FIVE THINGS

Hannah Lou Clark released a stunner of an EP last year called Silent Type, and built on an already obsessive audience by supporting the likes of Thurston Moore and Gaz Coombes on tour. 

A new EP, It’s Your Love, out on her own label Quatre Femmes Records and PIAS, lands in our laps on April 22nd. The title track was unleashed on the web with a reception of fervour. 

It’s a completely satisfying indie cracker. I love how her voice flits between belting out a hook and barely-there bird song, punctuated with the odd unexpected note vibrating from her guitar.

An immersive and powerful long read from Jacob Kushner for Vice Magazine on being an LGBT Refugee in Kenya.  

A couple of things to note: 

  1. Leefest have announced their line up for The Neverland this year. It’s one of the best festivals I’ve been to, and this time around I have the pleasure of hosting the Neverwoods stage alongside the likes of Lianne La Havas, Shura and Roots Manuva. Grab a ticket, let’s have fun.
  2. THIS all-dayer up in Leeds. That's a hell of a lot of great bands all in one place.

Let's talk podcasts. If you're a newbie, the place to start is Serial.

Serial is a podcast produced by This American Life (the big mama of short story focussed podcasts). It tells one true story, documentary style, over a number of episodes. The first series investigated the case of Hae Min Lee's murder in Baltimore, USA, particularly focussing on her ex-boyfriend Adnan Masud Syed - the prime suspect. It was a rollercoaster and an epically detailed masterpiece and I think I actually cancelled plans to finish listening to it.

The second series is up online now. I’m ten episodes deep and hooked. This time it’s a famous case study - the story of Sgt Bowe Bergdahl of the US army - who was captured and held hostage for five years by the Taliban, then freed and arrested for desertion. I'm keeping a clear diary for the finale.

Behold, an interesting thing from Berlin duo Amnesia Scanner. A hot-flush inducing video accompanying track two of six from their EP 'AS' (Young Turks, 25th March).

The song is called AS Chingy, and it's chewed up - a mess of digital data, buttons and circuit boards.

The video happens right up in your personal space, completely devoid of depth perception. It’s a trippy, first person, full on experience.