Category : Album review

Rival Consoles Challenges the Conventions of Electronica with New Album ‘Persona’

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Battling against criticism of electronic music as a soulless and mechanic non-craft, Ryan Lee West returns under the alias of Rival Consoles with his latest release, Persona, to further demonstrate the delicate human touch that is ubiquitous within the genre. Having been inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s film of the same name, West … Read More

DMA’s release gritty sophomore album Hills End

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The new release from the DMA’s will not leave fans disappointed who enjoyed debut album Hills End. Lead singles ‘Dawning’ and ‘In The Air’ can stand proudly alongside anything on Hills End, with the former arguably being the bands finest single to date. Second albums are notoriously difficult to crack, … Read More

Tom Misch becomes a puppeteer of emotions on new album, Geography

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Geography shimmers with a sincerity and sentimentality that is rare to find elsewhere. Opening track ‘Before Paris’ encapsulates Misch’s ability to become a puppeteer of your emotions. Sensitively gliding over a spoken-word monologue, Misch diffuses any tension in your soul with delicate fretwork. Then the beat steps in, and suddenly … Read More

George Ezra delivers the perfect sophomore album with Staying At Tamara’s

8 months ago / 0 comments

After the wild success of his debut album Wanted on Voyage, George Ezra only had himself to live up to with his second and much-anticipated release Staying at Tamara’s. After ‘Don’t Matter Now’ was lapped up by the anxious fans, Ezra continued to tease us by releasing four single tracks … Read More

GoGo Penguin hit shoot for the moon with new album A Humdrum Star

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With each new release, the music of GoGo Penguin seems to climb to new heights in both scope and execution. Following their recent UK tour in which the Manchester-based trio played their own take on Philip Glass’s score of the cult classic time-lapse film, Koyaanisqatsi, A Humdrum Star is just … Read More

Khruangbin evolve with kaleidoscopic new album Con Todo El Mundo

9 months ago / 0 comments

A friend of mine once mistakenly described Khruangbin’s sound as “nothing short of glorified elevator music”. Since then, two things have happened: the three-piece from Texas have released their second album, Con Todo El Mundo, and me and my (ex)friend are no longer speaking. Khruangbin create so much room with … Read More

Frank Ocean Serenades Us with Valentines Cover of ‘Moon River’

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If you’re looking to shed a tear and wallow in the post-misery of Valentine’s Day, then Frank Ocean has the perfect gift for you. Dropping a cover of the iconic ‘Moon River’ on his Blonded YouTube last week, the first new release since last summer, Ocean transports you to a … Read More

Franz Ferdinand Try and Recapture The Magic With “Always Ascending”

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In its good moments, Always Ascending is funky, well-polished, and engaging. However, on their fifth effort, Franz Ferdinand cannot escape sounding like a hollowed-out version of the band they used to be. The title track starts the album well – slick, hypnotic and unquestionably groovy. However, as soon as it … Read More

Nils Frahm Returns from “Unendurable Hiatus” with New Album ‘All Melody’

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Nils Frahm has finally returned from his unendurable hiatus with a new album, All Melody. Having rescinded from the stage in favour of an extended and, no doubt intense, period inside his laboratory, one can imagine him pulling his hair out over the musings which have unfurled in his latest … Read More

Wild Beasts Wave Goodbye with ‘Last Night All My Dreams Came True’

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Wild Beasts are coming to an end, and I’m going to miss them terribly. Announcing their split in September last year, they’ve most kindly given us some parting treats: a final album and a bunch of live shows this February. Last Night All My Dreams Came True, recorded over two … Read More