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Under The Radar review
19.05.17

Given John Darnielle's love of death metal, we knew Goths' day would come. What we didn't expect is the canvas to be so pop-forward. Goths is vivid and light on its toes, as it...

The Quietus review
17.05.17

‘The universe is information’On Hand in Hand, Felicia Atkinson is fascinated by information, in all its heterogeneity. It’s a fascination that has pervaded her recent work and...

Spotinews recomendation
13.05.17

Hello. Let’s continue with the new album by Elf Power. Genre: indie rock. Enjoy! Elf Power – Twitching in TimeFiled under: 2017, Rock

Spotinews recomendation
12.05.17

Hey there. It’s a new release week. First find: the new album by Girlpool. Genre: pop/rock. Enjoy! Girlpool – PowerplantFiled under: 2017, Pop, Rock

Under The Radar review
13.05.17

Girlpool's debut LP, 2015's Before the World Was Big, was something of a declaration of character. The then-Los Angeles duo announced themselves as being openly vulnerable and...

Under The Radar review
05.05.17

Happiness never sounded as haunting as it does on the new Perfume Genius record, No Shape. Everything, including contentment, comes at a cost, and those emotional debts will leave...

The Quietus review
31.05.17

In 2011, Mike Hadreas worried that his music was too simple. “Why would people come and pay money for something so tiny?” he asked. His debut album, 2010’s Learning, was indeed...

Spotinews recomendation
07.05.17

Howdy folks. Just a single update today, but it’s a good one. Genre: chamber pop. Enjoy Perfume Genius! Perfume Genius – No ShapeFiled under: 2017, Pop

Spotinews recomendation
24.04.17

Evening. A promised here is another update. Genre: folk rock. Read this review and enjoy Woods! Woods – Love Is LoveFiled under: 2017, Folk, Rock

Under The Radar review
12.04.17

August By Cake is Robert Pollard's 100th album, and a double album to boot. Not only that but a great double album. It's amazing how Pollard still manages to mine new ground in...

Spotinews recomendation
11.04.17

Hey. The cozy new album by Timber Timbre arrived the other day. Genre: pop/rock. Enjoy! (Note: The release is spread out on different releases for different regions, but clicking...

Under The Radar review
14.04.17

We are familiar with the nostalgic bulbousness of Timber Timbre, the weeping willows' long tentacles waving high above our heads creating a stage for front porch cracklers crafted...

Spotinews recomendation
10.04.17

Hey. Just one update today, but it’s a good one. Enjoy the dynamic debut album by Tashaki Miyaki! (Genre: dream pop) Tashaki Miyaki – The DreamFiled under: 2017, Pop

Spotinews recomendation
25.03.17

Hey there. With some of the best reviews of the year (so far), the emotional new album by Mount Eerie (project by folk singer-songwriter Phil Elverum) looks like a winner. Enjoy...

Under The Radar review
25.03.17

A Crow Looked at Me is an unflinching look at life going on after the loss of someone dear, as much about love as it is about death.  More

Clash review
17.03.17

Soft-focus and faintly nostalgic, but all the better for it...

Spotinews recomendation
25.03.17

Hi. It’s a new release week again. First find: Real Estate. Genre: indie pop/rock. Enjoy! Real Estate – In MindFiled under: 2017, Pop, Rock

Under The Radar review
25.03.17

For a bunch of barely 30-year-olds, the members of Real Estate sure know how to make some stellar soft rock. That's not meant as an insult—their last album, Atlas, is one of the...

The Quietus review
25.03.17

The old John Peel adage about The Fall being “always different, always the same” might be fruitfully adapted for New Jersey janglers Real Estate. For here, truly, is a band that...

Spotinews recomendation
11.03.17

Hello again. Indie pop, anyone? If yes, check out the slick new album by Tennis and enjoy! (US version here) (And there is a new playlist: Spotinews 077, where I post samples from...

Under The Radar review
25.03.17

The formula that seems to work for the husband and wife duo Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore is to set out to sea and become inspired to make a record. Their first, Cape Dory, was...

Clash review
03.03.17

A superb new album from the Vancouver crew...

Spotinews recomendation
02.03.17

Hello again. For the final update of the release week I saved something special. Vagabon is Laetitia Tamko and this is her debut album. Genre: art pop/indie rock. Enjoy! Vagabon...

Under The Radar review
24.02.17

Psychedelic indie rock outfit King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard have already released eight records since their 2012 debut. Last year's Nonagon Infinity was an introduction for...

Spotinews recomendation
24.02.17

Hi again. The wild new album by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard just arrived. Genre: psychedelic rock. Enjoy! (US version here) King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Flying...

Spotinews recomendation
10.02.17

Hey. The first update of the new release week gives us more sensual electronic/pop from Teen Daze. Enjoy! (US version here and one for UK listeners here) Teen Daze – Themes for...

Under The Radar review
10.02.17

Jamison Isaak (Teen Daze) is anxious in his latest release, Themes For Dying Earth. He's worried about his own life as much as he's distressed by the deterioration of our planet...

Clash review
03.02.17

Peter Sagar returns with his most confidently obtuse and complete record yet...

Under The Radar review
14.02.17

We've heard that Peter Sagar is Mac DeMarco's touring guitarist. We know he must be good then. But his lo-fi, boyish, oddly smooth R&B treatments under his rather unpresuming...

Spotinews recomendation
09.02.17

Hey again. The final update of this release week is the moving new album by Homeshake. Genre: soul. Enjoy! Homeshake – Fresh AirFiled under: 2017, Soul

Clash review
03.02.17

A courageous return that genuinely inspires...

Under The Radar review
10.03.17

After their 2010 debut Astro Coast became a much deserved breakout indie hit, Surfer Blood hit some unexpected and tragic stumbling blocks. Their 2013 major label debut and...

Spotinews recomendation
01.02.17

Hello again. Since I’m away from home, my next update will arrive on Sunday when I get back. Anyhow, here is the latest album by Cloud Nothings. Genre: indie rock. Enjoy! (US...

Under The Radar review
28.02.17

Four albums in, Cleveland rock band Cloud Nothings still seem in search of something. From their snotty 2011 self-titled debut, through 2012's breakthrough Attack on Memory and...

Clash review
01.02.17

A terrific return that invites you to find solace in music...

Under The Radar review
27.01.17

Crunchy and resolute, Ty Segall's newest self-titled toaster turns up some unearthed crust and butter that is both satiating and balanced. The 29-year-old's ninth studio offering...

Spotinews recomendation
27.01.17

Hey. I will be visiting family over the next week and a half. This means updates every third day or so on average. However, in case there should be any trouble with my Internet...

The Quietus review
26.01.17

Irma Vep is a construct built around Manchester-entrenched Welshman Edwin Stevens, a bowerbird of outsider music that makes awkward compositions designed to tear you down just to...

Spotinews recomendation
17.01.17

Hello friends. Are you in need of some positive energy? If yes, please check out the new album by Half Japanese and enjoy! (Genre: indie rock) Half Japanese – Hear the Lions...

Spotinews recomendation
26.11.16

Hi. The latest album by Elephant Stone – listed as a new release this week because of the CD release – was actually added to Spotify two months ago. Genre: pop. Enjoy! Elephant...

Clash review
24.11.16

Fresh spins on some of Bundick's least resonant work...

Spotinews recomendation
12.11.16

Hi. The new album by Sleigh Bells arrived yesterday. Genre: experimental electronic/noise pop. Enjoy! (US version here) Sleigh Bells – Jessica RabbitFiled under: 2016, Electronic...

The Quietus review
10.11.16

I remember the first time, on a warm day in a park in the south of Rotterdam. At a municipal festival, full of grazing “Roffa types” on a day out; parading tattoos, bull terriers...

Spotinews recomendation
10.11.16

Hey. Let’s end the release week on a strong note. Enjoy American Wrestlers! (Genre: indie rock) (US version here) American Wrestlers – Goodbye Terrible YouthFiled under: 2016, Rock

Under The Radar review
08.12.16

American Wrestlers' Goodbye Terrible Youth tackles the most difficult obstacle for any young, lo-fi, "bedroom pop" act: learning how to make your sound bigger and clearer without...

Clash review
09.11.16

Rejuvenated Scottish duo deliver an emphatic second album...

Under The Radar review
10.11.16

These shreddin' Scots have cashed out the dreamier guise of their self-titled debut for more jagged edges on this boldly-titled follow-up.  More

Clash review
09.11.16

A warm, expansive return...