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Modern English – Take Me To The Trees [2017]

Modern English – Take Me To The Trees [2017]

“Take Me to the Trees” is the first new album from Modern English in 30 years that features four-fifths of the original lineup: Robbie Grey (vocals), Michael Conroy (bass guitar), Gary McDowell (guitar), and Steve Walker (keyboards). Doubtlessly, the release of ...

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February 26th, 2017

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La Femme – Mystère [Disque Pointu – 2016]

La Femme – Mystère [Disque Pointu – 2016]

Mystère is the follow-up to La Femme’s 2013 debut. The pressure is on because Psycho Tropical Berlin was awarded a Victoire de la Musique for Album Révélation of the Year by the French Ministry of Culture. One gets the feeling that the collective’s leaders, ...

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January 7th, 2017

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Nouvelle Vague – I Could Be Happy [2016]

Nouvelle Vague – I Could Be Happy [2016]

Nouvelle Vague are back, aiming to reignite their cover version stance, and that is exactly what the 2016 release ‘I Could Be Happy’ does. With four original tracks on the record, though, the band is still keen to show you where the Nouvelle magic comes from. Tracks such as ...

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December 4th, 2016

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Winter Severity Index – Human Taxonomy [2016]

Winter Severity Index – Human Taxonomy [2016]

Human Taxonomy is one of the records many cold wave (and dark wave) fans are looking forward to. The former album Slanting Ray was a big hit in the underground, and the duo (in the beginning a quartet) became a household name in the dark scene. This surely has something to ...

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December 3rd, 2016

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Yuko Yuko – More Than A Facebook Friend [2016]

Yuko Yuko – More Than A Facebook Friend [2016]

Sometimes – and it’s not that often, I can promise you – you hear a record that is so much more than the sum of its parts that you really can’t believe you’ve not heard it before. Can’t believe that a musical vision hasn’t been patented before. But that is what Yuko Yuko ...

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November 13th, 2016

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Pretenders – Alone [2016]

Pretenders – Alone [2016]

Unsurprisingly, this studio incarnation of the Pretenders shares some ’60s AM aesthetics with the Arcs, sometimes cooking along with the cool grace of Memphis soul and sometimes feeling as thick as rockers cranked out in a greasy garage. The latter is familiar territory for ...

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October 24th, 2016

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The Monochrome Set – Cosmonaut [2016]

The Monochrome Set – Cosmonaut [2016]

For a band that got its start in the late ’70s, The Monochrome Set sound remarkably sprightly on their 2016 album, Cosmonaut. It’s their fourth album since main Monochrome man Bid re-formed the band in 2010, and it’s also their best since then. With Bid taking over the ...

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October 15th, 2016

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Still Corners – Dead Blue [2016]

Still Corners – Dead Blue [2016]

The follow up, 2013’s Strange Pleasures, had them replace the monochrome murk with glorious technicolour, Tessa Murray’s vocals remaining a non-committal sigh but given the space to breathe alongside the music of Greg Hughes, be it the heartbreak disco beats, the stolen ...

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October 13th, 2016

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