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Distance by Dan Michaelson & The Coastguards cover

29/07/2014

Distance by Dan Michaelson & The Coastguards (Album)

Distance by Dan Michaelson & The Coastguards is a haunting triumph which finds the perfect accompaniment to Michaelson’s exposed voice…
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Thom Bowden sleeve

24/07/2014

Searching The Brittle Light by Thom Bowden (Album)

Thom Bowden allies tenderness to the influence of indie-rock super producer Steve Albini, to mark him as a real talent…
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Cheatahs - The Swan (single) cover

16/07/2014

The Swan by Cheatahs (Single)

Cheatahs revamped single ‘The Swan’ is a heavier addition to the grunge revival, that features obscure influences that seep through…
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SixToes - The Morning After cover

13/07/2014

The Morning After by SixToes (Album)

SixToes’ atmospheric second album mixes beautiful string arrangements with brooding and powerful vocals to showcase a band at their peak…
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Sam Morrow-Ephemeral

12/07/2014

Ephemeral by Sam Morrow (Album)

On his debut album ‘Ephemeral’, old soul Sam Morrow trades in the sorrow that’s drawn many a songwriter to greatness…
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Fever To The Form

10/07/2014

Fever To The Form by Nick Mulvey (Single)

Nick Mulvey returns with ‘Fever To The Form’ and shows why he’s been one of the risings stars of 2014…
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Wild Smiles Never Wanted This

03/07/2014

Never Wanted This by Wild Smiles (Single)

Wild Smiles trade in their C86 pop for a grunge-infused crunch and use it to advertise their disdain for normalcy…
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03/07/2014

Post Holiday Dead Song/Anti-Parent Cowboy Killers by Tyrannosaurus Dead & Joanna Gruesome (Single)

Brighton’s Tyrannosaurus Dead & Cardiff’s Joanna Gruesome join forces on the excellent split single ‘Post Holiday Dead Song/Ant-Parent Cowboy Killers…
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Seasurfer Dive In

21/06/2014

Dive In by Seasurfer (Album)

Debut album ‘Dive In’ sees Hamburg band Seasurfer do just that, as they jump headfirst into shoegaze’s waves of noise…
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Moulettes-Single

18/06/2014

So It Goes by Moulettes (Single)

Brighton band Moulettes trade in idiosyncratic pop that bears favourable comparison to one of the finest songwriters of any generation…
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Avi Buffalo sleeve

12/06/2014

So What by Avi Buffalo (Single)

Avi Buffalo offer a tantalising example of what’s to come, with the first single from their eagerly awaited second album…
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Pool What It Is

11/06/2014

What It Is by Pool (Single)

The Hamburg post-punk trio Pool return with a single that pulsates, ricochets and clasps you in a sinous, funk-addled rhythm…
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Young Magic

07/06/2014

Breathing Statues by Young Magic (Album)

Young Magic’s second effort boasts a broad range of cultural and musical influences that makes for a celestial, atmospheric album…
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James - La Petite Mort

06/06/2014

La Petite Mort by James (Album)

James are finally back with an album that sounds triumphant and empowered in the wake of Tim Booth’s personal tragedy.…
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Martha

06/06/2014

Courting Strong by Martha (Album)

‘Courting Strong’ sees Martha trading in frenetic lovelorn pop that shows Pete Shelley to be punk’s most enduring songwriting influence…
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Algernon Doll suicide

29/05/2014

Suicide by Algernon Doll (Single)

Scotland’s Algernon Doll tease the expectations with ‘Suicide’, the latest single to be released from their upcoming third album ‘Omphalic’…
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Capsules Long Goodbye sleeve

29/05/2014

The Long Goodbye by The Capsules (Album)

Electropop act The Capsules take just 11 months to return with an album that’s even better than their last one…
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Nanook Of The North Sweet Jubilee

21/05/2014

Sweet Jubilee by Nanook Of The North (Single)

On ‘Sweet Jubilee’, the frostily named Bristol group Nanook Of The North meld together ambling indie-rock melodies and post-rock atmospherics…
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BG-Album

20/05/2014

Feather & Dust by Beverly Girl (Album)

Beverly Girl’s debut, ‘Feather & Dust’, sees the Finnish four-piece traipsing into a musical space that was previously left unoccupied…
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Horse Party

13/05/2014

Cover Your Eyes by Horse Party (Album)

On debut ‘Cover Your Eyes’, Horse Party make a case for being one of the most exciting new bands around…
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Blair Dunlop-House Of Jacks

11/05/2014

House Of Jacks by Blair Dunlop (Album)

On his sophomore release ‘House Of Jacks’, award-winning folk songwriter Blair Dunlop displays a craftsmanship that taps into southern bluegrass…
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So Many Animal Calls-Stories

10/05/2014

Stories by So Many Animal Calls (Single)

With this indie-rock tale, Glasgow four-piece So Many Animal Calls prove worthy additions to the canon of emotionally-tinged guitar pop…
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Annie Eve-Feversome

09/05/2014

Feversome by Annie Eve (EP)

Annie Eve’s ‘Feversome EP’ features three tracks of emotional, country-tinged folk that boast much potential for bigger things to come…
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Happyness sleeve

08/05/2014

Great Minds Think Alike, All Brains Taste The Same by Happyness (Single)

London trio Happyness offer fans a dose of summer on single ‘Great Minds Think Alike, All Brains Taste The Same’…
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Nine Below Zero sleeve

07/05/2014

Don’t Point Your Finger [Deluxe Edition] and Third Degree [Deluxe Edition] by Nine Below Zero (Albums)

Two classic albums from the point when NBZ took their bar-locked R&B and attempted to produce something with wider appeal…
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Boho Dancer

02/05/2014

Gemini by Boho Dancer (Album)

On ‘Gemini’, Danish trio Boho Dancer strike out as a folk collective with the songwriting quality to last the distance…
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Stillness_And_Panic

20/04/2014

Stillness And Panic by Hanne Kolstø (Album)

Solo album number three sees Norwegian songwriter Hanne Kolstø trading in darkly infectious atmospherics that are befitting of her homeland…
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Doe-EP

18/04/2014

Sooner by Doe (EP)

London three piece Doe take the blueprint of Lou Barlow and display hints of greatness on their excellent EP ‘Sooner’…
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Owls Two

09/04/2014

Two by Owls (Album)

Post-hardcore legends Tim and Mike Kinsella return for album number ‘Two’and once again tap into their fans’ state of mind…
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Francobollo Stephen Hawking

09/04/2014

Stephen Hawking by Francobollo (Single)

‘Stephen Hawking’ sees Francobollo succeed in their ambition to conjure a mainstream-friendly indie sound with a hint of the underground…
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Simone Felice Strangers

04/04/2014

Strangers by Simone Felice (Album)

Album two sees New York’s Simone Felice once again mark himself out as a lyricist and songwriter of real distinction…
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T.O.Y.S EP3

04/04/2014

EP 3 by T.O.Y.S (EP)

T.O.Y.S show that not all hope is lost on the ‘dancefloor indie’ scene with the new, fun and danceable ‘EP…
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Pete Brandt

22/03/2014

Songs From The Basement by Pete Brandt (Album)

Pete Brandt’s album ‘Songs From The Basement’ sees the Bristol folk-rock songwriter displaying his range and quality across 23 tracks…
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David Ward-Golden Future Time

12/03/2014

Golden Future Time by David Ward (Album)

On ‘Golden Future Time’, David Ward mixes the doomy melodies of alt-rock with soulful harmonies and a beautifully fragile falsetto…
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May You Marry Rich by Colormusic

10/03/2014

May You Marry Rich by Colormusic (Album)

On ‘May You Marry Rich’, Colormusic continue their desire to bring colour to music, taking this as their ‘purple’ album…
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Tyrannosaurus Dead

21/02/2014

Greatest Hits by Tyrannosaurus Dead (Album)

C86 and grunge argue over who loves each other more in this superb example of the current revivalist noise-pop zeitgeist…
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Bombay Bicycle Club So Long

20/02/2014

So Long, See You Tomorrow by Bombay Bicycle Club (Album)

Album four sees Bombay Bicycle Club enhancing the electronic tinge that made ‘A Different Kind Of Fix’ such a treat…
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Velvet Moon sleeve

19/02/2014

Velvet Moon by Velvet Morning (EP)

Southend’s finest psychedelic drone merchants unveil a debut that wears its influences on its sleeve but impresses all the same…
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St Vincent

19/02/2014

St Vincent by St Vincent (Album)

Her fourth album shows that Annie Clark has learnt to trust her instincts, with an exceptional palette of art-rock songs…
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Hillary Barleaux

18/02/2014

Hillary Barleaux by Hillary Barleaux (album)

Hillary Barleaux recalls a time when ‘Dawson’s Creek’ dominated TV screens and the world’s airwaves were thick with piano-led alt-rock…
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14/02/2014

Same Illusion by Trentalange (Album)

Barbara Trentalange returns with her first album in five years, and doesn’t disappoint with the soulful blues-grunge of ‘Same Illusion’…
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The Districts-Cover

13/02/2014

The Districts by The Districts (EP)

On their self-titled EP, US teen four-piece The District pay tribute to Mississippi legends of yore with some superb blues-rock…
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Speedy Ortiz Real Hair EP

11/02/2014

Real Hair by Speedy Ortiz (EP)

‘Real Hair’ is a brilliant slab of 90s indie-rock that’s not a revivalist’s heaven but a rival for heaven itself…
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Coronation Ball

07/02/2014

You Had My Heart by Coronation Ball (Single)

Coronation Ball drag the funky, R&B-inflected indie-rock of Dismemberment Plan kicking and careening into a new decade t’s less than…
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Algernon Doll Spilt Milk Perfume

06/02/2014

Spilt Milk Perfume by Algernon Doll (Single)

Scotland’s Algernon Doll graduates from the Elliott Smith school of Pacific northwest songwriting to become a scholar in Seattle grunge…
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Menace Beach Low Talker EP

19/01/2014

Low Talker by Menace Beach (EP)

Menace Beach attempt to revive the grunge and psychedelic music of the 80s/90s with new EP ‘Low Talker’ – and…
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Give The People What They Want

14/01/2014

Give The People What They Want by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (Album)

Sharon Jones makes a triumphant return after beating cancer, with her illness having done nothing to diminish her vocal power…
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Patterns 'Walking Lines'

12/01/2014

Walking Lines by Patterns (Album)

Making their debut, Patterns walk the line between shoegaze revivalism and cerebral electronica, coming out smelling like veteran dream poppers…
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Pixies EP2

11/01/2014

EP2 by Pixies (EP)

Those legendary zeitgeist-spawning inventors of the loud/soft dynamic, the Pixies, return with their second EP release in the past year…
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Happyness EP

10/01/2014

Happyness by Happyness (EP)

Happyness make the journey from indie rock pretenders to dream pop darlings during the course of this fine debut EP…
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Northern America Wander

08/01/2014

Wander by Northern American (Single)

In advance of their summer-scheduled debut album, Northern American offer a single full of Californian melody and New York charm…
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Painted Palms artwork

14/12/2013

Forever by Painted Palms (Single)

Two (geographically) distant US cousins serve up an impressive debut single that blends influences from 60s psychedelia and 90s Britpop…
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Eric Clapton 'Give Me Strength' cover

12/12/2013

Give Me Strength: The ’74/’75 Recordings by Eric Clapton (Boxset)

A commemorative, ‘Super Deluxe’ remastering of the releases where Clapton began to really stretch himself as a singer and songwriter…
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Hey Sleeper

03/12/2013

Gone For Ten Fingers by Hey, Sleeper (EP)

Hey, Sleeper recalls a time when the indie-folk singer-songwriter was re-established in pop music, reminding us that some things never…
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The Wytches 'Robe For Juda' single cover

03/12/2013

Robe For Juda by The Wytches (Single)

On single ‘Robe For Juda’, this Brighton trio hint at a greatness that is normally the domain of hindsight alone…
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The Jam box set

26/11/2013

The Studio Recordings by The Jam (Boxset)

All six studio albums by Weller, Foxton and Buckler reissued in a lavish vinyl boxset, complete with two bonus discs…
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Paul Carrack - Rain Or Shine

26/11/2013

Rain Or Shine by Paul Carrack (Album)

In 14 months, Paul Carrack releases one good album, tirelessly gigs and records another! Take note all you young pretenders……
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Humble Pie – 'Performance: Rockin' The Fillmore – The Complete Recordings' cover

24/11/2013

Performance: Rockin’ The Fillmore – The Complete Recordings by Humble Pie (Boxset)

A remastering of all the material that led to the classic live album which cemented their reputation as a ‘supergroup’…
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Until The Ribbon Breaks A Taste Of Silver

21/11/2013

A Taste Of Silver by Until The Ribbon Breaks (EP)

The debut EP from Until The Ribbon Breaks fuses sample-based hip-hop with genuine lyricism – and succeeds where others have…
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Margot MacDonald – 'Canvas' album cover

19/11/2013

Canvas by Margot MacDonald (Album)

An opera-inflected vocalist and loop pedal virtuoso from Washington DC, delivers her fourth full-length studio LP of epic folk rock…
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Lisa Cuthbert-Album Cover

16/11/2013

Paramour by Lisa Cuthbert (Album)

Dublin songwriter Lisa Cuthbert’s second full length album ‘Paramour’ is a true victory of both songwriting courage and compositional excellence…
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Traedonya sleeve

16/11/2013

Another Lie by Traedonya (Single)

Traedonya’s debut single, ‘Another Lie’, is an uplifting, modern but tentative step into the hallowed halls of classic jazz-funk n…
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Sukh sleeve

16/11/2013

Kings by Sukh (Album)

Manchester’s favourite folk-singing doctor releases his debut long player, showing off an impressive vocal range and some nifty guitar work…
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The Whybirds - A Little Blood

13/11/2013

A Little Blood by The Whybirds (Album)

The British guitar band’s fan-funded third album, drawing on the best of 70s rock from both sides of the Atlantic…
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Katie Melua - Ketevan cover

06/11/2013

Ketevan by Katie Melua (Album)

Mike Batt and son help Ketevan Melua continue her dominance of the adult contemporary pop market with ‘self-titled’ sixth album…
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RhodesEP Cover

29/10/2013

Raise Your Love by Rhodes (EP)

Rhodes’ debut EP ‘Raise Your Love’ reveals a haunting vocal talent reminiscent of one of music’s great vocalists and romantics…
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Lily & Madeleine

29/10/2013

Lily & Madeleine by Lily & Madeleine (Album)

On their self-titled debut, Indianapolis sisters Lily & Madeleine write songs that bring to mind Cat Power and Beth Orton…
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The Huting

27/10/2013

The Hurting [30th Anniversary Edition] by Tears For Fears (Boxset)

Time to relive those 80s memories with this four-disc anniversary edition of the thinking man’s synth-pop duo’s 1983 debut album…
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Quality Street - Nick Lowe

24/10/2013

Quality Street by Nick Lowe (Album)

Mission: record a selection of Christmas songs and make it fly. Impossible? Lowe ditches the sleigh bells and finds out…
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Cheatahs Cut The Grass

22/10/2013

Cut The Grass/Kenworth by Cheatahs (Single)

Cheatahs set themselves up perfectly for playing SWN Festival & Wichita’s 13th Birthday Party with this excellent indie-rock double A-side…
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Muswell Hillbillies

22/10/2013

Muswell Hillbillies (Deluxe Edition) by The Kinks (Album)

An oft-overlooked album from Ray Davies and co gets the Deluxe Edition treatment, a full 42 years after its original…
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Luna Achiary More Human Than God

16/10/2013

More Human Than God by Luna Archiary (Album)

On her second solo release, ‘More Human Than God’, Italian-French songwriter Luna Achiary recalls one of alt-rock’s all-time great bands…
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Zone-O-Tone by Andy Fairweather Low cover

14/10/2013

Zone-O-Tone by Andy Fairweather Low & The Lowriders (Album)

Welsh songwriter AFL, and his Lowriders, take a break from touring to produce an album of warm and thoughtfully defiant…
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HAIM - Days Are Gone cover

01/10/2013

Days Are Gone by Haim (Album)

California’s golden sisters deliver one of the most anticipated pop albums of the year. But is it hip or just…
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Lisa Knapp Hidden Seam

24/09/2013

Hidden Seam by Lisa Knapp (Album)

Lisa Knapp unveils new album ‘Hidden Seam’ and reveals a vocal elasticity that brings to mind Iceland’s most famous songwriter…
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Dog Bite LA EP

24/09/2013

LA EP by Dog Bite (EP)

Rising Atlanta four-piece Dog Bite create music that fans of the brilliant Diiv will find both familiar and near irresistible…
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Agnes Obel Aventine

24/09/2013

Aventine by Agnes Obel (Album)

Agnes Obel offers fans a record that’s haunting, beautiful and a little sinister, on the follow-up to debut album ‘Philharmonics’…
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The Beach Boys - Made In California

20/09/2013

Made In California by The Beach Boys (Anthology)

Six-disc retrospective on the geniuses of vocal-harmony, charting their rollercoaster ride from California surfin’ to studio psychedelia and back again…
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Deltron 3030-Cover

14/09/2013

City Rising From The Ashes by Deltron 3030 (EP)

The excellent Deltron 3030 offer a tantalising glimpse of things to come with their ‘City Rising From The Ashes’ EP…
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SkiLodgeCover

11/09/2013

Big Heart by Ski Lodge (Album)

Fans of the movement back towards heartfelt, achingly catchy indie-pop are in for a treat with Ski Lodge’s ‘Big Heart’…
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lucid dream sleeve

10/09/2013

Songs Of Lies & Deceit by The Lucid Dream (Album)

Debut album from the Carlisle-based psychedelic revivalists who wear their influences proudly on the paisley sleeves they don’t actually wear……
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The Outs Right Or Wrong

31/08/2013

Right Or Wrong by The Outs (Single)

Brazilian retro-rockers The Outs brazenly hark back to the days when Oasis reimagined the works of others in glorious rebellion.…
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Emma's Imagination Underway

23/08/2013

Underway by Emma’s Imagination (EP)

Can Emma’s Imagination avoid the dreaded ‘sophomore slump’ on ‘Underway’, the follow-up to her chart-busting 2011 debut album ‘Stand Still’?…
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Kiran Leonard Dear Lincoln

23/08/2013

Dear Lincoln by Kiran Leonard (Single)

‘Dear Lincoln’ effortlessly crams more ideas into a breathless 111 seconds than some artists can manage in their entire career…
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The Dodos Carrier

23/08/2013

Carrier by The Dodos (Album)

With their fifth long-player ‘Carrier’, The Dodos produce the most mature and assured work in their fine catalogue to date…
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swim deep where the heaven are we sleeve

15/08/2013

Where The Heaven Are We by Swim Deep (Album)

Birmingham upstarts Swim Deep meld the frosty melodies of The Cure with The Stone Roses’ languid rhythms on their debut…
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Sultanov by Sultanov

07/08/2013

Sultanov by Sultanov (Album)

Moscow-based Azerbaijani delivers his debut with one eye on the 1980s and another on his burgeoning career as an artist…
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Nina Nesbitt Way In The World

19/07/2013

Way In The World by Nina Nesbitt (EP)

On EP #5, Scottish indie-folk songwriter Nina Nesbitt displays a songwriting maturity that suggest success is just around the corner…
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Loren Benjamin EP

18/07/2013

Loren Benjamin by Loren Benjamin (EP)

Emerging 23-year-old singer-songwriter from Brooklyn bears his soul with this debut release before a full-length album due later this year…
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Style Council packshot

18/07/2013

Classic Album Selection by The Style Council (Anthology)

All six studio albums by Weller’s post-Jam outfit get reissued in boxset form – and what a package it is…
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Capsules Northern Lights & Southern Skies

10/07/2013

Northern Lights & Southern Skies by The Capsules (Album)

Former Shallow vocalist and her bass-playing spouse release another collection of moody pop songs with ‘Northern Lights & Southern Skies’…
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Caitlin Mahoney west for a while

05/07/2013

West For A While by Caitlin Mahoney (EP)

‘West For A While’ sees New York-based songwriter Caitlin Mahoney writing folk that is both skilled and inescapably current he…
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Speedy Ortiz-Album

05/07/2013

Major Arcana by Speedy Ortiz (Album)

Speedy Ortiz suggest they have what it takes to be at the forefront of modern indie-rock with their excellent debut…
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James Younger - Feelin American

03/07/2013

Feelin’ American by James Younger (Album)

Lovers of the post-punk revival take note: regardless of what nationality you’re feelin’, this’ll give you a new wave of…
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Three Kings High Tell 'Em Lies

29/06/2013

Tell ‘Em Lies by Three Kings High (EP)

This six-piece Bristol outfit impress with an EP that mixes up influences from rock, soul, funk, hip-hop and more besides……
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Omar - The Man

26/06/2013

The Man by Omar (Album)

The man once dubbed the father of British of neo soul is back with a new LP on Freestyle Records…
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dandy warhols 13 tales

26/06/2013

13 Tales From Urban Bohemia [Expanded Edition] by The Dandy Warhols (Album)

The Dandy Warhols’ classic third album ’13 Tales…’ is 13 years old, and gets a remastered and expanded re-release for…
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teardrop explodes wilder

25/06/2013

Wilder (Two-Disc Edition) by The Teardrop Explodes (Album)

The Teardrop Explodes remind us of just how special a band they were with the reissue of the classic ‘Wilder’…
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Jane's Addiction Live In NYC

24/06/2013

Live In NYC by Jane’s Addiction (Album/DVD/Blu-ray)

Farrell, Navarro and co impress with a boisterous but musically slick live album recorded on their recent North American tour…
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Tom Odell Long Way Down

23/06/2013

Long Way Down by Tom Odell (Album)

‘Long Way Down’ sees Odell more than live up to the hype, with its superb collection of tender piano ballads…
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Best Of Live At The Apollo

23/06/2013

Best Of Live At The Apollo by James Brown (Album)

With 12 tracks taken from the ‘Live At The Apollo’ albums, here’s an ideal introduction to the Godfather of Soul…
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Tom Odell-EP cover

16/06/2013

The Another Love EP by Tom Odell

Tom Odell offers fans a tantalising taster of his upcoming debut album ‘Long Way Down’ with ‘The Another Love EP’…
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Anne Marie Almedal Memory Lane

12/06/2013

Memory Lane by Anne Marie Almedal (Album)

Anne Marie Almedal takes you deep into the heart of a Nordic forest, with the leafy folk of ‘Memory Lane’…
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Megan Wyler - Through The Noise

10/06/2013

Through The Noise by Megan Wyler (Album)

Megan Wyler soundtracks the promise that love makes and how it can be broken over those who trust in it…
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Wolf People Fain

31/05/2013

Empty Vessels by Wolf People (Single)

On the second single to come from their second album ‘Fain’, Wolf People dwell in the ambience of Syd Barrett…
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The Hush Now Memos

29/05/2013

Memos by The Hush Now (Album)

The Hush Now provide a very worthy addition to the canon of creatively curious emo with the rather fine ‘Memos’…
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Hooded Fang Gravez

21/05/2013

Gravez by Hooded Fang (Album)

On ‘Gravez’, Hooded Fang sound like Blur and The Doors, as played by a triumphant college rock band from 1994…
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TEEN-Carolina EP

21/05/2013

Carolina EP by TEEN (EP)

TEEN take shoegaze into altogether more psychedelic territory, with the ‘Carolina EP’, the follow-up to their debut LP ‘In Limbo’…
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Helldorado Bones

21/05/2013

Bones In The Closet by Helldorado (Album)

Helldorado take the filthy spirit of Nick Cave and use it to provide the soundtrack to your personal Tarantino film…
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April March and Aquaserge

26/04/2013

April March & Aquaserge by April March & Aquaserge (Album)

An accomplished self-titled album that sees Stereolab’s French disko meeting April March’s songwriting prowess in front of the Eiffel Tower…
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Lower Plenty Hard Rubbish Fire Records

26/04/2013

Hard Rubbish by Lower Plenty (Album)

Australian four-piece Lower Plenty call to mind the looseness of Flying Nun records releases on the superbly lo-fi ‘Hard Rubbish’…
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Champagne Holocaust

23/04/2013

Champagne Holocaust by Fat White Family (Album)

Fat White Family deliver a blistering record, whose prickly lyrics and caustic rhythms will leave an indelible mark upon you…
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John Smith cover

17/04/2013

Great Lakes by John Smith (Album)

After two years in which he suffered from writer’s block, John Smith returns sounding like he never went away riter’s…
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Tracks sleeve

03/04/2013

Tracks by Ancient History (Album)

Ancient History’s Donald Ducote recalls the downbeat and sombre songwriting of American Music Club and Red House Painter on ‘Tracks’…
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Dark Dark Dark What I Needed EP

29/03/2013

What I Needed by Dark Dark Dark (EP)

Sinister folkies Dark Dark Dark return with a treat for Record Store Day – the moving, melancholic ‘What I Needed’…
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Ducktails The Flower Lane

13/03/2013

The Flower Lane by Ducktails (Album)

On album number four, Matt Mondanile’s Ducktails sound at their most accomplished, with ‘The Flower Lane’ replete with melodic sensibility…
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waxahatchee cerulean salt

13/03/2013

Cerulean Salt by Waxahatchee (Album)

Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield seems set to secure adoration, as second album Cerulean Salt takes the personal and makes it universal…
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Popstrangers Antipodes

07/03/2013

Antipodes by Popstrangers (Album)

New Zealand band Popstrangers make some impressive steps in what could become a definitive stride towards a truly special career…
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Caitlin Rose The Stand-In

01/03/2013

The Stand-In by Caitlin Rose (Album)

Caitlin Rose not only succeeds in circumnavigating the famously ‘difficult’ second album but records a real triumph with ‘The Stand-In’…
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Beach Fossils - Clash The Truth

21/02/2013

Clash The Truth by Beach Fossils (Album)

Album number two sees Beach Fossils writing surf-indie that’s destined to provide the backdrop to many a festival this year…
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Country Sleep by Night Beds

13/02/2013

Country Sleep by Night Beds (Album)

Night Beds places one hand on the mantle created by Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver with a beautiful debut album…
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Sean Warman sleeve

07/02/2013

Sean Warman by Sean Warman (Album)

Sean Warman fits enough ideas for two excellent acts into this fine, if eccentric collection of alternative rock and electronica…
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Ruby Suns – Christopher

30/01/2013

Christopher by Ruby Suns (Album)

Ruby Suns main man Ryan McPhun provides fans with a collection of incessantly catchy pop songs on album number four,…
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Harper Simon - Bonnie Brae

16/01/2013

Bonnie Brae by Harper Simon (Single)

A ‘Simon’ with the weight of expectation on his shoulders, provides another indication of the path of his own songwriting…
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Lord Huron- Album cover feat

08/01/2013

Lonesome Dreams by Lord Huron (Album)

Endorsed by one Guy Garvey, Lord Huron’s debut album is one release that definitely should NOT be given the Elbow…
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Windowspeak - Almanac album cover

28/12/2012

Almanac by Widowspeak (Album)

Mazzy Star-like vocals decorate this release by New York shoegazers Widowspeak, who rise to the occasion for album number two…
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The Statement

20/12/2012

The Statement by The Narrators (EP)

Newcastle natives The Narrators make an artform out of dissonance, with their combination of smokey vocals and bristling blues rock…
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Stand Up Against Heart Crime

13/12/2012

Stand Up Against Heart Crime by Stand Up Against Heart Crime (Album)

Spanish five-piece Stand Up Against Heart Crime make a stand against the empty imitators that clutter up the musical landscape…
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Dutch Uncles - Out Of Touch In The Wild

04/12/2012

Out Of Touch In The Wild by Dutch Uncles (Album)

Dutch Uncles join the celebrated company of Grizzly Bear and Everything Everything, with an album of studious indie pop craft…
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Allah-Las by Allah-Las

04/12/2012

Allah-La’s by Allah-La’s (Album)

The times may be a changing but these revivalists are unwilling to countenance an age outside of the swinging sixties…
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Nude Beach LP

28/11/2012

II by Nude Beach (Album)

Nude Beach make their play to join the pantheon of great rock trios with their aptly named, sophomore release ‘II’…
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The Blind Dead McJones Band

27/11/2012

Last Resort Mexico by The Blind Dead McJones Band (Album)

The Blind Dead McJones Band are a real-life incarnation of that blues-rock bar band you secretly wish you were in…
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Balthazar Oldest Of Sisters

21/11/2012

The Oldest Of Sisters by Balthazar (Single)

Balthazar make their move to step into the musical limelight, with a record that bears hints of the Black Keys…
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Singing Adams Moves

13/11/2012

Moves by Singing Adams (Album)

Can Swinging Adams ‘Move’ into the limelight and achieve the commercial success his second album deserves? Rhys Buchanan hopes so…
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Naomi Punk

08/11/2012

The Feeling by Naomi Punk (Album)

The eagerly anticipated debut from Seattle’s Naomi Punk more than delivers, with stripped down, bare-boned garage grunge-rock that feels oh-so-90s…
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Yes Sir Boss Desperation State

07/11/2012

Desperation State by Yes Sir Boss (Album)

  Is it time to start wearing purple? Yes Sir Boss! take Gogol Bordello’s gypsy-folk influences and make them their…
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The Hotelles – Aviators/Ruins

18/10/2012

Aviators by The Hotelles (EP)

Youthful South London trio The Hotelles write crisp guitar pop that brings to mind both Supergrass and Bombay Bicycle Club…
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Cheatahs – Sans EP

18/10/2012

Sans by Cheatahs (EP)

Cheatahs merge the genius of Nirvana, My Bloody Valentine and Dinosaur Jr to create an EP that’s dripping with potential…
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Omega Male

06/10/2012

Omega Male by Omega Male (Album)

Omega Male’s debut crackles with tension and fight. With humorous digital melodies, this is disco pop at its most sardonic.…
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The Scantharies

06/10/2012

The Scantharies by The Scantharies (Album)

Anglo-Greek producer Andy Dragazis creates a very pleasing mixture of styles with his fictional Greek garage rock band The Scatharies…
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An Estimation

06/10/2012

An Estimation by Anja McCloskey (Album)

Anja McCloskey walks the middle ground between whimsy and sadness, to thrive in the post-Mumford And Sons incarnation of folk…
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Ghostwatch

21/09/2012

Ghostwatch by Ian Evans (EP)

London songwriter Ian Evans reminds us of the moment when Britpop musicians realised that American indie rock definitely didn’t suck…
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Skye Back To Now

21/09/2012

Back To Now by Skye (Album)

Morcheeba frontwoman Skye takes the brave step of venturing into genres new to create an excellent album that’s effortlessly current…
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Andy Burrows 'Company' album cover

15/09/2012

Company by Andy Burrows [Album]

Andy Burrows immerses himself in the songwriting finery of Lennon and McCartney, creating a work of vintage acoustic guitar pop…
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dEUS Soft Fall

15/09/2012

The Soft Fall by dEUS (Single)

Belgian veterans dish up a slice of the good life on the new single from their latest album ‘Following Sea’…
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GRMLN - Explore

15/09/2012

Explore by GRMLN (EP)

GRMLN’s brilliantly happy-go-lucky debut EP, ‘Explore’, is permeated throughout with the sound of  white sand, clear sea and surf spray…
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Dinosaur Jr I Bet On Sky

04/09/2012

I Bet On Sky by Dinosaur Jr (Album)

Dinosaur Jr offer more songs where Neil Young is gobbled up by hardcore punk. Just how we like our dinosaurs…
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Cemeteries The Wilderness

30/08/2012

The Wilderness by Cemeteries (Album)

If it really is safer in the dreamy otherworldliness which seeps from the trees, then ‘The Wilderness’ provides the soundtrack…
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Race Horses Furniture

30/08/2012

Furniture by Race Horses (Album)

Legendary pop lineage joins the spirit of melancholic youth, as Race Horses dodge the sophomore slump with a future classic…
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Dead Can Dance Anastasis

15/08/2012

Anastasis by Dead Can Dance (Album)

Australia’s veteran pioneers of ambient post-rock neo-classical world fusion (or whatever the hell else you want to call it) return…
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Dara album sleeve

07/08/2012

Dara by Dara (Album)

Dara peeks from the shadows where Johnny Cash was born, to write songs that lace despair with a gravelly stoicism…
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Pablo Nouvelle sleeve

07/08/2012

You Do Me Wrong by Pablo Nouvelle (Single)

Recently, Dogtanion mixed Radiohead with UK garage influences. Now Pablo Nouvelle mixes the Radiohead of ‘Amnesiac’ with trip-hop and soul…
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CYRK II

24/07/2012

CYRK II by Cate Le Bon (EP)

The older sister of Cate Le Bon’s acclaimed ‘CYRK’ squirrels its way into listeners’ heads with unflinching, yet serene, honesty…
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Dogtanion Japan

18/07/2012

Japan by Dogtanion (Album)

Dogtanion poses the question ‘Does a fusion of UK garage and Radiohead work’? The answer, happily, is an emphatic ‘Yes’…
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The Summer Is Empty Of Idiots EP

18/07/2012

The Summer Is Empty Of Idiots by The Pictish Trail (EP)

Johnny ‘Pictish Trail’ Lynch divorces Bright Eyes from their inherent sadness and instils his music with the jauntiness of Eels…
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David's Lyre - Picture Of Our Youth

26/06/2012

Picture Of Our Youth by David’s Lyre (Album)

David’s Lyre is the product of too many glasses of wine shared between Bombay Bicycle Club and early 80s pop…
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The Magnetic North - Orney

18/06/2012

Orkney: Symphony Of The Magnetic North by The Magnetic North (Album)

Erland Cooper and Simon Tong of Erland And The Carnival unite with Hannah Peel on this beautiful Orkney concept album.…
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Fossil Collective - Let It Go

17/06/2012

Let It Go by Fossil Collective (EP)

Do the latest in the line of folk revivalists let go of the past and offer something new? Let’s see.…
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Gentle Mystics

12/06/2012

Gentle Mystics by Gentle Mystics (Album)

Here we delve into some sinister Anglo-Balkan carnival vibes and are pleasantly surprised to find this sounds very pleasant indeed!…
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Dana Buoy - Summer Bodies

06/06/2012

Summer Bodies by Dana Buoy (Album)

Sunny calypso pop, synth-laden melodies and blissful vocal harmonies – could this be the perfect summer album? Here’s the forecast…
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Lee Hazlewood: The LHI Years

31/05/2012

The LHI Years by Lee Hazlewood (Album)

A collection of buried solo treasure from a man generally better known as Duane Eddy’s producer and Nancy Sinatra’s songwriter…
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Mac DeMarco cover

24/05/2012

Rock And Roll Nightclub by Mac DeMarco (Album)

The Canadian songwriter channels The Smiths and Sonic Youth for this debut long-player. It’s not all late ’80s revivalism though.…
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Cate Le Bon CYRK packshot

24/05/2012

CYRK by Cate Le Bon (Album)

Beautiful melodies, reminiscent of the Eels and Belle & Sebastian, with crisp chords and Cate Le Bon’s unique, accented vocals…
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The Trypes Music For Neighbors cover

24/05/2012

Music For Neighbours by The Trypes (Album)

Associates of the ‘paisley underground’ scene, The Trypes layer psychedelia over jangling guitars and twee synth lines I wasn’t there…
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Nick Waterhouse Time's All Gone cover

24/05/2012

Time’s All Gone by Nick Waterhouse (Album)

Nick Waterhouse feels the pang of this joy and plays R&B as it used to be. As it should be.…
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Lee Fields 'Faithful Man' cover

24/05/2012

Faithful Man by Lee Fields (Album)

Sounds like a modern record that could also have been made in the 1970s. And this is a good thing.…
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