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Strike the Colours
Seven Roads

Why does every female singer under the age of 30 sound like either Joanna Newsom or one of the girls from Cocorosie? Ok not all of them but a lot of them. It's so affected, especially when done by people who are UK residents. Here comes another albeit not the worst or most obvious example I've heard. Its a CD by Strike the Colours who on first glan...view item »

Kid Harpoon
Once

Kid Harpoon is one of those folks we've been stocking since he started and I can't really tell you what his music sounds like. His name is enough to make me think I'm just not gonna like it. If it was Harpooned Kid then I'd have probably shown a bit more interest. I thought Young Turks was about cutting edge music? Bands like The XX, Gang Gang Danc...view item »

Wetdog
Enterprise Reversal

Another absolutely smashing album is by Wetdog who not only win funniest name of the week but floor me with some proper primal & authentic agit pop, lo-fi garage rock & brittle lady-led new wave ala Slits, The Raincoats & Delta 5. They've got the old classic sounds down-pat, rumbling bass, guitar varying between spiky clean minimal &...view item »

Thee Waxworks
Altamont

Phil gave me Thee Waxworks single to review, a two track CD that he thinks is my sorta thang. He's not wrong - the 1st tune 'Altamont' is something like a trashy old garage style Fall tribute that's escaped down the hill on the back of an out of control milkfloat with Gallon Drunk & David Cronenbourg's Wife chasing it in hot pursuit. Contains c...view item »

Astro
Fracture Composition

I was totally blown away today when I first Heard Astro’s ‘Fracture Composition’. Astro is Hiroshi Hasegawa who was a member of 90’s racket warriors C.C.C.C. Astro is a fitting name for this project that he’s been doing for the last 10 years. This man takes Japanoise/ power electronics to extreme levels that although are brutal and pulver...view item »

Various
Geometry

Andrea Parker's excellent Touchin' Bass label has a cracking compilation out that features, Bogger, the totally awesome and highly under-rated Ben Milstein, Bitstream, Doctor Evil, Wee DJ's, Jeff Pils, B0t23 and Alpha606 & Sync 24. Let's just say that if you're a fan of forward thinking underground electro then you probably know the score here,...view item »

Amanda Blank
I Love You

I expected a much raunchier and repetitive album. Blank's singing voice is great and "Leaving You Behind" is a particularly beautiful and completely unexpected track, considering her nasty-girl antics with Spank Rock - it will be stuck in my head for days. I know with the way that the pop industry sucks these days we will not be hearing Amanda B...view item »

Mumlers
Don't Throw Me Away

The Mumlers' music seems to float from a Victrola wedged into a dark corner of a mysterious antique shop. The group's second album stretches even further than their debut (Thickets & Snitches). The Mumlers' unusual influences and free-wheeling approach result in the sort of shape-shifting one would expect from a group named after a nineteent...view item »

Jamie T
Kings & Queens

I had heard "The Man's Machine" on the radio and instantly fell in love. It took a while for me to find the song, but when I did I sought out Kings & Queens right away. Like "The Man's Machine", I fell in love with this album... and all of Jamie T. I loved the album from the beats in "Sticks N' Stones" to the calming effect of "Jilly Armeen"...view item »

David Daniell & Douglas McCombs
Sycamore

I often seem to get Tortoise related things to review. I barely know anything about the band except for liking that record everyone likes. Anyway what I have here in my grubby little paws is an LP by David Daniell and Douglas McCombs called 'Sycamore' which also containsJohn Herndon from said band. It starts out with lovely guitar loops but is soon...view item »

Girls
Album

I hear on good authority that there is a new band called Girls who aren't girls at all but boys!!!!!! Whatever next? I'm so confused. Anyway I'm told they are all the rage so I've been passed a copy of their new album to try to describe it to you. The first song is called 'Lust for Life' but - oh and this is incredible - it isn't the Iggy Pop song ...view item »

Monotonix
Where Were You When It Happened?

Well it took some Israelis from Tel Aviv to remind us what "American Rock n' Roll" is. Monotonix is loud, dirty, fuzzed out with guitars backed by sledgehammer drums and fronted by a mustached wielding wild man. This follow up to their Body Languag" EP is more of the same. Tis an epic mix of retro/classic 70s rock mixed with Cali-stoner metal that ...view item »

Blitzen Trapper
Black River Killer

This is the story of a serial killer that keeps getting second chances either by man or a higher power and inevitably reverts to his baser instincts. It has a driving rhythm and I love the sound of the singer's voice, but the eerie flute riff is what sticks with me. It's even creepier when you hear the flute listed as one of the killer's possession...view item »

His Name Is Alive
Last Night

I must admit that after the pop-collage technique of the first few albums (which nested so well with the rest of the 4AD roster), I was not expecting His Name Is Alive to become a soul/R&B band. I was used to the music taking weird twists (and in fact this and SDMBWCTE are just extended examples of that), but this move was unprecedented in the HNIA...view item »

Solid Gold
Bodies of Water

I'm not getting the Depeche and Pet Shop Boys comparisons here at all. I am, however hearing, if anything, The Mary Onettes or Sneaker Pimps. Most of the songs run at the speed of a smooth gallop (not too fast/not too slow) and they humm and whine with great use of wheezy keyboards and a very funky/slap bass sound. Great instrumentation - deep pian...view item »

Response
Reflect

That silly bald man who isn't me is playing Brett & Business lady's fave band The Lovely Eggs too loud as i'm trying to think of kind things to say about 'Reflect' by Response. Seems to me like a warm, twinkly semi-ambient journey full of hazy synths, cute motifs, pleasing harmonies & found sound, neo-classical passages married with spots o...view item »

Throw Me The Statue
Creaturesque

Parts of this album I could give or take, but what makes me give it a higher rating are the few tracks that get stuck in my head and won't leave. The overall sound is kind of laid back but also charged with rock/pop energy. Some of the songs have almost annoying riffs in the background that remind me of the beats generated by a kid's keyboard you'd...view item »

Black Strobe
The Other Side- Paris

Really cool Black Strobe CD/DVD set courtesy of Time Out called 'The Other Side..' which takes you on some virtual journey through the hip & happening modern day metropolis that is Paris, France. Not usually a fan of their stylish electro noir but bloody hell, to mix Front 242 seamlesly in...view item »

The Most Serene Republic
And the Ever Expanding Universe

This is a very talented band and I imagine they will be around for awhile. Like most indie-rock bands from Canada, they play around with a lot of different music styles, tempos and instruments. The one thing that is consistent is their playfulness. Playful, but not in a "hey let's see if I can figure this violin out!", don't get me wrong, these guy...view item »

Taro Kawasaki
Sing Me A Song EP

Before I take another shower I'll tell you about a CD that is equally as sweet... A lovely 3 inch disc on Drifting Falling from Taro Kawasaki.'Sing Me A song EP' is a playfully curious 4 tracker of sparkling bell tinkles, gently plucked acoustic guitar melodies and sparse beats. There are hints of abstraction, but the melodies win the tussle in the...view item »

Patrick Kelleher
You Look Cold

Patrick Kelleher 'You Look Cold' is up next for a spin... This is an interesting listen from the off... It has a very evocative feeling about it that mixes dramatic electronics and acoustics. His vocals sit neatly in the mix and the overall style of a few of the tracks I find reminiscent of David Sylvian. This man is clearly an a very talented arti...view item »

The Shadow Orchestra
The Shadow Orchestra

Now I got the debut album by The Shadow Orchestra which has been 2 years in the making. I'm reading composer Chris Bang's press release here, and it says its a "sumptuous mix of electronica, folk, jazz and acoustic instrumentation." Its sounding very electronic to me and not like an orchestra at all. He's citing his influences...view item »

Les Savy Fav
Let's Stay Friends

Les Savy Fav are the most Superchunkish band that aren't called Superchunk. Their cover of the 'chunk's "Precision Auto" was a favourite at live shows and you can hear the influence of them permeating through "Let's Stay Friends". It is similarly filled with furiously performed catchy, punky indie rock, albeit wi...view item »

The Willowz
Talkin Circles

I'm a bit surprised that young punky types from California, The Willowz weren't more popular. Their short, melodic pop-punk blasts fit right in with the likes of The White Stripes or The Strokes. Their first releases were in the early 2000s, right on cue, they just weren't...view item »

Marmoset
Record in Red

The album's simplicity belies a deeply psychotic streak in this Hoosier hoedown: talk of monsters speaking in the singer's voice ("telling me what to do"), artists as Green River Killers, etc. Tremendous, creepy stuff. Pretty simple execution (indie guitar, bass, drum rattle) but with nice parsley on the side: echo, keys, sha-la-las. For fans of...view item »

Twisted Wheel
We Are Us

Saw TW support The View in Sheffield and love them.I can't wait for the album to come out -just hope it include's Oh what have you done.They keep bringing out more and more good tracks and i think there gonna be massive .Anne ...view item »

Fedaden
Broader

I've been tossed this Fedaden CD to pore over and I'm bloody glad cos it's one of the finest "IDM" releases we've had in a while, barring Ol' Uncle Jega who probably helped define the oft teeth grindingly tedious term. 'Broader' opens with the French take on chunky melodic electronica, rich tapestries of electro synth, skittery beats, twi...view item »

The Dovetail Consort
East & West EP

Oh nice one, more irritatingly hard to identify 3" CDs on Rusted Rail! Just what our stockrooms need! It's a good job their releases tend to be of a very high standard innit. Otherwise I'd have to start windmilling. They do good press releases too, I've just read the one for this Dovetail Consort release and it's a beauty - leaving me totally ...view item »

V V Brown
Travelling Like The Light

This record is pop music with a real sound to it. Unlike GaGa or Ms. Spears, Brown has a true talent that is not mucked up by synthesisers and cheap production. She experiments with a rockstar sound as well as a dance sound, but also has flavoured the production with the warming touch of sixties girl groups. The singles from this album serve as ...view item »

Lights
Rites

First up something by someone called Lights. Its a CD called Rites and if it were a few years ago in the glory days when I could say what I like I would say it was shite(s). But now Obama is in and theres a new positivity in the world I have to be nice and find some things to recommend it. Ok then its on Drag City and in its better moments has the ...view item »

Stafraenn Hakon
Skvettir Edik A ref

I think my other favourite thing of the week is the Stafraenn Hakon CD on Resonant which is just 100% beauty on a stick. Think of yr favourite things and times 'em by 10 (if that's possible) and you'll get an idea of how lovely this is. Electronics and acoustics with an Icelandic flavour. Drifty, pretty, sl...view item »

Discovery
LP

Discovery is a collaboration between Wes Miles (the frontman of Ra Ra Riot) and Rostam Batmanglij (the keyboardist of Vampire Weekend). Their fruitful sessions together, led to the side project's first full length simply titled "LP". "LP" is glitzy, effervescent, and rife with high-spirited synth riffs and beats. In addition, Discovery utilise a...view item »

Azalia Snail
Avec Amour

The sounds incorporated into Snail's slow-moving, trippy meditations include both traditional and unusual rock-band instruments. There's a hypnotic quality to these songs, a smooth surface that rests on layers of voice, keyboard tones, brass and saxophones. It is hard to hear the components of any given song as they move in and out of focus, yet th...view item »

Textile Orchestra
For the Boss

The first of two extended pieces, "The beginning of the end," starts off with bowed cymbals, then wonderfully executed pointillistic percussion and plucks more AMM than AACM. Samples come in of crying voices, then a repeating phrase "Who are you?" accented in different ways, including screamed and processed, then big chunks of samples material; for...view item »

Paul Hartnoll
The Ideal Condition

This is Paul's first release since the break-up (on paper) of Orbital. For the first time it's almost possible to see how Paul contributed to the brother's output... a little at least. This release sees more of a contribution of lyrical songs, with actual words sung, and not just soundbites rendered across the music...view item »

Let's Wrestle
In The Court Of The Wrestling Let’s

I need a drink... Where's my beaker. I spend half my working day looking for my beaker. It's like the fucking Bermuda triangle I swear. Drinking vessels just seem to vanish into thin air, never to return. As I seek the vessel that will contain my forthcoming H2O liquid refreshment we play the Let's Wrestle 'In The Court Of The Wrestling Let's'...view item »

The Mars Volta
Octahedron

Well whaddya know, it's the actual real Mars Volta with their new album Octahedron. I'm having to review this quickly because I think it's making everyone else suicidal.. Well, everyone except Phil who whispered to me that he was quite enjoying it then told me not to tell anyone.. I think I might've just broken a sacred bond of trust. I can to...view item »

The Lemonheads
Varshons

Starting as a silly and irreverent punk band before twisting and turning themselves into something more alt rock, The Lemonheads are continuing their legacy in the best way possible: getting other people to do it for them. 'Varshons', as well as having a title that's really fun to say, offers eleven covers from a variety of punks and crooners a ...view item »

Frank Turner
Poetry of the Deed

I listen to Poetry of the Dead now for the third time as I write this and I'm sorry to say, I am stuggling to find one song that has any of the old Frank Turner that I know and enjoy. He needs to drop the band and the attempt at this "rock" sound that he has incorporated into this album. "Faithful Son" is the only track that strikes me on the plus ...view item »

Black Lips
We Did Not Know The Forest Spirit Made The...

The second helping from this Atlanta quartet follows a similar path charted by their debut: guitar-heavy garage punk, ala the revivalist sounds of the Salvation Army, Chesterfield Kings and early Pandoras. Vocalist Cole Alexander spits out lyrics like an early Mick...view item »

xNoBBQx
Skewer

xNoBBQx...There, I said it. Yeah, that was directed at you that was. Actually, that really is a google search shagging moniker courtesy of two Australians who approach the medium of music making with about the same level of retarded glee you used to experience at the hands of bands such as Happy Flowers. 'Skewer' almost encourages me to adopt what ...view item »

Ellen Mary McGee
The Crescent Sun

Ellen Mary McGee is a singer songwriter of Irish/Romany decent. 'Crescent Sun' is Ellen's first solo album following a stint in performing in irish folk outfit Saint Joan who made a few records for excellent australian label Camera Obscura. Two things worth mentioning; Ellen Mary McGee has a beautiful voice, so beautiful she could front The Chipmun...view item »

Doves
Kingdom Of Rust

It's Friday afternoon and we've just had fish and chips. Not prime reviewing conditions but 'Kingdom of Rust', Doves' comeback single has just come in so we'll throw it out on the porch and see if the cat licks it up. Context: I liked the first Doves album a lot, the second one a reasonable amount and didn't even bother with the third one.. Maybe t...view item »

Skill 7 Stamina 12 / Same Things / Toilet
Untitled

The sleeve for this three-way split LP is literally fucking incredible. Remember those amazing mugshots from when Nick Nolte got done for driving while pissed up and James Brown pushed his wife over or something? Well they've been reproduced in amazing hand-printed fashion on either side of the cover of this Junior Aspirin LP. Skill 7 Stamina 12 ma...view item »

Kotchy
89

89 is the sum of many musical parts welded together in idiosyncratic style by New York musical maverick, producer and drummer Chad Curlow. Comparisons to Pharrell and Beck, although partly justified, also do him a disservice as his sound occupies it's own unique corner of the sonic spectrum defying easy categorisation and I for one like it quite...view item »

Dntel
Dumb Luck

Can you believe Dntel have a new CD out on Virgin owned subsidiary Moshi Moshi. I can cos it's here in my hands. I never really got the Postal Service... which I suppose doesn't have much to do with this. Only I never really got Dntel either. I tried but I found it all a bit twee. Some nice bits in it all and he's clearly a talented chappie but thi...view item »

Diamond Watch Wrists
Ice Capped at Both Ends

Not a day goes past in the office where the word dork isn't mentioned. The boys here are obsessed by 'em and if you're wondering what one is then look here and you'll see a chap touching one. Then you'll wonder (as I did) for a good while as to why he's touching a whale's cock and doesn't mind having his picture taken. That of course has nothing to...view item »

The Lord Dog Bird
The Lord Dog Bird

I think The Lord Dog Bird's greatest success with this album is its cohesiveness. All the songs fit together to show a bigger picture. Some songs feature effects and ideas unique in each song and some effects and ideas that expand multiple songs. Most listeners should initially be aware that the reverb on this album is turned way up. The sound q...view item »

1877
I Am An Antagonist

Pretty solid CD single action from 1877 on Dead Pilot with the 'I Am An Antagonist' limited edition which comes over as a curious mix of The Sisters Of Mercy, Interpol, Sofa and prime period Human League Phil Oaky vocals. The production is well tight and mixes guitars and electronics in a wicked 80's style that has us thinking of bits of Cabaret Vo...view item »

The Enemy
Music For The People

I recently heard Streets in the Sky and We'll Live and Die in These Towns and had to investigate the sound collections of the 2nd studio album- they have definitely evolved. The Enemy's music and lyrics rocks out true emotion and feelings. I hear influences of some indie, Brit pop, little Clash, Jam, Pulp and more. People have reviewed the sound of...view item »

Bright Black Morning Light
Motion To Rejoin

Brightblack Morning Light now. Not over familiar with these Matador dwelling buggers but i'm fondling the case for their new album 'Motion to Rejoin' trying to come up with summat informative and witty. Once again, virtually reviewing them "blind" as we hardly get any of the promo releases for these bloody things. You try reviewing an alb...view item »

The Lost Levels
Never The First

Ohhh blimey this The Lost Levels 'Never The First' has a foxy sleeve with pretty young lady wearing silky pink pants. Phil gave me a cheeky grin when passing it over the likes I haven't seen from him since he clocked that girl on the Pigeon Detectives sleeve.... So this here white vinyl 7" and CDs on NR One is a very English sounding indie tha...view item »

Violet Violet
C-C-C-Cat

The new Violet Violet 7" has a load of puss cats on the sleeve. It's called c.c.c.cat so it all sort of makes sense. I couldn't remember what these folks sounded like but I'm quite liking this new single. Shouty female fronted indie rock which is noisy and has more spunk than the contents of Marc Almonds stomach at 6am after a particularly bus...view item »

Emery Reel
For And Acted Upon Through Diversions

Staying on the whole RAWK tip, we've got a really cool treat for all you people who lapped up those cheeky Texans EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY!!!!! Well, it's not a new sonic unleashing from those noisy bastards, but a lavishly packaged CD from fellow Stateside soundscapers Emery Reel called 'For & acted upon throu...view item »

Salim Nourallah
Constellation

Salim's 4th solo CD is an intimate portrait of life and mortality, written by an expert songwriting craftsman. Dealing with birth, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, life's trials, and the sudden death of a close friend, Salim weaves his lyrics into an understated yet vivid portrait of the life experience. His melodies are intricate while remain...view item »

Delays
You See Colours

This is technically The Delays second full-length album, however they've recorded at least as many songs for B-sides to their singles (all of which are worthy of tracking down, I might add). Delays records definitely have that Phil Spector-ish "wall of sound" texture--big, layered melodies that would sound lush coming from transistor AM radios. ...view item »

Storsveit Nix Noltes
Royal Family Divorce

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, chicks with dicks and chaps with flaps... Fat Cat presents Rekjavik's 11 piece Balkan-folk ensemble featuring members of Mum, Benni Hemm Hemm, Lost In Hildurness, Numer Null, Runk, Kanada, Hestbak and Kria Brekkan. Yes it's Storsveit Nix Noltes with their 'Royal Family Divorce' full length. Bloody hell it makes...view item »

Pontiak
Maker

Although they recorded their third album for Thrill Jockey in their own 12x12’ studio in Virginia, the three brothers that makes up Pontiak avoids creating excessive jams from the comfort of their own home on Maker. Straightforward stoner-rock numbers makes up the first part of the album, with “Heat Pleasure” being the highligh...view item »

Twerk
Living Vicariously Through Burnt Bread

Judging from the artwork, you're bound to think that you're going to be listening to something NIN-ish or some dark Skinny Puppyish throwback to 80s industrial dance. Instead you get very atmospheric, stripped down, glitch-house that fluctuates between static feedback infused ambient and subtle 4/4 glitch. Twerk takes straight forward glitch-hou...view item »

Tristeza
Mixed Signals Remixes

First up is the Tristeza remix LP (Mixed Signals remixes). I reviewed the CD some time back and finally the vinyl from Rocket Racer hath arrived and worth the wait it was. There's 3 bonus vinyl only remixes by Fridge, Astorria and Djjims whoever he may be. A lovely looking t...view item »

Ophibre
Drone Works For Differeng Digital Audio Formats And Encoding Methods

If you're into drone and tone records here's what looks like a very serious thing indeed. Ophibre with their snappily titled 'Drone Works For Different Digital Audio Formats And Encoding Methods'. As you'd expect it's not chocka full of top 20 hits and especially with song titles like 'Aiff 20.3 MB, 44100 Hz, 16 bit, PCM, 1411 KBPS'. In fact all th...view item »

The Show Is The Rainbow
Wet Fist

This album contains a lot more ambient work and interludes than their previous albums combined and Darren Keen's voice has mellowed out some and isn't so much of a complex whiny falsetto. At some points it gets back to the pitch of his previous albums, and I rather enjoy his new tone just as much. The lyrics are just as wild, but are a bit more ...view item »

Black Lips
200 Million Thousand

In their attempt to recover sounds of old, the Black Lips have brought back something that should have stayed in the sixties: the front loaded album. It has been my unfortunate observation that too many sixties rock and rollers stuffed all the goods on side A in what I assume is the belief that when it comes time to flip the record the listener ...view item »

Love Is All
A Hundred Things Keep Me Up At Night

Yes! Top scratchy new-wave pop Swedes Love is All have returned to the fray with a brand spanking new album. Don't know why but their songs make me shiver with delight, I think it's the slightly "hauntological" way they sound trapped in this post X-Ray Spex bubble whilst being totally distinctive master song writers beamed in from the pla...view item »

1990s
Kicks

On their sophomore album Kicks, 1990s return to writing punky pop songs that are often times silly and sarcastic and carry this pseudo "Berlin" vibe. Those looking for any profound meaning in these songs are definitely in the wrong place. The last third of the album goes through some weird transitions and references. "The Box" is reminiscent of ...view item »

Cubs
Stonewater EP

Moving onto Cubs on Rusted Rail. It's a (rather) cute 3" CD called The Stonewater EP and it's got a whopping 8 tracks on it. I can't even work out how much tracks per inch that is as the numbers aren't even. It's a lot though. Probably at least 10 (ish). Cubs contains folks from Phantom Dog Beneath The Moon, Mirakil Whip, Agitated Radio Pilot ...view item »

Navvy
Idyll Intangible

After their scratchy debut assault on the senses (last year was it?), Sheffield's angular agit rock chimps Navvy have blossomed mightily with their itchy, minimal sound template with their debut full length CD through Angular. 'Idyll Intangible' hits me as a tightly meshed concoction of galloping drum machine, twangy cow-punk guitars & yelped s...view item »

Howling Bells
Radio Wars

I saw the video for the last single from the new Howling Bells album the other day and it ruined my night. The singer's very pretty and all (the main thing, obviously) but her practiced rock star poses, combined with the overly simplistic high drama of the lyrics, did my nut in - I couldn't help but think of a sort of Aussie Placebo gone country ...view item »

Various Production & Gerry Mitchell
The Invisible Lodger

I'm just giving this Gerry Mitchell/ Various Production 'The Invisible Lodger' album a second listen and I must say there's some magic happening with this collaboration. I think they first teamed up with for a remix on a 7" and it seems the relationship has been most fruitful. The most striking thing about this album is how good Various Produc...view item »

Underground Railroad
Pick The Ghost...EP

Have we reviewed Underground Railroad before? Who are they? There's a 5 tracker CD in my sweaty paws and I kind of like the bombastic wall of treated guitars but think the slightly vague, raspy vocals sound like a million angsty post grunge bands, like possibly early Soulwax crossed with Annie Christian, these repeated lyrical codas and ad-libs tha...view item »

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