Dream Wife, not your typical stepford wives

A sugar coated, glitter covered, kitsch cake, stomped on by a holographic heel. This is one of the many highlights from the video for ‘Believe’, Dream Wife’s first single. The single and video typifies the band’s self proclaimed ‘pool side pop with a bite’ combining ethereal dreamy vocals with catchy grunge-like guitar riffs. The band, […]

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Review: Deptford Goth, Songs

“One day the day will come when I will settle”, sings Deptford Goth at the start of ‘Relics’, the opening song of his second album, Songs. At least that’s what it sounds like to me. “Deptford Goth” is the opaque moniker of Daniel Woolhouse, an ex-Londoner who makes soulful, R&B-inflected electronic pop songs. There’s an influence […]

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Duck! Troyka handles Ornithophobia badly

Experimental jazz trio Troyka’s latest album (its name inspired by guitarist Chris Montague’s real fear of birds, and gesturing perhaps towards Charlie Parker’s similarly named ‘Ornithology’ with which it shares melodic intricacy and frenetic pace) seems in many ways a logical progression from their 2012 album Moxxy. With contorted time signatures and fast, almost brusque […]

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Are award shows still relevant?

YES Award shows are still relevant – Henry Holmes Who is Beck?” The internet cried the night of the Grammys. Beyoncé’s utter gamechanger of a fifth album seemed a dead cert to win Album of the Year, especially given her competition seemed practically null in the category; Beck’s nomination for Morning Phase seemed like a […]

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