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The Quietus review
07.04.15

Into The Diamond Sun, Stealing Sheep's 2012 debut album, effortlessly picked a path through the kraut/psych/folk/indie hinterland, and was as dazzling as its title suggests. It...

Clash review
14.04.15

A bit bonkers, a bit brilliant...

Clash review
03.04.15

Third album doesn't answer the burning questions...

The Quietus review
26.03.15

There is a danger in consigning a geographical girdle to an artist's output, the relentless tendency toward defining a city's 'sound' proving no more useful than, say, the music...

Clash review
24.03.15

A rich and rewarding experience...

Punk News review
12.03.15

Melbourne is proving to be quite the fertile ground for punk bands lately. The city previously known for the grim post-punk of The Birthday Party and the goofy pop punk of Bodyjar...

The Quietus review
06.03.15

Aeonflower is a very different beast to Paper Dollhouse's debut album, though it's no less beautiful, unsettling, or eerie. Its predecessor, A Box Painted Black, released in 2012...

The Quietus review
25.02.15

Laura Marling has just embarked on another branch of her evolution. One expects nothing less from the famed folk singer, who's personal life has been the centre of her song...

Clash review
09.03.15

An electric account of an American odyssey…

Punk News review
24.02.15

At least from my perspective, Screaming Females’ strength has also been their greatest hindrance. The fact is, the band is a trio of maestros: lyrics that when removed form the...

Under The Radar review
27.03.15

Screaming Females inevitably get compared to Sleater-Kinney. Both are power trios, both play loud, simple indie rock, and both are led by women who absolutely wail.  More

The Quietus review
19.02.15

With the release of The Brothel in 2010, Susanne Sundfør enacted a revolution on herself. She started working with Jaga Jazzist's Lars Horntveth and shifted from an existence as a...

Punk News review
17.02.15

Ugh. Running With Scissors is one of the most bland, boring pop albums of the decade so far, nauseating in it's sickly syrupy "vulnerability" and "preciousness". Janet Devlin was...

The Quietus review
29.01.15

Richard Smith doesn't really like talking about his music. "I'm terrible at this," he tells me by email, when I contact him to try and obtain a bit of insider info on his debut...

The Quietus review
27.01.15

What with the upcoming reuniting of Ride, and Slowdive having already taking flight after a prolonged absence, you've really got to wonder whether Russian shoegazers...

Clash review
16.01.15

Suspend the betting: this is the rock album of 2015...

Under The Radar review
22.01.15

In the chorus of "A New Wave," halfway through Sleater-Kinney's new comeback album, No Cities to Love, Carrie Brownstein sings "No one here is taking notice/No outline will ever...

The Quietus review
21.01.15

If surprise albums are starting to seem de rigueur, I, for one, am glad that in this age of social media babble, there still exists the opportunity to get stupidly excited. Even...

Punk News review
20.01.15

It’s been ten years since the last Sleater-Kinney release (2005’s The Woods) and nine years since their unexpected hiatus was announced. There was no public blowup nor stints in...

Punk News review
13.01.15

Die Mannequin out of Toronto have only been around since 2005, but everything they have released up to now has had a definitive sound. Perhaps not the greatest of female-fronted...

The Quietus review
08.01.15

Tanya Tagaq hails from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, and has developed a modified form of Inuit throat singing. The rapid-fire exchange of gasping and growling breaths between two...

Clash review
29.01.15

Arresting, wholly original fare from the Polaris winner…

Spotinews recomendation
12.12.14

Howdy. The end of the year means a chance to catch up on albums that I missed from all the “best of 2014? lists that are being published. One such list is The Pansentient League’s...

Spotinews recomendation
10.12.14

Hey. From last week: the charming new covers album by She & Him. Genre: pop. Enjoy! She & Him – ClassicsFiled under: 2014, Pop

Under The Radar review
22.12.14

At long last, the legacy of She & Him, the passion project of guitar and studio wunderkind M. Ward and surprisingly good singer/actress Zooey Deschanel, was never going to be...

Spotinews recomendation
07.12.14

Hello friends. Here is another solid album that slipped under my radar earlier this year. Enjoy singer-songwriter Markéta Irglová! (One review here.) Markéta Irglová – MunaFiled...

Spotinews recomendation
05.12.14

Hello. Their last album came out in the 1990s. Now they are back with a new one and it’s a goodie. Genre: indie pop. Enjoy The Popguns! The Popguns – Pop FictionFiled under: 2014...

Clash review
01.12.14

An impressive performance from a singer still riding high…

The Quietus review
15.12.14

FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) is just another tragic part of the human condition. That burning desire to go to every show, to experience what "everyone" else is experiencing, can be...

Clash review
26.11.14

A Gaga-beater that sets the Canadian up with a bright future…

Spotinews recomendation
10.11.14

Hey. The new album by 2:54 is a keeper. Genre: rock. Good stuff. Enjoy! (US version here.) 2:54 – The Other IFiled under: 2014, Rock

Clash review
11.11.14

A limited but mostly satisfying second LP…

Spotinews recomendation
30.10.14

Hi again. Here is another sweet debut album. Genre: folk/pop. Enjoy French for Rabbits! (US version here.) French for Rabbits – SpiritsFiled under: 2014, Folk, Pop

Spotinews recomendation
31.10.14

Hi again. Here is another sweet debut album. Genre: folk/pop. Enjoy French for Rabbits! (US version here.) French for Rabbits – SpiritsFiled under: 2014, Folk, Pop

The Quietus review
23.10.14

Saint Saviour's 2011 release Union was a slept-on gem filled with comedowns, heel stomping pop and the considerable songwriting talents of Becky Jones. In the past, she's been...

Clash review
10.11.14

Songs bloom and shift with a timid beauty and sparseness...

The Quietus review
17.10.14

As long as those big wheels keep on turning to keep the big machines rolling, then why the hell would anyone try to reinvent them? Sure, you might tweak them here and there to...

The Quietus review
17.10.14

Jane Weaver is a transformed woman. After years as a folky, slightly leftfield singer songwriter, The Silver Globe sees her taking a full-scale leap into the cosmic void of...

The Quietus review
14.10.14

Ides Of Gemini have begun to carve a niche. To date, the trio, comprised of music journalist Jason Bennett on guitars, his partner and former Black Math Horseman frontwoman Sera...

Spotinews recomendation
14.10.14

Howdy. From a very recent Spotify update comes the solid new album by The Primitives. Genre: pop. Enjoy! (Note: Last track appears to be damaged. Sorry about that.) The Primitives...

Spotinews recomendation
31.10.14

Howdy. From a very recent Spotify update comes the solid new album by The Primitives. Genre: pop. Enjoy! (Note: Last track appears to be damaged. Sorry about that.) The Primitives...

Spotinews recomendation
12.10.14

Morning. The new album by folk singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan was added to Spotify earlier this week. Read some reviews and enjoy! Vashti Bunyan – HeartleapFiled under: 2014...

Spotinews recomendation
31.10.14

Morning. The new album by folk singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan was added to Spotify earlier this week. Read some reviews and enjoy! Vashti Bunyan – HeartleapFiled under: 2014...

Clash review
24.10.14

If you can cope with the extreme twee, ‘Heartleap’ is a diamond…

The Quietus review
20.10.14

Vashti Bunyan's voice, equal parts fragile and beautiful, might well function as a metaphor for her two-part career. First, the fragile: after being discovered at a young age by...