Category Archives: Indie

Stealing Sheep – Into The Diamond Sun (Heavenly)

CB | Liverpool band Stealing Sheep make complex indie (in its truest sense) music that could be seen to be rooted in the variety of traditional folk rhythms and singing techniques that have more to do with the Ewan MacColl … Continue reading

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Jesca Hoop – The House That Jack Built (Bella Union)

CB | It’s been three years since Jesca Hoop’s debut album Hunting My Dress and since 2009 much has happened to Hoop, both personally and professionally. The House That Jack Built is dedicated to Hoop’s father Jack Dennis Hoop, and … Continue reading

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Driver Drive Faster – To Return / Voices pt.2 (Static Caravan 7″)

SH | After the demise of their previous band, Polytechnic, Driver Drive Faster grabbed their name from the opening line of one of Auden’s poems – ‘Calypso’ – and then began assembling their oevre ‘in a makeshift studio above a … Continue reading

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Silver Jews – Secret Knowledge of the Backroads (Drag City)

SM | Here’s a back road that you could only ever find on a dime map of the reef. Blame the staff at the Silver Joos cartography clinic for always being so difficult and aloof. Because to have secret knowledge … Continue reading

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Julianna Barwick – The Magic Place (Asthmatic Kitty)

SH | The Asthmatic Kitty compilation ‘To Spirit Back The Mews’ first opened my eyes to this label, who have just dropped this lovely, meditative gem. Part Deep Listening Band, part Cocteau Twins, The Magic Place neither soothes nor coos, … Continue reading

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Anthony Reynolds – The World Of Colin Wilson (Rocket Girl)

SH | Anthony Reynolds, along with key sidemen, including the very great Martin Carr, have backtracked this album of conversational snippets from Colin Wilson. Wilson was held aloft as the hip British autodidact of the 60s, tracking edgy ‘outsider’ geniuses, … Continue reading

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Various Artists – Welcome to the Wetherbeat Scene, 1988-1991 (555 Recordings)

SM | I’m convalescing poolside in Lake Havasu, Arizona thinking about the injustice I gave Glen Campbell at BJ’s Cabana Bar last night and also how fecund (I’m always dwelling on the fecundity of things) this one band scene was … Continue reading

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