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Dilly Dally
Heaven

After a couple of years of thrills and spills touring in support of their 2015 debut LP Sore, Dilly Dally return to Partisan for another crack. By all accounts the band almost called it quits after their first album dropped, but fortunately for them and their fans they got it together enough to turn in ...view item »

Goon
Dusk of Punk / Happy Omen

Goon is led by L.A musician and visual artist Kenny Becker who has a medical condition that sometimes deadens his sense of smell and hearing. Though such a condition would be most useful in our office, it must be tougher for a musician. Between bouts of illness Becker has made splendid indie rock which has gained praise all...view item »

IDLES
Brutalism

Brutalism is the latest thirteen-track release from Idles. A powerfully written and politically driven collection of music that packs a punch aimed at the current political climate in the UK. It is hardcore and punk, so what do you expect? Described as ‘ a deadly serious indictment on popular culture’ that i...view item »

Cigarettes After Sex
Cigarettes After Sex

This is the debut full-length album from Cigarettes After Sex, following up on a number of EPs. They’ve stepped things up for the occasion, with a sound more widescreen than ever before. The songs are romantic in subject matter and sonic construction: this could well be the soundtrack to your next heartache. CD and LP edit...view item »

IDLES
Joy as an Act of Resistance

Imagine if Slaves were not the worst ever of things, and if there were more of them in the band, and if that band also wasn’t Shame. Thus have we IDLES. The Bristol band's second LP Joy As An Act Of Resistance can get a bit punk-by-numbers at times, but there are some properly goo...view item »

Bombino
Deran

With admirers including Stevie Wonder and Robert Plant, the Niger guitarist Bombino clearly has some serious chops. His pioneering ‘Tuareggae’ sound remains in good nick on his latest LP, and his wide travels and range of influences lead to plenty of unusual songwriting choices on ...view item »

The Amazing
In Transit

The fifth LP from The Amazing features more of the heartfelt, slightly shoegazey indie-rock that has served the band well up to this point. Tracks like ‘Rewind’ and ‘Pull’, with their delicate grooves and singer Christoffer Gunrup’s dreamy vocal, come off as pitched somewhere between The Ant...view item »

Erika Wennerstrom
Sweet Unknown

Erika Wennerstrom is the singer for the rock band Heartless Bastards, or at least she usually is. On this occasion, she is performing as a solo artist, allowing her songs to flow in precisely the way she wants them to go. Sweet Unknown is extra personal, extra intimate, and highly recommended for ...view item »

Deer Tick
Deer Tick Vol. 2

It’s been four years since their last record, and now Rhode Island based Deer Tick drop two at the same time, each showing a vastly different side of the band’s persona. Vol. 2 is highly energised and raucous garage/punk rock. 10 new tracks that’ll get you up and at ‘em. LP and CD released throug...view item »

Deer Tick
Deer Tick Vol. 1

Four years since their last record, Rhode Island based Deer Tick drop two at the same time, each showing a vastly different side of the band’s coin. Vol. 1 is their more stripped back, mellower acoustic side. 10 thoughtful, engaging tracks for the lazy, lonely afternoon.LP and CD released through Partisan....view item »

Tender
Modern Addiction

Debut album from London based indie pop duo Tender. Made up of James Cullen  and Dan Cobb the pair craft emotionally explosive pop music that excels at juxtaposing upbeat and melancholic themes, with Roosevelt esque basslines and groove matched with up close heart wrenching...view item »

Baby In Vain
More Nothing

This Danish trio have a razor sharp and slightly off kilter take on noise rock taking influence from shoegaze, Sonic Youth and Sleater-Kinney in songs that manage to be both hard rocking and dreamy. Not for the faint hearted, they make a right old racket which has earned them live slots with Jesus a...view item »

The Black Angels
Death Song

The Black Angels are so deep into the world(s) of modern psych-rock music that two of their members are the founders of Austin’s Levitation Festival, regarded the world over for his high calibre psychedelic music. Needless to say, their band are fantastic purveyors of the genre, and Death Song, their first album i...view item »

Violents and Monica Martin
Awake and Pretty Much Sober

The first full-blown and full-length collaborative release of Violents and Monica Martin. Awake And Pretty Much Sober (a high bar to set eh?) is a pop album made by two electronic natives, sifting samples, instruments, vocal harmonies and much else into a set of bright and compelling songs. Awake An...view item »

Middle Brother
Limited Edition 10”

Middle Brother are something of an alt-country supergroup, mixing the main songwriters / singers of Dawes, Delta Spirit and Deer Tick into one powerful trio. So much voice! The straightforwardly-titled Limited Edition 10” is pressed as a picture disc, and is exclu...view item »

Craig Finn
We All Want The Same Things

Though he was and is the Springsteen-ish narrator in one-track-mind rockers the Hold Steady, Craig Finn's solo work shows a different side to his character albeit with his barfly persona still intact. Finn is still telling tales of stuff that goes on in his Minneapolis/St Paul neighbourhood pairing his observations with lovely i...view item »

Emel
Ensen

Emel is a Tunisian artist that has become well known for her uplifting and positive attitudes towards women in her music, and her second album Ensen is no different. This album is a carefully crafted combination of electronica with Tunisian textured music that has been constructed in a cinematic universe. Available on Vinyl LP a...view item »

Holy Sons
In The Garden

Holy Sons is the recording moniker of Emil Amos. In The Garden is his 13th album released under the name and it’s full of dreamy, melodic alt. guitar tunes. It was produced by John Agnello who deserves legendary status for his work with Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth, Phosphorescent and Kurt Vile...view item »

Flock of Dimes
If You See Me, Say Yes

We've already had A Flock Of Seagulls, now we have Flock of Dimes which is the very slick pop project of Wye Oake member Jenn Wasner. Wasner sings sweetly over a guitar pop/electronica hybrid with the occasional clever production to keep things interesting. Certainly aiming high, this has been m...view item »

The Amazing
Ambulance

The Amazing have personnel from the psych, jazz and indie-folk parts of the Scandinavian music scene (Dungen and the bands of Erik Söderlind and Jose Gonzalez respectively), so they are plenty versatile. On Ambulance they turn their talents to the melancholic songs...view item »

Ages and Ages
Something to Ruin

Heart lifting pop that sounds like it was recorded in your front room. It wasn’t. It was captured by Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock’s studio, but the personality of this record is it’s strength. Acoustic indie pop filled with gleeful melodies and laid back choral vocals done by all of the ban...view item »

Baby In Vain
For The Kids

Baby In Vain forge stomping garage bluesy riffs, bringing the accessibility and drive of Queens of the Stone age and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club side by side with Kyuss stoner satisfaction of “the riff”. These three girls from Denmark are only 19-22 and they have 7 r...view item »

Nico Yaryan
What A Tease

Nico Yaryan was, until recently, pursuing a musical career as the drummer in Hanni el Khatib. But there is more to his skills than drums, as this brand new solo material demonstrates: Yaryan sings and songwrites here, producing some smooth, laid-back indieish numbers. His debut solo LP What ...view item »

Eagulls
Ullages

Leeds favourites Eagulls make a slight move away from the hard-and-fast rush of their debut album with this follow-up. Ullages finds the band diving head first into the territory of 1980’s post-punk: think along the lines of early Cure cut with a little shoegaze. I must say, they wear it well. Rel...view item »

Lontalius
I'll Forget 17

It isn’t too easy getting attention in the music business when you are 18 years old and living in New Zealand, but Eddie Johnston aka Lontalius seems to have managed it, with attention paid by Ryan Hemsworth, Lorde and the Red Bull Music Academy. I’ll Forget 17...view item »

Lumerians
The High Frontier

I was well into Oakland stoner quintet Lumerians’ previous album on Hands In The Dark, as was our boss man Phil, so my day of high quality releases to review continues apace as I dive headlong into the mystical chunterings and otherworldly grooves of their ne...view item »

Nico Yaryan
Just Tell Me

Just Tell Me is the debut single from What A Tease, the debut full-length from Nico Yaryan. He has experience as a drummer (with Hanni el Khatib), but branches out here into guitars and warm vocals, singing a song about his long-distance (LA to Amsterdam) relationship. Plenty melodic, on Partis...view item »

Holy Sons
Decline of The West Vol. I & II

Holy Sons is the solo project of Emil Aros, whose work you’ll know from the heavy drum parts on Om and Grails albums. On Decline of The West Vol. I & II, he plays every single instrument, ending up with an impressive and highly varied set of of songs. This rei...view item »

Made Of Oak
Penumbra

Penumbra is the solo work of Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso, in which he can fully explore his beat-centric side. Made Of Oak is only his debut EP, but it shows off an intuitive approach to electronic textures, with chunks of sound flying around left right and centre, above sturdy beat tra...view item »

Dilly Dally
Sore

Dilly Dally were formed by Canadian high school friends and self-taught guitarists Liz Ball and Katie Monks who bonded over a love of Nirvana and Pixies. Thier debut album Sore, as you’d expect from their influences, melds '90's guitar noise with pop sensibilities and a touch of...view item »

Sylvan Esso
HSKT

Sylvan Esso brings together Meath (Mountain Man) and Sanborn (Megafaun) to form a compelling duo making sharp pop music. HSKT compiles a series of remixes of their single of that name, with artists like Dntel and Hercules & ...view item »

Torres
Sprinter

Sprinter is the second album by Torres, AKA Mackenzie Scott. It is the follow up to her 2013 eponymous debut which won critical acclaim from all the right places. The Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter tends towards the darkness with the depth of her lyrical subjects and the way she performs them. Sprinter i...view item »

The Amazing
Picture You

The Amazing's nine minute "Picture You" sounds like a blissed-out, stretched version of Real Estate, trying to keep hold of the pleasantness of living for as long as it can. On the record of the same name, the band navigate warm bass tones with interspersing guitar riffs, post-rock asides and warming keyboards. ...view item »

Sylvan Esso
Sylvan Esso

The beats sounds like rusty toy car’ bells making music when they were nostalgic for their time in the countryside. And then the vocalist sounds like she grew up in a big house, and spent her life singing about what the world looked like, and had these elaborate dreams and fantasies about an outside world she’d never seen, ...view item »

Eagulls
Tough Luck / Opaque

They make a big sound these lads, all pounding, stadium-sized dynamics and hollered, gravelled vocals - The Skids as if fronted by a barking dog. It's a massive post-punk sound with alternately twangy/gritty guitars and production values which make all the other bands sound as big as a pip. The guitars are...view item »

Eagulls
Eagulls

Eagulls are a rare thing, a band that live up to it’s hype. Some of you may not agree, they weren’t an easy sell for me either, at first, but it’s hard to deny Eagulls debut. Not only do they take reference from a much loved period of post-punk’s history but they do the period proud too. More importantly, there’s tu...view item »

Eagulls
Nerve Endings

Like Dawes, Eagulls are one of those bands whose name doesn’t work spoken out loud. It just confuses people. So anyway, if you are speaking this not reading with your eyes then this is not the ‘Hotel California’ guys. Instead their sound is more Travellodge Luton. I...view item »

The Dismemberment Plan
Uncanney Valley

I always feel a certain sense of ambivalence and trepidation when much loved bands dust off their equipment and reunite several years after their initial success, although there are a surprising amount of ‘90s greats actually making a decent fist of it at the moment - some, like Dinosaur Jr, ...view item »

Deer Tick
Negativity

Deer Tick take their indie-rock round the full-length block for a fifth time on Negativity. As sure as night follows day, indie-rock bands will eventually end up sounding like Neil Young. Or so the saying goes. Vanessa Carlton turns up on a track to ram it tearfully home. On CD ...view item »

Guards
In Guards We Trust

A great set of songs with a great vocalist to boot. The beginning of "I Know It's You" sounds like a Passion Pit song remixed with mainly guitars instead of synths, the vocals make me think of what MGMT might have sounded like if they decided to rock out (check out the guitar break on that song). On another note, the track order leaves a little ...view item »