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SUNFLOWER BEAN – HUMAN CEREMONY

With their debut LP, Sunflower Bean march to a fitting room with armfuls of genres to try on for size, and manage to look good in most of it. From blissful, tangled-pop, slapdash, fuzzed-out riffs and even a shot of 70s metal, the New York-trio have accomplished a sound that finds its own niche. Front-duo Julia Cumming… Continue reading SUNFLOWER BEAN – HUMAN CEREMONY

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MYSTERY JETS – CURVE OF THE EARTH

Even ten years after their debut, it’s hard to think about Mystery Jets without thinking about their sketchy portraits of young love. Their hazy delivery and tangled guitars allowed them to stand out from a plethora of rank average British indie bands that were sharpening their chops at the same time, but now they’re a… Continue reading MYSTERY JETS – CURVE OF THE EARTH

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CHAIRLIFT – MOTH

MOTH is Chairlift’s third LP, and it is their most confident sound to date. Caroline Polachek’s razor-sharp falsetto shines throughout, and is an open-ended contradiction to the gelatinous production work of Patrick Wimberly, giving the songs a mellow congeniality that allows the duo to seamlessly note their reflections in a self-assured manner. The album drops its anchor in the clearest of pop… Continue reading CHAIRLIFT – MOTH

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FAT WHITE FAMILY – SONGS FOR OUR MOTHERS

The Family’s second LP was an opportunity to them to override their reputation for acting insane both on and off the stage with music. Their madness has undoubtedly been the keystone of their connection to their audience since their formation, but they don’t just test the boundaries of what’s tasteful and what’s just downright offensive,… Continue reading FAT WHITE FAMILY – SONGS FOR OUR MOTHERS

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TRICKY – TRICKY PRESENTS SKILLED MECHANICS

Skilled Mechanics is the new project of Tricky, and it is one that sees him adopt a more synergetic way of producing a record. Along with DJ Milo and Luke Harris, Adrian Thaws has put together a record of perfectly executed, baroscopic beats, and the result is that we just may have a Tricky record that can be… Continue reading TRICKY – TRICKY PRESENTS SKILLED MECHANICS

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SIA – THIS IS ACTING

By Sia Furler’s own admission, This Is Acting is an array of songs written for other artists that just didn’t quite cut the mustard for their intended targets. As a result, it’s an album that is a reconstruction of something that never existed as a single entity in the first place. The songs are pop gold, showcasing Sia’s gigantic voice and songwriting… Continue reading SIA – THIS IS ACTING

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MILK TEETH – VILE CHILD

The likes of Bully and Dilly Dally made huge impressions last year with exceptional debut LPs of female-fronted grunge-punk, and Milk Teeth’s own debut is more than capable of holding its own in such company. The Stroud outfit are quietly (or loudly, for that matter) making a name for themselves as one of the most exciting new… Continue reading MILK TEETH – VILE CHILD