ALBUM: IDLES – BRUTALISM

What do Mary Berry, Mark Rothko, Benedictine monks, Bovis homes, Francis Bacon, photographer Richard Billingham and TV chef Rachel Khoo have in common? They are all victims in the equal-opportunity offence blitzkrieg from Idles frontman Joe Talbot on the Bristol band’s debut album, Brutalism. The record opens with an anonymous woman’s horrifying shriek of “NO […]

ALBUM: TALABOMAN – THE NIGHT LAND

‘The Night Land’ is a strange place. Full to the brim with synthesized, robotic and electronic sounds, yet somewhere we make some of our most human connections. It’s a place pair John Talabot and Axel Boman capture effortlessly with their debut Talaboman LP, jam-packed with bleeps, beeps and drum machines but also sounding extremely organic. […]

ALBUM: SUFER BLOOD – SNOWDONIA

When a family loses one of their own, it changes everyone in that family, for better or worse. The pain and grief can destroy them, or bring them closer together. Bands such as Led Zeppelin broke up after the tragic loss of John Bonham, but on the other side, bands like The Who and Rolling […]

ALBUM REVIEW: IMMERSION – ANALOGUE CREATURES LIVING ON AN ISLAND

It’s been 17 years since Immersion were a substantial presence in the music community. They just about pre-date the internet, which means that their cache amongst the current brand of indie hipsters is lower than it should be. The husband and wife duo of Colin Newman (from Wire) and Malka Spigel (from Minimal Contact) have […]

ALBUM REVIEW: NICOLAS JAAR – SIRENS

After five years, Nicolas Jaar has finally put out a new album under the metaphorical name Sirens. When I saw the cover, I already had a really good feeling about it. It’s a scratch-and-win cover that reveals one of his father’s works, who is also an artist – depicting a fancy and upscale America from […]

ALBUM REVIEW: BLAK HAND RECORDS – HIDE AND PSYCH

It’s great that we live in an age where indie labels are running supreme. The majors will always be there, ready to entice the unsuspecting but to the core of it, underground music and the DIY aesthetic seems to be a fiercer proposition more than ever at the moment. Blak Hand Records are a cassette based […]

ALBUM REVIEW: GOD DAMN – EVERYTHING EVER

Last year I was lucky enough to see the Foo Fighters perform in Manchester’s Old Trafford cricket stadium. As the venue filled in the few hours before the main event, 2 young, long haired guys walked confidently onto stage and began playing; one on drums, one on guitar and vocals. The music was unapologetic, hard […]

Album Review: Crystal Castles – Amnesty (I)

Undoubtedly, Alice Glass was integral to Crystal Castles’ foundation and rise. Her visceral, secretly-recorded vocals on glitchy debut single ‘Alice Practice’ saw record deals come pouring in, and she made a mesmerising front woman, as unrestrained live as she was difficult and impenetrable in interview. But when she announced her departure in October 2014 and […]

ALBUM REVIEW: ARC IRIS – MOON SALOON

Rhode Island’s Arc Iris released their self-titled debut album way back in 2014 and have been on the rise ever since. Building a fan base through supporting artists such as St. Vincent on tour and working with producer David Wrench (who has worked with big names such as FKA Twigs and Jamie xx) isn’t doing […]

ALBUM REVIEW: EXPLODED VIEW – EXPLODED VIEW

Halfway through listening to debut single ‘No More Parties In The Attic’ a few months back, it was apparent Exploded View were about to become my new favourite band. UK-born Anika’s deep and languid vocal style is mesmerising, over infectious, groovy baselines and trance-inducing beats. Their sound conjures images of the ‘All Tomorrow’s Parties’ late 60’s New York art/music […]