTINGHAM
    17 The Harrison LONDON
    29 Orange Rooms WESTON-SUPER-MARE
    APRIL
    02 The Waterhole AMSTERDAM, NL
    03 Checkpoint Charlie AMSTERDAM
    08 Surfcafé TYNEMOUTH





  3. Live

    Puma Blue + Lucy Lu + Chloé Bodur

    The Hope & Ruin, Brighton

    February 22 2018

    Words/Pictures: Steve Willcox

    There's a 'sold out' sign on the door of Brighton's Hope & Ruin for Puma Blue's show here tonight, and I'm not sure if that surprises me or not. Until earlier this month, the South East London singer-songwriter Jacob Allen, aka PB, had managed to evade my attention, until a recent Little Indie Roundtable on which I was reviewing that week, included his latest single ‘Only Trying 2 Tell You’. His chilled  jazz vibe with hip hop broken beats was a real find - and hence why I just had to come and check out the man live.


    Warming up the crowd, Chloé Bodur’s early set quickly gets the room moving in rhythm to her laid back jazz style, and her understated vocals. This Brighton band brings funk laden guitars along with 19-year-old Chloé’s soulful voice. R&B flavoured debut single ‘Glory’ was recreated as good live as it was when recorded last year.


    London-based producer Lucy Lu is a side project of Puma Blue’s Luke and Ellis Dupuy, with a new single, 'Fakery', hitting the boards, there is an edgier jazz indie sound here, which brings the crowd to its capacity of 150. This time we have added saxophone from Jazzi Bobbi which adds so much to this line up; these songs actually make you want to dance - despite what’s on offer on their Soundcloud page. My favourite tune of the night was the slow ‘Golden Prairie’.


    Headliners Puma Blue is frontman Jacob Allen’s solo project with other gifted artists who have a similar passion for the lo-fi, indie-jazz-gaze. ‘Moon’ starts the set with ‘Want Me’ closely following which brings the emotion pouring from Jacob's heartfelt vocals, with soft drums from Ellis Dupuy. Numbers such as the hazy number about loneliness, ‘Soft Porn’ - from last year's debut EP 'Swum Baby' - bring whoops from the audience so obviously there are quite a few who have caught on to this young artist. This obvious fan favourite, with its laid back bass from Rudi Creswick and slight guitar from Lucy Lu, is a real standout.


    Keyboardist and saxophonist Harvey Grant shines during new song ‘Midnight’, a more synth driven shoegaze ballad. The sparse, soulful vocalled 'Only Trying 2 Tell You’ is hard to resist. “I'm terrified of the lies I've let swim into my head / Sometimes at night I talk to you even though you're not there...” sings Jacob evocatively in the heartbreak song. As the final song of the set it is worth the wait - but one that only leaves you wanting more.





  4. Live

    Alvvays + Spinning Coin

    O2 Academy 2, Leicester

    February 22 2018

    Words/Pictures: Gav Squires


    Alvvays, still riding high on the release of their second album 'Antisocialites' late last year, have come all the way Canada to Leicester’s sold out O2 Academy 2, at what is probably going to be the last big show in the Queen's Hall at Leicester University.

    Opening the show are Spinning Coin, another band that released an album at the end if 2017, the critically acclaimed 'Permo'. They've come on leaps and bounds as a live act in the last couple of years as long as you can ignore the Sixtth Form lyrics, “There’s many people that live in luxury / There’s many more people that live in misery”in 'Money Is A Drug'. You don't need to hear their accents to know that they're from Scotland as they have elements of both Frightened Rabbit and Belle & Sebastian. Their best track is still 'Raining On Hope Street', but for me they are still missing a little of the je ne sais quoi needed to make that next step up.


    Headliners Alvvays walk out onstage beneath a video that seems to show the band name written on a bed sheet, highly reminiscent of the bedsheets strung up outside the union for the student elections. For a band that sing about 'Plimsoll Punks', they have impressively white shoes and they win over the audience by telling us, "you look good", it's impressive than singer Molly can see anyone as the smoke machine has been on. 'In Undertow' and 'Plimsoll Punks', both singles from Antisocialites, are played back to back early on. These two songs are indie from a time when it wasn’t afraid to be pop. After 'Not My Baby', they announce that, "I once saw two grown men fist fight in the front row during that song”; fortunately, there are no fisticuffs in Leicester. At one point Molly asks, “What do we need to know about Leicester?” One audience wagshouts, “it’s basic!” before someone else suggests Red Leicester cheese. Both answers are harsh on the city and the Canadians are left none the wiser.


    A week and a bit after Valentine’s Day, 'Archie, Marry Me' from their eponymous debut gets the biggest reaction of the evening. Penultimate song, 'Dreams Tonite', is slower and has, as the name suggests, a brilliant dreamy feel to it. Not sounding quite like anything else in the set, it is still unmistakably Alvvays. A joyous evening is brought to a close with an encore that features a cover of 'Blue' by Elastica and ends with the brilliant 'Next Of Kin'.

    With their pop sensibilities, Alvvays are an antidote to the overly laddish side of indie that we’re sometimes exposed to. They’re also just a whole lot of fun and it would be nice to think that some indie DJs would leave their records by The Enemy and The Pigeon Detectives in their record boxes one weekend and play something by Alvvays instead. And which other band allow us think about why that letter is called "double u" rather than "double v"?



  5. Out today (February 23), the second album from Public Access T.V.

    ‘Street Safari', the Patrick Wimberly (ex-Chairlift) produced follow up to the New Yorkers' 2016 debut ‘Never Enough’, is now streaming online.

    Listen to all 11 punk-with-a-touch-of-funk tracks below.