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THE WYTCHES – ALL YOUR HAPPY LIFE

Brighton garage-bruisers showed with their 2014 debut, Annabel Dream Reader, that their music is the polar opposite of easy listening. Their sound was awkward, unsettling and at times earsplitting, but it was deliberately so. The raw, psychedelic surf-grunge is not as exposed this time around, with their sound less crude and more defensive. This is, however, another… Continue reading THE WYTCHES – ALL YOUR HAPPY LIFE

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ULTIMATE PAINTING – DUSK

The last few embers of summer have just about died out, and a new Ultimate Painting record has arrived with an autumnal feel for a third consecutive year. Jack Cooper and James Hoare have developed a songwriting unit that is impressive in its untroubled restraint, with meandering, drowsy guitars and pensively delivered vocals accounting for… Continue reading ULTIMATE PAINTING – DUSK

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SLAVES – TAKE CONTROL

Isaac Holman and Laurie Vincent have wasted little time in following up their snot-nosed, piss-soaked debut album. 2015’s Are You Satisfied? coated a grottiness with a sugary pop sensibility, before dunking it again in more undesirable bodily fluids. Take Control explodes out of the blocks as if it’s picking up where Are You Satisfied? left off, with Spit It Out adorning a snarling,… Continue reading SLAVES – TAKE CONTROL

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EMMA RUTH RUNDLE – MARKED FOR DEATH

Emma Ruth Rundle’s follow up to 2014 debut Some Heavy Ocean sees the LA native plumbing feelings of loss, defeat and self-destruction, insulating startlingly vulnerable moments with walls of frankness and noise. The production is adventurous, with its almost cinematic grandeur allowing the dark, hypnotic grunge guitars to boast vivid textures. Tracks repeatedly start as stirring murmurs… Continue reading EMMA RUTH RUNDLE – MARKED FOR DEATH

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BILLIE MARTEN – WRITING OF BLUES AND YELLOWS

It is quite simply startling that Billie Marten, or Isabella Tweddle to her friends, is only seventeen. It’s a bit clichéd to play on the age of a musical wonderkid, but Marten’s unerring ability – with such minimal experience – to arrange her hazy indie-folk music into such beautiful songs is nothing short of staggering. Writing of Blues and Yellows saunters with… Continue reading BILLIE MARTEN – WRITING OF BLUES AND YELLOWS