Review of Hovvdy True Love album 2021

Hovvdy – ‘True Love’ album review


‘True Love’, Hovvdy’s fourth album, finds the duo embracing their lo-fi, DIY roots while examining the tumultuous nature of all kinds of relationships… Produced by Andrew Sarlo (Big Thief, Bon Iver), the album opens with the sweet, soulful and soul-searching 80 seconds of ‘Sometimes’, a song all about asking for forgiveness with the running message:…

Dead Nature Watch Me Break Apart Spring King album review

Dead Nature – ‘Watch Me Break Apart’ album review


Former Spring King singer and award-winning producer Tarek Musa releases ‘Watch Me Break Apart’, the debut album under his Dead Nature moniker. The album finds Tarek sharing his internal thoughts and anxieties about everything from the strain of social media to the never-ending circle of bad news we seem to have found ourselves in… The…

Islands Islomanic album review

Islands – ‘Islomania’ album review


Nick Thorburn makes a welcome return with ‘Islomania’ – the first album released under his Islands moniker in five years. During his break from the music industry, Nick produced a pilot television script, created a graphic novel with Fantagraphic and scored a few films and radio shows. Released via Royal Mountain Records (Mac DeMarco, Alvvays),…

Major Murphy Access Winspear Records 2021 album review

Major Murphy – ‘Access’ album review


Major Murphy, a four-piece from Grand Rapids, Michigan, are all set to release their second album ‘Access’ – a collection of nine songs that navigate the uncertainty of creative and artistic livelihoods while also trying to make sense of newfound parenthood. Opening with the slackerpop hooks of the recently released title track, there’s an element…

Loney Dear A Lantern and a Bell album review 2021

Loney Dear – ‘A Lantern and a Bell’


Loney Dear makes a welcome return with ‘A Lantern and a Bell’. Released via Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records, the nine songs have a stripped-back marine theme with Emil Svan√§ngen’s beautiful (and, at times, haunting) falsetto being joined by tender piano tones, discreet double bass and diffused water sounds played at dark low frequencies. The…