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Land Observations - 'The Grand Tour'

Land Observations - 'The Grand Tour'

In the 18th and 19th centuries, well-to-do young men would often embark on the Grand Tour, an educational, leisurely journey through Europe’s centres of art and culture. On ‘The Grand Tour’, Land Observations’ James Brooks – formerly of...

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6/10

The Muffs - 'Whoop Dee Doo'

The Muffs - 'Whoop Dee Doo'

Excepting the members of LA garage-punk trio The Muffs, whose last album was released in 2004, there are two types of people in the world: those who assumed them dead and buried, and those who never knew they existed to start with. Despite...

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NME RATING

7/10

Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens - 'Cold World'

Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens - 'Cold World'

Brooklyn label Daptone specialises in recapturing the spirit of retro soul and funk records. It's latest release, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens' second album ‘Cold World’, could be mistaken for a set excavated from late-’60s Memphis....

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NME RATING

6/10

Cats On Trees - 'Cats On Trees'

Cats On Trees - 'Cats On Trees'

Like a sleepier alternative to Niki & The Dove, Euro-pop duo Cats On Trees deliver dreamy chansons to match their whimsical name. Pianist/vocalist Nina Goern and beats man Yohan Hennequin provoked an outpouring of affection (and single-buying) in...

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NME RATING

6/10

Soft Walls - 'No Time'

Soft Walls - 'No Time'

The fear that reaching adulthood might bring about the end of all your youthful dreams is part of the human condition. Dan Reeves is racing through his twenties, putting as many records out – with his solo project Soft Walls, as a member of...

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NME RATING

8/10

Tiny Fingers - 'Megafauna'

Tiny Fingers - 'Megafauna'

Their sound sprawls across post-rock, psychedelia, dub and electronica, but it's easier to describe Tiny Fingers as an instrumental prog-rock band, the kind of group you might expect Animal Collective and Omar Souleyman to discuss over lunch....

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NME RATING

4/10

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - 'Hypnotic Eye'

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - 'Hypnotic Eye'

For almost 40 years, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers have been channelling the red blood and blue collars of the USA into their radio rock. Yet Petty has rarely come across more overtly American than on this, his 13th studio album. Through the...

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NME RATING

7/10

Phoneys & The Freaks - 'Phoneys & The Freaks EP'

Phoneys & The Freaks - 'Phoneys & The Freaks EP'

Former Oasis guitarist Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs met Weston-Super-Mare singer-songwriter Alex Lipinski when he supported Bonehead’s other band, Parlour Flames. Impressed, he invited Lipinski to collaborate and this rather soulless EP is the...

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NME RATING

4/10

Hooray For Earth - 'Racy'

Hooray For Earth - 'Racy'

Hooray For Earth’s first full-length album, 2011’s 'True Loves’ – and more specifically its title track – earned them ample praise from people who mourned the loss of Late Of The Pier and hadn’t yet connected with MGMT’s second...

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NME RATING

6/10

Jenny Lewis - 'The Voyager'

Jenny Lewis - 'The Voyager'

Jenny Lewis’ third solo album changed course dramatically when Ryan Adams got his hands on it. Lewis had just finished singing on The Postal Service's 2013 reunion tour when she tweeted Adams asking if she could record 'The Voyager' in his...

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NME RATING

5/10

 
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