Black Peaks’ “All That Divides” – fresh, phat and completely together

Image credit: Black Peaks/Rise Records. Description: album cover of ‘All That Divides’. Black Peaks’ first album Statues, released in 2016, was one of the best debuts in rock music for at least a decade. Songs including Glass Built Castles and Saviour brought an explosive energy that, paired together with the band’s talented technical ability, made […]

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A contemplative album requiring an attentive ear: Courtney Barnett delivers a slow burner

The first moments of Courtney Barnett’s latest album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, sound reminiscent of those of ‘Kim’s Caravan’ from her 2015 debut, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. However, unlike the earlier track, which sees the brooding opening guitars become a howling penultimate song, ‘Hopefulessness’ slowly assembles itself […]

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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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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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Enter Shikari ‘The Mindsweep’ Album Review

At this point, I could easily fire off all the old clichés about St. Albans’ Enter Shikari. Yes, they’re fearless genre pirates, no respecters of boundary, who’ve proved their utter fearlessness over the course of three stunning albums. And yes, they’ve got a staunch, and deeply appreciated political conscience, powerful and art-defining particularly in their […]

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J Mascis: Wide Awake?

J Mascis is a Massachusetts born songwriter, singer, drummer, producer and grey-haired guitar wizard. He’s most well known for his role as guitarist and vocalist in the alternative rock band Dinosaur Jr. With their signature deployment of heavy guitar effects, including feedback and distortion techniques, to J’s melodic guitar playing, they adopted a uniquely raw […]

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Confused and Confusing; Foxygen go astray on their third offering ‘…And Star Power’.

The third offering from California neo-psychedelica wunderkinds Foxygen, let’s make it clear, is largely full of individually great songs. Following on from the resoundingly pleasant tones of their second full-length, the boldly titled ‘We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace, Love and Magic’, the boys mine their exhaustive record collections ever more deeper, pushing […]

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III is the magic number for noise

I remember hearing Bo Ningen’s debut single, ‘Koroshitai Kimochi’, and it firebombing my 14-year old brain. There were weird rhythms, screeched Japanese lyrics, and androgynous death knells. They were one of those bands that seemed so radically different from anything else I’d heard at that point, and their eponymous debut album almost lived up to […]

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Debbie Harry, we “love you just the same”

    The fact that Blondie’s tenth album, Ghosts of Download, will be released along with a re-released and recorded compilation of their greatest hits in all their spine-chilling glory, entitled Deluxe Redux, would seem promising to loyal fans greeting the new album with trepidation. After all, their last offering, 2011’s Panic of Girls, left […]

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