Album | Villagers – Darling Arithmetic

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After his debut Becoming A Jackal and the harder sounds of Awayland, Conor O’Brien’s latest offering is carefully intimate and stripped-down, recorded in his home studio. Opening song ‘Courage’ is characteristically stoical/masochistic: the knowledge that life is not always easy is framed as ‘sweet relief’.…

Album | Calexico – Edge Of The Sun

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In the nearly 20 years since their debut, Tucson group Calexico have made some outstanding albums, weaving together roots sounds, Americana and Tex-Mex. On their first album since 2012’s New Orleans-themed Algiers, they make what is (surprisingly, given their influences)…

Album | Waxahatchee – Ivy Tripp

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Ivy Tripp is Katie Crutchfield’s third record under the name Waxahatchee, but just because she’s settled into the role doesn’t mean she’s ready to stop moving. Over the course of this record, Crutchfield never sits still, and offers a little…

Album | Emily Barker- The Toerag Sessions

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Once, every two or three years, an artist comes along so fully formed and talented that they fast become one of your favourite musicians, and when Emily Barker, supported by the very talented multi-instrumentalists of the Red Clay Halo, released…

Album | Paper Aeroplanes – Joy

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Rarely has a record been more appropriately named than Joy, the third album from welsh duo Paper Aeroplanes. From opening track ‘Good Love Lives On’ to the concluding ‘Goldrush’, Sarah Howells and Richard Llewellyn lead the listener through an album of bright optimism,…