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NME review
07.04.14

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

Clash review
18.03.14

Sorrow-tinged dreaminess and ethereal symphonies...

Spotinews recomendation
08.03.14

Howdy folks. From a recent Spotify update comes the slick new album by Each Other. Genre: pop. Enjoy! Each Other – Being ElasticFiled under: 2014, Pop

The Line of Best Fit review
07.03.14

On her debut album, Karen Ørsted not only proves she's capable of crafting a superb collection of pristine pop, but that despite the ceaseless flood of Scandi-pop gold, she's...

Under The Radar review
27.03.14

MØ (born Karen Marie Ørsted) made her first entrance into the music scene as a shock rapper. But the 25-year-old Danish singer's debut full-length is a completely different beast...

Clash review
21.03.14

Impulsive, instinctive and infectious...

The Line of Best Fit review
06.03.14

On what is (incredibly) his first full-length solo release, the Galaxie 500 frontman's shrewd link-up with Jim James pays dividends - eventually

Spotinews recomendation
29.03.14

Hi. Thanks to a reader for reminding me about this stellar new album by Dean Wareham. Genre: pop/rock. Enjoy! (Note: Next update will be on Monday!) Dean Wareham – Dean...

NME review
17.03.14

Galaxie 500 man goes it alone on his first full-length solo record

Insound review
13.03.14

Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500, Luna) follows last year’s EP with his debut solo album. Nine new songs, produced by Jim James of My Morning Jacket, recorded at Jim’s house in...

Under The Radar review
11.03.14

Dean Wareham's debut solo recording—last year's majestic mini-album/EP Emancipated Hearts—brought out the softer side in the former frontman of both Galaxie 500 and Luna. Emotive...

The Line of Best Fit review
04.03.14

Khushi sets himself apart from run of the mill singer-songwriters on his first extended release.

Insound review
04.03.14

Anne's proper debut LP - Pulling Chain leads a dark and dirty dance oozing with gothic sexuality. Combining vibing, moody synths with thumping electronic back beats, Pulling Chain...

The Line of Best Fit review
18.02.14

Nick Harte emerges from the earthquake that battered his hometown of Christchurch with a triple album as inspired as it is incoherent.

Insound review
28.01.14

In Roses is the second album from Massachusetts based Gem Club was recorded at Tiny Telephone, John Vanderslice's studio, in 2013. For In Roses , Gem Club worked along with...

Under The Radar review
06.02.14

Gem Club's songs are spacious, graceful, and sad, the sort of music you'd hear drifting from a hidden PA system in an empty cathedral. More

Insound review
14.01.14

Lanterns on the Lake are a five-piece indie rock band from Newcastle-upon-tyne, United Kingdom.

Under The Radar review
22.01.14

Bella Union, the record label on which Lanterns on the Lake's sophomore album Until the Colours Run is released, is run by Simon Raymonde, formerly of dreampop pioneers Cocteau...

AudioCred review
26.12.13

What are we doing with guitars these days? Designing cryptic, pitch-altered loops; warping riffs into horrible menages of melody and tone; colliding countrified twangs into brick...

The Line of Best Fit review
21.12.13

A refreshingly poppy take on the serenity of shoegaze, one full of big builds to atmospheric grandeur ushered along by minute-yet-intricate licks and hooks.

The Line of Best Fit review
23.12.13

A refreshingly poppy take on the serenity of shoegaze, one full of big builds to atmospheric grandeur ushered along by minute-yet-intricate licks and hooks.

Spotinews recomendation
14.11.13

Hi. The new album by Gap Dream was just added to Spotify. Genre: pop. Enjoy! Gap Dream – Shine Your LightFiled under: 2013, Pop

Insound review
03.12.13

Super amazing follow up to last year's self-titled debut, Shine Your Light is a Burger Masterpiece! Gap Dream combines all the best parts of glam, psychedelia, synth,-pop and rock...

Under The Radar review
28.11.13

After Cleveland's Gap Dream brought together elements of Spiritualized and '60s rock/pop on last year's debut album, these latest recordings find linchpin Gabe Fulvimar heading...

Under The Radar review
06.11.13

For a man who's been plying his trade for over 25 years, it's kind of strange that Emancipated Hearts is Dean Wareham's first solo recording. More

NME review
25.11.13

Look beneath the surface of this record, and you’ll find a deep, rewarding roil of emotional currents

NME review
04.11.13

Scandinavian solo artist shows her tough yet vulnerable personality in her debut EP

XLR8R review
28.10.13

Laurel Halo's remarkable debut full-length for Hyperdub, Quarantine, proved divisive upon its release last year, largely due to the album's stark, abrasive treatment of the...

Clash review
29.11.13

Deranged and balefully bleak…

NME review
04.11.13

‘Chance Of Rain’ arrives to throw another new configuration into Laurel Halo's sonic flux.

Resident Advisor review
02.11.13

Quarantine, Laurel Halo's debut full-length, was a hugely accomplished record, hailed on this site and many others as one of the best albums of 2012. But the predominance of Halo...

The Quietus review
29.10.13

Last time around, Laurel Halo's 2012 debut album Quarantine was a smart, slick echo chamber of science fiction landscapes and precision-engineered reflection, with lyrics cooly...

XLR8R review
24.10.13

Yes, I'm Elastic, the latest EP by New York City's Daniel Fisher (a.k.a. Physical Therapy), follows on the producer's deranged sense of fun. Stylistically, Fisher is not...

Insound review
22.10.13

Stars Are Our Home mirrors the similar experimental nature of Halstead's previous work - he describes the album as, "a lot of very long and indulgent space rawk." The space-rock...

Spotinews recomendation
25.10.13

Hi again. The fine new album by Black Hearted Brother gives us shoegaze with an electronic touch. Enjoy! (US version here.) Black Hearted Brother – Stars Are Our Home Filed under...

The Quietus review
22.10.13

The news that Rachel Goswell is to join Neil Halstead on stage as one of the “very special guests” for his two solo gigs at Cecil Sharp House at the end of the month has been...

Insound review
22.10.13

New EP from Pat Grossi, featuring six brand new tracks. Guest spots on the EP from Ellie Goulding and Mikky Ekko.

Spotinews recomendation
25.10.13

Howdy folks. I’m finally back home again, which means there will be some more blog updates from now on. Here is the new EP by Active Child. Genre: electronic. Enjoy! (UK version...

Insound review
17.10.13

Between melody and discord, Cross Record’s first fulllength LP Be Good forges a quiet path through myriad sounds. Strings, clarinet, flute, steel drum, bells, tape distortion and...

NME review
30.09.13

Why do Swim Deep keep re-releasing the same singles?

NME review
25.09.13

Narcotic blues that seeps into the bloodstream

The Quietus review
10.10.13

Mazzy Star's 1990 debut She Hangs Brightly established them as intriguing purveyors of exquisite, soporific indie. 1993's So Tonight That I Might See was responsible for etching...

Spotinews recomendation
25.09.13

Morning. This new album would have been a blog post yesterday had I not been worried that my readers would get a dream pop overdose. Yes, this is another dream pop album and yes...

Insound review
17.09.13

Evolution is a tricky word when discussing current trends in music, especially when it comes to sophomore albums. The critically lauded Blouse, the 2011 debut from the Portland...

Under The Radar review
16.10.13

This Portland trio improves upon their somewhat humdrum first outing by doing what many synthpop acts might consider the unthinkable: they tossed out their synthesizers entirely...

Spotinews recomendation
18.09.13

Good morning friends. The new album by Blouse is a keeper. Genre: pop/rock. Enjoy! Blouse – Imperium Filed under: 2013, Pop, Rock

Spotinews recomendation
13.09.13

Hi. This intriguing new album by Emily Reo was recently added to the Spotify library. Genre: dream pop. Enjoy! Emily Reo – Olive Juice Filed under: 2013, Pop

NME review
27.08.13

A debut that captures the atmosphere of contemporary London in all its bleak and lonely glory

The Quietus review
02.09.13

Hidden behind a smoky wall of xx-nabbed aesthetics and an almost unlistenably irritating voice, King Krule doesn't really know why he's doing what he's doing, except perhaps for...

AudioCred review
30.08.13

Archy Marshall’s voice is a weapon; one designed for vicious clubhouse beatings and backalley mutilation. The (as of only last week) 19 year old British phenom sings like a thug...

Spotinews recomendation
22.08.13

Hey again. Can you stand another fine dream pop album? If yes, please give Pure Bathing Culture a try and enjoy! (US version here.) Pure Bathing Culture – Moon Tides Filed under...

Under The Radar review
23.08.13

Vetiver refugees Daniel Hindman and Sarah Versprille have created one of the few bands to compare themselves to Cocteau Twins and actually hit somewhere near that mark. More

TapeFear recommendation
19.08.13

A mesmerising abstract vocal ambient album from Julianna Barwick. Beautiful.

NME review
27.08.13

Her songs sound even more spaced out and unreal than ever

The Quietus review
27.08.13

The importance of place in Julianna Barwick's music cannot be overstated; both the feelings and emotions we are capable of projecting onto our surroundings, and the memories and...

AudioCred review
26.08.13

Though she now calls Brooklyn home, Julianna Barwick’s musical upbringing in the churches of rural Missouri plays a large part in the sound of Nepenthe, the ambient composer’s...

Under The Radar review
26.08.13

Julianna Barwick's breakthrough record The Magic Place saw the Brooklyn singer find her, ahem, voice, as a creator of ambient, ethereal choral works—layering vocals to the extent...

Spotinews recomendation
20.08.13

Hi again. The well received new album by Julianna Barwick was recently added to Spotify. Genre: ambient/electronic. Enjoy! Julianna Barwick – Nepenthe Filed under: 2013, Electronic

NME review
19.08.13

Sonny Kilfoyle intones such Morrissey-sour quips as “Happy birthday/Can I poison your drink?”

Under The Radar review
06.08.13

Despite their Scandinavian roots, hotly tipped trio Postiljonen aren't exactly what you'd call a winter band. The airy soundscapes and melting synth lines of the trio's debut long...

The Line of Best Fit review
06.08.13

The reunited shoegazers' first album in eighteen years sounds like it could have done with a little longer in the incubator.

Spotinews recomendation
11.08.13

Hi. I’m back. There should be some more blog activity from now on. Here is the cool new album by Medicine. Read some reviews and enjoy! (Genre: shoegaze/dream pop) Medicine – To...