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PUMAROSA – THE WITCH

Pumarosa’s spectacularly dexterous, stunningly captivating debut LP is without doubt one of the best records that has dropped this year, let alone this month. The Witch is a many-headed, endless tsunami of creativity that bewitches and beguiles. It is inexorably magnetic, pulling everything in its atmosphere under its spell, with Isabel Munez-Newsome’s enrapturing vocals the… Continue reading PUMAROSA – THE WITCH

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HOOPS – ROUTINES

Indiana four-piece Hoops have followed up last year’s excellent self-titled EP with a very solid debut LP. Where Hoops the EP provided an almost glacial haze that blurred over translucent, melodic guitars that were from the upper reaches of the jangle paradigm, Routines has without doubt turned up the temperature. It’s a summer record if… Continue reading HOOPS – ROUTINES

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FAZERDAZE – MORNINGSIDE

For the past few years, New Zealand has proven itself to be a goldmine of guitar-pop music. Fazerdaze – the recording moniker of 24 year-old Auckland-based Amelia Murray – is the latest to emerge. Murray’s debut LP, Morningside, is a candid, confessional foray into her mental intimacies, and the fuzzy, ocean-sprayed guitars are the perfect… Continue reading FAZERDAZE – MORNINGSIDE

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AT THE DRIVE-IN – IN•TER A•LI•A

in•ter a•li•a follows on from Relationship of Command a full 17 years after its frenzied post-hardcore acrobatics announced themselves, but you could be forgiven for thinking that time had stood still throughout that period in an At the Drive-In practice room. When listening to this record for the first time, it reminded me of Death… Continue reading AT THE DRIVE-IN – IN•TER A•LI•A