December 2013

Tracks Tindersticks – What Are You Fighting For? Share For the most part, the ten tracks on Tindersticks' career retrospective album Across Six Leap Years aren't radically altered from their original versions. You have to know the back … >>
Tracks Jon Hopkins – Open Eye Signal Share Proving that there's more to his work than just endlessly mesmerising soundtrack pieces, Jon Hopkins added a bit of thump for his 2013 album Immunity and found himself a … >>
Tracks The National – Sea of Love Share The really odd thing about Trouble Will Find me is that Drowned in Sound's snarky-sounding comment that the album somehow isn't the sum of its parts is actually fairly … >>
Tracks Hookworms – In Our Time Share I haven't yet experienced the absolute euphoria that led Drowned in Sound to name Pearl Mystic as their album of the year, and winner of the Neptune prize, their … >>
Tracks Mutual Benefit – Advanced Falconry Share Singer-songwriter Jordan Lee gathers round him whoever happens to be available at the time; together they make sweet, sweet music. Love's Crushing Diamond won critical acclaim across the board, … >>
Tracks Cate Le Bon – Are You With Me Now? Share Little emptinesses abound on Cate Le Bon's 2013 album Mug Museum: the emptiness of loss; the emptiness of memories; the emptiness of musical arrangements that less bold artists might … >>
Tracks Public Service Broadcasting – Elfstedentocht Part I Share The full annual "Record, rewind, play" awards haven't quite been finalised yet, but here's a sneak preview of how a couple of categories are sure to shake out, barring … >>
Tracks Los Campesinos! – Avocado, Baby Share How good were Los Campesinos! in 2013? Put it this way: "Avocado, Baby" features a children's choir and it's still gloriously catchy and fiercely intelligent. When not even caterwauling … >>
Tracks Rose Elinor Dougall – Future Vanishes Share Look, this is just brilliant, Rose Elinor Dougall is magnificent, and there is really no good reason why pop fans everywhere aren't making sure this flies off the shelves … >>
Tracks Tim Hecker – Black Refraction Share I once had an argument about whether, in order to enjoy a piece of art, it was necessary to understand the piece. This was in an online forum, so … >>
Tracks Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Jubilee Street Share With his side project Grinderman allowing Nick Cave to indulge in a bit of sweaty rock grunting, and periodically expunge that lust, Cave's 15th album with The Bad Seeds … >>
Tracks Ski Lodge – Just To Be Like You Share If yesterday's track was a bit much, this should make for a more appropriate piece of evening casualwear, perfect the your local friday indie night: the kind of indie-pop … >>