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Oh Sees – Smote Reverser

Oh Sees – Smote Reverser

Oh Sees are their own creature entirely. With each album release it seems more as though a tear in our reality has appeared and they briefly seep through to our realm. They are a group that release music in a way that a manic science fiction writer releases book after book without a care for the audience it finds. Smote Reverser is a chapter which suggests the apocalypse is nigh, or at least it does by its cover. Something appropriately coincidental, perhaps.

The Coral - Move Through The Dawn

The Coral – Move Through The Dawn

Second time around and The Coral are still taking delight in what they do best: confounding expectations at every turn. Back in 2002, when the music world was going mad for the retro delights of The Strokes and The White Stripes, they exploded onto the scene with their self-titled debut. It was a psychedelia-drenched record that also delighted in looking backwards, but in a strange world far closer to home. In ‘Dreaming Of You’, it contained one of the finest indie-pop singles of all time, and the following year’s Magic & Medicine continued to show an equal aptitude at melodious, 60s-infused folk-pop. As time progressed, further releases have had more of a low-key appeal, though frontman James Skelly has never lost his keen ear for a heart- stopping melody. In 2012, however, the band announced a hiatus due to solo projects and fears were raised that that was that for The Coral.

Death Cab For Cutie - Thank You For Today

Death Cab For Cutie – Thank You For Today

It may be their eighth studio album release, but Thank You For Today marks a new beginning for American indie-rock titans Death Cab For Cutie. Following long-standing guitarist and songwriter Chris Walla’s departure immediately before 2015’s Kintsugi, the band have regrouped in a new(ish) line-up with previous touring members Dave Depper and Zac Rae stepping up officially. Produced again by Rich Costey, it manages to be both familiar at the same time as offering tantalising glimpses of a new direction. With blue skies on the album sleeve, it seems that life’s possibilities are opening up once more for this beloved band.

Our Girl - Stranger Today

Our Girl – Stranger Today

Featuring a mix of the old and new, Brighton formed three-piece Our Girl, unleash their debut album, Stranger Today, via Brighton-based Cannibal Hymns. Formed by The Big Moon's guitarist Soph Nathan, Our Girl’s Stranger Today is the culmination of four year’s labour, the band forced to work around the unexpected success and subsequent demands of The Big Moon's debut album, Love in the 4th Dimension, which ended up being nominated for a Mercury.

Miles Kane - Coup De Grace

Miles Kane – Coup De Grace

It’s been half a decade since Miles Kane’s last solo record, Don’t Forget Who You Are. Since then, a lot has changed on the indie music spectrum. While most of Miles Kane’s contemporaries have fallen into obscurity, the general landscape has changed. Gone is the more lad-inspired indie-rock and in has come a heavier post-punk sound. So Kane had to change it up for his third record, Coup De Grace, and he has - just about. Instead of middle of the road indie, Kane has harked back to the 60s with the likes of John Lennon and T-Rex clear influences on an album that is as anthemic as you’d expect and more melancholy than you’d imagine. Yet, it’s not necessarily for the better.

Jake Shears - Jake Shears

Jake Shears – Jake Shears

It feels like a lifetime since we last heard a Scissor Sisters album, but could Jake Shears’ new solo debut be the closest we’ll get to it in 2018? The answer is both yes and no, as, while the self-titled record doesn’t forget that iconic SS sound, it does manage to represent Shears’ personality, both in its lyrics and its production.

Slaves - Acts Of Fear And Love

Slaves – Acts Of Fear And Love

For the classic recipe of a Slaves album you’ll need: punchy riffs, political narrative and two lunatics flying around a studio. The return of the Kent two-piece with their third full length record, Acts of Fear and Love, has certainly brought all the ingredients to create one hell of a sound.

James - Living In Extraordinary Times

James – Living In Extraordinary Times

To say these are extraordinary times is one hell of an understatement and on this, their 15th studio album, James are fully confronting this turbulent period. While not ostensibly about Donald Trump, his tangerine shadow casts a shade over much of the mood, though there are some piercing personal aspects too. 32 years after their debut Stutter, Tim Booth and the gang are proving that they still hold as much relevance as ever.

The Internet - Hive Mind

The Internet – Hive Mind

After their rapturous return to the UK with their outstanding performance at Lovebox Festival in London last week, The Internet - the offshoot group from Odd Future which spawned the likes of Tyler, The Creator and Frank Ocean - have followed up their Grammy-nominated album Ego Death with Hive Mind. A sleek, delicious slice of summer, it’s an album that is sure to confirm them as one of the most exciting alternative r’n’b acts on the planet.


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