Review: Jenny Lysander – Northern Folk

Accurately reflecting place through music is no mean feat, but 21-year-old Scandinavian folk artist Jenny Lysander has perfected it. Her debut album Northern Folk, released on April 27th, manages to paint exquisite pictures of Nordic scenery in twelve concise tracks. Seeming lyrically and vocally far beyond her twenty one years, the Swedish folk artist has…

Review: Chateau Marmont – Sound Of Shambala

The long-awaited new album from French electronic duo Chateau Marmont, consisting of Raphael Vialla and Julien Galner, is due for release on the 30th March 2015. Following their 2013 album The Maze, Sound of Shambala is being released via their own label Chambre404 and Arista/ Sony Music. Opening track ‘Nothing To Hold Back’ introduces the…

Review: Plain White T’s – American Nights

The Plain White T’s have returned with an album that is technically sound, in the sense that it performs its function of being a commercially available pop/rock album successfully, its production is wonderful as the instruments consistently sound great and the producer has done his best in making an average sounding voice sound somewhat acceptably…

System Of A Down – Lost In Hollywood?

In the late 1990s, a very unique voice carved its obscure and nasal way into alternative music’s collective consciousness. It was a memorable voice, accompanied by an equally memorable, hyperactive and quite frankly insane musical backdrop. This voice belonged to one Serj Tankian, and the schizophrenic heaviness behind him that he so ably navigated came…

Review: War Poets – Searching For The American Dream

War Poets’ new EP is very aptly titled – it is certainly American and certainly dreamy. It’s like The Great Gatsby in 21st century musical form. With this lofty title in mind, War Poets choose to sing about the big things in life on this six track release. The EP is full of rousing choruses…

Sun Kil Moon: Thoughts On The New Album

Recently Mark Kozelek, formerly the frontman of the band Red House Painters, released a statement detailing how his side-project-turned-front-project, Sun Kil Moon, would be releasing its seventh studio album, Universal Themes, in the coming summer. The outfit will be returning after the release of their critically acclaimed sixth studio album, Benji (2014), and after releasing…

Review: Swing Hero- You’ve Never Been So Alone

Marshall Gallagher appears to be finding his stride as Swing Hero with his grunge inspired EP ‘You’ve Never Been So Alone’. The tracks on this EP are progressively more thoughtful; you can feel their development from an early dependence on layered grunge guitars, which are especially prominent in the first track ‘Interest’, through to a…

2015 Is The Year For… Slaves

A revolution is brewing in Britain. A revolution in the form of garage punk rock. From the likes of Drenge to the all-conquering Royal Blood, the UK music scene has recently seen an influx of bands with a penchant for a sound heavier than a bulldozer. The next duo to take up the baton is…

2015 Is The Year For… Kate Tempest

The name Kate Tempest hasn’t been something completely alien to many people for the past year. I have however actively avoided listening to or attempting to find anything out about her until now. She’s seems to have slipped under the radar over the past year whilst simultaneously making a massive impact. She was nominated last year for…