Super World Interview Time: Markus Acher on Spirit Fest

Spirit Fest is an avant-pop supergroup built around acclaimed Japanese duo Tenniscoats. Featuring members of Notwist, Jam Money and Joasihno, their beautiful self-titled debut LP has just been released. In Winter 2016 long-time fan, Markus Acher (Notwist) jumped at the chance to invite Tenniscoats to a small apartment studio, together with Mat Fowler (Jam Money)…

The tunes of Honey Harper couldn’t be sharper

Honey Harper – Secret North of normal, just south of strange, that’s where you’ll find Honey Harper. This is “Secret” from new EP “Universal Country” (Arbutus Records). This a breath-taking indie folk/country song, the steel guitar is beautiful and the vocals are suffused with longing. It puts me in mind of Bob Dylan circa “Lay…

I’m singing in the Rain On Monday

Rain on Monday – Hiding Places Love, heartbreak, incomprehension, desertion, sounds bad, doesn’t it? Well, it’s all here in “Hiding Places” by Sweden’s Rain on Monday and in fact what you get is a rather gorgeous electro/folk/country/pop tune with magnificently weathered vocals by Raimond Nurmilampi. Class. Photo: Thomas Harsem SWIT YouTube Playlist Week 46 Spotify…

You don’t need to be half cut to listen to Headcut

Headcut – Melters “I’ve been searching for something that goes outside of my routine” Holly says “loved your write up about my friend Roberta (Curxes) so I thought I’d get in touch.I’m putting out my debut track ‘Melters’, it’s kinda Warpaint, ESG/Delta 5 vibes.” I have to be honest here – I’ve never heard any…

The dogs in the street love Prairie

Prairie – Elle See “Open The Fucking Door” and so it begins, a dark, unsettling journey through somewhere you wish you’d never been, the ghosts fo your life hot on your heels, your redemption whispers but they’re just out of reach. This is “Elle See” by Prairie with Lucille Calmel from the LP “Like A…

Build bridges not walls with Safetalk.

Safetalk – Mimic Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Let’s hope he is right. At the moment, the arc is perhaps bent a little out of shape but when we stand back and look at the continuum over a…

Mister Orouni is a master of the tune-y

Orouni – Somewhere In Dreamland Orouni holds a special place in our hearts here at SWIT. We went (pea)nuts for his last LP – the wonderful musical travelogue, “Grand Tour”. Rémi Antoni writes clever, observation, highly original pop tunes (with the emphasis on “tune”), his music is painted in bright colours. I was excited to…

THE SWIT: It’s The Shit.

We have pronounced ourselves “The Shit”. Remember the “The”, it makes a big difference. To back up our audacious claim I present the following evidence, only the best new tunes from around the world m’lud, we’re talking Forever Pavot, Christian Löffler, Autodromo, Arcadian Child, Leoprrrds, Curxes, Micatone, Imarhan, IMustBe Leonardo, The Charlie´s Jacket and 실리카겔…

Super World Interview Time: Mensch

The Mensch duo are Vale Poher and Carine Di Vita. We featured their opus “Tarifa” (Alter K) as our record of the week not so very long ago, so we were delighted when they agreed to do an interview for us and discuss what the hell is going on with their fridge. They fill us…

The SWITLIST – Fadeawayradiate

We first became aware of Fadeawayradiate via Ole of The Loch Ness Mouse and we posted their excellent covers compilation called I Remember That​!​: 12 sophistipop tunes quoted out of context as our record of the week not so long ago. The blog was founded by Estella Rosa in 2015, the “about us” on their…

I’m dangerously beguiled by Arcadian Child

Arcadian Child – She’s On My Mind “She’s On My Mind” by Arcadian Child, from Cyprus, is a strutting, twisted psychedelic beauty. Love the squalling guitars, like sirens out over the eastern Mediterranean. It’s got a sweet break around 1:56 too before it picks up and kicks your ass one more time for good measure….

Check out Leoprrrds, they’re grrrrreat!

Leoprrrds – Out Of Practice First time on SWIT for these cool cats. This is “Out Of Practice”. It’s a bit of an odyssey, starting off with a spoken word, beat poem and building into a stripped-down, urgent, raw cry, kind of reminiscent of Violent Femmes, it’s got that art rock thing going on, love…