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Top-rated albums this month
87%

Father John Misty

I Love You, Honeybear

Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear album cover

I saw Father John Misty in concert about two years ago. Josh Tillman sauntered onto stage in an all-white suit—wild and mustachioed—advertising the caricature of a drug-addled, disillusioned troubadour that he had created for himself. He lit a cigarette almost immediately and somehow, in the carcinogenic chokehold, sang in a ...

85%

Pyramids

A Northern Meadow

Pyramids - A Northern Meadow album cover

Back in 2008, Pyramids were setting off with the release of their self-titled debut album. Blending together the different elements of shoe gaze, post-rock, black metal, dark ambient, drone and experimental their first album was nothing less than fascinating. Following the release of the album a variety of artists and ...

Worst-rated albums this month
55%

Cape Noire

Ad Nauseam EP

Cape Noire - Ad Nauseam EP album cover
200 Words Or Less

It's a blank, black slate. There is little information, and everything about Cape Noire is ambiguous. Live pictures are, fittingly, of a woman in a black cape, her face shielded from the glare of the lights. As far as anyone knows, in the absence of a back story, Cape Noire ...

60%

The Mohrs

Kings of Nowhere

The Mohrs - Kings of Nowhere album cover

Before developing into a full-fledged band, The Mohrs started out as a writing project between lead singer Jackie Mohr and Canadian Rock legend Hawksley Workman. Mohr’s former outfit Living in Red caught the music industry’s attention after being featured on the CBC’s competition/reality television show Cover Me Canada, and while ...

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Recent reviews

Our most recent reviews, organised by date.

82%

Leviathan

Scar Sighted

Leviathan - Scar Sighted album cover

It has been quite a journey for Jef Whitehead, aka Wrest, and for his solo project Leviathan. The longevity of the band is quite astonishing when you consider that its inception dates back to the late ‘90s, releasing myriads of demos through the years before the debut album, The Tenth ...

70%

Roses

Roses EP

Roses - Roses EP album cover
200 Words Or Less

After relocating from Cleveland to Philadelphia, singer/songwriter Matthew Scheuermann put together a self-titled three-song EP released on Valentine’s Day 2015 under the name of Roses. Working alongside crisp acoustic guitar strumming, Scheuermann’s voice reminds me a bit of Band of Horses vocalist Ben Bridwell or maybe even Jeff Mangum since ...

73%

Chokecherry

The Future Was a Long Time Ago

Chokecherry - The Future Was a Long Time Ago album cover

Expect adjectives. Adjectives and hyphens. For, you see, Chokecherry are a punk band that doesn’t play punk songs. I guess folk-punk is the subgenre tag du jour, but that term steers in the wrong direction in many ways. As does country-punk, though it’s far more apt. Chokecherry play country songs ...

55%

Cape Noire

Ad Nauseam EP

Cape Noire - Ad Nauseam EP album cover
200 Words Or Less

It's a blank, black slate. There is little information, and everything about Cape Noire is ambiguous. Live pictures are, fittingly, of a woman in a black cape, her face shielded from the glare of the lights. As far as anyone knows, in the absence of a back story, Cape Noire ...

81%

Mastery

VALIS

Mastery - VALIS album cover

The origin of Mastery, the one man black metal project of Ephemeral Domignostika, is traced back in 2005. Through the years, Mastery have released five demos, a compilation of which is found in Barbaric Usurpation of the Hypereonic Black Metal Throne, and a couple of splits with Palace of Worms ...

80%

Viet Cong

Viet Cong

Viet Cong - Viet Cong album cover

Canadian art rock band Women disbanded in 2012, and ex-members Matthew Flegel and Michael Wallace formed Viet Cong almost immediately afterwards. They released an EP, Cassette, in 2013, but this is the first LP we’ve seen from the band. The elephant-sized question in the room is: Is this album really ...

85%

Pyramids

A Northern Meadow

Pyramids - A Northern Meadow album cover

Back in 2008, Pyramids were setting off with the release of their self-titled debut album. Blending together the different elements of shoe gaze, post-rock, black metal, dark ambient, drone and experimental their first album was nothing less than fascinating. Following the release of the album a variety of artists and ...

80%

Jesse LeBourdais

Long Winter

Jesse LeBourdais  - Long Winter album cover

Long Winter is the third proper full length from former Cambridge frontman Jesse LeBourdais and seems to be his fullest musical realization to date. While his previous solo releases have been folk-oriented acoustic endeavours,Long Winter utilizes a full band for the entire recording. The instrumentals on the album give it ...

87%

Father John Misty

I Love You, Honeybear

Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear album cover

I saw Father John Misty in concert about two years ago. Josh Tillman sauntered onto stage in an all-white suit—wild and mustachioed—advertising the caricature of a drug-addled, disillusioned troubadour that he had created for himself. He lit a cigarette almost immediately and somehow, in the carcinogenic chokehold, sang in a ...

70%

The Dwarves

Gentleman Blag

The Dwarves - Gentleman Blag album cover

I know what you’re thinking? Why has it already been five months without a new Dwarves release? Never fear, the long-running goodtime smutlovers are back, this time with a 4-song EP on Fat Wreck Chords. Gentleman Blag pulls its title track from their latest, The Dwarves Invented Rock & Roll, ...

80%

Filter Distortion

Transition

Filter Distortion - Transition album cover

Yet another group that, like Trust, CHVRCHES, or any of the artists featured on the Neonautics compilation, is mining the world of ‘80s synth rock in search of inspiration, British four-piece Filter Distortion seem like an alternate version of Perturbator with vocals, replicating the vintage electro sound very accurately. Driven ...

85%

Black Rivers

Self Titled

Black Rivers - Self Titled album cover

For the last few years any musical output with brothers Jez and Andy Williams at the helm has sounded otherworldly, like it's trying to capture some impossible-to-comprehend expanse that stretches beyond the atmosphere. As two-thirds of Mancunian outfit Doves, there was ready admittance between all three band members that when ...

75%

Implodes

Reverser

Implodes - Reverser album cover

Implodes from Chicago is a very interesting act. Their debut album Black Earth which came out in 2011 was an unbelievable blend of noise, post rock and kraut rock which showed the band balancing all these different elements to find their unique sound. A couple of years afterwards this insane ...

80%

Raised Fist

From the North

Raised Fist - From the North album cover

From The North is Raised Fist’s first release since 2009’s Veil of Ignorance, and is a continuation of the style and sound honed on that album. Veil of Ignorance was a ridiculously catchy album, and a repetitive guilty pleasure for this reviewer. The reason I could not fully get behind ...

60%

The Mohrs

Kings of Nowhere

The Mohrs - Kings of Nowhere album cover

Before developing into a full-fledged band, The Mohrs started out as a writing project between lead singer Jackie Mohr and Canadian Rock legend Hawksley Workman. Mohr’s former outfit Living in Red caught the music industry’s attention after being featured on the CBC’s competition/reality television show Cover Me Canada, and while ...

72%

The Capitalist Kids

At A Loss

The Capitalist Kids - At A Loss album cover

The sound comparisons are undeniable when it comes to talking about The Capitalist Kids and their affinity for 1980s-era Lookout Records pop-punk. But the Austin, TX band does have a key difference to be noted. For every saccharine love song, there is a counterpunch of social commentary—not mixed within that ...

74%

Primitive Man

Home Is Where The Hatred Is

Primitive Man - Home Is Where The Hatred Is album cover

When listening to the debut album of Primitive Man, Scorn, back in 2013, one thing became perfectly clear about them: they are fucking serious about their music. The blackened sludge band from Denver does not exhibit the signs of their friendlier counterparts within the subgenre. Their dystopic vision back in ...

70%

Humans

Noontide

Humans - Noontide album cover

The duo that make up Vancouver-based synth poppers Humans met by chance while engaged in artistic endeavours outside of music. Robbie Slade is a former forest fire fighter who met visual artist and film maker Peter Ricq when he was helping a friend put on an art show, and in ...

65%

Post Pink

Too Pooped to Pip

Post Pink - Too Pooped to Pip album cover
200 Words Or Less

Sounding like the result of glue-huffing fourteen-year-olds being let loose in a recording studio, Too Pooped to Pip, the 2015 demo from Baltimore, Maryland’s Post Pink, contains some of the most crude and snotty punk rock I’ve heard in quite some time. It may be surprising then that three of ...

68%

Various Artists

GC Records 15 Year Anniversary Comp: A Snapshot of the 2014 Las Vegas Music Scene

Various Artists - GC Records 15 Year Anniversary Comp: A Snapshot of the 2014 Las Vegas Music Scene album cover

GC Records 15 Year Anniversary Comp: A Snapshot of the 2014 Las Vegas Music Scene is two things: it’s homage to 15 years of success at GC Records and it’s a time capsule of a local music scene. Does it succeed on both ends? From a non-Vegas resident, it seems ...

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Mogwai

Mr. Beast

6.7 / 10 Mogwai - Mr. Beast album cover

I'm riding a veritable roller coaster. Yes, arguably the most clichéd analogy to begin any form of discussion about a post-rock record; I'm painfully aware but it's late and I'm ...

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