Category: Albums

Sharon Lazibyrd – ‘Half Shame and Half Glory’ (album review)

Sharon Lazibyrd – ‘Half Shame and Half Glory’ (album review)

We were impressed with Sharon Lazibyrd when she shared her EP, Opium of the Masses, just over a year ago. We knew then that the three tracks were just a taste of more to come and, sure enough, we now have an album to enjoy. Half Shame and Half Glory embraces Opium of the Masses and adds further, quirky, relatable […]

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Parquet Courts – ‘Wide Awake!’ (album review)

Parquet Courts – ‘Wide Awake!’ (album review)

Whether through their five records or front man Andrew Savage’s foray as a solo artist, Parquet Courts have covered pretty much every ground within the indie-rock spectrum. Their sixth album, Wide Awake!, however, sees the Brooklyn quartet wade through new territory thanks to the deft guidance of Brian Burton – a.k.a. Danger Mouse. There is still plenty of garage-rock and […]

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TT – ‘LoveLaws’ (album review)

TT – ‘LoveLaws’ (album review)

For more than a decade, Warpaint have established themselves as one of the most creative forces within the indie music scene that define categorization. So when its members pursue individual projects, it shouldn’t be surprising they explore new soundscapes. Jenny Lee Lindberg, as Jennylee, went new wave and Gothic rock on her solo debut, Right On. Now it’s guitarist and […]

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First Impressions: Courtney Barnett – ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’ (album review)

First Impressions: Courtney Barnett – ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’ (album review)

When Courtney Barnett announced that her sophomore album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, was coming out this year, she stated the LP would be less meandering than her previous records. This comment raised a few alarm bells. Did this mean that the edgy, witty, and bold songwriting and rollicking indie-rock approach was temporarily (or even permanently) being set aside? […]

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Middle Kids – ‘Lost Kids’ (album review)

Middle Kids – ‘Lost Kids’ (album review)

Lost Friends by Middle Kids When a band suddenly becomes a household name due to the unexpected success of a single, doubters tend to throw out terms like “one-hit wonders” or “overnight sensation”. Music history is littered with artists and bands who flamed out after one or two songs. When Middle Kids‘ single, “Edge of Town”, skyrocketed to the top […]

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Rookes – ‘The Game & The River’ (EP review)

Rookes – ‘The Game & The River’ (EP review)

Describing herself as a Birmingham-native but based out of London, Rookes is the indie-pop project of Jenny Bulcraig. In development since October 2016, the debut EP The Game & The River provides a worthy showcase for her talent. Opening the EP with a folk-pop feel, title track “The Game & The River” gives a sweet, slightly angry exploration of emotion. […]

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Lillian Frances – ‘Timeism’ (EP review)

Lillian Frances – ‘Timeism’ (EP review)

It’s about the time of year where summer anthems pop up. Perhaps, for Lillian Frances, a self-described “sound collager”, the timing of her sophomore EP, Timeism, is perfect. It’s a record full of laid-back vibes, songs that are witty, and undeniably groovy. From its synth goodness to its playful, smart vocals, Timeism may indeed be the soundtrack to many listeners’ […]

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Iceage – ‘Beyondless’ (album review)

Iceage – ‘Beyondless’ (album review)

Nearly a decade ago, Danish punk-rock outfit Iceage arrived with the fury of a category five hurricane. Their initial releases – the self-titled EP and 2011’s debut LP New Brigade – were unrelenting, head-charging punk records that equally rattled walls as they blew away minds. They continued to unleash fire and brimstone on 2013’s You’re Nothing before changing pace and […]

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Pinkshinyultrablast – ‘Miserable Miracle’ (album review)

Pinkshinyultrablast – ‘Miserable Miracle’ (album review)

Pinkshinyultrablast are finally receiving the attention and acclaim that has alluded them for most of this decade. The Saint Petersburg-based are one of the bands who kept shoegaze and dreamgaze alive, as the original trailblazers – Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, Ride – took hiatuses of different lengths. With the genre that just won’t die experiencing a resurrection, Lyubov (vocals), Rustam […]

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Malena Zavala – ‘Aliso’ (album review)

Malena Zavala – ‘Aliso’ (album review)

With a defying voice and an innovative dream-folk-pop sound, Malena Zavala is making a lot of noise with her first album, Aliso. The record is a collection of sounds and influences that range from ambient layers of synthesizers to clean and crunchy guitars. Malena’s songwriting is very consistent and nuanced, and her melodies flow effortlessly over any kind of beat, making […]

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Ian Late – ‘Choices’ (album review)

Ian Late – ‘Choices’ (album review)

Berlin-based singer songwriter Ian Late describes his music as “timeless pop”. There’s a nostalgic feel to his work, although the nine tracks that make up his forthcoming album, Choices, are also contemporary, relevant and relatable, with a musicality to the arrangements that’s delightfully engaging, too. Opening the album, “All That I Am”, which was released as a single on 21 […]

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Okkervil River – ‘In the Rainbow Rain’ (album review)

Okkervil River – ‘In the Rainbow Rain’ (album review)

In The Rainbow Rain by Okkervil River Less than 18 months ago, Will Sheff, the mastermind behind Okkervil River, released the excellent Away. It saw the New Hampshire native holding on to the past and reminiscing about his late grandfather, the transformation of the band, and his own vulnerability. The record was a rare look into Sheff’s mind, as he’s […]

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Spielbergs – ‘Distant Star’ (EP review)

Spielbergs – ‘Distant Star’ (EP review)

Distant Star EP by Spielbergs “Have you recently had a close encounter… A close encounter with something very unusual?”, David Laughlin asks Roy Neary in Steven Spielberg’s classic, Close Encounters of a Third Kind. The film questioned whether we were alone in the universe and whether we could believe in “anomalies”. In a similar fashion, Spielbergs are asking us if we still believe in […]

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SONTALK – ‘Act I’ (EP review)

SONTALK – ‘Act I’ (EP review)

Since the days of Chaucer to contemporary literature, film, and television, a story is often told in three acts. The first is the exposition, which introduces us to the characters and the challenges before them. The second is the “rising action” or for simplicity purposes the main events of the plot. Finally, the resolution – or climax and the denouement […]

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Thirteen Mile – ‘Don’t Stop Never Stop’ (EP review)

Thirteen Mile – ‘Don’t Stop Never Stop’ (EP review)

There’s a trend for producers to come out from behind the mixing desk and into the spotlight. It’s gathering pace with the emergence of Thirteen Mile, the music brand of Manchester-based producer and songwriter David JL. Thirteen Mile’s debut EP, Don’t Stop Never Stop, is a collaboration with vocalist Tristan Henry, another studio man whose session vocals have appeared in […]

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Fenne Lily – ‘On Hold’ (album review)

Fenne Lily – ‘On Hold’ (album review)

Fenne Lily has been on the indie radar since 2016, arriving first with the sombre “Top To Toe”. The song introduced the world to a young singer-songwriter from Bristol with the arresting voice and musical side that bridges the lush valleys of Dido to the soaring and edgy sonatas of Sharon Van Etten. During the past two years, she gradually […]

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A Place To Bury Strangers – ‘Pinned’ (album review)

A Place To Bury Strangers – ‘Pinned’ (album review)

It wasn’t long ago when A Place To Bury Strangers were considered the next great shoegaze, noise-pop band. They were trusted to take the music of My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, and Slowdive to harsher and louder heights. They were, after all, dubbed the “loudest band of New York” for a reason. In the 11 years since their self-titled debut […]

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mastersystem – ‘Dance Music’ (album review)

mastersystem – ‘Dance Music’ (album review)

Fans of Frightened Rabbit, Editors, and Minor Victories know that these great UK bands are more associated with the new wave of indie rock. Their approaches are more melodic in their orientation – or in the case of Minor Victories more shoegaze-y. In a live setting, however, they’ll occasionally unfurl an unexpected guitar solo or menacing riff. A mood-swaying gig, […]

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Say Sue Me – ‘Where We Were Together’ (album review)

Say Sue Me – ‘Where We Were Together’ (album review)

Say Sue Me – Where We Were Together by Say Sue Me “I always thought we’d be friends forever”, Kirby says to Kevin in St. Elmo’s Fire, which tells the story of a group of friends and college graduates entering the “real world”. This line encapsulates the entire movie, where the bonds between friends are unbreakable despite heartbreak, disagreements, injury, […]

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Fickle Friends – ‘You Are Someone Else’ (album review)

Fickle Friends – ‘You Are Someone Else’ (album review)

As we enter Spring, we’re almost already overwhelmed by breakout albums from young artists. Perhaps one of the strongest debuts so far comes from the UK’s Fickle Friends. Over the last few years, they’ve given us a bunch of infectious, dance-your-ass-off singles. This March, they released their debut full-length record, You Are Someone Else, which features some of those songs […]

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