Local: Benedict Hawkin
This is Benedict Hawkin either: 1. At the bottom of his local swimming pool; or 2. Really ramping up the arty effects on his press pic. Either way we’re having a piece of him.
Local: Paul Taylor
We don’t feature that many pianists specialising in improvisation on this page, but, then again, we don’t come across that many pianists as talented as this fella.
Local: Gem Andrews
Newcastle based Gem Andrews knows a thing or two about singer/songwriterly stuff and her new album, Vancouver, is a revelation.
This lovely lad is ako (or “Simeon Soden” as his bank statements insist on calling him) and he’s a really rather good and emerging producer of, in his words, “EDM”.
Local: Slow Decades
Lovely jumper, dude. And, hey, lovely new album, too.
Local: Hunting Game
Here’s Hunting Game looking for all the world like they’ve just been told that Father Christmas is actually Nigel Farage in a grubby red santa suit.
Simon Taylor & The Sundowners
This is Simon Taylor. (Presumably The Sundowners were taking the picture.)
Local: Detroit 9000
Here’s a pair from Newcastle who will almost certainly tell you that the rave is most definitely ON.
Local Scene: Yellow Creatures
Stop! It’s not the Liberal Democrats! I promise! Come back!
Local Scene: Orphean Sounds
This four-piece make sounds of an Orphean nature. Fancy!
Welcome to Scott land
You’d think that a box-set collecting together Scott Walker’s first five solo albums on vinyl and CD for the first time would be cause for celebration. It is.
If you peer carefully through these frankly FAR OUT bits of undergrowth then you should just be able to make out the forms known only as Kobadelta.
This is Jake Houlsby who, for all intents and purposes, is Suntrapp. And judging by their/his first single, they’re/he’s jolly good.