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The Handsome Family – Unseen [2016]

The Handsome Family – Unseen [2016]

Ten albums in, the Handsome Family haven’t run out of odd tales or memorable melodies. Unseen continues the duo’s gothic folk and country aesthetic, filling out the sound with some friendly help. We live in a fallen world, and Brett Sparks has devoted his life to documenting

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February 21st, 2017

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Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Alexander Devotion EP [2017]

Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Alexander Devotion EP [2017]

Letting Up Despite Great Faults’ Alexander Devotion is a set of songs with breezy synth-bliss; a swirl of indie pop that is so irresistibly stuck in their 80s groove. A bittersweet dream pop with a sting in the tail. With their Alexander Devotion EP, Letting Up Despite

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February 20th, 2017

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Molly Burch – Please Be Mine [2017]

Molly Burch – Please Be Mine [2017]

Molly Burch’s first album, Please Be Mine, is a throwback – a heavily retro collection of lost loves, smoky vocals, and instrumentals that are deliberately familiar. Released the week of Valentine’s Day 2017, Please Be Mine is a collection of reverb-washed love songs ...

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February 19th, 2017

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Novella – Change of State [2017]

Novella – Change of State [2017]

London dream-pop outfit Novella have returned with their follow-up to 2015’s ‘Land’. Billed as a reflection on the stormy events of 2016 — Brexit, Trump, a never-ending stream of bombings and shootings, and the passing of a stupid number of musical and cultural icons — ...

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February 18th, 2017

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Tim Darcy – Saturday Night [2017]

Tim Darcy – Saturday Night [2017]

The debut full-length solo release, Saturday Night, for the Ought frontman, Tim Darcy, was produced by Ross Gillard and Amy Fort. Tim Darcy is no stranger to introspection. As the singer/guitarist of exuberant Montréal-based art-punk quartet Ought, he’s wrought thoughtful ...

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February 17th, 2017

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Leland Sundries – Music for Outcasts [2016]

Leland Sundries – Music for Outcasts [2016]

Leland Sundries return with more folk rock awesomeness on their new album, Music For Outcasts: the band’s first full-length album. Six years ago, Leland Sundries’ The Apothecary EP came as a smart folk-rock album, well into the country side of alt-country. Now, after ...

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February 16th, 2017

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Toothless – The Pace of the Passing [2017]

Toothless – The Pace of the Passing [2017]

The Pace of the Passing, Bombay Bicycle Club’s Ed Nash’s solo debut as Toothless has bite Made up of a mixture of wistful acoustic melodies, swelling electronic instrumentals and throbbing bass lines, Bombay Bicycle Club’s Ed Nash’s first solo venture isn’t worlds apart from

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February 15th, 2017

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Jens Lekman – Life Will See You Now [2017]

Jens Lekman – Life Will See You Now [2017]

Jens Lekman describes ‘Life Will See You Now’ playfully, but also honestly, as “a thirties-crisis disco album; it’s an existentialist record, about seeing the consequences of your choices”. There’s a technique for writers known as free- writing, which is often ...

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February 14th, 2017

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Helado Negro – Private Energy [2016]

Helado Negro – Private Energy [2016]

Private Energy is the fifth album from Roberto Carlos Lange a.k.a. Helado Negro. Written and produced by Lange, Private Energy is an interpersonal communication of sounds about his surroundings past, present, and future. In fourteen tracks, Private Energy coalesces into a ...

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February 13th, 2017

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Crushed Stars – Displaced Sleepers [2017]

Crushed Stars – Displaced Sleepers [2017]

Displaced Sleepers is the first Crushed Stars album in four years, but Todd Gautreau has been busy in the interim. Since starting out 20 years ago as Tear Ceremony, Todd Gautreau and his Simulacra label have been turning out thinking persons’ chill-out music on a consistent ...

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February 12th, 2017

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Teen Daze – Themes for Dying Earth [2017]

Teen Daze – Themes for Dying Earth [2017]

After last year’s foray into vibrant indie-pop, Themes finds Teen Daze returning to more ambient, electronic production with new insight. Following 2015’s Morning World, a just OK effort that found Teen Daze traveling to John Vanderslice’s San Francisco studio and ...

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February 11th, 2017

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The Molochs – America’s Velvet Glory [2017]

The Molochs – America’s Velvet Glory [2017]

The Molochs’ America’s Velvet Glory is a love-letter to guitar rock, though not in the sense that the tracks are packed with searing solos or especially complex fretwork. The album is simply drenched in guitar, from cheery acoustic chords, warbling melodic lines ...

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February 10th, 2017

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Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood – Myths 002 EP [2017]

Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood – Myths 002 EP [2017]

Myths 002 is the second release in a series of collaborative EPs spawned from the annual Marfa Myths festival, held in Marfa, Texas in association with nonprofit organization Ballroom Marfa and the Brooklyn-based Mexican Summer label. This volume brings together Ariel Pink ...

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February 9th, 2017

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Miniature Tigers – I Dreamt I Was a Cowboy [2016]

Miniature Tigers – I Dreamt I Was a Cowboy [2016]

Like its titular Western hero, Miniature Tigers’ I Dreamt I Was a Cowboy is unpolished. Frontman Charlie Brand recorded pieces of his band’s fifth album on couches all over the country. When it came time to clean up his ideas for public presentation, he decided to keep ...

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February 8th, 2017

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Menace Beach – Lemon Memory [2017]

Menace Beach – Lemon Memory [2017]

Lemon Memory is a markedly different creature to the Leeds band’s debut and all the stronger and more tantalising for it – Menace Beach seem to be taking the opportunity of a rather ominous looking 2017 to create a pretty attractive alternative musical universe ...

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February 7th, 2017

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Ciggie Witch – Classic Connection [2016]

Ciggie Witch – Classic Connection [2016]

If you’re new to Ciggie Witch, Classic Connection will probably leave you feeling slightly torn. It is their first new work since 2014, and it’s pretty much an all encompassing of the guitar sounds of Melbourne; it’s casual and catchy, filled with pop sensibility that’s ...

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February 6th, 2017

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