HONEYBLOOD+ SORCHA RICHARDSON + VELVET TIDES

When Stina Tweeddale got home after two years on the road touring Honeyblood‘s second album ‘Babes Never Die’ (2016) something terrifying happened. She was haunted. Every night when she went to bed in her own house in Glasgow after living in strange hotel rooms, a woman would come to try and strangle her.

Stina still doesn’t totally fathom what was going on. But it makes a bit more sense when you learn of Honeyblood‘s past year: Honeyblood are no longer a duo. Three albums in, Stina has decided to claim the sole spotlight of she project she started seven years ago.

‘In Plain Sight’ was recorded during Halloween season in 2018 with John Congleton [Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, St Vincent] in his LA studio. Congleton was a dream-come-true; a producer who she’d admired for making guitar-based music that didn’t feel traditional. “You make a wish and then it’s like: How the fuck did I manage to do that?” You can immediately hear Congleton’s ability to realise Stina’s wider vision this time. In the past, Honeyblood was tethered to a straight-laced, noise-orientated rock sound. Now freed of a guitar/drums format, Stina is able to invite flourishes of other styles. The dirgey doom of ‘Take The Wheel’, the Depeche Mode moody synth-work of ‘Touch’ and the shuffling ’90s groove of ‘Twisting The Aces’ have created the most diverse palette for her stories yet. Yet classic shouty grrl anthems like ‘Gibberish’ still impact with a familiar fury.

Previously signed to FatCat, the re-haul of Honeyblood has also seen Stina enter a brand new relationship with Marathon Artists (home to Courtney Barnett, POND and Jagwar Ma), a natural fit and the right home for this evolution. On ‘In Plain Sight’, Honeyblood has faced fears and abandoned status quo. The piano anti-ballad ‘Harmless’ is an intentional end. It’s about owning up to your own faults and hiding behind a tough exterior to mask your vulnerabilities. In Honeyblood, Stina has boldly tackled the next chapter of her journey alone, and in the shifting sands she’s found new textures and possibilities.

Honeyblood Links: Website | Facebook | Spotify

Watch the official music video for ‘She’s A Nightmare’ below:


Irish singer-songwriter Sorcha Richardson has been cultivating a cult fanbase for several years. Songs such as ‘Ruin Your Night’, ‘Petrol Station’ and ‘Can’t We Pretend’ are evocative vignettes of a moment in time which find the poetry in introspection, with a tangible nod to key influences such as Sharon Van Etten, Arcade Fire, Phoebe Bridgers and Julia Jacklin.

Exuding passion and tender beauty in equal measure, her narrative songwriting connects with people who have shared similar tangled emotions – as evidenced by 22 million streams at Spotify alone.

Now Richardson is preparing to release the biggest artistic statement of her career with her forthcoming debut album. It’s a collection of lyrical snapshots of life as a twentysomething, accompanied by the desires, doubts and developments that the decade delivers.

Sorcha Richardson Links: Website | Facebook | Spotify

Watch the official music video for ‘Don’t Talk About It’ below:


Birmingham-based hazy post-gaze quartet ‘Velvet Tides’ have just unleashed their impressive debut single ‘Into Light’ to the music masses. 

“This promising band meld subtle alternative led shoegaze sensibilities with the wistful ambient tinged swirls of dream-pop and an overriding pulse of post-punk to good effect, instilling instant instrumental reminisces of ‘For AgainstSlowdive, The Swirlies & early Starflyer 59.” 

The band are made up of Luke Marvin – guitar/vocals, Josh Hale – bass, Caleb Keenan – lead guitar & Brandon Moss – drums. 

Having already supported the likes of Yowl and Lumer, as well as receiving accolades from BBC Introducing, Primal Music and This Feeling, Velvet Tides are an exciting new band to watch out for this year.

Velvet Tides Links: Website | Facebook | Instagram

Watch the official music video for ‘Into Light’ below: