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February 21, 2010

Owen Pallett – Heartland

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Owen Pallett – Heartland

Formerly recording under the moniker Final Fantasy, Owen Pallet has dropped the homage to classic RPGs, affirming his desire to make it on his own.

Not that he needs to – his orchestral and arrangement work for the likes of Arcade Fire, Grizzly Bear and Last Shadow Puppets already merit more than a few footnotes in modern music history – but allowed to run free with his own ideas Pallett is a gifted composer of elegant modern indie-electro compositions with a classical twist, clashing the analog with the digital, and knowing it‘ll work. (more…)

February 20, 2010

Fanfarlo – Harold T. Wilkins, Or How To Wait For A Very Long Time

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Fanfarlo – Harold T. Wilkins, Or How To Wait For A Very Long Time


It’s no surprise to learn that Fanfarlo are currently touring with mandolin led acoustic powerhouses, Mumford and Sons.

For like their partners in tweed, this Swedish folk fivesome deliver a fine pop drama complete with bleeding heart vocals and a whole delirious mess of unplugged strings and rampant percussion.

The band’s Scandinavian roots come through in keeping an order though, bringing some a coy sweetness to the affair that would never pass through the natural cynicism of a wholly British band.

Female backing tones on the lead male vocals too make sure things never take full control of the melody, keeping this ecstasy contained, but just as effective.

8.3/10

Release Date: 8 March

First Aid Kit – I Met Up With The King

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First Aid Kit – I Met Up With The King

Swedish teenage sisters. Three words that must have brought so much happiness to so many men since the invention of the internet.

There’s a purer talent on display here though, with Klara and Johanna Söderberg both so young, yet so adept in creating soulful, beautiful, simple music that soothes like a fireplace after a walk in the snow.

A particular subtle highlight of their début record, ‘I Met Up With The King’ aches with sibling harmonies, assured strumming and soft accompaniment, each purposely old-fashioned in its way.

Two teenagers picking past elegance over modern bombast, and singing like it’s the most natural thing in the world.

8.1/10

Release Date: 8 March

February 15, 2010

Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here

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Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here

In an age where revolutions are more likely to be Tweeted than televised, 2010 may not be Gil Scott-Heron’s natural home. Even the way music is consumed in the 21st century is something alien to the jazz/blues legend and hip-hop godfather, urging the listener to forsake their Spotifies and shuffle modes and “Turn off everything that rings or beeps or rattles or whistles/Make yourself comfortable/Play your CD/LISTEN all the way through.” (more…)

Local Natives – Airplanes

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Local NativesAirplanes


Drawing obvious comparisons to the latest batch of American folk revivalists, with Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear and Band of Horses the more obvious boxes to tick, Local Natives have a hard job sticking out from a critically adored crowd.

But though have no animals in their name, these Californians are just as adept in the Neil Young obsessed, plaid-shirted balladeer stakes.

Like a lumberjack choir (though without the cross-dressing), ‘Airplanes’ give the band a chance to roll through grand US landscapes, all Redwoods and woodchucks, keeping things harmonious and glorious.

Throw a furred creature in their moniker, and they’d be every indie kids new favourite band.

8.3/10

Release Date: 1 Mar

Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip – Get Better

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Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius PipGet Better

And once again Scroobius Pip emerges as the voice of moral reasoning on that part of the UK’s youth who don’t mind a bit of thoughtful polemic with their percussive loops and simple, melodic synth dance.

For when Dappy from N-Dubz shines in stupidity with mixed messages of abusive texts and anti-bullying campaigns, this duo become beacons of intelligent analysis in modern UK rap.

Aware of the bleakness of “small-town syndrome” and a lack of understanding in sex and alcohol, ‘Get Better’ encourages a genuine positivity in educating their audience, emphasising choice and self-motivation.

An over-simplififed outlook maybe, and not quite as anthemic as ‘Thou Shalt Always Kill’ but few catchy four-minute pop songs will offer more this year.

7.7/10

Release Date: 1 March

January 28, 2010

A Prophet

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Seven months, and still no sign of the water horse

I’m only giving myself 25 minutes to write this. Mainly so I don’t go on and on and take useless digressions that uncover nothing but tedium and irrelevance. Like this one. Mock the Week’s on though in a bit and, even though it’s now five sevenths terrible now that Boyle’s left, I like to treat my brain to its own version of Angel Delight sometimes. Even though it’ll probably vomit. Here are my thoughts on something much better though. (more…)

January 27, 2010

Esben and the Witch – Lucia at the Precipice

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Esben and the Witch – Lucia at the Precipice

Mixing Underworld exhilaration with the minimalist indie of The xx, all with lush Siouxie Sioux vocals, smothered in echo and effects, Esben and the Witch know how to create atmosphere.

You can nearly taste that moistened steam on your tongue as ‘Lucia and the Precipice’ bubbles up a potion of tension, lust and chills.

There’s a Gothic romance too – more Shelley or Stoker than Twilight – that gives maturity to this young Brighton lot, who, with warrant, should be heading to critical acclaim in a music press enraptured with anything a clever synth.

A song of edge to enthral, perfectly paced in devilish ambience.

8.6/10

Release Date: 8 Feb


January 23, 2010

White Rabbits – It’s Frightening

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White Rabbits – It’s Frightening

For a record so reliant on Jamie Levinson’s skilled, thoughtful drumming (and Matthew Clark too on occasion when one kit just isn’t enough), it’s odd to find this rhythm section somewhat of an afterthought when it comes to the production on White Rabbit’s second full-length effort. (more…)

January 22, 2010

Marina and the Diamonds – Hollywood

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Marina and the DiamondsHollywood

If there’s one thing any mainstream pop blockbuster needs, it’s a chorus that sweeps away all thoughts of reality, inspiring only positivity, excitement and maybe a little bit of sweat.

It’s what seperated the likes of Florence and La Roux from Little Boots in 2009, and Marina and her Diamonds look set to take on the next leg of female fronted power pop reliant on that central hook, simple in structure but dynamic in its execution.

There’s a cynicism too shared with The Ting Tings’ Katie White (though without the silly indie girl annoyance) making verses crackle with a confidence of someone who wants this pop world for their own. One for the A-list.

8.3/10

Release Date: 1 Feb

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