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 Svanängen’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…

Sideria – ‘Sideria’ album review


Michigan-based duo Sideria released their self-tired debut LP at the end of last year – and you can order it on Bandcamp here. The rercord, inspired by bands including Hop Along and Algernon Cadwallader, will be on streaming services from 20 March. Opening with a distorted confusion of riffs and drums on the Cap’n Jazz-esque…

Tigercub announce details of new album ‘As Blue As Indigo’ and share video for ‘Stop Beating On My Heart (Like a Bass Drum)’


Tigercub have made a welcome return with the announcement of second album ‘As Blue As Indigo’ (out via Blame Recordings on 18 June – pre-order here). Written over two years, the album was inspired by a video lecture frontman Jamie Stephen Hall watched that discussed how the notion of colour can be subjective, depending on…

Hoorsees – ‘Hoorsees’ album review


Parisian indie-poppers Hoorsees have shared their self-titled debut album via Kanine Records. The nine songs on this record are filled with singer/songwriter Alex Delamard’s wry observations and driving hooks that capture the slacker spirit of the ’90s. ‘Overdry’ opens the record in a more breezy, jangly fashion that sounds somewhat akin to The Strokes jamming…

Sun June – ‘Somewhere’ album review


Released via Run for Cover and Keeled Scales, Sun June’s second album finds the Austin, Texa-based five-piece expanding on the ‘regret pop’ (their term) that served them so well on the ‘Years’ LP. Focusing on how love evolves and shapes our lives, the band describe the new record as ‘prom’ music: ‘Prom isn’t all rosy…