Album Reviews

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

Northern Transmissions' Review of 'Fear in Bliss' by Horse Thief. The band's LP comes out on April 8 on Bella Union. Horse Thief play April 15 in Brooklyn

Fear in Bliss

On April 14th, Horse Thief arrive with their debut full length LP Fear in Bliss. Founded in Denton by frontman Cameron Neal, the group relocated to Oklahoma to attend the Academy of Contemporary Music. It was,

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Northern Transmissions' review of So It Goes by Ratking. The album comes out on March 8 via XL Recordings/Hot Charity. The first single is "So Sick Stories"

Review of ‘So It Goes’ by Ratking

There seems to be an eternal trend in popular music for musicians to write songs about where they’re from. Whether it’s the artist’s hometown, current residence, or honorary home, some artists seem to be endlessly linked to a certain location–

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Northern Transmissions Reviews Tremors the new LP BY SOHN. Tremors comes out 4/7 on 4AD, the first single is "Lessons" SOHN plays 4/5 in Dornbirn, Austria

Review of Tremors by SOHN

SOHN’s debut LP, ‘Tremors’ was spawned from deeply intense recording sessions that took place during overnight periods of self-confessed isolation. English born producer, SOHN or Toph Taylor to his nearest and dearest decamped,

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Review of Review of The Future's Void by EMA, the new album comes out April 8th on Matador records. The first single from The Future's Void is "So Blonde"

The Future’s Void

EMA is the solo project of singer/guitarist Erika M. Anderson, the former leader of “noise-folk” outfit Gowns. After their disbandment, Anderson released 2011’s Past Life Martyred Saints,

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Northern Transmissions reviews Cloud Nothings' new LP Here And nowhere Else, it comes out today on Carpark records. The first single is "I'm not part of me

Here And Nowhere Else

Producer John Congleton may have out-Albini’d Steve Albini on Cloud Nothings’ fourth (and best) album, Here And Nowhere Else. Compared to 2012’s Attack On Memory, Here… is a stripped-down, but not necessarily cleaned-up, punk album,

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Review of Built on Glass the new album by Australian Chet Faker. The LP comes out April 15 via Future Classic. Chet Faker plays April 20 in Dublin, Ireland

Built on Glass

Australian electronic musician Nicholas James Murphy aka Chet Faker is to release his first album Built on Glass, which follows the award winning EP Thinking in Textures released in 2012. The recording name came after,

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Northern Transmissions reviews the new album Soft Friday from UK band Coves, the LP comes out 3/31 on Nettwerk. Coves play live March 23 in Leeds, UK

  Soft Friday

The creative process for a band can find its spark in many different places. For Leamington Spa duo, Coves, the muse behind their debut LP, ‘Soft Friday’ is our old pal alcohol. According to a recent interview with NME,

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Northern Transmissions' Review of Salad Days by Mac DeMarco, the album comes out April 1st on Captured Tracks. Mac DeMarco plays March 31st in Cleveland

Review of Salad Days by Mac DeMarco

If you’d told me four years ago that the snaggle-toothed, gap-grinned geek behind Makeout Videotape would be putting out an off-kilter pop record on Captured Tracks, I would have laughed in your face. Mac DeMarco’s radical spin,

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Northern Transmissions' Review of "Mess" the new LP from from Liars. Mess comes out March 25th on Mute records. Liars play live March 26th in Mecca, CA


There’s no good place to start when digging into a Liars record. The trio, infamous at this point for their pointed stylistic shifts between records, seem to pave no common ground in any of their musical output. Labeling,

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Northern Transmissions' review of The World Of Joy by Howler. The album comes out on March 25th via Rough Trade. Howler play March 24th in Bristol, UK

World Of Joy

For Howler’s sophomore release, the young whippersnappers from Minneapolis haven’t fallen into the trap of enlisting a super producer and slathering the whole shebang in strings resulting in an overblown, bloated affair. ‘World Of Joy’,

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