Nov 24, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

Two years since Until the Colours Run debuted, U.K.-based quartet Lanterns on the Lake returns with their third full-length album. Much like its predecessor, Beings opens with lead-singer Hazel Wilde's haunting vocal work, this time on "Of Dust & Matter." More

Nov 23, 2015 Music Issue #55 - November/December 2015 - EL VY

Things aren't going well in the U.K. right now, politically speaking. The right-leaning Conservative government is dismantling public services and hammering the poor, while the left is, quite simply, a powerless laughingstock. It's precisely this demoralizing picture of U.K. society that London-based electronic duo Darkstar have attempted to capture on album number three Foam Island. More

Small Black

Best Blues


Nov 20, 2015 Music Issue #55 - November/December 2015 - EL VY

Small Black's third album, Best Blues, opens with swells and crashes. This is the Brooklyn-based group's initial template for the first third of Best Blues, whose songs start on an assertive note. This quickly dissolves into murky self-reflection, but in an engaging, curiosity-inducing way-at least for the most part. More

Nov 19, 2015 Music Issue #55 - November/December 2015 - EL VY

The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die may have a word count-friendly name, and more current and past members than words in it, but their music is immediate, catchy, and emotionally direct. With influences firmly in the 2000s emo and indie scenes, including Brand New and Arcade Fire especially, the band uses an expanding and contracting lineup to make huge rock epics. More

Nov 19, 2015 Music Issue #55 - November/December 2015 - EL VY

Maritime appear as some sort of leftover relic from the first-wave indie/emo era, but they continue to make straightforward indie rock with little pretension and a focus on melody. More

Nov 18, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm are the two poster boys of the consistently brilliant Erased Tapes label, and their latest Collaborative Works release is a compilation of their work together over the years. More

Nov 17, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

The original electronic music artist, Jean-Michel Jarre, brings the past to the present with an ambitious project, a double album of collaborations with current electronic music superstarsand The Who's Pete Townshendentitled Electronica 1: The Time Machine (part two will be released within six months).  More

Nov 16, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

Hugo Manuel-the Oxford, England-headquartered artist behind Chad Valleyhas the voice of an angel but the unfathomable inclination to hide it under digital manipulation. More

Nov 16, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

Decamping with a new band of not especially freaky Freaks, Real Estate bassist Alex Bleeker has made an album of full-on jam band pastiche. More