Archie Bronson Outfit - Coconut

Friday, 16 April 2010, 23:59 | Category : Reviews
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While I’m on the subject of favourite albums of the year so far, how about Archie Bronson Outfit’s Coconut as a close third? Somewhat shamefacedly, I’m not very familiar with their previous work, so I can’t say that it’s their finest hour or anything, but it’s definitely very fine. It’s a beast of an album, [...]

Harlem - Hippies

Thursday, 15 April 2010, 22:31 | Category : Reviews
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If I was prone to rabid tabloid hyperbole I’d say that we were being swamped by a wave of lo-fi indie pop right now. But that makes it sound like it’s a bad thing. I’m quite pleased about it actually, particularly since there’s a lot of good stuff and it seems to be coming from [...]

Sam Amidon - I See The Sign

Wednesday, 14 April 2010, 13:56 | Category : Reviews
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There’s long been a snobbery about singers who don’t write their own songs, like somehow they’re worth less than people who do. There’s a debate to be had there, but all I’m saying for now is that Sam Amidon proves that you don’t need to write your own stuff to be amazing. For a few [...]

Peggy Sue - Fossils and Other Phantoms

Friday, 9 April 2010, 0:12 | Category : Reviews
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This album is a strong argument for not rushing things. It’s the debut album from Peggy Sue, but it’s not like they’ve just arrived, all green and wide-eyed. Unlike their mate Kate Nash who was pushed too fast too soon, blinking half-finished into the glare of publicity, Rosa and Katy have taken time to hone [...]

Mulatu Steps Ahead

Saturday, 27 March 2010, 0:11 | Category : Reviews
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Mulatu’s on a roll. Last year was a good one for the legendary Mr Astatke, what with the brilliant collaboration with The Heliocentrics, followed by a blinding career retrospective compliation later in the year. He’s not wasted any time and he’s already got a new album coming out. In the latter part of last year, [...]

The Ruby Suns - Fight Softly

Wednesday, 17 March 2010, 23:24 | Category : Reviews
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What would you do if you were The Ruby Suns? Although your last album was a spectacularly sunny shot of tropical psych-pop, it went largely unappreciated, only for Animal Collective to come along a year later with a similar recipe and take all the praise and record sales. So where next? Credit is due - [...]

It takes two

Friday, 11 December 2009, 1:31 | Category : Reviews
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Husband-wife bands are rife across the music world. You don’t have far to look to see spouses picking up instruments together, from Arcade Fire to Wildbirds and Peacedrums, from The Handsome Furs to The Handsome Family. But here’s something a wee bit different - a husband and wife, both closely involved in each other’s music [...]

Euros Childs - Son of Euro Child

Monday, 7 December 2009, 22:09 | Category : Reviews
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Euros Childs sounds like a man cut loose. He’s no longer constrained by such things as record labels, which leaves him free to mess about with keyboards and do whatever the hell he likes. This is generally a good thing, so he gets to play around with grumbling synths, silly lyrics and song titles, childhood [...]

Tune-Yards - Bird-Brains

Thursday, 12 November 2009, 23:57 | Category : Reviews
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When I hear albums like this, I get convinced that there’s no need for expensive recording studios, engineers, producers or any of that stuff. If you’re Merrill Garbus all you need is a digital voice recorder and Audacity, or so the legend goes. Whatever the case, this is a triumph of lo-fi pop that draws [...]

Left With Pictures - Beyond Our Means

Wednesday, 11 November 2009, 16:07 | Category : Reviews
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This blog is no stranger to the agreeable chamber folk-pop of Left With Pictures - we’ve had singles on here, we’ve had a Seven Songs, and now after an extended wait, we have their newly released debut album. Those who have been following the band’s output to date will be familiar with a few of [...]