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NEW SOUNDS

Discovered by Brainfeeder beat shaman Ras G, VHVL is Veronica Lauren from Brooklyn, New York.

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Californian dad rocker delivers Dylan-esque Americana

So; wise and heartfelt lyrics, sing-along choruses, neat guitar riffs and the odd bit of orchestral backing/saxophone section/drum solo for some added zing, but ultimately a dearth of the edge, menace, swagger and hedonism that are the hallmarks of memorable rock. In a word Night Surfer is solid. A good choice for a road trip with your parents. A safe Christmas present for an uncle that likes Bob Seger. Soma for baby-boomers.

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Canadian class act growls his way to the top

Popular Problems is a gentle album for the most part as the opening track “Slow” would imply. However, songs such as “Did I Ever Love You” flirt with a faster tempo in place

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Julian Casablancas and the Voidz

Tyranny is a massive step outside the indie-guitar comfort zone and is enjoyable in places, but the apocalyptic themes found throughout and the general meandering just gives off the impression that Julian and the Voidz are having a lot more fun playing the music than you are listening to it.

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Perfume Genius

Mike Hadreas is the curious mind behind Perfume Genius. His third and latest album, Too Bright, is a confident advance in his career. The record is certainly similar to its predecessors in its fundamentals; Hadreas is still writing highly personal, confessional lyrics, but the album is almost unrecognisable in its self-belief and experimentalism.
Too Bright

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The verdict on Aphex Twin’s first effort in thirteen years

Aphex Twin has a reputation for being on the cutting edge, and this album, his first in thirteen years, provides an insight into how music has changed during that time.

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Counting Crows

Six years since the release of Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings in 2008, Somewhere Under Wonderland is Counting Crows’ seventh studio album – and it is beginning to show.

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Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen deliver some classic angst with their latest single “Cocoon”.