Memos by The Hush Now (Album)

May 29, 2013 in Music

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

Hooded Fang Gravez

Gravez by Hooded Fang (Album)

May 21, 2013 in Music

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

TEEN-Carolina EP

Carolina EP by TEEN (EP)

May 21, 2013 in Music

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

Helldorado Bones

Bones In The Closet by Helldorado (Album)

May 21, 2013 in Music

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

April March and Aquaserge

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

April 26, 2013 in Music

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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Hard Rubbish by Lower Plenty (Album)

April 26, 2013 in Music

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

Champagne Holocaust

Champagne Holocaust by Fat White Family (Album)

April 23, 2013 in Music

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

Great Lakes by John Smith (Album)

April 17, 2013 in Music

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

Tracks sleeve

Tracks by Ancient History (Album)

April 3, 2013 in Music

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

Dark Dark Dark What I Needed EP

What I Needed by Dark Dark Dark (EP)

March 29, 2013 in Music

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

Ducktails The Flower Lane

The Flower Lane by Ducktails (Album)

March 13, 2013 in Music

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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Cerulean Salt by Waxahatchee (Album)

March 13, 2013 in Music

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

Popstrangers Antipodes

Antipodes by Popstrangers (Album)

March 7, 2013 in Music

New Zealand band Popstrangers make some impressive steps in what could become a definitive stride towards a truly special career…

Caitlin Rose The Stand-In

The Stand-In by Caitlin Rose (Album)

March 1, 2013 in Music

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

Beach Fossils - Clash The Truth

Clash The Truth by Beach Fossils (Album)

February 21, 2013 in Music

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

Country Sleep by Night Beds

Country Sleep by Night Beds (Album)

February 13, 2013 in Music

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

Sean Warman sleeve

Sean Warman by Sean Warman (Album)

February 7, 2013 in Music

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

Ruby Suns – Christopher

Christopher by Ruby Suns (Album)

January 30, 2013 in Music

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

Case studies: Christian songwriters

January 28, 2013 in Features, Music

We meet two up-and-coming UK songwriters whose songs are about a lot more than just fast cars and fast women…

Harper Simon - Bonnie Brae

Bonnie Brae by Harper Simon (Single)

January 16, 2013 in Music

A ‘Simon’ with the weight of expectation on his shoulders, provides another indication of the path of his own songwriting…

Lonesome Dreams by Lord Huron (Album)

January 8, 2013 in Music

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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Almanac by Widowspeak (Album)

December 28, 2012 in Music

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