Review: Ruston Kelly – Dying Star

On the surface, Ruston Kelly’s first full-length offering may be dismissed as just another cliché country release – Kelly’s southern twang dominates the unfailingly catchy tracks, which are backed predominantly by guitar and harmonica, with the odd mention of Texas thrown in for good measure. But dig a little deeper and Kelly’s heart-wrenching personal stories…

Review: Feverbones – Dream Talk

Fans of Bombay Bicycle Club and the Maccabees will not want to miss the latest release from this indie-pop trio, full of captivating, cloudy, layered vocals, interweaving, intricate guitar melodies and drum beats, and tasteful synth. This sophomore release injects evocations of summer to this rainy April with ten immersive, hazy tracks that explore the…

Album Review: Peter Kernel – The Size of The Night

Unconventionality seems to be the central theme of Alt-Indie duo Peter Kernel’s fourth release; in terms of defining their genre and predicting the trajectory of their tracks, the pair are hard to pin down. But the unpredictability works: each track is so wildly different from the next, the sequence creates a sharp sense of intrigue…

Album Review: Eric Benoit – Heartrender

The sophomore album from Eric Benoit features electronic instrumentation, difficult themes and ethereal, sometimes obscured vocals, akin to the music of James Blake. The pairing of deeply personal examinations of problematic relationships and synth-fuelled, almost dancey beats is a successful, albeit surprising one. The intensity shared by both of these elements makes them match perfectly:…

The Sounds of the Year: The 15 Best Albums of 2017

As the year draws to a close, our writers choose their favourite albums from 2017. From all of us here at We Are Unseen, Happy New Year and thank you for all your support over the last 12 months. 15. Mister Mellow – Washed Out Mister Mellow arrived just in time for the brilliant –…

Review: Pollens – Mister Manufacturer

Experimental, eccentric and energetic, Pollens’ latest avant-pop EP doesn’t hold back – it immerses the listener in their unconventional sound from the first beat. Blending repetitive speak-singing with angular percussion and synth beats, the 6-track release from the Brooklyn-based duo is reminiscent of tUnE-yArDs, LCD Soundsystem, and Talking Heads. The band appear more stripped back…

Album Review: Soft Fangs – Fractures

The latest release from dark pop artist Soft Fangs – the pseudonym of John Lutkevich – was produced with help from Bradford Krieger and Chaimes Parker (Big Nice Studio). The album displays obvious inspiration from Sparklehorse and Elliott Smith, although Lutkevich also cites a much wider range of musical and literary influences, including The Beach…

Review: Midwife – Like Author, Like Daughter

For fans of Beach House, Grouper and Duster, Like Author, Like Daughter is the latest release from shoegaze artist Midwife, a.k.a. Madeline Johnston. She has previously recorded under the pseudonym ‘Sister Grotto’ to release albums such as 2016’s You Don’t Have to Be a House to Be Haunted. LA, LD sees Johnston team up with…