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Novella – Change of State [2017]

Novella – Change of State [2017]

London dream-pop outfit Novella have returned with their follow-up to 2015’s ‘Land’. Billed as a reflection on the stormy events of 2016 — Brexit, Trump, a never-ending stream of bombings and shootings, and the passing of a stupid number of musical and cultural icons — ...

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February 18th, 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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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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The Proper Ornaments – Foxhole [2017]

The Proper Ornaments – Foxhole [2017]

On “Foxhole”, The Proper Ornaments have sliced away a whole stratum of their sound, removing some distortion and lowering the frequency of plectrum strokes to allow more nuanced, piano-led ideas to emerge. You can easily imagine James Hoare strolling around ...

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January 27th, 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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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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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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Department M – Deep Control [2016]

Department M – Deep Control [2016]

“It’s not too late/to fall below/fall under my/my deep control”. Thus goes the mantra-like opening lyric to Department M’s debut full-length Deep Control – the title was plucked from a Patti Smith poem, and serves as a focal point for the album’s central themes. If ‘deep ...

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January 2nd, 2017

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Vanishing Twin – Choose Your Own Adventure [2016]

Vanishing Twin – Choose Your Own Adventure [2016]

London ensemble Vanishing Twin will release their debut album “Choose Your Own Adventure” on 16th September 2016 via Soundway Records. Under the name Orlando, former member of Fanfarlo Cathy Lucas put together a couple of albums on her own Association for the Re-Alignment of

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December 30th, 2016

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J Churcher – Borderland State [2016]

J Churcher – Borderland State [2016]

Recorded over a two-year period with London- based producer Dreamtrak and featuring vocal contributions from Anna B Savage, J Churcher’s Borderland State is an evocative collection that recalls the delirious haze of Maps, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Mazzy Star, and the

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December 20th, 2016

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Big Deal – Say Yes [2016]

Big Deal – Say Yes [2016]

Big Deal‘s third album is a high-stakes affair. After a disastrous home robbery in 2014, the band lost a laptop containing the record’s demos and were forced to re-write from scratch, losing their label in the process. It feels trite to spin a silver-lining story, but a ...

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December 15th, 2016

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Metronomy – Summer 08 [2016]

Metronomy – Summer 08 [2016]

Despite their impressive ascent to mainstream success in the UK with their last couple of albums, it appears that success isn’t such a big concern for Metronomy‘s frontman/founder Joe Mount. Now a family man, Mount chose to follow up 2014’s Love Letters by ignoring any ...

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December 12th, 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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