Album Reviews

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

Thin Mind by Wolf Parade, album review by Leslie Chu. The band's full-length arrives on January 24th via Royal Mountain/Sub Pop Records.
8.5

Thin Mind

The title of Wolf Parade’s fifth LP, Thin Mind, refers to the shortening of attention spans caused by content overload. With attention spans diminishing,…

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Circles by Mac Miller album review by Adam Fink for Northern Transmissions
8.0

Circles

The idea of an artist struggling to create is pretty common, it’s practically a cliche at this point. It is so hard to watch…

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R.Y.C. by Mura Masa, album review by Dave Macintyre
5.5

R.Y.C.

Sometimes making sweeping changes to your sound as an artist works for you, and sometimes it doesn’t. It’s a gamble regardless, and artists can…

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There Is No Year by Algiers album review by Northern Transmissions
7.7

There Is No Year

Standing on the steps of a neon-lit church you can just make out the silhouette of four evangelical figures; the last bastion of hope,…

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'UR FUN' by of Montreal, album review by Steve Ovida for Northern Transmissions
8.0

UR FUN

It’s no longer hard for artists working alone to make it sound like they’re with a full band. Where there was something depressingly lonely…

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'Walking Like We Do' by The Big Moon album review by Northern Transmissions
8.0

Walking Like We Do

When embarking on their sophomore record, principle Big Mooner Juliette Jackson had something of an epiphany when writing the album. The group’s lynchpin reflects…

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'Seeking Thrills' by Georgia, album review by Adam Williams for Northern Transmissions
7.0

Seeking Thrills

“It’s just about finding this feeling that makes you want to jump out and fuck it all and go seek a thrill.” This is…

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'BUBBA' by Kaytranada, album review by Adam Fink for Northern Transmissions by Adam Fink
8.0

BUBBA

Who doesn’t love a good holiday surprise? On Monday we were all treated to the news that Haitian-Canadian producer and DJ Kaytranada was going…

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'These Elements' by Låpsley, album review Adam Fink for Northern Transmissions
7.0

These Elements

The transition between your teenage years into adulthood can be a particularly challenging time for anyone. If you are an artist that is in…

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'After You' by Jack Peñate, album review
7.5

After You

The creative process is a mysterious one. Many artists are able to go into their studio or rehearsal space or hole up in a…

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Leslie Chu reviews Hyperspace by Beck
7.5

Hyperspace

After initial conversations about making music together in 2012, Beck and Pharrell finally came together to create do just that. Seven of the 11…

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