An interview with Constantine

Lady Godiva chats with Chicago-based psych folk maestro Constantine Hastalis... How old were you when you started playing music and do you remember the first record you bought? I was but a wee lad but I didn’t become obsessed with it until my mid-late teens. Your music is very evocative of nature and folklore. Were … Continue reading An interview with Constantine

Album review: New Bums – Last Time I Saw Grace

Source: album artwork Words by Lady Godiva About half a century after Jack Kerouac and Gary Snyder's shamanic adventures, The Dharma Bums, New Bums surfaced whilst kicking their heels in San Francisco, reinventing bohemian life and releasing their debut in 2014. After a long time on the road interrupted by the pandemic, this year welcomes … Continue reading Album review: New Bums – Last Time I Saw Grace

Album review: Firefay – Tales of Monsters and Fairies

Source: album artwork Words by Grey Malkin London based Firefay have been quietly releasing their consistently engaging and unique takes on psychedelic folk for a number of years, delighting and bewitching in equal measure with releases such as 'Anointed Queen' (recorded with Alison O'Donnell of Mellow Candle and United Bible Studies) and the breathtaking 'The … Continue reading Album review: Firefay – Tales of Monsters and Fairies

Album review: The Left Outsides – Are You Sure I Was There?

Album artwork Words by Grey Malkin Alison Cotton and Mark Nicholas, The Left Outsides, follow quickly on the heels of their beautifully bleak live opus ‘A Place To Hide’ with a new long player, ‘Are You Sure I Was There?’, a considered and finely wrought masterwork that may well be their finest album to date. … Continue reading Album review: The Left Outsides – Are You Sure I Was There?

Album review: Burd Ellen – Says The Never Beyond

Source: album artwork Words by Grey Malkin Burd Ellen, the duo of Gayle Brogan and Debbie Armour, return bearing Yule tidings with their sophomore effort ‘Says The Never Beyond’, a spellbinding collection of wintry folksong that 'occupies the liminal space between sacred and secular, connecting to the deep seasonal traditions of Britain and Ireland'. Similar to … Continue reading Album review: Burd Ellen – Says The Never Beyond

Album review: Buck Curran – No Love Is Sorrow

Source: album artwork Words by Grey Malkin Buck Curran, one half of acclaimed psych folk duo Arborea alongside Shanti Deschaine, has also established himself as significant artistic force in his own right with a series of visionary albums that began with 2016’s ‘Immortal Light’. Weaving Robbie Basho-tinged raga with American primitive fingerpicking, subtle guitar drones … Continue reading Album review: Buck Curran – No Love Is Sorrow

Album review: Bee Appleseed – Starflower’s Cosmic Soul

Source: album artwork Words by Armin Enayat In the middle of nowhere, some place beyond the veil of consciousness where life and death fuse together, Starflower's Cosmic Soul gives birth to a baby reborn out of a chaos. Described as psych-folk rock 'n' roll fulfilled with soulful ambience and dressed with the cool swagger of … Continue reading Album review: Bee Appleseed – Starflower’s Cosmic Soul

Band to watch: The Knee Hi’s

The Knee Hi's Words by Alexandra Dominica Only formed recently towards the very end of last year, rubber soul-suited and go-go booted power-pop outfit The Knee Hi’s offer us well needed, wholesome respite of musical simplicity and visual experimental romanticism. The dreamy Chicago-based four-piece have released just one single, ‘Darlin, Darlin’, a track with dark … Continue reading Band to watch: The Knee Hi’s

Album review: Girl Skin – Shade is on the Other Side

Album artwork Words by Lady Godiva Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Sid Simons drew attention to his promising songwriting abilities in his other band Beechwood whilst subsequently releasing his first EP Lovemore in 2018. Fronting the six piece- evocatively named Girl Skin- 2020 marks the year of his first full length release Shade Is On … Continue reading Album review: Girl Skin – Shade is on the Other Side

Album review: Trappist Afterland – Seaside Ghost Tales

Album artwork Words by Rhys Jones Australia’s prolific acid folk troubadour Adam G. Cole returns with the third instalment of gnostic folk album (and his 9th overall). If the rumours are true this may well be his final album under the Trappist Afterland guise but from the songs on offer here (solo compositions and collaborations) … Continue reading Album review: Trappist Afterland – Seaside Ghost Tales