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NME review
01.09.14

Former Yeasayer and Caribou collaborator refuses to be pigeonholed on boundary-exploring fourth album

Spotinews recomendation
05.09.14

Hi. The new album by Sinkane is a very, very recent addition to Spotify. Genre: soul/pop/rock. Read some reviews and enjoy! (Note: This album is split up in many different...

Spotinews recomendation
02.09.14

Hi. The new album by Sinkane is a very, very recent addition to Spotify. Genre: soul/pop/rock. Read some reviews and enjoy! (Note: This album is split up in many different...

Insound review
25.08.14

The legacy of North Carolina's Ashrae Fax seems destined to be appreciated in retrospect, in no small part given to the tremendous power of the group's 2003 release Static Crash...

Spotinews recomendation
05.09.14

Good evening. It’s time for a rare late night blog post. It’s time for a real smooth dream pop album. It’s time for you to enjoy Ashrae Fax! (Review including some background...

Spotinews recomendation
28.08.14

Good evening. It’s time for a rare late night blog post. It’s time for a real smooth dream pop album. It’s time for you to enjoy Ashrae Fax! (Review including some background...

Clash review
19.08.14

Tender balladry, falsetto euphoria, bitter angst, thwarted loss and befuddled bewilderment...

Spotinews recomendation
05.09.14

Hey. Let’s begin the week with this fine new album by Cymbals Eat Guitars. Genre: rock. Enjoy! (US version here.) Cymbals Eat Guitars – LoseFiled under: 2014, Rock

NME review
27.08.14

A touching goodbye to a childhood friend from the Staten Island group

Insound review
26.08.14

"Wanna wake up wanting to listen to records / But those old feelings elude me / I raise a toast to the rock n' roll ghost," sings Cymbals Eat Guitars frontman Joseph D'Agostino on...

Under The Radar review
25.08.14

As Cymbals Eat Guitars further shape the band's sound, the quartet manages to strike a balance between radio-friendly material and experimental urges with LOSE, their third album...

Spotinews recomendation
25.08.14

Hey. Let’s begin the week with this fine new album by Cymbals Eat Guitars. Genre: rock. Enjoy! (US version here.) Cymbals Eat Guitars – LoseFiled under: 2014, Rock

NME review
13.08.14

Another solid effort from the persistently exciters shoegazers

Insound review
22.07.14

A mix of dreamy reverb-tinged guitars and synthesizers, Field Mouse blends the hard edges of indie rock with the warmer stylings of dream pop and shoegaze. Their songs lure you in...

Punk News review
29.08.14

Hold Still Life is album that is cast in stone as one for the brokenhearted. It's right up there with the collective of summer records that won't be known (and subsequently...

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...

Spotinews recomendation
18.08.14

Howdy. As all my top choices for this week were either missing completely or missing in a few places, why not write about an album that was missing in many places when it was...

NME review
15.08.14

A fierce campaign to propel their usual shoegaze into a poppier stratosphere

Under The Radar review
28.07.14

For a band whose members never seem to be in the same place at the same time, A Sunny Day in Glasgow manages to create a type of harmonious musical interface that makes their...

The Quietus review
20.06.14

They say it's the little things that count, they say that, and they might still be right. You might not have heard of Alex G yet, he's a 21 year old kid from Philadelphia, one of...

The Quietus review
12.06.14

To the wider world, doubtlessly weaned on Ondi Timoner's 2003 documentary Dig!, it's been all too easy to take Anton Newcombe for granted. Seen in certain quarters as a misguided...

Spotinews recomendation
10.06.14

Morning. The new album by Stagnant Pools is a very recent addition to Spotify. Genre: shoegaze. Enjoy! (It should have been added for US listeners today, but that hasn’t happened...

Spotinews recomendation
29.05.14

Hey again. I really enjoyed the new album by Popstrangers. Genre: pop/rock. Enjoy! (US version here.) Popstrangers – FortunaFiled under: 2014, Pop, Rock

NME review
09.06.14

Kiwi trio excel with idiosyncratic pop and grungy atmospherics

Under The Radar review
26.05.14

Dee Dee Penny and Brandon Welchez are not here to churn out archetypal love songs. The husband-and-wife duo, who front the respective bands Dum Dum Girls and Crocodiles, formed...

NME review
02.06.14

Crocodiles Brandon Welchez and Dum Dum Girls' Dee Dee Penny team up on collection of fuzzy pop

Spotinews recomendation
27.05.14

Morning. This fine debut album by Haunted Hearts was just added to Spotify. Genre: dream pop/shoegaze. Enjoy! (Note: At this moment it is not yet available in the US, but it...

NME review
19.05.14

Texan trio go gooey-eyed on their third effort

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

Insound review
13.05.14

We all have cousins, but Cousins are not actually cousins. Cousins are Leigh Dotey and Aaron Mangle and they are the hardest working band in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Cousins are a...

Under The Radar review
29.04.14

Wye Oak fans who were on board with Jenn Wasner's Dungeonesse project from last year—Wye Oakon which she tackled '80s and '90s R&B and pop tropes with a clear love for the form...

Spotinews recomendation
03.05.14

Morning friends. The new Wye Oak album introduces a new sound, but I still like it a lot. Genre: pop. Enjoy! Wye Oak – ShriekFiled under: 2014, Pop

NME review
03.05.14

Fourth album of eerie, melancholic folk-rock from the slow-burning US duo

Spotinews recomendation
23.04.14

Howdy folks. The cool new album by TEEN is another very recent addition to Spotify. Genre: pop/soul. Enjoy! (US version here.) TEEN – The Way and ColourFiled under: 2014, Pop, Soul

The Line of Best Fit review
18.04.14

Toronto band serve up a plate of delectable industrial noise and gentel shoegaze (the hard and the soft, respectively).

NME review
21.04.14

Dean Tzenos treads a forked path between industrialism and dreamy shoegaze

Under The Radar review
18.04.14

A well-titled second album from Toronto's self-described "industrial surf-gazers" Odonis Odonis: Hard Boiled Soft Boiled sees the band and their walls of noise flitting from the...

The Line of Best Fit review
18.04.14

A record as brilliantly complex as water, the natural wonder Fear of Men so often invoke – deep, refreshing and mysterious.

Insound review
29.04.14

On Loom , the band's much anticipated debut album, Fear of Men took the time to experiment with contrasting fidelity and dense textures, inspired by their claustrophobic...

Under The Radar review
25.04.14

Fear of Men's proper debut comes on the heels of last year's singles collection, Early Fragments. Judging by Loom's militant drum loops, lusciously layered vocals and rippling...

Spotinews recomendation
22.04.14

Hi. The well-received new album by Fear of Men is a very recent addition to Spotify. Genre: pop. Enjoy! Fear of Men – LoomFiled under: 2014, Pop

NME review
21.04.14

Ambient and anxious pop forms the Brighton group's debut

NME review
14.04.14

The two trios take charge of half a side each on this collaborative LP

The Line of Best Fit review
28.03.14

The former five-piece math rockers – and current two-piece dream poppers – offer a genre defying fourth collection, that’s sometimes lacking in focus.

Spotinews recomendation
28.03.14

Good morning. From a recent Spotify update comes the energetic new album by Burnt Ones. Genre: garage/noise pop. Good stuff. Enjoy! Burnt Ones – GiftFiled under: 2014, Pop

The Line of Best Fit review
17.03.14

The Toronto band's third album finds them intricately crafting their larger-than-life sound to illustrate internal conflict in a means that, while a tad monosyllabic, is nothing...

Spotinews recomendation
07.03.14

Morning. This impressive debut album by Nothing is a keeper. Genre: shoegaze/noise rock. Enjoy! Nothing – Guilty of EverythingFiled under: 2014, Rock

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...

Spotinews recomendation
28.02.14

Hello there. From a very recent Spotify update: the new album by She Sir. Genre: dream pop. Enjoy! She Sir – Go GuitarsFiled under: 2014, Pop

The Line of Best Fit review
25.02.14

The Brooklyn quartet inject their own original spirit into their impassioned new batch of songs, while taking the familiar sounds and styles of the past in a decidedly modern...

Punk News review
24.02.14

Wait? What? Another emo-revivalist? Get the heck outta here! That aside, Special Explosion is an aptly-titled little piece of genius that have a tendency to mix so much of a low...

Spotinews recomendation
24.02.14

Hello. The new album by Bleeding Rainbow was just added to the Spotify library. Genre: shoegaze/garage pop. Enjoy! (Note: It should be added for US listeners tomorrow.) Bleeding...

Under The Radar review
02.06.14

The best noise rock makes harshness and dissonance seem essential. A cacophony of fuzz and feedback, in the right hands, sounds absolutely vital, and more importantly, substantial...

Insound review
25.02.14

All it took was two weeks. Sometimes just one take. Such is the spirit of Interrupt, Bleeding Rainbow’s fourth album. Interrupt is more than just a clever name. The driving...

Spotinews recomendation
21.02.14

Hey there. The debut album by Solids was added to Spotify earlier this week. Genre: rock. Enjoy! Solids – Blame ConfusionFiled under: 2014, Rock

The Line of Best Fit review
21.02.14

Although bringing precious little new to the table, Montreal duo Solids have mastered the art of burying a brilliant melody under layers of glorious distortion.