An interview with Xylaroo

At first, Xylaroo’s carefree guitar melodies and high flying harmonies paint a sun-drenched scenery in the listener’s mind. But there’s more than a sparkly surface to their songs. The London duo - consisting of sisters Coco and Holly Chant - write about being lost and lonely and drinking too much. And about the courage of carrying on, throwing your darkness aside for a moment and feeling unashamedly alive. Over email, I spoke to the band about growing up on the road and their debut album Sweetooth, out in June.

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An interview with Samantha Crain

An interview with Samantha Crain

What is a modern folk song? The answer could be Killer, the first track on Samantha Crain’s new record Under Branch and Thorn and Tree. Interweaving stories the singer songwriter encountered in the camps of The Occupy Movement, the song carries a political message balancing wearily on an irregular drum beat. While briefly in London, Samantha meets me for coffee and we chat about the 99 percent, equality and channelling political frustrations through music.

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