Category: Albums

Spoon – ‘Hot Thoughts’ (album review)

Spoon – ‘Hot Thoughts’ (album review)

There has been a trend among aspiring indie-rockers of using rainbow colors to signal youthful optimism and blissful psychedelic confusion. So maybe to the uninitiated (who is uninitiated at this point?) the cover of Spoon’s new album might look like something synthy, fun and perky. But the moment you dive into the multi-chrome skull, you realize oh right, you’re listening to […]

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Desperate Journalist – ‘Grow Up’ (album review)

Desperate Journalist – ‘Grow Up’ (album review)

Finding a great post-punk rock album these days is going the way of the Black Rhino – an endangered species that is nearing extinction. While there have been plenty of records that crossed this great plain, the truly great ones – like Savages’ Adore Life and Preoccupations’ Viet Cong – are difficult to find. So when one is spotted, it is a […]

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Brady Toops – ‘Tried & True’ (album review)

Brady Toops – ‘Tried & True’ (album review)

Our premiere of the signature single “Carolina” from Brady Toops’ sophomore album Tried & True praised his strong yet authentic vocals. Was it too much to expect that the rest of the album would deliver the same quality? After all, the single release usually showcases the artist’s best work, and Brady had set the bar high. He does not disappoint. […]

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Kraków Loves Adana – ‘Call Yourself New’ (album review)

Kraków Loves Adana – ‘Call Yourself New’ (album review)

For more than a decade, bands like The National, Daughter, and Frightened Rabbit have made the brooding beautiful, but German indie-rock group Kraków Loves Adana have done something similarly exceptional. With their third album, Call Yourself New, they have made the melancholic exhilarating. They have turned the exercise of contemplating our very existence into a memorable and often breathtaking experience […]

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MY BABY –  ‘Prehistoric Rhythm’ (album review)

MY BABY – ‘Prehistoric Rhythm’ (album review)

Prehistoric Rhythm by MY BABY Two years ago, MY BABY were one of the Netherlands’ best stories. Their outstanding, sophomore album, Shamanaid, turned the trio from internet darlings to Dutch stars, as fans gravitated to their trippy, sweat-inducing, voodoo psychedelia. A sold out Paradiso in Amsterdam cemented MY BABY’s status as one the country’s must-see bands. Their success, however, extended […]

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Fanny And The Atta Boys – ‘A Peck Of Dirt’ (album premiere)

Fanny And The Atta Boys – ‘A Peck Of Dirt’ (album premiere)

Combine a hefty dose of nostalgia with a mix of jazz and toe-tapping rhythms and you’ve got yourself A Peck Of Dirt, the brand new album from Fanny And The Atta Boys. Released on March 24 with support from Heyday Media Group, this is an album of sounds that are sure to pack any old-time dance floor, and we are […]

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Anohni – ‘Paradise’ (EP review)

Anohni – ‘Paradise’ (EP review)

Paradise by ANOHNI After more than a decade of fronting Antony and the Johnsons, front woman Anohni released her much-celebrated, debut album, Hopelessness, in May 2016. With the benefit of hindsight, the album was more than just a masterpiece. It was timely and poignant, revealing the instability and chaos that were brimming below the surface but have risen since the events of […]

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Jay Som – ‘Everybody Works’

Jay Som – ‘Everybody Works’

Everybody Works by Jay SomMany musicians who self-record achieve a gauzy pastel haze akin to the sounds Melina Duterte, playing as Jay Som, creates in her sunny Oakland studio (which doubles as her sleeping quarters). In another corner of the music world, many aspiring pop craftspeople (the type who unapologetically let ourselves be charmed by Carly Rae Jepsen’s E•MO•TION or drunkenly vow to […]

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First Impressions: Milky Chance – ‘Blossom’ (album review)

First Impressions: Milky Chance – ‘Blossom’ (album review)

In 2013, Germany’s Milky Chance went from two guys in a bedroom with a laptop and an acoustic guitar to one of Hype Machine’s most blogged acts, in what seemed like weeks. Their folktronica hit, “Stolen Dance“, became a massive hit on Hype Machine and the video for it has amassed over 300 million views on YouTube. High school friends Clemens […]

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Sharon Lazibyrd – ‘Opium Of The Masses’

Sharon Lazibyrd – ‘Opium Of The Masses’

Contemporary folk draws influences from all over, and none more so than the work of Sharon Lazibyrd, previously one half of duo The Lazibyrds. Calling on musicals, music hall and everything from Julian Cope to English folk, Sharon’s EP Opium Of The Masses showcases her beautifully naive vocal style, layered, traditional arrangements and compelling story-telling. It’s no surprise to find […]

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Hurray For the Riff Raff – ‘The Navigator’ (album review)

Hurray For the Riff Raff – ‘The Navigator’ (album review)

With her sixth record as Hurray for the Riff Raff, Alynda Lee Segarra drew inspiration from her past to write The Navigator. In her youth, Segarra was very much a navigator, having left the Bronx in her teens and traveled on box cars across the country. On The Navigator, Segarra tells the story of Navita, a character very much based […]

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Hater – ‘You Tried’ (album review)

Hater – ‘You Tried’ (album review)

Since their arrival in the spring of 2016, Hater have piqued the interest of tastemakers across the globe. It began with Radius, which was a three-song EP filled with warm and upbeat guitar-driven dream-pop. Their debut album, You Tried, takes their sound even further and offers even more intoxicating and memorable songs. Much of the album brims with a breathtaking […]

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Rodes Rollins – ‘Young Adult’ (EP review)

Rodes Rollins – ‘Young Adult’ (EP review)

First impressions are not everything, but they are immensely important. Like meeting a person for the first time, they can determine whether an artist’s music resonates with you, and, therefore, dictate whether one will seek to continue the relationship. When Talia Taxman released her debut single, “Young & Thriving”, under the moniker Rodes Rollins in November of 2016, we were […]

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Johnno Casson aka Snippet – ‘Future Melancholy Pop Music’ (album review)

Johnno Casson aka Snippet – ‘Future Melancholy Pop Music’ (album review)

Acquiring the title of “National Treasure” can be a double-edged sword. A bit like a Lifetime Achievement Award, it implies that the best is in the past. But when it is offered with the respect and affection of BBC veteran music presenter Tom Robinson, it’s an accolade any musician would be proud to accept. Enter Johnno Casson, aka Snippet and […]

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Alyeska – ‘Crush’ (EP review)

Alyeska – ‘Crush’ (EP review)

The music and film industry share a lot in common when it comes to releasing new material. Movie trailers often contain the best scenes in order to grab viewers’ attention and get them to flock to theaters. Labels and publicists will release one or two songs in advance of the album launch, and the songs tend to be the cream […]

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Nadia Reid – ‘Preservation’ (album review)

Nadia Reid – ‘Preservation’ (album review)

Nadia Reid‘s 2015 debut LP, listen to formation, look for the signs, was a beautifully complex and intricate album. The Port Chalmers, New Zealand native weaved soul-revealing stories within her folk-inspired sound. At its floor, Reid delivered a statement with the album, if not an instant classic, and it put Reid on the musical map with Pitchfork and The Guardian […]

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Sarah Bethe Nelson – ‘Oh, Evolution’ (album review)

Sarah Bethe Nelson – ‘Oh, Evolution’ (album review)

Sarah Bethe Nelson‘s debut album, Fast-Moving Clouds, was one of 2015’s biggest surprises. Her intimate and poignant songwriting and the hazy psychedelic-pop were spellbinding. Beneath the music, however, was a grittiness, a confidence, and an exclamation of perseverance and self-fulfillment. Not surprisingly, the album left a lasting impression on us, and we anxiously waited for her sophomore effort. Two weeks […]

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Leif Vollebekk – ‘Twin Solitude’

Leif Vollebekk – ‘Twin Solitude’

For a time, Leif Vollebekk was a drifter, constantly moving from city to city sharing his music. From dive bars to majestic concert halls to some of the biggest festivals in North America, the Montreal singer-songwriter only knew a life confined to asphalt and dodgy hotel rooms. Something changed inside him during this period, and Vollebekk embarked on a process […]

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First Impressions: Temples – ‘Volcano’ (album review)

First Impressions: Temples – ‘Volcano’ (album review)

Almost three years ago to the day, four young men released their debut album that would not only change their lives but would shake the music world. Temples‘ Sun Structures made psychedelic rock cool again. The album was an ear-popping gem that brought audiences back to the era of technicolor. Not surprisingly, Sun Structures was among the most critically acclaimed albums, […]

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Half Waif – ‘form/a’

Half Waif – ‘form/a’

It’s been an odd winter in New York, and a perfect time for a new Half Waif release. The weather boomerangs between warm and blizzard, never allowing you more than a week of wearing the same jacket. But it brings you to a middle ground – you find a coat that is warm enough to let you shiver to work but not so heavy that […]

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