Album, Single, EP and Live Reviews

  1. Christy & Emily – No Rest (Klangbad)

    Albums: Christy & Emily – No Rest (Klangbad)

    No Rest manages to conjure intensity from the barest of ingredients but it’s hard to escape the feeling that these bursts of inspiration don’t make for a cohesive and complete album...

    Posted on May 27th, 2010

  2. Woodenbox With a Fistful of Fivers – Home and the Wild Hunt (Electric Honey)

    Albums: Woodenbox With a Fistful of Fivers – Home and the Wild Hunt (Electric Honey)

    Armed with a riot of folk and country laments, fired up with delirious horns, it's a captivating long-player from a hugely exciting band that are destined for big things...

    Posted on May 27th, 2010

  3. Rich Batsford – Valentine Court (Mouflon)

    Albums: Rich Batsford – Valentine Court (Mouflon)

    Quietly building melody and atmosphere, Batsford appears to excel at gently shaping moods...

    Posted on May 27th, 2010

  4. Clogs – The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton (Brassland)

    Albums: Clogs – The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton (Brassland)

    A collection of pristine arrangements that are simultaneously comforting and moving, packed with flourishes and a keen sense of melody...

    Posted on May 27th, 2010

  5. Serafina Steer - Change Is Good, Change Is Good (Static Caravan)

    Albums: Serafina Steer - Change Is Good, Change Is Good (Static Caravan)

    An album that puts on a pedestal Serafina’s weird ability to tell captivating stories which so deftly link the 'kitchen sink' with the entirely mysterious...

    Posted on May 27th, 2010

  6. John & Jehn – Time For the Devil (Naïve)

    Albums: John & Jehn – Time For the Devil (Naïve)

    Certainly not lacking in ideas but all too often it fails to match the heights reached by the acts John & Jehn have drawn inspiration from

    Posted on May 27th, 2010

  7. Mixtapes and Cellmates – Rox (Tangled Up!)

    Albums: Mixtapes and Cellmates – Rox (Tangled Up!)

    There is an underlying teen thrill and sugar high to the sweet noise guitars, punchy drums and cymbal washes and a smidgen of alternative angst...

    Posted on May 27th, 2010

  8. Woods – At Echo Lake (Woodsist)

    Albums: Woods – At Echo Lake (Woodsist)

    Often shaping a peculiar surf/country-rock hybrid, with woozy melodies and layers of strange sounds, Woods have succeeded in creating a leftfield amalgam of ingredients which draws on both traditional pop and the trippy dalliances of hazy 1960s rock...

    Posted on May 27th, 2010

  9. Male Bonding – Nothing Hurts (Sub Pop)

    Albums: Male Bonding – Nothing Hurts (Sub Pop)

    A rattling, breakneck punk record but with no shortage of melody

    Posted on May 27th, 2010

  10. The Radio Dept. – Clinging To A Scheme (Labrador)

    Albums: The Radio Dept. – Clinging To A Scheme (Labrador)

    A vibe that is very much independent - artsy but not too hip, pop but not over the top...

    Posted on May 27th, 2010

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