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Lonnie Holley
MITH

The legendary Lonnie Holley returns with Mith. It's an album filled with righteous fire aimed at the chaos and injustice of American life. His impassioned spoken word delivery gives topics like Standing Rock and Black Lives Matter the weight they deserve. As does the beefy instrumentation: wild dr...view item »

Oneida
Each One Teach One

Shuffling, streamlined (after the first two tunes at least) psych ditties from the turn of the century by New York’s Oneida, now reissued by original label Jagjaguwar. Impeccable production and a splendid use of feedback harmonics gave this stuff quite an edge - and has kept it from ageing much and all....view item »

Big Red Machine
Big Red Machine

Ahh these minstrels will soothe my jangled nerves. Big Red Machine is a collaborative record between Bon Iver Sadboy 2.0 Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner, songwriter and guitarist in The National. Dessner seems to be at the desk on this one, while Vernon's doubling ...view item »

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Blue Record

Having Loved UMO's first two albums I was interested to hear this record. The albums opens with "Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark)" of their second album, this version of the song is great and really lets the song shine. This is followed by the track "Faded in the Morning" which is a more slower song. However the pace returns with the third track "S...view item »

Preoccupations
Cassette

Oh hang on so this is the same 'Cassette' released by Viet Cong but now that they are called Preoccupations the name has been altered to match their new identity. To be honest I'd hoped to have drawn a line between Viet Cong and Preoccupations as this was from the time of their superior initial garage influenced...view item »

Julie Doiron
Désormais / Heart and Crime

Exciting reissue klaxon! This double re-release of Julie Doiron's stunning 2001 album ‘Désormais’ and 2002's 'Heart And Crime', previously out of print on vinyl, is testament to the Canadian's disarmingly warm songwriting. Weaving together gentle fingerpicking, ethereal vocals and twinkling piano, this record ...view item »

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Sex & Food

This could be the time when Unknown Mortal Orchestra become the Well Known Mortal Orchestra. Previous records have become increasingly catchy, radio friendly and certainly more indebted to the man we used to call Prince without totally ruining their underground coolness. 'Sex & Food' has the artwork and titl...view item »

Richard Youngs
Amplifying Host

Now on his billionth album, Scottish minimal folk master and vegan cookbook author Richard Youngs returns with more excellent if jarring work. Having listened to roughly one in three of Youngs's albums it seems whichever style he chooses he throws in the odd curve-ball to stop the albu...view item »

Oneida
A List of the Burning Mountains

Oneida follow up their Thank Your Parents album triptych by getting even deeper and stranger. A List Of The Burning Mountains is two side-long slabs of Oneida-brand improvisation, relying on the gro...view item »

Tim Heidecker
Too Dumb For Suicide: Tim Heidecker’s Trump Songs

Jagjaguwar (Dinosaur Jr., Angel Olsen, Okkyung Lee, Jamila Woods and many more) turn to trash culture satirist Tim Heidecker (perhaps best known for putting the ‘Tim’ in Tim & Eric) for solace in the troubled wake of Trump’s rise t...view item »

Preoccupations
New Material

Sisters of Mercy fans rejoice as ominous people Preoccupations delve further into the bowels of the early '80s goth-rock scene. Their previous album was the worst thing we've ever heard and after struggling to sit through lead track 'Espionage' hopes for this are low. However these are people who were once very ...view item »

Nap Eyes
I'm Bad Now

Literally all members of this band come from Nova Scotia. One of them writes the songs in rural Halifax whilst the other two transcribe and arrange his ideas to produce allusive and ambitious music. Bit of Lou Reed here, bit of the Wave Pictures there.... you know the sort of thing. One of them is called Nigel.&...view item »

S. Carey
Supermoon

Absorbing all the natural spirituality with S. Carey. Supermoon is the new EP from the Wisconsin based musician. This EP features some reworks of previously released tunes and a cover. It's full of his trade mark ethereal croon, accompanied by himself on piano with some other bits and bobs. If you ar...view item »

S. Carey
Hundred Acres

S. Carey presents his third album to date, in the form of Hundred Acres. In the past, the jazz-trained Carey has dabbled with minimalism in his music, but Hundred Acres finds him fully embracing the pastoral folk beauty of his sound. This is a lush, thoughtful listen, full of images of nature. ...view item »

Sharon Van Etten
Leonard

This is one of my favourite songs from Sharon's recent album Tramp. A modern country style torch song with mandolin and harmonium. I like a bit of harmonium. There are wonderful textures and rising harmonies in this song which make it feel melancholic and curiously uplifting. I'm starting...view item »

Wolf People
When The Fire Is Dead in the Grate

After all of this slickly 80s fare that's about it's good to hear some real music, by real men, with real beards, drinking real beer by a real fire. Wolf People are a kind of progressive folk act that remind me of damp moss. They epitomise the colour green, and you kind of expect them to be half man, half tree. ...view item »

Wolf People
Silbury Sands / Dry

Wolf People recorded these recent jams in a 17th Century Welsh mansion which is a pretty fucking spawny situation to land yourself in. Proper jealousy levels. I'm lucky if I can get the soundcard in my laptop to work in my kitchen. Anyway, jealousy aside this is a cool single. Now, I've noticed these lads have been selling a fair few LP's here a...view item »

Moonface
City Wrecker

Spencer Krug was one-half of the songwriting force for Wolf Parade, a cosmic indie rock band who pulled 'Apologies to the Queen Mary' out of the bag. He played synth and keys back then, and his solo project as Moonface has been an experiment in making pop music with electronics and random one-off instruments. Last year, he released 'Julia W...view item »

Angel Olsen
Half Way Home

First coming to attention via appearances with Bonnie Prince Billy, Olsen’s voice is initially disconcerting but by only the second track in I’ve decided that it’s something quite unique and special. The nearest comparison...view item »

S. Carey
All We Grow

This is a really nice collection of lovelorn ballads and moving compositions from Sean Carey, of Bon Iver. Its quiet, understated and to be fair, quite brilliant. It has great production and amazing songsmithery. It has emotion and depth. It's a bit like this reviewer...Ohh!! I'm just kidding. I have the emotional depth of a puddle. All of ...view item »

Bon Iver
Blood Bank

In my eyes, the bookends of Blood Bank pretty much dominates the EP. The title track is probably the most conventional track Bon Iver has made (and that's saying something!). It has the acoustic vision that made 'For Emma, Forever Ago' such a standout, but it's fleshed out with a band arrangement and as a result, becomes a chorus-centric number ...view item »

Angel Olsen
Phases

American Indie/folk singer-songwriter Angel Olsen presents Phases, a fitting title for this collection of demos, B-sides, as well as some rare tracks that haven’t bee...view item »

Cut Worms
Alien Sunset

Max Clarke, the human being behind Cut Worms, presents a selection of intimate and direct demos recorded at home. Despite this provenance, these six tracks really feel fully-formed: the slightly fuzzy edges to the sound just makes ...view item »

Midnight Sister
Saturn Over Sunset

Juliana Giraffe and Ari Bazoulian who make up Midnight Sister are described in the press release as “intense creatives” - a daunting prospect but a tag they want to cement on Saturn Over Sunset. It certainly has plenty of gorgeous instrumentation from a wide array of...view item »

Moses Sumney
Aromanticism

If I had Moses Sumney’s voice I’d lose all my friends. That’s because I wouldn’t stop singing. If you had a voice this beautiful, this rich, this dynamic, why would you? Sumney’s debut LP, out on Jagjaguwar, is a record of lush contemporary soul akin to Bobby Womack...view item »

Gordi
Reservoir

After releasing her Clever Disguise EP in 2016, Australian singer-songwriter Gordi returns to Jagjaguwar with her debut full length Reservoir. Her unique spin on alternative pop is firmly rooted in the school of Peter Gabriel and filled with cinematic grace, leaning towards the fringes of ...view item »

Briana Marela
Call It Love

Seattle indie-popper Briana Marela returns with her second album, titled Call It Love. The sleeve art leads the listener into the record perfectly: Marela, with her pop-talented vocals and songwriting, is cloaked by ambient mist, rendering her semi-visible. It’s a great mix, with the ambient produ...view item »

Dasher
Sodium

That sleeve art says it all really. Dasher have all the fuzzed up grunge of early '90s underground rock in place so much so that you can almost taste the dry ice when listening to them. Early impressions are somewhere between early Pixies, Jesus Lizard and My Bloody Valentine at...view item »

Wolf People
Tidings

Apparently this lot are the first British band to be signed to Jagjaguwar. "BIG WOW" I hear you say but still, I thought it was worth mentioning. I kinda knew what to expect from these guys based on past releases and that Laughing Windows thing which featured one of the members but for the uninitiated I shall describe them. Erm.. It's actually q...view item »

Trevor Sensor
Andy Warhol's Dream

Trevor Sensor is a young man who has a gravelly, growly voice that belies his years. This debut features members of Whitney as his backing band and is co-produced by Richard Swift and the one out of Foxygen. Like a lot of young people he lays his soul bare and doesn&r...view item »

Tim Darcy
Saturday Night

Ought are one of our favourite bands here at the towers and much of the enjoyment we get is down to singer Tim Darcy's twangy distinctive vocals and oddball lyrical dexterity. If we thought his solo work was going to go down the weird route of his excellent tape collaboration with AJ Cornell then from early teas...view item »

The Besnard Lakes
The Besnard Lakes Are The Divine Wind

Here is a welcome little addendum to The Besnard Lakes’ latest album A Coliseum Complex Museum. The material on The Besnard Lakes Are The Divine Wind was recorded at the same time, and has the same lovely grand psychadelic sweep that Besnard Lakes fans love so dearly. 12” EP on Jagj...view item »

Foxygen
Hang

Literally the most hated band by my late friend Archie, Foxygen would have incurred his wrath further by unleashing an album they are calling 'big band' music. The fact that they have enlisted those awful brothers the Lemon Twigs into their line up tells you all you need to know. Lead single 'Follow the Lea...view item »

Women
Public Strain

'Public Strain' was the second and sadly last album from Canadian art-fuzz-pop-rock band Women. Taking cues from softly psychedelic 60s rock and dialling the reverb a long way up, the album is somehow immediate and distant and the same time, concluding in the lovely, yearning repeated riffs of 'Eyesore'....view item »

Preoccupations
Key / Off Duty Trip

Preoccupations, who you might already know under their previous (and slightly more controversial) name of Viet Cong, step out of the album cycle for a minute with a pair of well-selected cover versions. Yellow Magic Orchestra’s Key and The Raincoats’ Off...view item »
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Okkervil River
I Am Very Far

Okkervil River’s sixth album “I am Very Far” begins with rhythmical opener “The Valley”. This is a song which builds with layers upon layers of texture added by extra instruments and increasing gang-like chanting vocals. “Piratess” stalks along like a panther and has an eighties-ness that almost makes yo...view item »
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Wolf People
Ruins

Wolf People return to Jagjaguwar after a three year gap. Known for their psychedelic, proggy and pretty much classic rock with a little Jethro Tull thrown in for good measure, Ruins is a bit heavier and weightier. Distorted megaphone like vocals and valve driven guitar leads. Noted inc=fluences ...view item »

Bon Iver
22, A Million

That isolated cabin in the woods feels a long way away now: Justin Vernon’s Bon Iver seem to have made new album 22, A Million in a cabin in the internet instead. Lots of auto-tune, lo-fi crunch next to high-fi shimmer, and track titles to trump any vaporwave you could throw at it. Take your pick ...view item »

Preoccupations
Preoccupations

First up we had Women and once that band imploded we got Viet Cong and now we have Preoccupations which is basically the new name for Viet Cong. If last year's previously self-titled record is anything to go by this will be another strand of magical avant rock from the Calgary crew. They special...view item »

Angel Olsen
My Woman

Angel Olsen has made some really good records that are sorta singer and quite songwriter but equally rock and quite roll, too: Burn Your Fire was a complex and sprawling record at times, jubilantly anthemic at others, and occasionally isolated in its acoustic balladry. 'My Woman' is her third...view item »

Dinosaur Jr.
Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not

Fresh from his recent purchase of a brand new VW Golf, J Mascis returns with his legendary band to prove that he still knows as much about slacker indie rock as he does about best value family hatchbacks. There's a limited colour...view item »

Trevor Sensor
Starved Nights of Saturday Stars

Trevor Sensor is only a young thing (just 22 years of age), but he’s managed to set himself up early for a good career by sounding like he’s had his share of tough times already. His voice has plenty of gravel and character in it : why, it’s almost unique! Starved Nights of Saturday Stars is his first ...view item »

Gordi
Clever Disguise

Blending warm electronic production and earthly acoustic textures with epic 80s choral-vocal stylings akin to Peter Gabriel (as well as many other links with him) South Australian resident Sophie Payten certainly produces ballads that are wise beyond her 22 years. As brooding as it is delicate, and jeeez... catc...view item »

Moonface with Siinai
My Best Human Face

Wolf Parade were Vancouver's banner indie rock band, crafting a melodrama in three parts through 'Apologies to the Queen Mary', 'At Mount Zoomer' and 'Expo 86'. After their dissolution, guitarist Dan Boeckner stormed through creative projects such as Operators and Handsome Furs, while synth-yelper Spencer Krug for...view item »

Unknown Mortal Orchestra / SILICON
Phone

Unknown Mortal Orchestra and SILICON are two solo projects from brothers Ruban and Kody Nielson. On the Phone vinyl 7” the pair remix each other’s work for the Jajaguwar label. Some brotherly competition definitely motivates these playful tracks, but...view item »

Black Mountain
IV

JagJaguwar release Black Mountain’s newest slab of ferocious and psychedelic hard rock. Available on CD, black double vinyl LP and very limited white double vinyl LP, IV borrows the tough template of 1970s hard rock, but also blends a jam-band mentality and some analogue synth worship. Her...view item »

The Cave Singers
Banshee

The Cave Singers are clearly children of the 1970’s: for much of new album Banshee, they are basically a glam rock band. The bass pulses, the drums shuffle, and Pete Quirk’s vocals are dripping with Bolan. This is their first record since they spent a year on solo and side p...view item »

The Besnard Lakes
A Coliseum Complex Musuem

The Besnard Lakes return! Strong themes of ghosts and nature run through the songs of A Coliseum Complex Museum, along with their skilled take on heavy-shoegaze-rock-pop (a cumbersome genre tag maybe, but that’s what it is!). Super-detailed ecstatic production duties carried out by band-leader Jace Lasek...view item »

Okkervil River
Black Sheep Boy (10th Anniversary Edition)

A pretty special collection here. A 3CD or 3LP release to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Black Sheep Boy by Okkervil River. In the set comes Black Sheep Boy, Black Sheep Boy Appendix and a previously unreleased album made six months before Black Sheep Boy came out; Th...view item »

The Besnard Lakes
The Golden Lion

Golden Lion (not to be confused with Gold Lion by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) is a taster of what’s to come from husband and wife duo The Besnard Lakes in 2016. With new album A Coliseum Complex Museum cresting on the horizon, this 12” single features three tracks to whet your appetite for their unique brand of mel...view item »

Small Black
Best Blues

Small Back (the name presumably referencing Steve Albini’s Big Black?) release their third album, a well-polished slab of busily-textured electronic indie. Airy vocals waft through walls of synths and beats, and the general tone of Best Blues’ sound borders on ecstatic. On J...view item »

Briana Marela
All Around Us

Jagjaguwar presents the second album of Briana Marela, entitled All Around Us. Here, Marela’s voice lies at the centre of a swirl of melodic electronics, stuttering drum machines and, well, here own voice again, multitracked into a choir. The LP release reflects this with its own swirly design....view item »

Black Mountain
Year Zero: The Original Soundtrack

I've always kind of felt like reviewing soundtracks without seeing the film can't really do either piece of work justice, and yet that's exactly what I'm doing right now. Here's the facts: Black Mountain have put together this LP of heavy vibes and cosmic atmospheres to act as the sound...view item »
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S. Carey
Hoyas

I'm loving the first track on this EP from Bon Iver sideman S. Carey. He builds the track slowly using subtle electronics and whispered vocals but it all reaches a wonderful l...view item »

Black Mountain
Black Mountain - 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

We are now at the time that mid-2000s albums are reaching ten year anniversaries… And Black Mountain’s self-titled debut slab of jammed-out rock is in just such a situation! Here it is reissued, the full album presented, as is the custom, alongside some juicy bonus tracks on 2 CDs or 2 LPs. Out on Jagjaguwar, with s...view item »

Black Mountain
Wilderness Heart

Black Mountain are a ROCK band! And they don't mess about either. 'Wilderness Heart' is littered with blues influenced Led Zepp-a-like jams that will no doubt appeal to those of you with RAWK in your heart. I can't really decide how i feel about these lot but they certainly know what they are doing. The dual boy/girl vocals are righteous and fla...view item »

Sharon Van Etten
I Don't Want To Let You Down EP

One of those nice, tidy little clear-up releases from Sharon Van Etten here on Jagjaguwar. I Don’t Want To Let You Down follows up her Are We There album from last year with five tracks not on that album, forming a rather good little EP, with all the Van Etten hallmarks pleasingly pleasan...view item »

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Multi-Love

Some twenty first century scorn from Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Multi-Love is the next instalment from the art-pop freaks. This one is full of Ruban Nielson's dreamy croon, swaying synthesisers and grooved out bass & drums. It sounds like Steely Dan, Tame Impala and Deerhunter somehow co...view item »

Merchandise
(Strange Songs) In the Dark

Straying from their post-punk EPs, Merchandise’s debut album is a festivity of noisy pop. Recorded at home and sounding very DIY, the album is marketed by their label (!) as “a sad bastard of a record”, but that’s selling it short. A little lo-fi never hurt anybody, and (Strange Songs) in the Dark...view item »

Viet Cong
Viet Cong

Some men from the band Women get together and put out a full length record. Viet Cong have previously released one tape and a single. They sound like Women in some parts, but Women after quite a few more drinks inside them. Lovely off kilter guitar parts wrap around tight drums (think fried out Nugge...view item »

Foxygen
…And Star Power

It's Foxygen, those goofy psych-rockers with a penchant for the 60s and maybe also flowers! They haven't released a record since their well loved 'We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic', but they promise this one -- named 'Star Power' after an imaginary radio station they made up -- is as good, if more punk, and also a little ...view item »

Lia Ices
Ices

Bit of slick and breathy alt-soulpop business here from Lia Ices, who was in the process of a "gradual move" from New York to California during the period of time in which this record was conceived and recorded. Consequently these are songs written in California and produced by Clams Casino in Brooklyn with voc...view item »

Sharon Van Etten
Are We There

Sharon Van Etten's last album 'Tramp' turned a lot of heads, and the live shows shortly thereafter confirmed that this lady is the real deal, so the expectations are high for 'Are We There', and while I'll have to give it a few more listens to properly digest it, my initial response is that she's nailed it. It's an interesting formula she's pe...view item »

Pink Mountaintops
Get Back

Black Mountain man Steve McBean is back with another of album under his Pink Mountaintops alias, featuring the usual brace of high-calibre buddies backing him up. For the most part it's a mishmash of plodding indie rock and crunchy psychedelic post-punk, but there are a few notable moments. Opener 'Ambulance ...view item »

Small Black
Real People

Used to have a bit of a soft spot for Small Black back in 2010 fueled mainly by an excellent split with Washed Out. I believe they may have even helped out as Washed Out’s backing band around the same time...might have made that up though. I guess after the disappointment of ‘Within And Without’...view item »

S. Carey
Range of Light

Tuesday was, lets face it, a total nightmare. Sale cabin fever had set in and so when the soothing sounds of this S Carey came on the stereo it had a calming, meditative-like quality despite being a little bit...how you say?.... on the dull side. S Carey is in Bon Iver but thankfully he isn’t the one ...view item »

Angel Olsen
Burn Your Fire For No Witness

The initial impression left by the first few tracks of this much anticipated album is the amount of time producer John Congleton spends sloshing digital distortion over everything. The oldest trick in the book to make an artist sound ‘edgy’ is used several times in the first trio of songs and you are left wondering why they didn&rsqu...view item »

Moonface
Julia with Blue Jeans On

Spencer Krug has released some really noisy and eventful music. To hear him in such a relaxed and stark atmosphere emphasises even more how introspective and dark this album really is. It's like seeing your buddy who has always been the life of the party just sort of sitting in a corner and thinking deeply about his life. The lyrics here are wel...view item »

Volcano Choir
Repave

It’s great here at Norman Records when I get to review something that I know nothing about and it truly blows me away. No kidding, ‘Repave’ by Volcano Choir is my new favourite record, after feeling pretty rubbish and generally worn down recently this has perked me up no end. With most of the...view item »

Diana
Perpetual Surrender

They’re making a film about Diana (the car crashy one) with Naomi Watts weirdly looking too much like her. The whole things scares me so I’m not gonna talk about it again. It was to neatly lead me into this band called Diana and their new album on Jagjaguwar which is out this week but I feel like I&rsquo...view item »

Lightning Dust
Fantasy

Lightning Dust's first album was interesting- basically a platform for Amber's lush vocals. Perhaps a bit on the mellow side, but compelling. I have often placed that album on par with the more mellow of, but possibly the best of, another fantastic band 'Dark Dark Dark'. If either Black Mountain or Lightning Dust remotely interests you, I encour...view item »

Foxygen
No Destruction / Where’s The Money?

“Our Best Album Yet” stated the sticker on the front of the recent Foxygen album. Well, they should know. It’s my favourite bit of promotion since an un-named band put “Cheers, I’ll listen to it in the car on the way home”- Jonny Greenwood (...view item »
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Small Black
Limits Of Desire

Hey nostalgia fans - remember chillwave? It was only a couple of years ago that we were wowed by a selection of bands, usually from the west coast of America, seemingly in thrall to China Crisis and Madonna B sides. Small Black were part of this - I remember they had one really good song. In my review of...view item »

The Besnard Lakes
Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO

The Besnard Lakes are back this week with their fourth album of impeccably polished epic dreampop, eight cinematic tracks of slow-drifting emotional cinematic indie rock which reminds me of Sigur Ros crossed with The National...view item »

Foxygen
We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic

In a way, they're Ween for the 21st Century. You get the sense they won't stand still for long, and they're next album will probably be something of a departure from this. (er, correction, it is a departure from this) Boatloads of feeling, pop aesthetic and influences from all over the place. Infact, it's pretty fun ...view item »

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
II

I'm the only person in this office who doesn't seem to like Tame Impala all that much, these fellow antipodeans are more my bag. Although they appear to plough a similar furrow of hazy psychedelic pop, Unknown Mortal Orchestra seem to be the more lo-fi, interesting proposition. That could start a war, eh...view item »

Moonface with Siinai
Heartbreaking Bravery

Canadian Spencer Krug (Sunset Rubdown, Wolf Parade) with his 2nd Moonface album, this time with Finnish band Siinai, formerly known as Joensuu 1685. The result is a sort of diverse, medium paced indie rock with a flair for epic drama based around subtly developing rhythms and a powerful voice. Elements of pulsing Krautrock, punctuated by bursts ...view item »

Sharon Van Etten
Tramp

Don't recall hearing Sharon Van Etten's previous two LP's though I have packed quite a few copies so it's fair to assume she's a popular young lady. 'Tramp' is her first LP for Jagjaguwar and boasts The National's Aaron Dessner as producer and Zach Condon (Beirut), Julianna ...view item »

Women
Women

You try searching for a Women CD! Anyhoo this album has been out for a while in the US and it's finally surfaced over here now it's all been Pitchforked up. The first time this was played on the stereo I was blown away by it. It's essentially a great experimental rock album but that makes me feel like a bit of a twat so I won't say that. Bi...view item »

Oneida
Absolute II

For those about to death rock we salute you!! Oneida's third and final installment of their "Thank Your Parents" series of releases is as every bit as ominous sounding and atmospheric as you like. It's very much japery of the conceptual kind. It's the kind of record that when it is played you can imagine y...view item »

Wolf People
Steeple

This album from this progressive four piece is both rocking and intelligent. It has psyche leanings and dips its toes into the murky waters of prog. It reminds me of seventies rock. It has the same hooks and pacing as a really great Steely Dan record mixed with something a bit more modern mebbe Night Beats or those other retro rock bastards ...view item »

Gayngs
Relayted

Hard to typify this music, it's neither uplifting nor depressing, but it does have a consistent and very listenable downtempo vibe. It creates a gorgeous, sonically unique mood 69 BPM and sustains it through the whole album. This is brilliant musicians making a record in the sonic space between the classic soul of Al Green and the ambient folk o...view item »

The Besnard Lakes
The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night

Ooh, this one starts off a bit epic. Washes of watery ambient sound give off a Pink Floyd-y vibe before proggy vocals and chuggy strumming make their way through the haze, dreamily repeating the mantra "You're like the ocean". It seems safe to say that they're not shy about going big and ambitious with shit, something confirmed by the cop...view item »

Volcano Choir
Unmap

Well Volcano Choir is a collaboration from that Bon Iver bloke & Collections of Colonies of Bees and I'm reluctant to open a copy as they've not sent us a promo but the track 'Island, Is', generously broadcast on their MySpace comes across very much like erm...Bon Iver remixed by Axel Willner (AKA The Field) and is quite terrific as such - wist...view item »

Lightning Dust
Infinite Light

I want to marry Amber Webber's voice. As a member of Black Mountain she is a vital team player, but as half of Lightning Dust she reveals her power and her potential. Joined with Joshua Wells (also of Black Mountain) the songwriting pair debut with a record that lingers like the memory of the first sunrise you ever watched. A great vocalist shou...view item »

Okkervil River
Sleep and Wake-Up Songs

‘Sleep and Wake-Up Songs’ is the third EP release from American indie rock band from Austin, Texas, Okkervil River, who formed back in 1998 and take their name from a short story by Russian author Tatyana Tolstaya set on the river in St Petersburg. Released in November 2004, this EP was intended as an interim release in anticipation ...view item »

Bishop Allen
& The Broken String

I should start off by saying most of the songs on this album are rerecorded versions of songs from the 12 EPs Bishop Allen put out in 2006- one per month, 4 songs per EP (except August, which was a recording of a live show they performed in Boston). Some of the new versions here are markedly different (none more so, I feel, than "Corazon"), and ...view item »

Black Mountain
In The Future

Great record throughout, and probably one of the better rock releases of last year, in my opinion - I got the CD first (as I found it cheap) then imported the vinyl - the CD stayed in the car for months. Although each song has a distinct sound, it is overall very reminiscent of Deep Purple, or even a less bombastic/operatic Uriah Heep (David By...view item »

Okkervil River
The Stage Names

Lots of people encountered Okkervil River by their 2005 album Black Sheep Boy, but The Stage Names just evolves and expands the same kind of music. It's a bit less angular, a little more introspective, and a lot catchier -- it hasn't gotten any less poignant, but the melodies are rollicking fun. They embrace the rock and roll here with lots of d...view item »

The Besnard Lakes
The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse

Canada's THE BESNARD LAKES release their 2nd LP. This one is called The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse and it's a follow up to the Earworm released debut album Volume One. This time they've picked up members of Godspeed and The Dears along the way. The sound is packed with layers upon layers and the opening track clearly is indebted to Brian Wils...view item »

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