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WAXAHATCHEE – OUT IN THE STORM

Katie Crutchfield’s fourth LP as Waxahatchee is her sharpest yet. Her grunge-tinted indie rock is no longer the unpolished lo-fi snugfest that it initially was, and has instead involved into a clean, more focused arrangement that has kept its infectiously intimate sprawl. Recorded with Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr collaborator John Agnello, Out in the… Continue reading WAXAHATCHEE – OUT IN THE STORM

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MR JUKES – GOD FIRST

Jack Steadman has already achieved an awful lot in his fledgling career thus far. As the somewhat reluctant, vulnerable frontman of Bombay Bicycle Club, he’s been a key factor in the churning out of four well-accomplished LPs and more than a handful of festival-primed indie belters. With their most recent effort So Long, See You… Continue reading MR JUKES – GOD FIRST

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MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA – A BLACK MILE TO THE SURFACE

Manchester Orchestra frontman Andy Hull has always seemed old beyond his years. Casual fans of the band will probably be surprised to hear he’s only thirty years old when considered his wizened penchant for leading an expansive charge from amidst an undertowing pull of darkness and uneasiness. His songwriting is architectural, plotting blueprints before laying… Continue reading MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA – A BLACK MILE TO THE SURFACE

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CHILDHOOD – UNIVERSAL HIGH

Brixton five-piece Childhood have followed up their debut LP – 2014’s Lacuna – with a swirling, kaleidoscopic effort that oozes groove and sweet, syrupy soul. Where Lacuna put a shoegazing spin on Childhood’s sound, Universal High is delectably fluid, ditching the woozy guitar pedals for a pristine funk texture that discharges a piquant dose of… Continue reading CHILDHOOD – UNIVERSAL HIGH

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MARIKA HACKMAN – I’M NOT YOUR MAN

The Marika Hackman of I’m Not Your Man is almost unrecognisable from the spectral, tangling folk of her unsettling debut, We Slept at Last. Replacing her is a direct, comparatively feral version, favouring an arsenal of seductive grunge guitars, prowling sultriness and a Wolf Alice-like brand of constricting noise. Like the latter’s debut LP, I’m… Continue reading MARIKA HACKMAN – I’M NOT YOUR MAN

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FLEET FOXES – CRACK-UP

Fleet Foxes have produced a typically intelligent, uncompromising and metamorphosising body of work six years on from their previous LP. In the time that’s elapsed, their former drummer has skyrocketed beyond the band in the public eye in flamboyant fashion, and it’s difficult not to compare Crack-Upwith Father John Misty’s Pure Comedy. Both are impressionably… Continue reading FLEET FOXES – CRACK-UP