Album Reviews

Marlon Williams creates haunting country songs on debut release
One can imagine that it might be difficult for musicians to be heard on European shores when their voices are calling out from the southern-most corne...more
Field Music return with pop album Commontime
Peter and David Brewis have never seemed particularly concerned about making a breakthrough, but if any album from their 6-strong catalogue is going ...more
Mass Gothic go big and ethereal on self-titled debut
“It didn’t matter where any of the sounds came from. I just cared that it sounded big and heavy.” This is Noel Heroux’s appraisal of his yea...more
Flowers peddle indie pop for Everybody’s Dying to Meet You
Sometimes putting one of your best songs as the opening track on an album can create an early peak. Soon after, you can find yourself listening to an ...more
Basia Bulat offers Good Advice with country ballads
However many shades of scarlet you care to mark between them, there are essentially two kinds of break-up song. If you've ever heard Elvis Costello &a...more
Lissie goes rogue for My Wild West
Some works of art take a little time to appreciate, of course. Your friend protests an early defeat: it's a slow burner. It heats up halfway through t...more
Flats & Sharps are pitch-perfected on King of My Mind
Five-piece Flats & Sharps deliver a one band folk festival on King of My Mind, from high energy main stage songs to gentler acoustic tent numbers....more
Radiation City balance experimentation and songcraft on Synesthetica
Radiation City are a band steeped in nostalgic influences. Previous albums The Hand That Takes You and Animals In The Median generously cherry picked...more
Lion Babe provide remedy for post-Christmas blues with Begin
At this point in the year, it may feel like you’re dragging around post-Christmas blues in the form of an obelisk with the word January embedded t...more
Francis finally complete their Marathon
Petra Mases, Petter Nygårdh and Jerker Krumlinde return as the spine of Francis on their first release for four years. They have been the lead singe...more