Review: What Now, Sylvan Esso

Sylvan Esso’s newest album “What Now,” released 28 April, continues the relaxed pop vibes of their 2014 self-titled debut album. The music undeniably and knowingly fits into the manufactured pop category but seems to resist this generic placement. Most of the tracks feature peppy beats so rhythmic that it is easy to be distracted from […]

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Review: Pure Comedy, Father John Misty

 In the music video for Pure Comedy’s lead single, ‘Total Entertainment Forever’, Father John Misty trots out what seems like a checklist of the beginner’s guide to post-irony: George Washington stuck in a virtual reality simulation, Ronald MacDonald ripping open Josh’s chest as Ridley Scott’s Alien, Macaulay Culkin from Home Alone as Kurt Cobain playing […]

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Rumours in retrospect: Revisiting Fleetwood Mac’s seminal album on its 40th anniversary

Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours has just celebrated its 40th birthday and, even though there are probably thousands of articles dedicated to how special this album is already, I think it deserves at least one more. It’s an album that is strangely omnipresent even today, and has managed to become so universally loved that it’s almost uncool […]

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Review: I See You – The xx

‘’Cause I couldn’t care less / If they call us reckless’. Accompanied by blasts of garish horns and a skittering electro-pop beat, this chorus from album opener ‘Dangerous’  rings out like a manifesto for The xx’s latest album, ‘I See You’. It’s a surprising shift for the notoriously shy trio. Back in 2009 when they […]

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Album Review: ANTI – Rihanna

After an accidental leak last week, Rihanna’s long-awaited eighth studio album ANTI dropped on music streaming service Tidal, going platinum within just 24 hours. It’s been more than three years since the release of Unapologetic, her seventh album in eight years, and perhaps that is why this newest offering is uncharacteristically thoughtful and considered. Rihanna’s […]

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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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