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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

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...

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
02.10.14

Morning friends. The new album by singer-songwriter Pieta Brown arrived earlier this week. Enjoy! Pieta Brown – Paradise OutlawFiled under: 2014, Singer-songwriter

Spotinews recomendation
02.10.14

Hi again. This new album by Elizabeth Shepherd was a positive surprise for me. Genre: jazz. Enjoy! (Note: I’ll be on the road tomorrow. My next update will be on Saturday. See you...

Clash review
29.09.14

A stunning fourth studio set from the Icelander...

NME review
03.12.14

Icelandic folkie does mildly quirky on her fourth LP

NME review
06.10.14

Icelandic folkie does mildly quirky on her fourth LP

NME review
23.09.14

The Brooklyn duo plough the same material as on their back catalogue but come off sounding distant

Punk News review
18.09.14

Currently trending today, the revered emo revival movement. Bands such as Into It Over It, Tigers Jaw, Balance and Composure and many more are bringing back the style of countless...

Under The Radar review
15.09.14

For her third LP, Lia Ices has traded the delicate folk of her first two records for a more adventurous, percussive sonic palette. More

Under The Radar review
12.09.14

Shara Worden has been quietly carving out a niche for herself as a unique voice for some time now. Her projects have certainly been varied; aside from releasing music under the My...

NME review
22.09.14

Shara Worden makes a bid to jin the US experimental pop pantheon

Spotinews recomendation
16.09.14

Howdy folks. I really enjoyed the new album by My Brightest Diamond (band led by pop singer-songwriter Shara Worden). Enjoy! My Brightest Diamond – This Is My HandFiled under...

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
09.09.14

EP debuted #1 on the R&B charts and #8 on the Top 200.

Clash review
23.10.14

A slow-burning debut that impresses with time…

NME review
08.09.14

Only Steve Albini's production lets down this dramatic third from the gothic Brighton trio

Under The Radar review
18.09.14

"Press Heavenwards" opens A New Nature with three minutes of beautifully spacious and dark atmospherics before the meat of the song even begins; this slow burn intro echoes Pink...

The Quietus review
12.09.14

At the tail end of 2010, nestled amongst the annual assemblage of tepid mediocrity that is the "BBC Sound Of" list, you may have spotted Brighton trio Esben And The Witch. Having...

Insound review
09.09.14

The third album from Esben and the Witch and their second release of 2014 after a split with Thought Forms in April.

NME review
08.09.14

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs debut is full of late-night heartache and downbeat ditties

Punk News review
12.09.14

Though the tunes of Karen O's debut solo album Crush Songs were written and recorded in 2006 and 2007 (between the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Show Your Bones and It's Blitz!), they are a...

Insound review
09.09.14

“When I was 27 I crushed a lot. I wasn’t sure I’d ever fall in love again. These songs were written and recorded in private around this time. They are the soundtrack to what was...

The Quietus review
08.09.14

Unlike the extremities of love, those that remain too inhospitable to want to remember even long after they're dead, a crush can be another thing entirely. Often, one can hold...

Spotinews recomendation
06.09.14

Morning. From a fairly recent Spotify update: the rather lovely new album by singer-songwriter Laura Jean. Enjoy! Laura Jean – Laura JeanFiled under: 2014, Singer-songwriter

Insound review
02.09.14

They certainly weren’t clear when twin brothers Amedeo and Simone Pace and Kazu Makino first found themselves playing and writing together back in the mid-­- 90s. At a time when...

Spotinews recomendation
05.09.14

Morning. The unconventional new album by Blonde Redhead was added for me today. Genre: alternative/pop. Enjoy! (Edit: I have now listened to the album. Unconventional, yes, but...

NME review
03.09.14

The New York sophisticates take a battling approach to convention on ninth studio album

Spotinews recomendation
03.09.14

Morning. The unconventional new album by Blonde Redhead was added for me today. Genre: alternative/pop. Enjoy! (Edit: I have now listened to the album. Unconventional, yes, but...

Insound review
02.09.14

Aby Ngana Diop was the most famous taasukat in Dakar, Senegal in the 1980s and 1990s. Taasu is a Wolof-language poetic style, usually performed by women griots over frenetic drum...