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26.11.14

Hello. From last month: the fine new album by Fakuta. Genre: electronic/pop. Enjoy! Fakuta – Tormenta SolarFiled under: 2014, Electronic, Pop

Under The Radar review
12.11.14

It has been two years since the slow-burning perfection of HAERTS' debut single "Wings" emerged; its elegiac vocals, wide-open spaces, and resolutely defiant surges established...

Spotinews recomendation
08.11.14

Hello. The debut album by Springtime Carnivore (pop singer-songwriter Greta Morgan) will make you happy. Enjoy! Springtime Carnivore – Springtime CarnivoreFiled under: 2014, Pop...

Under The Radar review
10.11.14

Springtime Carnivore's origin story is one that feels plucked from Dust Bowl-era Americana: a former tightrope walker from a traveling circus troupe rediscovered her family's...

Spotinews recomendation
28.10.14

Hey. From a very recent Spotify update comes the new album by Medicine. Genre: noise pop/shoegaze. Enjoy! Medicine – Home EverywhereFiled under: 2014, Pop, Rock

Spotinews recomendation
31.10.14

Hey. From a very recent Spotify update comes the new album by Medicine. Genre: noise pop/shoegaze. Enjoy! Medicine – Home EverywhereFiled under: 2014, Pop, Rock

Spotinews recomendation
04.10.14

Hello again. From a recent Spotify update: the impressive debut album by Lydia Ainsworth. Genre: electronic/pop. Enjoy! Lydia Ainsworth – Right from RealFiled under: 2014...

Spotinews recomendation
01.10.14

Good morning. The slow, delicate new album by Sea Oleena is a very recent addition to the Spotify library. Genre: dream pop. Enjoy! Sea Oleena – ShallowFiled under: 2014, Pop

TapeFear recommendation
06.10.14

Haunting hazy dream pop from Sea Oleena.

Spotinews recomendation
25.09.14

Hi again. I’m off to visit family for a week, which means there may be fewer updates during that time period. My next update will be on Saturday. Anyhow, here is the cool new...

Spotinews recomendation
23.09.14

Hi. From a very, very recent Spotify update: the dreamy new album by Whirr. Genre: shoegaze. Enjoy! Whirr – SwayFiled under: 2014, Rock

Punk News review
24.09.14

Whirr have clearly defined where they want to go. Around steered them in a more dissonant and darker direction, limiting any pop sensibility or lighter tones that may have been...

Under The Radar review
17.09.14

The first song post-intro on Melted Toys' self-titled debut album, "Bummed Out," has a good chunk of instrumental which can pretty much be considered a peppy cover of The Smiths...

TapeFear recommendation
11.09.14

Alice Boman's EP of dreamy folk pop has well and truly lodged itself under my skin.

Insound review
09.09.14

Love Inks is a minimalist pop group making music that harkens back to early 80s UK (Marine Girls, Young Marble Giants) and David Lynch's Roadhouse. The group's sleek, needle...

NME review
15.09.14

Ambient but frustrating minimalism from the Texan trio

Insound review
25.08.14

He’s from Memphis, equally steeped in Link Wray and Phil Collins. She’s a small town girl raised in Muskegon, Michigan, who found her songwriting inspiration while living on a...

Insound review
25.08.14

The legacy of North Carolina's Ashrae Fax seems destined to be appreciated in retrospect, in no small part given to the tremendous power of the group's 2003 release Static Crash...

Spotinews recomendation
05.09.14

Good evening. It’s time for a rare late night blog post. It’s time for a real smooth dream pop album. It’s time for you to enjoy Ashrae Fax! (Review including some background...

Spotinews recomendation
28.08.14

Good evening. It’s time for a rare late night blog post. It’s time for a real smooth dream pop album. It’s time for you to enjoy Ashrae Fax! (Review including some background...

NME review
18.08.14

Brian Jonestown Massacre's tambourine player can't quite match the levels of his day job

The Quietus review
11.09.14

Joel Gion, tambourine player and backing vocalist with the Brian Jonestown Massacre, sometime DJ and known for his buffoonery in the film Dig!, is never going to produce cutting...

NME review
13.08.14

Another solid effort from the persistently exciters shoegazers

Under The Radar review
18.09.14

Engineers have done a bit of tinkering in the engine room since its third and last album, In Praise of More (2010). A round of lineup changes—the second in the U.K.-based band's...

NME review
11.08.14

Tahliah Barnett's debut impresses with its futuristic vision of R&B

The Quietus review
15.08.14

Legion and lamentable are the reviews of female artists written by male music critics in which their hands appear to have drifted away from the keyboard for an energetic thigh rub...

Under The Radar review
15.08.14

If it weren't for the very self-explanatory name LP1, you'd be forgiven for not believing it was British singer/producer FKA twigs' debut album. Rarely does a young artist make...

Insound review
12.08.14

FKA twigs is a London-based producer, singer, songwriter, video director, classically trained ballerina, and choreographer. Although Twigs (as her friends call her) has only...

Insound review
06.08.14

Over the last four years, Olympia-based punk trio Naomi Punk - featuring singer/guitarist Travis Coster, guitarist Neil Gregerson, and drummer Nic Luempert - have been lighting up...

NME review
11.08.14

Volatile, discordant brilliance from Washington noise trio

Insound review
05.08.14

Angus and Julia Stone are an Australian brother-sister folk-blues group that formed in 2006. Their parents played as a folk duo before Julia and Angus were born. The self-titled...

Spotinews recomendation
09.08.14

Hey there. The new album by Angus & Julia Stone is a fairly recent Spotify addition. Genre: folk/pop. Enjoy! (Note: This album is split up in many different versions, but you...

NME review
06.08.14

Aussie siblings reunite after going it alone

NME review
21.07.14

Summer jams meet jangly melancholy on the Toronto band's impressive debut

Under The Radar review
24.07.14

In John Green's The Fault In Our Stars, eye cancer patient Isaac expressed his love for his then-girlfriend Monica by incessantly exchanging the phrase "always," indicating their...

Insound review
22.07.14

Alvvays are two women, three men, a crate of C-86 tapes and a love of jingle-jangle. Convening in Toronto, the group have been making music since since dusk or maybe dawn. As a...

Clash review
21.07.14

A joyous debut from the Toronto troupe…

NME review
18.07.14

Super Furry Animal and accomplice produce a debut awash with joyful Sixties fantasies

Under The Radar review
25.09.14

Gulp's Season Sun is to psychedelic rock what low-THC marijuana is to psychedelic drugs. More

The Quietus review
21.07.14

What with Super Furry Animals being one of the most brilliantly consistent bands on the planet, every solo release is met with unfair anticipation and a smidge of dread. Since...

Under The Radar review
09.07.14

If you're not familiar with this Danish group, run to YouTube and find their brilliant "The Swans" video: the nine-minute space opera finds our spacemen-musicians landing their...

Insound review
24.06.14

It’s been a while, but A Sunny Day in Glasgow are back with Sea When Absent , their third proper album. Sea When Absent situates itself in the science fiction that is life in 2014...

Spotinews recomendation
18.08.14

Howdy. As all my top choices for this week were either missing completely or missing in a few places, why not write about an album that was missing in many places when it was...

NME review
15.08.14

A fierce campaign to propel their usual shoegaze into a poppier stratosphere

Under The Radar review
28.07.14

For a band whose members never seem to be in the same place at the same time, A Sunny Day in Glasgow manages to create a type of harmonious musical interface that makes their...

Under The Radar review
19.06.14

They say all the good band names have already been taken, which accounts for why so many post-millennial acts have resorted to daft monikers such as Freelance Whales, Com Truise...

Insound review
10.06.14

After a dormant period following the release of the Gallery EP in 2012, Craft Spells' Justin Vallesteros is back with the gorgeously ambitious Nausea . It's Craft Spells' second...

NME review
07.08.14

Solo bedroom musician swaps electronica for gentle pop

Under The Radar review
11.06.14

After a couple long years of quietude, Craft Spells (the songwriting vehicle of dream pop scholar Justin Vallesteros) reemerge with Nausea. The album shares a name with a Sartre...

Clash review
06.06.14

At a transcendent point in their career...

NME review
16.06.14

Recorded with a 13-piece orchestra, the Swedish folk duo's second album masters the art of sophisticated sadness

Spotinews recomendation
12.06.14

Howdy. The excellent new album by First Aid Kit has been available for a while for many users and is fairly new for others. Genre: folk/pop. Recommended listening. Enjoy! (Version...

The Quietus review
10.06.14

When David Cameron proclaimed admiration for the musings of Kurt Vile and the Laurel Canyon cool of First Aid Kit, it felt like an echoing of even the most absurd spin scenarios...

Under The Radar review
06.06.14

It's a fun game to ask someone unfamiliar with First Aid Kit where the band hails from. Tennessee is a common guess, as is Georgia, and the fact that the Söderberg sisters are...

Spotinews recomendation
21.05.14

Good morning. The sun is shining. It’s going to be a beautiful day. Here is a new dream pop album. Enjoy The Capsules! The Capsules – The Long GoodbyeFiled under: 2014, Pop

NME review
19.05.14

Texan trio go gooey-eyed on their third effort

Under The Radar review
16.05.14

As part of the ongoing 25th Anniversary reissue series from Merge, The Clientele have reissued their 2000 quasi-debut album, Suburban Light. The original was a collection of...

Under The Radar review
13.05.14

Brooklyn's Pains of Being Pure at Heart, the pop vehicle for songwriter Kip Berman and a rotating circle of musician-friends, continues to shift and contort its sound three albums...

Clash review
13.06.14

This is power pop at its purest…

NME review
09.06.14

No more C86 jangles from the NYC bunch as '80s synth-pop becomes their new go-to sound

Spotinews recomendation
02.06.14

Morning. The new album by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart was added for US listeners some weeks back. Now it has been added for Europe as well. Genre: pop. Enjoy! The Pains of...

The Quietus review
29.05.14

God this is meh. This is whole new level of meh. This is maximum meh. How is that even possible? Isn't meh supposed to be, by definition, nothingy, incapable of inciting anything...

Alt Press review
15.05.14

NME review
07.04.14

Kiwi sibling duo team up with Lorde's producer to make similarly sparse synth-pop