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Charlie Cunningham – Lines [2017]

Charlie Cunningham – Lines [2017]

The Bedfordshire-born, London-based artist, Charlie Cunningham, presents a dreamy, slow-building sound on Lines. The standout track “Minimum” personifies the exact sonic qualities that earned Cunningham such a sizeable fanbase initially. Clocking in at just over three ...

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March 16th, 2017

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Hand Habits – Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void) [2017]

Hand Habits – Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void) [2017]

Hand Habits’ debut LP, Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void), evokes a striking image, that of submitting oneself to an expansive unknown with arms outstretched. It’s a feeling Meg Duffy, the singer-songwriter behind this project, knows well; the upstate New York native

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March 9th, 2017

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Fránçois & The Atlas Mountains – Solide Mirage [2017]

Fránçois & The Atlas Mountains – Solide Mirage [2017]

Frànçois & the Atlas Mountains – Solide Mirage: indiepop gets political. A firm step on the way to cementing a solid, humanist vision. There are a few tracks on Fránçois & The Atlas Mountains fifth album that saunter past the five minute mark, but even the ...

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March 5th, 2017

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Broads – Vacancy [2017]

Broads – Vacancy [2017]

Described as “an aural wonderland” (Paul Gough, The Inside Sleeve, Radio National), Vacancy is Broads at their most expansive and intoxicating. With guest appearances by acclaimed Melbourne musicians Alex O’Gorman on bass, Sarah Galdes on drums, Matt Dixon ...

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March 4th, 2017

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Peter Silberman – Impermanence [2017]

Peter Silberman – Impermanence [2017]

The arrangements of the songs on Impermanence, Brooklyn singer Peter Silberman’s first solo album, are so minimal and sparse that they make his exquisite recordings with his group the Antlers seem positively rococo. On intimate tracks such as Maya and Karuna, Silberman’s ...

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March 3rd, 2017

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Rainbrother – Tales from the Drought [2017]

Rainbrother – Tales from the Drought [2017]

Rainbrother’s upcoming album, “Tales From the Drought,” isn’t just music – it’s a musical experience. Opening with a joyful and instantly memorable piano motif on the track Riverside, Tales from the Drought announces its intentions from ...

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March 2nd, 2017

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Andy Shauf – The Party [2016]

Andy Shauf – The Party [2016]

The third album by Saskatchewan’s Andy Shauf sets after-hours stories to a doleful ‘60s songwriter vibe. Shauf plays the wallflower at his titular party. Most of us have been to the kind of crowded house parties where you hang back and people-watch in relative ...

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February 27th, 2017

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The Handsome Family – Unseen [2016]

The Handsome Family – Unseen [2016]

Ten albums in, the Handsome Family haven’t run out of odd tales or memorable melodies. Unseen continues the duo’s gothic folk and country aesthetic, filling out the sound with some friendly help. We live in a fallen world, and Brett Sparks has devoted his life to documenting

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February 21st, 2017

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Leland Sundries – Music for Outcasts [2016]

Leland Sundries – Music for Outcasts [2016]

Leland Sundries return with more folk rock awesomeness on their new album, Music For Outcasts: the band’s first full-length album. Six years ago, Leland Sundries’ The Apothecary EP came as a smart folk-rock album, well into the country side of alt-country. Now, after ...

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February 16th, 2017

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Crushed Stars – Displaced Sleepers [2017]

Crushed Stars – Displaced Sleepers [2017]

Displaced Sleepers is the first Crushed Stars album in four years, but Todd Gautreau has been busy in the interim. Since starting out 20 years ago as Tear Ceremony, Todd Gautreau and his Simulacra label have been turning out thinking persons’ chill-out music on a consistent ...

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February 12th, 2017

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Quiet Life – Foggy [2016]

Quiet Life – Foggy [2016]

Quiet Life is a roots-rock band that claims no fixed address. Instead, with brothers Sean (vocals/guitar) and Ryan Spellman (drums/vocals) at its centre, the band travels the country in its vegetable-oil-powered van. In the summer of 2014, Quiet Life landed at Mount Slippery

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January 26th, 2017

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Barbarisms – Browser [2016]

Barbarisms – Browser [2016]

A cursory play or two of Browser, Barbarisms‘ second LP, would lead the casual listener to think that they had stumbled across some previously unknown alt-country or slacker-rock band with their roots in the 1990s. Something decidedly American. And indeed, there is a ...

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January 24th, 2017

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Okkervil River – Away [2016]

Okkervil River – Away [2016]

The eighth studio long-player from the Will Sheff– led ensemble, Away serves as both a denouement and a commencement for Okkervil River; a string of old beer tickets and a crisp hundred-dollar bill fished out of a retired jean jacket during a basement purge. Written during a

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January 16th, 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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case/lang/veirs – case/lang/veirs [2016]

case/lang/veirs – case/lang/veirs [2016]

It was K.D. Lang who had the crazy (wonderful) idea: Neko Case, Laura Veirs and she should make a record together. It took the songwriting supergroup three years, but here it is — and it actually lives up to expectations. On opener “Atomic Number,” the three singers’ ...

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January 4th, 2017

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Escondido – Walking with a Stranger [2016]

Escondido – Walking with a Stranger [2016]

Escondido’s first album, The Ghost of Escondido, made for an auspicious entrance when they self-released it in 2013, establishing a high bar that a less talented duo might have found hard to overcome. Jessica Maros’ soaring, seductive vocals, framed by the sturdy ...

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January 3rd, 2017

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