Willow Shields
Willow Shields

London’s least professional music photographer and journalist, can be found most evenings in your local small venue drinking vodka lemonades and being told secrets.

Moons Vol. XIV’ featuring new talent spanning almost all imaginable genres. Ranging from Jools’ alternative rock, Eades’ pure indie to poetic rap from Theodor Black. Having previously championed bands like Bad SoundsThe Ninth Wave and IDLES, New Moons is the perfect place to scout for your next favourite band or artist. New Moon features illustrated covers, this year is a vibrant portrait of tennis champion Naomi Osaka illustrated by Ellie Cox. 

My first favourite of the compilation is the first track of the album: Jools’ ‘How Can Someone Experience Pride Without Liberation For All’ a cacophony of fuzzy guitars and political prose all mixed in to make a perfectly balanced alt-rock song. Reminiscent of IDLES and Scroobius Pip so, if you’re a fan of heavier music with meaning then Jools might be exactly the band you’ve been looking for to blow away the lockdown cobwebs. 

Theodor Black’s ‘INDIGO’ is another track that stands out to me, totally different from Jools’ sound and showcasing how much variety of sound there is in the New Moons compilation. Theodor Black pairs spacey, beautiful guitar riffs with a liquid flow of prose creating a sound that compliments all of the elements so well it’s as if he has just discovered liquid gold. With such an original sound Theodor Black fits in with the worlds of indie, jazz and hip-hop, he is South London’s next big alternative artist. A sound reminiscent of BakarKing Krule and MasterpeaceTheodor Black is who you’ve been waiting for. 

Another personal favourite of the compilation is The New Coast’s ‘Silhouette Boy’, I first encountered the band a couple of years ago in a tiny pub in Brighton and instantly fell in love with the Kent duo’s new wave indie electro-pop. Their sound mirrors The 1975’s ‘ILIWYS’ era, combining effortlessly seamless story-telling with euphoric synths and utterly flawless production. So, if you’re a fan of The 1975Pale Waves or want to listen to some impeccable electro-pop then you should give The New Coast a spin. 

Lili Caseley is a burst of pure pop amongst an album or alt-music, ‘C’est La Vie’ is a proper dance in your bedroom, do your makeup, sing-a-long and feel good pop track. Lili Caseley is a Portuguese/ French solo artist from London, and ‘C’est La Vie’ is an empowering track about leaving a toxic relationship. I wouldn’t be surprised if Lili Caseley is the next biggest pop star of this generation. If you’re in the mood for a feel-good pop song with a French twist ‘C’est La Vie’ is the perfect track for you. If you like Ariana GrandeDua Lipa or vibrant pop, put Lili Caseley on shuffle: you will not be disappointed. 

The final track on the album really stands out to me; ‘Girls Should Be’ by Sølv is a vast, spacious synth-heavy track that lends itself to powerwalking in an outrageous outfit (to the supermarket). Sølv is a London based singer, songwriter and producer who is entirely self taught and managed, only collaborating with close friends to produce final mixes. Her dark alternative pop sound is totally her own and there is an element to her songs where you can tell she has full creative control. If you’re a fan of hypnotic vocals, dark pop or artists like Zella Day or FKA TwigsSølv might be your next true love. 

When all is said and done, Killing Moon’s ‘New Moons Vol. XIV’ compilation album is an amazing place to find your next favourite artist whether you’re into Hip-Hop, indie, pure pope or alt-rock there’ll be something on there for you! 

Listen to the full album here: