Live at Academy 2, Manchester

The Polyphonic Spree require no introduction, nor do they deserve one – what’s meant by this is that those who know their music or have seen them live know what they are in for; Those who have never heard or seen the band refuse them, in most instances, at the description of a jolly cult of travelling nutters, numbering somewhere between fifteen and fifty, who all wear dresses and sing brainwashing songs about trees and Jesus. This stance was in fact typified tonight night when speaking with one of the door staff who confessed the gig was ”not my thing at all.
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05 Aug 13
The Polyphonic Spree return with Yes It's True, their 4th album proper (this album has the 'sections'), and first since 2007's 'The Fragile Army'.   At their best The Polyphonic Spree has gifted us music that makes your heart burst from your chest. It can be that powerful.

Live at The Sage, Gateshead

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I wasn’t exactly sure of what to expect of Bonobo – playing Hall One of the Sage Gateshead for the first time – on Friday 24th May. Certainly I knew the music of Simon Green, but, in fear of showing my age, the last time I really listened to Bonobo with intent was in my late 20’s and that album was ‘Dial M for Monkey’. Undoubtedly there was a quality to that album which shone above contemporaries also creating textured electronica. It was clear that through the Bonobo moniker Green was delivering a more sophisticated take on this than, say, Lemon Jelly, but there was also occasionally a danger
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29 Apr 13
OK, i’m going to make this short (and then Long): If you already love Akron Family (and there are a few of you) – BUY THIS ALBUM, IT’s BRILLIANT. If you don’t know what Akron Family is (and there are many of you) – BUY THIS ALBUM TODAY, THEN BUY THEIR 5 PREVIOUS ALBUMS TOMORROW.  NEXT WEEK, HUNT DOWN AND BUY THEIR 9 ALBUMS OF COLLABORATIONS AND LIMITED RELEASES. SUB VERSES, Akron Family’s 6th Studio album arrives with no sign of the mystery-box hoo-ha* that preceded 2011’s ‘...SHINJU TNT’.
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28 May 12
Listening to the new Kathryn Williams album is akin to one night meeting up with a pal you’ve known for donkeys years, who’s been a solid member of your group, always dependable and completely loved but is the quiet one; unassuming and never bringing trouble to the table but always there to help you through mess and strife because they are kind, earnest, and actually quite wise – and you know it.
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19 Mar 12
It’s a fair assessment to say that there are no new sounds these days.  It is a broad assessment but perhaps there’s something in it, after all, most new music has its roots in something that came before it, and maybe the best we can hope for is a fresh take; a voice or instrument or quite simply a passion that renders a familiar sound and pushes it into unfamiliar territory.
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05 Mar 12
Album number 10 from The Magnetic Fields sees a welcome return to the vaguely electro sounds mostly missing from their more recent releases and as a pastiche of 80’s and 90’s lo-fi pop it could be argued that the album is successful. So it is unfortunate then that after the confident first track "God Wants Us To Wait" the rest of the album becomes a series of half baked sketches and that’s the real shame because whilst the melodies are present, lyrically and conceptually the album falls short.