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Metric - Formentera (Album Review)

Photo: Justin Broadbent Nearly 25 years and eight albums into their career, it’d be easy to assume Canadian synth-rock outfit Metric are content to play it safe. But, while that was largely true of their recent albums, ‘Formentera’ bucks this trend in spectacular fashion. From its bold opening moments to its emotional journey and a shifting tone throughout, it’s a revitalising work that meditates on life and loss over its 48 minute runtime. 

Written by: Will Marshall | Date: Tuesday, 12 July 2022

Viagra Boys

Viagra Boys - Cave World (Album Review)

Photo: Andre Jofre It can be hard to make yourself heard as a punk band these days. Three thrashed chords and snarled politicking long ago ceased to cut it, and wave upon wave of post-punk acts have hogged the spotlight, often obscuring the real punks in the process.

Written by: Craig Howieson | Date: Monday, 11 July 2022

James Bay

James Bay - Leap (Album Review)

Photo: Julia Broad Regardless of the record’s commercial success, with the benefit of hindsight James Bay’s ‘Electric Light’ was clearly the sound of a young artist in crisis. But if that difficult second album represented something of a stylistic stumble, ‘Leap’ is the work of a musician who has absorbed those lessons, remembered who he is and re-emerged with a jukebox of potential hit singles. And all it took was a little extra-curricular reading.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Thursday, 07 July 2022

Alexisonfire

Alexisonfire - Otherness (Album Review)

Photo: Vanessa Heins If you rattle off the names of post-hardcore’s greatest bands and don’t include Alexisonfire you’re doing it wrong—the Canadian crew are among the genre’s most fearless and successful forces. They’ve topped the charts in their home country, despite specialising in scrapping, screaming aggro flavoured with bluesy heaviness.

Written by: Matt Mills | Date: Wednesday, 06 July 2022

Paolo Nutini

Paolo Nutini - Last Night In The Bittersweet (Album Review)

Paolo Nutini has always had an undeniable charm. A romantic soul with frayed edges, the Scottish musician captivated a mainstream audience with his rasping vocals on two albums that combined pop, soul, indie and folk before getting a tad more experimental on 2014’s ‘Caustic Love’.

Written by: Rebecca Llewellyn | Date: Tuesday, 05 July 2022

Greg Puciato

Greg Puciato - Mirrorcell (Album Review)

Photo: Jim Louvau Greg Puciato is something of a chameleon. His career may have taken off with the chaotic mathcore explosions of The Dillinger Escape Plan, which expanded into jazz, noise, electronics and even ambient music, but since their dissolution he’s only become more unpredictable and prolific.

Written by: Will Marshall | Date: Monday, 04 July 2022

Regina Spektor

Regina Spektor - Home, Before and After (Album Review)

Photo: Shervin Lainez On what is her eighth studio album, released after a lengthy six-year hiatus, Regina Spektor delights with the trademark spark of childlike curiosity that has enthralled listeners since her career began in the early ‘00s. 

Written by: Rebecca Llewellyn | Date: Friday, 01 July 2022

Soccer Mommy

Soccer Mommy - Sometimes, Forever (Album Review)

Soccer Mommy is an artist constantly wanting to evolve. In under five years, she’s metamorphosed from a lo-fi bedroom pop artist to a subtly shoegazey indie rock star with a sound as big as her emotions. 

Written by: Emma Wilkes | Date: Thursday, 30 June 2022

TV Priest

TV Priest - My Other People (Album Review)

Photo: Hollie Fernando “I need to sleep,” are the first words we hear from TV Priest’s Charlie Drinkwater on ‘My Other People’. Accompanied by a sparsely picked guitar line, it is as though the vocalist is creeping into an unfamiliar room and surveying the scene before making his arrival known. It hints at a more considered approach than the one that propelled their debut ‘Uppers’, and that’s something the London post-punks investigate further over the course of the record's 12 tracks.

Written by: Craig Howieson | Date: Thursday, 30 June 2022

Jessie Buckley and Bernard Butler

Jessie Buckley and Bernard Butler - For All Our Days That Tear The Heart (Album Review)

Interesting one, this. ‘For All Our Days That Tear The Heart’ pairs the Oscar-nominated Irish actor Jessie Buckley with the former Suede guitarist and super-producer Bernard Butler. The result is a rich and ecstatic album of poise and resilience, demonstrating the tremendous singing voice that Buckley showcased in the film Wild Rose alongside complicated folk arrangements and deeply engaging lyrics.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Logic

Logic - Vinyl Days (Album Review)

 ‘Vinyl Days’ is the seventh album from the 32-year-old rapper born Sir (yes, ‘Sir’) Robert Bryson Hall II, and his second release since ending his self-imposed retirement.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Thursday, 23 June 2022

Nova Twins

Nova Twins - Supernova (Album Review)

There are a lot of bad records made by great live bands. In fact, being called a ‘great live band’ is a pretty savage burn when wielded correctly. Nova Twins have a particularly high bar to clear as a recording act given that they are a truly seismic live proposition, but their second LP ‘Supernova’ does so with a flourish.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Foals

Foals - Life is Yours (Album Review)

Photo: Edward Cooke Foals’ seventh album finds the Oxonians in vibrant spirits. Despite the departure of two members —bassist Walter Gervers and keyboardist Edwin Congreave—the now three piece have delivered a work of glossy swagger, expanding and filling out the indie disco stylings of previous records. The result is a work of incredibly satisfying music led by bass and keys, and one that will form the backdrop to many a summer's eve out.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Tuesday, 21 June 2022

George Ezra

George Ezra - Gold Rush Kid (Album Review)

Photo: Alex Aiden-Smith It is possible for nice music to provoke extreme responses. Sometimes it’s because these inoffensive songs feel disingenuous, and at other times it’s because the lack of invention and risk-taking is stifling.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Horsegirl

Horsegirl - Versions of Modern Performance (Album Review)

Photo: Cheryl Dunn The key word in the title of Horsegirl’s debut LP is ‘versions’. ‘Modern’ is probably next up, but only if you count the past 35 years or so as modern. This strikingly young Chicago band play indie-rock that is cognisant of what came before them, folding knotty guitars and an understated sense of melody together in songs that pinball between Yo La Tengo, Built to Spill and early Lemonheads. Members of Sonic Youth—guitarist Lee Ranaldo and drummer Steve Shelley—stop by to have their say on a couple of tracks and slot seamlessly into the conversation. You get it.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Monday, 13 June 2022

Joyce Manor

Joyce Manor - 40 oz. to Fresno (Album Review)

Joyce Manor crank out the kind of pop-punk that blends saccharine melodies with sarcastic lyrics, and with their sixth album ‘40 oz. to Fresno’ they see no reason to deviate from their formula. Still, there is plenty of nuance here to reward repeat listens despite its short runtime. 

Written by: Will Marshall | Date: Friday, 10 June 2022

Post Malone

Post Malone - Twelve Carat Toothache (Album Review)

For Post Malone’s fourth album, the 26-year-old rapper-singer has delivered 16 tracks of strikingly confessional music, continuing the genre-melding formula that he has honed over the past 10 years. ‘Twelve Carat Toothache’ is puckish, sometimes memorable and antagonistic, with big musical swings taken throughout the record and big variation in the quality of the results.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Thursday, 09 June 2022

Alfie Templeman

Alfie Templeman - Mellow Moon (Album Review)

Photo: Lillie Eiger Alfie Templeman is selling stuff that you can get elsewhere—Tom Grennan does a decent line in it, Declan McKenna too—but he’s banking on build quality to ensure he comes out on top when the figures come in. He trades in sleek, neatly-appointed pop that flirts with soul, funk and indie, with the odd non-threatening psychedelic flourish, and while still in his teens has perfected a blend that is completely reliable.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Wednesday, 08 June 2022

Angel Olsen

Angel Olsen - Big Time (Album Review)

Angel Olsen’s sixth album is wonderful—a tough and tender tumble into country music that elevates and escalates the Asheville, North Carolina resident’s entire catalogue.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Tuesday, 07 June 2022

Soak

Soak - If I Never Know You Like This Again (Album Review)

Photo: Sam Hiscox In their late teens, Soak tore into the indie scene like an emotional tornado with their debut album ‘Before We Forgot How to Dream’. Its incisive lyrics and delicate vocals have continued to be a cornerstone of their work in the near decade since, echoing the uncertainties we all face at some point in our adult lives. Of course, it’s only fitting that they release ‘If I Never Know You Like This Again’ while we are stumped on how to live life post-pandemic.

Written by: Jessica Howkins | Date: Monday, 06 June 2022

 
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