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FF (shoegaze band)
Lord

Not content with re-issuing every great lost 80’s record ever made, Captured Tracks are now intent on signing new bands that rake the past with an equally microscopic eye. The press release might try to convince you otherwise but this debut from this brash Seattle threesome is derivative to the point that you can isolate each track...view item »

Earth Dies Burning
Songs From The Valley Of The Bored Teenager (1981-1984)

As reissue culture finally eats itself we have for your delectation a compilation of Brad Laner’s (Medicine) childhood band. I’m not certain which extra qualities have been seen in their angsty caterwauling that have raised it above the zillions of spotty, sexually frustrated teenagers that have ...view item »

Chastity
Death Lust

A re-issue of demos on Brooklyn label Captured Tracks has fuelled a burgeoning interest in Canadian punks Chastity. Support slots with Priests, Fucked Up, Metz and Chelsea Wolfe have only made people more excited about their debut LP Death Lust. The album revolv...view item »

Wax Chattels
Wax Chattels

Auckland’s Wax Chattels self-identify as ‘guitarless guitar music’. This description makes plenty of sense when you get a load of their eponymous debut LP. There’s a lot of rock-isms going on here - the yelpy vocals and pounding drums of a garage rock band, bass licks with a light punk-funk flavour - but ...view item »

Gabriella Cohen
Pink Is The Colour of Unconditional Love

Captured Tracks have gone and captured themselves another bunch of tracks from Australian songsmith Gabriella Cohen. The follow-up to her 2015 debut LP sees Cohen honing her craft and turning in some well-heeled indie-pop in the vein of labelmates Mac Demarco and Craft Spells. W...view item »

Minks
Tides End

But do they, does a tide end? Can you stop the tide coming in armed only with a bucket and spade? Who knows...but what I do know is that this lot wrote this album in an underground bunker listening to only Seal and Simply Red records. It’s a shame they didn’t take on board some of the softer sounds of those records on the first track...view item »

Martin Newell
The Greatest Living Englishman

Seen pretty much everywhere as Martin Newell's best album (including his the Cleaners from Venus slabs of genius) but I'm inclined to disagree. It's not to say that this isn't a marvellous batch of English psych pop and probably one of the more consistent of Newell's many albums but for me ...view item »

Mac DeMarco
Salad Days

Yes its the Return of the Mac. This is Mac De Marco’s third full length record and its safe to say that if you like the first two then you are going to find plenty to swoon over here.  He’s long discarded the pitched down croon he used on the first side of the corking ‘Rock and Roll Nightclub’ debut and has adopted a...view item »

Mourn
Sorpresa Familia

Captured Tracks have captured some more tracks (ahem) from Catalan outfit MOURN. Twelve febrile, jittery post-punk numbers here, with Sorpresa Familia set to please anyone who enjoyed last year’s live-wire Over The Wall EP. Manages to recall all of Good Throb, Pis...view item »

Mac DeMarco
Rock And Roll Night Club

Firstly get the boy some make up lessons. What a state he's got himself in on the sleeve of his debut 12”. Titles like 'Rock and Roll Night Club' and 'Baby's Wearing Blue Jeans' suggest some kind of '70s denim nightmare but this is really good. He sounds like the re-incarnation o...view item »

Gift Wrap
Losing Count

Brendon Avalos is another one of those artists who though why bother working with a band (in his case B Boys) when you can just do everything yourself. So he's gone down the solo path culminating in an album of experimental electronic pop which takes in influences all the way from Depeche Mode to Frank O...view item »

Robert Earl Thomas
Another Age

Robert Earl Thomas’s voice and guitar stylings might be familiar to listeners from his time with Widowspeak, but guess what? He also has a solo project. Another Age...view item »

Perfect Pussy
Say Yes To Love

Just freaked the gaffer out by proclaiming I hated this. 'But Clint is tweeting this ASAP!' he barks back at me. Um sorry, I had confused it with something else on Captured Tracks which is still way better than most NY labels. Perfect Pussy, apart from having a great logo, a smirky name and a gutsy shouty girl for a singer are quite stun...view item »

The Apartments
The Evening Visits and Stays for Years (Expanded Edition)

As well-versed as I think I am in the world of early 80’s Antipodean guitar pop, I hadn’t been aware of the Apartments until I spotted this re-issue on the shelves. It turns out that lead man Peter Walsh had briefly joined the Go-Betweens only to find he had unassailable difference with the other...view item »

The Brotherhood of Lizards
Lizardland

We all know about the Cleaners From Venus don’t we. Don’t we?  Well we should because they produced some of the very best guitar pop of the 1980s most of which has been re-issued on Captured Tracks in recent years so you have no excuses whatsoever. ...view item »

Cleaners From Venus
The Best Of

Straight outta 1980’s Wivenhoe came Cleaners From Venus, the magical DIY pop project of Martin Newell. This Best Of compilation plucks choice tracks from a nine-album career, presenting multiple sides of the Cleaners’ sound, always made in the moment and on Martin...view item »

Chastity
Chains

Popping up again after February’s Peroxide 7”, here’s a quick, propulsive EP of angst-ridden post-punk from Whitby, Ontario resident Brandon Williams, or Chastity...view item »

Mac DeMarco
2

Despite the sleeve depicting him as some kind of buffoonishly made up grandson of one of the New York Dolls, I fell very quickly in love with Mac DeMarco’s debut 12” (though long enough to be an album) ‘Rock and Roll ...view item »

Mac DeMarco
Another One

The wobbler is at it again, tightroping his guitar and trying to fix his heart. ‘Another One’ follows up a record that seemed to raise Mac DeMarco to indie pop’s celestial plane; ‘Salad Days’, as it was called, did nothing to revolutionise his sound but was warm, fuzzy and nostalgic, so no one complained. Now h...view item »

Widowspeak
Almanac

This is the second record I’ve heard this week that sounds a little like Mazzy Star, I guess they were a big influence on a lot of people, this has a bit more of a folk feel to it though and for a two piece they fill out their sound quite well, lot...view item »

Wild Nothing
Gemini

Now after a slew of curious 7"s by little-heard-of types, this boutique retro-indie label is chucking full-lengthers at us now! The initial impact of this CD is reminding me of the gentler wing of early 80's alternative pop, such as feyer Scouse acts Wild Swans, China Crisis & The Lotus Eaters - well blended with some class shambling shoegaz...view item »

Lina Tullgren
Won

Time for another game of “Is This Song Actually Good Or Does It Just Have Twang In It?”. The answer is yes, “Perfect” is actually good -- I’ve been watching a lot of Nashville lately, so you’ll have to forgive me for my bias, but the chords whining their way into my ear on this song are in fact full on perfect...view item »

Reptaliens
FM-2030

FM-2030 is the very first album to be released by Reptaliens, a band who feature a stellar line-up drawn from bands such as Wampire, Brainst...view item »

Widowspeak
Expect The Best

Full disclosure: I thought this record was called ‘Expect the Beast’. As a diligent and dutiful employee, I have been doing so. Turns out what I’m supposed to be expecting is the best, which is a lot to ask. Widowspeak have been an extremely charming band in the past -- ripping on Fleetwood Mac...view item »

Naomi Punk
Yellow

It actually makes a lot of sense that this here Naomi Punk band are heartily endorsed by Parquet Courts, their touring buddies, despite the two bands having little in common on the surface. The Courts tried to make out-and-out avant garde once, on ‘Monastic Living’,...view item »

Alex Calder / Homeshake
Nankhatai / Stuck Inside

Montreal artists Alex Calder and Homeshake both pull out an exclusive cut from their archives of bedroom-produced pop magic, in order to raise funds for the International Refugee Assistance Project. The Homeshake track is notable for its disorientating woozy tempo changes, and Calder...view item »

Mac DeMarco
This Old Dog

Whoever makes Mac DeMarco’s decisions for him certainly knew what they were doing when they teased the opening brace of songs from this album before letting anything else slip out. And it’s not just because I’ve had a couple of months to listen to these two but they are the best thing here by a gap the size of the ho...view item »

Molly Burch
Please Be Mine

This is about my sixth review of the day and it’s singer-songwriter tranquility like I’ve never needed it before. An honest-to-god halftime slice of pop music, Molly Burch’s clean, nostalgic sound picks up where countrified indie rock left off, offering the same kind of twanged songwriting coupled with a dusty-but-clean product...view item »

Gabriella Cohen
Full Closure and No Details

Here is a direct and highly intimate debut from Gabriella Cohen, recorded at home in Australia with the assistance of close friend and associate Kate Dillon. Full Closure And No Details is a sweet set of indie-pop songs with 60’s summer melodies and pleasingly simple production. The album is relea...view item »

Chastity
Peroxide

Chastity is the project of Brandon Williams, broadcasting from a Canadian suburb that is apparently positioned so that Toronto is tantalisingly out of reach. The frustration of youth is a key theme on Peroxide, a song as heavy with emotional drama as it is with reverb, piano and big-chorus drums. 7&rdqu...view item »

The Stray Trolleys
Barricades and Angels

I have spent far too much of my time over the last few years listening to the music of Martin Newell whether it be the Cleaners from Venus, Brotherhood of Lizards or his solo stuff. He's a pop genius that rarely fails to...view item »

Chris Cohen
Overgrown Path

Cohen is, according to the press release, “the child of a former music business executive and a former Broadway actress”. Nice genes if you can get ‘em. ‘Overgrown Path’ reaches into my ears with slimy exploratory tendrils ...view item »

EZTV
High In Place

EZTV whet our whistles last year with their debut 'Calling Out' which updated the ace power pop of the likes of Shoes and Big Star for a young fresh generation of melody fans. Here, they've bought a new studio invited some friends like Jenny Lewis and Martin Courtney to help out...view item »

Mourn
Ha, Ha, He.

The jury's out on whether this band have ever found anything funny, but ‘Ha Ha He’ perfectly sums up my movements on the website known as Twitter dot com: I am amused, but blank of all emotion. Garage rockers Mourn are kinda the same, actually. Their sound is bouncy, even jolly, but always halted by angular guitars and the kind of de...view item »

Chris Cohen
As If Apart

Chris Cohen’s previous effort ‘Overgrown Path’ was a favourite in this here office with one Li’l Biz particularly keen on it’s myriad pop charms. Fast forward to a couple of hearts later and Cohen re-appears with his second record on Captured Tracks. Cohen makes the kind of music I usually like. It’s t...view item »

B Boys
No Worry No Mind

Coming at you straight out of Brooklyn, NYC, are the trio of B Boys, who play a cool kind of surf-garage punk-rock (surfing in the garage? Does that work?). They might recall fellow New Yorkers Parquet Courts to some ears: they certainly have the energy and the chops for it. No Worry No Mind is out on C...view item »

Dinner
Psychic Lovers

Psychic Lovers is the debut album from Danish producer Dinner and it sharpens the melancholy synth pop of his first three EPs. Anders Rhedin’s sound pushes the textures and production of 1980s pop into extremes, including his distinctive croon. By doing this he highlights just how strange and sad thes...view item »

Boulevards
Groove!

Despite its diverse instrumentation and big band atmosphere Boulevards is dominated by the presence of one man, Jamil Rashad. His deep and emotive vocals power the electronic soul of Groove! Whether the background is early hip-hop productions, or 1980s party jams, he can be relied on for smooth ...view item »

DIIV
Is The Is Are

Sometimes you just have to separate the stories you hear about an band from the sound of the music. From recent press reports DIIV are enormo-trousered, heroin gulping fuck ups with a bassist who says dubious things on the internet. On record however they are delight. One wonders how people with so many problems manage to make such uplifting mus...view item »

EZTV
Calling Out

I’ve just picked myself off the floor after hearing the monumental new Triptides album when this little gem appears in my rear view mirror. It’s similarly enamoured with the kind of bright jangle pop that was pretty much invented by Big Star. Opener ‘Bury Your Heart’ sets the stall out with ...view item »

Charlie Hilton
Palana

Charlie Hilton has spun off from her band Blouse for this debut solo record. Palana, produced with the help of Jacob Portrait (Unknown Mortal Orchestra), is a shiny array of tuneful psychedelic pop, Hilton’s cool, stately vocals in the centre of i...view item »

Widowspeak
All Yours

Widowspeak produce a beautifully languishing music, Molly Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas winding their melodic lines together. Hamilton sings gently but passionately, and the band’s instrumental backing billows slowly. All Yours is a very accomplished third album...view item »

Michael Vidal
Dream Center

The sleeve says 33 1/3rd but if that’s correct then Abe Vigoda frontman Michael Vidal sounds very depressed indeed. So I’ve taken the law into my own hands and played it at 45rpm; I’m a maverick you know, I don’t play by no rules. Now the record is sounding very nice indeed. It&rsq...view item »

Juan Wauters
Who Me?

I enjoyed former The Beets guy Juan Wauters first record but at the time suspected that he would be spending his life trailing around playing shows to ten people before finally giving in and getting a real job. That image was kind of ruined when I saw him supporting Mac De Marco ...view item »

The Soft Moon
Deeper

Luis Vasquez’ ‘Deeper’ is the soundtrack to a world that’s turned noir permanently. It borrows the neon streetlights of Dirty Beaches’ propulsive, synth-driven ‘Drifters’ and occasionally suggests the ferocity of Pharmakon’s percu...view item »

Dinner
Three EPs, 2012-2014

Do you remember what you were like in 2012? I had a crazy mustache (it was good, trust me (I’m serious)), long hair and a crazy girlfriend. It’s good to remember times gone by, even if you’re glad they’re over. That’s what Dinner thought while recording his debut album. Here are his three EPs from t...view item »

Pale Blue
The Past We Leave Behind

Pale Blue is the new project from Mike Simonetti. Simonetti enlisted the incredible talent of Silver Hands’ vocalist Elizabeth Wight to be the focal point of Pale Blue. The Past We Leave Behind is a warm, melodic electronic record with elements of...view item »

Nic Hessler
Soft Connections

Hmm...anything with the words “indebted to American power-pop” on the cover is bound to pique my interest - especially when on “Hearts, Repeating” it comes with lashings of the style of jangly guitar that once adorned R.E.M records as well as anything from Dwigh...view item »

Mourn
Mourn

Mourn. Young Catalonian four-piece making passionately barbed old-skool indie rock in the vein of Sleater-Kinney, Crowsdell and early PJ Harvey with an occasionally breathless punky charm that has you gaping at the stereo when it finishes. Eleven...view item »

Bunny Lion
Red

Some soul soothers on this one from Bunny Lion. Red is getting the repress treatment, even though it evaded the limelight the first time. Featuring vocals from Linval Thomas, this record is raw, outrageously grooving and a delicious slice of dubbed out reggae for those wanting some untapped rootsy vibrati...view item »

Perfect Pussy
I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling

You might not know it, because how the fuck would you, but Meredith Graves is one of punk’s finest lyricists. If that wasn’t clear from Say Yes To Love and its masterful centrepiece “Interference Fits” (which pieced together stunning, emotionally hungry couplets around piercing yelps and a crumbling wall of ...view item »

Alex Calder
Strange Dreams

The last time I reviewed an Alex Calder record I spent the entire review trying to think of the New Zealand band his skewed lo-fi music reminded me of. It was, of course, Small World Experience. There you go, we might have even sold an extra copy based on that. Here he comes a couple of year...view item »

Mac DeMarco
Demos Volume 1

Fresh from the double whammy of having sold his shoes for a grand on ebay (for charity I must add) and playing the worst show I’ve seen in 25+ years of gig going at his recent Leeds Irish Centre debacle, Mac DeMarco now releases a 24 track compendium of demo recordings. It comes as some surprise that he actually makes demos  - you kin...view item »

Mega Bog
Gone Banana

If the seas of chillwave overflowed and the beach sands got a little muddy, I would blame Mega Bog. Champions of violent holidays and imperfect good times, they offer up ‘Gone Banana’ as if it were a sacrifice to the sunglass-wearing chilltime God. It’s a summer riddle that promises the genre’s sweet throwback vibe -- wit...view item »

Medicine
Home Everywhere

Busy busy. Revitalised shoegazers Medicine are very busy. With this coming just a year after their ‘comeback’ album ‘To The Happy Few’ they are working at lightning speed, a pace unknown to the reformed. Their songs are very busy too with a million different things going on seemingly at once. There is absolutely no doubt ...view item »

Cleaners From Venus
Extra Wages

Have you discovered Cleaners From Venus yet? If not then you might want to start thinking about doing so. The massive re-issue campaign by Captured Tracks has yielded three CD box sets and countless vinyl re-issues. The latest of which is a vinyl edition of an unreleased LP of material which also makes up CD4 of the latest ...view item »

Saada Bonaire
Saada Bonaire

I’m so obsessed with the ‘80’s these days that I’m seriously considering buying a ticket to ‘Lets Rock Leeds Live’ - the family friendly 80’s festival featuring Alexander O’Neal, Brother Beyond and Nick Heyward amongst others. C’mon it will be great.   Sadly not confirmed to play...view item »

Naomi Punk
Television Man

Is that name cool? I can't decide. Remember the late 90s when all the band names were a bit shit? Radiohead started it all with their triple-wank moniker. Well, whatever, like, the music here is quite fine. Minor quibble over. Not sure quite who they sound like but it's stripped-back guitar and drums gar...view item »

Donovan Blanc
Donovan Blanc

Captured Tracks valiant and worthy attempts to fill the world with dreamy, jangly 80’s-inspired pop continues unabated with this laconic album by a couple of New Jersey strummers. The sound is of course lovely, lots of jangling guitars referencing Real Estate, Field Mic...view item »

Cleaners From Venus
Number Thirteen

The next installment of the Cleaners re-issue project is 'Number 13'. Like all of these albums there are tracks you'll want to skip but also contain songwriting so fine you simply can't believe that someone somewhere couldn't nuture Martin Newell's wayward talent and turn him into an 80's pop hero. The opener here 'The Jangling Man' is superb an...view item »

Craft Spells
Nausea

The law of averages says I’m going to find an album I actually like this week. Y’know, that I might take home and shit? The fact that this is on Captured Tracks and that the opening track sounds something like a Wild Nothing/Real Estate hybrid suggests I may have hi...view item »

Juan Wauters
N.A.P. North American Poetry

I went dog-eared into the cinema yesterday to watch ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’. Two hours of unrelentingly bleak Coen Brothers brilliance which exemplifies the struggles of the solo singer songwriter troubadour, as true today as it was in the ‘60’s in which it was set. The conclusion being  - if you aren’t ...view item »

Holograms
Forever

It’s taken me a minute to twig what this CD reminds me of. There’s heavily reverbed guitars, mechanistic drum beats and a post-punky coldness which clearly owes a debt to the likes of Joy Division and Echo and The Bunnymen. It hit me in the end, though...view item »

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