EP | Oh Sister – Watch the Water

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On her debut EP, Watch the Water, Oh Sister shows off her song writing prowess in a richer, more electro-filled sound than I’d previously heard at her intimate live performances. The new vibe fits her style impeccably, and her voice…

Album | Ultimate Painting – Green Lanes

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Arriving a little less than 12 months after their debut record in 2014, Ultimate Painting, made up of James Hoare from indie band Veronica Falls and Jack Cooper from Mazes, have unleashed another set of Velvet Underground-aping tracks into the…

Album | The Mynabirds – Lovers Know

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I listen to Lovers Know with some anticipation. The Mynabirds’ last album, Generals, was one of my favourites in recent years, from the punch of the title track to the hopeful ‘Body of Work’. It is fiercely original while also being tuneful, melodic, danceable; so I’m surprised to read, in the PR material…

Album | Mac DeMarco – Another One

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Another year, another Mac DeMarco record. Arriving just 12 months after 2014’s Salad Days, Another One sees DeMarco exploring love and romance, setting his lyrics to a wonderfully chilled out musical backdrop. If DeMarco was to be compared to another…

Album | Elvis Perkins – I Aubade

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It has been six long years since Elvis Perkins released his second album Elvis Perkins in Dearland and clearly a lot has changed for the Los Angeles-raised singer-songwriter. His 2009 release suggested a man looking to expand rather than streamline…

Album | Sea of Bees – Build A Boat To The Sun

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After her longing debut, Songs to the Ravens, and follow-up Orangefarben, about young love and broken-heartedness, Julie Ann Baenziger’s Build A Boat To The Sun feels mature, healed or at least healing. Opening song ‘Test Yourself’ is incredibly Californian, all surf, sun, ambient washes and the…

Album | Emily Portman – Coracle

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Emily Portman is, without a doubt, one of the world’s most magical contributors to the folk scene, and is also arguably England’s strongest in the industry by a wide margin. Embracing traditional sounds and themes with open arms, she innovates…