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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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Declan McKenna delivers the perfect indie-rock the world needs

Things have been pretty bad for a while now, and apparently both the government and the university are hell bent on making them even worse. So, it is a good thing Declan McKenna’s new album Zeros slaps hard. It might just be the only thing that keeps you going right now. It is no understatement […]

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Cults dazzle on their new album Host

Rating: 5 out of 5 We are all very much aware that 2020 so far has been nine months packed with the unexpected, and as Cults releases their fifth album titled Host, their contribution to the year’s cultural landscape has proven to be no exception.  New York based indie duo Cults have been in the […]

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Fenne Lily produces an emotionally raw record in quarantine

Rating: 3 out of 5 BREACH is the latest offering from English singer-songwriter Fenne Lily, a record of cool and measured melancholy. Two years on from her debut On Hold, the 23-year-old has retained her vulnerable brand of indie-folk, wielding punchy full-band numbers such as promo-singles ‘Alapathy’ and ‘Solipsism’ along with moments of disarming sensitivity […]

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Perspective: Riz Ahmed makes politics a personal story

The Long Goodbye is a masterpiece of an album, combining themes of identity, empire and the desire for belonging in a divided Britain. Ahmed takes the feelings of the diaspora and converts them into hip-hop verse that far exceeds expectations of the much-awaited album release. The album is accompanied by a short film which depicts […]

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Gengahr’s ‘Sanctuary’ toes the line between intimacy and inconsistency

 Three stars. Gengahr are synonymous with the intersection between indie and psychedelic rock; comparable to Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s little brother—dark, romantic, and framed by a sense of youthful angst. While their latest album Sanctuary shows some inconsistency, it has an intimacy that sets it apart from their previous records.   Sanctuary follows the sudden death of […]

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Blossoms’ new album is a cheesy ‘celebration of love’

From their beginnings as a small guitar band from Stockport, Blossoms have grown to be at the forefront of the indie scene. Foolish Loving Spaces follows their synth rock self-titled debut album and Cool Like You, an electro-driven record, and sets them in a new direction towards pop while retaining subtle elements of other genres […]

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J Hus demonstrates his unpredictability on ‘Big Conspiracy’

Five stars. In the three-ish years since the release of his debut album Common Sense, J Hus has held a coveted and enigmatic position within the UK rap scene, due to his brand of personal unpredictability and sheer creative ambition. It is this combination that finds itself manifested yet again in his latest full-length project […]