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Luna Sol 'Blood Moon' album cover

30/08/2015

Blood Moon by Luna Sol (Album)

David Angstrom may be a stoner rock old-timer, but the debut album from his new band is anything but dated…
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Diego Davidenko 'It Isn’t Home' album cover

28/08/2015

It Isn’t Home by Diego Davidenko (Album)

The soft acoustic debut album from Argentinian songwriter Diego Davidenko finds him disconnected and alienated in his adopted homeland, America…
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Merry Ellen Kirk 'Ever After' single cover

25/08/2015

Ever After by Merry Ellen Kirk (Single)

Nashville-based songwriter Merry Ellen Kirk’s latest single is a heartfelt love song which successfully marries timeless sentiments with innovative production…
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In Search Of The Divine

24/08/2015

In Search Of The Divine by The Pocket Gods (Single)

On ‘In Search Of The Divine’ The Pocket Gods announce themselves as an act that fans of Madchester will enjoy…
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Swiss Lips-Got It Bad

24/08/2015

Got It Bad by Swiss Lips (Single)

There’s no prize for guessing where synth-pop act Swiss Lips are from, with their heritage painted all-over their glossy sound…
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Sweet Baboo 'The Boombox Ballads' album cover

23/08/2015

The Boombox Ballads by Sweet Baboo (Album)

Welsh singer-songwriter Stephen Black’s latest album is a masterclass in down-to-earth love songs that are all exquisitely arranged and performed…
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DRINKS 'Hermits On Holiday' album cover

23/08/2015

Hermits On Holiday by DRINKS (Album)

Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley of White Fence have joined forces to record an album imbued with improvisational spirit…
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The Bohicas 'The Making Of' album cover

21/08/2015

The Making Of by The Bohicas (Album)

The riff-heavy debut album from lauded Essex rockers The Bohicas is capable of both delighting and frustrating in equal measure…
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Rayland Baxter 'Imaginary Man' album cover

14/08/2015

Imaginary Man by Rayland Baxter (Album)

Rayland Baxter has returned with ‘Imaginary Man’, an album of way-out Americana with a dreamlike quality befitting of its title…
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Small Feet 'From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like The Ocean' album cover

13/08/2015

From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like The Ocean by Small Feet (Album)

The debut album from Swedish folk band Small Feet is a transcendental melting-pot of Scandinavian fascination and television addict-fuelled unease…
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Outfit

01/08/2015

Slowness by Outfit (Album)

Dwelling on themes of distance and separation, the second album from this Liverpudlian synth-pop five-piece is ethereal, sophisticated and compelling…
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J&MC Sleeve

31/07/2015

Live At Barrowlands by The Jesus & Mary Chain (Album)

To mark the 30th anniversary of ‘Psychocandy’, Jim and William Reid serve up this live version in deluxe boxset form…
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Young Burns by Fine, It's Pink (Single)

29/07/2015

Young Burns by Fine, It’s Pink (Single)

‘Young Burns’ sees the aptly named Romanian act Fine, It’s Pink engaging in melodic dreaminess that belies their psych-rock tag…
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The Classical Driveby

29/07/2015

Driveby by The Classical (Single)

On ‘Driveby’ The Classical do their very best to squeeze as little convention into the pop song format as possible…
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The Sewer Rats 'Money Maker' EP cover

28/07/2015

Money Maker by The Sewer Rats (EP)

On their debut EP, Grimsby three-piece The Sewer Rats have delivered a blistering and riff-heavy set of doom rock oney…
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'White Reaper Does It Again' album cover

27/07/2015

White Reaper Does It Again by White Reaper (Album)

White Reaper’s debut album is a spirited collection of garage punk songs which owes a debt to the genre’s past…
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Ordinary Noise 'You Are Here' single cover

20/07/2015

You Are Here by Ordinary Noise (Single)

The new single from Colchester’s Ordinary Noise weds atmospheric noise with a contemplative lyric and the results are impressive ou…
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Samantha Crain ‘Under Brand & Thorn & Tree’ LP cover

15/07/2015

Under Branch & Thorn & Tree by Samantha Crain (Album)

This beautifully crafted new album of intricate alt-country from singer-songwriter Samantha Crain is brimming with poignant tales of everyday life…
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Craig Finn 'Newmyer's Roof' single cover

14/07/2015

Newmyer’s Roof by Craig Finn (Single)

Inspired by his friend’s roof, from where he watched 9/11 unfold, Craig Finn’s new single somehow manages to remain hopeful…
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EZTV 'Calling Out' album cover

14/07/2015

Calling Out by EZTV (Album)

The Brooklyn trio, who once auditioned for Spiritualized, deliver a glorious debut long-player packed with warmth, melody and classic songwriting…
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