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Various
The Pet Series - Volume 3 - The Bird

Part 3 of the Pet Series CD's is in. The last couple had lots of pics of cats and dogs in the booklet and this one has...... wait for it....... birdies!! Yep nice little birdies.... ahh..... On this you've got tracks from Burd Early, Mt Eerie (which apparently is The Microphones), Big Eyes, Coasta...view item »

Earthly
Days

Earthly are an energetic duo of former roommates, who get stuck into piles of digital and analogue electronics without too much concern as to the neatness of the outcome. At times this is like Black Dice playing around with the pallette of Hudson Mohawke: bright, colourful, and a bit fucked up. ...view item »

Florestano
Noh

Florestano is an Italian producer who combines the modern-day vibing of the traveller with the electroacoustics of the mid-20th century. Most of the work on Noh is electronically produced, but Florestano reportedly begins each composition with a piano, so tune is as highly valued as texture. 2LP on Kowl...view item »

The Faces of Drums
Thanks 4 The Tracks U Lost Vol. 2

Fresh from the dusty attics of Steve Pointdexter and Jamal Moss, aka FACE OF DRUMS: some prime 20 year old vintage raw Chicago techno cuts. Thanks 4 the Tracks U Lost Vol. 2, just like its predecessor, is a really tasteful time capsule, with three tracks saved from old cassette tapes. N...view item »

Jesse Hackett
Junk Circle Star

Having been through the Albarn-apprenticeship of Gorillaz’ live band and Africa Express, and even wandering into Thom Yorke’s touring group, Jesse Hackett is now finally ready to release his first own-name solo record into the world. Junk Circle ...view item »

Aero Flynn
Aero Flynn

Josh Scott, the brains behind the operation of Aero Flynn, has been back and forth on his willingness to put his music out there in the world for years. Thankfully for an adoring public however, he has been persuaded by co-producer and friend Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), and this d...view item »

The Zutons
Valerie

was really hoping the new Zutons single called Valerie was gonna be a cover of the ole Stevie Winwood tune. Then I was hoping it would be a cover of the class Baby Bird tune of the same name. Alas I'm subjected to something which sounds like the Coral doing AOR. If that appeals then please buy them. Brian says he's...view item »

Breaks Co Op
The Otherside

Breaks Co Op are a new band to me which features Zane Lowe (yep....him!). They're from New Zealand you know... This debut UK single is without seeming rude to gay people (we're all screaming benders here deep down aside from Ant cos he's a bit butch) is the gayest thing I've heard in my ent...view item »

Yourcodenameis:Milo
17

I hate writing Yourcodenameis:Milo. Stupid stupid way of writing your band name.... They have a new single out as well which is emo'ey kind of rock. You can tell they've been listening to Muse & Placebo but they come off whiffing a bit more of Biffy Clyro with hints of the aforementioned bombasts. I believe Brian...view item »

Young Heart Attack
Misty Rowe

Talking of Rex, they also saw fit to introduce Young Heart Attack into the public consciousness. Now on big daddy label, XL, they unleash the worst single yet of their hopefully brief career . 'Misty Rowe is like Jet being spit roasted by The Black Crowes & AC/DC while ...view item »

The White Stripes
Conquista (en castellano) / (acústica de Mariachi)

Este Blanco Raya el 7"es bien divertido. Su voz está bien sobre la tapa. ¡Está toda en español y cotizar Brian ' que suena solamente el ridículo de las vendas más grandes en el planeta podría conseguir lejos con esto "!! Conquista está en el 7"y ...view item »

Whirlwind Heat
Reagan

The story of falling in love and then being betrayed by that person you trusted is a common theme in music and one that I myself can identify with. Well, Whirlwind Heat have put together a four track EP with a track called Reagan. 'I fell in love with you, you stole my heart, now I cant stand you, you love someone else' the simplicity a...view item »

Walk The Moon
Walk The Moon

Walk the Moon, from what I can gather, are a horny bunch of guys, but they make some fun music. They are lyrically creative at times, repetitive at other times. The music has a fair amount of synth in the background, and they are upbeat and catchy. So even though I don't always care for their lyrics, the music is usually so darn catchy that it d...view item »

Warmer Milks
Let Your Friends In

I almost jumped out of my skin when I hit play on 'Let Your Friends In' by Warmer Milks. Immediately I assume this is gonna be a noise album but that's not the case. A few minutes into the first tune and the band enter heavy rock terrain with fairly lo-fi production values and black metal vox. Not the cacophony of blistering chaos implied by the op...view item »

The Vichy Government
Coventry

It's too early in the morning for this. A chirpy James Nesbitt/Gary Lightbody type perky Northern Irishman twittering on and on over some casio keyboard twinkles sounding something somewhere between 'Kissing with Confidence' by Will Powers, Jad Fair and John Shuttleworth. Safe to say thou...view item »

The View
Bread and Circuses

After kicking the indie brit rock scene in the butt with 2006's Hat's off to the Buskers, The View went in a bit of a different direction (a much more unsuccessful direction) with their 2nd album Which Bitch? in 2009. Thankfully, they're a bit more grounded with their 3'rd record. Even on the first spin, I really couldn't identify a bad song on ...view item »

Magas
Heads Plus

This five track EP is the first vinyl release from Chicago based composer and Bulb records co-founder Magas (aka James Marlon Magas) since his ‘Violent ARP’ LP in 2009. ‘Heads Plus’ is an instrumental odyssey of raw, hallucinatory electronic, post techno utopia composed using classic synths and drum machines....view item »

David Vandervelde
Waiting For The Sunrise

Waiting For The Sunrise is David Vandervelde's second album and was released in 2008. Whilst the '70s influences of his debut album "The Moonstation House Band" are still there, the comparisons to T-Rex aren't so much. This has more of a smooth country rock vibe with the occasional fleck of Yacht Rock. The songs are more straight forward, lack t...view item »

The Untied Knot
Sketches For a Lost Summer

‘Sketches For The Lost Summer’ looks appealing. Beautiful cover art, recycled packaging and swish foam padded CD tray, lovely stuff. Music is pretty sweet too. The Untied Knot a.k.a Nigel Bryant (from 90’s indie rockers The Fables amongst others) makes the old acoustic six-string sing like a bird chorus on a summer’s morning. ‘An act of k...view item »

Uprock Rhizome & The Aphasia Group
Jungle Green Memes

Uprock/Rhizome and Aphasia Group collaborate on a new CD on Tigerbeat 6 ups the ante somewhat with approximately 1000 clicks per minute. This sounds a bit like Autechre. In fact it sounds exactly like Autechre in places. There's a hip hop type thing going on on a couple of tracks not that there's any vocals ju...view item »

Twiggy And The K*Mesons
We Are The Boredom

Twiggy And The K*Mesons- We Are The Boredom CD (Warm Circuit)Q. What is this then?A. A 2 track CD single you lemonQ. Crazy name for a band right?A. Yes but don't ask me what it means cos I don't know. Just cos I'm here answering questions doesn't mean I know everything. I'm not some sort of fucking guru man. Get a grip...view item »

The Tumbledryer Babies
Wheat

I don't know quite what I was expecting from this one (big picture of a cow's face on the cover, production handled by Paul Leary who's done the duty for his own Butthole Surfers, Meat Puppets, Daniel Johnston etc.) but I wasn't expecting the first tune to sound like it could've been on the first Pipettes LP, albeit with an amusingly (and hopefu...view item »

The Troubadours
(I'M NOT) Superstitious / Rome

The Troubadours had single of the week a while back with their cracking debut. Here's their new single '(I'M NOT) Superstitious' on hip happening Loog label and I have to say it's another great pop smash. Very merseybeat and I have to say I'm reminded a little of the pop sensation that was Cast. 'I'm Not Superstitious' is on limited edition 7"...view item »

Luke Toms
Fools With Money

Luke Toms then. Not to be confused with your uncle who has the cabin. oh no.... This one is some new chap being hunted by record labels so I'm told. They'll tell you anything to sell records these days. Seriously. next they'll be saying this is actually worth some of the hype and you should buy it. Actually they'd be right!! Bouncy piano...view item »

Tiny Masters Of Today
Hologram World

Having played major music festivals, SXSW, and many concerts in Europe and New York the band has already generated a huge fan base and received praise from many notable critics/publications. On their first record the band collaborated with many other artists such as Karen O., singer for the band Yeah, Yea...view item »

Tiago Sousa
Walden Pond's Monk

This CD for Portuguese piano maestro Tiago Sousa is a suite based upon the work of Henry David Thoreau (me neither but an early day environmentalist and abolitionist according to my...ahem... sources). Its a bleak work of deathly piano tinklings like a severly depressed Richard Clayderman considering imminent suicide. Accompanied at times by...view item »

Telekinesis
12 Desperate Straight Lines

Michael Benjamin Lerner is a one man band otherwise know as Telekenesis. I really enjoyed the self-titled mid-fi debut from Telekinesis, particularly the single "Coast Of Carolina". "12 Desperate Straight Lines" is the follow-up. It has higher production values making the songs a bit punchier, and probably sound more like other bands such as The...view item »

SOMEC
Source of Uncertainty

The austerely titled SOMEC is proud to explore the depths of his modular synthesiser at the potential expense of end-result-listenability. And so he should be! Actually, Source Of Uncertainty has a lot of interesting textures, and ends up wandering into some pretty cool little sonic corners. 12” out on Haunter Rec...view item »

Surrounded
Oppenheimer and Woodstock

This album isn't easy to get into, you have to give it your time to be rewarded. It contains a lot of undercurrent darkness about society and humanity of today, but I have to say I get uplifted by it, perhaps a paradox. The arrangements are first class and bands like Keane and Coldplay should take a look at this to make better substantial record...view item »

Super Adventure Club
Avoid Zombies

Rocking a classic power trio line-up and hailing from Glasgow, Super Adventure Club serve up a mixed bag of takes on classic stylistic approaches. Over eight songs they cover classic indie pop, rock, swing and jazz infusing each with enough quirky good times to keep even the most restless listener happy. Sighting Devo, Soul Coughi...view item »

Sukpatch
23

Moshi Moshi have put out Sukpatch's album following on from the single the other week which pretty much gives you an idea of what to expect from the album. Mid-tempo guitar pop with nods to Money Mark with some of the beats and synth bits. Infact the vocal is not unlike him either. Hip-Hop laced in...view item »

Sumsun
Samo Milagro

Samsun is the nom-de-plume of a Floridian guy called Justin who has constructed a wildly spangled & kaleidoscopic disco odyssey here. 'Samo Milagro' does indeed share parallels with both Four Tet's dreamier elements & the more ambient & cosmic side of this much-loved woozy chill-wave shit. Mount Kimbie have been mentioned amongst the...view item »

Grave Babies
Holographic Violence

Grave Babies present a record all about the possibility that humanity is a doomed species, a proposition explored through drum machines and an hard-rock-in-the-1980s guitar sound. Holographic Violence is an odd-sounding album that is hard to pin down, something that works quite well. On the Hardly Art label....view item »

The State Of Samuel
Mutiny On Mercury

Another one who sounds like he's singing with a clothes peg on his nose is The State of Samuel. Although he's from Sweden, this could easily be on the old Elephant 6 roster. Its lo-fi twee fun pop just like Apples In Stereo or The Minders. Some of the songs here are just fantastic ...view item »

The Stands
All Years Leaving

The Stands emerge with their debut CD/LP which somehow managed to irritate me after about 20 seconds when we listened to it the other day. Its tuneful sunny country rock that takes all its influences from The Byrds and Bob Dylan. The single 'The River Runs Over Me' is by far the best thing her...view item »

The Black Tambourines
Domino / A Forest / Friendship 7

The Black Tambourines are proud to come from Falmouth, from whence they transmit their indie rock energy. This 12” serves as an interim release before their second album comes out, and most excitingly includes a cover of The Cure’s classic track ‘A Forest’, alongside two originals. Releas...view item »

Spaces Between
Untitled

Mike Orr is from Bristol and calls himself Spaces Between. He refers to pieces as 'songs', which I always like. His songs are made with guitars and computers, but mainly guitars I should think. The computers are used to provide rhythms rather than a variety of processes, although not in every track. Guitars are layered together, and either p...view item »

Jessie Jones
Jessie Jones

With a light tread, Jessie Jones jumps across catchy melodies and swinging beats. After fronting  Feeding People and while taking a break from Death Valley Girls, her self-titled solo debut gives Jones the opportunity to let out her upbeat demons. Get ready to bob your head to an irres...view item »

Mishka Shubaly
Coward’s Path

A quite stunningly personal album here from Mishka Shubaly, who delves deep into his own life to bring to bear his own experience of alcoholism. The Coward’s Path indeed. This constitutes pretty potent material, although to his credit Shubaly ensure the record is not a one-note affair, often as co...view item »

Some Action
Some Action

More 7" action on Gigantic Music (The last one being that ace Cloud Room single) this time with a new single by Some Action. Its called 'Some Action' as well. Its raucous pub brawl style rock music in the vein of Kings of Leon or the Rolling Stones. Sounds like something else but I can't put my finger on...view item »

Various
CARGAA 2

CARGAA 2 is the second in Warp Records’ series of collaborations with Principe, a Portuguese label. A nice bit of signal boosting, at least from a UK perspective. The tracks, by characters like DJ Big Vado / DJ Estraga, Nidia Minaj and Puto Anderson / Deejay NinOo carry a massive ...view item »

Snow Patrol
Take Back The City

Snow Patrol have confused us all by recruiting an American singer who sounds a bit like Dave Grohl and rocking out a revolutionary anthem called 'Take Back the City'. If this won't get all of us apathetic losers off out of our armchairs and out protesting in the streets nothing will.. Unfortunately for these jokers we'll probably be holding signs s...view item »

Snow White
EP

New single from Snow White which has been compared to My Bloody Valentine and Dinosaur Jr. Yeah I suppose you could compare it to 'Feed Me with your Kiss' as performed by The Stooges. The previous sentence makes this sound great but actually it's not. It's just immediately obvious what they've been listening to. It d...view item »

The Singing Skies
Routine & War

With Status Quo giving exclusivity to Tesco for their new album it's a tough time for the sort of record shops that attempt to stock things that aren't the Girls Aloud comeback tour CD and make up bag box set. The Singing Skies are not Status Quo and the ...view item »

SixToes
Trick of The Night

This Sixtoes CD on Toe Music is lovely. It's called Trick of The Night and it's a CD only affair. Immediately you'll be struck in the face with a high pitched warbly voice you'll either love or hate. It's one of those voices which will either make or break the CD for you. Unusually for me (as I pretty much hate the human voice and everyone who has ...view item »

Signalform + Tachikoma
Understanding Media

We got a bunch of stuff in on Love The Chaos. Currently playing is Signalform + Tachikoma's 'Understanding Media' CD. This is a competent blend of digital beats, glitches and drifting melodies. This is similar to the Merck / Machine Drum / Schematic/ Push Button Objects school of abstract electronics and stuttering beats with hints of early Skam an...view item »

Shooting At Unarmed Men
Soon There Will Be..

One of my worst crimes over the years has been to continually slag disbanded Welsh Chicago-grumble obsessives McLusky off at every opportunity. It was the singers voice. A grating bucket of yelping shit that ruined any thrilling potential the grindingly powerful & muscular music had to reduce my spine to bug dust. By the sound of it...view item »

The Shallow Call
Frank Bruno

Shallow Call With 'Frank Bruno' which is a debut from the band about the ex-world champion/ occasional nut job and constant panto star. Its a quirky pop number following the blue print of pop including all the "unexpected" chords that one would bet your back teeth are coming next. Not made me angry though as it's an ego free number with the Blueton...view item »

Say
Multiverse

Multiverse could have been one of those well dodgy band names but luckily it's merely the title of an album by Say. Their sleeve is a bit cosmo-cheese but their hugely addictive & playful modern psychedelic pop is anything but. Recorded lavishly to bring out the best in their chiming guitars & effortless layered harmonies, they owe a seriou...view item »

The Gena Rowlands Band
Trailer

We have a CD here on Autoclave.It's by The Gena Rowlands Band who contain ex members of the excellent Telegraph Melts. This sounds really good on first listen  - its downbeat guitar stuff full of twists and turns with a violin usefully employed creating a bit of chaos. Reminds me a bit of Cass McCombs in pla...view item »

The Rumble Strips
Hate Me You Do

Chirpy sub Dexy's toss like The Rumble Strips does nowt for me. I don't wanna hear a cross between Boomtown Rats & Mystery Jets any more than I want to stab myself up. Or I may just go & stab up Razorlight for making this bobbins popular. I'm too old & off for a lie down & a cup of horlic...view item »

Rice Corpse
Mrs Rice

This Mrs Rice CD by Rice Corpse sounds like a load of fun. Apparently the bands name is "named after the Chinese character for shit, which itself is the combination of the two characters for corpse and rice" which is probably the funniest thing I've heard since the age old classic KFC joke. Anyway this is improvised piano, drums and glass...view item »

The Research
The Way You Used To Smile

New single from The Research  - Fats wants it reviewing which unfortunately means I have to listen to it again. The B side on the CD is a nice piece of wonky indie pop. The A side makes me want to slap every single person involved. Far too twee indie pop with whiny vocals about some poor sap who has split up with his girlfriend. Get...view item »

Retro Crooks
Conrad Dangerfield/ Judy Knows

Retro Crooks self release their debut single (I think). It's a CD single only release which is probably quite a rare thing in this day and age. Most singles are a 7" and download, 12" wax or a huge multi formatting bonanza. Well the Retro Crooks have half inched bits of the Arctic Monkeys and Libertines along with some twiddly Foals esque...view item »

Jonas Reinhardt
Powers of Audition

Kranky is another label with barely a mis-step to its name. Here is the second album by Jonas Reinhardt which has a synthetic, synthesized feel recalling those late 70's/early 80's behemoths of synth rock Jean Michel Jarre and Vangelis. The likes of Trans Am have veered into this territory on occasion in later years but I'm really not sure about it...view item »

Rec.tangle
Heavy Maple

Heavy Maple is the debut album from Rec.tangle A.K.A Brighton-based, France-born Adrien Rodes. Formally known as Topo Gigio, Adrian Rodes has been taking it steady since signing to Melodic ten years ago but it looks like the wait has been worth it. I'm really taken by first track 'Square One'. Brett reckon's it sounds like the theme to 'The Hitchik...view item »

Ra Ra Riot
The Orchard

Following up an album as good as The Rhumb Line is a difficult task. Ra Ra Riot had a major element working against them: the untimely passing of John Pike, their original drummer and a great lyricist (who penned various songs for The Rhumb Line). They also faced the possibility of a dreaded sophomore slump. Now, I've read some early critiques o...view item »

RadioSeed
There Has To Be More

I seem to have brought the Swedes home tonight. Philthy said this is "shoegazey" so thought I might like it because I'm miserable & stare at my shoes all the time. Well, it's the only fucking part of me that can see easily at all times and isn't my arms (which i'm quite frankly sick & tired of). I'm not being funny but this album sounds ...view item »

The Rain Band
Knee Deep & Down

The Rain Band (who gave me this?). Its a new single. Its dark swirling heavy overcoated guitar rock somewhere between Mansun, The Chameleons and something altogether more scary like the Sisters of Mercy. Knee Deep & Down is released on 7", 12" and CD ...view item »

Puffinboy
Make Motion Matter

Another quiet talent, Puffin Boy, have a mini album jobbie out on CD. 'Make Motion Matter' sounds like the B-52's being taken hostage by the cast of 'Are You Being Served' at first. It gets into a locked groove of funky noodles & digital chatter further along, percussive but a bit directionless to be honest. Then they go trip...view item »

Punks On Mars
Bad Expectations

Punks On Mars are actually a garage pop crew from Not Mars, and are fans of the Japandroids manifesto: thrilling nights playing easy chords and sick riffs. Bad Expectations is quick power pop for those who like the sound of loose guitars and thrown off ideas. The name is a good signi...view item »

Protestant Work Ethic
The Jar And Shock

Protestant Work Ethic, as well as having a great name, has a rather pleasing sound: folk songs nestled amidst detailed arrangements. Not quite as dour as you might expect Protestant folk music to be, but that may be for the best, depending on how bleak you like your folk. The Jar And The Shock is released by Valeot....view item »

The Presets
Pacifica

After big success with the previous two albums, The Preset disappeared to go away and put the next big album together: Pacifica. I had expectations for this album but it never really gets going to the climatic heights of or their past work. I hear the same sounds in different configurations and its more of a chunky 80s house album than the nerve...view item »

Poor Moon
Poor Moon

This is a beautiful album, and while there will be comparisons to Fleet Foxes, Christian Wargo and Casey Wescott have really tried to make this something else with the help of brothers Ian and Peter Murray. The overall aesthetic has a similar vibe to Fleet Foxes but doesn't have quite the same intensity or energ...view item »

Peter Wolf Crier
Inter-Be

Peter Wolf Crier are a Minneapolis-based songwriting team composed of Peter Pisano (Wars Of 1812) and Brian Moen (Laarks and Amateur Love). They play a stripped down version of classic Americana style rock in the vein of other North Midwest groups like Bon Iver and Volcano Choir. Pisano's voice has a distinct clarity to it that is instantly appe...view item »

Patterns
Waking Lines

“A modern shoegaze-pop record” screams the press release and yes I suppose it has slew of guitar effects piled on top of the rock dynamics but really this is nothing of the sort. Its big, bold shiny pop thats nods fairly far in the direction of Jonsi from Sigur Ros s...view item »

Papercut And Wrecking Ball
Papercut And Wrecking Ball

Papercut and Wreckingball- S/T(Deserted Village) Two tracks of epic length meditative high end oscillations and cat killing frequencies from Northstation main man Steven Fanagan. The tones generated float in and out of view and are combined with mid range points and processed (environmental?) sound textures. All in all, an effective filmic sounding...view item »

Panico
Kick

I haven't listened yet the album but I hope is so great as the album art. I really loved the album art made by Rodrigo Pereda....view item »

Original Hamster
Original Hamster Presents Trendsetter & The Follow

Trendsetter & The Followers by ORIGINAL HAMSTER (which is the best name for a band ever....). This is kind of funky electronic music along the lines of Burnt Friedman and the more funky end of Scape Music (albeit more quirky and a bit more crazed at times). Vocoder vocals over slight dubby beats with some odd...view item »

Olvis
Olvis

What in buggery is next? Olvis. Who is/are Olvis? I've no idea - I think they are Icelandic though. This is a CD on Resonant. Its quite lovely. There's guitars strumming away and someone singing along  - it sounds a bit like what would happen if Badly Drawn Boy was backed by Sigur Ros...view item »

Of Arrowe Hill
Dulce Domum

Here's a new album by Of Arrowe Hill... 'Dulce Domum' is a sprawling opus of Guided By Voices/ Oasis style alt rock.... Sometimes it's quite trad and other times it's kind of quirky. It's very polished sounding indie rock which will appeal to those who like the rocki...view item »

The Occasion
Cannery Hours

Think of a long, tedious, get somehow beautiful coalescence of Pink Floyd's spacey musical aura and Pavement's laziness and coolness. Such a picture is inexact, nebulous, and fairly useless to one who has not heard The Occasion. But for those of us who have, it makes a hell of a lot of sense. The Occasion is an indie group out of Brooklyn, whose ge...view item »

The Notorious Hi-Fi Killers
Behind the Smoke and Mirrors

Mid-tempo psych rock from these suave Lahndoners. They have a shoegaze slant that I find interesting. They have a well produced sound. It is a psych rock record without the wailing walls of guitar and tin can percussion. I guess it reminds me of something like Wolf People but with less rock. It defiantly comes from the same ball park. This CD is...view item »

Noisettes
The Count of Monte Christo

The Noisettes with 'The Count Of Monte Christo' on Vertigo. Saw them play this live at the Reading festival particularly stoned on my couch and was very very blown away. She is an impeccable performer and her harmony and vocal interaction with the guitar player was amazing. In the cold light of day it seems slightly less impressive but heavens it's...view item »

Nonotes
Mode

Nonotes then. This is a CD called Mode on a label called Motok Records. Nothing here I'm familiar with at all. Musically though I am familiar with the contents of this. Keyboard drones and tones which remind me of some of the more minimal Raster Noton gear. Mingus has piped up Elaine Radique and said it's like a colder version of Ron Geesin.... tr...view item »

My Computer
Lonely

For some reason I thought My Computer were an electronic band. Maybe its the name. Anyway it's more loud raucous guitar rock just like a sizeable chunk of most weeks releases. Rampant with guitar histrionics  - the singer says a rude word. Really doesn't make too much sense especially the turgid Richard Clayderman outro. On ...view item »

My Teenage Stride
Ears Like Golden Bats

My Teenage Stride next then...'Ears Like Golden Bats' I wonder if they're refering to the nocturnal flying kind or the sports equipment type. They sound reasonably miserable in an oldskool UK indie guitar pop kind of way. With lyrics like 'You're gonna let me down' and tracks titles like 'Depression Kicks' you know there's passion in there and even...view item »

Mueros
Zero

I got slightly confused yesterday whilst listening to French band MUEROS' 'Zero' CD. Although I am easy to confuse half way into the album I was convinced I was listening to something by a completely different artist. From the indie pop despair of opening track 'Arsenic' to title track 'Zero' which wonders into dark drone realms with...view item »

Peter Moren
The Last Tycoon

What I do know about Peter Moren is he's partly responsible for Young Folks, the classic Swindie disco hit. I don't know why he's chosen to follow such boombastic brilliance with a solo album that sounds like Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan & John Lennon headbutting each other in the face. But it's really well put together & the songs are of good ...view item »

Misophone
Another Lost Night

The artwork that adorns Bristol / Carlisle duo Misophone’s umpteenth home-recorded offering is really lovely. Beautiful muted browns and reds whisper tales of years gone by from a tasteful gatefold matt sleeve… aaaah. It’s the sort of sexy, quality-oozing packaging you want to fondle lingeringly as you slip...view item »

ML
Everyone Looks Like Someone Else

This dog has some chicken in its mouth but is otherwise fairly unspectacular. I wanna see an obese breakdancing Alsatian or a Chihuahua being sick everywhere. Oh the music! Am I supposed to be reviewing it? By ML, It sounds pretty good but Fats has paused it to talk to some duffer on the phone about a band called "Cosmic Sandwich". Mu...view item »

Millions
Millions

What is left to say about the deluge of albums that comprise of synthesizer drones ebbing and flowing, drifting hither and thither? It's a struggle and that's why The Wire spend their time overintellectualising what is basically the sound of a man playing one note on an organ for 40 minut...view item »

MFH
1979-85

In 1979 MFH were formed, in the words of the liner notes, “by Andrew Cox (Maths) and David Elliott (Geography) at Sussex University in November 1979”, they were a couple of dweebs who couldn’t really play their instruments and instead dived headlong into the cassette culture ...view item »

Morgan Louis
Only 1

Morgan Louis kicks the White Material label back into action, with a brand new 12”, titled Only 1. Four tracks on here, pulsing their way through some compelling low-down dance action. With the right crowd, this could really take over bodies. Three locked grooves on the record too, if you really want to drive the ...view item »

Michael Vidal
Dream Center

You might know Michael Vidal as the frontperson of punk-people Abe Vigoda, but Dream Center, his first solo outing, shows a very different side of his musical thinking. This is a more indie-ish set of guitar pop songs, with a tinge of electronic ambience making up the background. Reissue of the original...view item »

Roel Meelkop
Oude Koeien

Meat. Love it or hate it there's no ignoring it. Not a fan myself. Possibly something to do with strict vegetarianism but even if meat wasn't made of animals I'm not sure I'd like it. In glorious technicolour on the front cover of this new album by Roel Meelkop is a big slab of meat. The CD is called 'Oude Koeien' and musically it seems to be ...view item »

Melodium
Coloribus

Bit of a quiet legend is this guy, Laurent Girard. He's been making sublime melodic electronica & sound-art with an organic edge for years, releases for electronische labels colossuses such as Static Caravan, Bad Boy Budgie and My Dad is an Antelope amongst others. The last two may be made up. Flicking through there's plenty of rich sonic de...view item »

The Marigold
Erotomania

We can't find much out about The Marigold here so the music's got to do the talking for them (as it should be really), judging by their names I'm assuming they're Italian though. Their sound brings to mind everything from grunge to early Sebadoh to a less intense Isis, most of the tracks are all-out rockers but there's the odd little experimental i...view item »

Magnet
The Tourniquet

Magnet's boyish charm comes through with a decided strength as many of the songs, although still questioning life; start to find a new direction and purpose within the stage of intimacy and comfort. I listen to Magnet because I like being able to listen to dreamy romantic contemplations savouring each inflection of his voice in his magical elect...view item »

Like A Stuntman
Fresh Air Is Not The worst Thing In Town

Remember that Like A Stuntman 7" we liked the other week? You wanting more? Bet you are... Your prayers have been answered and we have a whole album on CD here for you by the afore mentioned quirky indie warriors. But it's not all indie... oh no. There's a fair selection of electronics here as well just to confuse. Overall I'd say i...view item »

Line
Hearts

Line immediately sound a lot like The Faint but with a tinge more electro and a tad less bombastic indie rock. The record's ten seconds in and the review's pretty much done so now I've just got to wait it out a bit and see if it changes. I reckon that gives me a window of about fifteen minutes where I can get away with looking at horrendously offen...view item »

Little Red
Listen To

Sounds like piss poor demo off cuts from The Coral. Which should not be taken as an indication that I think The Coral are any good either. Which rather goes to show that this is worth nought of your hard earned IMHO ...view item »

Leaving the Fold
Contort

LEAVING THE FOLD (I'm convinced they used to be just The Fold!!!) have a pretty darn cool single on Marquis Cha Cha too. It's nowt particularly new (like, so whaaat?) but if I were 18 again I'd be well into the melodic post hardcore of 'Contort for the Two of Them' with its dense walls of dive-bombing guitars stabbed up by...view item »

Spokes
Green Eyes EP

Spokes is a busy, playful producer working with shiny variations on core grime elements. The Green Eyes EP is the lengthiest release yet from this guy, containing three very engaging tracks backed up with a remix from E.M.M.A. All sorts going on in this sound, but still it feels like there is plenty of ...view item »

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