Category Archives: Records

HUM- Inlet

That sound you hear? It might just be the synchronised thunk of ten thousand jaws hitting the floor. ‘Inlet’ is the first Hum album in more than two decades you see. And it has come out of absolutely nowhere.  This doesn’t even fit the modern definition of a ‘surprise release’. There was zero build-up here- no teases, no winks, no nods. […]

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LAKES- This World Of Ours, It Came Apart

Tough to Google but easy to listen to, Lakes make sincere, sparkling emo that’s well worth diving into. The Watford outfit’s debut album, ‘The Constance’, was a tidy effort that employed complex but clean arrangements and unique instrumentation (hello, glockenspiel) to draw rave reviews at home and far outside the UK scene. The two tracks here, however, might be the […]

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SHINER- Schadenfreude

A warm blanket of an album, this. Oh, I’m sure Shiner, back after a lifetime away, want to inspire a more transcendental reaction, but ‘Schadenfreude’ finds the space rock pioneers slotting everything in its right place. Clever, shimmering riffs twist, start and stop, clean melodies emerge from grungy post-hardcore roars, dynamic guitars swirl around Allen Epley’s subtly-snarled, layered vocals, and […]

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ALIGN IN TIME- On a Spiral

John Boles talks a good game. He recommends ‘On a Spiral’, only his second album as Align In Time in the last decade, for fans of Maybeshewill, Caspian and Tides of Man. Unfortunately, he talks himself into a hole. There’s little of the rare, vivid qualities so easily associated with any of those acts here. Instead, from the careful beginning […]

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ULTIMATE OVERSHARE- Rumble Pak

This, the debut effort from Ultimate Overshare, starts in the way most other indie rock records end- a big, raucous riff, wailing lead guitar, and arms-in-the-air exuberance. It’s big, ballsy, and beautiful. And it’s not a one-off. Over the subsequent 20-something minutes, the Virginia quintet prove to have a knack for the unexpected. ‘Rumble Pak’ features shimmering reverb swirling around […]

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VANLOCK- Tiny Squares

Vanlock aren’t really newcomers- the French outfit feature former members of Tölva in their ranks- but this is still a strikingly accomplished debut.  ‘Tiny Squares’ is, in fact, huge. It starts with what sounds like a synth swell or maybe a bowed guitar (or maybe both) but really what it brings to mind is storm clouds, empty stretches of black […]

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THUNDERCAT- It Is What It Is

Thundercat’s last album was his masterwork. The man otherwise known as Stephen Bruner had hit high notes before of course, he’s been one to watch since his honeydew debut, but 2017’s ‘Drunk’ was a fizzy, dizzy collection of sugar-rush funk, electric soul, and killer slow jams that felt like the greatest mixtape ever made. It somehow scratched Bruner’s itch for […]

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HEAVY HARVEST- Iron Lung

This thing should come with a “hazardous contents” warning. Oh, there were clues to the destructive power of Heavy Harvest on their debut, but ‘Iron Lung’ makes the mix even more volatile. The Swiss trio do a bunch of different things well- noise rock stomp, punk rock attitude, earworm riffs, and hot-vent vocals that stomp the line between alt rock […]

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CONSTANTS- Devotion

Constants didn’t exactly go out with a bang. After four records of increasingly sturdy post-rock, the band employed a repetitive dream pop sound for 2012’s ‘Pasiflora’ full-length and seemed to fade away. They certainly became less of a concern for main man Will Benoit, who moved into the producer’s chair for the likes of Caspian, Junius, and believe it or […]

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RED SWEATER LULLABY- Run Club.

When Kris Rochelle plays drums for Listener, he pounds out fidgety rhythms, anxious beats and a little chaos. They are a band that sound like they have the weight of the world on their shoulders. When he steps out from behind the kit for Red Sweater Lullaby however, he slots into a more direct, easy-going groove. His second full-length is […]

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