Category: Albums

Masasolo – ‘At Sixes and Sevens’ (album review)

Masasolo – ‘At Sixes and Sevens’ (album review)

When Morten Søgaard introduced his new project Masasolo in early 2016 with their debut single, “Really Thought She Loved Me”, the immediate reaction was that Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker had suddenly decide to join Ruban Nielson’s outfit Unknown Mortal Orchestra. The song was an eye-opening introduction to, what was at the time, the newest addition to Copenhagen’s fast-expanding indie scene. […]

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Destroyer – ‘ken’ (album review)

Destroyer – ‘ken’ (album review)

Canadian musician Dan Bejar makes lush, chameleonic art rock as Destroyer. On ken, his 12th album since forming Destroyer in 1995, Bejar pairs vintage elements with modern musings to create one of the year’s most enjoyable albums. Since Bejar is an artist with few peers, ken is an album with few, if any, rivals. There is no denying Bejar’s unique sound. No other modern […]

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Allen and Douglas – ‘Casino Games’ (album review)

Allen and Douglas – ‘Casino Games’ (album review)

Longevity is a rare commodity in the music industry. Bands come and go, artists pop up and disappear again with alarming frequency, so it’s a delight to find musicians who have been working together for most of their lives. For duo Allen and Douglas, their collaboration goes back to their teens, when “strumming, singing and writing away in old railway […]

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Makthaverskan – ‘III’ (album review)

Makthaverskan – ‘III’ (album review)

For nearly a decade, Makthaverskan have exhilarated Swedish music fans with their fast and furious mix of post-punk and dark pop. Their first two albums, I and II, were underground hits with the latter putting the Gothenburg-based band on the global indie map. Their performance at SXSW in 2015 further catapulted them into the psyche of most taste makers and […]

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Linn Koch-Emmery – ‘Boys’ (EP review)

Linn Koch-Emmery – ‘Boys’ (EP review)

Sweden for over five decades has produced some of world’s finest artists and bands, and we’re not talking about ABBA or Robyn. In particular, the Swedish music scene has experienced a renaissance over the past decade with the likes of Lykke Li, Jens Lekman, José González, Fever Ray, First Aid Kit, The Tallest Man on Earth, Tove Lo, and many […]

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Bully – ‘Losing’ (album review)

Bully – ‘Losing’ (album review)

In 2014, Bully, the project fronted by Alicia Bognanno, were voted Nashville’s Best Band, giving the “Nashville Sound” a different dynamic. Forget about country or Americana, Bully’s full-throttle grunge brought the noise, attitude, and brutally honest lyricism to Music City. Their excellent debut album, Feels Like, followed a year after and rekindled the angst and grit recalled in the songs […]

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Wy – ‘Okay’ (album review)

Wy – ‘Okay’ (album review)

Slowdive. Cigarettes After Sex. Mazzy Star. These three bands are among the very best when it comes to breathtaking dreamgaze and dream-pop. Their secret, though, doesn’t lie solely in the heart-fluttering soundscapes or the knee-buckling vocals of their famous lead singers, but also in the vividly poignant lyrics they craft. Their songs are stories we all can relate to, and […]

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Helen Connelly – ‘Garden of Kisses’ (EP review)

Helen Connelly – ‘Garden of Kisses’ (EP review)

The highly anticipated sophomore offering from Helen Connelly arrives next week – 25th October to be exact. Garden of Kisses, the follow-up to her acclaimed debut, Life Love and Lyricality, is a four-track EP heralded by the signature single, “Do You Remember”, that we previewed here back in June. It marks a maturing in Connelly’s style, melding together a selection of collaborations […]

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The Pack A.D. – ‘Dollhouse’ (album review)

The Pack A.D. – ‘Dollhouse’ (album review)

The Pack A.D. have had one of the most underappreciated careers in Canadian music. For a decade, the duo of Becky Black (guitar/vocals) and Maya Miller (drums/vocals) have been traversing the country’s ten provinces and three territories. From big festivals to the most ragged dive bar, they’ve brought their electrifying garage-rock to the people. It all started with 2006’s Tintype […]

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Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – ‘Lotta Sea Lice’ (album review)

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – ‘Lotta Sea Lice’ (album review)

When I think of laid-back guitar rock, it’s hard to beat Courtney Barnett’s Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit. Unless you’re talking about Kurt Vile’s Wakin’ On a Pretty Daze. Luckily, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile have joined forces on Lotta Sea Lice, their first record together. The result is an album loaded with wonderful, quirky […]

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St. Vincent – ‘MASSEDUCTION’ (album review)

St. Vincent – ‘MASSEDUCTION’ (album review)

Annie Clark’s appeal extends across multiple borders. For the better part of the past ten years and under the moniker St. Vincent, she is recognized as one of the most innovative voices and artists in music. She has been featured in Q magazine while gracing the covers of NME, Guitar World, and Nylon. She is a fashion trendsetter with more […]

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The Bowdashes – ‘Marrow’ (EP review)

The Bowdashes – ‘Marrow’ (EP review)

The Copenhagen music scene is flourishing, and the Danish capital can make a legitimate case for being 2017’s city of music innovation with Sleep Party People and Nelson Can respectively releasing among the best LPs and EPs. Now it’s The Bowdashes‘ turn, who are adding to the city’s reputation with their own bone-chilling exteded player. Marrow is the record, and […]

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Florist – “If Blue Could Be Happiness” (Album Review)

Florist – “If Blue Could Be Happiness” (Album Review)

Florist’s music has always been laid-back, as she paints vivid pictures with her lyrics. Her 2016 record, The Birds Outside Sang, was mostly about a bicycle accident that left Emily Sprague, Florist’s creative force, severely injured.  Sprague relocated to the gorgeous Catskill Mountain region of New York to record a new LP, and that move greatly fits and adds to […]

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Snippet – ‘Human Good’ (album review)

Snippet – ‘Human Good’ (album review)

There has been some heavy lifting happening in the music-making department of Snippet HQ. It’s been just six months since Johnno Casson, aka Snippet, released his magnum opus, Future Melancholy Pop Music, yet here he is again with another album, Human Good. And what’s not to like about that? To get one release in a year from an independent artist of Johnno’s […]

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Weaves – ‘Wide Open’ (album review)

Weaves – ‘Wide Open’ (album review)

The artwork for Weaves‘ sophomore album is rather inconspicuous, but the Toronto-based band could easily have used the image of a middle finger. Or two, three, or four middle fingers because Wide Open is essentially a big “fuck off” record. This isn’t, however, a Taylor Swift-like LP. On the contrary, Jasmyn Burke, Morgan Waters, Spencer Cole, and Zach Bines focus their […]

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YONAKA – ‘Heavy” (EP review)

YONAKA – ‘Heavy” (EP review)

After bursting onto the scene in 2016, YONAKA immediately became one of the UK’s buzziest bands. Comparisons to Wolf Alice were inevitable with their combination of gritty, explosive indie rock and foreboding storytelling. Not surprisingly, Atlantic Records UK quickly signed the Brighton-based quartet, further fueling expectations that a record was on the way. Finally, YONAKA’s first EP arrived on Friday, and […]

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Alex Lahey – ‘I Love You Like A Brother’ (album review)

Alex Lahey – ‘I Love You Like A Brother’ (album review)

Alex Lahey has a lot to say, and she’s wasting little time sharing her stories with us. Since breaking out in Australia as a Triple J Unearthed find with “Air Mail” in 2015 and the viral hit, “You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me” in early 2016, the Melbourne-based artist has emerged as the country’s next big music sensation. Last year […]

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Pale Honey – ‘Devotion’ (album review)

Pale Honey – ‘Devotion’ (album review)

Guitar-drum duos are supposed to be loud and heavy, playing some mix of The Black Keys-style bluesy garage rock or the thunderous rock of Japandroids or Royal Blood. It’s a proven fact – or so we’ve been told. Gothenburg duo Pale Honey, though, are no ordinary duo. Their debut EP, Fiction, and first LP, Pale Honey, showcased the pair’s ability […]

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Wolf Parade

Wolf Parade – ‘Cry Cry Cry’ (album review)

It’s easy to forget the impact Wolf Parade had on Generation X’ers and, to an extent, Millennials. Whereas Nirvana represented our teenage angst in the ’90s, the Montreal-via-Victoria, British Columbia band revealed the concerns and uncertainties of people as the world in the mid-2000s was rapidly changing. At home, in the office, in the classrooms, technology was taking over while […]

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Yumi Zouma – ‘Willowbank’ (album review)

Yumi Zouma – ‘Willowbank’ (album review)

Willowbank by Yumi Zouma In an era where shimmering dream-pop made for secluded dance clubs is made with computers, electric drums, and analogue synthesizers, Yumi Zouma are throwbacks. This isn’t a term usually associated with the four twenty-somethings from New Zealand’s South Island, but they’re still predominantly a guitar-bass-drums-keyboard band. Their music, as such, has a ’70s and ’80s feel, […]

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