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Turnover
Good Nature

Disappointment? Maybe. Peripheral Vision was arguably one of my favourite records of 2015 - Dizzy On The Comedown being a particular highlight - and even Magnolia is up there amongst my guilty pleasure records. Good Nature, however, wouldn’t even make it in my top ten records of 2017 so far so we can see where this review might be going....view item »

Makthaverskan
III

Hailing from Gothenburg, Makthaverskan are a punk band veering into a dream pop soundscape of gripping intensity and verve. III is (unsurprisingly) their third LP and is a barrage of Smiths guitar riffs, punchy vocals and moments of Curve Shoegaze blurs and Bjork ...view item »

Citizen
As You Please

Excessively emo crew Citizen screech the breaks on their post-hardcore wailing and chugging for the occasional bit of shoe-starring melody, making them largely familiar to anyone who’s spent some of their adult years listening to nothing but pop-punk in secret. That was me, once, and I’m happy for it to be again: ‘As You Please...view item »

Whirr / Nothing
Split

Nothing are that noisy shoegaze band who were very mean about poor old Slowdive once. They blend the aggressions of noise punk with heart-melting melodies and hope it all comes together in the moment -- one of the songs here kind of sounds like their take on Interpol, to be honest. They're joined here for a split with Whirr, who make a kinder, d...view item »

Captain, We're Sinking
The King of No Man

It sounds like the setup for a joke about the German navy, but Captain, We’re Sinking is actually an American post-something punk-rock band. Trying Year, the first single off their new album King of No Man immediately demonstrates their penchant for dissonant chords that have your head bobbing right away....view item »

Spencer Radcliffe & Everyone Else
Enjoy The Great Outdoors

Remember when there was all those Chicago bands. You know the sort that would always have Doug Scharin on drums? I'm thinking of Rex and that lot. Well Spencer Radcliffe and Everyone Else have something of that sound in them. They play laid back country ish music which has a mathy edge. Tunes like 'Breezy' have the inso...view item »

Pinegrove
Everything So Far

Everything So Far contains everything that New Jersey folk-rock band Pinegrove have released so far, hence the title. That means their debut album plus a bundle of EP and single tracks from these compelling songwriters. This collection was originally put out as a cassette, bu...view item »

Teen Suicide
Bonus EP

Bonus is an extended collection of songs originally only available on Teen Suicide’s dropbox account. Hand picked, the six track EP contains a truly mind-opening medley of psych, pop and indie influenced tunes that have become part of band’s sound as...view item »

Walter Schreifels
An Open Letter To The Scene

It’s nice of feeling-havers Run For Cover to reissue this lilting acoustic twang of Walter Schreifels, considering it’s been gathering virtual dust since 2010. The man behind or involved in or just shouting for post-hxc teams like Gorilla Biscuits also owns an acoustic guitar, like most people on streets, at campuses, in bedrooms and...view item »

Crying
Beyond The Fleeting Gales

Crying is a thing we do lots of here at Norman Towers especially when someone dings the bell every two seconds but this Crying is an indie pop three piece out of New York which makes sweet pop music influenced by Motown, prog rock and electronics. A crazy mix but one which is as easy on the ear as a cotton wool ball or a ...view item »

Katie Dey
Flood Network

Katie Dey’s music is a busy psychedelic scrawl with bright pop songwriting projected onto it. So many bits and pieces flowing past your ears that you just lie back in the sun and go with it. Flood Network follows on from the acclaimed asdfasdf, and feels like just as much of a winner. A co-release between...view item »

The Sun Days
Album

The black contours of the the sleeve married to the concrete grey of the slab of vinyl contrasts alarmingly with the Australian sun pop that is contained within. The Sun Days aren’t in fact the Sundays but do sound remarkably like them. There was a moment in '80s indie pop when bands that had sorta once he...view item »

Pity Sex
White Hot Moon

I could sit here and feel sorry for relationship-nihilists Pity Sex all day, since they’re saying things like “nothing matters” overtop sad, subliminally shoegazed guitars. That’s basically all the things that blogs find sad! The Michigan quartet last sounded exactly like this on ‘Feast of Love’, a victoriousl...view item »

Teen Suicide
It's the Big Joyous Celebration, Let's Stir the Honeypot

This is set to be Teen Suicide’s last record, which would be crushing I’m sure, if fans weren’t very much expecting frontfellow Sam Ray and friends to continue making the same hooking, melancholy music under any and all monikers: they’ve already moved on with Julia Brown, whose first record ‘An Abundance of Strawber...view item »

Self Defense Family
Superior

Self Defense Family’s new EP is a dark one. Over 4 tracks, Superior grinds out heavy atmospheres using a slow post-hardcore sound-pallette, apparently dealing with a certain region of Michigan. Patrick Kindlon’s bleak, forsaken-sounding howls set the tone powerfully. 12” EP on nicey ni...view item »

Pinegrove
Cardinal

Having given themselves a good number of EP’s and tour dates to build themselves up, Pinegrove are now ready to present to us their debut full-length. Cardinal is an array of rocking indie-country songs that feel rooted in lived experience and feeling. CD or coloured vinyl LP on Run For Cover....view item »

Pity Sex
Feast Of Love

Ah, 2013. Back when the emo revival was new and scary; when everyone wore twinkly influences on their very cautious sleeves, afraid feelings and math-tinged songwriting weren’t the done thing and that indie rock was still the fashion. 2013, man! I get nostalgic just thinking about it! So long ago. So many songs about exes ago. We can never...view item »

Camera Shy
Camera Shy

Awwww listen to this. It's like it has been made by a nice group of cuddly teddy bears. Lovely soft jangly pop with breathy vocals and summery vibes. Fans of late '80's indie pop will know what I'm talking about if I say it's a cross between The Apple Moths and The Artisans. For anyone with half a life think the Sundays, the Smiths and Sarah Rec...view item »

mewithoutYou
Pale Horses

Aaron Weiss and his band of galloping existential explorers return for Pale Horses, their sixth record. mewithoutYou have always offered a unique perspective on spirituality through their shared links of Christianity, Judaism and Sufism, ruminating on their religious experiences through ecstatic post...view item »

Little Big League
Tropical Jinx

Little Big League are pretty accomplished when it comes to the whole indie rock thing: they've changed their name a couple of times, for starters, and each member comes from a stellar band in another corner of the genre, be it Post Post, Titus Andronicus or Strand of Oaks. So on 'Tropical Jinx', they just rip through these songs like they didn't...view item »

Anne
Pulling Chain

New waver David Lindell continues to mark his Anne project with electronic grandeur and vocal show-boating, offering Pulling Chain up as an opportunity to dance 'til your feet disintegrate and sing 'til you reach the highest possible octave. A suggested serving for those goths who hit up the club....view item »