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 LeeA

5 Seconds of Summer – s/t (Capitol)

5 Seconds of Summer – s/t (Capitol)

(And before you protest – “But Lee, how dare you bash pop music” – I direct you to this. Read it and weep, you smug little louts.) Any 20-something American probably recalls the irrepressible refrain from Fall Out Boy rebounding down their school halls – “down, down, in an earlier round, / sugar we’re going […]

 LeeA

I Know Why The Caged Grrrl Sings (Tuff Enuff)

I Know Why The Caged Grrrl Sings (Tuff Enuff)

This week – well, apart from stoking the forest fire that should spark on this post – we shall keep the good vibes rolling by hyping the hell out of the new compilation from Brighton saviors Tuff Enuff. The comp begins as if it might implode. SNAKESKIN! SNAKESKIN! Like actual snakeskin, the tune crackles and […]

 LeeA

White Fence – For The Recently Found Innocent (Drag City)

White Fence – For The Recently Found Innocent (Drag City)

Yeah, I listened to that first Tame Impala record, front to back. And the entire time, I’m thinking, “OK, this is from Cream. This is from Revolver. And this one’s Derek and the Dominoes.” Ya think I remember any one of those tunes now? Ya think I ever listened to that Tame Impala LP again? […]

 Alex Griffin

Guy and Marcus Blackman Experimentation Project – Country Pantry (Distort)

Guy and Marcus Blackman Experimentation Project – Country Pantry (Distort)

Ever sit and think a spell on dreamteam musical duos? Like, SuperHeavy should be enough to put any romance re: the supergroup completely of yer head, but there’s something always kinda thrilling about the idea of getting two disparate individuals in a room to see what sticks. Daniel Boone and D. Boon? Daniel Boone and […]

 LeeA

Tiny Ruins – Brightly Painted One (Spunk)

Tiny Ruins – Brightly Painted One (Spunk)

[READER ADVISORY WARNING: The following review does not reach a clear conclusion about the album in question and might disturb some audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.] Why aren’t I crying? I ought to be. The writing’s on the wall. No, not because of this LP. Not at all. Tiny Ruins is so grey in its […]

 Tom Randall

Ela Stiles – Ela Stiles (Bedroom Suck)

Ela Stiles – Ela Stiles (Bedroom Suck)

What is ‘Ela Stiles’? Fleeting beauty, sunlight through a dense canopy. And the breathless darkness wrapping around you as the shards of illumination slip further out of reach. It is an artefact, as if uncovered by accident. Irregular in shape like it was worn by the passage of time, the first side comprising six songs […]

 LeeA

Ben Frost – A U R O R A (Bedroom Community/Mute | Create/Control)

Ben Frost – A U R O R A (Bedroom Community/Mute | Create/Control)

A U R O R A aims directly, through its monolithic construction, at blinding luminescent alchemy; not with benign heavenly beauty but through decimating magnetic force. This is no pristine vision of digital music, it is a filthy, uncivilized offering of interrupted future time where emergency flares illuminate ruined nightclubs and the faith of the […]

 LeeA

BADBADNOTGOOD – III (Create/Control)

BADBADNOTGOOD – III (Create/Control)

Finally, time to be positive about somethin’ again. Scratch that. Time to be ECSTATIC. Since their debut in 2011, smashing Canadian trio BADBADNOTGOOD have been ripping up the back pages of jazz standards. “Fuck that shit,” said one of the boys at the end of BBNG when asked about John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps”. “I don’t […]

 Jodi Biddle

Bo Ningen – III (Stolen Recordings/ [PIAS] Australia)

Bo Ningen – III (Stolen Recordings/ [PIAS] Australia)

Bo Ningen (Japanese for “Stick People”) are getting all kinds of attention right now. There’s a lot of hype. Pitchfork is involved. I know what you want to hear though, since you’re here reading this instead of just looking at Metacritic or letting Pandora curate your listening choices: is the hype deserved? I’ve been listening […]

 LeeA

Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else (Carpark / Mom and Pop)

Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else (Carpark / Mom and Pop)

I thought / I would / be more / than this Let no one convince you this is the finest album of the year. “Wasted Days” dropped jaws back in 2012 – and, don’t doubt it, I was flabbergasted the first time I heard this nine-minute master class of the modern-day guitar solo. It’s dramatic. […]

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