It seems fairly incredible that we are almost a decade removed from when Fleet Foxes, along with Bon Iver and Grizzly Bear, made our millennial generation fall in love with folk music, but here we are. It seemed at the end of the previous decade, you couldn't move for hype blogs, tv spots or festival appearances bigging up Fleet Foxes, For Emma, Forever Ago or Veckatimest respectively, as the so-called 'freak folk' moment had its day in the sun. Fleet...Read more
These days, it can be easy for the thousands of semi-similar, underfed, and often overhyped indie bands to blend in your head. After all, how many beach goth bands with an animal name does it take to throw reverb on a Fender while screwing in a lightbulb? I dunno, man, but there will only ever be one Royal Trux. All these years later, they remain one of the most important American rock bands of all time. There are some bands—like the Cure, Sonic...Read more
Good old Goldie. Recent single 'I Adore You' induced euphoria with its spine-shivering vocal, anthem-sized melody and rolling d'n'b contours - but only an idiot would have expected more of the same. Apart from 2012's stylish retrospective on Metalheadz, this is his first proper solo LP project since 'Saturnz Return', and it's brilliantly, bloody-mindedly Goldie: a slew of deep d'n'b grooves offset by beatless lounge-blues arias and glamour-soaked...Read more
It didn't take Royal Blood long to reach the top. When they emerged in 2013 they were an amped-up, old-school rock phenomenon - and duly captured the global imagination with 2014's debut album. In its first week, that self-titled record sold 66,000 copies. There was talk of them spearheading a new wave of bombastic British rock, but the fact that the meteoric ascent of the Brighton duo - singer/guitarist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher - didn't...Read more
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