Category: Albums

Prom Queen showers contrasting brilliance on ‘Doom Wop’ (album review)

Prom Queen showers contrasting brilliance on ‘Doom Wop’ (album review)

Leeni Ramadan is an artistic tour de force. Although she has focused her efforts around her musical project  Prom Queen, her talents extend well beyond writing compositions and lyrics. Her sophomore “record”, Midnight Veil, was a video-based album where the music revolved around the film (see it here). She’s a videographer, and she’s likely a designer given the elaborate costumes […]

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First Impressions: Wolf Alice – ‘Visions of a Life’ (album review)

First Impressions: Wolf Alice – ‘Visions of a Life’ (album review)

In 2015, Wolf Alice were the year’s buzziest and fastest-rising band. They went from UK indie darlings to global stars in the blink of an eye, propelled by their debut album, My Love Is Cool. That LP populated dozens of “Best of” and “Favorite” lists, including our own. It was fierce and edgy, but it also surprised with unexpected pop […]

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Anna Pancaldi – ‘Sweet Charity’ (EP review)

Anna Pancaldi – ‘Sweet Charity’ (EP review)

When UK indie music national treasure Johnno Casson describes an artist as “very nice and very talented, too”, there’s every chance s/he is worth a listen. It’s not the first time Anna Pancaldi has received acclaim from those in the know. BBC Radio 2’s Dermot O’Leary described Anna’s music as “(r)eally polished…She doesn’t need our help, we need her”, and […]

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Chelsea Wolfe unleashes the foreboding ‘Hiss Spun’ (album review)

Chelsea Wolfe unleashes the foreboding ‘Hiss Spun’ (album review)

Some people opt to age gracefully, but Chelsea Wolfe has chosen to get louder, harder, and gloomier. She’s still a young 33 years old, and with each passing year and album her sound gets fuller and darker. Her seventh record is, at she told Billboard last week, her most personal, which explains why Hiss Spun is also her heaviest and […]

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Imitating Aeroplanes dizzying disco debut ‘Planet Language’ (album review)

Imitating Aeroplanes dizzying disco debut ‘Planet Language’ (album review)

Music tends to follow the seasons. Spring ushers in heart-warming and optimistic numbers. Summer brings over-produced dance and rock anthems. Brooding and gloomy songs, meanwhile, populate autumn and winter. Don’t tell the newly formed super-group Imitating Aeroplanes that they should be introducing music that makes our knees tremble and causes us to lose our minds. Last Friday, the project of […]

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Phoebe Bridgers’ beautiful ‘Stranger in the Alps’ (album review)

Phoebe Bridgers’ beautiful ‘Stranger in the Alps’ (album review)

The music of Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers is emotional, intimate, witty, and incredibly relatable. It’s easy to see why Ryan Adams produced and released her 2015 EP, Killer, on his record label. It’s also easy to see why Conor Oberst and Julien Baker tapped her to support their tours when hearing her first LP, Stranger in the Alps, which […]

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Wand’s sweetly precocious ‘Plum’ (album review)

Wand’s sweetly precocious ‘Plum’ (album review)

Set aside all expectations when listening to Wand‘s fourth studio album, Plum. It isn’t the raucous wrecking ball that was Golem or the hurtling garage-rock meteor of Ganglion Reef. The record isn’t even the blistering bleakness heard on 1000 Days. Instead, the Los Angeles-based quintet have reinvented themselves with an expansive record, though the band’s intelligent and observant songwriting remains. Musically, […]

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METZ’s Faustian ‘Strange Peace’ (album review)

METZ’s Faustian ‘Strange Peace’ (album review)

“I am part of that power which eternally wills evil and eternally works good.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, ‘Faust: First Part’ In his classic tale, Faust, German writer Goethe tells the story of a scholar who, unhappy with his life, makes a deal with the devil. He exchanges his soul in return for unlimited knowledge and pleasure. Faust uses these […]

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Cut Copy’s meandering ‘Haiku from Zero’

Cut Copy’s meandering ‘Haiku from Zero’

Like many bands, the output from Australia’s Cut Copy has been brilliant at times, but other times inconsistent. Up until the release of Zonoscope in 2011, Cut Copy was gradually building their sound and specializing in a more modern dance electro-pop sound. They were becoming a well-known band, gradually moving up the totem of festival billings. However, with the current […]

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Petal – ‘Comfort’ (EP Review)

Petal – ‘Comfort’ (EP Review)

Over the last couple of years, Petal’s Kiley Lotz has become one of my favorite songwriters. Petal’s 2015 LP, Shame, snuck up on me and became one of my most played albums of 2016. Last week, Petal released a short, three-track EP, Comfort. While Shame was loud at times, a full band affair with distortion, Comfort is mostly Lotz by […]

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Staying In – ‘Staying In’ (EP review)

Staying In – ‘Staying In’ (EP review)

Here comes Generation Z. All smartphones and self-obsession, exercising their social consciences from the safety of their bedrooms. Or so the media would have us believe. We’re only a step or two away from welcoming this new cohort into the music industry. What will they have to offer? What will they have to say? Step forward Joe Reeves. At 19 […]

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Tired Lion unleash their fury on ‘Dumb Days’ (album review)

Tired Lion unleash their fury on ‘Dumb Days’ (album review)

Australia-based Triple J’s family of radio stations are among the very best in the world. Their dedication to independent music globally and within the country is unmatched, and each year they hand out several awards to celebrate Oz’s finest indie bands and artists. One of the awards (and arguably the most popular) is Unearthed Artist of the Year. Past winners […]

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Alex Cameron’s imaginative and creepy ‘Forced Witness’ (album review)

Alex Cameron’s imaginative and creepy ‘Forced Witness’ (album review)

What would it be like to have a drink with Alex Cameron or even to spend a day with him? Would he be like one of the testosterone-filled characters he has created on his catchy, imaginative, albeit slightly creep new album, Forced Witness, or would he be the complete antithesis? Whatever the answer, there’s no questioning the creative brilliance of […]

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Sløtface’s extra exuberant debut ‘Try Not To Freak Out’ (album review)

Sløtface’s extra exuberant debut ‘Try Not To Freak Out’ (album review)

Try Not To Freak Out by SLØTFACE A powerhouse is emerging in Norway, and its name is Sløtface. While the band formed five years ago, these indie stars began to truly shine in the spring of 2016. That rise made them one of our artists to watch in 2017. This year, they’ve seen their popularity extend across Europe and slowly […]

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Lenore.’s harmonious self-titled debut album (album review)

Lenore.’s harmonious self-titled debut album (album review)

When considering some of the great harmonious folk/alt-folk bands today, the names Lucius, Joseph, and The Wild Reeds immediately spring to mind. Another name to add to this list is Lenore. Centered around the gorgeous vocals of Joy Pearson and Rebecca Marie Miller, the Portland, Oregon-based band’s debut album is a thing of beauty. Not exactly traditional folk, Lenore.’s music […]

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Midnight Sister bring the carnival to ‘Saturn Over Sunset’ (album review)

Midnight Sister bring the carnival to ‘Saturn Over Sunset’ (album review)

When two creative souls collide, the result may be conflict or spectacle. Midnight Sister‘s Juliana Giraffe and Ari Balouzian seem to have avoided the former and landed, slap bang, in the theatrical middle ground of the latter. Drawing their inspiration from the mythology and landscapes of their homelands in the San Fernando Valley, they deliver character, circus, and carnival in […]

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Frightened Rabbit.

Frightened Rabbit present an early gift with ‘Recorded Songs’ (EP review)

Last summer, Frightened Rabbit were in the midst of a worldwide tour in support of their critically acclaimed album, Painting of A Panic Attack, which graced “Best Of” lists across the globe including our own. They were a band riding a massive wave of momentum. Their performance at Newport Folk Festival last year was one of the most talked about […]

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L.A. Witch get wicked on their self-titled debut album (album review)

L.A. Witch get wicked on their self-titled debut album (album review)

Is it some sort of magic to conjure a brand new song out of the air? To cast a spell over an audience that keeps them mesmerized from opening chords to the final, clamouring crescendo? Despite the name, L.A. Witch claim not to partake in any sort of witchcraft, though they do admit to their Los Angeles heritage. Yet their […]

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Chad VanGaalen hovers closer to home on the insightful ‘Light Information’ (album review)

Chad VanGaalen hovers closer to home on the insightful ‘Light Information’ (album review)

Chad VanGaalen is one of the most unique individuals and personalities in Canadian music. In this 16 years in the business, he has established himself as a Canadian institution. He does not have the fame or name recognition as Bieber, Rush, or Dion, but he’s one of the country’s most respected individuals. As a producer, he guided Alvvays on their […]

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Faith Healer resurrect the classics with ‘Try ;-)’ (album review)

Faith Healer resurrect the classics with ‘Try ;-)’ (album review)

Two years, Jessica Jalbert, under the moniker Faith Healer, released one of the best debut albums of 2015 with Cosmic Troubles, which was a dazzling psychedelic experience. The record, however, flew under the radar. This time around things should be different because her sophomore album, Try 😉, is the best record released by a Canadian this week, which is saying […]

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