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REVIEW: Ezra Furman – ‘Transangelic Exodus’ (Bella Union)

Ezra Furman’s latest album ‘Transangelic Exodus’ is dynamic and forward-looking in musical terms, and frees up its creator for his unique storytelling style.

PLAYLIST: An Introduction to Bella Union

Under the aegis of Simon Raymonde (ex-Cocteau Twins), Bella Union is one of the most well-regarded independent record labels in the business.

REVIEW: Lost Horizons – ‘Ojalá’ (Bella Union)

Lost Horizons’ ‘Ojalá’ is an album that makes you feel melancholic and nostalgic, but for all the wrong reasons.

REVIEW: Father John Misty – ‘Pure Comedy’ (Bella Union / Sub Pop)

The caustically funny ‘Pure Comedy’ sees Josh Tillman take aim at society and politics in his third album as Father John Misty.

REVIEW: Horse Thief – ‘Trials & Truths’ (Bella Union)

Indie-folk quintet Horse Thief’s second album ‘Trials & Truths’ is perfectly pleasant, but fails to develop from their promising 2014 debut.

REVIEW: Marissa Nadler – ‘Strangers’ (Bella Union / Sacred Bones Records)

by John Tindale It took six albums for Marissa Nadler to find her true voice and there is no better attribution to that than the Bella Union record label which housed the 2014’s record July, a breakthrough for the singer. Since that record, Nadler has found her style as a pop virtuoso set to a brilliantly descriptive backdrop and that is never more present than in seventh record Strangers.

REVIEW: Emmy The Great – ‘Second Love’ (Bella Union)

by Matthew Langham Emmy The Great’s first two albums, First Love and Virtue, both explored heartbreak and the ending of a relationship. It’s been five years since Emma-Lee Moss’s last record and her third effort to date is certainly more introspective and focused on advancements in technology, and how it affects everyday life. Labelled as a former anti-folker, Second Love mixes electronica with intricate orchestral arrangements to create a confessional record,

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REVIEW: Beach House – ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’ (Sub Pop / Bella Union)

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

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REVIEW: Ezra Furman – ‘Perpetual Motion People’ (Bella Union)

by Matthew Langham Chicago-based troubadour Ezra Furman returns with his third solo album, a highly charged record which springs from OCD, sexuality, religion and alienation. Perpetual Motion People has everything a solid rock ‘n’ roll album should have, full of the pent-up frustrations of lonely youth, one that Furman calls ‘an album for misfits’. Having received praise from BBC6 Music’s Marc Riley (as well as many other music critics) for his

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REVIEW: PINS – ‘Wild Nights’ (Bella Union)

by Ed Biggs Manchester’s all-female quartet PINS made one of the better British guitar debuts of 2013 with Girls Like Us, a solid if unspectacular study in post-punk revivalism in which they demonstrated a thorough understanding of the dynamics of the genre. While it didn’t really add anything to the canon, it indicated great promise for the future. More impressive was their prodigious work ethic, relentless touring and the curation of

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