Sam Beam’s sixth Iron & Wine album ‘Beast Epic’ sticks very closely to the same formula that’s made him such a celebrated figure in the indie/folk scene for so many years.
Constantly baffling and challenging, Shabazz Palaces have managed to do something truly remarkable and increasingly rare with ‘Quazarz’ – sustain the listener’s attention for more than 70 minutes.
Beach House haven’t broken any barriers with their ’B-Sides And Rarities’, but they continue to please their forever-dedicated fans.
With eighth album ‘In Spades’, the resurrection and second chapter of The Afghan Whigs continues with considerable force and vigour.
The caustically funny ‘Pure Comedy’ sees Josh Tillman take aim at society and politics in his third album as Father John Misty.
Hardcore punk foursome Pissed Jeans’ first album in four years sticks closely to their established formula, but is no less enjoyable for it.
Jesca Hoop’s fifth studio album ‘Memories Are Now’ features yet more strange and evocative lyrics.
‘Requiem’, for all its attempted restraint, is the most ambitious-sounding GOAT record to date.
by John Tindale Beach House have earned themselves a cult reputation over the last decade by releasing consistently brilliant dream pop. Commercial breakthrough album Bloom (2012) came 41st in our list of ‘The 100 Greatest Albums of the Decade So Far’, whilst critically acclaimed 2010 album Teen Dream ranked 7th. Yet you’d be forgiven for questioning whether or not Beach House could achieve such greatness again with sixth LP Thank Your
by Ed Biggs Minnesotan three-piece Low are the archetypal practitioners of the sub-genre sometimes known as ‘slowcore’. As practising Mormons, the band’s husband-and-wife core Mimi Parker and Alan Sparhawk have created their own niche in the indie world with their slow tempos, minimalist arrangements and haunting vocal harmonies, becoming an institution of sorts after 22 years and, now their 11th studio album. Ones And Sixes finds them needing to prove themselves