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Candy Claws – Transitional Bird (Clever Girl)

Ah Candy Claws, a force so considerable it is said that much of Denver’s natural world shakes in unison at the arrival of each one of their new records. Of course the shivers of anticipation have spread way beyond the […] 

College (feat. Electric Youth) – A Real Hero

Given the pastels in the movie, ‘Drive’, it was a real coup to get a song so redolent of the 1980’s to be a central plank in its pacing (the song also appeared on the Liam Neeson vehicle ‘Taken 2’). […] 

Washed Out – All I Know

Too hard to stay away from the new Washed Out record, ‘Paracosm’, its shimmering design syncing as it does perfectly to the Indian summer we are currently experiencing. The sense that it has all been done before is effortless swatted […] 

Cull – World Inside Your Head

Cull are a new band from Sydney with plenty of reverb on their minds. They are releasing their debut EP ‘Bà nội’ very soon and ‘World Inside Your Head’ is the first offspring. Now you may be thinking MBV such […] 

Cass McCombs – Three Men Sitting On A Hollow Log

This is more like it from Cass McCombs, simple and textured with defined hooks to hang your hat on. For all I know he may not have been in the wilderness since 2007’s ‘Dropping The Writ’ but that’s when it […] 

Washed Out – It All Feels Right

Ernest Greene makes music for the summer time, or more specifically (for those of us in wet climes) for days when the sun beats down and the only activity worth attempting is 40 winks. Whether he can make the smooth […] 

Belle Mare – The Boat Of The Fragile Mind

Had Roy Orbison still been with us and all that, and much more besides. Like a cross pollination between Mahalia Jackson and James Vincent McMorrow this Brooklyn based duo create the sound of silence that you wish never ends. London’s […] 

Gondola – We Are The Map

I love the instrumentation on this one from Brooklyn quartet Gondola. Reminds me of the best bits from Code Pie’s ‘Love Meets Rage’ where the brass bits engender a sense of quiet euphoria. Gondola appear to be a band unafraid […] 

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 […] 

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