CocoRosie

Heartache City

Heartache City has much more in common with the band’s first two albums, the freakiness of their folk here is undeniable, but the tracks all share a strong backbone of hip hop and afro-beat which elevates them above the streamlined pop melee.

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Courtney Barnett

Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

Courtney Barnett isn’t the voice of our generation. She’s just a voice in our generation. Lucky for us, she’s the most interesting one we’ve got. Sometimes is the work of probably the best lyricist writing today, and roundly deserves to be an album for the ages. If it’s not, that’s only because she’ll have found a way to top it next time around.

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Daniel Romano

If I've Only One Time Askin'

In its modern incarnation, country music has been lambasted for the predictability of its narratives (which include, and are mostly limited to, unabashed declarations of American patriotism, tales of love gone wrong, and sorrows drowned in booze). Daniel Romano’s brand of country is of a decidedly different ilk: the term 'authenticity' springs to mind, but If I’ve Only... is more than an effective imitation.

Like all great country records, Romano’s is cathartic - your heart aches for him and with him - and it is this emotive sway that makes the record a success.

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Danny Seth

Perception

Danny Seth creates an atmospheric project that fully explores his own sound, style and ethos as a rapper. Once getting past its often dark elements, there’s a creative individual and interesting artist to be found underneath the initial perception of the Danny Seth brand that is sure to unfold.

This is one of the most complex and thought provoking records of the year from a frontrunner in alternative UK hip hop.

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Deafhaven

New Bermuda

The five-piece side-stepped the easy option of giving the listener Sunbather II, refused to pander to the metal community by compromising their experimental tendencies and instead made a record that's not necessarily better than Sunbather but one that could end up being more important or influential. Deafheaven have stood up for what they believe in - it's time everyone listened.

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