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A Dead Forest Index 'In All That Drifts From Summit Down' album cover

01/05/2016

‘In All That Drifts From Summit Down’ by A Dead Forest Index (Album)

This debut LP is a rich and immersive experience, despite being built on the stark foundations of Adam Sherry’s detached…
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LOST LEFT

28/04/2016

‘Levollinen’ by Lost Left (Album)

This record is full of contradictions, but Ben Pritchard’s manic songwriting ability is jaw-droppingly good throughout this truly brilliant re-release…
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Jonas Friddle & The Majority

24/04/2016

‘Jonas Friddle & The Majority’ by Jonas Friddle & The Majority (Album)

Against a backdrop of roots, Americana and folk, this Chicago band have delivered a second album of well-crafted country songs…
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Left With Pictures

17/04/2016

‘Afterlife’ by Left With Pictures (Album)

Classically trained trio show their time away has been well-spent, returning with more maturity and with bigger sounds and concepts…
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Kyle Craft

13/04/2016

‘Dolls Of Highland’ by Kyle Craft (Album)

Another timeless release from Sub Pop, as Portland songwriter Kyle Craft brings uplifting melodies to this weirdly exciting break-up record…
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Cale Tyson 'Careless Soul' cover

10/04/2016

‘Careless Soul’ by Cale Tyson (Album)

A near-perfect marriage of country and soul lends this record a classic sound and makes it a wonderful refreshing antidote…
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Lisa Redford

08/04/2016

‘Another Place And Time’ by Lisa Redford (EP)

Latest release from this celebrated songwriter will have fans of folk, country and Americana full of the joys of spring…
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Sunset Sons 'Very Rarely Say Die' album cover

08/04/2016

‘Very Rarely Say Die’ by Sunset Sons (Album)

By making an album with such mainstream appeal, these Anglo-Aussie musicians clearly have their hearts set on reaching the top…
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Omaloma-Single

07/04/2016

‘Ha Ha Haf’ by Omaloma (Single)

You may not understand his lyrics, but that won’t matter once you’ve heard what George Amor’s music has to say…
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Benedict Benjamin 'Night Songs' album cover

07/04/2016

‘Night Songs’ by Benedict Benjamin (Album)

If you like your alt-folk to brim with searching questions and poignancy then this record will become an essential listen…
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BarCreeps

06/04/2016

‘The Hour Between Dog And Wolf’ by BarCreeps (Single)

A quartet borne from the four corners of the world combine to create a familiar sound on their debut single…
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New Revival

05/04/2016

‘Call It What You Want’ by New Revival (EP)

The debut EP from this Welsh rock outfit displays much potential, despite failing to quite hit the mark this time…
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The Marivaux

05/04/2016

‘EP1’ by The Marivaux (EP)

This Manchester four-piece traverse the heavier side of northern indie, while keeping one hand firmly on the genre’s familiar reins…
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Next Thing by Frankie Cosmos

05/04/2016

‘Next Thing’ by Frankie Cosmos (Album)

Indie-pop kids rejoice, as Frankie Cosmos releases one of the true shining lights to come from the genre this year…
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We Don Land by Afro Cluster

05/04/2016

‘We Don Land’ by Afro Cluster (EP)

On their brand new EP, this nine-piece Afro-funk act announce their rebirth with some highly polished and politically conscious grooves…
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Future Elevators 'Communicating Vessels' album

04/04/2016

‘Communicating Vessels’ by Future Elevators (Album)

Though each of its songs ploughs their own furrow, this remarkable debut LP somehow comes together as one coherent whole…
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Only Dating / Never Gonna Learn by Ded Rabbit

03/04/2016

‘Only Dating / Never Gonna Learn’ by Ded Rabbit (Single)

This indie-troupe have the energy of a springer spaniel and fizz of a Panda Pop on their new double single…
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Shonen Knife

02/04/2016

‘Jump Into The New World’ by Shonen Knife (Single)

This high energy Japanese trio invite us to celebrate 35 years of music with 2016’s most uplifting single so far…
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Red Sky July 'The Truth And The Lie' album packshot

31/03/2016

‘The Truth And The Lie’ by Red Sky July (Album)

This country album just manages to keep hold of its authenticity despite having huge crossover appeal and a pop sensibility…
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Raccoon Venom '30 Songs Around 30 Seconds Long' album

30/03/2016

’30 Songs Around 30 Seconds Long’ by Raccoon Venom (Album)

Drunk punks with banjos and ukuleles! Portland’s Mason Klauss and Reid Newlin release their appropriately titled second offering of 2016…
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