Album Review: Mercury Rev – The Light In You

Pressing play on a Mercury Rev album is like the aural equivalent of opening a volume of fairy tales. You know you’ll be in for an intense and evolving series of narratives infused with melancholy and introspection best enjoyed in its entirety as an immersive experience. For a band with a track record of creating albums with this level of intricacy, it’s hardly surprising that Mercury Rev’s last full-length release was 2008’s Snowflake Midnight.... Read More


Hot on the heels of their wildly successful second LP Wild Nights, PINS have shared their video for ‘Dazed By You’.“We made this video when we were on tour in America, driving across strange landscapes and visiting unusual places,” the band explains. “The filming was done when we drove 2,500miles, from Seattle to Michigan in a week. We stopped off at a natural hot spring on (PINS’ new keys and guitar player) Kyoko’s... Read More


With his much-anticipated third album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure due for release 2nd October on Bella Union, JOHN GRANT today unveils the LP’s first single ‘Disappointing’, which features Tracey Thorn on guest vocals.Upcoming UK and European live dates Thursday 5 November – REYKJAVIK – Eldborg Harpa Friday 6 November – REYKJAVIK – Eldborg Harpa Monday 9 November – DUBLIN – Vicar Street Tuesday 10 November – DUBLIN –... Read More

Album Review: Beach House – Depression Cherry

Is Beach House sticking two fingers up to the tyranny of change on their fifth album, Depression Cherry? Perceived wisdom maintains that constant musical transition bears the seal of authenticity. Arguably, titan, critically adored bands look like snakes constantly shedding their skins. The Beatles took a glorious trip from exuberant rock ‘n’ roll to the epitome of psychedelia, The Clash went everywhere else, a veritable world tour of influences,... Read More

Album Review: Ezra Furman – Perpetual Motion People

Ezra Furman’s rise to prominence stems from some hyperbolic words from Michael Hann. His five star review of Day of the Dog, where he proclaimed the record a “genre classic…that never feels like an exercise, but a living breathing piece of self-expression”, gave the band the success they enjoy in the UK. And those words aren’t unfounded, nor are they better written than Ezra Furman’s lyrics. Ezra Furman and The Boyfriends... Read More


John Grant – Grey Tickles, Black Pressure The album ‘Grey Tickles, Black Pressure‘ was recorded in Dallas with producer John Congleton (St Vincent, Franz Ferdinand, Swans) Grant had this to say about his new release: “I do think the album’s great, and I’m really proud of it,” he says. “I wanted to get moodier and angrier on this record, but I probably had a lot more fun making it.” He cites “amazing” session keyboardist... Read More

Album Review: Pins – Wild Nights

PINS ‘Wild Nights’ It doesn’t feel like three years since Pins first arrived with their killer EP LUVU4LYF. This is mainly because they don’t seem to have stopped since then, constantly touring and supporting the likes of Sleater Kinney and Warpaint, and endlessly plugging away for their début album Girls Like Us. That album didn’t seem to capture their live essence. Rather than the energy and vibrancy of their gigs,... Read More


Recorded in Joshua Tree at Rancho De La Luna with Dave Catching (QOTSA, Eagles of Death Metal) and Hayden Scott, and mixed in New York with Ben Baptie at Atomic Sound NYC (Mark Ronson), Wild Nights will be released through Bella Union on 8th June with a U.S tour confirmed for June. WILD NIGHTS TRACKLISTING Baby Bhangs Young Girls Curse These Dreams Oh Lord Dazed By You Got It Bad Too Little Too Late House of Love If Only Molly Everyone Says Watch... Read More

LIVE: EZRA FURMAN – 20/05/2015

Ezra Furman – THE CASTLE HOTEL, MANCHESTER – “I love music, like I never ever get sick of it and even when I feel like I am going to, something out there just surprises me. It’s like life in a way.” These are the words Ezra says tonight, as he draws his set to a close. It is an apt point he makes as tonight’s performance in a pub is definitely one of those surprises. The night before he had played to millions on Later with Jools... Read More


Bernard and Edith The last time I spoke with Bernard and Edith (here), they had just released their bewitching single ‘Poppy’. There was no hope of a record deal with Bella Union and the thought of recording an album was a distant one, a dream drifting over their every thought. A year on and this is all a reality, it is quite surreal to think that their album ‘Jem’ is out in just over two weeks and that this summer they will be playing the... Read More

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