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The Dodos – The Current

Can’t believe the just released ‘Carrier’ is the Dodos 5th album, they seem mere infants in band years. If I’m honest I left soon after they arrived, failed to hear the hook in much of the stuff that followed their […] 

Wild Nothing – Ride

2 albums and now 2 EP’s into his music career and Jack Tatum must as proud as punch at how it has gone. Signed to those rustler uppers of the classic guitar sound Captured Tracks his Wild Nothing project is […] 

Bunny’s A Swine – Lasell

In an age of retro everywhereness it can still be swell to return to the sound of the folks that kick started it all. With Massachusetts’ Bunny’s A Swine there is such an underlying sense of Pavement it could almost […] 

Alela Diane – The Way We Fall

Portland singer Alela Diane is 3 albums in and finds herself alone after the break-up of her marriage. The crumbling relationship tore at her insides and what made it outside is dramatised on her devastating new album ‘About Farewell’. The […] 

Childhood – Solemn Skies

Echo and the Bunnymen are back for what seems like the 98th time. This time however they are revitalised and producing material as sharp as ‘The Killing Moon’. In a departure from past comebacks though they’ve decided to cut the […] 

Factory Floor – Turn It Up

Crikey, thought I’d slipped into some sort of voodoo ray time warp there with a guy called Gerald. Not that I’m complaining because this is deliciously different, at least for the new century. And 3-piece Factory Floor are not new […] 

Braids – In Kind

Up to this point Braids have always seemed more alluring on paper than on record but things are changing for the Canadian 3-piece. New album ‘Flourish // Perish’ appears to point a dramatic way forward that its title only half […] 

Weekend – Mirror

The scent of 80′s allure thickens the air and while it is not entirely acrid one does wonder why a band as obviously talented as Weekend don’t attempt to break new ground. On this occasion it is all about the […] 

Mutual Benefit – Advanced Falconry

I’ve written about this act on a couple of occasions previously without ever getting to the kernel of who they are. In many ways there is so much beauty in the music it might somehow tar the experience to find […] 

Laura Mvula – That’s Alright

A real song in 2013, who’d have thought of it. This is the sort of wow I had been expecting from the much heralded but the tunefully flat Janelle Monae. Namely a song full of personality, hooks and sky high […] 

Camp Counselors – Attean (Feat. Psychic Twin)

What is a Lefse anyway, a bad right turn? Never thought to ask myself until this evening after arriving upon another delight from the venerable Californian record label of the same name. For the last few years I don’t think […] 

Wise Blood – Nosferatu

Is it any wonder that Pittsburgh’s Wise Blood got around to recording a song called ‘Nosferatu’? Not really but then Chris Laufman appears capable of anything if you were to pull apart the wreckage of sound that his Wise Blood […] 

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