Album review: Angel Olsen – All Mirrors

By Sage Shemroske Angel Olsen has had a very particular experience with how the press responds to her music. Years ago a Chicago radio host described Olsen as “kind of like a girl at the bottom of a dark well”, and that helped paint the picture of Olsen as some sort of lonesome storyteller. The […]

Album review: Chastity Belt – Chastity Belt

By Anjali DasSarma Chastity Belt’s music has grown and matured with each new album, and their self-titled album from earlier this year is no exception. The rolling hooky guitar sounds that they have been known for over the past six years tumble through the melancholy. The production, partially done by Melina Mae Duterte (Jay Som) provides a […]

Album of the week: ings – Lullaby Rock

“What if I have got more love than I know what to do with?” Inge Chiles aka ings asks on ‘Kiss Your Heroes’. And the Seattle-based artist does appear to possess a deeper reservoir of love than most; for herself, for her friends, for her community, for humans at large. Indeed, ings even taps this […]

Album of the Week: Friendship – Dreamin’

Last October I ordered LISA/LIZA’s ‘Momentary Glance’ on vinyl. An Orindal Records sampler CD felt like a bonus, when I found it at the bottom of the package. The only CD player I own is in my car – a red convertible smart car, I know. I still remember audibly saying, “What’s this?”, when the […]

Album of the Week: Great Grandpa – Four of Arrows

By Sage Shemroske Great Grandpa draw from the tarot deck when handing us their second full length LP, ‘Four of Arrows’. In a tarot deck the Four of Arrows are a sign that you’re in need of introspection, quiet, recovery. The card indicates faith in counsel or help. And so it goes. Though the wetness […]

Album Review: Miniature Tigers – Vampires in the Daylight

By Anjali DasSarma Miniature Tigers’ ‘Vampires of Daylight’ chronicles the violent, difficult, heartbreaking break-up and resulting depression of chief songwriter and frontman, Charlie Brand. His band’s sixth record, ‘Vampires of Daylight’ is an essay-like collection of Brand’s own struggles with blame and acceptance of an ending.  “I wrote you a record and threw it away […]

Album of the Week: Big Thief – Two Hands

By Anjali DasSarma Big Thief only released the subtly immersive ‘UFOF’ back in May, and today (October 11) they return with the equally enrapturing ‘Two Hands’. UFOF possessed an eerie and beautifully unsettling quality, while ‘Two Hands’ is a comforting and dialectic example of how truly beautiful music can be. Adrienne Lenker herself dubbed ‘Two […]

Album of the Week: Suggested Friends – Turtle Taxi

On ‘Turtle Taxi’, Suggested Friends bracingly glare elites in the eye whilst making music that’s outrageously fun. Self-defined as “a queer choir of mostly lesbians”, Suggested Friends interweave tongue-in-cheek masculinity with their  generous blend of country, jangle pop and folk-rock. It’s a collection of ten bombastic, hook-filled bangers; as if nobody in the studio ever said, […]

Album of the Week: Field Guides – This is just a place

Time-lapse cameras are often situated in forests to capture a plant’s growth from seed to full bloom. The final product, often seen in David Attenborough documentaries, is electrifying to the senses, the lapsing of the frames making it appear like the plant flourished in minutes rather than months. A Field Guides song is kind of […]

Album of the week: Molly Sarlé – Karaoke Angel

Griots hold an esteemed position in West African society. They are reservoirs of truth, maintaining the histories of families and land. They tell and re-tell these stories to music, keeping the people within them alive, and enlisting pride in their relatives. If Molly Sarlé happened to be born in Senegal, Mali or the like, she would’ve […]

Album review: Stone Irr – Performance

Grief is a near constant in life. With every end, with every thing we stop doing, we lose something, something we need to mourn. We must go on though, some have a sun-bursting utopia unfurling ahead of them, perhaps after leaving a job they hate, others an all-consuming gloom, an abyss where no light gets […]

Album of the week: The Paranoyds – Carnage Bargain

By Sage Shemroske ‘Carnage Bargain’ opens on a fire siren with the full onslaught that is ‘Face First’, a raucous track that’s hyper-aware of what’s around the corner. From the off the Paranoyds establish their ability to take up room, there simply isn’t space for any other sound to exist once they’ve signaled go. ‘Carnage […]

Album review: Nora Petran – What It Takes to be a Man

“Even as a child / I was drowning in contemplation”, Michigan’s Nora Petran sings on album track ‘Dream Again’. Her debut full-length, ‘What It Takes to be a Man’ is a space for Petran to air these life-long contemplations, and a designated space for listeners to work through their own. The structures holding up these […]

Album of the week: Bonniesongs – Energetic Mind

No idea is a bad idea in the mind of Bonnie Stewart (Bonniesongs). The Irish art-folk virtuoso hits record on voice notes whenever one makes itself known and believes from there, it’s just about coming back to it and giving it time. It’s a mindset that permeates her debut ‘Energetic Mind’; with repetition and expansion […]

Review: Rose Dorn – Days You Were Leaving

“Excuse me but I have to take a call outside / Joey or Jamie can stop me from crying”, Scarlett Knight sings on opener ‘Big Thunder’, in a line that mentions both her bandmates Joey Dalla Betta and Jamie Coster. That line is the Raison D’etre for Rose Dorn’s ‘Days You Were Leaving’, an album […]

Album of the week: Boy Scouts – Free Company

When Kurt Vile sang “Walkin’ in a pretty daze”, little did he know he’d just perfectly described the feeling of listening to Boy Scouts’ third full-length, ‘Free Company.’ Taylor Vick’s (Boy Scouts) illusory soundscapes bathe the listener in a near-permanent splendour. Album-wise its closest sibling is Sun June’s nigh-on perfect ‘Years’, in that both records […]

Album of the Week: Ghost Orchard – bunny

Ghost Orchard’s ‘bunny’ is an absurd, fragmented account of falling in love that pays little attention to chronology. A rainbow-like assortment of electronic-come-rnb gems, ‘bunny’ percolates quietly before assaulting your senses entirely, just as much as dopamine overtook its creator, Sam Hall, at the tender age of 18.  So amazed was he at the intensity […]

Album of the week: Lilith – Safer Off

Made by three best friends who met at a band camp, Lilith’s debut album ‘Safer Off’ is the sound of a lasting friendship built on patience, knowledge and intimacy. So comfortable are the trio in one another’s company that each band member is able to express their musicianship without fear. An artistic freedom that has […]

Album of the week: Merival – Lesson

It’d be fair to say that Merival’s ‘Lesson‘ comprises of eight arrangements rather than songs. Her baroque waltzes indicative of an artist at play, resisting the modern-day pop song structures to fit in a classical mould occupied by Kate Bush and Joanna Newsom. It’s telling of Toronto’s Anna Horvath, the inherently curious artist behind Merival. […]

Album of the week: Florist – Emily Alone

Florist’s nature obsessed counterpart Adrianne Lenker, questioned whether we are part of the earth or simply observers of it on her solo album ‘abysskiss.’ Emily A Sprague, the songwriter behind Florist, is firmly in the former camp, “I am the ground” she declares on ‘Celebration.’ While Sprague is sure she’s part of the world, less […]

Album review: Elk – beech

Elk’s debut album ‘beech’ is an outer body experience. Brimming with mysticism, it consumes your very soul, levitating it far above your limp body below. The unfurling fingerpick of Leeds based multi-instrumentalist Joey Donnelly bounds like vine around a stick, while his ethereal whisper possesses more power than its aware of, immersing you entirely in […]

Album of the week: Ada Lea – what we say in private

By Anjali DasSarma Ada Lea’s music is like textures on a quilt, with different fabrics all meshing into one. On her debut indie rock album, “what we say in private,” released on Saddle Creek, Ada Lea is musician-come-property-developer treating each song like a house bought on the cheap, stripping it out entirely and rebuilding it […]

Album premiere: We Should Be Laughing – Temporary Swan Songs

Remember that near-perfect summer’s day? Responsibilities were a distant memory and for once, you were completely present in your environment – sharing stories with friends over a picnic, playing fetch with the dog, lying on your back with a book. Houghton quartet We Should Be Laughing soundtrack the way you felt that day, their freewheeling […]

Album of the week: Joanna Sternberg – Then I Try Some More

Joanna Sternberg is a life saver. It was a quality they discerned in Elliot Smith when hearing him for the first time, a moment that inspired the then freelance musician to make the step centre-stage, writing and performing their own songs. A self-drawn portrait of their bedroom adorns the front cover and that’s indicative of […]

Album premiere: Mermaid Book Club – Relatable Content

Mermaid Book Club’s ‘Relatable Content’ sounds like the early throes of infatuation, the cliched butterflies in the stomach, the dopamine injection in your brain, the downright giddiness of it all. Coming in at just under 20 minutes, it’s a lovestruck collection of earworms that hits as instantly as love at first sight.  Today we premiere […]