Album Reviews

REVIEW: POPSTRANGERS – FORTUNA

A mere year following Popstangers’ exceptional debut LP, the New Zealand trio have dropped an album that is much more pop and much less strange than its predecessor. 2013’s Antipodes was a jangling, droning procession of distorted guitars complete with toxic licks, spiky assaults and catchy compromises that combined a smorgasbord of influences, ultimately creating a superb record that… Continue reading REVIEW: POPSTRANGERS – FORTUNA

Live Reviews

JANELLE MONAE – LIVE REVIEW – MANCHESTER ACADEMY, 07/05/2014

Janelle Monáe has announced herself, since her 2010 debut ArchAndroid, as one of the most dynamic and exciting artists in the world today. Her studio work operates far outside the regular sphere of RnB, and conveys her genre-flitting, sci-fi tendencies into an enthralling, stimulating concept. The ArchAndroid was a concept album that basked under an… Continue reading JANELLE MONAE – LIVE REVIEW – MANCHESTER ACADEMY, 07/05/2014

Album Reviews · New Music Exposure

PETE CARR – MOUNTAIN OF SLEEP – REVIEW / NEW MUSIC EXPOSURE

We’ve had a lovely little record brought to our attention this week. Melbourne-based singer/songwriter Pete Carr cites an early love of The Beatles and Elliott Smith at the forefront of his influences, and it’s not hard to see this from the outset of 7-track EP Mountain of Sleep. Carr uses the trademarked, psychedelica-tinged songcraft of… Continue reading PETE CARR – MOUNTAIN OF SLEEP – REVIEW / NEW MUSIC EXPOSURE