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Classic Chats: Marika Hackman

On the eve of her sensational new album release, go back in time to when Marika was a bright (even younger) thing: 

With even major label budget belts tightening, young artists are having to look for other means of getting their faces out there – from international billboard fashion campaigns


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Interview: George Ezra

Two days into his first ever UK headline tour, gravel-voiced singer-songwriter George Ezra is currently hunched over a table in the back room of Oxford’s Art Bar. With a scarily large knife in hand, and a fine selection of groceries laid out one by one, the peculiarly jolly 19-year-old spends



Album Review: Peggy Sue – Choir of Echoes

Congregating at the edge of the nu-folk wave that saw peers Mumford & Sons and Laura Marling reach unprecedented heights of chart popularity, Peggy Sue are a band that have paid their dues to the alter of success.

After an almost two-year hiatus since their Peggy Sue Play the Songs



Interview: Ry X

Australia’s Ry X has garnered quite the buzz in recent months, following the quiet release of his Berlin EP in August last year. The EP’s title track, ‘Berlin’, soon set tongues wagging over at Sony Bravia and the track was later chosen to soundtrack their recent TV advert



Track Premiere: Marika Hackman ft. Sivu – ‘Skin’

There is something symbiotic amid the vocal palettes of Brighton’s Marika Hackman and London’s latest resident, Sivu. Alone they resonate separate entities; empowering from different sides of the musical spectrum. Put together and their sounds seamlessly correlate, combining to create something truly enticing, while still alluding to individual prominence. It’s …



Live Review: Volcano Choir @ The Barbican, 11/11/13

Silencing a room is by no means an abnormal feat for Justin Vernon, though this sold-out show at London’s Barbican seems a genuine delight for the humble multi-instrumentalist.

Best known as the creative mastermind behind the much-loved Bon Iver, Vernon last year called an indefinite hiatus on the band …



Introducing: I Have A Tribe

On ‘Monsoon’, his debut track under the I Have A Tribe moniker, Patrick O’Laoghaire (Slow Skies) touches upon those moments of utter content we find before falling into the arms of sleep. Recorded in the front room of Conor O’Brien – of O’Laoghaire’s fellow Irishmen, Villagers – it’s …


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Moodboard: Scott Hutchinson (Frightened Rabbit)

With their new EP ‘The Woodpile’ set for release September 2nd, Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchinson – one of Scotland’s finest creative minds – spoke to PlanetNotion about his favourite and most inspirational things of late…

Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

Quite simply the finest album I’ve ever heard. I’m constantly …



Album Review: Laura Veirs – Warp and Weft

Portland, Oregon-based singer-songwriter Laura Veirs is perhaps best-known for her melodic and personal songs of romance and adventure. Most recently, she released July Flame in 2010, went on to record a children’s album, and embarked on motherhood, but now she is back with Warp and Weft: an amazing record …



Laki Mera – Turn All Memory to White Noise

One of the best things about growing up in Glasgow was the opportunity to immerse myself in one of the strongest musical heritages in the UK.  The Scottish Album of the Year award, recently awarded for the second time to RM Hubbert, shows that the quality of music coming …