Water you waiting for? Dive in with Nikki Oniyome

Nikki Oniyome 鬼嫁日記 – Mizu/Sui 水 We featured “we move to make new words” by S L Y C on Metronomicon Audio last year (it made our top 10 of 2017) and here is another release from the label, can see a theme or even a “Metronomic sound” emerging? Well I’m saying yes. Step forward…

Cinder Well cast a spell, my soul to quell

Cinder Well – Through The Tendons Cinder Well’s new LP “The Unconscious Echo” is out on May 11 and we have an interview with lead-Well (?) Amelia Baker next week. We found out she is now studying in Limerick (God love her), knows little about Icelandic poetry and much much more. In the meantime enjoy…

Colours Fly and The Catherines Appeal

The Catherines – Good Golly Goo I always thought it would be a good idea to combine throwaway sixties pop with some sparkling Felt-like guitar wizardry. It looks like The Catherines thought it was a good idea too. Check out “Good Golly Goo”, their lo-fi gem of a tune. It’s from their self-titled debut which…

Eat some chips, lick your lips and listen to Clay Hips

Clay Hips. The Bridge (A Song for Augsburg) “The Bridge (A Song for Augsburg)” is a wistful bittersweet ballad, a love song for a city, a fond farewell. I usually hate long goodbyes but in this case, I’ll make an exception. Isn’t it beautiful? Both Kenji and Andrew of The Clay Hips were key members…

Orouni’s Nora isn’t Batty.

Orouni – Nora (Naked) “Nora (Naked)” is another beautiful vignette written by our man Rémi Antoni. It captures the awakening and departure of Nora, the protagonist of Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House”, no mean feat in 3-minute pop tune and another illustration of the craft of Orouni. It also strikes a modern chord given the #MeToo…

Is that an ocarina I hear in Stephanie’s Magdalena?

Stephanie – Magdalena I reckon most songs that stretch beyond 4 minutes are too long. Of course, there are rare exceptions, like say David Bowie’s “Statiotostation” or Laurie Anderson’s “O Superman”. Speaking of the latter, it’s perhaps what “Magdalena” reminded me of straight away, it’s a beautifully constructed aural adventure. It really is a journey…

Stony Sugarskull has goth it all

Stony Sugarskull – Butterflies As so the balloon returns to Berlin, where late at night under stormy skies, the wooziful, gothic sounds of Stony Sugarskull drift through the ether. As the absinthe takes hold butterflies and monkeys surround and uplift us. Hold out your arms Gerry, hold out…let me be mad, then, by all means!…

Super World Interview Time: Mickey make one of the albums of the year

Austrian-based Slovakian duo Mickey are Alex Konrad and Klemens Wihlidal, formerly (and possibly futurely) of SWIT favourites GIN GA and they have just released their debut album “Overtime” on Ink Music. I guess Alex’s vocals are immediately recognisable to anyone familiar with his past and the record certainly shares the GIN GA sense of fun.  Well,…

Ay Wing has got that za-za-za-zing.

Are you Strange – Ay Wing We love freaks and geeks here at SWIT HQ, so it was with much delight, nay mirth even that we swayed deliciously to this rather brilliant electro-pop tune from Berlin-based Ay Wing. It’s a bit of a piss take on our obsession with image in the age of Instagram…

Two Face Twin don’t speak with forked tongue

Two Face Twin – Socotra / Carrier United by a mutual love of cat yoga, Zurich’s Two Face Twin bring us songs of hope and inspiration. Here are two of them, firstly Socotra, named after the archipelago in Yemen, it’s a heartfelt slice of sophisticated indie-pop, a plea for unity in the face of adversity,…