London’s Totally are a band that seem to exist beyond the realms of traditional genres. Merging ethereal psych-folk with vocals influenced by 90s R&B, the sound of sixties girl groups crashing headlong into Australian guitar pop.
Formed back in 2015, the band recently shared their latest single “Moonlit Memory”. The track recorded to 24-track tape by Younghusband’s Euan Hinshelwood, took melancholic storytelling and infused it with sweet four-part harmonies, gently pulsing rhythms and soaring, expansive guitars. With their magpie-like approach to picking the best ideas out of a huge variety of eras and genres, Totally are a perfect example of where music is in 2018; free from labels and boundaries, they sound timeless, unique and on the verge of something very special.
The Leaf Library make multi-layered, two-chord drone pop, channelling the warm fuzz of Yo La Tengo, the spacious repetition of Talk Talk, and Movietone’s seaside. The band released their debut album, Daylight Versions, on WIAIWYA back in 2015, a collection of hazy, drone-laden love songs to meteorology and the sea, which received backing from the likes of Uncut and The Guardian among others.
Live they add a volume and intensity to their recorded material, driving motoric rhythms sing out atop bed of synths, weaving guitars and whatever a variety of guest performers bring on the day from flugelhorns to saxophones. The band released double A-side single “City In Reverse”/”Kendrick Road” in October 2017, and are currently working on their second album due for release in 2018.