Album Reviews

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

'Good at Falling' by The Japanese House, album review by Mike Olinger for Northern Transmissions

The Japanese House

Amber Bain, who operates under the cryptic moniker The Japanese House, creates highly personal, low-key indietronica. Emerging from the fog of mystery that surrounded…

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'Punk' by Chai, album review by Adam Williams for Northern Transmissions


“PUNK for us, of course is not the genre of music. ‘PUNK’ to us is to overturn the worn-out values associated with ‘kawaii’ or…

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Flight of the Conchords 'Live in London' album review by Adam Williams for Northern Transmissions

Live in London

2018 saw the return of the original boom kings; “New Zealand’s fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongoacapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo” Flight of the Conchords embarked on…

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Stella Donnelly Beware Of Dogs Review For Northern Transmissions

Beware Of Dogs

Where artists struggle to say something meaningful in their instrumentals or lyrics, Stella Donnelly manages to do both. Through the veil of indie-rock, Donnelly…

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'When I Get Home' by Solange, album review for Northern Transmissions by Matthew Wardell

When I Get Home

After a brief teaser earlier in the week, R&B rising star Solange Knowles has abruptly dropped her fourth studio record, When I Get Home,…

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Sasami by Saami album review by Matthew Wardell. The full-length comes out on March 8th via Domino. Lead-single "Not the Time' is now available to stream


SASAMI is the solo project of Sasami Ashworth, an LA-based multi-(truly MULTI) instrumentalist who plays French horns, keys, bass, guitar, synths, and strings, in…

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'Placeholder' by Hand Habits, album review by Matthew Wardell for Northern Transmissions


Meg Duffy (they / them) is a storied touring guitarist that has dipped their fingers in so many genres—once apparently being in up to…

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Crushing by Julia Jacklin album review by Northern Transmissions


After two years of touring off her last album, Don’t Let the Kids Win (2017), two years of cramped buses and night after night…

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