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Ezra Furman – Big Fugitive Life [2016]

Ezra Furman – Big Fugitive Life [2016]

Ezra Furman’s latest project, ‘Big Fugitive Life’, released almost a year after his sublime record ‘Perpetual Motion People’, is the closest thing to a microcosm of the artist’s psyche that we’re ever going to get. The thematic context of these six tracks, while ...

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January 20th, 2017

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Cat’s Eyes – Treasure House [2016]

Cat’s Eyes – Treasure House [2016]

The fact Cat’s Eyes are able to get away with such uber-retro stunts is mainly due to the timelessness of their sound. Multi-instrumentalist Rachel Zeffira is a dab hand at utilising her classically trained background to craft multi-layered pop songs that echo both 1960s ...

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January 19th, 2017

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The Wave Pictures – Bamboo Diner in the Rain [2016]

The Wave Pictures – Bamboo Diner in the Rain [2016]

In retrospect, if February’s A Season in Hull seemed anything less than successful, it might have been because it failed to capture something fundamental about The Wave Pictures‘ sound. The songs may have been recorded around a single microphone, but even this approach ...

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January 18th, 2017

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M83 – Junk [2016]

M83 – Junk [2016]

The success of Saturdays = Youth and Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming led M83‘s Anthony Gonzalez to even bigger, arguably less personal, projects like his score for the 2013 sci-fi blockbuster Oblivion, so it’s no surprise that he reclaims his independence — sometimes wilfully so — ...

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January 17th, 2017

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Okkervil River – Away [2016]

Okkervil River – Away [2016]

The eighth studio long-player from the Will Sheff– led ensemble, Away serves as both a denouement and a commencement for Okkervil River; a string of old beer tickets and a crisp hundred-dollar bill fished out of a retired jean jacket during a basement purge. Written during a

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January 16th, 2017

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California Snow Story – Some Other Places [2016]

California Snow Story – Some Other Places [2016]

David Skirving began California Snow Story in 2001 after leaving Scottish band Camera Obscura. David was a founder member and original guitarist of Camera Obscura and he gave the band their name. He wrote four songs on their debut album Rare UK Bird and guitar parts for ...

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January 16th, 2017

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Morgan Delt – Phase Zero [2016]

Morgan Delt – Phase Zero [2016]

West Coast slacker psychedelia – it’s hardly under-represented on the record racks these days. Which isn’t necessarily a problem – at least until originality falls subservient to vibe, and whilst Morgan Delt’s first LP on the Sub Pop label acknowledges the ...

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January 15th, 2017

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Tony Molina – Confront the Truth – EP [2016]

Tony Molina – Confront the Truth – EP [2016]

Tony Molina shot to the attention of discerning indie rock fans with the release of 2013’s Dissed and Dismissed, a 12-tracks-in-12-minutes album that featured double-tracked heavy metal guitar heroics, timeless Teenage Fanclub-style melodies, and Molina’s unassumingly ...

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January 14th, 2017

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Pavo Pavo – Young Narrator in the Breakers (2016)

Pavo Pavo – Young Narrator in the Breakers (2016)

On paper, Pavo Pavo‘s back-story, along with their moustachioed appearance, could see them written off as hipster, wannabe art rockers. The classically trained quintet hail from Brooklyn, and are most at home experimenting in the studio, honing their idiosyncratic wistful ...

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January 13th, 2017

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Charlie Hilton – Palana [2016]

Charlie Hilton – Palana [2016]

Best known for fronting Portland trio Blouse, Charlie Hilton sets out on her own with Palana, her first solo offering to be released via Captured Tracks. Listening to Palana feels like waking up, only to find yourself stoned in a field during the summer of love, which by all

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January 12th, 2017

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The Blue Aeroplanes – Welcome, Stranger! [2017]

The Blue Aeroplanes – Welcome, Stranger! [2017]

After a long break that threatened to be more permanent than just a ‘hiatus’, cult rockers The Blue Aeroplanes are back with their twelfth studio album. Their unique mix of rock, folk, poetry, punk, dance and art has long been an acknowledged influence on a wide range of ...

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January 11th, 2017

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Dunes – Bitter Charm [2016]

Dunes – Bitter Charm [2016]

Dunes, the Los Angeles post-punk band, have release their new full-length Bitter Charm. “On the album the four piece take their whimsical pop to new extremes, working late nights in the studio with producer Alex DeGroot (Zola Jesus) experimenting with spacey synths, special ...

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January 10th, 2017

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Modern Studies – Swell to Great (2016)

Modern Studies – Swell to Great (2016)

They’re officially a four-piece, but there are five protagonists in chamber-pop cartographers Modern Studies. Emily Scott, Rob St John, Pete Harvey and Joe Smillie craft exquisite hymns and shanties on analogue synths, double bass, cello, drums, guitars and wine-glasses – ...

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January 9th, 2017

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TUNS – TUNS [2016]

TUNS – TUNS [2016]

TUNS is a Canadian supergroup that unites the indie rock stylings of Sloan’s Chris Murphy, The Inbreds’ Mike O’Neil, and Super Friendz’s Matt Murphy. As three established veterans to the ‘90s Halifax underground scene, TUNS comes together to make indie-indebted power pop ...

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January 8th, 2017

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La Femme – Mystère [Disque Pointu – 2016]

La Femme – Mystère [Disque Pointu – 2016]

Mystère is the follow-up to La Femme’s 2013 debut. The pressure is on because Psycho Tropical Berlin was awarded a Victoire de la Musique for Album Révélation of the Year by the French Ministry of Culture. One gets the feeling that the collective’s leaders, ...

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January 7th, 2017

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Mount Moriah – How to Dance [2016]

Mount Moriah – How to Dance [2016]

You could be forgiven for assuming that Heather McEntire was moonlighting on Mount Moriah’s first album. Before her foray into country music, the singer had led the Chapel Hill band Bellafea through two distinct iterations, first as a quiet/loud indie duo then as a snarling ...

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January 6th, 2017

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