Album Reviews

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
The invincible hush of Julie Byrne’s Not Even Happiness
"It was the first warm afternoon of the year. I walked alongside the Atlantic as the Earth came alive for the sun. There was a palpable sense of emerg...more
Cloud Nothings present the refined joys of Life Without Sound
In a cynical world, full of posturing, manoeuvring and mendaciousness, thank whatever higher power it is to which you subscribe for the innocent joys ...more
Mouse on the Keys’ Out of Body is your new favourite Japanese jazz rock album
Who are Mouse on the Keys? Two pianists, a drummer. They’ve just made an album called Out of Body. And? And it's dreaming out loud. And I’d say ...more
Menace Beach share biting new album, Lemon Memory
Lemon Memory, the second album from Menace Beach – that is Ryan Needham and Liza Violet, supported by a cast of retainers that would up anyone’s '...more
12 Days of Christmas: It’s the Most Wonderfully Acoustic Time of Year
There are few things more Christmas-y than settling down for an intimate performance in a space that lends itself to good acoustics and a communal fee...more
Slowcoaches come out fighting on Nothing Gives
Loud, fast and angry: Slowcoaches are the perfect response to the bleak phase of our lives that is post-Brexit Britain. The London 3-piece couldn’t ...more
Beans On Toast drops A Spanner in the Works
As the title may suggest, Beans On Toast's new album is a bit different to his previous seven releases. A Spanner in the Works was recorded on a lap...more
Elephant Stone deliver poetic emancipation on Ship of Fools
Ship of Fools is the third release from Canadian indie doyennes Elephant Stone, and reveals a band experimenting with floral, marine sounds in an al...more
New Fries leave us wanting less, not More
As we begin the irresistible tilt towards a new century's third chapter, the pursuit of novelty has become a thankless chore. By this point, everythi...more