Hologram World (with Karen O & Nick Zinner - video)
Review: Brooklyn, NY based Tiny Masters Of Today's latest single 'Hologram World' is joyous, noisy punk pop from start to finish.
Taken from their debut album 'Bang Bang Boom Cake', it's a collaboration with Karen O from Yeah Yeah Yeahs and her
bandmate Nick Zinner.
Review: Infamous Libertines and Babyshambles frontman Peter Doherty returns with his latest project, Peter Doherty and the Puta Madres, formed by members of Doherty's touring band from his 2016 "Eudaimonia" tour. He brings with him, of note, Jack Jones - also a member of Trampolene - who shares vocal duties and guitar collaboration with Doherty on the album. Expect a ragged, not entirely inharmonious, array of spangled guitars, boot-skootin' fiddles, broken down jazz and deconstructed mega blues. A good one for those smokey nights of Laphroaig when lamenting the ups & downs of one's life and times, all spent in an irreverent tone of UK punk and blues, or as the band call it: an intimate portrait of love, loss, being lost, happiness, tragedy, addiction and the power of the human soul to transcend its darker levels
Review: To be a fan of Ty Segall must be a rewarding thing as the Californian singer-songwriter can deliver at the very least one album per annum. This does nothing to diminish the quality of his much loved and trusted music and this time around, with the help of his backing group the Freedom Band, he delivers a live album recorded at Los Angeles' Teragram Ballroom. Mixed by American legend Steve Albini, this album even comes with a rendition of a Segall track commissioned by Comedy Central, and though "Deforming Lobes" may be on a slightly different tip from Segall's cover album "Fudge Sandwich" - and the four albums he released in 2018 - there's no denying the raw take of a wild, uncensored performance.
Review: Moshi Moshi have for a long time now held their place as a trusted source in harbouring fresh, exploratory indie and pop, with the likes of Hercules & Love Affair, the enigmatic Tom Vek, Au Revoir Simone and Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor common names seen across its discography. Another trusted group for the label is Teleman who deliver their third full length, a record that's boasted as freer and more collaborative than anything they've done before. Wayfarer-wearing synth pop is a nice way to thematicise the LP Family Of Aliens though, with hints of UK-indie - in true Moshi Moshi style - intertwining with Frenchy synth pop. The mellow cruise and space vocoders of "Submarine Life" is a sweet dream to listen to alongside the meaner night drive of "Cactus", a number invoking images of a New Mexico desert with Roswell somewhere over in the distance.
Review: When is a psychedelic rock album not a psychedelic rock album? Anyone who has quickly scrawled answer-on-postcard reads "when it's Temples" can go straight to the top of the class. Evidently you have been paying attention over the course of the British three piece's last two full length records. It's not that things don't sound pretty out there and trippy. All the elements to achieve that are here, but the accessibility is ramped up to the level of a pop album, with arrangements owing more to traditional song craft than anything particularly experimental. Don't read that as criticism, though. Tracks like "Not Quite The Same" are huge, proud, instantly catchy but far from obvious numbers. "You're Either On Something" thumps and lunges through its various permutations, "Atomise" pares everything back, luring us in, before opening up into a frantic, grunge-metal guitar line. We can only imagine the fun they had recording it.
Review: These English psychedelic pop ingenues may have retreated to their home studio to record their second effort, yet what's emerged is their most expansive and forward-thinking blast into the ether to date - taking on board kaleidoscopic keyboard-driven soundscapes as well as sunny eccentricity. these widescreen anthems draw a line in the cosmic continuum from The Flaming Lips through MGMT to the vast blue yonder, yet with individual character and songwriting chops to spare. Rising far above the majority of the overly reverential and predictable realm of the contemporary psych scene, Temples' aural marriage of the artily transcendental and the poppily terrestrial marks them out as genuine contenders for greatness.
Review: The husband-and-wife team of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley made their name with fuzzed-out surf-pop of a particularly slack and sunny variety. This fourth record sees them mellowing into something still more summery and beatific, inspired by a sailing trip around the Sea Of Cortez and touched by a very '70s-inspired and soulful stripe of deliriously poppy songcraft. Somewhere between the soft rock of Fleetwood Mac and the lilt of the era's disco hits, the beguiling likes of 'My Emotions Are Blinding' and 'Ladies Don't Play Guitar' have just as much in the way of lyrical wisdom to offer as musical sophistication, offering edges and introspective depth to a carefree and seductive sound.
Review: Just in case anyone was missing Thee Oh Sees a mere three months after their triumphant last effort 'A Weird Exits', they've already managed to bang out another album, seemingly even managing to top the workrate of the '60s icons who are their sonic precursors. Yet 'An Odd Entrances' is by no means cut from the same cloth as its furious and full-on predecessor, being rather a reflective and comparatively mellow departure that takes in the more off-kilter and restrained moments that have always been the yang to the yin of their garage blowouts. Testimony to the warm heart lurking within this reckless institution, 'An Odd Entrances' proves this band excel just as much at beguiling nocturnal visions as overheated amplifiers.
Review: Long time member of Domino Records' Wild Beasts, Hayden Thorpe of the group now ventures out on his own with a debut album called "Diviner". Taking its reference points from minimal piano, 80s synth inspirations, and vocal intonations that sound like they land somewhere between James Blake and Hercules and Love Affair's Anohni, Thorpe's debut delivers a melancholic and poppy tribute to a sound that's full of introspection, expression and delicacy. With the album's approach to modern contemporary and classical rising to the fullest in its penultimate track, "Spherical Time", "Diviner" is both a journey through space as much as it is future pop, multi instrumentation and R&B.
Review: With the mass of TOY material out there we have London label Heavenly to thank, however this latest expedition sees the Brighton act land on Tough Love for the first time, a label straight outta their hometown. Happy In The Hollow presents the band's fourth LP overall and it's an album painting dystopic visions, however inspired to no end. Across the LP we are graced with synths that swoon and chime in unison to ghostly backing chorals, to the more ambient, end of the world strolls through darkened forests ("The Wilo). There are some more traditional UK jangly guitar moments, like "Jolt Awake", or beat down punk trappings of "Energy". Punk meets ends of the earth is here.