Los Campesinos! – Sick Scenes

February 27th, 2017 by

2008 was a different time, arguably the heyday of the average millennial. Indie pop ruled the music scene, swine flu was about to become a potential crisis, and most of us were still living off pocket money from our parents. It was in 2008 that Los Campesinos! released their first two albums, packed with narratives […]

Teen Daze -Themes for Dying Earth

February 15th, 2017 by

2017 is a year in which we try to cope with the world we have been left with, scary as it can sometimes feel. Jamison Issak, under the moniker Teen Daze, is trying to understand how to move forward through the medium of ambient pop music, in this short and relatively sweet release, Themes for […]

Jesca Hoop – Memories Are Now

February 14th, 2017 by

Jesca Hoop’s latest release Memories Are Now relies upon two elements: Hoop’s reverberating vocal tones and vast spectrum of emotions. The record is stripped-back, feeling more like an intimate gig than a produced release. The listener is brought on a journey, beginning with ‘Memories Are Now’, which is an off-kilter opener. It is predominantly characterised […]

Frightened Rabbit – The Academy, Dublin

February 7th, 2017 by

It’s rare that a live performance has all the elements there for the perfect storm – a band full of energy, an audience that can’t stop screaming in delight, a beautifully orchestrated light show, and everyone being just about drunk enough to sing loudly without caring if they look foolish. Frightened Rabbit, a Scottish band […]

Elbow – Little Fictions

February 4th, 2017 by

Little Fictions, the seventh studio album by English indie hit makers Elbow, is a gentle record that creates a lilting atmosphere through expressive percussion beats and string instruments. It is an album to be listened to in its entirety, rather than playing a single song. It’s a cinematic album, one that is sure to make the listener […]

Surfer Blood – Snowdonia

February 2nd, 2017 by

Surfer Blood brings us Snowdonia, a treatment on the different stages of love just in time for Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re planning what gifts to buy your significant other, or frantically swiping on Tinder post break-up, there will be at least one song on the album that echoes your current romantic situation. If you’re flirting with […]

Horse Thief -Trials & Truth

January 26th, 2017 by

Created over the course of eighteen months while on tour, Trials & Truths is a vast album that reflects Horse Thief’s travels, creating a tighter and more mature sound than previous releases. Given that their debut LP Grow Deep, Grow Wild was conceived during their time in the University of Central Oklahoma, and Fear in Bliss […]

AFI – AFI (The Blood Album)

January 23rd, 2017 by

AFI’s AFI (The Blood Album) is their tenth studio album, and could come as a surprise to the fans the band has garnered over the course of twenty-two years. The punk band have lost some of the punchy, upbeat declarations of despair and anger that categorised previous offerings as ’17 Crimes’ on Burials (2013) and […]

Cherry Glazerr – Apocalipstick

January 21st, 2017 by

Clementine Creevy hasn’t even hit twenty yet, but the nineteen year-old front woman of Cherry Glazerr has created a record that speaks to the dream-state and sometimes anger of the modern twenty-something experience. With a sound that falls somewhere in between The Runaways and Carly Rae Jepsen, the band worked with Joe Chicarelli and Carlos […]

Tycho – Epoch

January 18th, 2017 by

Epoch is presented as the culmination of Tycho’s trilogy of albums, which started with 2011’s Dive. Led by Scott Hansen, Epoch has a sense of urgency that is unusual when listened to alongside Dive and 2014’s Awake. Perhaps this is why Hansen chose to follow the musical trend of 2016, and released Epoch on digital […]