Album Reviews

BRONCHO chug along nicely on Bad Behavior
You've got to respect bands that stylise their name in all-caps. Does that mean we need to shout it out loud? Way to subvert the system, guys! Maybe t...more
Third time lucky for Arc Iris on Icon of Ego
Icon of Egos is Arc Iris’ third attempt at an album. It represents something of a sea change for the group, dispensing the bouncy maximalist-folk o...more
Amber Arcades dares to sing about European Heartbreak
Ah, Annelotte De Graaf, what a wonderful thing to have called your album European Heartbreak. “If it were called American Heartbreak, you wouldn’t...more
Metric return with Art of Doubt
The 7th studio album from Toronto alt-rock powerhouse Metric is a burst of colour from the band's fuzz driven guitar roots. With occasional and well-...more
Villagers release the stunning Art Of Pretending To Swim
Villagers have come a long way since performing “Becoming A Jackal” on Later… with Jools Holland in 2010. A steady stream of albums has seen the...more
Menace Beach create a new splash of colour on Black Rainbow Sound
The new album from Menace Beach is a sonically explosive and explorative adventure into sight and sound. Black Rainbow Sound is the third album fr...more
What happens when Darwin Deez are left alone
New York is the metropolis home of many great indie bands, but none quite as electronically quirky as Darwin Deez. Weekly open-mic nights at the Sidew...more
Spring King electrify on A Better Life
The new album from Manchester four-piece Spring King is captured lightning in a bottle, shaken up and unleashed as radiating heat. As the group's fir...more
Interpol circle darker undertones on Marauder
Post-punk revival kingpins Interpol are back with a new album - the first in four years. Having been on the scene in the early 00s when the likes of...more
BC Camplight’s music overcomes biography on Deportation Blues
Brian Christinzio’s backstory has often threatened to overshadow the music of his alter alias BC Camplight, to the extent it’s almost easier to fi...more