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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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TOY – Clear Shot [2016]

TOY – Clear Shot [2016]

Clear Shot, TOY’s third album released on the eminent Heavenly Records, blends late ‘80s synth sounds with their notable gothic tone. Altered consciousness, dreamy detachment and a healthy streak of escapism have long been hallmarks of psychedelic music. TOY is well ...

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February 5th, 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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California Snow Story – Some Other Places [2016]

California Snow Story – Some Other Places [2016]

David Skirving began California Snow Story in 2001 after leaving Scottish band Camera Obscura. David was a founder member and original guitarist of Camera Obscura and he gave the band their name. He wrote four songs on their debut album Rare UK Bird and guitar parts for ...

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January 16th, 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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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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Theo Verney – Brain Disease EP [2015]

Theo Verney – Brain Disease EP [2015]

Theo Verney’s unique blend of scuzz and rock and roll captivates your attention within an instant. Harnessing the energy of a full live band in his own hands, Verney’s self-produced work has drawn him respect and admiration from a wide audience. With his Brain ...

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January 5th, 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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The Jesus and Mary Chain – Damage and Joy [2017]

The Jesus and Mary Chain – Damage and Joy [2017]

The Jesus and Mary Chain are set to release their first new album in 18 years, Damage and Joy, on 24 March via ADA/Warner Music. The record is the first new full-length release from the Scottish noise-pop group since Munki in 1998. The Independent revealed in December last ...

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December 27th, 2016

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Primal Scream – Chaosmosis [2016]

Primal Scream – Chaosmosis [2016]

In their 30-year carer, Primal Scream have demonstrated a savvy for keeping themselves current. They joined the anorak convention with their cut “Velocity Girl” on the C86 compilation; helped push acid house into the mainstream with 1991’s rave-rock symbiosis Screamadelica; ...

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December 24th, 2016

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