Album Reviews

BELL X1 – Bloodless Coup (ADA/Warner)

The sound is less organic than that of previous albums and for and many Bell X1 are still an undiscovered treasure waiting to be found

Friendly Fires – Pala (XL Recordings)

Like a delicious mash-up of dance-pop synths, 1990s r’n'b and basslines to make your insides shudder.

Tyler, The Creator – Goblin (XL Recordings)

This is Tyler, the Creator’s dark twisted fantasy, a complicated and conflicted listen for OFWGKTA’s cult following

Aidan Moffat & Bill Wells – Everything’s Getting Older

A charming and a jarring surprise to find that this collaboration strikes a chord very quickly and is as engaging as it is disarming from start to end

Kitsuné Maison Compilation 11: The Indie-Dance Issue

A wise old man once said “compilation albums are only for housewives or young children”. Let’s just hope he is not right about this one.

Mother Mother – Eureka (Last Gang Records)

The lyrics are where the real truth to the songs lie, and author Ryan Guldemond’s words are stark with barely a hint of a cover-up

Cults – Cults (In The Name Of/Columbia)

Let’s just hope they keep this form for their next release and they are not watered down by their new boss.

Okkervil River – I Am Very Far (Jagjaguwar)

They have undoubtedly put the hard yards in, so should they start to reap the benefits?

Manchester Orchestra – Simple Math (Sony)

Manchester Orchestra are a band who certainly know how to do the math when it comes to putting a song together

ANR – Stay Kids (Something In Construction)

A number of the tracks on this album are short sharp bursts of energy with enough ideas within them to make them sound like mini epics