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Twin River – Passing Shade [2016]

Twin River – Passing Shade [2016]

When Twin River set about writing its sophomore album, Passing Shade, the members were separated by nearly 4,000 km, as singer-guitarist Courtney Ewan was living in Montreal while collaborator Andy Bishop remained home in Vancouver. And yet, despite the duo’s geographical ...

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November 19th, 2016

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Crocodiles – Dreamless [2016]

Crocodiles – Dreamless [2016]

Brandon Welchez and Charles Roswell recorded Crocodiles sixth LP, Dreamless, in Welchez’s new home of Mexico City. The rich cultural vibrancy of the sprawling metropolis colours the tones of the new record with a jaunty spirit that belies the darker moments of the album’s ...

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November 18th, 2016

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C Duncan – The Midnight Sun [2016]

C Duncan – The Midnight Sun [2016]

The much anticipated sophomore long-player from the Glaswegian pop confectioner, Midnight Sun finds Christopher Duncan doubling down on the lush, homespun chamber pop of his Mercury Prize-nominated 2015 debut, but with significantly bolder strokes — it may take a bit longer ...

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November 17th, 2016

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Motorama – Dialogues [2016]

Motorama – Dialogues [2016]

When most people think of Russia, rock music is not something that comes to mind. For many, the amount of Russian bands they know could be counted on less than one hand, and for most on less than one finger. However, the five-piece band Motorama from Rostov-on-Don, Russia ...

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November 16th, 2016

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The High Violets – Heroes and Halos [2016]

The High Violets – Heroes and Halos [2016]

Active since the late ’90s, Portland, Oregon’s The High Violets play a light, sugary brand of electronic-tinged dream pop. Unlike a lot of similar bands, they seem far more concerned with writing catchy, emotional pop songs than coming up with the most mind-bending guitar ...

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November 15th, 2016

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Lorelle Meets the Obsolete – Balance [2016]

Lorelle Meets the Obsolete – Balance [2016]

After quickly bashing out their second album, Chambers, over a few days’ time in a Chicago studio, Mexican duo Lorelle Meets the Obsolete decided to go for something more homegrown and organic for their next effort. Lorena Quintanilla and Alberto Gonzalez relocated to the ...

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November 14th, 2016

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Yuko Yuko – More Than A Facebook Friend [2016]

Yuko Yuko – More Than A Facebook Friend [2016]

Sometimes – and it’s not that often, I can promise you – you hear a record that is so much more than the sum of its parts that you really can’t believe you’ve not heard it before. Can’t believe that a musical vision hasn’t been patented before. But that is what Yuko Yuko ...

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November 13th, 2016

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Laish – Pendulum Swing [2016]

Laish – Pendulum Swing [2016]

The first song from Pendulum Swing, ‘Vague’, is a song that has been floating around for a long time. I don’t really remember why it didn’t make it onto the previous album, but we did record a rather different version of it, with some interesting ...

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November 12th, 2016

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 Jim Platt Rhythm Innovation – Odyssey [2016]  

 Jim Platt Rhythm Innovation – Odyssey [2016]  

Jim Platt’s Rhythm Innovation was formed in 2012 with the first release of “Moving Through The Ages” with singles All Alone In My Dreams, Drama Queen, and Cherry Blossom Girl… After being featured in numerous blogs, and Cherry Blossom Girl featured in

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November 11th, 2016

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Springtime Carnivore – Midnight Room [2016]

Springtime Carnivore – Midnight Room [2016]

In the family tree of music, Midnight Room, Greta Morgan’s second record under the moniker Springtime Carnivore, directly descends from the retro-alt-country of Neko Case & Her Boyfriends. More recently in the ancestral bloodline would be the retro West Coast rock of ...

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November 11th, 2016

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Britta Phillips – Luck or Magic [2016]

Britta Phillips – Luck or Magic [2016]

Luck or Magic is the half-originals, half-covers solo debut of Britta Phillips, a veteran of indie bands such as Ultrababyfat, Luna, and Dean & Britta, the latter two with her husband Dean Wareham. Phillips began working on the album in 2012 with electronic DJ Scott ...

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November 10th, 2016

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The Divine Comedy – Foreverland [2016]

The Divine Comedy – Foreverland [2016]

There are certain things you expect from a Divine Comedy album, some quarter century in to his illustrious career – self-deprecating love songs and a few historical references, all sprinkled with a huge dose of whimsy. It may be six years since we last heard from Neil Hannon

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November 9th, 2016

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Spain – Carolina [2016]

Spain – Carolina [2016]

Spain, which was founded by Josh Haden (son of legendary jazz bassist Charlie Haden) in 1993, is credited as being instrumental in the advent of “slowcore” with their debut album The Blue Moods of Spain in 1993, a movement that included Low, Cursive and Codeine and was ...

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November 8th, 2016

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Cass McCombs – Mangy Love [2016]

Cass McCombs – Mangy Love [2016]

On the very first song on his very first record, Cass McCombs went to the hospital. There he received some troubling test results and found himself faced with an unanswerable question. “Is it dying that terrifies you,” he sang, in a gentle, boyish sigh that would earn him ...

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November 7th, 2016

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TOY – Clear Shot [2016]

TOY – Clear Shot [2016]

Altered consciousness, dreamy detachment and a healthy streak of escapism have long been hallmarks of psychedelic music. TOY is well aware of this — but at the same time, the British band is savvy enough to know just how far a pop song can be pushed, pulled and stretched. On

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November 6th, 2016

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Ultimate Painting – Dusk [2016]

Ultimate Painting – Dusk [2016]

After releasing two very fine albums of relaxed guitar pop in a two-year span and touring incessantly, one might expect the duo of James Hoare and Jack Cooper to kick back and take a break. It appears they don’t operate that way, and Dusk, the third Ultimate Painting album ...

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November 5th, 2016

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