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King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Infest The Rats' Nest (Album Review)

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard’s output is prolific. The Aussie experimentalists have released 15 albums since 2012, and while one can describe their basic sound as psychedelic rock, the reality is more complex. This is a band of rich imagination and elaborate generic diversity. 

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Friday, 16 August 2019

Bon Iver

Bon Iver - i,i (Album Review)

If Bon Iver’s 2007 debut ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’ was the soundtrack to closing yourself off in a small wood cabin in rural Wisconsin, then ‘i,i’ takes us into the countryside that surrounds it, an expanse of space with edges that lie far beyond the visible horizon. Be that as it may, is this record is as deep as it is wide?

Written by: Helen Payne | Date: Thursday, 15 August 2019

Feeder

Feeder - Tallulah (Album Review)

On a stifling evening back in 2008, during a gig at Brighton’s Concorde 2, Feeder frontman Grant Nicholas didn’t take too kindly to requests from the crowd to play the hits as they raced through material from their sixth studio effort ‘Silent Cry’. It was, however, at this point that their songs began to tumble in comparison to their predecessors.

Written by: Graeme Marsh | Date: Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Mabel

Mabel - High Expectations (Album Review)

A sassy, honest exercise in self-exploration, Mabel's debut album 'High Expectations' has been in the works for some time. After breaking through in 2015 with the upload of her first songs to Soundcloud, she has put out a steady stream of successful singles and made her first dent in the US market.

Written by: Milly McMahon | Date: Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Marika Hackman

Marika Hackman - Any Human Friend (Album Review)

‘Any Human Friend’ is Marika Hackman’s third album and first since splitting from fellow musician Amber Bain, who performs as the Japanese House. Possibly because of this, it’s a record drenched in carnal intrigue and lo-fi ennui. That said, the music is tidy and poppy—don’t be misled by the cover. 

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Monday, 12 August 2019

Young Guv

Young Guv - GUV I (Album Review)

Photo: Will Cox Young Guv’s Run For Cover debut, ‘GUV I’, is so content to hang out around the best and brightest of ‘90s power-pop—think ‘Girlfriend’-era Matthew Sweet or Teenage Fanclub’s Sparky’s Dream—that it poses a searching question: why don’t more records sound like the Dumb & Dumber sountrack?

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Friday, 09 August 2019

The Teskey Brothers

The Teskey Brothers - Run Home Slow (Album Review)

This Australian outfit has come a long way since the release of ‘Half Mile Harvest’ in 2017. Prior to the arrival of that debut they were an unknown proposition, but its classic blend of American soul and blues cultivated a healthy audience around the globe and received significant critical praise to boot. As such, expectations are high for this follow up. In almost effortlessly exceeding them, ‘Run Home Slow’ confidently takes the band’s retro aesthetic in new directions without sacrificing any of its charm. 

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Thursday, 08 August 2019

Chance The Rapper

Chance The Rapper - The Big Day (Album Review)

Naming this latest project his debut album after releasing several blockbuster mixtapes, Chicago lyricist Chance The Rapper has channelled each facet of his performing personality into 'The Big Day'. 

Written by: Milly McMahon | Date: Wednesday, 07 August 2019

Kaiser Chiefs

Kaiser Chiefs - Duck (Album Review)

‘Duck’ is Kaiser Chiefs’ seventh studio album and finds the Leeds quintet reunited with the Grammy-winning producer Ben H. Allen, who previously worked on the band’s ‘Education, Education, Education & War’ in 2014. 

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Tuesday, 06 August 2019

Violent Femmes

Violent Femmes - Hotel Last Resort (Album Review)

Photo: Zack Whitford ‘Hotel Last Resort’ is Violent Femmes’ 10th studio album since entering the American punk scene in the early ‘80s. It finds the Milwaukee group in nihilistic-yet-playful spirits, and is a taut, workable album of folk-punk that demonstrates their signature sound of irreverent and occasionally creative lo-fi music making.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Ider

Ider - Emotional Education (Album Review)

Photo: Ade Udoma & Michelle Janssen Ider’s debut is a beautifully crafted pop record that has pristine melodic smarts to tie together a messy, sometimes lacerating slate of lyrics.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Of Monsters and Men

Of Monsters and Men - Fever Dream (Album Review)

Four years on from the release of the band’s sophomore album Of Monsters and Men are back with 'Fever Dream', an ambitious, sometimes anthemic album with foundations based on sweeping soundscapes and big choruses.

Written by: Milly McMahon | Date: Monday, 29 July 2019

Freya Ridings

Freya Ridings - Freya Ridings (Album Review)

There is a certain sort of ballad ideally placed to soundtrack emotive, potentially plot-resonant, montages in prestige TV shows. They are rich and showy but also somehow unobtrusive—when coupled with the visuals they amount to a powerful dose of emotional manipulation.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Banks

Banks - III (Album Review)

‘III’, Banks’ appropriately titled third album, has been a short while in the making but feels like the culmination of the songwriter’s more ambitious work to this point. Five years since the release of her debut LP 'Goddess' the LA artist has shifted direction within her sound, infusing her synth-heavy trip-pop aesthetic with a jaded sense of heartbreak, maturity and raw passion.

Written by: Milly McMahon | Date: Friday, 19 July 2019

Frightened Rabbit

Frightened Rabbit - Tiny Changes: A Celebration of The Midnight Organ Fight (Album Review)

Our assorted relationships with the songs we love are destined to change dramatically over time. But not always like this.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Thursday, 18 July 2019

New Order

New Order - ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) (Album Review)

New Order’s new live album is taken from a performance at 2017’s Manchester International Festival. The show was a collaboration with conceptual artist Liam Gillick and featured songs from their 30 year catalogue, alongside tracks by the group’s precursor, Joy Division. 

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Bleached

Bleached - Don't You Think You've Had Enough? (Album Review)

Bleached’s return is powered by a desire for change. ‘Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough?’ is the first album that the sisters Clavin, Jennifer and Jessica, have recorded since deciding to get sober, and it’s also a bold attempt to fashion their winningly bratty brand of garage-rock into more expressive, sophisticated shapes.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran - No.6 Collaborations Project (Album Review)

Ed Sheeran’s fourth studio album takes its title from an EP he made eight years ago, pre-superstardom. As he noted on Instagram: “Before I was signed in 2011, I made an EP called No.5 Collaborations Project. Since then, I've always wanted to do another, so I started No.6 on my laptop when I was on tour last year.”

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Monday, 15 July 2019

The Black Keys

The Black Keys - Let's Rock (Album Review)

After five years of side projects and production work, the Black Keys reconvened at Dan Auerbach’s Nashville studio to lay down album number nine. In a return to the ways of old, ‘Let’s Rock’ found Auerbach and Patrick Carney building songs from scratch through riffing and jamming together, the chemistry of their reconnection driving them on after a lengthy hiatus following the Danger Mouse-produced ‘Turn Blue’ in 2014.

Written by: Graeme Marsh | Date: Monday, 08 July 2019

Baroness

Baroness - Gold & Grey (Album Review)

Photo: Pam Strohm It’s true that any album exists as a reflection of time and place—both who the musicians were when they recorded the thing, and what was happening on the other side of the soundproofed walls—but few capture that sensation quite like Baroness’s ‘Purple’ did.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Thursday, 04 July 2019

 
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