ALBUM REVIEW: THE DANDY WARHOLS – DISTORTLAND

‘Distortland’ seems an apt title for an album of these (strange) days. The latest album by The Dandy Warhols will be available on CD, (poly)vinyl, digital and, guess what, on cassette too –regret getting rid of your ‘walk-man’ already? Apparently, The Dandy Warhol’s frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor first recorded this new album on an 80’s cassette […]

ALBUM: MATT CORBY – TELLURIC

I first became aware of Matt Corby when a friend send me his cover of the Black Keys’ ‘Lonely Boy’ on an Australian radio station. I was blown away by his musicality, as well as his vocal control and range. I began listening to more and more of his EPs and loved his soulful sound […]

ALBUM: LAURA GIBSON – EMPIRE BUILDER

Laura Gibson’s ”Empire Builder” serves as a memento of an individual in transformation. Showcasing themes around loss, loneliness and womanhood, this singer-songwriter’s second album relays the story of Gibson’s rebuilding of her own life after an explosion which destroyed her home and work. Blending traditional genres such as folk and country with indie influences creates […]

ALBUM: TELEMAN – BRILLIANT SANITY

I remember watching Franz Ferdinand on the Jonathan Ross Show about seven years ago. I quite liked them, but I remember my Sister saying “Hum….they’re quite neat aren’t they?” not exactly a massive insult but still, a band being ‘neat’ seems somehow, a little, boring? Why am I saying this? Well, in some respects neat […]

ALBUM: LUST FOR YOUTH ‘COMPASSION’

If you’re looking for something new and exciting in the electronic music world, this album won’t set off any underlying alarms of uniqueness. However, if you’re fans of New Order, Depeche Mode and other influential acts of the 80s, then this may just tickle your pickle. Hailing from Copenhagen, Denmark, Lust for Youth provide an […]

ALBUM REVIEW: DOG CHOCOLATE – SNACK FANS

Snack Fans could not be a more apt name for the debut album by Dog Chocolate, a chaotic four-piece hailing from London. Due on the 18th March, the crazily surreal album contains fourteen tracks altogether, most of which not going over two minutes long, with a run-time of an easily digestible 25 minutes. The band […]

ALBUM REVIEW: NADA SURF – YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE

If trends are thunderbolts, burning out in a flash in a desperate bid to be noticed, Nada Surf is a cloud drifting to its destination, confident of its place and immune from the fluctuating scenes around it. The general consensus among music critics is that playing on proven strengths and retaining your existing fanbase signifies […]

Album Review: Levelz – LVL 11

Representing themselves as a collective supergroup consisting of Chunky, Jonny Dub, Black Josh, Truthos Mufasa, Sparkz, Fox, T-Man, Chimpo and Skittles, LEVELZ started working together a little over two years ago. The Manchester squad has done some crazy things, such as touring London in a stretch Hummer while delivering melons and mixtapes around the city, a […]

ALBUM REVIEW: PLASTIC ANIMALS – PICTURES FROM THE BLACKOUT

Plastic Animals have been slaving over Pictures From The Blackout, their debut album, for two years now. It all starts very promisingly, ‘Ghosts’ is ‘Knives Out’-style Radiohead, all urgency and fuzzy chords and heading off down a woozy rabbit hole halfway through before blossoming into a noisy crescendo. It’s followed by a whisper of feedback […]

ALBUM REVIEW: BLOC PARTY – HYMNS

Remember last year when Bloc Party lost some of its original members, Gordon Moakes and Matt Tong? Well, according to lead singer Kele Okereke you can blame that on ‘someone doing cocaine and someone not being into it’.  But it doesn’t seem as though the 4- piece band are losing out with the new, yet […]