Album Reviews

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

No Age "An Object" reviewed by northern Transmissions. Album gets release date is August 20 via Sub Pop Records

Review of “An Object” The New Album By No Age

When LA pairing No Age re-emerged in June of this year with comeback single ‘C’mon Stimmung’, it was safe to say the Twittersphere went nuclear. Akin to the second coming, only if Jesus hung out at Los Angeles haunt The Smell, the band’s devotees lapped up the unit’s storming return. Like an unhinged stumble through post-rock’s noisier outer reaches,

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Drenge new self tittled album reviewed by Northern Transmissions, out August 19 on Infectious Records. Drenge will tour Europe throughout the summer

Review Of Drenge’s New Self -Titled Album

Brutal blues-punk isn’t normally the kind of music lapped up by politicians; however Tom Watson resigned from his position within the UK Labour Party by recommending that leader of said party, Ed Milliband check out the raucous two piece, Drenge.

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Jagwar Ma "Howlin" Reviewed by Northern Transmissions. Out August 15 om Mom + Pop Records


It’s at once self-reflective and dance inducing, lighthearted and breezy. Howlin, Jagwar Ma’s debut album, has enough club rocking beats to keep the dance heads grooving and rock melodies to keep the indie rock fans singing.

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Bloc Party "Nextwave Sessions" reviewed by Northern Transmissiosns. Album will be released August 15 through Frenchkiss and Arts & Crafts

Bloc Party “The Nextwave Sessions” Review

With speculation rife, this new EP by Bloc Party, Nextwave Sessions, could be the last thing we hear from the four piece. It could be forever, it could be another elongated period of non activity, as it stands the London troop are putting Bloc Party on ice again, for how long, no-one knows.

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Paracosm the new album from Washed Out reviewed for Northern Transmissions by Heather Welsh. Paracosm comes out September 13 on Subpop Records


Electronic musician Ernest Greene aka Washed Out is to release his second album Paracosm, out this month on the Sub Pop record label. The nine track album follows his EPs Life Of Leisure and High Times and debut LP Within and Without which have all showcased his special form of drowsy,

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Weekend "Jinx" reviewed by Northern Transmissions, "Jinx" comes out July 23 on Slumberland


Jinx marks the 2nd and latest release from Brooklyn-via-San Francisco 80s indebted shoegazers Weekend. Their first release of new music since 2011’s Red EP, the album is a continuation of the bleak, reverb swathed sounds of their earlier releases.

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fuck buttons slow focus reviewed bty Northern Transmissions, album comes out July 23 on ATP Recordings

Fuck Buttons’ New Album “Slow Focus” Review

Picture the scene, its last summer, the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, it’s a glorious celebration of all things English. Then comes the flag parade, where every country competing large or small unveils themselves to the world.

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YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN new album "YT//ST" reviewed by Northern Transmissions, out July 16 on Suicide Squeeze

Yamantanka//Sonic Titan Album Review

The album, YT//ST can almost be carved up into a noisier side and a more free-form direction. The album flickers in with ‘Raccoon Song’ which positions the listener in a storm like setting, the sound of running water is coupled with doom like thunder rolls making for a tense but atmospheric beginning.

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Softmetals "Lenses" reviewed by Northern Transmissions, "Lenses" is out July 16 on Capture Tracks


When music, or any art is at it’s best, it takes you on a journey, like a door to another dimension. What’s been happening with a lot of rock music is that it’s become so self-referential that it adds too many layers to go through before you can take that journey

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Pony Bwoy self titled album reviewed by Northern Transmissions, album coming out July 16 on Totally Gross Domestic Product

Pony Bwoy

Pony Bwoy is the latest project from rapper Jeremy Nutzman aka Spyder Baybie Raw Dog, who has teamed up with producer Hunter Morley. The duo is to release a self-titled LP out on Minneapolis label Totally Gross National Product this month

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Gauntlet Hair "Stills" reviewed by Norther Transmissions, "Stills" comes out July 16 on Dead Oceans


Stills is the sophomore release for Gauntlet Hair, the Denver, CO based duo of Andy R. and Craig Nice. Like their 2011 debut, this album reveals itself early on to be the product of two musicians that are equal parts obsessive listeners and meticulous composers.

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San Cisco debut album reviewed by Northern Transmissions, out July 16 on RCA

Review Of Debut Album From San Cisco

San Cisco join a long lineage of bands that combine the sweet sounding carelessness of pop with dark, brooding lyrics, ‘Mission Failed’ combines the dual vocals that work so well with crunchy synths and rapid fire hi hat stabs, “I love to hear your lies/when you tell me we’ll be friends/I can see it in your eyes/ I’ll never see you again”

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