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Odetta Hartman
Old Rockhounds Never Die

Odetta Hartman’s sound is an odd mish-mash of stuff. It’s rooted in post-blues styles like rockabilly, 50s r ‘n’ b, country-rock and soul, but there’s also influences cropping up on Old Rockhounds Never Die from genres as diverse as psychtronica and future-boogie. It makes the fifteen track...view item »

The Go! Team

Semicircle is the fifth album by The Go! Team. Their mission to bring joy to the world this time around took them ultimately to Detroit where the group’s mainstay and founder Ian Parton found The Detroit Youth Choir. The resulting album contains a bunch of uplifting tracks featuring a gang-style choir, a marching band and ...view item »

Menace Beach
Black Rainbow Sound

Yeah, a Leeds band! Menace Beach are Liza Violet and Ryan Needham of 'the scene'. Their third album, Black Rainbow Sound, is distinct from their past efforts in that it was conceived entirely in the studio. Though more dense and experimental than before, their poppy no-wave is still as fun as...view item »

Field Music
Open Here

Sunderland's Field Music have escaped from the gloom of the world (and the shocking form of their local football team) by nestling into a studio in a light industrial estate to make their 6th album. Full to the brim with flute, flugelhorn and other non-rock instruments, the album continues their escapist vision of a time wh...view item »


Slug is the recording alter-ego of Ian Black, who was once a touring member of fellow Sunderland musos and label mates, Field Music. HiggledyPiggledy is Black’s second album and follow-up to 2015’s Ripe. Expect more XTC-meets-James Brown-Meets-John Bonham...view item »


On Barbarossa's Lier a heady blend of pop and contemporary soul are paired alongside a lush framework of drifting, synthetic bass and glistening synths. Precise drum work comes from Joel Wästberg and everything is shrouded in a comforting amount of warmth and layered, floating orchestration. ...view item »

Oh My

Oh My is the debut album by Nadine, a trio who come from Minneapolis and New York. Not to be confused with ‘90s alt country band of the same name. They are made up from members of Ava Luna and Phantom Posse. Whilst firmly holding on to their pop sensibilities, they sa...view item »

Wide Open

Artful shambles Weaves released a loud and lovely debut a year ago so it seems only right they do it again: their guitar rock is bursting at the seams, barricade-tumbling wonder and they continue to dance about the limits on Wide Open, which offers a slightly poppier approach to a band who used to get in,...view item »


I've never yet liked a band from Canada but all that could be set to change with the release of the debut from this raucous, squealing band from Toronto. They make a right old racket but also fill their songs with hooks and melodies. The sort of arty rock made by people who aren't afraid of pushing envelopes.     ...view item »

Warm Digits
Wireless World

Punchy electronic tuneage from Warm Digits, who here add vocals to some of their home electro-funky tracks for the first time. Wireless World’s guest singers range from Sarah Cracknell of Saint Etienne to Mia La Metta of Beards, not to mention a p...view item »

The Ruby Suns

I’ve had better nights’ sleep. Not a wink ‘til about 2am then a dream about being stabbed to death. Nice, eh? But even with a full night’s glorious shuteye, I would still hate this record with every fibre of my being. From the opening track it’s clear that its horrid vapid pop. I don’t know what it’s aim...view item »

The Phoenix Foundation
Give Up Your Dreams

Give Up Your Dreams is the sixth album by pop-rock happy people The Phoenix Foundation. The title track compels the listener to sacrifice ambition for realist acceptance, and yet remains very upbeat: nice one! Notable also for its cover, which seems to be a piece of 1990s computer-rendered landscape paired with an Illum...view item »

The Go! Team
The Scene Between

‘The Scene Between’ is the latest album release from Brighton indie, garage rock six piece The Go! Team. Following a hiatus during which the other members dispersed to explore various musical projects and life commitments, this record marks a return to the bands origins with founder member Parton writing and recording by himself, cre...view item »

Pure Bathing Culture
Pray for Rain

Duo Pure Bathing Culture have a slick pop sound, and have stepped up the colour on this record. Pray For Rain is shimmering with electro-synths and a real spark of energy, a forward jump enabled by producer John Congleton. The album is pressed to see-through turquoise vinyl LP (nice!) by Memphis Industr...view item »

Pure Bathing Culture
Moon Tides

Going by their name alone I thought Pure Bathing Culture would be some sort of new age synth drift types along the lines of Food Pyramid or Dolphins into the Future. Turns out I am, as usual, way off. This is actually the ...view item »

Life Among The Savages

Papercuts sounds like an edgy name for a band doesn't it? You expect them to be some kind of spiky post-punk types with a lean, aggressive sound full of slicing trebly guitar and whip-crack drums, don't you? Well I thought they were going to be a rock band anyway, but it turns out they're playing a timid and breathy brand of indie which reminds ...view item »


Originally from Liverpool, five piece Outfit have been spreading themselves around the globe for the purposes of touring, relocating and transatlantic relationships. Their second album release ‘Slowness’ is a very personal record about physical and emotional distance, explored through their haunted piano sounds, edgy synths and angul...view item »

NZCA Lines
Infinite Summer

NZCA Lines follows up his debut with more Italo-inspired electro ballads and playful pop. Infinite Summer showcases his unforgettable hooks and ability to be intimate and sleazy at the same time. I dare anyone not to swoon at the choruses on this CD and coloured vinyl LP. This is witty sci-fi, R&B made ...view item »

Violent Light

Brooding Brooklyn band, Milagres’ last album, Glowing Mouth, was written from a hospital bed in a vicodin fog following a climbing accident suffered by singer, Kyle Wilson. Its themes centred around the fragility of life. Conversely it’s follow up, Violent Light is about living life and flippin&rsqu...view item »

Menace Beach

Named for a NES games from way back when, Menace Beach are a five piece Leeds-based indie rock band. Headed up by Ryan Needham and Liza Violet, and obviously heavily influenced by the 90s pinnacle era of indie pop, this album is fun and well worth a listen for fans of The Seahorses and Ash. On vinyl....view item »

Haley Bonar
Last War

Alt-country-ish chanteuse Haley Bonar is back with a sixth album of wistful and widescreen singer-songwriter business, ably assisted by a backing band including folks who play with Bon Iver, Tapes 'n Tapes, Alpha Consumer and Andrew Bird. Expect breathy-voiced prettiness with slick Americana arrangements....view item »

Haley Bonar
Impossible Dream

That pretty cool cover artwork is a clue to the rather nifty indie-pop going on inside Impossible Dream by Haley Bonar. It’s hook-full pop with scratching guitar and deep, sexy vocals. There’s soaring synths and Spector-ish reverb and it’s overall just good fun and an album to mess about to wit...view item »

Field Music

Field Music went on hiatus after touring their brilliant 2012 album Plumb. Brothers Peter and David Brewis undertook various projects including David’s School of Language album Old Fears and producing and playing on Ripe by Slug. Now they’re back with a new...view item »

El Perro Del Mar
From The Valley to The Stars

El Perro Del Mar: From The Valley To The Stars (Memphis Industries) I don't know anything at all about this outfit, or is it just one person. On the sleeve one Sarah Assbring is credited with the songs so let's assume it's a solo project. With a name like Assbring our man at the helm would-or should I say will-have a field day with his smutty littl...view item »

Raw Exit EP

Minneapolis synthpop quintet Polica are back this week with a new EP containing four songs which didn’t make it onto their last album ‘Shulamith’. The hair-dye-disaster theme from that album’s sleeve continues here too, so you really feel like you’re completing the package. There are thr...view item »

Field Music
Music For Drifters

This is the classic type of Record Store release. This instrumental soundtrack to a silent film is not the sort of thing Field Music would normally release and so fits into the original aesthetic of unusual releases. Here it is on limited silver vinyl and it looks like they'll be touring this accompanying the film in theatres across the UK soon....view item »

The Cornshed Sisters
Honey & Tar

The Cornshed Sisters’ four members are all singer-songwriters in their own right, giving this Newcastle-and-surrounds group a great weight of talent to build an album out of. Honey & Tar, their first r...view item »

Lipstick Stains / Still Counts

An extremely limited record store day release from Minneapolis’ Poliça. Double single on white 7” features two brand new collaborative tracks. Being well versed in crafting multi-layered melancholic soundscapes as well as crunchy and crisp electro working with Boyz Noize and Spank Rock...view item »

Menace Beach
Tennis Court / Lowtalkin'

Here come two new tracks of noise-making from Leeds-based indie pop band Menace Beach: "Tennis Court", a psych rock thriller, and "Lowtalkin'" a pure noise affair. The record comes courtesy of a big roster of bands, featuring members of Hookworms, Sky Larkin, Pulled Apart By Horses and Joanna Gruesome doing various great things.  ...view item »

Dutch Uncles
Big Balloon

Machester's favourite artful wonk-pop outfit Dutch Uncles continue to churn out material, with their latest being 2017-due Big Balloon. Fronted by a self-titled and explosive lead single, with the typical addition of Duncan's (lead) off-kilter dance moves, this edition takes li...view item »

Menace Beach
Lemon Memory

Leeds’ very own Menace Beach return with Lemon Memory, which was apparently produced with the self-conscious intention of making something a little more restrained than Ratworld. They’ve pulled it off too, with tightly focused songwriting and production that lingers on the brink of fuzz overload wit...view item »

Blue States
Restless Spheres

I still listen regularly to Blue States music which makes it even more surprising that this is their first album in nine years. Blue States (actually just one bloke Andrew Dragazis) makes lovely sweeping usually (but not always) instrumental music with a nod to past masters at cinematic composition such as Ennio Morricon...view item »

United Crushers

Album number three from Poliça, one of indie music’s favourite purveyors of heavy synth-pop. Although please note, they also have two drummers, lending serious rhythmic heft to their sound. United Crushers is about light persisting in the midst of darkness, inspired by the city of Minneapolis. CD, LP, or special rose colour...view item »

Menace Beach
Super Transporterreum EP

Following January’s Ratworld album, Menace Beach make a super-fast return with the Super Transporterreum EP. Packed with fuzzy melodies it takes the frazzled sonics of 60’s psych and transplants them onto a collection of contemporary power pop gems. What’s not to like? Out on vinyl 12” f...view item »

Aero Flynn
Aero Flynn

Josh Scott, the brains behind the operation of Aero Flynn, has been back and forth on his willingness to put his music out there in the world for years. Thankfully for an adoring public however, he has been persuaded by co-producer and friend Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), and this d...view item »

Blue States
The Last Blast

Blue States released a great single earlier this year with 'Across the Wire'. They return with another single. Its a repetitive vocal over some very twinkly sounds. Its a bit chrismassy....not too exciting if truth be told  - something akin to Adem overdosing on twinkles. Take some risks, lads!! The Last Blast is 7" on...view item »

The Black Neon

More 7" action from The Black Neon 'TX81Z' sound like some abstract electronica title but it's actually a poopy guitar track with hammond organ. Hahah I've just read back over that last sentence and poopy should have said poppy. Freudian slip there. This is dead bland, uninteresting, boring, un-original, I'd better stop before t...view item »


Barbarossa, aka James Mathé, was once a fully fledged acoustic folkster, working with José González and The Fence Collective. But Imager sees him step fully into a different world, that of electronica. He sounds very at home there (this is a very accomplished record...view item »


Slug are the latest band to come from Sunderland’s thriving music scene. They are the brainchild of Ian Black who earned his stripes as a touring member of fellow mackems, Field Music. The ideas for the music on debut album, Ripe come from the deepest recesses of Black’s mind combining many ...view item »

The Go! Team
Ye Ye Yamaha / Till We Do it Together

Released for Record Store Day earlier this year, this 7” contains two totally exclusive Go! Team songs pressed to lovely clear yellow vinyl. Ye Ye Yamaha and Til We Do It Together are both full of the radiant colour and bouncing melodic joy you would expect from this band, so scoop up our few remaining co...view item »

Dutch Uncles
O Shudder

The Dutch Uncles are from Marple in Greater Manchester. The five-piece indie-pop band first got together as The Dutch Uncles in 2008 after meeting at college. O Shudder is their fourth album. Taking their influences from bands such as Talking Heads and XTC, their comple...view item »

Paul Smith & Peter Brewis
Frozen By Sight

The Sunderland/Newcastle axis of art rock is in full collaboration mode at the moment. The most esoteric could well be this meeting of Field Music's Peter Brewis with Maximo Park's Paul Smith. Brewis's complex chamber music compositions are a gorgeous backdrop to Smith's tales travel writing texts. It ocassionally hits dizzy heights and is nothi...view item »

Menace Beach

The meteoric rise of local scuzz-rock upstarts Menace Beach is almost beyond comprehension. I should probably fact check this but I’m sure they’d signed to Memphis Industries after playing as little as five or six live gigs. Pretty good going if you ask me and obviously helped by their impressive first EP (‘Dream Out’ sti...view item »

School Of Language
More Fears

David Brewis is a pop artist for hire, having worked music jobs as different as playing in the band of idiosyncratic songwriter Eleanor Friedberger and producing a Maximo Park album. On his own -- away from working with his brother in chamber pop act Field Music -- he experiments with R&B influenced indie rock under the alias School Of Langu...view item »

Peter Matthew Bauer

So then Walkmen fans.  You wait ages for a solo project from one of your lads and two come along at once. Following on from frontman Hamilton Leithauser’s recent croon-some album we now get bassist/organist Peter Matthew Bauer’s solo effort which, like Mr Leithauser’s effort, has r...view item »

Sky Swimming

Here's the debut album of silky synthpop from turbulent lovecouple Elephant, a graceful collection of languid, sun-bleached yacht pop full of soft synth and chiming guitar and sultry female vocals which the press release describes as "uniquely curvy". It's dreamy stuff, cool and measured and inviting in a strangely detached sort of way. ...view item »

Supreme Cuts
Divine Ecstasy

Chicago production duo Supreme Cuts drop their debut LP 'Divine Ecstasy' on Memphis Industries this week. This pair are new to me but within a few tracks I'm enjoying their easygoing, genre-jumping house-pop style. Old school Chicago house shines through as the main influence on the first couple of tracks, the tracks are led by crisp programmed ...view item »

School Of Language
Old Fears

Memphis Industries bread and butter Field Music (a.k.a the Brewis brothers) have a tendency to split themselves in two from time to time with Peter working under the pseudonym The Week That Was and David taking on the School Of Languages name. I believe this is sec...view item »

The Phoenix Foundation
Bob Lennon, John Dylan

Hot on the heels of 2013’s Fandango album, The Phoenix Foundation release Bob Lennon, John Dylan backed with Asswipe. Drummer Richie Singleton left the band after Fandango, so the band were keen to get recording with new drummer Chris O’Connor. This new 7” is the result and was mixed by famed producer ...view item »

May You Marry Rich

One of the things on my review pile this week is an album by Colourmusic, who I haven't heard before. Nor is there any information in the press release so I'm just going to dive into this one blind. It's quite an interesting record actually, a kind of dreamy '80s-style pop but with some droney experimental leanings and breathy reverbed vocals....view item »

Tokyo Police Club

I tried to give this LP a preliminary listen at dinner time last night, but it quickly became apparent that this kind of stridently produced indie pop is a bit too hyper-present and distracting to eat to so it didn't last long. 'Forcefield' is album number four from indie poppers Tokyo Police Club. It's a collection of pretty strong guitar pop...view item »

Marijuana Deathsquads
Oh My Sexy Lord

Mad assed album this, loved it for the last two weeks. The main thing that captures you is the brooding apocalyptic nature of their music which weighs in some place between Crystal Castles, Schizo Fun Addict and early Holy Fuck. Live pulverising drums, eerie electronics, vintage synths and nightmare-ish effects-laden vocals result in a strange a...view item »


Elephant a.k.a newly reconciled loveduo Amelia Rivas and Christian Pinchbeck return with another dose of twinkly, heartfelt pop for the Memphis Industries label. It’s business as usual for the duo whose new single ‘Shapeshifter’ sounds like a lost ...view item »


Minneapolis combo Polica have been getting a lot of attention since their previous album ‘Give You The Ghost’ hit to widespread acclaim last year. We sold quite a lot of it but I never actually heard that album, so now I’m getting caught up on what the kids are into via their latest album ‘S...view item »

Dutch Uncles
Slave To The Atypical Rhythm

This is an old Record Store Day title from 2013 which is surprisingly still available. Manchester pop experts Dutch Uncles here create a version of the  Grace Jones classic 'Slave to the Rhythm' in their inimitable jerk-rock style whilst on the B side find themselves remixed by clever lad peers ...view item »

The Load

New on Memphis Industries, there are a tonne of records out there that sound like this - a mid-fi pop song somewhere between folk and electronica, it has a homespun feel leaving the track feeling curiously unfinished. What it does have is a catchy chorus, and main guy James Mathe has a voice that at ...view item »

Dutch Uncles

The press release helpfully mentions a whole host of artists to use as comparison to this Manchester five-piece but not seemingly the ones I know as poindexter and his bespectacled crew. Yes, there is no getting away from it there is more than a passing resemblance to ...view item »

Frankie Rose

Frankie Rose (formally of The Vivian Girls, Dum Dum Girls and Crystal Stilts) is now a full fledged solo artist. With her second LP 'Interstellar' she's shed her backing band (The Outs) and refined her sound with the pop market in mind. Gone are the traits you associate with her previous ...view item »


About a year ago I remember being fairly enchanted by the third album by Beach House. So must a lot of other people as there are bands springing up all over who sound rather a lot like them. This new single by girl/boy duo Elephant is consumately excellent, a lovely floaty pop song with jaunty accordian/organ and fab female vocals. Its just that...view item »

Field Music

Field Music are keeping the Rock N' Roll dream alive. They play those songs like they damn well mean it and somehow still manage to sound fresh to my ears even though their sound is basically a Supertramp/10CC/Beatles/Led Zeppelin hybrid. How they manage to keep squeezing awesome tracks o...view item »

Glowing Mouth

Ever wondered what it would sound like if Chris Martin fronted The National? Well, wonder no more, because Milagres are here with an LP where they illustrate this exact fantasy scenario. Bit of a Wild Beasts feel in its more interesting moments, too, but what we're looking at here is epic ...view item »

School Of Language
Rockist Single

Here's a taster from the forthcoming School of Language album on Memphis Industries. In case you don't know who he is he's the singer out of Field Music. Apparently they all have solo projects coming out.... lordy me. It's a 7" called Rockist Single and it's one of my favourite tracks from the forthcoming album. Firstly the production smacks y...view item »

Assembly EP

Crikey, what is it with all these M/F electronic pop duos? This pair are incredibly beautiful and I bet they think they're clever calling themselves Elephant but there was an indie band in the late '90s with the same moniker. Apparently this lass is French like Olivia from The Do (who jus...view item »

Cymbals Eat Guitars
Lenses Alien

Tearing me away from the Joey Barton twitter feed (current subjects: being transferred to QPR against his wishes, becoming environmentally friendly, Shearer's hair) is this new record from Cymbals Eat Guitars. What the Metronomy-loving Barton would think of this racket remains to be se...view item »

School Of Language
Sea From Shore

We have 10 free School Of Language t shirts to give away with copies of the forthcoming album on Memphis Industries. This is the new side project from David Brewis from Memphis Industries. It also features 3 bonus tracks which is an indies only limited edition... 1000 copies only....view item »

Ta Det Lugnt

Dungen are from Sweden I believe. Well they have a new CD out on Memphis Industries and it's a bit superb indeedy... This is proper authentic 60's psychedelic pop that is done so well I almost can't believe it's been recorded recently. This has loads of really strong melodies complete with fun wig out happenings. It's all sung in ...view item »

My _____ Is Pink

Colourmusic aren't an easy band to pin down in a few sentences - I'm not even sure where they are from! Anyway, they make a technicoloured racket that manipulates rhythm and tone to it's own advantage to produce a sound heavy on groove and steeped in obscure low-end drones. 'My _____ is Pink' is made up of loads of micro-pop songs, all off which...view item »

The Go! Team
Buy Nothing Day

I was surprised by how much I didn't hate the new Go Team album although I can't even remember if I even actually heard them the first time around. I feel like I did even though I'm fairly confident I didn't 'cos they were, like, totally everywhere at the time. 'Buy Nothing Day' features Bethany Cosentino "of Best Coast/previously of Pocahaunted...view item »

Banjo or Freakout
Banjo or Freakout

Who the hell are these guys? I always liked the name in a weird way. I know a couple of banjo players and I'd pay good money to see them "freak out" instead of plucking away with dazed gormless expressions on their face. Let's have some wild, unabated anarchy from those strings please!! These guys are actually one chap, an Italian called Allesio...view item »

The Go! Team
Rolling Blackouts

We rinsed the hell out of that first Go! Team album in this office. I used to love to DJ with that Huddle Formation tune especially, what a party banger that was! I dunno how often their exclamation mark gets used, I keep forgetting they've got one! They've a third album outnow, I never even heard the second installment! Look how I keep on s...view item »

The Phoenix Foundation

Fuck, this is mellow as. Not one to lift your flagging insomniac mind-body (dis)construct in the mid-afternoon but quite nice nonetheless with its gently driving, lightly psych-prog flavoured indie pop-rock shizzle. I feel like I used too many hyphens there but never-mind. It's a sunny-sounding (COCK!), expansively produced record from start to ...view item »

Frankie Rose and the Outs
Frankie Rose and the Outs

..Or the former tub thumper of Vivian Girls puts her sticks to bed and picks up a plectrum and decides to make a record better than owt that the Vivian Girls have made. It's a direct record, there's not a song that stretches over the 2 and a half minute mark. She's got a sweet voice, which compliments the reverb keys and pounding drums to cr...view item »

Banjo or Freakout
105 / Dead In The Snow

This single from Banjo or Freakout is like being rocked to sleep by Hightower from Police Academy. It's gentle yet oddly stoic. It can also throw pigskins at you and catching it will propel you through a wall. It reminds me of Grandaddy. It's psychedelic and quite folky and it doesn't do anything offensive enough to make you hate it. It also has...view item »

Dutch Uncles

Are these Swedish? Oh, they were on a Scandinavian label before. This is smooth 80s inspired radio-indie from MancLand (tm) that has a strong suggestion of Mew in there. But they can't quite manage the "interesting bit" like those crazy Danes. There's something catchy & breathless about this tune though - the dinky sounding guitars do lots o...view item »

Field Music
Let's Write A Book

The latest single from Field Music is in a word......Scumdidilyumptious!! It reminds me of some strange things. Like a mouse with a side parting or a man with an aversion to chives. It first reminded me of Peter Gabriel with its hard hitting drum mix. It then reminded me of Prince in his helium voiced pomp. It's a strange song, it do sent have a...view item »

Field Music
If Only The Moon Were Up

Probably  the only band I really like out of glut of jerky new wave popsters is Sunderland's Field Music.  Thank goodness then they have a new single out then. 'If only the Moon is Up' is taken from their pretty darn good debut record and again, I really can't stress how much this band sound like 10CC circa 'Sheet...view item »

Tokyo Police Club

TPC are Canada's answer to The Srokes. They have a sound that is upbeat and catchy.They also remind me also of a latterday Idlewild, with the pace and directness of their songs. TPCs latest album is full of neat hooks and subtle melodies that are quite delightful. The albums starts pretty strangely,with weird noises surrounding hushed vocals. Th...view item »

We Are Scientists

This time around the boys from Brooklyn come out with a masterful album, after the off-kilter Brain Thrust Mastery. Barbara combines the catchy punk-pop of With Love and Squalor with the pop 80's style they went for in their second album. Along for the ride is new drummer (and former Razorlight member) Andy Burrows. I'm not sure if the inclusion of...view item »

Cymbals Eat Guitars
Wind Phoenix

The third and final single from last year's 'Why There Are Mountains', 'Wind Phoenix' is a belter of an indie rock number with lashings of brass, vocals and tasteful ambience. Falling somewhere between the drama of Mercury Rev/Flaming Lips and the grungy indie pop of Built to Spill, Cymbals Eat Guitars make relatively odd pop singles from the sound...view item »

The Ruby Suns
Fight Softly

I quite like these guys. I think I'm reasonably safe in calling them guys. I mean I think they're all men. The last thing in the world I want to do is make some poor female musician feel like a bloke. I don't think I'd sleep.... Speaking of which I've had very little lately so if the following reviews make no sense then I apologise. The Ruby Suns h...view item »

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