Recommended Albums

The National – Trouble Will Find Me (4AD)

Reports of The National’s demise may turn out to be exaggerated, but regardless, this could turn out to be their masterpiece.

Kurt Vile – Wakin on a Pretty Daze (Matador)

With no great departure from his previous efforts. Vile delivers eleven songs that could have only been made my someone from the other side of the Atlantic.

James Blake – Overgrown (Atlas)

An album like Overgrown will need repeated listens before all the details come out and its cohesive whole album nature can be appreciated.

Daughter – If You Leave (4AD)

This is an album of profound beauty. It creates an atmosphere that runs throughout and takes the listener inside a finely crafted space

Stornoway – Tales From Terra Firma (4AD)

The songs do contain obscure chords, a few challenging rhythms and some extremely unlikely instruments.

Low – The Invisible Way (Sub Pop)

The Invisible Way is not a leap forward for Low, rather a confirmation that where they are standing is exactly where they should be.

Youth Lagoon – Wondrous Bughouse (Fat Possum)

The second dip into the lagoon is deeper, warmer, clearer – you’ll want to stay submerged until your skin goes all weird and pruney.

Darwin Deez – Songs for Imaginative People (Lucky Number)

As the title suggests, ‘Songs for Imaginative People’ takes a more thoughtful and considered direction to its predecessor.

Iceage – You’re Nothing (Matador Records)

The messily distorted, razor-sharp riffs and almost inaudible vocals are still there but they’re not quite so rough around the edges.

Toro Y Moi – Anything In Return (Carpark)

Bundick’s third album Anything In Return seems like a new beginning for an electronic producer who’s music here seems like that missing link he’s been looking for all along.