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Esben & The Witch // A New Nature

Monday, August 4th 2014

Distinctly Gothy, distinctly good,

The Wytches // Annabel Dream Reader

Friday, July 25th 2014

Surf doom brilliance on The Wytches highly anticipated debut...

Ward Thomas // From Where We Stand

Sunday, July 20th 2014

Linkin Park // The Hunting Party

Friday, July 18th 2014

The Hunting Party is ostensibly a return to Hybrid Theory, a statement to current rock bands trying to ‘play it safe’. Their debut was a punch in the gut for rock music. This? Not so much.

Twin Atlantic // Great Divide

Sunday, July 13th 2014

They want the arenas and by crikey this makes it obvious.

Charlie Simpson // Long Road Home

Sunday, July 13th 2014

Simpson goes folk-rock. Not for fans of Busted or Fightstar

King Creosote // From Scotland with love

Tuesday, July 1st 2014

Manic Street Preachers // Futurology

Tuesday, July 1st 2014

Sebastien Tellier // L'Aventura

Tuesday, July 1st 2014

Antlers // Familiars

Saturday, May 31st 2014

I should love this but it just left me frustrated.

Lacuna Coil // Broken Crown Halo

Friday, May 23rd 2014

When a band has been together for twenty years it can be tough to retain what fans like about the music without merely rehashing the last album. Italy's Lacuna Coil are in danger of falling into this trap with latest album Broken Crown Halo.

Kathryn Williams // Crown Electric

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

She sings of being brave enough to be yourself, and of trusting a new partner, all laid over her acoustic guitar, beautiful string parts and occasional brass.

Future of the Left // How to Stop Your Brain in an Accident

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

The whole album is totally unafraid of pace and on this one, melody is used to highlight, not simplify. Stormin’.

The Fratellis // We Need Medicine

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

Despite having brief moments that can only be described as ‘nice’, these prove little treatment for the majority of ‘We Need Medicine’.

They Might Be Giants // Nanobots

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

DEAR GOD it works. Nanobots is just classic TMBG with each song breaking all regular music conventions.

Midlake // Antiphon

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

‘Antiphon’ takes them back to their roots. They sound more American, more classic and there’s a feeling you’ve known the songs for years. ‘Antiphon’ is a perfect assertion to start with.

Gentleman's Dub Club // FOURtyFOUR

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

FOURtyFOUR sees Gentleman’s Dub Club going back to old reggae roots with a variety of classical reggae mixed with their trademark dub and 2 tone.

Warpaint // Warpaint

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

However, they sleepwalk through the majority of the album, meaning listening to it in its entirety makes you feel like you’ve taken a tranque dart to the neck.

I Break Horses // Chiaroscuro

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

Maria Lindén of I Break Horses can just sprinkle those beats all over my record collection whilst I dance tippy-toed on the layers of reverbed vox, so ethereal I'd actually be floating in mid air.

Wild Beasts // Present Tense

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

Nice yes, but we find ourselves looking for an “Eat Me. Drink Me” to take the adventure on a different direction.

The Rifles // None The Wiser

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

If you like your indie mod rock neatly pre-packaged and ready for mass consumption, then you’ll love humming the easy to remember chorus melodies as you strut around Glastonbury ’14 in a straw hat.

Bombay Bicycle Club // So Long, See You Tomorrow

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

Overdone’ rapidly takes on a Bollywood vibe. This, blurred with the kind of vocals and drumbeats you’d expect, suggest evolution, and not a complete move away from the early days.

Metronomy // Love Letters

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

Just because something is popular doesn’t mean it’s shit. And anyway, this band clearly aren’t like, Rihanna or Bieber or Queen B in their popularity.

Little Dragon // Nabuma Rubberband

Monday, April 28th 2014

Little Dragon are back, so ring the bell: it’s [press] play-time.

Embrace // Embrace

Monday, April 28th 2014

Embrace have succeeded in creating a giant, glittering pot of gold out of loads of ingredients

Brody Dalle // Diploid Love

Thursday, April 24th 2014

Brody is back.

The Amazing Snakeheads // Amphetamine Ballads

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014

"Dirty, psychedelic, industrial and undeniably sexy" - Let's get down with The Amazing Snakeheads...

Pixies // Indie Cindy

Tuesday, April 22nd 2014

The incomparable Pixies return after a 21 year dry spell, but was it worth the wait?

Grace Jones // Nightclubbing (Island Records)

Monday, April 7th 2014

Grace Jones eschewed the expectations of her colour by hoovering up the rock, art-pop and new wave palettes like cheap cocaine

Fruitful Earth // Rising Sun (Big Peach Records)

Monday, April 7th 2014

Smoky, classic 70s rock, influenced by bluesy lyrics and pace, with some good ol’ country to boot.

Paolo Nutini // Caustic Love

Monday, April 7th 2014

He’s in complete command of this album, changing the atmosphere from being fun, comfortable and up-beat to being something more slow and mournful.

Horse Party // Cover Your Eyes

Monday, March 24th 2014

A stunningly good debut from lynchpin of the Bury St Edmunds scene.

Tune-Yards // Nikki Nack

Tuesday, March 18th 2014

Tune-Yards' 3rd album still playful but produced

I Am Your Autopilot // The Stillness of the Sea

Tuesday, March 18th 2014

It’s more a mismatch of noises that clash together to eventually form a somewhat pleasant sound.

Blitz Kids // The Good Youth

Tuesday, March 18th 2014

Blitz Kids have succeeded in continuing their roll of high quality albums which I think is safe to say excuses the delay they’ve had in releasing the album.

Raglans – Raglans (Independent Records Ltd)

Monday, March 17th 2014

They already have their own loyal followers drooling at their every move and it’s no wonder as they don’t half knock out a good tune or three.

Flatlands and Garage Flowers // Animals - EP

Thursday, March 13th 2014

A sound that’s as crisp and fresh as a sharp frost on a winter’s day as the wind blows in, from over the Shropshire hills.

The Twang // Neontwang

Tuesday, March 11th 2014

Good build-up, but missed the point

Nobodaddy // Longing for a Flight

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

They're longing for a flight, we're longing for them to broaden their musical horizons.

François and the Atlas Mountains // Piano Ombre

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

French-English repetitiveness.