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PLAYLIST: An Introduction to Merge

Marking the 30th anniversary of American independent label Merge with a playlist of their finest records.

REVIEW: Titus Andronicus – ‘An Obelisk’ (Merge)

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’.

REVIEW: The Mountain Goats – ‘In League With Dragons’ (Merge)

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’.

REVIEW: Ex Hex – ‘It’s Real’ (Merge)

American indie icon Mary Timony re-assembles Ex Hex for a fun, if predictable, second album of garage-punk in ‘It’s Real’.

REVIEW: Bob Mould – ‘Sunshine Rock’ (Merge)

It’s business as usual for former Hüsker Dü frontman Bob Mould on his 13th solo album ‘Sunshine Rock’, one of the least gloomy and most reflective works he’s ever produced.

REVIEW: Waxahatchee – ‘Great Thunder’ EP (Merge)

Katie Crutchfield revisits some of her oldest work with her latest Waxahatchee release ‘Great Thunder’.

REVIEW: Spider Bags – ‘Someday Everything Will Be Fine’ (Merge)

Now on their fifth album, Spider Bags are still tinkering with their off-kilter mix of punk, indie, country and blues on ‘Someday Everything Will Be Fine’.

REVIEW: Titus Andronicus – ‘A Productive Cough’ (Merge)

A confusing mess of bar-room blues, electrified country and traditional rock, ‘A Productive Cough’ sees Patrick Stickles and Titus Andronicus throw a significant curveball.

REVIEW: Ought – ‘Room Inside The World’ (Merge)

Ought’s third studio album ‘Room Inside The World’ sees them temper their post-punk with a newfound darkness and beauty.

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