In what has been a resurgent year for Mogwai, their four-track Earth Division EP showcases the sheer wealth of ideas roaming around in the sessions amounting to the Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will album.
“It’s not domineering, it’s endearing – what we got” TLOBF looks back at Brooklyn’s Friends’ heady first year with vocalist Samantha Urbani.
The growth of Laura Marling, from a promising artist to an exceptional one, was always anticipated. A Creature I Don’t Know confirms that the progression has come far quicker than expected. But in becoming more inventive, Marling is also flirting with the danger of alienating her listener.
Woman isn’t the complete caricature of Yoni Wolf’s “Stalker’s my whole style and if I get caught I’ll deny, deny, deny”, but the general mood of Cuckoo Chaos’ first work is one of unadulterated, slightly stalker-ish, lovesick joy.
Washed Out’s biggest London show to date hints at chillwave’s bright future, writes Jamie Milton.
Brooklyn’s Spanish Prisoners sound like a close-knit bunch. ‘Know No Violence’ – taken from forthcoming album Gold Fools – has ideas bouncing off the walls.
As part of a series of outdoor shows, My Morning Jacket stop by at London’s Somerset House. But is this the right kind of venue for such a big, bearded, rock-out sound? Jamie Milton reviews
London’s Theme Park aren’t a band to be downhearted by a regularly-muttered comparison. Their first track ‘Milk’ brought forth mentions of Talking Heads but a forthcoming double A-side single shows there’s far more to this four-piece than the debut offering.
Marconi Union don’t adhere to a traditional brand of ambient music, claims Jamie Milton. Instead of soothing you and leaving you at ease, Beautifully Falling Apart tries to convey a “sense of beauty and destruction locking horns”.
Ishmael Butler takes anonymity very seriously. For him, the artist behind the album is not important. We must indulge in the songs and do no more. “You need not question who’s behind it,” says Jamie Milton, “The only thing worth asking is, ‘how can this be bettered?’”
London’s SBTRKT projects “a fine line between tasteful dub and shameless pop” with this record, says Jamie Milton, “yet Aaron Jerome walks the tightrope with relatively few slip-ups.” TLOBF Recommended.
Returning from 2009′s Tight Knit, Andy Cabic emerges with a record of little progression. The Errant Charm offers calm, relaxed, road-trip music that’s so quiescent, it seems pleased with itself.
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