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Most Recent Reviews

Violet Woods: Violet Woods - CD
Subtle 60’s-influenced harmonic pop/psychedelia on enjoyable debut album from Cambridge-based band, Violet Woods
Dodson and Fogg: In a Strange Slumber - CD
Exceptional 60’s-influenced psychedelia, prog rock and folk on sxith album, the project of prolific Leeds-based musician Chris Wade, which includes a guest appearance from ‘The Young Ones’ actor Nigel Planer
Lutine: White Flowers - CD
Fragile but hauntingly beautiful and magical debut album from Lutine, the project of Brighton-based duo Emma Morton and Heather Minor
Minus The Bear: Lost Loves - CD
Impressive latest album bestselling Seattle-based rockers Minus The Bear, which, while a collection of B-sides and rarities, surprisingly sounds like a full and complete album
This Will Destroy You: Another Language - CD
Mournful but haunting post-rock on third album from Texan instrumental rock group, This Will Destroy You
Lost Brothers: New Songs of Dawn and Dust - CD
Innovative fourth album from Irish Americana/folk duo the Lost Brothers, which was produced by ex-Coral guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones
Groovy Uncle: Persuaded - CD
Irresistible 60’s spy film-influenced fourth album from Medway-based garage rock outfit, Groovy Uncle
Marketa Irglova: Muna - CD
Evocative and highly spiritual second solo album from Czech-based singer-songwriter and ‘Once’ actress Marketa Irglova, which was recorded in Iceland
Die! Die! Die!: SWIM - CD
First-rate fifth album from fiery Dunedin post-punk trio Die! Die! Die!, which, while they have lost on it none of their earlier discordance, has a more polished edge
Marianne Faithfull: Give My Love to London - CD
Emotional new album from Marianne Faithfull, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of her recording career
Inspiral Carpets: Inspiral Carpets - CD
Exuberant comeback album from the Inspiral Carpets, which finds the group reunited with their original vocalist Stephen Holt
Dub Colossus: Addis to Omega - CD
Evocative and inspirational but over-long fourth album from London-formed dub/reggae collective, Dub Colossus
Justin Townes Earle: Single Mothers - CD
Understated and lo-fi but evocative fifth album from Steve Earle’s son, Justin Townes Earle
Girls Guns and Glory: Good Luck - CD
Accessible and socially conscious country rock on fifth album from Bostonian-based band, Girls, Guns and Glory
Carnivores: Let's Get Metaphysical - CD
Spiky yet melodic debut album from gripping Scottish alternative rock trio, Carnivores
Transmaniacon: The Darkening Plain - CD
Confusing but potentially brilliant new album from stoner rock/prog outfit, Transmaniacon
James King and the Lonewolves: Lost Songs of the Confederacy - CD
Fabulous long-awaited debut album from Glasgow-based 1980's post-punks James King and the Lonewolves, who after breaking up acrimoniously thirty years ago have extraordinarily got back together to finish off this record
Silver Servants: Silver Servants - CD
Formulaic and cliched indie folk rock from London-based studio project and Second Language label super group, Silver Servants
Luke Tuchscherer: You Get So Alone At Times That It Just Makes Sense - CD
Dark but diverse Charles Bukowksi-inspired debut solo album from Whybirds’ drummer –turned-vocalist and guitarist, Luke Tuchscherer
Robben Ford: Live at Rockpalast - CD X2
Accomplished blues/jazz rock on double CD/DVD from much acclaimed guitarist Robben Ford, which was recorded for the German TV series ‘Live at Rockpalast’ at two gigs in in 1998 and 2007
Theatre Royal: We Don't Know Where We Are - CD
Superb third album from versatile and underrated Medway-based 60’s garage rock-influenced band, Theatre Royal
Charlie Wood: New Souvenirs - CD
Triumphant and stylish latest album from Memphis-born but British-based keyboardist, Charlie Wood
Lucky Elephant: The Rainy Kingdom - CD
Over-melodramatic and shamelessly derivative second album from French/English folk pop oufit, Lucky Elephant
Grimm Grimm: Kazega Fuitara Sayonara - 7"
Irritating and childlike new vinyl single from Grimm Grimm, the project of former Screaming Tea Party member Koichi Yamanoha, redeemed by its first-rate B-side
Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats: Runaway Girls - 7"
Strong but uninspired new vinyl only single from Cambridgeshire-based doom/stoner rock outfit, Uncle Acid and the deadbeats
Bluebells: Exile on Twee Street - CD
Fantastic collection of early, largely unreleased demos from Scottish indie guitar pop band the Bluebells, which were originally due to be released on Postcard Records
August List: O Hinterland - CD
Exceptional Americana on second album from Oxfordshire-based husband-and-wife duo, the August List
Kasai Allstars: Beware the Fetish - CD
Enthralling second album from Congo-based collective the Kasai Allstars, who have assembled their instruments out of garbage from the rubbish dump
Amber Herd: Our Only Eden - CD
Magical and epic debut album from rising Nottingham/Chesterfield-based alt.rock group, the Amber Herd
GypsyFingers: Circus Life - CD
Irresistible, hard-to-define debut album from GypsyFingers, the project of singer-songwriter Victoria Coghlan and producer and engineer Luke Oldfield
Allo Darlin': We Come From the Same Place - CD
Exuberant and infectious third album from much acclaimed indie pop band, Allo Darlin'
Half Japanese: Overjoyed - CD
Upbeat first album in thirteen years from influential American indie act, Half Japanese


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