New Song: Porcelain Raft

With M83 set to play the O2 Academy Oxford later this month (24th), it truly looks like that night will belong to the captivating combination of 80s synths, shoegaze vocals and sky-scraping guitar lines. A viewpoint which is only strengthened on the basis of a new song released by the evening’s support act, Porcelain Raft. ‘Unless You Speak From You Heart’ is the new single released by the band and is taken from the impending debut LP Strange Weekend, released on 23rd January courtesy of Secretly Canadian.

Lanterns On The Lake – Gracious Tide, Take Me Home

Further away from the city lights and from the mouth of the River Tyne, however, surfaces Lanterns On The Lake, with their elegant debut album, Gracious Tide, Take Me Home. The record brims with nautical imagery and deeply poignant lyrics – a far cry from the cries of “on it like a car bonnet” – and radiates extremely elevating music, which varies from nu-folk, chamber pop and shoegaze, to post-rock and classical sounds. Words by Charlotte Krol.