Year: 2013

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 Au Revoir Simone – Somebody Who Share The introspective, minor key side of big synth. There's a dreamy, spectral quality to the music; sounds creep in and out throughout, and trickster seems to have stolen part … >>
Tracks Black Hearted Brother – (I Don’t Mean To) Wonder Taken from the 2013 album Stars Are Our Home, (I Don't Mean To) Wonder is a rousing slice of buzzing, percussive shoegazing - a sort of Jesus & Mary Chain meets everyone who's got reverb. >>
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 Cheatahs – Cut The Grass Share Consider this a shoegazing playlist bonus: a London band bringing to life the glorious moment when Swervedriver, Dinosaur Jr, My Bloody Valentine, Teenage Fanclub went on a massive pub … >>
Tracks Chvrches – Gun Share The album might have been too long, but who cares, frankly, when the singles are this good?
Tracks Club 8 – A Small Piece of Heaven Share Not to be confused with anyone else with a vaguely similar name, Club 8 are just one of many casually brilliant Swedish pop groups (quite a few of whom … >>
Tracks Club 8 – Stop Taking My Time Share From the smoky late night lounge synths of "Kill, Kill, Kill", to the hedonistic pop of "A Small Piece of Heaven" and "Less Than Love", on Above the City … >>
Tracks Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener Avant Gardener tells the tale of an anaphylactic attack on a hot and otherwise boring Monday and perfectly captures the lazy heat-strained mood with its round and round riff, and Barnett's vaguely indolent, totally not into this delivery. >>
Tracks Cults – I Can Hardly Make You Mine Share 3 days into the end of year retrospective, and thus far manly indie-guitaring is notably absent. The times they are a-changing. Has the world changed or have I changed? … >>
Tracks Everything Everything – Kemosabe Share Although it surfaced in late 2012, it wasn't released until January 2013, as the second single from Everything Everything's second album Arc. We're not the sort of band who … >>
Tracks Foals – My Number Share From Antidotes five years ago, to Total Life Forever in 2010, and now Holy Fire, Foals have progressed smoothly from a talented but erratic math rock group to one … >>