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NME review
21.07.14

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

Under The Radar review
yesterday

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

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...

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...

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

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...