Wolves of Winter – The Thaw (single)
This delicate, piano-led ballad utilises some mellow ambient sounds, lovely cello parts and atmospheric guitar drones to create a beautiful soundscape. The band have used the post-production stage to great effect, with plenty of swooshing delays and noise swells, but the song itself is maybe a little unvaried to truly hold your attention for its duration. Still, it's definitely worth checking out.
The Thaw is available here.
Penfold – Hindsight & Regrets EP
The production on this hurts my ears but if you can see past that, there's potential here. While Echoes and After This Night work from an unappetising pop-punk blueprint, opener Just One Day is excellent. Closing track Before We Fall is very enjoyable too and, for some strange reason, reminds me of Gold Against The Soul-era Manics. As I said before, potential.
Penfold launch the EP in Bannermans, Edinburgh tonight (w/ So Many Animal Calls and Lionhall) 8pm, £5
Capitals – All These Years (single)
The Edinburgh lads are back with some more dancy electro-pop, and once again it's terrific. All These Years builds up very with some glitchy breakbeats before repeating its rather catchy chorus once again. B-side Ode To An End is wildly different. Sitting somewhere alongside The Son(s) and the quieter moments of The Spinto Band, it's the aural equivalent of a summer breeze.
All These Years is released on Monday 4th June.