Category: Album Reviews

ALBUM: Cigarettes After Sex – ‘Cigarettes After Sex’

If you’ve been looking for a band that blends the androgynous, darkly poetic lyrics of Placebo, the melancholic songs from The XX’s first album, and the sensibilities of The Smiths; then look no further than Cigarettes After Sex. After the incredible…

Album: Maria Kelly – ‘The Things I Should’

Irish singer-songwriter Maria Kelly has now released her debut EP The Things I Should. It’s a raw and emotionally exposing collection of tracks and is easily her most honest release to date. The four tracks tell a story of Maria’s struggle…

Album: Aldous Harding – ‘Party’

The sophomore album from Kiwi singer-songwriter Aldous Harding, Party, is also her first on seminal indie label 4AD, and as her first international release acts as a sort of debut for a wider audience. 2014’s self-titled record on Flying Nun…

Album: Best Youth – ‘Highway Moon’

Best Youth‘s album, so it would appear, is about the vicissitudes of modern-day love; the cut and thrust, the push and pull, the meaningfulness and accompanying decadence, the all-consuming nature of what it is for modern people to rub up against…

ALBUM: Isobel Anderson – ‘CHALK/FLINT’

I struggle enough with the idea of writing an album; the idea that a person has the capacity to write not only one, but an entire collection of songs that can evoke emotions, prompt sing-a-longs and simply work together as…

EP: Strange Cages – ‘The Cracks’

Looking for anger? Looking for fuzz? Looking for something a bit different? Then look no further than Brighton band, Strange Cages. Their new EP, The Cracks is an ode to the underground garage rock scene. The title track opens the…

ALBUM: Oumou Sangaré – ‘Mogoya’

Mogoya (meaning “people today”) stands out for consummate and heartfelt musicianship that makes gentle mockery of the marketed western fare that has of late begun to bore us all. Oumou Sangaré – who has collaborated with artists such as Alicia…

ALBUM: Fuzzystar – ‘Telegraphing’

Edinburgh based artist Andy Thompson, AKA Fuzzystar, has just released his brand new album, Telegraphing. To sum it up in four words, it’s a lyrical masterpiece. If you’re a sucker for hearing that Scottish accent that made us fall in love with the…

EP: Proletariat – ‘Always The Same’

Proletariat are one of the many great bands that are flying the flag for a post-punk revival in the underground indie band scene and they’re doing a fine job. Tearing up stages at festivals and hitting many of This Feeling’s…