Issue 48

Brakes – Touchdown

Unlike lots of his contemporaries, Hamilton’s songs also have something to say, they have depth, emotional content and balance. And you can sing along, think of that…

Venice Is Sinking - Azar

It’s certainly ambitious and what’s so fascinating is that it succeeds on almost every level.

Western Civ - Shower the People you Love with Gold

a big, hearty stew of an album

The Shortwave Set - Replica Sun Machine

perfect for easing into Spring with

Modern Skirts - All Of Us In Our Night

perilously close to sounding like an album of elevator music

We Swim You Jump - Sharks EP

the sound of a band full of promise

Pony Pack – Claws and Fists

Clash, bang, clatter, clatter.

The Flying Change – pain is a reliable signal

It may not have been inspired by the most enjoyable period of his life, but what Sam Jacobs and his associates have created here is fascinating.

This is not a review of the new Bonnie “Prince” Billy album.

Elsewhere in the aforementioned press release it states that ‘Sometimes all you want to do is fuck’. Well sometimes (like when reading such self-aggrandising bull-shit whilst listening to self-vandalising crapulence) all I want to do is yell ‘fuck off’.

Baïkonour - Your Ear Knows Your Future

It’s mostly the work of one chap, Jean-Emmanuelle Kreiger, who takes a grandiose High European stand on re-working aspects of the Cocteau Twins’ guitar sounds on Moon and the Melodies LP (he must be a big fan of that).

Studio G - G-Spots

What this compilation does is show just how inventive and off-the-cuff incidental music used to be before execs started nabbing standard chart sounds (or similar) to fill out their programmes.

Sin Fang Bous - Clangour

Despite the odd super-twee moment, it’s a very, very enjoyable pop LP. One for summer.

Handsome Furs – Face Control

What really pins it all together though, are the strength of the hooks, the simple pop structures and the feeling that this record isn’t just a set of references thrown together, but the work of a band which wants to communicate with its audience.

Incendiary interview Micachu

The best gig we did was up in Cumbria in Barrow in Furness. It was really odd, all the locals and some artists, it felt like a youth group…

Spectrum, The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham, 20/02/09

I struggle to think of anyone I’ve seen make songs which are almost 20 years old seem so fresh and timeless.

The Drones – Havilah

In conclusion it’s not breaking any new ground, sonically, but it’s a hell of a record made by a band in their prime.

Crystal Antlers, Paradiso, Amsterdam 05/03/09

The Antlers are a strange bunch, the bass player & singer looks for all the world like an overgrown teenage prop forward.

Dent May and his Magnificent Ukulele – The Good Feeling Music of Dent May and his Magnificent Ukulele

Along with songs about college kids, Parisian girls and alcoholism he even finds time to make a love song out of attending an academic conference (mentioning powerpoint slides along the way).

Aidan Moffat and the Best-Ofs -How To Get To Heaven From Scotland

Aidan Moffat and the Best-Ofs -How To Get To Heaven From Scotland

Phosphorescent – To Willie

You’d suspect the instrumentation is deliberately sotto enough for you to play this record after one too many in the old Legless Arms the previous night.

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