Album Reviews

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

Laura Marling "Once I Was An Eagle" review on Northern Transmissions

Review Of “I Was An Eagle” By Laura Marling

In five years Laura Marling has produced four records all of which critically acclaimed and this latest effort is no exception. Once I Was An Eagle is waif like in construction, with Marling’s voice the most prominent factor amongst the acoustic strums and various layers of subtle string work

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The National "Trouble Will find Me" reviewed on Northern Transmissions

Review -The National ‘Trouble Will Find Me’

Brooklyn-based indie rock boys The National are to release their sixth album titled Trouble “Will Find Me” out on 4AD next week. The album was self produced and mixed by Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire, Portishead, REM) with “Self Love” mixed by Peter Katis

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Random Access Memories review on Northern Transmissions

Random Access Memories

The celebratory nature of Random Access Memories also extends out to the fans, critics, and the vast musicians and artists that have been inspired by Daft Punk. The reception to this album already has a built in positive energy to it

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"It's Up To You Emma" by Scout Niblett reviewed by Northern Transmissions

Review Of “It’s Up To Emma” By Scout Niblett

Singer songwriter Emma Louise Niblett, also known as Scout Niblett is to release her sixth album, and second LP release with the Chicago based label Drag City this week. First track on It’s Up To Emma, “Gun” is both delicate and aggressive at the same time, the guitar and sudden surges of energy in the track contrast with the sweeter moments in Niblett’s vocals;

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Majical Cloudz "Impersonator" review by Northern Transmissions

Review Of “Impersonator” By Majical Cloudz

Impersonator is a record of subtle touches; they are almost so slight their mere presence is dream-like. Take the looped, vocal sample of the aforementioned title track, the simple repetition of hums and “dum-dum-dums” make for a musical tapestry like muslin cloth

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review of Head Vs. Heart Emma Louise

vs. Head vs. Heart

Australian singer songwriter Emma Louise is to release her debut LP vs. Head vs. Heart out on French Kiss Records. The ten track album by the Brisbane artist follows her successful 2011 EP Full Hearts and Empty Rooms and was produced in the Brisbane studio of Matt Redlich

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Four Tet “Rounds” Special Anniversary Release

Rounds (Special Anniversary Edition)

Kieran Hebden, the musician better known as Four Tet is celebrating the tenth anniversary of his incredible 2003 LP Rounds with a unique new reissue of the album. Along with the original tracks from the album there is also a second disc of a live set from Copenhagen

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Primal Scream "More Light" reviewed by Northern Transmissions

Review Of Primal Scream’s “More Light”

More Light can be seen as a modern take on psychedelia with huge portions of freewheeling bass rumbles, random blasts of brass parps and cosmic guitar riffs beamed in from God knows where. At times it’s a job to know what instrument is producing which otherworldly noise.

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Northern Transmissions reviews "Modern Vampires Of The City" by Vampire Weekend

Modern Vampires Of The City

Obvious Bicycle” opens Vampire Weekend’s “Modern Vampires Of The City” with melody, interesting and varied percussion including what sounds like tins bumping and scraping, Ezra Koenig’s now recognizable clear sounding vocals and a dabble with the piano. Strings combined with synth melodies introduce “Everlasting Arms” whilst Vampire Weekend go back to a more heavy use of piano and drums in “Ya Hey” which has also been released as a single already.

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Northern Transmissions reviews MS MR'S "Secondhand Rapture"

Secondhand Rapture

Lizzy Plapinger (MS) and Max Hershenow (MR) first collaborated back in 2010, they recorded in secret and at first the musical community knew nothing of the duo’s noir pop origins. 2013 is here and we know the twosome’s names and their faces, right on cue in time for MS MR to dispense with their debut LP, Secondhand Rapture

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Savages "Silence Yourself" reviewed byNorthern Transmissions

Review Of Savages’ “Silence Yourself”

Savages are a no-wave / post-punk outfit that formed in London in the fall of 2011. They quickly became renowned for their primal, caustic live performances. Savages first full-length LP ‘Silence Yourself’ debuts May 6/7, 2013

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