Dan Deacon – America

August 30th, 2012 by

For his latest undertaking, electronic innovator Dan Deacon is certainly tackling ambitious musical territory; America weaves together a polyphonic range of influences that reflect the country’s disparate cultural heritage. The album is split: the A side contains pop songs – think Spiderman Of The Rings’ exuberance fused with Bromst’s complexity – while side B is […]

Spector – Enjoy It While It Lasts

August 27th, 2012 by

In a somewhat surreal interview with Fred MacPherson last year, he decreed that the ideal Spector fan was “someone with low self esteem so we can lure them into a false sense of security, mould their dreams to fit in with our pithy compositions and ultimately, destroy their lives.” With his hyper-hipster credentials and carefully […]

Bloc Party – Four

August 15th, 2012 by

After a two-year hiatus, solo projects and endless speculation about whether lead singer Kele Okereke was leaving or not, Bloc Party are back with their fourth, aptly named, album. The simplicity of the title reflects a new, stripped-back sound; the band have abandoned the flirtation with synths, and turned away from Intimacy’s uncertain sound, returning […]

Micachu & The Shapes – Never

July 19th, 2012 by

Three years after the release of 2009’s Jewellery, Micachu & The Shapes are back with an album that builds on the innovative quality of their debut. From the opening clash of ‘Easy’, the sheer complexity of sound grabs the listener’s attention and holds it – right through the fourteen tracks – to the final bar […]

Foreign Slippers – Farewell To Old Ghosts

July 10th, 2012 by

Treading softly in the footsteps of Lykki Li and Oh Land, Foreign Slippers is the latest Scandinavian female artist to grab our attention. However, from the opening bars of Farewell To The Old Ghosts, it’s clear that singer-songwriter Gabi Froden is less influenced by her European background that you might imagine, having produced a debut […]

Lovebox: State’s Top Ten

June 19th, 2012 by

Less than a fortnight after Field Day, London’s Victoria Park played host to that twin staple of the city-dwellers’ festival circuit. To mark the dance festival’s tenth anniversary, here are ten acts that encapsulated the spirit of Lovebox: Crystal Castles (Friday, Main Stage) Opening their set with a new song, Crystal Castles arrive onstage like […]