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RECORD REVIEW: TOPS – TENDER OPPOSITES
RECORD REVIEW: TOPS – TENDER OPPOSITES

Arbutus/Atelier Ciseaux Tops Bandcamp Buy vinyl here The last decade or so has seen the onset of a cerebral and nostalgic form of pop music largely thanks to the left field single minded work of outsider luminaries like Ariel...

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RECORD REVIEW: DEAD MELLOTRON – GLITTER
RECORD REVIEW: DEAD MELLOTRON – GLITTER

Sonic Cathedral Dead Mellotron Bandcamp Buy vinyl here Dead Mellotron began in 2007 as the solo project of Louisiana native Josh Frazier and its first incarnation came in the form of the heavy and atmospheric digital only release Ghost...

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RECORD REVIEW: PS I LOVE YOU – DEATH DREAMS
RECORD REVIEW: PS I LOVE YOU – DEATH DREAMS

Paper Bag Buy here If you head out of Toronto towards Montreal on the 401, around the 240 km mark on the banks of Lake Ontario, you’ll hit Kingston, a smallish city that in a rock sense, punches above...

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RECORD REVIEW: FATHER JOHN MISTY – FEAR FUN
RECORD REVIEW: FATHER JOHN MISTY – FEAR FUN

Sub Pop Buy here “It’s all of me and none of me” is how Joshua Tillman has described his relationship with Father John Misty, a new incarnation and a step in a different direction for this talented and quirky...

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RECORD REVIEW: AMANDA MAIR – AMANDA MAIR
RECORD REVIEW: AMANDA MAIR – AMANDA MAIR

Labrador Buy here It would be easy to see Amanda Mair as a mere musical product. After all she came of age and turned 18 just this week, is easy on the eye, doesn’t yet write her own songs...

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RECORD REVIEW: LOTUS PLAZA – SPOOKY ACTION AT A DISTANCE
RECORD REVIEW: LOTUS PLAZA – SPOOKY ACTION AT A DISTANCE

Kranky Buy here The Floodlight Collective from 2009 saw Deerhunter’s guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Lockett Pundt give his all to creating his own album, full of reverb laden guitars and washed out vocals. While similar to the work of Deerhunter...

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RECORD REVIEW: PHÈDRE – PHÈDRE
RECORD REVIEW: PHÈDRE – PHÈDRE

Daps Records  Buy here Trying to access experimental music can sometimes be very alienating experience, stemming as it does from the deep recesses of individual creativity. It can run the risk of being a self-indulgent stand offish affair where...

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RECORD REVIEW: CHROMATICS – KILL FOR LOVE
RECORD REVIEW: CHROMATICS – KILL FOR LOVE

Italians Do It Better Buy here Portland, Oregon’s Chromatics have transformed themselves since their punk inspired beginnings in 2001 to become one of the most interesting and talked about groups of the year. Their rise has been a slow...

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RECORD REVIEW: CATS ON FIRE: ALL BLACKSHIRTS TO ME
RECORD REVIEW: CATS ON FIRE: ALL BLACKSHIRTS TO ME

It’s been a long and frustrating road travelled for main Cats On Fire protagonist Mattias Björkas and company. The now five piece pop troubadors had their beginnings in the then somewhat small and isolated west coast Finnish town of...

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RECORD REVIEW: BROTHERTIGER – GOLDEN YEARS
RECORD REVIEW: BROTHERTIGER – GOLDEN YEARS

Mush Records Buy here Brooklyn based John Jagos is Brothertiger, an artist who has pushed his way through a crowded genre to emerge with originality and confidence that many would be envious of. Hailing originally from Athens, Ohio, he...

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