Album Reviews

Ibibio Sound Machine return triumphant with Doko Mien
The last time we had the not-inconsiderable pleasure of covering Ibibio Sound Machine, we discussed the merits of the London-based 8-piece's approac...more
Brave words, Gratitude and lots of reflection from Benjamin Francis Leftwich
To quote Benjamin Francis Leftwich: “As writers, sometimes our currency is pain.” That tells you two things about the London based singer songwrit...more
The Coathangers get serious with The Devil You Know
“And I ain’t got time for niceties,” sang Vic Chesnutt some years ago. The Coathangers, also hailing from Georgia, channel the same attitude on ...more
Frankie and the Witch Fingers say ZAM to confines
Have you ever wondered what goes on in the minds of the criminally insane, as they're force feed pills in straitjackets before being lead back to a pa...more
The Japanese House shines in emotional, dreamy album Good At Falling
You know the feeling you get when you wake up from a dream that's so vivid and lush - perhaps about someone you love or once loved - that it goes on t...more
Experience neon candyfloss with Emilie Kahn’s Outro
If Montreal-based artist Emilie Kahn were a landscape she'd be floating above us; a candyfloss cloud with a silver border. Occasionally plummeted into...more
James Yorkston is on The Route to The Harmonium
Folk troubadour James Yorkston’s career got off to a flying start when he supported the late John Martyn on all 27 of his UK and Irish dates, having...more
Bayonne resorts to not-so Drastic Measures
Bayonne’s Drastic Measures is a frustrating beast. It's shot through with moments of quality and accomplishment, promising much but ultimately faili...more
Lily & Madeleine captivate on Canterbury Girls
With each album, Lily & Madeleine find new ways to enchant us. On Canterbury Girls the sisters get more personal, as their fourth album in 6 years...more
Balms submerges into an airy nightmare on Mirror
The debut album from California outfit Balms moves like the steady rise and fall of a turbulent ocean. Mirror is an internal excavation of the darkest...more