Reviews Arctic Monkeys – AM Five albums in, and The Arctic Monkeys are no longer the cheeky new scamps from their fastest ever selling debut British album. Clearly, many believed the hype: should that belief hold firm this far down the line? >>
Tracks Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out Share As Franz Ferdinand release an official video to "Stand on the Horizon", the sleeper gem and Todd Terje collaboration from last year's Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, we're … >>
New video Franz Ferdinand – Stand on the Horizon Share I wasn't that sold on Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action when I reviewed it last year, but along with the raw and aggressive Bullet, Stand on the Horizon … >>
Tracks Wild Beasts – A Simple Beautiful Truth Share Wild Beasts have released a video for A Simple Beautiful Truth, the next single to be released from their subtly seductive fourth album Present Tense. The video, by Klaus … >>
News Anna Calvi – Piece by Piece Share Anna Calvi's new single "Piece by Piece" arrives broken and fractured, with occasional sputtering and discordant guitar explosions, but is still shot through with moments of calm beauty, such … >>
News Villagers – Occupy Your Mind In the advent of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, please find attached a song written for you, your mother, your father, and your gay brothers and sisters in Russia. >>
News Wild Beasts – Wanderlust Share Why are Wild Beasts still referred to as an "indie rock band"? Better still, how did The Independent recently come to pull "rockers" out of its big book of … >>
News Real Estate – Talking Backwards Judging by Real Estate's new track Talking Backwards, summer will come early in 2014 - Real Estate are set to release Atlas, the follow-up to 2011's Days, on March 3rd in the UK, and March 4th in the US. >>
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 Julia Holter – Maxim’s I Share There's a scene in the 1958 Musical Gigi in which, two by two, couples enter Maxim's, a restaurant where everyone minds his own business. Or so we are told. … >>
Tracks The Pastels – Check My Heart Share The band that inspired a thousand twee others, still going 30 years on.
Tracks Real Estate – It’s Real Share Something more modern in the jangly style. The album "Days" was a 2011 end of year poll regular, even managing the neat trick of appealing to both Pitchfork and … >>
Reviews Franz Ferdinand – Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action Share It’s appropriate enough that opening salvo of Franz Ferdinand’s fourth album is a found lyric, a moment of brilliance that isn’t quite matched by what follows. The words ("Come … >>