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ALBUM REVIEWS

Album Review: The Wombats - Glitterbug (2015 LP)

The Wombats have been a little quiet of late, however with the release of their third full length studio album Glitterbug they have certainly come rushing back into the spotlight. In this release, The Liverpudlians have mastered the Alt-Pop genre creating track after track of catchy goodness. When it comes to writing a killer riff, this band has got it covered and then some.

Album Review: SOAK - Before We Forgot How To Dream (2015 LP)

Prodigious, honest, and Irish. No, I’m not describing Enya. The artist who fits these three adjectives more than comfortably is SOAK, the teenage, tattoo-bearing vocalist and guitarist from Ireland. Having seen her perform on her solo tour under the ‘Heavenly Sounds’ banner earlier in the year, I looked forward to hearing her debut album, Before We Forgot How To Dream, in full (both in length and sound). And put simply, it was worth the wait.

Album Review: Daniel Johns - Talk (2015 LP)

Most people know Daniel Johns as the frontman from the grungy 90s rock band Silverchair who are Australian rock royalty in their own right. During his two decade career Johns has experimented with different sounds including the techno project as one half of the Dissociatives and after a quiet eight years Johns has finally released his debut solo album Talk.

Album Review: Alpine - Yuck (2015 LP)

Melbourne's Alpine sound kind of like a band that would play at The Bronze in early seasons of Buffy. That's what their second album, Yuck, sounds like to me anyway. There's a band that plays in the second season, which is apparently Cibo Matto, that Alpine especially sound like. It's bubbly, fluid indie pop that kind of shifts around in your head while you're listening to it. Yuck sounds spacey and sparse but well designed, like the musical equivalent of a really well curated modern art museum. It's brightly coloured and asymmetrical pop that occasionally gets a bit self-involved, but for the most part it's really lovely indie club kid pop music.

Album Review: Fatboy Slim – Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars Reissue (2015 LP)

2015 marks the 15 year anniversary of Fatboy Slim’s album Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars. The reissue of the album doesn’t just include the original CD with 11 flashback tracks such as “Talking About My Baby” or “Mad Flava”. This release also includes a bonus second disc featuring previously unreleased remixes by Chemical Brothers and Josh Butler just to name a few.

Album Review: Beach Slang - Broken Thrills (2015 LP)

So apparently Beach Slang are from Philadelphia, but their album Broken Thrills sounds somehow very English. I'm guessing that they listened to a lot of The Clash growing up, or at least the lead singer did. There's a fuzzy, old school feeling to all of Broken Thrills, from the early-days-of-surf-punk drums to the growly, Joe Strummer vocals. There's a sense of basement shows and worn leather jackets spread pretty liberally over the (fairly short) album.

Album Review: Best Coast - California Nights (2015 LP)

For a band to be named Best Coast, it was inevitable that they’d release a summer-tinged album that would fit well within any coastal community’s aesthetics, whether that be north, south, east or west coasts. And so it is here, on the band’s third LP, that they’ve put together an album of warmth and fuzz, the aptly named California Nights.

Album Review: Eliza Hull - The Bones of Us (2015 LP)

Melbournite Eliza Hull is making waves for all the right reasons and her April release The Bones of Us proves that she is definitely one who should be on everyone's radar. On first impressions - of this album and of the artist - Eliza Hull is funky, full flawless vocal goodness and groovy as all hell!

Album Review: Temple Songs - Atonal Noise (2015 LP)

Manchester-based Temple Songs do not sound at all like their band name suggests - but the surprise is a welcome one. On Atonal Noise the pace barely stops, nor do the nods to mid-century icons like The Red Krayola, The Beatles and The Gods. Their affinity for lo-fi production, paired with an eagerness to redefine the classic, culminates in twenty minutes of spirited, crowd-pleasing energy.

Album Review: Florence And The Machine - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (2015 LP)

Florence Welch, of Florence And The Machine, is like some kind of post-modern Stevie Nicks in her explicit witch phase. She's like a Southern Gothic Persephone, and she writes these orchestral, sprawling albums about devils and goddesses and dreams and feelings so deep, so dark and so complex that they can only be conveyed via organ music complete, of course, with a 100 piece gospel chorus. She's the aural representation of an aesthetic tumblr blog.