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John Maus
We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves

John Maus is a curious character who looks to be next in line for youth adulation hot on the heels of the likes of Ariel Pink (who Maus has collaborated with as part of Haunted Graffiti and Gary War) and Panda Bear. Upset The Rhythm head honcho Chris Tipton...view item »

John Maus

Another John Maus record so soon? Quick succession is a nice thing. Following up last year's gloom-pop masterclass Screen Memories, which encapsulated everything good about this stuffy Philosophy academic and underground star, Maus gets out the keyboards again for Addendum, twelve more tunes...view item »

John Maus
Screen Memories

John Maus returns! Six years have passed since ‘We Must Become The Pitiless Censors’ -- during which time Maus has toured, released a rarities collection and finished his doctorate in Political Philosophy. He sounds as towering and stately as ever on Screen Memories; the record is another personal one which ...view item »

L.A. Takedown

Aaron M. Olson leads his seven piece band L.A. Takedown into the creation of some really intricate music on their second album II. These compositions are busy but tightly controlled, with melodic lines and groovy-rhythms twisting around each other to form precise and proggy pieces. Released by Ribbon Mu...view item »

Laura Marling
A Creature I Don't Know

Laura Marling’s third album “A Creature I Don’t Know”, from 2011, and follow up to 2010’s brilliant “I Speak Because I Can” finds her with more of a confident swagger than ever before. There’s an assured air about her performance on opener “The Muse”. The production is on a bigger scale...view item »

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
A Man Alive

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down are a San Francisco-based indie band led by Thao Nguyen. A Man Alive is the band’s fourth album and follow-up to 2013’s We Common, which featured a duet with Joanna Newsom. On A Man Alive Nguyen wanted to bring bass and beats to the...view item »

L.A. Takedown
L.A. Takedown

L.A. Takedown is a new project that aims to recall the sort of synth-laden 80’s movie soundtracks that often pass through our doors. This single-track debut album does a pretty sterling job of meeting that aim, synthetic and ‘real’ instruments swirling up into a shiny monolith. LP only available through indepen...view item »

Lower Dens
Escape From Evil

New album from Lower Dens, that features a sound that maintains the cold distance of their earlier work whilst also somehow feeling warmer. Single ‘To Die In L.A.’ sets the tone with a beautiful melody and arrangements sweeping around Jana Hunter’s gorgeously stark voice. Escape From Evil is released b...view item »

Hamilton Leithauser
Black Hours

Listening to Hamilton Leithauser’s debut solo album is a bit like having afternoon tea with the Queen. The former front man of New York indie rock outfit The Walkmen has crafted a record that is exquisitely tasteful in ways only proper royalty can achieve; there are no sows’ ears here, it’s sil...view item »

Omar Souleyman
Wenu Wenu

Can you believe that this is Omar Souleyman’s first proper studio album? We were surprised too, but it turns out all the ones he’s released to date have been compilations and a live album. Now he’s gone into the studio with none other than Kieran “Fourtet&...view item »
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Lower Dens
Twin Hand Movement

This album might achieve classic status. Beautiful, mellifluous vocals, intelligent and self-aware lyrics (with subtle, dry humour throughout) and a beautiful haze of laid-back (yet still somehow propulsive and danceable) instrumentation, all under a haze of noir-ish/ Ennio-Morricone Western-themed atmospher...view item »

John Maus
A Collection of Rarities and Previously Unreleased Material

It’s pleasing to see that in the same week R. Stevie Moore’s career gets its much needed day in the sunshine (thanks to a compilation on O Genesis)...view item »

Lower Dens

Baltimore's Lower Dens return with their sophomore effort on Ribbon music, hitting us with a meticulous and well thought out follow up to 'Twin-Hand Movement'. I'm not a huge fan or owt but I reckon they've got a pretty neat style....view item »

Black Dice
Mr Impossible

Black Dice are the fucking BONG. Always have been, always will be. They've been kicking up shit for so long that it's got to the point that even the converted are ripping 'em a new asshole (Vice / Loud And Quiet - I'm looking at you dick-nuts) and writing them off for whatever fucking hip...view item »

Laura Marling
Alas I Cannot Swim

To open your debut album with a song as good as “Ghosts” is an achievement for an artist of any age, but when you’re just 18, it’s quite remarkable. The album as a whole isn’t as good as any of her later efforts, that is to be expected – but it’s still a very good album. All the seeds of her future trium...view item »
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