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…