The first minute of ‘Alive’ by Los Angeles rock band Palms Station is notable for its sound – soaring wordless vocals power over thunderous beats and strident piano chords. Evocative of a choral piece, the song feels somewhat spiritual and solemn, yet joyous, electrifying and reflective. The volume drops to a whisper, and the ethereal vocals of Torii Wolf take over. She’s completely in control.
Formed “accidentally” when three housemates and a neighbour in Sheffield bubbled together during Christmas lockdown in 2020, Amalgaband prove that having nothing to do and nowhere to go is a great way to let creativity flow! Their single, ‘Rock’n’Roll Radio Xmas’ was recorded in their basement, and the video was shot the next day in the deserted streets of Nether Edge.
Tim Snider, front man of the magnificently named Wolfgang Timber, is a multi-instrumentalist whose talents are spread far and wide between violin, guitar, and warm and welcoming vocals. In his latest single, ‘By Your Side’, it’s the violin he favours, as he stands atop a stump on the edge of a forest.