Album Reviews

A different kind of loss with Crane Like the Bird
The project of Kyle Crane, Crane Like the Bird’s debut solo album is a bid to enter the prestigious pantheon of musicians who have come out of the s...more
Beans on Toast upholds tradition with A Bird in the Hand
If you don’t know the drill yet: every year on his birthday, Mr Beans on Toast of Essex puts out a new album. You can’t doubt his commitment to it...more
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 splash 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