Even Adams’ guitar lines manage to evoke something bittersweet.
Thirteen years after the release of Aphex Twin’s last album, Drukqs, Richard D James has returned with his much awaited album, Syro.
Won’t do much for the lonely goths of this world.
A complete contrast to any of their previous albums.
This cheeky monkey has given us this beauty of a record
Marmozets are definitely on my to-see list.
Not perfect but the Sad nearly hit the sweet spot on album four.
If all you’re after is more of the first album, you won’t be disappointed.
This is a good one.
It’s more of a “coming to terms” affair.
There's enough punk attitude in this album to, well, win a 'who's the most punk?' contest.
Hypnotic Eye is an album with plenty of American soul, the kind of music classics are made from.
It may be small, but this perfectly formed mini-album has substance.
His particular brand of musical finesse just doesn’t quite transfer to the album.
This will be an album that I will be revisiting for some time.
Second album from the long lost but soon to return cult dandies of Rock 'n' Roll
This album makes me feel like Supergirl.
Mysterious bemasked septet rock out with a deliciously psychedelic take on world music.
Distinctly Gothy, distinctly good,
Surf doom brilliance on The Wytches highly anticipated debut...
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.
They want the arenas and by crikey this makes it obvious.
Simpson goes folk-rock. Not for fans of Busted or Fightstar
I should love this but it just left me frustrated.
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.
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.
The whole album is totally unafraid of pace and on this one, melody is used to highlight, not simplify. Stormin’.
Despite having brief moments that can only be described as ‘nice’, these prove little treatment for the majority of ‘We Need Medicine’.
DEAR GOD it works. Nanobots is just classic TMBG with each song breaking all regular music conventions.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
Nice yes, but we find ourselves looking for an “Eat Me. Drink Me” to take the adventure on a different direction.
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.
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.