Category: Albums

Lorna Dea – ‘Comfort Zone’ (EP review)

Lorna Dea – ‘Comfort Zone’ (EP review)

We’ve had Lorna Dea picked out as one to watch for some time now. Her Motown-influenced, pure-pop style delivered bubbly up-beat girl-power in her 2016 debut EP, Little Spark, and her collaboration with Jack in a Box “Got To Have You” showed an unexpected, quirky side to her work. If we saw the promise of her talent, it’s not surprising […]

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Nap Eyes – ‘I’m Bad Now’ (album review)

Nap Eyes – ‘I’m Bad Now’ (album review)

The Velvet Underground were and still are the masters of lo-fi, underground rock ‘n roll. Even after their multiple formulations and dissolutions, they didn’t stray too far from the the light but trippy formula that made them legends. Even Lou Reed stayed close to the sound that he, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, and Angus MacLise popularized more than forty years […]

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Young Fathers – ‘Cocoa Sugar’ (album review)

Young Fathers – ‘Cocoa Sugar’ (album review)

In their decade together as Young Fathers, Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole, and Graham Hastings have incrementally established themselves as one of music’s most innovative forces. They are beyond categorization and refuse to be pigeonholed. Trip hop, pop, hip pop, electronica, darkwave, rock, and even krautrock, Afrobeat, and gospel, the Edinburgh-based trio have combined these genres into their alternative experimentalism. So […]

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Haley Heynderickx – ‘I Need to Start a Garden’ (Album Review)

Haley Heynderickx – ‘I Need to Start a Garden’ (Album Review)

Haley Heynderickx’s first album, I Need to Start a Garden, transports us into a world of mystery, insecurity, fantastic landscapes, and love. The slightly de-tuned guitars and minimalistic production enhance songs that defy classification and grow from nuance. Haley’s voice vibrates with desperation and at times flirts with seduction in an 8-song album that is sure to make noise this year… […]

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Me Not You – ‘Reckoning 2’ (EP review)

Me Not You – ‘Reckoning 2’ (EP review)

With their 18th month birthday approaching this weekend, Me Not You, the project started by Nikki Taylor and Eric Zeiler, have developed into one of the best indie success stories in recent memory. Their debut single, “Bulletproof”, became a viral hit with nearly 5 million streams on YouTube and counting. Since that momentous day, they’ve played to sold-out venues across […]

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Camp Cope – ‘How To Socialise & Make Friends’ (album review)

Camp Cope – ‘How To Socialise & Make Friends’ (album review)

There are some albums that you buy or stream for its mindless, entertaining quality. Then there are those standout records which cause you to stop everything you’re doing and pay attention. LPs centered around powerful, provocative, and challenging songwriting while the music adds to each story’s message. These are the albums that leave a lasting mark years from now, which […]

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Titus Andronicus – ‘A Productive Cough’ (album review)

Titus Andronicus – ‘A Productive Cough’ (album review)

For nearly a decade, Titus Andronicus made a career of blasting their violent, unrelenting punk music in dive and underground bars across North America. They were limited to these venues not because of lack of interest but their music and frenetic live shows needed to be contained. The  were and still are a detonating stockpile of dynamite. Maybe over the […]

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Lucy Dacus – ‘Historian’ (album review)

Lucy Dacus – ‘Historian’ (album review)

 Lucy Dacus is only 22 years old, and she has a lot to say. And we are listening. Very few people her age let alone twice her senior are able to passionately and expressively articulate their emotions and experiences as Dacus does on her triumphant sophomore album, Historian. The record is not merely a personal account of Dacus’ life, […]

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Loma

Loma – “Loma” (album review)

 After Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski of Cross Record opened for Shearwater on their 2016 tour, front man Jonathan Meiburg approached them with the idea of working together. Meiburg had spent the whole tour listening to Cross Record’s opening sets, which is something he hadn’t done with previous opening bands. Entranced by Cross and Duszynski’s songs, he knew they […]

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Belako – ‘Render Me Numb, Trivial Violence’ (album review)

Belako – ‘Render Me Numb, Trivial Violence’ (album review)

Spain’s indie scene is flourishing, and the world is taking notice. Most people are fixated on Hinds’ forthcoming sophomore album, but their attention should be on the Basque town of Mungia. This is where Belako call home. Since 2011, the quartet of Cristina Lizarraga, Josu Ximun Billelabeitia, Lander Zalakain Martinez, and Lore Nekane Billelabeitia have been causing tremors across the […]

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The Black Leaders – ‘Fix Of Love’ (album review)

The Black Leaders – ‘Fix Of Love’ (album review)

The Black Leaders went down a storm when we featured their sophomore album Take It Easy back in 2016. Their follow-up Fix of Love is scheduled for release on 8th March and promises the same provocative rock edge. Hailing from Rennes, there is a distinctly French flavour to The Black Leaders, foregrounded in the vocal intonation of front woman Marie […]

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S. Carey – ‘Hundred Acres’ (album review)

S. Carey – ‘Hundred Acres’ (album review)

 Whether he’s playing with Bon Iver or as S. Carey, Sean Carey always manages to create stunning sounds. His second album, 2014’s Range of Light, was one of that year’s most beautiful releases. We’ve been eagerly awaiting his third record, Hundred Acres, ever since, and Carey managed to create something even more gorgeous. While these tracks are all brand […]

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Violetta Zironi – ‘Half Moon Lane’ (EP review)

Violetta Zironi – ‘Half Moon Lane’ (EP review)

Even at a young age, the spotlight followed Violetta Zironi. Born in the provincial town of Correggio in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, Zironi picked up her first instrument at 3 and was playing in festivals with her family in her early teens. At 17, she made her television debut as a contestant on the Italian version of the X […]

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Computer Magic – ‘DANZ’ (album review)

Computer Magic – ‘DANZ’ (album review)

 Back in 2010, Stereogum named Danielle “Danz” Johnson and her project Computer Magic as a band to watch. She was unlike other producers, bedroom-pop artists, and songwriters, as her music had purpose. Her emotions were not the drivers of her music, but she found inspiration instead in literature, film, and art. From Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream […]

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Caroline Rose – ‘Loner’ (album review)

Caroline Rose – ‘Loner’ (album review)

LONER by Caroline Rose Caroline Rose radiates energy, and from it emerges a creative genius matched by very few. Her debut album, I Will Not Be Afraid, was filled with razor-sharp observations about life and being a young woman in America. While the LP revolved largely around rockabilly, country-folk, and Americana, she’s changed her tone for sophomore output, Loner. Like […]

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Olden Yolk – ‘Olden Yolk’ (album review)

Olden Yolk – ‘Olden Yolk’ (album review)

Some combinations are predestine. Without John and Paul, The Beatles wouldn’t have existed. The aesthetic genius of Thom Yorke mixed with the maestro Jonny Greenwood have made Radiohead the band of the past two-plus decades. Now another pair demonstrating similar chemistry and brilliance are Olden Yolk, which is the project of Quilt member Shane Butler and multi-instrumentalist Caity Shaffer. While it’s […]

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Mike and the Moonpies – ‘Steak Night at the Prairie Rose’ (album review)

Mike and the Moonpies – ‘Steak Night at the Prairie Rose’ (album review)

 Mike and the Moonpies are the unfiltered image of modern-day Americana. They are six friends playing country music and trying to survive in an unfavorable environment. They’re back this year with their fifth studio album, Steak Night at the Prairie Rose. With a combination of sweeping guitars, warm organs and an embrace of traditional, simple recording techniques, they’re proving […]

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Holy Golden – ‘Otherworld’ (album review)

Holy Golden – ‘Otherworld’ (album review)

Holy Golden’s 2017 EP, The Licking River, was one of our favorite EP’s of the year. Its combination of Leslie Schott’s dreamy vocals, immense guitar licks of Andrew Valenti, and perfectly crafted backing tracks helped the record truly stand out. The Rhode Island band just released their most ambitious record, Otherworld. That’s saying a lot for a duo that carefully […]

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Thunder on the Left – Rough Trade East, London (photo review)

Thunder on the Left – Rough Trade East, London (photo review)

Gig in a shop. Not a bad idea. Thirty years ago today, I was the Assistant Manager of an Our Price Music branch, which was a national chain of record stores in the UK that got rid of vinyl in favour of CDs and then got rid of those in favour of VHS and mobile phones. No wonder it no […]

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Geowulf – ‘Great Big Blue’ (album review)

Geowulf – ‘Great Big Blue’ (album review)

 Star Kendrick and Toma Banjanin are not just another dream-pop duo trying to steal your breath away. Instead, as Geowulf, they’re crafting music that can be best described as escapism – pop that is exhilarating, stunning, and takes you momentarily away to an exotic world. In other words, it is pure bliss. At the same time, the duo are […]

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