Nat Baldwin – People Changes (Western Vinyl)

There are some great moments on People Changes, especially ‘Lifted’ and ‘A Little Lost’, but it could really do without the lengthy voyages into noise

Viva Brother – Famous First Words (Geffen)

Britpop belongs in the past and on the evidence of this misguided rehash, that’s where it belongs.

Warm Brains – Old Volcanoes (Marshall Teller)

An equal measure of brilliance and the bizarre, Attwell is responsible for every other note heard on the album

Oh Minnows – For Shadows (Young & Lost Club)

Oh Minnows is the solo project of Chris Steele-Nicholson, formerly of the fairly short-lived London-based indie rock outfit, Semifinalists.

Liam Finn – FOMO (Transgressive)

There are enough experiments in song writing versus studio craft to allow for a very rewarding album, not instantaneous pop but when given the time, an excellent sophomore effort.

Noah and The Whale @ The Roundhouse, London 24/07/2011

Clad in suits, the five notably suave looking members of Noah and the Whale strode onto the huge stage at The Roundhouse, oozing with confidence

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra (True Panther Sounds)

The different songs whirl through many genres making blatent nods of recognition to pioneering bands and artists

Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm (Dirty Hit)

Benjamin Leftwich is a likeable character with a buoyant attitude and I’m sure that the current music scene would still be a poorer place without this release

Cashier No.9 – To The Death Of Fun (Bella Union)

Most pleasing about this surprisingly upbeat first outing is a sense of wonder and imagination that could place the roots of its sound almost anywhere

Foster The People – Torches (Columbia)

The biggest problem with ‘Torches’ is that the need to replicate the greatness of their most popular tune is all too clear.