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Polar Bear – ‘In Each And Every One’

Since debuting a decade ago with their ‘Dim Lit’ album, Polar Bear have successfully retained a foot in both the modern jazz and experimental rock camps. Most bands attempting this…

Jamaica – ‘Ventura’

If you’ve been unable to sleep for wondering what sort of creature the genetic splicing of The Strokes and Phoenix might produce, here’s relief in the form of Parisian duo…

The Hold Steady – ‘Teeth Dreams’

Brooklyn's The Hold Steady have never shied away from the classic end of the rock spectrum. On their sixth album, however, they advance on their trademark blokeishness to embrace a…

Liars – ‘Mess’

Heaven knows what would become of Liars if Angus Andrew ever stopped innovating. Just as scientists have suggested that sharks can never stop swimming or else they’ll drown, the LA-based…

Jimi Goodwin – ‘Odludek’

Jimi Goodwin is best known as one third of Doves. They’ve been on a break since 2010, shortly after which he began work on 'Odludek', his debut solo record. Naturally,…

Tokyo Police Club – ‘Forcefield’

After the initial hype-whirl labelled them the “Canadian Strokes”, it’s admirable that Ontario’s Tokyo Police Club have survived long enough to release their fourth album. The trouble is they still…

Hypnotized – ‘Telesto’ EP

Lifting their name from a single by drone rockers Spacemen 3, Hypnotized manage to blast off in a completely different direction to their inspiration. Sidelining one-chord riffing in favour of…

Future Islands – ‘Singles’

Only the most hardened of hearts could resist Baltimore's Future Islands: the finest indie-synth tearjerkers since Beach House (also from Baltimore – there must be something in the water). Reminiscent…

Howler – ‘World Of Joy’

In an age of agnostics, Howler are true believers – and that’s got to be worth something. Yet while their debut album undoubtedly had its moments, let’s not beat around…

20 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week (19/3/2014)

Tune-Yards - Water Fountain Merrill Garbus almost left 'Water Fountain' off 'Nikki Nack', Tune-Yards' third album, for sounding "like a kids' song". Its jump-rope rhythm and physical chaos fit the…

Kevin Drew – ‘Darlings’

Using the rationale that no band ever really dies, fans of Broken Social Scene – who went on the proverbial ‘indefinite hiatus’ in 2011, but are playing live again –…

Hauschka – ‘Abandoned City’

Düsseldorfian Volker Bertelmann has always had disparate influences. A Chopin recital provided a musical epiphany when he was nine years old, while his first band was a long-forgotten hip-hop duo…