Album Reviews

Album reviews and new music previews from the latest releases by upcoming bands and indie record labels.

Northern Transmissions reviews the new album from Wax Idols, 'Discipline & Desire
6.3

Discipline & Desire

Oakland post-punk four piece Wax Idols are about to release their second album entitled Discipline & Desire on March 26th. With Heather Fedewa aka Hether Fortune at the helm, the band have built on their first album No Future in a noisy

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daughter if you leave album review
7.5

If You Leave

Desolate, bleak and bruised, welcome to the icy tundra that is Daughter. The London trio are offering up their heart-wrenching debut album, If You Leave, this month. Ten songs constructed from brittle orchestration and Elena Tonra’s rich, emotive vocal

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david bowie the next day album review
8.5

The Next Day

As music icons go, David Bowie may be the biggest in terms of his wide reach across multi-generations. It’s common for fans to have a very personal connection to the man and his music, and it would probably be quite normal for each of those connections to differ greatly

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Northern Transmissions reviews 'The Hearse' by 'Wampire'

Review Of Wampire – ”The Hearse”

“Live the dream like the 80s never happened” sang Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke on Song for Clay (Disappear Here), and it would seem Portland, OR, duo Wampire buy into this philosophy. Just check out the band’s press shots and you’ll see a soft focus photo of Rocky Tinder and Eric Phipps

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Northern Transmissions review Alex Calder's new EP 'Life'
8.0

Time

The EP begins with “Suki and Me”, loaded with dreamy wanderlust lyrics over a song-driving bass line. Alex Calder doesn’t have the pipes of a Grohl or even a Ringo (possibly why the vocal track is mixed lower than the other instruments), however he does have something to say

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6.5

Isles

Beach ready pop tunes with undercurrents of reggae is how Wild Belle are described, to some this might be like the equivalent of musical holy water splashed across a demons face but in fact sibling duo Natalie and Elliot Bergman

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8.5

Tales from Terra Firma

UK indie folk boys Stornoway are back with their second album Tales from Terra Firma. Originally from Oxford, the band consists of singer, lyricist, and guitarist Brian Briggs, keyboard player Jon Ouin, bassist Oli Steadman and his brother Rob on drums

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8.0

180

Palma Violets have gained notoriety with their unpredictable live shows and the magnetism of frontman Sam Fryer (vocals/guitar) and Chilli Jesson (bass/guitar). Both fellas cut a dash as 2013’s take of Pete and Carl from The Libertines, however Intriguingly on 180,

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4.0

Wondrous Bughouse

For his new album Wondrous Bughouse, Youth Lagoon trades the bedroom for a professional studio and producer Ben Allen (Animal Collective), and loses almost everything that made his debut album a success. Overall, Wondrous Bughouse

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8.0

Chelsea Light Moving

Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth fame is all set to reveal his new band’s self titled debut record under the Chelsea Light Moving moniker. To give you a flavor of what to expect from Moore’s new outfit

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6.4

The New Life

Lo-fi Irish four-piece Girls Names are to release their second album “The New Life” this month on record labels Slumberland and Tough Love in Europe and with Slumberland Records in the US. The noise pop, surf rockers are following up on their well received debut Dead To Me which was released in 2011.

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Review Of The Men ‘New Moon’

The Men’s fourth record, New Moon is hardly a planet destroyer it can be a deceptive beast at times. Planting themselves somewhere between dusty ol’ college rock and unrelenting post punk, the four piece probably couldn’t obliterate Alderaan but they would definitely give it their best shot

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