Album Reviews

Tori Amos returns with comfortably solid Native Invader
There is no questioning Tori Amos' exceptional talent as a songwriter and musician. Her latest record, Native Invader provides yet more beguiling evi...more
Alvvays’ second album Antisocialites is an absolute success
Following a successful debut is always a tricky proposition. From The Stone Roses to more recent examples in Bloc Party and The xx, there’s a whol...more
Anna of the North gets dreamy for debut Lovers
It’s raining, the kids are back at school, and summer is officially over. September then is the perfect time to release an album full of youthful ex...more
Thumpers hunger for peace of mind on Whipped & Glazed
For some reason, the new Thumpers album centres around food. We say 'for some reason' because it's hard to focus on lyrical themes when the music is...more
Zola Jesus returns to an abandoned memory on Okovi
The latest album release from Zola Jesus swells and sways in the apocalyptic glow of catharsis. The album, Okovi, moves with seamless instrumentatio...more
Gordi reveals hidden depths on Reservoir
If you grow up in the sparse landscape of rural Australia, in a village inhabited by no more than 3000 people, you have to come to terms with space. F...more
Is Siv Jakobsen leading the folk revival?
Nearly a decade ago, the musical world began to submerge into a state of flux. The UK had witnessed the rise and fall of what seemed like hundreds of ...more
Everything Everything are lost in A Fever Dream
In the seven years since Everything Everything hatched their jabbering debut Man Alive, a record that seemed destined to be filed alongside Fenech So...more
Power trio Girl Ray make their promising debut with Earl Grey
Taking their cue from Cate Le Bon and Veronica Falls, London power trio Girl Ray make guitar music that might fall under the indie umbrella. In thei...more
Juanita Stein pinches stardust on America
Australian-born singer songwriter Juanita Stein toes the line between dreamland and reality, describing her debut solo album as such: “The record ...more