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Phosphorescent

Phosphorescent - C'est la Vie (Album Review)

In the five years since the release of Phosphorescent’s ‘Muchacho’, Matthew Houck has been busy. He got married to musician Jo Schornikow, became a father, moved from New York to Nashville, rented a warehouse, built a studio from scratch with a salvaged ‘70s console, got really ill, survived, wrote an album, recorded an album, and subsequently released an album. It’s called ‘C’est la Vie’, and it’s different.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Friday, 19 October 2018

The KVB

The KVB - Only Now Forever (Album Review)

Post-punk, electronica, psych, shoegaze…a lot of labels have been affixed to the KVB over the last eight years. But this desperate pigeonholing isn’t a case of confused, straw-clutching journalism, more a reflection of the experimentation that Nicholas Wood and Kat Day have stuck to since their formation.

Written by: Graeme Marsh | Date: Friday, 19 October 2018

Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello - Look Now (Album Review)

‘Look Now’, Elvis Costello’s first solo album in eight years, is an excellent outing for the veteran songwriter. As a collection it’s rich, classy and able to demonstrate his distinctive talent for writing complex narratives full of emotional jeopardy and black humour.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Thursday, 18 October 2018

The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable - AAARTH (Album Review)

Having relocated from north Wales’ sweeping earthscapes to the rugged surroundings of Utah, the Joy Formidable have morphed expansively into a world of riff-heavy dream-gaze on their new album ‘AAARTH’.

Written by: Milly McMahon | Date: Thursday, 18 October 2018

John Grant

John Grant - Love Is Magic (Album Review)

Since getting sober, John Grant has spent the best part of a decade developing a superb catalogue of camp, alternative electronica. The former Czars frontman’s fourth solo album, ‘Love is Magic’, is a punchy, ‘80s-infused grooveathon that presents highly characterful lyrics, retro flavours, tight arrangements and synthetic melodic motifs.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Thursday, 18 October 2018

Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile - Bottle It In (Album Review)

You don’t have to wait long for new material from Philadelphia folk-rocker Kurt Vile. Last year’s ‘Lotta Sea Lice’ was a collaboration with Courtney Barnett, bolstering a prolific run of releases that continues with ‘Bottle It In’, his seventh solo outing in a decade.

Written by: Graeme Marsh | Date: Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Primal Scream

Primal Scream - Give Out But Don't Give Up: The Original Memphis Recordings (Album Review)

Primal Scream continue to divide opinion. As a ‘90s indie band they are a bit of an also-ran: a group who produced some excellent music while being outshone by bands who had more consistency across membership and sound like Blur, Oasis and Pulp.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Drenge

Drenge - Autonomy (Album Review)

It seems like an age ago that Drenge were unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight by Labour MP Tom Watson, who urged people to go see the band in his resignation letter. They were starting to pick up steam anyway, with several years on the road and their debut album on the way, but it was an unexpected twist in their tale.

Written by: Liam Turner | Date: Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Logic

Logic - YSIV (Album Review)

It takes some skill to kill an album's momentum on the very first track, but Logic somehow manages it on 'YSIV'. Thank You, which kicks off the fourth instalment of his 'Young Sinatra' series, initially showcases all that's good about the Logic sound, and his crisp flow and vocal delivery are a strong counterpoint to a lethargic boom bap beat. But it is stretched to eight minutes by the inclusion of dozens of voicemails from fans, who profess their affection and how much his music means to them.

Written by: Jonathan Rimmer | Date: Monday, 15 October 2018

Monster Truck

Monster Truck - True Rockers (Album Review)

“Hey there, are we speaking with the big time?”

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Friday, 12 October 2018

Behemoth

Behemoth - I Loved You At Your Darkest (Album Review)

The standards Behemoth set for themselves on ‘I Loved You At Your Darkest’ were epochal. So, on first listen, you’d be forgiven for thinking they’ve lost their way.

Written by: Alec Chillingworth | Date: Thursday, 11 October 2018

Cat Power

Cat Power - Wanderer (Album Review)

Photo: Eliot Lee Hazel  ‘Wanderer’ is the 10th album (and first in six years) from Georgia native Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power. It’s a gentle, occasionally mournful record that makes great use of her delicate piano and guitar stylings, and which maintains a high level of musical quality despite frequently pedestrian songwriting.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Billy F Gibbons

Billy F Gibbons - The Big Bad Blues (Album Review)

It would appear that solo albums from ZZ Top’s iconic frontman Billy F Gibbons are like a bad bus service. Fans waited patiently for nearly five decades for one to show up, only for two markedly different beasts to arrive in the space of three years. Delivering exactly the kind of music you’d expect to hear from this bearded superdude, ‘The Big Bad Blues’ is much more of a crowd pleaser than 2015’s surprisingly exotic ‘Perfectamundo’.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Tuesday, 09 October 2018

Slash

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators - Living The Dream (Album Review)

Photo: Gene Kirkland There’s something bittersweet about this excellent third album from Slash, Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators. ‘Living The Dream’ is bursting at the seams with old school, anthemic rock ‘n’ roll of the highest calibre, but at the same time it’s hard to shake the feeling that the person behind such exhilarating music and exceptional guitar work is the very last of a dying breed.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Monday, 08 October 2018

Twenty One Pilots

Twenty One Pilots - Trench (Album Review)

In 2015, Twenty One Pilots got their big break. The Ohioans’ fourth album, ‘Blurryface’, summited the US chart and sent two singles into similarly rarefied air. The following year another song, Heathens, ushered in the soundtrack to the hit film, Suicide Squad. The resulting period has seen the band ascend to arena-filling stardom and paved the way for ‘Trench’, a record that combines their distinctive blend of elaborate production with re-upped nu-metal.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Monday, 08 October 2018

Gouge Away

Gouge Away - Burnt Sugar (Album Review)

Photo: David Burns In sports, a healthy amount of time is given over to understanding how athletes will perform under severe pressure and fatigue. Basically, will they break when it matters?

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Thursday, 04 October 2018

Jungle

Jungle - For Ever (Album Review)

Jungle made a name for themselves by creating easy listening melodies steeped in swing and good feels. First arriving on the scene in 2013 as a duo known as J and T, they now perform and record as a seven piece band on their second album, ‘For Ever'.

Written by: Millly McMahon | Date: Thursday, 04 October 2018

From The Bogs of Aughiska

From The Bogs of Aughiska - Mineral Bearing Veins (Album Review)

‘You don’t believe in the fairies, do you?’ The man giggles. He talks of a lone whitethorn bush. It’s bleeding. The voice belongs to Eddie Lenihan, one of Ireland’s last remaining seanchaí storytellers. A folklorist to believers, a fanciful dreamer to sceptics. For decades, he’s travelled the length and breadth of his homeland, amassing thousands of hours’ worth of field recordings in the name of cultural preservation.

Written by: Alec Chillingworth | Date: Wednesday, 03 October 2018

Christine and the Queens

Christine and the Queens - Chris (Album Review)

Much like a popular meme that references the Japanese anime Dragon Ball Z, Héloïse Letissier has evolved into the binary-defying, strong-willed ‘Chris’. And this isn’t even her final form.

Written by: Helen Payne | Date: Wednesday, 03 October 2018

Marissa Nadler

Marissa Nadler - For My Crimes (Album Review)

Photo: Cara Robbins There is a moment in Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1983 minimalist epic Nostalghia where the film’s protagonist, Gorchakov, sits overlooking a bridge in rural Italy, wondering about his homeland. There then follows a slow camera pan outwards from a puddle, which finally reveals a bridge above.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Tuesday, 02 October 2018

 
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