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RECORD REVIEW: WOODS – BEND BEYOND
RECORD REVIEW: WOODS – BEND BEYOND

Brooklyn quartet Woods have given us seven releases in seven years, a range of folk-driven often-melancholic ponderings of our place in this twenty first century world. Known for their lo-fi sound, this seventh LP sees the band take a...

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RECORD REVIEW: POP SINGLES – ALL GONE
RECORD REVIEW: POP SINGLES – ALL GONE

In the form of their debut album, All Gone, Melbourne trio Pop Singles have released a melodically powerful and taut record full of jangly and edgy guitar, driving, restless bass lines and imperfectly perfect drums topped off with a...

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RECORD REVIEW: GRIZZLY BEAR – SHIELDS
RECORD REVIEW: GRIZZLY BEAR – SHIELDS

Three years in the making, the fourth studio album from indie rock royalty Grizzly Bear was put together after a six month hiatus, which had the band members coming in with fresh eyes, and a feeling of starting over....

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RECORD REVIEW: THE XX – COEXIST
RECORD REVIEW: THE XX – COEXIST

I’m always amazed at how artists’ second albums are always for the large part more harshly judged when compared with their first. Rather, it would be good to see reviews of those second albums actually home in on the...

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RECORD REVIEW: CAT POWER – SUN
RECORD REVIEW: CAT POWER – SUN

Anyone who has been to a Cat Power gig knows her unique personality and emotions are something she wears on her sleeve, laid bare for all to experience. It is a great thing to see such honesty on stage,...

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RECORD REVIEW: THE FRESH & ONLYS – LONG SLOW DANCE
RECORD REVIEW: THE FRESH & ONLYS – LONG SLOW DANCE

Long Slow Dance is San Francisco art pop outfit The Fresh & Onlys fourth full length in just five years. This is in combination with the additional release of two EP’s and the peddling a stack of 7″ singles...

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RECORD REVIEW: MATTHEW DEAR – BEAMS
RECORD REVIEW: MATTHEW DEAR – BEAMS

There is no one on the indie music scene quite like Matthew Dear. Since 1999 he has been a DJ, recorded eight albums, nine EPs, remixed many artists including The XX, Hot Chip, The Chemical Brothers, The Juan MacLean...

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RECORD REVIEW: TEENGIRL FANTASY – TRACER
RECORD REVIEW: TEENGIRL FANTASY – TRACER

On Tracer, Nick Weiss and Logan Takahashi, aka Teengirl Fantasy, have left behind the samples that abounded on their previous effort 7AM in favour of a record that comprises exclusively original material. It has to be said its a...

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RECORD REVIEW: HOLY OTHER – HELD
RECORD REVIEW: HOLY OTHER – HELD

As evidenced through his musical approach and his on-stage non-persona, Mancunian based electronic producer Holy Other has always been focused on creating mood and atmosphere for others rather than identifying or representing specifics of himself. Oscillating quite deliberately between...

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RECORD REVIEW: TEEN DAZE – ALL OF US TOGETHER
RECORD REVIEW: TEEN DAZE – ALL OF US TOGETHER

Since mid 2010 Teen Daze has been prolifically releasing EPs and singles over the web, leading up to his debut LP, Four More Years. He released this through Arcade Sound in 2010 as a ‘bedroom producer’, and was immediately...

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