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This week's round-up: New music from Morgan Wade, Cole Rolland and Sarah Kinsley

New country, new metal and a new (ish) artist with a forthcoming debut in this week's round-up

Wrought with yearning, ‘Moth to a Flame’ plays over a lilting acoustic guitar line complemented by a soulful lap steel and piano. An ode to finding our dreamed-of love, the track puts Wade’s singular vocal front and center, finding power in quiet, reverent delivery.

An entirely solo-written, stripped-down 14-track collection, Obsessed was produced by her touring guitarist Clint Wells and showcases Wade at her rawest and most vulnerable. She writes with incredible force about the ache for home and the emotion of being reunited with loved ones, of feeling dangerously preoccupied with someone, and of being in situations that society might consider outside the norm.

On Obsessed, Wade also does a thorough examination and inventory of her journey as a person, not sparing any ugly details when she’s been the one at fault. The album arrives August 16th via Sony Music and follows here celebrated Psychopath, which was named one of 2023’s best albums by The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and more.

Meanwhile, having wrapped her headlining unplugged CROSSING STATE LINES world tour last month, Wade recently began her opening stint on Alanis Morissette’s TRIPLE MOON TOUR alongside her musical icon. With Joan Jett rounding the bill, the TRIPLE MOON TOUR continues this summer hitting arenas and amphitheaters across America.

Canadian guitarist and singer COLE ROLLAND has just dropped new song 'Lost In A Memory' featuring SOPHIE LLOYD. Their third track together, the creation of the song was something of a therapy session for COLE, who explains:

“’Lost In A Memory’ began as an outlet for some thoughts that had been weighing on me for some time. I knew that Sophie was the perfect feature for this track once the chorus had really taken shape melodically and stylistically. Her melodic shred approach paired with her attention to detail regarding pre-existing melodies in the track was precisely what was needed to take this one over the top.”

Cole decided to share the evolution of the song with his huge online audience by streaming the entire writing and production process via his Twitch channel. “Songs go through many refinements to get across this finish line and I think it made it even more special for the audience to experience this in real time,” he says.

“This is the third track I’ve worked on with Cole, I was so excited to get working on it,” declares SOPHIE. “I feel like mine and Cole’s playing and writing styles really complement each other, and this song specifically not only showcases Cole's incredible playing but also his ability to mix and produce and sing a killer song. I can't wait to hear what people think!”

“It was truly a pleasure to collaborate with Sophie on this new single, bringing my vision to life in the best possible way” continues Cole. “To everyone listening, thank you and enjoy!”

COLE ROLLAND - 'Lost in a Memory (Ft. SOPHIE LLOYD)'

The accompanying music video also features Sophie, whose recently announced debut headline show – which had already been upgraded from Camden Assembly to Camden Underworld – is now total sold out. The filming session produced a scary moment for the guest guitarist:

“This will definitely be in my memory for a long time,” explains Sophie. “Straight after filming my part in this song I had to go to A&E to get a ring removed as my finger started swelling and going numb. Luckily all is okay and my finger is here to shred another day!”

Check out the video for 'Lost In A Memory' directed by Patty Schneider

Sarah Kinsley is excited to announce the release of her debut album, Escaper, for 6th September 2024 via Verve Forecast/Decca.

To coincide with the announcement, Kinsley unveils a first taste of the new music with the album opener, “Last Time We Never Meet Again”.

Kinsley collaborated with, and co-produced, the album alongside Grammy-award winning producer John Congleton (Angel Olsen, St. Vincent, Sharon Van Etten). The record heralds the first time Kinsley has collaborated in the studio with another producer, having self-produced her previous EP releases to date.

“One realization you have eventually as an insular, more introspective person is that there’s a world outside of yourself waiting for you to look into it. I had made every single EP from scratch, in the sweetness of my apartment… This record was meant to be grand and unstoppable. A beginning descent into freefall. Why protect that feeling in solitude? Why not invite another into that journey?” she details of working with Congleton.

Born in California, and raised in Connecticut before moving to Singapore with her family during middle school and returning to New York for Columbia University, this perfectly unusual leftfield pop singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist (Sarah plays the piano, synth, guitar, ondes Martenot, glass bowls, and some violin on the record too) studied music at University, and was creating much positive noise and conversation online long before she had signed a record deal. Everything she was putting out was home-spun; self-produced, self-written and self-performed. Sarah made a habit of documenting her process, and it was one such video, uploaded in response to the misconception that “Women don’t produce music” that documented Sarah recording the sounds of tapping on a desk, opening a door, switching on a light, thumping on a mattress and flicking a wine glass, splicing them all together and forming the introduction to a prior EP track, Over + Under, that captured the imagination of a young audience who have been feverishly following her every move since.

Earlier this year, Kinsley opened for Mitski in the US, following support slots with the likes of Weyes Blood and Sylvan Esso.

In support of the record’s release, Kinsley and her band will embark on a huge 31-date headline tour across North America, the UK/Ireland and Europe, calling at London’s Heaven on 14th November alongside dates in Dublin, Bristol, Glasgow, and Manchester. Tickets for Manchester, Bristol and London are available from Friday 21 June at 10am here. For tickets and information on all tour dates, please visit


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