Category: Albums

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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Beaux Cheveux – ‘Ro Sham Bo’ (album review)

Beaux Cheveux – ‘Ro Sham Bo’ (album review)

When two artists rooted in AC/DC and Led Zeppelin come together, you’d expect lots of things. Rock, extended guitar solos, and screaming vocals. With their debut album Ro Sham Bo, however, Beaux Cheveux are none of those things. Instead, the combined creative talents of Adrian Conner (Hell’s Belles) and Clementine (Zepparella) have given birth to something somewhat electro, occasionally dream-pop […]

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The Amazing – ‘In Transit’ (album review)

The Amazing – ‘In Transit’ (album review)

In Transit by The Amazing Through their first four album, The Amazing have established a reputation for making lush, ethereal music that merged post-rock and the classic sounds of the ’70s LA music scene with progressive and shoegaze elements. Their self-titled debut LP started the journey in 2009 while their last album, 2016’s Ambulance, perfected it. Given their history, it […]

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MIEN – ‘MIEN’ (album review)

MIEN – ‘MIEN’ (album review)

On their own, The Black Angels, The Horrors, Elephant Stone, and The Earlies are great bands, and each have made their mark on their music landscape. The Black Angels are unquestionably one of the best psychedelic-rock bands of the 21st Century. The Horrors helped bring spook-ified psych-rock into the mainstream. Elephant Stone, if you ask most neo-psychedelic fanatics, are the […]

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Kraków Loves Adana – ‘Songs After The Blue’ (album review)

Kraków Loves Adana – ‘Songs After The Blue’ (album review)

 A year ago, Kraków Loves Adana, the project of Hamburg-based Deniz Cicek and Robert Heitmann, made the melancholic exhilarating with their underrated and overlooked album, Call Yourself New. It was a unique concept album that followed multiple individuals who all shared one common thing – finding meaning in their lives. Since the recording of their third LP, the world […]

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City Calm Down – ‘Echoes In Blue’ (album review)

City Calm Down – ‘Echoes In Blue’ (album review)

Greatness has been long predicted for City Calm Down, following the release of their critically received second EP, Movements, in 2012. Their debut album, 2015’s In a Restless House, which was an extraordinary piece of brooding indie rock in The National mould, garnered the band acclaim in their native Australia, as the record peaked at 25 on the ARIA chart […]

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