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16 Sep 16
The gist Fourth album from Mexican duo Lorelle Meets The Obsolete sees them take things down a notch The music Lorelle Meets The Obsolete return with a more dreamy, spaced out collection compared to their last record, 2014's rougher-round-the-edges Chambers. Lorena Quintanilla's vocals are lighter and sweeter than ever before, and the overtly synth driven melodies are often punctured by Alberto González' unobtrusive dashes of wailing, fuzzed out guitar.
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25 Mar 16
The gist Spectres get some famous mates to provide an alternate take on their debut album The music The remix album is traditionally the reserve of hardcore fans / anal completists, but this one is perhaps a rare exception to the rule, in that it makes Spectres excellent yet difficult debut album a little more accessible to the casual listener.
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04 Mar 16
The gist Parisian duo's long awaited follow up to 2012's The Echo Show The music In my review of Yeti Lane's last album The Echo Show, I suspected that "a promising new era may well follow", partly because the record seemed to be a transition piece from their lighter, folky beginnings to something darker and more complex. And whilst The Echo Show is a good, but flawed album, it seemed like a step in a new direction.
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23 Feb 15
The gist Uncompromising debut from Bristol-based four-piece The music Spectres would, on paper, seem to be quite moribund individuals. Their band name conjures up death, their album is called Dying and their music has a gritty, pessimistic edge to it, which can be quite overwhelming when combined with the screaming wall of sound that they produce. Maybe Spectres are the perfect band to soundtrack the rather depressing start we've had to 2015.
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30 Jun 14
The gist American duo of phsych/space rock enthusiasts unleash their debut album on Sonic Cathedral The music The Vacant Lots certainly wear their influences loud and proud, and for their first album they've roped in (along with Sonic Cathedral cohort Dean Wareham) Sonic Boom from Spacemen 3 as producer. He's a man who's well suited to the job as The Vacant Lots are certainly from that same school of pulsing, mesmeric, one note song structures.
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03 Mar 14
There are many fantasy bands that I could conjure up in my head which would well and truly obliterate the majority of their would-be peers. One of these imaginary combos would see Thee Oh Sees fronted by Charlotte Gainsbourg, and luckily my fantasy seems to have become almost-reality without the need for any Weird Science-esque japes. Lorelle Meets The Obsolete have managed to tap into Thee Oh Sees DIY abandon and Charlotte Gainsbourg's cool, atmospheric vocals and synthy persuasions to make an album that's instantly gratifying.
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04 Nov 13
Dean Wareham's debut solo EP opens with "Love Is Colder Than Death", a country tinged and occasionally jaunty (despite the subject matter) number that acts as a statement of intent. Despite the recent penchant for bands cloning Galaxie 500's distinctive shoegazing drawl, their frontman is moving into slightly different territory, even if that territory may seem relatively safe to some. After-all, when you've borderline perfected a genre, why bother treading the same water, even if it is 20 odd years later.
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16 Sep 13
The first thing that strikes you about Dromes, the debut album from Younghusband, is the unusual clarity of Nicolas Vernhes' production. Unusual for a Sonic Cathedral release and unusual for a band who have previously seemed to revel in their lo-fi obscurity. Opener, "Running Water" is crystal clear and reaps the benefits instantly with its subtle acoustic guitar and delicate overdubbed vocals, building momentum gradually only to stop suddenly and pave way for "Comets Crossed", one of the album's finest and most radio friendly tracks.
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24 Sep 12
Four years after his last solo album and with Mojave 3 on hiatus, Neil Halstead does not appear to be a man in a rush. A listen to Palindrome Hunches would suggest that he has been spending his time wisely. His first two albums, Sleeping on Roads and This Mighty Engine surprised some, with Halstead moving away from the Americana that drove Mojave 3’s sound towards acoustic folk with a more distinctively English feel. Whilst this, his third album, is by no means a radical departure from the previous two, it represents a considerable step up in quality.
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11 Jun 12
When I received Dead Mellotron’s Glitter in the post I glanced at its track list of seven and was rubbing my hands with anticipation. I love a long-song and i always have and seven tracks says to me that the album will include at least one very long song. I honestly believe, that despite being on the pompous and over-produced Use Your Illusion I, "Coma" (10:16) and "November Rain" (8:57) are the best songs that Guns ‘n’ Fuckin’ Roses ever wrote. I also believe that "The Wickerman" (8:21) and "David’s Last Summer" (7:01) are two of the finest songs that Pulp ever mustered up.