If you thought The 1975 were just another group of tween heart-throbs, think again. This Manchester band certainly have a legion of teenage followers, but they are also responsible for a sizeable chunk of genuinely innovative alternative pop and rock reaching mainstream audiences in the last few years. The running time of their second album is almost as long as its unpronounceable name. Thankfully, it’s also surprisingly splendid.
David Bowie was an artist to the very end. Since the musician passed away just days after its release, so much has been said and written about Blackstar, the final parting gift from the pioneering figure, that it seems improbable to say anything that hasn’t already been said. I have labelled this a “review”, but really this is an encouragement for you to listen to Blackstar if you haven’t already. Continue reading
If you’re going to hitchhike across the United States, you’d do well to bring some John Mayer with you. (And not only because his instrumental contribution to Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange is still one of the greatest one-minute instrumental interludes of recent memory.) The music of this Connecticut guitarist and rock singer conjures up idyllic visions of America’s wild lands. Continue reading
Where have the Allah-Las gone? The Allah-Las who gave have us surf-rock gold with ‘No Voodoo’, ‘Ela Navega’ and ‘Long Journey’? The California four-piece are back with their third album, Calico Review. But instead of taking us to strange new tides, the group has left behind much of what made their music so enthralling in the first place. Continue reading
Following 2011’s King of Limbs – and 2013’s Amok, for those that follow Thom Yorke’s projects – Radiohead have returned with a new music.
Ever idiosyncratic, but never dull, Radiohead have created a mesmerising sonic treat with ‘Burn the Witch’.
Burn the Witch appears on the album, A Moon Shaped Pool, released on May 8, 2016, on XL Recordings.
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Texan group White Denim make music for you to live large to. The four-piece has been cooking up a flavoursome blend of blues rock, psychedelia and dub for over 10 years. After hearing their thoroughly absorbing live performance at last weekend’s 6 Music Festival in Bristol, their upcoming album, Stiff, has graduate from ‘maybe someday’ to ‘must-have right away’. Continue reading
What do you get when you cross four ordinary-looking girls, with crappy smartphone photos of nights out and amateurish, yet endearing, home recordings? You get Hinds (fka Deers): a girl group enthralled by the garage rock of Mac DeMarco, Ty Segall and the Black Lips. While their intentionally rough sound presents an approachable façade, debut album Leave Me Alone is more fuzz than punk rock originality. Continue reading
Long-time fans of musician and producer, Danger Mouse, will know that his musical palette is as wide as his hair is big. 30th Century Records is a brand-new imprint label set up by the Mouse to look for “things that I like or that I connect with in some way that maybe other people are not”. This inaugural release features 11 unknown, or barely known, artists, and is a stimulating appetiser to what 30th Century may bring us in the months and years to come. Continue reading