Tim Muddiman & The Strange – Paradise Runs Deeper

Tim Muddiman might wonder exactly why he has had to utilise crowd funding to release Paradise Runs Deeper, although at least some of the reasons for this are a result of his own decisions. With a musical pedigree that stretches back about three decades, the former Pop Will Eat Itself member and Gary Numan sideman may also consider why it's taken so … [Read more...]

Sleaford Mods – T.C.R. EP

Whilst Nottingham’s Sleaford Mods might appear on the surface to just be one angry man ranting through the cracks in broken Britain, with rudimentary backing from his gawky taciturn sampler-toting mate, there’s far more to Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearns than initially meets the ear and the eye.  Put aside the austerity-frazzled … [Read more...]

Thirsty – “The Albatross”

London-based noir-rockers Thirsty made waves in the UK last year with a self-titled debut album and now the act is set to inundate the world with its second album, Albatross, landing in November.  Legendary Rolling Stones producer Chris Kimsey was at the helm for the full-length’s production, mixing, and mastering. The core of Thirsty, Guy … [Read more...]

Las Kellies – Friends & Lovers / Rats On Rafts / De Kift – self-titled

Already well-known and respected for curating UK, US and Antipodean acts, Fire Records has also latterly looked and listened wider than some otherwise likeminded labels by delving into the Argentinian and Dutch music scenes to further expand a globe-exploring remit.  This has meant giving homes to the Buenos Aires-birthed Las Kellies and … [Read more...]

Steve Hussey and Jake Eddy – “Into The Ether”

West Virginian Americana duo Steve Hussey and Jake Eddy aims for direct and authentic songs on upcoming debut concept album The Miller Girl.  The full-length is set for release in November via Merf Records and it details the journey of an individual who is lost, but then found through the transformative power of love. Hussey is a veteran … [Read more...]

Slows – self-titled

Given all of his many tentacled endeavours, it’s a wonder that Matthew Simms has had the time, patience and head-space to devote to his solo alias Slows of late.  With his ongoing co-directorship of surprisingly durable art-pop janglers It Hug Backs and his increasingly prominent role in the latter-day incarnation of post-punk explorers Wire, … [Read more...]

Kristin Hersh – Wyatt At The Coyote Palace

I began listening to Wyatt At The Coyote Palace with the knowledge that I, and anyone else hearing it, are to think of it as more than just a collection of songs linked in various ways, such as when and where they were written, who played on them, where they were recorded and who produced them. The combined effect of twenty-four new music tracks … [Read more...]

Space Cadets – Space Cadets EP

LA-based pop-slanted hip-hop outfit Space Cadets mix up a tasty sonic stew, adding a shake of rock, a dash of blues, and a pinch of R&B to the pot, depending on the tune.  The trio just released a self-titled second EP in late-August, which was produced by James Ingram (Blink-182, Avril Lavigne, Leona Lewis). Zachary Wexelman (vocals, … [Read more...]

Various Artists – Say Yes! A Tribute To Elliott Smith

Having done admirable fan-friendly jobs of curating career-rebooting releases from Tanya Donelly and The Juliana Hatfield Three over the last eighteen months or so, American Laudromat Records returns again to a long-running passion for rehabilitating the historically-tarnished status of tribute albums.  Perhaps feeling a justified confidence boost … [Read more...]

Magnetic Ghost – Loss Molecules

Out of the great open spaces of the Midwest comes Magnetic Ghost, the Minneapolis, Minnesota-based project of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andy Larson.  In the tradition of hypnotizing lo-fi acts like Low and Flying Saucer Attack, Magnetic Ghost haunts the senses with droning, expansive, and looming compositions that veer from quiet … [Read more...]