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Cold Spells

Haunting and dreamy second album from London-based indie/psychedlic folk duo the Cold Spells

Craig Finn

I Need a New War
Lyrical and stripped down latest solo album from Hold Steady front man and guitarist Craig Finn


Nigeria 70: No Wahala: Highlife, Afro-Funk and Juju 1973-1987
Excellent compilation of previously unreleased African pop, funk and rock, the first in the 'Nigeria 70' series in over eight years

Half Japanese

Eccentric but surprisingly mellow latest album from durable American alternative rock band Half Japanese


The Crucible
Enjoyable but over-stated latest album from Norwegian progressive/psychedelic rock trio Motorpsycho

Novo Amor

Melancholic but carefully constructed and compelling official debut album from Novo Amor, the moniker for Welsh-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Ali John Meredith-Lacey

Robert Coyne

Out of Your Tree
Mature but melancholic third album from British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Robert Coyne


Enthralling space rock on debut album from LWW, the new project of Portland, Oregon musician and AU frontman Luke Wyland


The Last Woman
Compelling but chaotic and flawed lo-fi electronica from London-based musician and visual artist Lark


We Come from the Stars
Evocative but flawed debut album from Malmo, the project of Danish singer-songwriter Maria Malmo

Die Nerven

Relentless but haunting fourth album from Stuttgart post punk/noise rock outfit Die Nerven

Green Seagull

Scarlet Fever
Enjoyable but flawed album from London band Green Seagull which simply rehashes its 60's influences

Half Japanese

Why Not?
Discordant and disjointed but compelling latest album from American art rock duo Half Japanese which, e

Astrid and Rachel Grimes

Through the Sparkle
Melancholic yet powerful collaboration between French experimental ensemble and American pianist Rachel Grimes

Pale Honey

Evocative and sensual but rock-influenced second album from Swedish duo Pale Honey

Bark Psychosis

Rewarding reissue of Essex post-rock band Bark Psychosis' bleak but influential debut album


Silhouettes and Statues: A Gothic Revolution
Definitive five CD box set from Cherry Red which explores the history of Gothic music


Fragments and Curiosities: The 4 Track Sessions
Uneven but enjoyable compilation of B-sides and other obscurities from pastoral Welsh folk act Armstrong


Forever or Never
Nostalgic-sounding yet often innovative eighth album from harmonic husband-and-wife Washington-based duo Lake


Tonight's Music
Hit and miss first album in twenty years from acclaimed Australian post-punk outfit, the Moles


Nosebleed Weekend
Appealing and solid fifth album from Atlanta-based punk/power pop trio, the Coathangers

Shonen Knife

Enjoyable and entertaining latest album from Japanese garage rock trio, Shonen Knife

Burning Hell

Public Library
Extraordinary seventh album from novelistic Canadian-based band, the Burning Hell

Ty Segall

Emotional Mugger
Obsessive yet disappointing garage rock on eighth album from much acclaimed Californian singer-songwriter, Ty Segall


White Light from the Mouth of Infinity/ Love of Life
Excellent reissue on three CD box set, including an additional CD of live tracks and demos, of New York-based experimentalists Swans' early 1990s studio albums, 'White Light from the Mouth of Infinity' and 'Love of Life'

Nap Eyes

Thought Rock Fish Scale
Disappointing second album from Nova Scotia-based alternative rock outfit, Nap Eyes


Funny Man
Misleadingly-named yet gripping abstract, darkwave release on latest album from Lark. the project of London-based multi-instrumentalist Karl Beilik

Spook School

Try to Be Hopeful
Over-reverential and flawed second album from Edinburgh-based pop punk group, the Spook School


Lovers Know
Shimmering pop on third album from Nebraskan band Mynabirds which fades on delivery

Doomed Bird of Providence

You Brought the Knife
Grim and compelling exploration of early Australian outback history on latest EP from London-based act, the Doomed Bird of Providence

Charlie Tipper Experiment

Mellow On
Fantastic old school lo-fi indie-pop on debut album from Bristol band, the Charlie Tipper Experiment

It Hugs Back

Slow Wave
Otherworldly Englsh post rock act It Hugs Back mine a well spring of glittering indie rock on their third album


Disorientating self-titled album from Danish rock and jazz avant-garde experimentalists, Svin


Sea of Skies
Melancholic debut EP from soft UK songcrafters Fossa that hints at much more


Seconds Away
Spectacularly diverse indie pop/rock on second album from Glaswegian singer-songwriter, Daffy


Sea of Murmur
Excellent second album from Brazilian-formed and now London-based indie pop duo, the Tamborines

Galileo 7

One Lie at a Time/The God of Gaps
Fabulous double A-sided vinyl single from Medway-based garage rockers, Galileo 7

Comet Gain

Fingerprint Ritual
Inventive and experimental latest EP from London-based indie rock veterans, Comet Gain


Recall Fade Return
Dreamy third album from Krautrock-influenced Newcastle-based three-piece, Parastatic


Confusing and ultimately pretentious eponymous debut album from electronic-tinged Swiss act, Schwarz


Nostalgic heavy metal on second album from acclaimed Bedford-based outfit, Hekz

Chemistry Set

Elapsed Memories
Beautiful and timeless-sounding seven inch vinyl only single from durable 60’s revisionists, the Chemistry Set

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