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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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