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Simian Ghost – Summer Triptych

It’s been so long since Sweden was defying the odds seemingly supplying splendid new bands at every turn. The same thing happened to Canada and for a while it was tic-tac between them to decide the epicentre for fresh and […] 

John Grant – GMF

It was perhaps Sean Rowe that got me to look beyond bards and their beards and instead focus on the music. For all that John Grant wasn’t too much of a stretch from Rowe’s colourful backstory and equally grizzly musical […] 

Fruit Bats – When U Love Somebody

This is a song of small contradictions, the type that is hard to turn away. Mostly it rolls like an alt country noodle but then there are subtle nuances into indie pop that give it a splendiferous edge. It comes […] 

Aphex Twin – Donkey Rhubarb

As if 13 years between releases wasn’t enough Limerick man Richard D. James has just marked his return with a classic slice of accessible electronica in ‘Minipops’ (and assorted codes with digits) which will form part of his comeback ‘Syro’ […] 

Shoes – Do I Get So Shy

Because the internet wasn’t around in the mid 1970’s Illinois band Shoes never stood a chance. Without an army of spotty bloggers in their corner it was always likely that songs as delicate and demo-sounding as ‘Do I Get So […] 

Max Jury – Christian Eyes

At first I couldn’t even figure if it was a male or female singing. Not that it mattered a whole lot but now it’s clear that Max Jury is a 21-year-old lad from Des Moines. His voice certainly resonates with […] 

Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener

This is just beautiful slacker rock from the Melbourne based artist Courtney Barnett that rings true from the word go. Included in the woozy dynamics are Barnett’s trademark slide guitars and her near spoken word stream of consciousness singing. While […] 

Teleman – Skeleton Dance

Thomas Saunders specialises in zippy indie numbers, the type that normally don’t require several plays before you’re in raptures. The danger in this kind of tuneage of course is that when you get to half a dozen listens it is […] 

Luluc – Winter Is Passing

If you haven’t heard of Melbourne’s Luluc just yet you can be sure they will tripping the light fantastic by year’s end such is the downright gorgeousness of their new LP ‘Passerby’. Perhaps they’ll arrive at your door via word […] 

Junip – Walking Lightly

At first I thought this was David Kitt and his eventual return to the sort of form that so illuminated his first couple of LP’s. Sadly ‘Walking Lightly’ is instead the work of a pair of men from much farther […] 

Tilbury – Great Expectations

If you are looking for something to wake you from your Sunday afternoon slumber then look no further than Tilbury’s ‘Great Expectations’. It comes from the Icelandic band’s second LP ‘Northern Comfort’ which has the unusual trick of housing tracks […] 

Jack and Eliza – Hold The Line

They didn’t even need to search for each other as the tinder was set as they met as kids a while back (they’re both still in college). And it is that natural coming together that has lent their voices time […] 

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