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The Quietus review
17.05.17

‘The universe is information’On Hand in Hand, Felicia Atkinson is fascinated by information, in all its heterogeneity. It’s a fascination that has pervaded her recent work and...

Under The Radar review
16.05.17

Every outing with Wooden Wand—stage name for James Jackson Toth—is an adventure. His music ranges all over the place, centering around a mix of folk, country, and rock, but not...

Spotinews recomendation
24.04.17

Evening. A promised here is another update. Genre: folk rock. Read this review and enjoy Woods! Woods – Love Is LoveFiled under: 2017, Folk, Rock

Spotinews recomendation
24.02.17

Hello. Entrance is the handle used by Guy Blakeslee. He is now back with his first solo album in a long time. Genre: folk/rock. Enjoy! Entrance – Book of ChangesFiled under: 2017...

Clash review
21.02.17

Dave Longstreth's next step represents a drastic re-imagining of possibilities...

Under The Radar review
24.02.17

Calling Dirty Projectors an experimental band, as they are commonly labeled, tells us everything and nothing about output ranging from obscure cultural references to guitar driven...

The Quietus review
24.02.17

What would indie guitar music sound like if it took on the futuristic production techniques of modern R&B, hip hop and pop music? It is an intriguing question but one that few...

Clash review
09.11.16

A mixed return from an ever-creative force...

Under The Radar review
09.11.16

Humble consistency and commitment to craft have long been Woods' defining virtues, so the boldness of the band's ninth full-length, City Sun Eater in the River of Light, is an...

Under The Radar review
09.11.16

As intoxicating as Marissa Nadler's albums has proven to be for those in the know, it's a complete mystery why such an acclaimed catalog remains largely unacknowledged. From her...

Under The Radar review
09.11.16

Local Natives have, whether through intentional effort or not, established themselves as the go-to band of inoffensive but charming West Coast indie rock.  More

Under The Radar review
09.11.16

Devendra Banhart is an artist. Recently, the music for which he is widely recognized has been demarcated by periods of his lesser known visual art, where open hearted interaction...

The Quietus review
11.12.15

Since re-inventing herself as EMA on 2011's Past Lives Martyred Saints, Erika M. Anderson has been one of the few rock musicians to really engage on an artistic level with our...

Under The Radar review
01.10.15

There are few more exhilarating experiences in music than Animal Collective live and in full flight. But anyone who's seen the Baltimore ensemble at their most disorientating will...

The Quietus review
24.09.15

For nearly twenty years, Carey Mercer has been penning records under his banner of surrealist romanticism. Whether it's through his main vices Frog Eyes and Blackout Beach, or his...

Under The Radar review
21.08.15

As if he hadn't blessed us enough already with January's beautiful Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper LP, Noah Lennox is back again already with a sweet little surprise Panda Bear...

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...

Clash review
09.01.15

An effortless evolution of the Animal Collective man’s enviable talents…

Under The Radar review
12.01.15

Noah Lennox is really good at making beautiful music, but you might be forgiven for forgetting this on occasion. Lennox's band, Animal Collective, has spent much of its...

Spotinews recomendation
12.01.15

Hi. Here is the strong new Panda Bear album. A version for US listeners should be added tomorrow. Enjoy! (Genre: experimental/electronic.) (Don’t forget about the new playlist...

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
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...

Under The Radar review
30.07.14

Acting as an extension of this spring's excellent With Light and With Love LP, this 7" finds smoked-out New York folkies Woods continuing to explore a territory that's lusher—and...

Spotinews recomendation
08.07.14

Hey. The latest album by The Skygreen Leopards was added to Spotify today. Genre: pop. Enjoy! The Skygreen Leopards – Family CrimesFiled under: 2014, Pop

The Quietus review
24.06.14

From its opening line onward, Bridie Jackson and The Arbour's second album New Skin embraces contradiction. Preceded only by her guitar, Jackson cries out, in a register somewhere...

Clash review
02.05.14

Invigorating, wilful and wildly exuberant…

Spotinews recomendation
08.05.14

Good morning. The dynamic new album by Tune-Yards is another keeper. Genre: experimental pop. Enjoy! (US version here.) Tune-Yards – Nikki NackFiled under: 2014, Pop

Under The Radar review
06.05.14

There's never been an obvious way to define tUnE-yArDs. Merrill Garbus' turbulent transmissions of pulsing rhythm and unconscious reels of garbled poetry are almost always...

NME review
03.05.14

Merrill Garbus' restless third record is chaotic, eclectic and unique

Spotinews recomendation
15.04.14

Hello. The stellar new album by Woods was added to Spotify today. Genre: psych-pop/folk-rock. Enjoy! Woods – With Light and with LoveFiled under: 2014, Folk, Pop, Rock

Under The Radar review
09.05.14

The eighth album from stoner folk quartet Woods, With Light and With Love is their first recorded in a professional studio. Next to the digitized, future-slicked sounds of other...

NME review
21.04.14

Brooklyn band evoke '60s San Francisco on positive new album

Spotinews recomendation
11.02.14

Hi again. From a very recent Spotify update comes the beautiful new album by singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler. Read some positive reviews and enjoy! (US version here.) Marissa...

NME review
12.02.14

The bohemian freak-folk scene alumnus achieves a career best on album number eight

Under The Radar review
12.02.14

The prolific Marissa Nadler doesn't run out of sparse instrumentation over which to drape her haunting voice. July is the latest in Nadler's one-album-or-EP-per-year release...

The Quietus review
20.11.13

Rolling out a 'J' so you don't mix her up with the moneyed Marling, Liverpool's Laura J Martin is a songwriter, flautist and sometime member of Euros Childs' band. Recorded with...

Insound review
29.10.13

Body Parts mobilizes a singularly elegant experimental pop idiom to explore the contours of modern devotion and doctrines of self-improvement alongside the immoderate...

Insound review
01.10.13

A History of Every One by Bill Orcutt is an album of songs: minstrel songs, holiday songs, hymns, marches, cowboy songs, Disney songs, work songs, Delta blues. The original tunes...

The Quietus review
14.10.13

Bill Orcutt's rather fast and loose approach to covering other people's songs was first indicated on A New Way To Pay Old Debts, where the listener was treated to a robustly un...

AudioCred review
30.05.13

Animal Collective’s most recent LP, Centipede HZ, was released in 2012 to mixed reviews. For many AC fans and critics alike (this one included), it took some time for the album to...

NME review
29.05.13

Are they really the female Depeche Mode?

Clash review
24.05.13

A bewitching, beautiful fifth album...

NME review
29.05.13

Unavoidably Björkish inflections

The Line of Best Fit review
29.05.13

Sure, it’s not going to win over CocoRosie’s naysayers, but in the main Tales of a GrassWidow is an invigorating listen, a compelling world of shifting moods and patchworked...

Insound review
28.05.13

Enriched by a whole host of guest performances, it's a brave record, synthesizing electronic and organic sound to convey a futuristic, back-tonature feeling.

Spotinews recomendation
28.05.13

Howdy folks. Here is the new CocoRosie album. Genre: experimental dream pop/folk. Enjoy! (Note: Two highly notable recent releases were added to Spotify today, but unfortunately...