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DEATH FROM ABOVE – OUTRAGE! IS NOW

Death From Above have reverted to their original name (the band dropped the 1979 earlier this year) and continued their resurrection that saw a whole decade elapse between their furiously brilliant debut LP and 2014 follow up The Physical World. That record picked up where its predecessor left off, using volume, speed and efficiency as… Continue reading DEATH FROM ABOVE – OUTRAGE! IS NOW

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CHELSEA WOLFE – HISS SPUN

Chelsea Wolfe’s fifth studio album creates an alarmingly intense landscape, using an oppressive wall of malignant guitars to cauterize her own personal wounds. It’s a space that throbs with a massive sense of foreboding, with Wolfe’s strabilious vocals rarely leaving the shadows or fighting the devastating weight of the guitars that immerse them. Wolfe allows… Continue reading CHELSEA WOLFE – HISS SPUN

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ALVVAYS – ANTISOCIALITES

Alvvays’ self-titled debut record arrived in 2014 shrouded in sun-drenched, distorted jangly pop, laced with a charming wit and a conveyor belt full of affectionate, stirring melodies. As far as debut LPs go, Alvvays was a triumph, exploring the lineaments of the quarter-life crisis and the ruminations of figuring it all out in an extremely… Continue reading ALVVAYS – ANTISOCIALITES

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SOCCER MOMMY – COLLECTION

If you’re a regular reader of Quick Takes, you’ll know I have a serious soft spot for a bedroom pop-rocker – usually with a female vocal – who drops a record where they’ve found that evolutionary medium between the bedroom and the studio. Sophie Allison is at just that stage. Collection is a record of… Continue reading SOCCER MOMMY – COLLECTION

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NADINE SHAH – HOLIDAY DESTINATION

Holiday Destination was another record to drop in August that, for the most part, is captivatingly bleak in its themes. Nadine Shah focuses her aperture on toxic politicians, the refugee crisis and anti-immigration rhetoric by means of a ruminating brand of post-punk. Lyrically, Shah is on top form. Powerful, succinct statements resonate throughout the record,… Continue reading NADINE SHAH – HOLIDAY DESTINATION

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GIRL RAY – EARL GREY

Girl Ray’s ingeniously titled debut record is a impressively confident effort marooned in the ramshackle of 60s and 70s pop rock. The London three-piece are delightfully British, with frontwoman Sophie Hankin’s falsetto acting as a spotlight illuminating all before it as it floats on the tottering grooves the band are air-locked into. Earl Grey is… Continue reading GIRL RAY – EARL GREY