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Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Alexander Devotion EP [2017]

Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Alexander Devotion EP [2017]

Letting Up Despite Great Faults’ Alexander Devotion is a set of songs with breezy synth-bliss; a swirl of indie pop that is so irresistibly stuck in their 80s groove. A bittersweet dream pop with a sting in the tail. With their Alexander Devotion EP, Letting Up Despite

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February 20th, 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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Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood – Myths 002 EP [2017]

Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood – Myths 002 EP [2017]

Myths 002 is the second release in a series of collaborative EPs spawned from the annual Marfa Myths festival, held in Marfa, Texas in association with nonprofit organization Ballroom Marfa and the Brooklyn-based Mexican Summer label. This volume brings together Ariel Pink ...

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February 9th, 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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Vinyl Williams – Brunei [2016]

Vinyl Williams – Brunei [2016]

On “Brunei”, Vinyl Williams brings things into sharper focus. The percussion is much tauter and more regimented, and the krautrock leanings are increasingly noticeable. On his 2015 album Into, Vinyl Williams expanded the scope of his arrangements, added some new ...

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February 3rd, 2017

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Foxygen – Hang [2017]

Foxygen – Hang [2017]

With Hang, Foxygen have proven their capacity for lavish spectacle, but they’re still at their best when they give themselves the freedom to roam. “What are we good for if we can’t make it?” Sam France wondered on the last Foxygen album, …And Star Power. It was a pertinent ...

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January 25th, 2017

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M83 – Junk [2016]

M83 – Junk [2016]

The success of Saturdays = Youth and Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming led M83‘s Anthony Gonzalez to even bigger, arguably less personal, projects like his score for the 2013 sci-fi blockbuster Oblivion, so it’s no surprise that he reclaims his independence — sometimes wilfully so — ...

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January 17th, 2017

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Morgan Delt – Phase Zero [2016]

Morgan Delt – Phase Zero [2016]

West Coast slacker psychedelia – it’s hardly under-represented on the record racks these days. Which isn’t necessarily a problem – at least until originality falls subservient to vibe, and whilst Morgan Delt’s first LP on the Sub Pop label acknowledges the ...

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January 15th, 2017

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Dunes – Bitter Charm [2016]

Dunes – Bitter Charm [2016]

Dunes, the Los Angeles post-punk band, have release their new full-length Bitter Charm. “On the album the four piece take their whimsical pop to new extremes, working late nights in the studio with producer Alex DeGroot (Zola Jesus) experimenting with spacey synths, special ...

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January 10th, 2017

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The Blank Tapes – Ojos Rojos [2016]

The Blank Tapes – Ojos Rojos [2016]

One of Matt Adams’ drawings for his band The Blank Tapes depicts a bearded, shirtless dude in sunglasses on a beach, dipping his feet in the waves. A bottle of beer, a small keyboard and shakers lay nearby, and, hands clasped behind his head, the dude is smoking something ...

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December 1st, 2016

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La Sera – Music for Listening to Music To [2016]

La Sera – Music for Listening to Music To [2016]

As you’d expect from a country record, La Sera’s fourth album is full of love. This love includes good and bad romances, adoration of Johnny Marr’s guitar playing and classic songwriting, but essentially it’s in love with the redemptive power of music. Hence the title, which

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November 28th, 2016

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Roses – Camera Trouble [2016]

Roses – Camera Trouble [2016]

Camera Trouble is the lush first full-length record from L.A. band Roses. Spanning across 10 songs, the drum-machined trio makes something fresh using the familiar pop sounds we’ve known and loved for decades. The album was produced by gear whiz and Zola Jesus cohort Alex ...

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November 25th, 2016

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Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions – Until the Hunter [2016]

Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions – Until the Hunter [2016]

Hope Sandoval isn’t the quickest worker, it took Mazzy Star almost 20 years to put out their 4th album, and this record comes 7 years after the last one she made with Colm Ó Cíosóig under the Warm Inventions name. Despite the time it took to arrive, Until the Hunter is no ...

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November 23rd, 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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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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