Album Reviews
Deerhoof - Future Teenage Cave Artists

Deerhoof – Future Teenage Cave Artists

by Chris White

Dialling up the strangeness to produce a restlessly energetic record that constantly shifts in mood and tempo

The 1975 – Notes On A Conditional Form

by Ross Horton

A Taylor Swift album in the midst of five great songs, five decent tracks and 12 give-or-takes. That, in today’s artistic climate, is tantamount to...

Darren Hayman – Home Time

by John Murphy

An album of heartbreak and break-ups showcases the prolific songwriter’s way with a winning couplet

Throwing Muses – Sun Racket

by Sam Shepherd

Their 10th album revels in a constant tension that makes these songs worth revisiting time and again

Tim Burgess – I Love The New Sky

by Steven Johnson

The Twitter listening party host, label boss and sometime Charlatan makes a record very much for these times

Jess Williamson – Sorceress

by John Murphy

The follow up to Cosmic Wink has a timeless quality, with lush production and nods to a very earthy type of folk

I Break Horses – Warnings

by Sam Shepherd

Maria Lindén embraces the power of slowing things down

Marie Dahlstrøm – Like Sand

by Christine Hannigan

London-based Dane’s debut album features collaborations amongst a set with something for everyone

Moby – All Visible Objects

by Ben Hogwood

An acceptance that, 27 years on, not only is everything still wrong, but that a redoubling of efforts is required

Charli XCX – How I’m Feeling Now

by Nicoletta Wylde

A cultural landmark, a record of what we’re all going through together, and something to show our grand-kittens

Sleaford Mods – All That Glue

by Chris White

A retrospective of seething, resolutely unfiltered snapshots of contemporary urban British working class life and all its iniquities

Sparks – A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip

by Ross Horton

The Mael brothers’ latest hilarious, focused future classic features tales of Stravinsky and iPhone addiction

The Magnetic Fields – Quickies

by Ross Horton

For Stephin Merritt, this time the focus is on brevity

Perfume Genius – Set My Heart On Fire Immediately

by Ross Horton

Mike Hadreas’ creative streak is comparable to very few artists of his generation

Josef Salvat – Modern Anxiety

by Martyn Young

Assured and classy follow-up to Australian singer-songwriter’s 2015 debut Night Swim

Kehlani – It Was Good Until It Wasn’t

by Ben Devlin

Moody follow-up to SweetSexySavage comprises mellow ditties about the ups and downs of romance

Mark Lanegan – Straight Songs Of Sorrow

by Sam Shepherd

Hot on the heels of his memoir/biography Sing Backwards And Weep comes an album of sheer honesty

Elisabeth Elektra – Mercurial

by Chris White

A cathartic response to grief, with icy, pulsating synthesisers, dramatic vocals and lyrics combining spiritualism with emotional fragility

Modern Studies – The Weight Of The Sun

by Steven Johnson

A sustaining, literate mystique and warmth like an open fire in winter prove positives can flow from separation

Car Seat Headrest – Making A Door Less Open

by Ross Horton

Will Toledo is just the kind of maverick we need in 2020, but this is just the kind of album we didn’t expect

Joan As Police Woman – Cover Two

by Ben Hogwood

So complete are her reinventions that Joan Wasser has made these covers sound like her own work