20 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week (16/4/2014)

20 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week (16/4/2014)

Baby Strange - Distance Yourself Baby Strange haven’t shared any new material since last year but ‘Distance Yourself’ shows they’ve not been slacking off in the meantime. Instead, the Glaswegian trio have been learning the art of the...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Birds Of Satan - 'The Birds Of Satan'

The Birds Of Satan - 'The Birds Of Satan'

A baby gurgles over a clattering drum roll before nine minutes of dramatic metal riffage and hulking prog licks, and so begins the first album from The Birds of Satan, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins’ side project. This ambitious Queens Of...

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20 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week (9/4/2014)

20 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week (9/4/2014)

Jack White - High Ball Stepper Here’s a man who always manages to intrigue, whether with The White Stripes, Raconteurs, Dead Weather or solo. ‘High Ball Stepper’’s the first slice from new record ‘Lazaretto’, and it’s a...

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Bed Rugs - '8th Cloud'

Bed Rugs - '8th Cloud'

Being named after the stolen mat in The Big Lebowski – arguably the most slacker-friendly film this side of Dude, Where’s My Car? – one might imagine Belgium’s Bed Rugs to be fond of the odd spliff, tumbler of White Russian and focus-free...

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