The Wrap: May 2022 βœ¨

here’s our May edition of The Wrap! ✨ another incredible month of releases in the North, so many fantastic tunes coming out – way too many for us to mention here! you can check out all of our lil reviews below, have a gander 🀘

Scotland’s very own indie-punks Pizza Crunch have returned with another hard-hitting single “Young Excitement“! 🀘 following on from a superb string of singles, they’ve come back with this new single that really solidifies them as ones making movements on the circuit – a fantastic guitar riff throughout the track, backed by a rhythm section that simply grooves through the flow of the track, all strung together with a lovely singalong chorus reminiscent of 80’s punk and new wave bands. The key change in the last chorus is fantastic too, really elevating the track to another level. Class from the lads! (SPOTIFY / APPLE MUSIC / YOUTUBE / BANDCAMP)

We’ve covered Warrington’s own Scott and the Flying Kicks in the past with his past releases, but he’s returned here with a completely different, brand new venture in the form of his “Street Fighter” EP! Taking a much more electronic approach to his music, there’s so many elements to this EP – giving us vibes of The Streets and even hip-hop, with rapping throughout, fantastic to see so much variety from this fella. β˜€οΈ covering lyrical topics ranging from politics, modern-day living and even parenting – this is a really well put-together EP with some brilliant use of sampling, beatmaking and lyricism. Well worth a listen! (SPOTIFY / APPLE MUSIC / YOUTUBE / BANDCAMP)

Greater Manchester post-punks Mort Jardin have returned with yet another explosive release, their brand new album “Lost Season“! Chock-full of the grungey riffs that we’re so used to from them now, this sounds so lovely – there’s a lot of melodic elements within the album that really let it soar through the tracks, but still maintaining that distortion and feedback that really signifies their sound. 😊 the songwriting on this is superb too, with imagery that induces such lovely atmospheres alongside the use of instrumentation and melodies – it’s well worth a listen, especially for anyone who has a thing for 90’s alternative and grunge. (SPOTIFY / APPLE MUSIC / YOUTUBE / BANDCAMP)

One of our favourite and most unique artists on the Manchester scene, FEAR OF MARKO has started fresh with a brand new single “Dizzy” πŸ‘Š such a huge song, with a proper singalong chorus that we’re sure will be absolutely explosive live – and lyricism that’s so personal and intimate, the flows within the vocal too really set this apart as one to put on repeat. Really well done – you can tell that time has been put into this to really hone their craft andd make something proper special. The production too is simply sublime, mixing grunginess with hyperpop and adding in more calm and acoustic elements to it too – it’s really worth listening to this, a fantastic track. We can’t wait to hear more! Also, the music video aesthetic is absolutely perfect for the track. (SPOTIFY / APPLE MUSIC / YOUTUBE / BANDCAMP)

One of our favourites on the Manchester scene, comedic songwriter Chris Tavener has returned with a full EP “Easy Ways To Be Happy“! Expanding out on his familiar satirical style that’s really defined his sound and made him a real force on the North West scene, he’s come back with a lovely collection of songs that sound absolutely fantastic. 🌞 There’s so much dynamic range to the tracks, ranging from singer-songwriter to more rock and roll, even with some more personal and touching tracks in there too. Well worth a listen, you’ll get a real insight into the world of Chris Tavener! (SPOTIFY / APPLE MUSIC / YOUTUBE / BANDCAMP)

Manchester indie-rockers Cottons have put out yet another fantastic tune, with a brand new single “So I’ll Call” πŸ“ž the tune sounds brilliant, they’ve gone from strength to strength with every single release, expanding out their sound and honing their craft so well. They sound so tight on this track, the electronic elements and production really add a huge amount to the track, amount to the song, and the instrumentation really works so well in tandem with each other to make this an absolutely banger. Well worth catching them, they’ve been playing festival slots and we can only imagine they’ve got so much more coming up! (SPOTIFY / APPLE MUSIC)

Singer-songwriter Isaac Neilson has come back with a brand new single “Deep As A River“! This song sounds so lovely, the flow throughout is absolutely gorgeous with the violin runs throughout, and Isaac’s vocal runs so smoothly over the course of the track and then once you hear the other vocal, it sits so well in parallel to the rest of the track. As the track runs it’s course, the build is so lovely, with the vocals getting more intense, and distorted melodies on the guitar expanding out – such well done on the production here to keep the track moving so well. 😊 Absolutely brilliant stuff here, we’ve seen him perform a few times now and he’s a proper talent here in the North. We can’t wait to hear more from him! (SPOTIFY / APPLE MUSIC / YOUTUBE)

Liverpool acoustic singer-songwriter Evie Moran returns with her third single so far, “Disconnected” πŸ‘ keeping true to her ethereal, dreamy sound, this track sounds absolutely gorgeous. Her vocal flows so soothingly across the track, and the acoustic melody is proper beautiful – a really intimate insight into Evie’s music. The production on this is top notch too, just perfect for the track with the calm drumbeat and the acoustic melodies played over the top of the guitar, and her songwriting on this is fantastic too – something we’ve grown accustomed to now with her! Definitely one to watch here, a real talent over in Merseyside who we’re sure will go on to do great things! (SPOTIFY / APPLE MUSIC / YOUTUBE / BANDCAMP)

another absolutely fantastic month for music up North! so many different and diverse artists all equally fantastic in their own right – it’s class to see so many brilliant musicians doing their thing, this is what makes the scene so incredible. big shout to everyone here! we hope you’ve enjoyed this as much as we have – big love to everyone who’s checked this out. ❀️

Make sure you head on down to open mics, gigs, support local music and arts and keep your scenes going! 😊 all music, videos and images remain copyright of their respective owners. 🍞