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Review: Pinegrove return with 11:11

Pinegrove goes political and keeps the tunes coming. New Jersey’s alt-country starlets Pinegrove are back with their fifth full-length release 11:11. Fans have been talking about 11:11 as a ‘back to basics album’ after Marigold’s refinement, but I don’t think that’s quite right: there is as much innovation as nostalgia on this record, creating an […]

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Review: Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You

On the opening track of Big Thief’s latest outing, ‘Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You’, singer-guitarist Adrianne Lenker poses a question: “Would you live forever, never die / while everything around you passes? Would you smile forever, never cry / while everything around you passes?” In whimsical tones, she users her listeners into […]

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Explaining the inexplicable: Loveless, in retrospect

What did Brian Eno mean when he described My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless as “a new standard for pop?” Pop had always been what it was, popular, because of its universality; its ability to pick the drowning bumblebee from its pool of lust or longing or whatever emotional sap it may flounder in and help things […]

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In Retrospect: Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

It is hard to describe the way music makes us feel. Once in a while some stray chord change comes along that quite robs us of our ability to communicate, makes us want to close our eyes and melt, rendering us stranded in a state of auditory euphoria. The intensity of this sensory pleasure makes […]

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Bicep reverts to disappointing routines on Isles

★★ Belfast born electronic duo have returned with their second studio album Isles. With their 2017 self-titled debut, Bicep marked themselves as big hitters in the word of techno, utilising deep cuts and experimental beats to create a sound that was simultaneously meticulously organised yet expansive. Tracks like ‘Glue’ and ‘Opal’ stood out for their […]

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Playboi Carti falters on Whole Lotta Red

Rating: ⭐⭐ It’s been a long and agonizing wait for the rapidly expanding and dedicated fanbase of Atlanta rapper Playboi Carti. After 2017’s self-titled, which elevated him from SoundCloud rapper to world superstar status, he released the even better received Die Lit the following year, marking a brand of psychedelic trap which has branded him […]

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In Conversation with The Clientele’s Alasdair MacLean

Surrealist literature has a way of skewing reality in a way that appeals to the subconscious, irrational side of  the  brain. Suburban Light, highly indebted to this movement, is an album which does just that. Released twenty years ago on Pointy Records, it has come to be appreciated by a small but dedicated cult following. […]

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Revolution through recluse: The importance of Frank Ocean on modern hip hop

On  Blonde’s  ‘Seigfried’, an intoxicated Frank muses “I be dreaming of dreaming a thought / that could think of dreaming a thought / that could think of dreaming a dream”. All as he retreats within himself to reflect. A line, like so many others on Blonde, which had millennials far and wide holding heads in […]