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BOTW in Focus: Shy Girls

Cast your eyes upwards for a second and glance at the artwork for Timeshare: the debut UK EP from Portland’s Shy Girls. On a cursory examination, it’s the stuff of RnB standards; a bathing suit-adorned woman plunging into a decadent bubble bath. Look a little closer though and, …



Track Premiere: The Swiss – ‘Kiss to Kiss’ (Amtrac Remix)

Opening with the sort of star-kissed choral intro that wouldn’t sound out of place in a Broadway musical, Louisville’s Amtrac puts a decidedly blissful spin on Kitsuné-signed, Aussie duo The Swiss‘ latest single, ‘Kiss to Kiss’.

The Kentucky producer stretches the original’s funkier forms into seven (!) minutes …



Introducing: PORTLAND – ‘Deezy Daisy’

Fresh to the music scene, the delightfully pop induced French sensation, PORTLAND, are set to release their debut single, ‘Deezy Daisy’, next month. The track is a delicious mix of upbeat synths, breezy vocals and drums beats, carefully molded into a perfectly produced pop package, Martin Murer (synths …



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 …



BOTW Track-by-Track: Pure Bathing Culture

We’ve spent a lot of time this week pondering the themes at the core of our BOTW Pure Bathing Culture‘s debut album, Moon Tides. Rife with references to lunar cycles, pendulums, and tides, it’s clear to see that space and time are central premises to the Portland duo’s



BOTW Interview: Pure Bathing Culture

Moon Tides, the long-awaited debut album from Portland dream-pop duo Pure Bathing Culture, is a record rich in timeless romance and wide-eyed escapism. We caught up with the Vetiver-associated pair – made up of Daniel Hindman and Sarah Versprille – for a chat about their roots, the



New Track: Brolin – ‘Portland’

From collaborations with equally prodigal talents (FTSE, Luke Abbott) to flair-filled remixes of some of our favourite on-the-up popstars (Chlöe Howl, Lulu James), fast-rising British producer Brolin seems to be able to do little wrong in 2013. With ‘Portland‘ – the first …



Album Review: Portugal. The Man – Evil Friends

Out of Portland, Oregon, their adopted home from the polar opposite of their native Alaska, Portugal. The Man have not only changed their surroundings, but their sound. From first forming as a post-hardcore under the name of Anatomy of a Ghost, to a new line-up and a new name, …



Exclusive Mixtape: Lilacs & Champagne

We asked Portland duo Lilacs & Champagne – the side project of Grails’ Alex Hall and Emil Eros – to put together a mixtape of the sounds that inspired their recently released sophomore album, Danish & Blue.

 The resulting mini-mix, Suicide Solutions Vol. II – the sequel to …



BOTW Interview: The Thermals

This week has seen our current BOTW – Portland lo-fi indie trio, The Thermals – release their sixth album, Desperate Ground, and it’s a definite return to their raucous roots. Alex Cull caught up with the group’s bassist Kathy Foster for a chat about making it to the ten-year