The thrilling debut album from this intense New York City trio makes their city feel alive once again
Post War Years - 'The Bell' EP
The doomy, gothy sound of Berlin – from Leamington Spa
Yet despite screaming that cautionary curse-phrase on their pre-publicity, Leamington Spa’s Post War Years make a better stab at it than most on the latest pit-stop in their long march towards reinvention. For a start they’ve spent time in Berlin rather than simply making a stab at sounding like what going to Berlin might sound like, and because they had some darkness in them already, it shows them in a better light. The title track marries Speak And Spell electronics with doomy goth feedback and comes off like a disco Horrors. At the other end of the scale, ‘Pigeons’ is a fragile, eerie and droney delight. Things get gnarly in the middle, with ‘Boing’ and ‘Ghosts’ employing a scattergun approach and sounding like very little at all. There’s still no clear evidence that this band will make any sense come the second album. But unlike so many would-be pioneers, they manage to maintain an idea of who they are, rather than simply what they might like to be. And that’s enough to mean they can stay for now.
A deliberately frothy take on an under-documented moment in US politics
The second album from Piper and Skylar Kaplan is danceable, euphoric and pleasingly trippy
Mumford & Sons’ collaborative steps into world music aren’t embarrassing – but they’re not essential either
The iconic DJ Shadow returns with a mixtape-like album that frustrates as much as it fascinates