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Trails and Ways – Own it [2016]

Trails and Ways – Own it [2016]

The members of Trails and Ways poured the sounds and experiences of their overseas travels in countries like Spain and Brazil into the high-minded synthpop of their Barsuk records debut, Pathology. After touring extensively, two of the four members decided to leave the band.

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December 5th, 2016

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Nouvelle Vague – I Could Be Happy [2016]

Nouvelle Vague – I Could Be Happy [2016]

Nouvelle Vague are back, aiming to reignite their cover version stance, and that is exactly what the 2016 release ‘I Could Be Happy’ does. With four original tracks on the record, though, the band is still keen to show you where the Nouvelle magic comes from. Tracks such as ...

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December 4th, 2016

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Winter Severity Index – Human Taxonomy [2016]

Winter Severity Index – Human Taxonomy [2016]

Human Taxonomy is one of the records many cold wave (and dark wave) fans are looking forward to. The former album Slanting Ray was a big hit in the underground, and the duo (in the beginning a quartet) became a household name in the dark scene. This surely has something to ...

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December 3rd, 2016

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Andrea Schroeder – Void [2016]

Andrea Schroeder – Void [2016]

Discovered and loved by such illustrious people like Charles Plymell or Mike Watt, Andrea Schroeder is an exceptional phenomenon. She’s a musical poetess, with an outstanding voice that is as fascinating as her thrilling and melancholic lyrics. By the beginning of 2014 the ...

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December 2nd, 2016

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The Blank Tapes – Ojos Rojos [2016]

The Blank Tapes – Ojos Rojos [2016]

One of Matt Adams’ drawings for his band The Blank Tapes depicts a bearded, shirtless dude in sunglasses on a beach, dipping his feet in the waves. A bottle of beer, a small keyboard and shakers lay nearby, and, hands clasped behind his head, the dude is smoking something ...

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December 1st, 2016

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Jarvis Cocker – Likely Stories [EP] [2016]

Jarvis Cocker – Likely Stories [EP] [2016]

I always thought Neil Gaiman’s short story How to Talk to Girls at Parties sounded like a song that Jarvis Cocker would write. Seriously, think about it. It just makes sense. Fitting it is, then, that this week sees the release of the UK SkyArts TV series Neil Gaiman’s ...

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November 30th, 2016

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Amiina – Fantômas [2016]

Amiina – Fantômas [2016]

Written as the score for a centenary screening of Fantômas, Louis Feuillade’s famous 1913 film serial, this is a darker, more serious side to the Icelandic quintet who stepped into the limelight as Sigur Ros’s string accompanists before earning an audience of their own with ...

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November 29th, 2016

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La Sera – Music for Listening to Music To [2016]

La Sera – Music for Listening to Music To [2016]

As you’d expect from a country record, La Sera’s fourth album is full of love. This love includes good and bad romances, adoration of Johnny Marr’s guitar playing and classic songwriting, but essentially it’s in love with the redemptive power of music. Hence the title, which

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November 28th, 2016

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Will Butler – Friday Night [2016]

Will Butler – Friday Night [2016]

When a member of a successful band makes a solo album, it often means they’re looking for a chance to do something they can’t do within the context of their main project. That appeared to be the case on Will Butler‘s 2015 set Policy, in which the Arcade Fire’s ...

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November 27th, 2016

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M Ward – More Rain [2016]

M Ward – More Rain [2016]

M. Ward returns with a stunning new album, More Rain, for release on Merge Records on March 4, 2016. Ward has released a string of acclaimed solo albums over the past several years, along with five LPs with Zooey Deschanel as She & Him and a 2009 collaborative album with

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November 26th, 2016

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Roses – Camera Trouble [2016]

Roses – Camera Trouble [2016]

Camera Trouble is the lush first full-length record from L.A. band Roses. Spanning across 10 songs, the drum-machined trio makes something fresh using the familiar pop sounds we’ve known and loved for decades. The album was produced by gear whiz and Zola Jesus cohort Alex ...

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November 25th, 2016

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Brendan Canning – Home Wrecking Years [2016]

Brendan Canning – Home Wrecking Years [2016]

Broken Social Scene co-founder Brendan Canning has made indie songs for the dog days of summer on his new record, Home Wrecking Years. He complements breezy pop with languid, downtempo arrangements such as those heard on “Once I Was a Runner.” Canning’s delicate vocals ...

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November 24th, 2016

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Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions – Until the Hunter [2016]

Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions – Until the Hunter [2016]

Hope Sandoval isn’t the quickest worker, it took Mazzy Star almost 20 years to put out their 4th album, and this record comes 7 years after the last one she made with Colm Ó Cíosóig under the Warm Inventions name. Despite the time it took to arrive, Until the Hunter is no ...

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November 23rd, 2016

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Kakkmaddafakka – KMF [2016]

Kakkmaddafakka – KMF [2016]

The Norwegian indie-poppers of the phonetically challenging orchestra Kakkmaddafakka are back with a new album, the first one since 2013’s Six Months is a Long Time. Much like their countrymen, the silky-soft Kings of Convenience, Kakkmaddafakka manage to infuse their ...

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November 22nd, 2016

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Yo La Tengo ‎- Murder in the Second Degree [2016]

Yo La Tengo ‎- Murder in the Second Degree [2016]

In 2006, indie rock superstars Yo La Tengo released one of their most exciting releases; Yo La Tengo Murders the Classics. The unusual record was made up of a series of cover songs the group performed during annual fundraisers for the independent radio station WFMU from 1996

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November 21st, 2016

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Sugar Candy Mountain – 666 [2016]

Sugar Candy Mountain – 666 [2016]

Joshua Tree, California’s Sugar Candy Mountain make sunshine psych that seems to pull equally from ’60s acts like The Free Design and modern purveyors like Tame Impala and The Flaming Lips. Their newest album 666 feels like something unearthed from a box of records found in ...

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November 20th, 2016

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