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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

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PINKY PINKY – PINKY PINKY EP

As a LA-based friend pointed out to me earlier this week when discussing my excitement at this band, I seem to have a bit of a penchant for the breezy buzz of the LA music scene. Pinky Pinky’s debut EP is the latest in a long line of exciting acts to drop off the conveyor belt, and… Continue reading PINKY PINKY – PINKY PINKY EP

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THE BIG MOON – LOVE IN THE 4TH DIMENSION

There’s something very endearing about The Big Moon’s debut LP. In parts. the London four-piece’s brand of rock and roll manages to revive the comatose corpse of London’s golden age of indie music. In other parts, it evokes a Pixies-like knack of refining the reserved and the resounding. In addition to that, the timing of… Continue reading THE BIG MOON – LOVE IN THE 4TH DIMENSION