Album | St Vincent – St Vincent

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Annie Clark’s 4th album under the ‘St Vincent’ moniker is comfortably her best work to date. Coming off the back of a fruitful partnership with lead Talking Head, David Byrne, Clark took just 36 hours off in between finishing the…

Album | Wild Beasts – Present Tense

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Crisp production and a stunning vocal performance combine to make Wild Beasts’ fourth album Present Tense a treasure of a record. Spanning a spectrum of colour and mood, the songs boast distinctive lyrics and expertly crafted structures. The synth, bass,…

EP | Hannah Peel – Fabricstate

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Hannah Peel is no stranger to compliments, and she’s certainly bagged her share of supporters and collaborators in the few years she’s been releasing music. Having already worked with Simon Tong from The Verve and Gorillaz fame and gained a…

Blog | Five of the best piano players

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We’ve teamed up with Coach House Pianos to bring you five performances from our favourite pianists. 1. Regina Spektor The first pianist on every anti-folk fans list is surely Regina Spektor, who’s been tinkling the ivories since 2000. Originally from…

EP | Kelly Oliver – Far From Home

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Kelly Oliver’s songs are full of clear traditional folk melodies; fans of The Staves and The Unthanks might want to give her debut EP a whirl. Title track ‘Far From Home’ features voice, guitar and the odd flourish of accordion,…

Interview | Introducing…Stylusboy

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Hello, please introduce yourself and your music to the uninitiated. Rach: We are Stylusboy, a folkish pop duo from Coventry! Steve: People have compared us to The Civil Wars, Lady Antebellum and The Swell Season. We have been around for…

Album | Tinariwen – Emmaar

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For fans of the band the sound is familiar. Tinariwen’s Emmaar sounds as gutsy and confrontational as ever. It is both symbolic of the band’s culture and its in your face, whilst also being soulful, gentle and offering a sense…

Album | Marissa Nadler – July

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July is Marissa Nadler’s sixth full-length album release since 2004 and is arguably her most compelling work to date. The slow-paced melancholy style and subject matter are familiar, but the delivery is now more certain and sure-footed. Opening track ‘Drive’…