NOBODY sounds quite like Kathryn Joseph. The mesmeric songwriter’s latest release The Worm, initially released as part of a double A-side single, is further evidence of her colossal talent.

Fragments of other artists infiltrate this piano-based lament like echoes – you could draw comparisons with Radiohead’s reverberant mid-2000s production or Bjork’s otherworldly vocal qualities.

Broadly speaking though, this Scottish auteur is utterly in a realm of her own. The National awaits the follow-up to her magnificent debut with great excitement.


BELLAHOUSTON Park played host to stadium DJ Calvin Harris this week. The Dumfries lad, who once worked in fish factories and supermarkets, is now headlining to crowds that are 30,000 strong.

Therefore it seems only fair to pay tribute to his latest single How Deep Is Your Love, a foray into deep house that is surprisingly more nuanced than his more marketable chart hits of recent years.


GLASGOW based four-piece The Bellybuttons have been described variously as “slacker-psych”, “bubblegum garage” and “navel-gaze”, but we’d be happy to settle for “incredibly catchy indie rock”.

Their single Play, taken from their forthcoming EP of the same name, is a bouncy introduction to a band equipped with both catchy riffs and sardonic lyrics.

Fans of classic late 1980s/early 1990s college rock acts like Built to Spill or Dinosaur Jr will particularly appreciate the drawling vocals and layabout rock attitude.

You can purchase Play digitally or on cassette on September 14 via Fuzzkill Records.


THE BLOGOSPHERE has been abuzz with excitement for the aptly named A Splash of Colour by Glasgow group Smash Williams.

As a single it’s almost uncategorisable – guitar reverb, whizzing synths and processed beats provide the perfect platform for some seriously catchy vocal melodies. The track eventually strives for the anthemic, progressing into a powerful refrain of “we’ll pick each other up.” They’ve already been co-signed by Chvrches, so you can already tell that they’re worth giving some attention. The track is available on Soundcloud and is their only release to date.


AS DRAMATIC as it sounds, alt-rock collective Halo Tora represent hope for a Scottish scene that has been crying out for another act to represent it on the international stage.

Okay, so this Glasgow quintet won’t be presenting their cinematic rock sounds to stadiums just yet, but there’s a self-assurance to the band’s new release Permanent Revolution.

Building on an arpeggiated intro on keys, the track unravels into a swirling mix of dramatic vocal harmonies and guitar solos. It’s an outstanding highlight from their debut album Omni/One.

Album of the month: Halo Tora, Omni/One

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