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02 Oct 15
The gist Audio Antihero take us back to the beginning with a nice re-issue of Frog's debut EP The music Frog's debut album Kind of Blah came out earlier this year to some low frequency internet buzz and a load of sparkling reviews. It's a fantastic album, and one which happily seems to be a bona-fide grower. If you haven't got that album, for whatever reason though, you could do a lot worse than getting this one first.
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25 May 15
The gist Second album from this under-loved Queens duo The music This is the second album from Frog, who made a critically acclaimed debut that nobody listened to. That self titled effort was described by Gold Flake Paint as "the best American guitar record of the year", yet the band have had little success on home turf. The second album by this New York duo, Kind of Blah, could be described as an electrified country album and should be another nudge in the arm of the general indie population. A nudge to say that this is a band that really needs to be heard.
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16 Feb 15
The gist Final album from the under-appreciated British duo The music Low Low Low La La La Love Love Love. It's a band name that's just destined for stadium glory, it's a band name that sounds like an Akron/Family song, and who better to sign an act with such commercial viability than Audi Antihero, self professed "specialists in commercial suicide". It should also be noted that Low Low Low La La La Love Love Love have split up, before their latest album has even been released. And what a devastating blow that is to anyone new to the band (like me) because there is so much potential here.
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06 Oct 14
The gist Benjamin Shaw and friends tackle the same song in very different ways The music What do you do when you haven't got enough b-sides to release a single? Get your mates to supply them obviously. This is the plan hatched by Benjamin Shaw and the Audio Antihero label for an EP dedicated to one of the "lighter" tracks on Shaw's downbeat, but ultimately rewarding Goodbye, Cagoule World. "You & Me" has been reworked by Jack Hayter (ex-Hefner), Cloud and Broken Shoulder and the surprising thing is that Shaw's own version is the most upbeat of them all.
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21 Apr 14
Benjamin Shaw seems like a broken man, with a voice that sounds on the brink of tears throughout these 7 mopey tracks. This is good news for those of us who enjoy capitalising on other people's misery, but when you scrape the surface there's plenty here to uplift everyone but the fella singing the songs. Its being release by Audio Antihero who have definite form, they released Shaw's well received debut (There’s Always Hope, There’s Always Cabernet) along with Crackle's favourite album of 2013, so its no real surprise that this is another wonderfully weird record.
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14 Oct 13
In the quick-fire opening of "Lately I've Found Myself Regressing" Ben Parker is found googling himself "just to prove that I exist...there might be something written somewhere saying I'm an adequate lyricist or something better". And so we're introduced to the deadpan, self-depreciating world of The Superman Revenge Squad Band. Lush string arrangements which seem to be meticulously arranged sit almost uneasily alongside the blasé drums and guitar to produce a sound which screams out to be listened to. On "Flavor Flav", lost love is compared to post-93 REM and a Flava Flavless Public Enemy.
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05 Aug 13
Cloud is a project from Tyler Taormina and a dizzying array of friends from New York’s Practise Room Records collective. They've come together to make one of the most genuinely surprising records of the summer with this, their debut album Comfort Songs. And there is a great deal of comfort to be had here. It's an eclectic and joyous achievement with tribal chanting, piano, trumpet, trombone, guitars, violin and a dense production which channels predecessors like Akron/Family, The Polyphonic Spree and Neutral Milk Hotel without ever sounding like a rip-off.