Archives for December 2016

An Abbreviated Albums A-Z of 2016: From Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy to XAM Duo.

Wherever you’ve been on the geopolitical planet of 2016, there is no doubting that it’s been a turbulent and testing year, which some people would rather forget.  Hence, looking back upon the best albums of the past twelve months feels almost too trivial.  Yet, great culture is nearly always there to remind us what can still make life so enriching … [Read more...]

Julia Jacklin – Don’t Let The Kids Win

Inspired improbably by Britney Spears, Australian Julia Jacklin shares little with the "Toxic" star apart from a talent to sing well-crafted pop songs. Single "Coming Of Age" is a jaunty trip into a '90s groove and the song showcases her almost-drawling vocal style. Clearly not a girl who wants to try too hard – this is one seriously good song. … [Read more...]

The Afghan Whigs – Black Love (deluxe reissue)

Following on from The Afghan Whigs' commercially and critically crossing-over 1993 LP, Gentlemen, receiving the deserved and thoughtful deluxe treatment in late-2014, 1996’s Black Love now undergoes a twentieth anniversary edition.  Crudely speaking, if the former is a claustrophobic small-screen psychodrama about love turned beyond sour, then the … [Read more...]

Glenn Meling – “America”

Singer-songwriter and producer Glenn Meling may hail from Olso, Norway, but the geographical difference between Norway and the US doesn’t get in the way of Meling’s heartfelt Americana sound.  Meling recently released the album Minnesota, named in connection to the many migrating Norwegians settling in that state during the 1800s.  Meling himself … [Read more...]

Gert Taberner – Fallen EP

This recently released 3-song EP from singer-songwriter Gert Taberner blends mellow folk with brighter pop and R&B arrangements.  Taberner is originally from Germany, but soon after finishing his schooling he headed off to Vancouver, Canada.  He worked on his first record there before relocating once more, this time to New York where he … [Read more...]

Polytechnic Youth presents… The Home Current & Tomorrow Syndicate

Throughout 2016 Dom Martin’s Polytechnic Youth imprint has gone from strength to strength, as documented repeatedly across these very pages. Now, just ahead of the Christmas close-down, arrives two more must-collect limited 7”-sized offerings, which stretch-out the label’s self-set minimalistic boundaries even further. The first of these two … [Read more...]

Matt Townsend – “Came Down From The Mountain”

North Carolina-based singer-songwriter Matt Townsend has just released his new EP, The Drifter and the Dream (Part I), the first of a two-part series.  On the EP, Townsend has shifted the solo acoustic set-up found on his first two albums to a more expansive sound that mines American folk, ‘60s rock/pop, indie-rock, and ambient music.  The EP … [Read more...]

Interview with Tim & Puma Mimi

Tim and Puma Mimi of the Swiss-Japanese electronic pop duo Tim & Puma Mimi are readying for the release of their latest album, Der Die Das, on January 27th via Mouthwatering Records. Lead single “Dupi Dough”, out December 2nd, is a special present, a song created as part of the soundtrack to an award-winning animated short film titled Ivan’s … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#50 (Hewson Chen on Aquí Vìvía Yo)

Hewson Chen (The New Lines, Lake Ruth) on.. Le Mans’ Aquí Vìvía Yo (Elefant / Grimsey, 1998) This album of quiet melancholy and longing was the final album from Le Mans, which I liked to loosely imagine as a Spanish indie version of Caetano Veloso after a generous helping of barbituates. As if to ratify the band’s end, the fateful cover art … [Read more...]

Western Education – Restless Dreams

The Lowell, Massachusetts-based Western Education was started by Greg Alexandropoulos (lead vocals, keyboards) in 2011.  He was joined by Georgio Broufas on guitar and backing vocals and producer Will Hunt on bass.  The line-up solidified in 2012 with the addition of drummer Mark Ragusa, who has since left the band. Western Education released a … [Read more...]