Literature

Chorus

Slumberland

Oct 30, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

The word "jangly" seems to come up more often in indie pop reviews than anywhere else, but when it comes to a band like Literature and their new album Chorus, it's hard to think of a quicker way to sum up their sound. More

Oct 29, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

The polite female vocals, the wispy shoegazing guitars, the sudden transition from oceanic sonics to more pop-based songwriting: it seems like The History of Apple Pie is posturing to be the next Lush. More

jj

V

Secretly Canadian

Oct 28, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

For a band whose name and album titles are minimal, JJ traffics in a sound far more expansive. Sure, the title track introducing the album is fairly small in scope, but it gives way to the rolling percussion and strings of "Dynasti" before you know it. More

Oct 27, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

It takes a lot these days for the standard guitar/bass/drums/singer set-up to make an impact. The oldest rock and roll format is also the most overused, with seemingly every kid who ever picked up a guitar forming a band in a friend's garage and citing Dylan and The Beatles as influences. More

Jessie Ware

Tough Love

Pmr/Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope

Oct 24, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

On her debut full-length DevotionJessie Ware achieved something many of her contemporaries still crave. The record's sound was unquestionably pop with a hint of soul, yet unlike Adele, its highly polished laments retained an air of credibility with discerning indie listeners. More

Wampire

Bazaar

Polyvinyl

Oct 23, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

Wampire look and sound like they're parodying something, but they're too damn good not to be taken seriously. They return with their follow up to 2013's Curiosity with another glam-infused record that boasts as many dance jams as hazy trips. More

Oct 22, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

You're reading a Weezer review. Ergo, you're a geek, you spend time on the Internet, and you know what a troll is. Well, Rivers Cuomo has stopped trolling his fans: this is a return to "serious" (or as close to it as he ever got) songwriting from Weezer. Gone are the gimmicks, the novelty songs, and the bizarre collaborations. More

Oct 21, 2014 Music Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J

Scott Walker began to spread his eclectic compositional wings by poaching the studio orchestra hired for the "square" recordings of his day gig in The Walker Brothers. In his biographical documentary 30 Century Man, one of his arrangers demonstrates an abstract chord Walker presented to the orchestra, a complex dissonance one note shy of terror and one note in excess of tranquility. More

Pharmakon

Bestial Burden

Sacred Bones

Oct 20, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

On the eve of her first European tour, Margaret "Pharmakon" Chardiet was admitted to hospital where she had a cyst removed that had collapsed one of her organs. This harrowing experience formed the mind-versus-body concept of her new record Bestial Burden. More