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Charlie Simpson - 'Long Road Home'

Charlie Simpson - 'Long Road Home'

After previous stints as a boyband pin-up in Busted and a tormented frontman of power-emo troupe Fightstar, Charlie Simpson has now reinvented himself as a country-folk troubadour. This is his second solo effort, and it's a far happier record than...

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NME RATING

6/10

Naomi Punk - 'Television Man'

Naomi Punk - 'Television Man'

'Television Man' is Olympia, Washington noise trio Naomi Punk's second album for New York indie Captured Tracks. That its second track is called 'Song Factory' is crazy - this is a band who don't write songs, not really. Instead, the album is...

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NME RATING

8/10

Luluc - 'Passerby'

Luluc - 'Passerby'

Six years on from their modest debut 'Dear Hamlyn', Melbourne duo Luluc return with 10 tracks brimful of folky acoustic guitars. Their main asset is Zoe Randell's gentle vocal - her angelic voice is reminiscent of the husky croon of former...

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NME RATING

6/10

Nai Harvest/Playlounge - 'Flower' EP

Nai Harvest/Playlounge - 'Flower' EP

Hailing from Sheffield and London respectively, and with one album each to their name, Nai Harvest and Playlounge are energetic, fast-rising indie/punk duos. They've toured the UK together, and are now collaborating on 'Flower', a four-song EP...

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NME RATING

7/10

Craft Spells - 'Nausea'

Craft Spells - 'Nausea'

Justin Paul Vallesteros' second album under his Craft Spells moniker dumps the bedroom electronica of 2011 debut 'Idle Labor' for a serene set of pleasing pop numbers featuring gentle acoustic strums, delicate melodies and wispy vocals. It's a...

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NME RATING

6/10

Angus & Julia Stone - 'Angus & Julia Stone'

Angus & Julia Stone - 'Angus & Julia Stone'

Australian brother-and-sister duo Angus and Julia Stone have had Top 10 albums in their home country, but in 2010 they decided to part ways and release a couple of solo albums apiece. Now they've reunited for a third LP, landing the services of...

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NME RATING

7/10

Bear In Heaven - 'Time Is Over One Day Old'

Bear In Heaven - 'Time Is Over One Day Old'

Brooklyn trio Bear In Heaven's fourth album sees them strip back their once busy electropop, exposing a soulful, synthetic heart. Though the constituent parts of the BIH sound haven't changed drastically, the songwriting is tighter here, the...

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NME RATING

7/10

Mozart's Sister - 'Being'

Mozart's Sister - 'Being'

Like fellow Canadian Grimes, Montreal's Caila Thompson-Hannant, aka Mozart's Sister, is a one-woman band. She first appeared in 2011 with self-released EP 'Dear Fear', specialising in exuberant, DIY keyboard pop. Three years on, that blueprint is...

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NME RATING

6/10

Summer Camp - 'Beyond Clueless' OST

Summer Camp - 'Beyond Clueless' OST

Summer Camp's 2010 debut EP 'Young' was the perfect soundtrack to the best flick John Hughes never made. Ironic, then, that 'Beyond Clueless', a soundtrack to a crowd funded documentary about teen movies, is largely devoid of the qualities that...

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NME RATING

5/10

Beck - 'Song Reader'

Beck - 'Song Reader'

There’s something about ‘Song Reader’ that feels oddly self-defeating. In their original sheet-music form, these 20 songs had a sense of protean possibility, reflected in the weird and sometimes wonderful interpretations uploaded by fans or...

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NME RATING

8/10

 
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