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Clash review
17.03.17

Soft-focus and faintly nostalgic, but all the better for it...

Spotinews recomendation
25.03.17

Hi. It’s a new release week again. First find: Real Estate. Genre: indie pop/rock. Enjoy! Real Estate – In MindFiled under: 2017, Pop, Rock

Under The Radar review
25.03.17

For a bunch of barely 30-year-olds, the members of Real Estate sure know how to make some stellar soft rock. That's not meant as an insult—their last album, Atlas, is one of the...

The Quietus review
25.03.17

The old John Peel adage about The Fall being “always different, always the same” might be fruitfully adapted for New Jersey janglers Real Estate. For here, truly, is a band that...

Clash review
03.02.17

A courageous return that genuinely inspires...

Under The Radar review
10.03.17

After their 2010 debut Astro Coast became a much deserved breakout indie hit, Surfer Blood hit some unexpected and tragic stumbling blocks. Their 2013 major label debut and...

The Quietus review
09.11.16

As evidenced by the any number of articles carried within the pixilated pages of the Quietus, talk of a Polish music scene as some kind of homogenised mass is disingenuous at best...

Clash review
09.11.16

Summer-hewn shoegaze with a real uplifting feel...

Clash review
29.09.16

Sounds made for cruising around LA in early evening...

Clash review
05.11.15

A nice but hardly diverting effort...

Under The Radar review
16.11.15

Decamping with a new band of not especially freaky Freaks, Real Estate bassist Alex Bleeker has made an album of full-on jam band pastiche. More

The Quietus review
20.08.15

The debut LP of Indiana-based bubblegum punk trio Thee Tsunamis masquerades as a jab at the self-importance of male-dominated garage rock, but what presents as parody quickly...

The Quietus review
18.12.14

Like Italian ice cream, Guatemalan coffee and heroin from Afghanistan, there's just seems to be something so authentic and alluring about sunshine pop made in Southern California...

NME review
01.10.14

Good vibes underwritten with barbed bite from the carefree Cali five piece

NME review
03.12.14

Good vibes underwritten with barbed bite from the carefree Cali five piece

Under The Radar review
27.10.14

It takes a lot these days for the standard guitar/bass/drums/singer set-up to make an impact. The oldest rock and roll format is also the most overused, with seemingly every kid...

NME review
22.09.14

Sun and surf gets left behind on The Drums third album

Under The Radar review
23.09.14

The third record is the proving ground. Great debuts are a dime a dozen and surpassing the sophomore slump is an impressive feat, but the third time's the charm for a reason. More

Clash review
22.09.14

Sunshine melodies, so long…

Spotinews recomendation
11.08.14

Hi. The strong debut album by Childhood was just added to Spotify. Genre: rock. Enjoy! Childhood – LacunaFiled under: 2014, Rock

NME review
11.08.14

Brixton boys' soaring debut stands out from the south London crowd

Under The Radar review
11.08.14

The appearance of Childhood's Lacuna from across the pond in London may be the ultimate proof we needed to instate "Captured Tracksy" as an actual genre of music.  More

The Line of Best Fit review
28.02.14

The New Jersey outfit master their brand of intricate guitar pop on a superb third LP.

Spotinews recomendation
06.03.14

Hey. As a fan of Real Estate, the new album didn’t disappoint. Genre: pop/rock. Read some reviews and enjoy! Real Estate – AtlasFiled under: 2014, Pop, Rock

NME review
04.03.14

New Jersey's premier cinematic time-travellers forge an opulent and wistful future with one eye on the past

Under The Radar review
28.02.14

If only the easy listening genre wasn't already dedicated to orchestras and big bands and voices made famous decades ago. If only it was accepting new albums into its category...

NME review
30.09.13

Why do Swim Deep keep re-releasing the same singles?

NME review
12.06.13

Spectrals now sit in a sonic nook which most resembles the stolid pre-punk orthodoxy of pub rock

Under The Radar review
11.07.13

Louis Jones sounds like a songwriter lost in time, but it'd be tough figuring out which date to punch into the flux capacitor if you wanted to send him back home. More

The Line of Best Fit review
13.06.13

Yorkshire's premier purveyors of lovelorn pop deliver a few more gems on their sophomore release

Spin review
11.06.13

Moody fuzz-pop muddle is a weird mix of toothless and troubling.

Under The Radar review
20.06.13

If Surfer Blood's 2010 debut, Astro Coast, conjured a nondescript mid-'90s alternative rock radio sound-pop melodies, crunchy distorted guitars and the occasional multi-part...

Spotinews recomendation
18.06.13

Hello friends. The smooth new Surfer Blood album, added for most users last week, has now been added for UK listeners. Genre: surf pop/rock. Enjoy! (Note: All notable new album...

AudioCred review
18.06.13

What happens when buzz turns sour? That’s certainly the question at hand on Surfer Blood’s latest effort, Pythons. In 2009, the Florida alt rockers made quite the splash with...

Punk News review
13.06.13

Four young Floridians who go by the name of Surfer Blood came bursting onto the underground music scene in 2009 as a Pitchfork/Stereogum buzz band, with their first demo of "Swim...

AudioCred review
07.06.13

I’ve had trouble taking Alex Bleeker and the Freaks as seriously as some of the other (admittedly also frivolous) Underwater Peoples projects. Though Alex Bleeker’s singing and...

NME review
29.05.13

Black leather out, Hawaiian shirts in

Spotinews recomendation
29.03.13

Hey. This new album by The Growlers looks like a recent addition for European Spotify users. Genre: psychedelic/surf pop. Enjoy! (US version here.) The Growlers – Hung at Heart...

Pitchfork review
20.02.13

Dustin Payseur sounds confused on Clash the Truth and rightfully so-- the Beach Fossils frontman is dealing with some tricky stuff. The time that's passed since Beach Fossils...

The Quietus review
05.04.13

In the ever-expanding indie rock universe, Dustin Payseur – the pallid, rumple-haired creative force behind Brooklyn's Beach Fossils – has blown up, grown up, 'Crashed Out', and...

AudioCred review
23.02.13

If you– like many– loved Beach Fossil’s 2010 self-titled debut, then I’m sorry, but you’re out of luck. The Brooklyn quartet have seemingly abandoned their dream pop roots in...

NME review
11.02.13

These nice boys are having a go at stringy indie (strindie?)

Pitchfork review
22.01.13

Ex Cops are a curious first release for Manhattan record store Other Music's new label. Where the shop has developed an international reputation for its expertly curated selection...

Under The Radar review
11.03.13

Brooklyn's Ex Cops differentiate themselves from legions of neo-shoegaze acts on their debut LP True Hallucinations, thanks in large part to one key strength—intuitively gorgeous...

NME review
26.11.12

This debut single is the sound of another fully formed talent

Pitchfork review
15.11.12

My first inkling that Our House on the Hill would find the Babies offering something of a middle-ground between country music and their debut's kinetic garage rock came in January...

Spotinews recomendation
15.11.12

Hey there. It’s another gloomy fall day where I live. From a very recent Spotify update: the new album by The Babies. Genre: pop/rock. Enjoy! (One review here.) The Babies – Our...

NME review
15.10.12

Expressive saxophone blare, heavy afro-funk workouts, hepcat proto-rapping and unyielding positive vibes

Pitchfork review
10.07.12

Austin duo Deep Time's music is Liliputian in every sense of the word. For one, guitarist/vocalist Jennifer Moore's prickly, palm-muted chord progressions and occasional yelps...

Spin review
10.07.12

Playful post-punk from band formerly known as Yellow Fever, decorated with primary color melody, rinky-dink keybs.

Clash review
13.06.12

This record sounds like every catchy guitar song you’ve ever heard. Whether it’s the Beach Boys/Ramones inspired ‘Together Forever’ - which actually uses ridiculously...

NME review
25.06.12

A timeless attempt at retro

BBC review
08.05.12

Offering fresh indie sounds, The Heartbreaks are a formidable proposition.

Insound review
17.04.12

If ever there was a Club to sign up to, it’s the one spearheaded by rip-roaring, party-hardy trio Jordan Malane, Alex Wall and Matt Woods. An irrepressible garage-pop ‘n’ surf...

The Line of Best Fit review
06.03.12

Dracula is a record that seems to come from a band who hasn’t written any songs yet, just a criss-cross mesh of brown-note tones and (wait for it) a fuzzy vocal channel. It’s not...