Interview: Plants and Animals on battling ego and charming the UK
“I wish it had happened a little quicker and earlier, but you know…” Matthew Woodley breaks into laughter. We’ve been discussing his band, Pla...more
Semper Femina finds Laura Marling at her sensual best
On “How Can I”, from Laura Marling’s 2015 paean to life as a Los Angeles transplant Short Movie, the singer-songwriter issued a battle cry of so...more
The Magnetic Fields unite comedy and tragedy on 50 Song Memoir
For any other artist, an album comprising 50 explicitly autobiographical songs for each year of their life would be seen as the height of narcissism, ...more
The Dears, Plants and Animals @ The Fleece, Bristol, 25/02/17
If you don't follow my album reviews with the same religious zeal that Paul Nuttall followed Liverpool's 1989 FA Cup run, you may not be aware that I...more
Infinite Worlds is a brave step out for Vagabon
Lætitia Tamko is painfully aware of the chasm that can stretch between forefinger and thumb. Adolescence is the perfect metaphor for Infinite Worlds...more
Heba is a debut for the ages from Lowly
“Cait #2” arrives less than halfway through Heba, the debut album from Danish quintet Lowly. At two minutes and thirty seconds, it operates as an...more
The Dears mark incendiary return with Times Infinity Volume One
The Dears always felt like the weird cousin of the '00s Canadian indie scene, trying to cover the darker elements of every other Montreal band, then p...more
Trials & Truths provides more of the former for Horse Thief
At the turn of the last decade, you couldn’t swing a cat in a Pitchfork feature without grazing a few plaintive indie-rock faces: Grizzly Bear, Arca...more
Delisted in the Auditorium: Why Live Music Still Matters in 2017
I don’t know about you, but thumbing through the sermon of click bait evangelists, I feel like it’s harder than ever to establish what new music i...more
Japandroids lose their way on Near to the Wild Heart of Life
The best thing about Canadian duo Japandroids is that you know what you've signed up for: songs about late nights and early disappointments, whisky ...more