Phil Gwyn

Boardwalk

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Intrigued by the L.A. dream-pop duo’s lazy catharsis, they who told us about the role of Korean spas in the making of the album and the unhurried pace of life whilst working in your own studio.

Menace Beach – <I>Lowtalker</I> EP

Menace Beach – Lowtalker EP

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6.5/10

Leeds-based ‘supergroup’ Menace Beach avoid all the cliches by sticking to a heady mixture of nostalgic sounds and a modern psych edge.

Boardwalk – Boardwalk

Boardwalk – Boardwalk

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7/10

Entwined in vocalist Amber Quintero’s foggy melodies is a serene sadness as Boardwalk chart the steady and inevitable demise of a relationship.

London Grammar – If You Wait

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7/10

The culmination of the trio’s stratospheric rise, London Grammar’s debut finds them oscillating between brilliantly simplistic pop and less inspiring reproductions of the same idea.

Of Montreal – Paralytic Stalks

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8/10

Paralytic Stalks is its own album, and is simultaneously frustrating, self-loathing, insecure, thrilling, deranged, and always completely honest.

Gauntlet Hair – Gauntlet Hair

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Gauntlet Hair have got one fantastic idea, and they execute it perfectly on at least one occasion, but that just leaves the rest of the album sounding tiring and overblown, argues Phil Gwyn.

Introducing // Outfit

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“I’ve consistently made decisions in my life which have prevented me from doing anything other than playing music. It’s gone too far now.” Outfit talk ambition, art and murderers in their garden.

Warm Brains – Old Volcanoes

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Old Volcanoes is a record that takes a while to understand, but once you do, its discordant harmonies and sloping, off-kilter rhythms start to sound strangely attractive.

Dutch Uncles – Cadenza

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It would be unfair to Dutch Uncles to sit here and bash out the names of favourite songs from this record; what is most admirable here is the album as a whole, a perfect balance of accessibility and the avant-garde.