Body Hound – No Moon

Body Hound No Moon Almost an hour in length, Body Hound’s debut album certainly has a lot to say as each of its 12 tracks twist and convulse, weaving together elements of jazz, electronic, post-rock and math. Armed with this larger canvas the band are deep in their own brand of prog, yet self-indulgence never inhibits the songwriting. There’s respite from the sonic onslaught too … Continue reading Body Hound – No Moon

Two Door Cinema Club – False Alarm

Though its first single, the Sparks-meets-Landscape Satellite, was sent into orbit to promote its release, False Alarm deserves a better fate. For starters, bigger budgets mean TDCC have almost erased their early indie sound in favour of a grander style, with guitars merely decorative instead of intrinsic on the Panglossian opener Once, while Nice To See You’s rigid bass and shimmering keyboards provide an unexpected … Continue reading Two Door Cinema Club – False Alarm

Jane Weaver – Loops In The Secret Society

A 22-track album of re-imagined material from Weaver’s last two albums combined with added ambient material may sound like a for-fans-only bonus offering with little added value, but Jane Weaver’s latest is actually anything but. This collection of tracks – which largely take on a more subdued, dreamy, cinematic and woozy quality – don’t feel like lazy after-thought tinkerings, but instead offer a deeper insight … Continue reading Jane Weaver – Loops In The Secret Society

Lust For Youth – Lust For Youth

Now a duo of Hannes Norrvide & Malthe Fischer, Copenhagen’s Lust For Youth prove they’re still adept proponents of teenage angst repackaged for the 80s generation and their progeny. Eurobeat enthusiasts, they occupy a gloomy midpoint between early Depeche Mode and New Order, most notably on Great Concerns, where chiming keyboards and a Hooky bass line are cast in a monochrome glare, and the similarly … Continue reading Lust For Youth – Lust For Youth

Yeasayer – Erotic Reruns

Genre-hopping Brooklyn outfit Yeasayer seem to have finally settled into a more coherent groove on their latest release, Erotic Reruns. That being a Hot Chip/Field Music-esque blend of synth-pop that favours nods to 1980s guilty pleasures, and where the production is as much of a presence as any band member. Unlike said UK outfits, Yeasayer haven’t quite connected with the pop hooks here. There’s glowing … Continue reading Yeasayer – Erotic Reruns

Big Thief – U.F.O.F

A record about embracing the unknown, recorded in rural isolation, U.F.O.F sees New York’s Big Thief enhance their standing as new carriers of the folk torch. Following 2017’s outstanding and often tumultuous Capacity, bucolic restraint reigns, and there’s no equivalent of that album’s stand-out single Shark Smile. Adrianne Lenker’s whisper is as fragile as a bee’s wing, her transportive writing exulting the wonder of nature. … Continue reading Big Thief – U.F.O.F

Circle Sixty – Sawn Off Shot Gold

Initially in grebo rockers Senseless Things, Morgan Nicholls and Cass Browne have since become touring members of The Streets and Gorillaz respectively. Joined by Penguin Café guitarist Des Murphy and mysterious singer Motorcycle Ade, these veteran sessioners now cut loose in their own band. Released solely on vinyl in indie stores, SawnOff Shot Gold sometimes goes OTT in its gonzo atmosphere. The overlong soloing and … Continue reading Circle Sixty – Sawn Off Shot Gold

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry – Rainford

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry has been one of – if not the – most prolific reggae artists of all time, having been involved in the production of over 70 studio albums. His latest, Rainford, coincides with his current world tour (remarkable for a man 83 years of age). With long-term collaborator Adrian Sherwood handling the recordings, spread across studios in Jamaica, London and Brazil, this is … Continue reading Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry – Rainford

Titus Andronicus – An Obelisk

Produced by Hüsker Dü and Sugar man Bob Mould, and recorded at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio, Titus Andronicus’ latest album has the foundations all laid out to be a powerful beast of a rock record. The 10 tracks breeze past in less than 40 minutes and their bar room blues meets post-hardcore stomp is largely an exhilarating one. It’s a melodic and softer record than … Continue reading Titus Andronicus – An Obelisk

Calexico/Iron & Wine – Years To Burn

Almost 15 years since these two bands released the In The Reins EP, Calexico and Iron & Wine return to fuse their creative forces. The flamboyant musicianship and genre-switching style of Calexico is largely in the background, although Joey Burns’ flair for spontaneous innovation is to the fore. At times, it feels as if the band are playing backing to Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam, … Continue reading Calexico/Iron & Wine – Years To Burn