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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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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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Wall of Death – Loveland [2016]

Wall of Death – Loveland [2016]

Loveland, Wall of Death’s second album, is a repository of several genre stylistics, with psychedelic, classic rock, and prog intermixing into one reverb-heavy affair. The Parisian trio Wall of Death is well versed in the value of nostalgia. On its Facebook page, the ...

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February 4th, 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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Tim Cohen – Luck Man [2017]

Tim Cohen – Luck Man [2017]

Tim Cohen’s Luck Man marks the first album in six years under the prolific San Francisco songman’s own name. It’s also his debut on the Sinderlyn label. Like the output of his concurrent bands the Fresh & Onlys and Magic Trick, Cohen’s solo albums have become a ...

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January 23rd, 2017

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Ezra Furman – Big Fugitive Life [2016]

Ezra Furman – Big Fugitive Life [2016]

Ezra Furman’s latest project, ‘Big Fugitive Life’, released almost a year after his sublime record ‘Perpetual Motion People’, is the closest thing to a microcosm of the artist’s psyche that we’re ever going to get. The thematic context of these six tracks, while ...

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January 20th, 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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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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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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STAY – The Mean Solar Times [2016]

STAY – The Mean Solar Times [2016]

Hailing from Barcelona, STAY are psych-rock collective with a closer allegiance to Britpop than the vibrant latin sounds of their home city. Their fifth album The Mean Solar Times was produced by Owen Morris (The Verve, Oasis) and features a guest guitar slot for Andy Bell ...

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December 23rd, 2016

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Flyying Colours – Mindfullness [2016]

Flyying Colours – Mindfullness [2016]

Mindfullness is Australian shoegaze quartet Flyying Colours’ full-length debut following two EPs, Flyying Colours and ROYGBIV. As with the band’s first two releases, this album continues to showcase their winning blend of heavy, swirling guitars, driving rhythms, and distant

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December 19th, 2016

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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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Sugar Candy Mountain – 666 [2016]

Sugar Candy Mountain – 666 [2016]

Joshua Tree, California’s Sugar Candy Mountain make sunshine psych that seems to pull equally from ’60s acts like The Free Design and modern purveyors like Tame Impala and The Flaming Lips. Their newest album 666 feels like something unearthed from a box of records found in ...

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November 20th, 2016

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Cass McCombs – Mangy Love [2016]

Cass McCombs – Mangy Love [2016]

On the very first song on his very first record, Cass McCombs went to the hospital. There he received some troubling test results and found himself faced with an unanswerable question. “Is it dying that terrifies you,” he sang, in a gentle, boyish sigh that would earn him ...

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November 7th, 2016

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Allah-Las – Calico Review [2016]

Allah-Las – Calico Review [2016]

After two albums of desert-parched, reverb-caked garage rock revivalism, it might seem like the Allah- Las were due for some kind of drastic change. Apart from jumping from one cool record label (Innovative Leisure) to another (Mexican Summer), the four guys in the band have

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October 22nd, 2016

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