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Manchester Orchestra - 'Cope'

Manchester Orchestra - 'Cope'

This fourth album from Atlanta Georgia's most geographically misleading quintet abandons the prettier, quieter moments from their last album, 2011's ‘Simple Math’, and focuses instead on turbo-charged power-pop. Guitars are crunched, drums are...

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NME RATING

7/10

Coves - 'Soft Friday'

Coves - 'Soft Friday'

Far below the glass ceiling, sunk deep in the slime, lurk Leamington’s Coves: one dusky drug demon in leathers as black as his eyes (John Ridgard, instruments) and one ice-cold chanteuse deadpanning like a zombie Nancy Sinatra (Beck Wood,...

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NME RATING

9/10

Cloud Nothings - 'Here And Nowhere Else'

Cloud Nothings - 'Here And Nowhere Else'

“A simple life can be so strange”, laments Dylan Baldi over the corkscrewing guitars on ‘Now Hear In’, the opening track on pop-punk scrappers Cloud Nothings’ fourth album, ‘Here And Nowhere Else’. Quite what Baldi still knows about...

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NME RATING

5/10

Pixies - 'EP3'

Pixies - 'EP3'

The final piece in their sleight-of-hand 'what album? There's no album here, you must be thinking of someone els… a-ha! Fools! You had the album all along!' album release plan, the three-track 'EP3' completes a varied and imaginative new Pixies...

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NME RATING

8/10

Ages And Ages - 'Divisionary'

Ages And Ages - 'Divisionary'

‘Divisionary’, explain Portland’s seven-piece choral-pop collective Ages And Ages, is a portmanteau of ‘division’ and ‘visionary’, and though it might be a stretch to justify the latter, there’s much here that could prove divisive....

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NME RATING

6/10

Jesca Hoop - 'Undress'

Jesca Hoop - 'Undress'

Jesca Hoop’s ‘Hunting My Dress’ is not the most obvious candidate for a stripped-down remake: the 2009 album achieved cult fame at best and was hardly an overproduced mess. Yet here’s ‘Undress’, an album of “live and intimate”...

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NME RATING

7/10

Foster The People - 'Supermodel'

Foster The People - 'Supermodel'

“I created a monster,” Mark Foster grimaced to NME in late January, hands clasped over his face in mock horror, reflecting on the pop smash that in 2011 turned him from a recovering addict churning out radio jingles for a living in downtown LA...

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NME RATING

7/10

The Soft Hills - 'Departure'

The Soft Hills - 'Departure'

Midway through recording this fourth full-length, The Soft Hills’ Garret Hobba fell ill from respiratory problems due to mould in his Seattle bedroom. After that serious health scare, he headed to California to recuperate, and it’s there that...

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NME RATING

7/10

Golden Retriever - 'Seer'

Golden Retriever - 'Seer'

Portland duo Matt Carlson and Jonathan Sielaff spent two years working on ‘Seer’, their fourth album, on which they aim to make music that’s both challenging and inviting, using just a modular synthesizer and a bass clarinet. Opening track...

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NME RATING

4/10

Sabina - 'Toujours'

Sabina - 'Toujours'

Like Eurodisco legend Giorgio Moroder, Sabina Sciubba was born in Italy and grew up in Germany, but for her first solo outing she’s eschewed the electropop of her New York-based Brazilian Girls troupe to record a more lilting, guitar-based,...

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NME RATING

8/10

 
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