Album, Single, EP and Live Reviews

  1. The Fanclub - Madman / Bitter Boys and Graceless Girls (Underdogs)

    Singles: The Fanclub - Madman / Bitter Boys and Graceless Girls (Underdogs)

    New single from The Fanclub with added string section.

    Posted on Jul 19th, 2010

  2. Various Artists - Milky Disco 3 (to.the.stars) (Lo)

    Albums: Various Artists - Milky Disco 3 (to.the.stars) (Lo)

    Another step in the cosmological disco series achieves more success.

    Posted on Jul 18th, 2010

  3. Richard Youngs - Beyond The Valley of Ultrahits (Jagjaguwar)

    Albums: Richard Youngs - Beyond The Valley of Ultrahits (Jagjaguwar)

    Merely the response to a friend’s challenge to ‘make a proper pop record’, this is a collection of songs that really will stick in your head

    Posted on Jul 14th, 2010

  4. Marconi Union - A Lost Connection (Just Music)

    Albums: Marconi Union - A Lost Connection (Just Music)

    Synthesizers are played like instruments, instead of treated as just noise making machines, and there is an element of great control to even the most fleeting sounds.

    Posted on Jul 12th, 2010

  5. Fang Island - Fang Island (Sargent House)

    Albums: Fang Island - Fang Island (Sargent House)

    Sometimes it brings to mind those god-awful mobile phone advertisements where hoards of douche bags sing with each other in false unity. Hey everyone! Come on! Let’s get together! Groan.

    Posted on Jul 9th, 2010

  6. Jean Jacques Perrey and Cosmic Pocket - Froots (InVitro)

    Albums: Jean Jacques Perrey and Cosmic Pocket - Froots (InVitro)

    Do you have a penchant for elderly gentlemen transfixing you with transdimensional bleeps and beats? Don't you think that perhaps you should?

    Posted on Jul 9th, 2010

  7. Pernice Brothers - Goodbye, Killer (One Little Indian)

    Albums: Pernice Brothers - Goodbye, Killer (One Little Indian)

    At little over 32 minutes, this is a quality rather than quantity collection

    Posted on Jul 8th, 2010

  8. Natureboy - Natureboy (Own)

    Albums: Natureboy - Natureboy (Own)

    Keeping the backing music suitably spartan and Sara Kermanshahi’s voice center stage is an intelligent plan but Natureboy seem to be under the impression that weaving loops and samples with acoustic folk is creative of a synthesis. It isn't, it's already an over-crowded genre on its own.

    Posted on Jul 7th, 2010

  9. Lessons In Time - Swords and Spears (Forthesakeofthesong)

    Albums: Lessons In Time - Swords and Spears (Forthesakeofthesong)

    As if after a particularly wild night out with a tape recorder and a toy harmonium, he'd unknowlingly woken up on the lo-fi bandwagon with no idea how he got there.

    Posted on Jul 7th, 2010

  10. Memoryhouse

    Live Reviews: Memoryhouse @ The Social, London 02.07.10

    After walking into the Social, albeit a tad late, the second band on the bill, How To Dress Well, was already standing behind Harley’s projected screen, opening with an a cappella. Singing to a backing track, it unfortunately appeared to be no more talented than a karaoke performance, and instead, the audience’s attention was fixated on the visuals - an intensely warming display of dreamy, antique family VHS tapes from the 70’s, or what they should look like.

    Posted on Jul 6th, 2010

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