Vetchinsky Settings is the project of two artists who have created so many favourite records that reside in my collection. Vocalist James Hackett fronted The Orchids who shot to prominence with essential indiepop releases on Bristol label Sarah Records (The Orchids are still playing together) and multi-instrumentalist Mark Tranmer, creating incredibly gorgeous music as Gnac and with Montgolfier Brothers and Wingdisk. Their debut album, Underneath The Stars, Still Waiting, is emotive, atmospheric and incredibly cinematic. As well, debuts from Keeley Forsyth and Fran, plus Emily Barker returns home from the UK for a series of shows and a great new album in Shadow Box.

Track: Juliette
Artist: Toth
Release: Juliette
Label: Northern Spy

Track: Accidental Beauty
Artist: Vetchinsky Settings
Release: Underneath The Stars, Still Waiting
Label: Self Released

Track: Tougher Than The Rest
Artist: Emily Barker
Release: Shadow Box
Label: Self Released

Track: If We Had Some Money
Artist: Alana Jagt
Release: If We Had Some Money
Label: Self Released

Track: Debris
Artist: Keeley Forsyth
Release: Debris
Label: The Leaf Label

Track: Now
Artist: Fran
Release: A Private Picture
Label: Fire Talk

Track: Not Alone
Artist: Gabriel Birnbaum
Release: Not Alone
Label: Arrowhawk

1/2/3/4 — #131 — Underneath The Stars, Still Waiting

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