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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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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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Emma Pollock – In Search of Harperfield [2016]

Emma Pollock – In Search of Harperfield [2016]

Devotees of former indie magicians The Delgados will find much to love in Emma Pollock’s third solo album since her revered band amicably split in 2005. The album’s name, In Search of Harperfield, refers to the first house bought by Pollock’s parents after they ...

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December 17th, 2016

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Lawrence Arabia – Absolute Truth [2016]

Lawrence Arabia – Absolute Truth [2016]

Over the course of a decade, James Milne made a quiet name for himself as a first-rate purveyor of classic McCartney-meets-Nilsson pop under the moniker Lawrence Arabia. His way with a sneaky hook, the care he puts into arrangements, and the quirky nature of his lyrical ...

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December 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from a Divine Comedy album, some quarter century in to his illustrious career – self-deprecating love songs and a few historical references, all sprinkled with a huge dose of whimsy.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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Agnes Obel – Citizen of Glass [2016]

Agnes Obel – Citizen of Glass [2016]

Berlin-dwelling Dane Agnes Obel has been racking up the accolades throughout mainland Europe since her platinum-selling 2011 debut, Philharmonics. With the beguiling Citizen of Glass, her third studio long-player, she looks poised to enchant the rest of the world with her ...

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November 4th, 2016

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