John Darnielle and The Mountain Goats excel once again on 20th album ‘Dark In Here’, telegraphing pre-pandemic dread and anxiety.
On ‘Getting Into Knives’, the 19th Mountain Goats album, John Darnielle keeps his songwriting arsenal sharpened.
Grandiose yet heartfelt and nuanced, Arcade Fire’s 2010 album ‘The Suburbs’ cemented their position as one of the world’s biggest and best bands.
Wearing experience and determination like a badge of courage, Katie Crutchfield’s fifth Waxahatchee album ‘Saint Cloud’ is her finest so far.
An understated mix of alternative country and lush chamber-pop, Lambchop’s 2000 album ‘Nixon’ remains Kurt Wagner’s masterwork.
Marking the 30th anniversary of American independent label Merge with a playlist of their finest records.
A magnum opus of masterful, conceptual songwriting spanning a bewildering number of genres, ’69 Love Songs’ by The Magnetic Fields has not been surpassed.
Stripped back and emotionally direct, it’s difficult not to see the bar-room rock leanings of ‘An Obelisk’ as an over-correction in reaction to last year’s ‘A Productive Cough’.
Although their 17th album concerns ageing and decline, John Darnielle and The Mountain Goats show no sign of slowing down on ‘In League With Dragons’.
American indie icon Mary Timony re-assembles Ex Hex for a fun, if predictable, second album of garage-punk in ‘It’s Real’.