Author: Natalie Kaye

The Neighbourhood - I Love You Album Review

The Neighbourhood - I Love You Album Review

The Neighbourbood's debut album 'I Love You' sounds like a band trying to do edgy but not really getting there and sounding more like a try-hard boy band - with instruments of course. They're the...

Review posted on 29th May 2013

The Pigeon Detectives - We Met At Sea Album Review

The Pigeon Detectives - We Met At Sea Album Review

We Met At Sea claims to hear The Pigeon Detectives abandon their 'polished indie-rock for something more plugged in, unpredictable and real'. And that statement just about sums the album up: confused and at a...

Review posted on 2nd May 2013

Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights: 10th Anniversary Edition Album Review

Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights: 10th Anniversary Edition Album Review

For the aging music fan it's almost a little depressing to see special edition re-releases. 10 years since Turn on the Bright Lights? Really... What on earth have I been doing with my decade? The...

Review posted on 22nd November 2012

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Here

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Here

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros inhabit many worlds, they wear many hats and perform under many guises. This is not simply a reference to the fact that the band has a vast and ranging...

Review posted on 9th May 2012

Saturday Night Gym Club - How to Build A Life Raft

Saturday Night Gym Club - How to Build A Life Raft

Okay, so the artwork isn't exactly world beating, but what's inside this tasty little package is much better so there's no need to fret.This Anglo-Irish collective, who have been garnering attention since playing Radio 1's...

Review posted on 5th March 2012

Maribel - Reveries

Maribel - Reveries

Atmosphere. It's a strange thing isn't it? Such a vital part of music, and yet it's not easily defined, or tangible. But then again when it's obviously lacking or synthetic (I'm looking at you: Lana...

Review posted on 2nd March 2012

Eleanor Friedberger - Last Summer

Eleanor Friedberger - Last Summer

You may know Eleanor as one half of NY brother/sister duo The Fiery Furnaces. Their debut album, Gallowsbird Bark, was a fresh and lively experiment on the borders of jazz, pop and folk music, but...

Review posted on 26th January 2012

Future Of The Left - Polymers Are Forever

Future Of The Left - Polymers Are Forever

The undersung Future of the Left continue to inspire nonsensical dread with new EP 'Polymers are Forever.' Front man Andy Falco has been excelling at this since his days in Mclusky, pedalling dense, dark lyricisms...

Review posted on 26th January 2012

Chad Valley - Equatorial Ultravox

Chad Valley - Equatorial Ultravox

It seemed just a matter of time before we got a British answer to chillwave, and here it is. Dropping this album at a time when Washed Out's second full length is garnering fans the...

Review posted on 3rd August 2011

Various Artists - Rave On Buddy Holly

Various Artists - Rave On Buddy Holly

Rather than a clever name for a new band or album (which would work quite well, I think), this is in fact a tribute album. In celebration of his 75th Birthday, someone has put out...

Review posted on 3rd August 2011

Lady GaGa - Born this Way

Lady GaGa - Born this Way

Bursting from the cover of her third album, which depending on your edition depicts her as part-motorbike or part-alien, one thing is undeniable - Stefani Angelina Germanotta was certainly not born this way.What she has...

Review posted on 4th July 2011

Alexander - Alexander

Alexander - Alexander

Lead singer of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is rather contrarily named Alexander Ebert. Whilst it's business as usual for the band as they prepare to make their way around the festival circuit this...

Review posted on 19th April 2011

The Cave Singers - No Witch

The Cave Singers - No Witch

Those who trade on animosity often like to switch things up for a subdued side project. See the likes of Dallas Green's side project City and Colour or Trent Reznor, who has gone full-time as...

Review posted on 24th March 2011

Yuck - Yuck

Yuck - Yuck

Cute name, isn't it? Well be prepared to feel the opposite of its sentiment. Born out of the ashes of Cajun Dance Party, and looking like they possess the physical prowess of a puppy you...

Review posted on 23rd February 2011

Deerhoof - Deerhoof vs. Evil

Deerhoof - Deerhoof vs. Evil

Deerhoof have certainly filled their 11 years together with many bold sentiments, but none so bold as battling against the forces of darkness. Deerhoof vs. Evil has arrived. It is their 10th studio album and...

Review posted on 23rd February 2011

Young And Lost Club - Compilation

Young And Lost Club - Compilation

Indie guitar music may be grating a little thin on most people these days, but the considerable influence on how it has been shaped by London duo Young and Lost Club cannot be ignored. Just...

Review posted on 27th September 2010

No Age - Everything in Between

No Age - Everything in Between

No Age have always had a weight of expectation upon their shoulders. Signing to Sub-Pop is equal parts an endorsement and a sword of Damocles. There is still a particular expectation from the label based...

Review posted on 27th September 2010

Mother Mother - Body of Years

Mother Mother - Body of Years

It isn't even a real country anyway! Sigh... etc. America's supposedly squarer cousin (actually just nicer and less shooty) really has invaded. But not in the style of Canadian Bacon, no, but since Arcade Fire...

Review posted on 27th September 2010

Mojo Fury - The Mann

Mojo Fury - The Mann

I know band names mean very little generally. But really, Mojo Fury's name does little to recommend their sound. You say 'Mojo,' you immediately think double denim, add 'Fury' to it and you have dads...

Review posted on 27th September 2010

Surfer Blood - Astro Coast

Surfer Blood - Astro Coast

There's no shortage of surfer vibes around is there? From Wavves to Weezer to The Drums to Vampire Weekend, it seems like everyone is digging out their Beach Boys records for inspiration in the last...

Review posted on 30th July 2010

Perfume Genius - Learning

Perfume Genius - Learning

It's always best to approach albums with a 'back story' carefully, because let's face it, it's the sort of stuff that people cook up to sell records. Looking at the promo shots of Mike Hadreas,...

Review posted on 30th July 2010

Download Festival - 2010

Download Festival - 2010

The line-up took no prisoners. This was the 30th anniversary of the Donington festival, and with the likes of AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine, Motorhead and Deftones, Download successfully united the most popular acts in...

Review posted on 17th June 2010

Primavera Sound Festival, 2010 Live Review

Primavera Sound Festival, 2010 Live Review

They say the Spanish are a race of people who wave their hands and say 'mañana,' at organisation. 'They' have obviously never been to Primavera. Set in a stylish suburb of an even more stylish...

Review posted on 2nd June 2010

The Golden Filter - Voluspa

The Golden Filter - Voluspa

In antediluvian times, there was MGMT or Natasha Khan. But as with any marketable, stylized area of music, it was inevitable that other folks would want a slice of the pie. But then of course,...

Review posted on 19th May 2010

Booka Shade - More!

Booka Shade - More!

Booka Shade (pronounced: 'shah-day') are a formidably respected duo in the world of European dance music. Their label, Get Physical is no slacker in providing quality House, Techno and Electro, and these guys have around...

Review posted on 19th May 2010

She & Him - Volume Two

She & Him - Volume Two

Zooey Deschanel seems to live a pretty charmed life as far as I can see. The Indie Boy's Wet Dream™ is a successful actress with good looks, an indie musician husband and a talent that...

Review posted on 10th May 2010

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & The Cairo Gang - The Wonder Show of the World

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & The Cairo Gang - The Wonder Show of the World

The travelling circus of Will Oldham is in town again, with its usual ringmaster, but the show in the tent has changed. Like Jack White, Oldham is known for his take-charge approach to creative collaborations,...

Review posted on 10th May 2010

Kitsune - Compilation 9

Kitsune - Compilation 9

The ice cream pastels embellishing the front cover scream 'summer is here!' And, I'll agree, as the weather brightens up, it's pretty hard to quell that burning sense of optimism in one's gut.The archly popular...

Review posted on 10th May 2010

Primavera Sound Festival - 2010

Primavera Sound Festival - 2010

Not many festivals can claim to have snowballed on the same scale as Primavera Sound. Beginning its life as a 'boutique' event back in 2001, it attracted a thoroughly decent 8,000 people. And yet this...

Review posted on 26th April 2010

Oh No Ono - Eggs

Oh No Ono - Eggs

'Curiouser and curiouser.' Lewis Carroll's famous misuse of English grammar may have a renewed application to Oh No Ono's 'Eggs,' an album which transports you to another dimension as swiftly as falling down a rabbit...

Review posted on 3rd March 2010

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