James Dalrymple

To Rococo Rot – Speculation

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Speculation, the Berlin trio’s sixth full-length LP, is their warmest, most human album yet. Recorded in a secluded rural area of southern Germany ”like a band playing a live show”, the bucolic surroundings and more freeform dynamic are pleasingly evident.

Beak> – Beak>

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Geoff Barrow’s new band Beak> further explores the gloomy Krautrock, post punk and psychedelia that characterised Portishead’s ‘Third’. The result is a bleak homage to its influences, says James Dalrymple

Homelife – Exotic Interlude

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Homelife’s aptly-titled ‘Exotic Interlude’ is folkier and more stripped-down than their previous albums, but the characteristic shuffling jazziness and dreaminess pervade, says James Dalrymple.

Yo La Tengo – Popular Songs

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On their 12th album ‘Popular Songs’ Yo La Tengo get the balance beautifully right between their experimental and indie dream pop. James Dalrymple reviews.

Wild Beasts – Two Dancers

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8.5/10

Wild Beasts sophomore effort is a big improvement on their debut, and one of the year’s best albums by a British band, says James Dalrymple.

White Denim – Fits

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White Demin are the latest thrilling export of Austin, Texas. James Dalrymple salutes ‘The Live Music Capital of the World’.

Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca

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Dave Longstreth’s extraordinary art pop project continues to confound and compel with an album embracing styles as diverse as chamber folk, African blues and R&B. James Dalrymple reviews.

worriedaboutsatan – Arrivals

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worriedaboutsatan’s brilliant debut album – post-rock tinged electronica with cathedral-sized atmospherics and a mood of isolation and menace – is one of the best new IDM albums in years, says James Dalrymple