ALBUMS REVIEWS

Smoke Fairies - 'Smoke Fairies'

Smoke Fairies - 'Smoke Fairies'

That T Bone Burnett didn’t include a tune from the fourth album by Smoke Fairies on soundtrack for recent freaky detective TV programme True Detective is a crying shame, because British spook-folk duo Jessica Davies and Katherine Blamire are at...

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8/10

Ramona Lisa - 'Arcadia'

Ramona Lisa - 'Arcadia'

Caroline Polachek has decribed 'Arcadia', her first solo album under the name Ramona Lisa, as a "document of being alone," after creating the record on her laptop in private moments while touring with her band, Chairlift. Reminiscent of Julia...

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NME RATING

7/10

Silo - 'Work'

Silo - 'Work'

Danish three-piece Silo made two albums of abrasive synth rock - ‘Instar’ (1998) and ‘Alloy’ (2001) - before drifting apart, getting proper jobs and starting families. If this reunion after 13 years comes because they wanted to inject some...

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NME RATING

7/10

Chet Faker - 'Built On Glass'

Chet Faker - 'Built On Glass'

He has the worst name in music, he came to fame via a cover of ‘No Diggity’, and he sounds like Phil Collins gone James Blake: already, Australia’s Chet Faker has a pretty big hole to dig himself out of on his debut. Singing no faster than...

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NME RATING

6/10

Odonis Odonis - 'Hard Boiled Soft Boiled'

Odonis Odonis - 'Hard Boiled Soft Boiled'

On 2011 debut ‘Hollandaze’, Odonis Odonis – led by Toronto’s Dean Tzenos – introduced themselves with a record full of wall-to-wall blistering noise that was as aggressive as a punch to the gut. Three years later, the first half of...

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NME RATING

8/10

Chain & The Gang - 'Minimum Rock N Roll'

Chain & The Gang - 'Minimum Rock N Roll'

Chain & the Gang are not so much a band as a bullhorn for Ian Svenonius, their frontman and fulcrum. Svenonius is indie rock’s own version of the writer Jonathan Meades - outspoken but erudite, thoughtful and enlightened yet impishly irreverent...

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NME RATING

7/10

Todd Terje - 'It's Album Time'

Todd Terje - 'It's Album Time'

Though he's been DJing, producing and remixing for a decade now, Todd Terje is a man so anonymous, even he doesn’t care how you pronounce his surname. “I stopped correcting people many years ago," he recently told an interviewer, with a...

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NME RATING

8/10

Woods - 'With Light And With Love'

Woods - 'With Light And With Love'

On Brooklyn’s Woods’ seventh album in nine years, they continue on their ever-evolving psych-folk trajectory. It sparkles with the light and love mentioned in the album title, lending the 10 songs the lackadaisical summer vibe of the Berkeley...

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NME RATING

8/10

The Afghan Whigs - 'Do To The Beast'

The Afghan Whigs - 'Do To The Beast'

Hey, mimsy buttoned-up slick-haired Sam Smith-alikes - call that soul? This is soul. Grunge's original noir screamer Greg Dulli is back from his 13-year dabbling with The Twilight Singers and The Gutter Twins, back with (most of) Cincinnati’s...

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NME RATING

8/10

Shonen Knife - 'Overdrive'

Shonen Knife - 'Overdrive'

Osaka’s punk pop ambassadors Shonen Knife were already a decade old when Nirvana’s patronage resulted in a burst of ’90s fame for the trio. Twentieth album ‘Overdrive’ finds founder, singer and guitarist Naoko Yamano paying tribute to...

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NME RATING

7/10

 
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