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TOY – Clear Shot [2016]

TOY – Clear Shot [2016]

Clear Shot, TOY’s third album released on the eminent Heavenly Records, blends late ‘80s synth sounds with their notable gothic tone. Altered consciousness, dreamy detachment and a healthy streak of escapism have long been hallmarks of psychedelic music. TOY is well ...

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February 5th, 2017

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Wall of Death – Loveland [2016]

Wall of Death – Loveland [2016]

Loveland, Wall of Death’s second album, is a repository of several genre stylistics, with psychedelic, classic rock, and prog intermixing into one reverb-heavy affair. The Parisian trio Wall of Death is well versed in the value of nostalgia. On its Facebook page, the ...

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February 4th, 2017

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Vinyl Williams – Brunei [2016]

Vinyl Williams – Brunei [2016]

On “Brunei”, Vinyl Williams brings things into sharper focus. The percussion is much tauter and more regimented, and the krautrock leanings are increasingly noticeable. On his 2015 album Into, Vinyl Williams expanded the scope of his arrangements, added some new ...

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February 3rd, 2017

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Mick Harvey – Intoxicated Women [2017]

Mick Harvey – Intoxicated Women [2017]

Mick Harvey’s ‘Intoxicated Women’ contains many duets and songs written by Gainsbourg, mostly during the 60s, in a period where he was focusing his songwriting on singers such as France Galle, Juliette Greco and most famously, Brigitte Bardot. In 1994, Mick Harvey ...

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February 2nd, 2017

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Louise Burns – Young Mopes [2016]

Louise Burns – Young Mopes [2016]

Young Mopes, the new album from Vancouver- based goth-pop songwriter Louise Burns, follows 2013’s Midnight Mass and the 2011 Polaris Prize-nominated Mellow Drama. The nine-track effort takes its name from a description out of a Globe and Mail review, but despite the title, ...

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February 1st, 2017

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Teeth & Tongue – Give Up On Your Health [2016]

Teeth & Tongue – Give Up On Your Health [2016]

The latest from Australia’s Teeth & Tongue proves that the project’s Jess Cornelius has had a wine-like career: it just keeps getting better as time passes. With one foot planted firmly in synth-pop and the other in her characteristic guitar-driven rock, her latest ...

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January 31st, 2017

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Grandaddy – Last Place [2017]

Grandaddy – Last Place [2017]

Grandaddy announce Last Place, their first new album in a decade. Grandaddy reunited way back in 2012, but it wasn’t until last month that they shared their first new music in nearly 11 years. Today, they complete the comeback by announcing their long-awaited follow-up to ...

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January 30th, 2017

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Surfer Blood – Snowdonia [2017]

Surfer Blood – Snowdonia [2017]

On Snowdonia, Surfer Blood’s first album since Fekete’s passing, there’s a clear sense of melancholy and yearning, but there’s also optimism spilling out from the edges. It’s a calmer, more contemplative record than 2013’s Pythons or 2015’s 1000 Palms. Surfer Blood ...

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January 29th, 2017

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Methyl Ethel – Everything Is Forgotten [2017]

Methyl Ethel – Everything Is Forgotten [2017]

Everything Is Forgotten, by Methyl Ethel, is a vivid, compelling and mysterious creature, all sinewy, curvaceous pop nuggets and enigmatic currents. Methyl Ethel have announced details of their new album, Everything Is Forgotten, alongside a new track and video, plus ...

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January 28th, 2017

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The Proper Ornaments – Foxhole [2017]

The Proper Ornaments – Foxhole [2017]

On “Foxhole”, The Proper Ornaments have sliced away a whole stratum of their sound, removing some distortion and lowering the frequency of plectrum strokes to allow more nuanced, piano-led ideas to emerge. You can easily imagine James Hoare strolling around ...

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January 27th, 2017

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Quiet Life – Foggy [2016]

Quiet Life – Foggy [2016]

Quiet Life is a roots-rock band that claims no fixed address. Instead, with brothers Sean (vocals/guitar) and Ryan Spellman (drums/vocals) at its centre, the band travels the country in its vegetable-oil-powered van. In the summer of 2014, Quiet Life landed at Mount Slippery

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January 26th, 2017

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Foxygen – Hang [2017]

Foxygen – Hang [2017]

With Hang, Foxygen have proven their capacity for lavish spectacle, but they’re still at their best when they give themselves the freedom to roam. “What are we good for if we can’t make it?” Sam France wondered on the last Foxygen album, …And Star Power. It was a pertinent ...

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January 25th, 2017

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Barbarisms – Browser [2016]

Barbarisms – Browser [2016]

A cursory play or two of Browser, Barbarisms‘ second LP, would lead the casual listener to think that they had stumbled across some previously unknown alt-country or slacker-rock band with their roots in the 1990s. Something decidedly American. And indeed, there is a ...

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January 24th, 2017

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Tim Cohen – Luck Man [2017]

Tim Cohen – Luck Man [2017]

Tim Cohen’s Luck Man marks the first album in six years under the prolific San Francisco songman’s own name. It’s also his debut on the Sinderlyn label. Like the output of his concurrent bands the Fresh & Onlys and Magic Trick, Cohen’s solo albums have become a ...

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January 23rd, 2017

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Jay Som – Turn Into [2016]

Jay Som – Turn Into [2016]

The San Francisco musician who performs as Jay Som (a moniker meaning “Victory Moon” and pulled from a baby name generator a la Childish Gambino) toured with Mitski and Japanese Breakfast, released a 7” on Fat Possum, opened for Peter Bjorn and John, signed to Polyvinyl, and

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January 22nd, 2017

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Flo Morrissey & Matthew E. White – Gentlewoman, Ruby Man [2017]

Flo Morrissey & Matthew E. White – Gentlewoman, Ruby Man [2017]

Gentlewoman, Ruby Man is an album born of a moment of serendipity. Virginia-based auteur Matthew E. White first encountered 21-year-old London singer-songwriter Flo Morrissey when the first track taken from his 2015 album Fresh Blood was reviewed next to her debut single, ...

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January 21st, 2017

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