All articles by Pete Bate

Album | Woods – Strange To Explain

Brooklyn’s Woods share heritage with the likes of Kevin Morby (their former bassist), Real Estate and Kurt Vile. But 11 albums into their career, Woods’ pastel psych-pop/folk remains more under the radar (in the UK at least) than their contemporaries.…

Album | BC Camplight – Shortly After Takeoff

“I’ve had my indicator on since leaving Crewe/That explains the gestures in my rear-view,” Brian Christinzio sighs over the doo-wop pop of ‘Born To Cruise’.  It’s one of many superbly pithy couplets on his fifth BC Camplight album, Shortly After Takeoff,…

Album | Bon Iver – i,i

“I like you, I like you,” intones Justin Vernon on ‘iMI’, the opening salvo of his group’s fourth album. In the three years since the shadowy 22, A Million, Bon Iver’s convener has achieved a hard-earned contentment  – even if…

Album | The Leisure Society – Arrivals & Departures

Ten years since Nick Hemming, Christian Hardy and co arrived with their award-nominated debut album The Sleeper, their fifth offering represents a rebuilding of sorts. The ending of songwriter Hemming’s relationship with Leisure Society flautist Helen Whitaker, and the folding…

Album | William Tyler – Goes West

It’s hard to believe baby-faced William Tyler is pushing 40 and has been forging his solo guitar path for over a decade. After earning his left-field Americana stripes with the likes of Lambchop, The Silver Jews and Will Oldham, he…

Album | Low – Double Negative

If Low’s last album, 2015’s acclaimed Ones and Sixes, saw them slip off their slowcore shackles, Double Negative feels like a near-detonation of all that’s gone before. As the band moved into their third decade, a sense of consolidation surrounded…