This Melbourne band's full-length debut is a minor marvel: 10 perfectly pitched guitar-pop songs, not a dud among 'em. There are echoes of other bands - generous handfuls of R.E.M. and the Cure, mostly, with a little New Order and Television thrown in - but they make it all sound absurdly crisp and new, like some kind of magic trick. Take "Mainland," the album's third track and one of several instant winners. The lyrics are a revolving door...Read more
Call the Comet is the third album that Marr has fashioned under his own name, belatedly trailing the quick succession of The Messenger in 2013 and Playland in 2014. After the one-two punch of those albums he (naturally) took something of a left turn into projects such as his memoir, Set the Boy Free, and a collaboration with composer Hans Zimmer. The amount of time that lapsed between Playland and Call the Comet is more than enough for a musician...Read more
It took a series of polaroid pictures to inspire Nothing Is Still. After the death of his grandfather, Vynehall's grandmother unearthed some old photographs of his grandparents together in New York. He had heard short snippets of their time there, but had never delved deeper into the decision that made them want to cross the vast Atlantic Ocean and emigrate from their home in Southampton during the 1960s. After this conversation Vynehall was inspired...Read more
Charming their way onto the roster of legendary punk imprint Epitaph Records, freewheeling San Francisco quintet Culture Abuse cloak some keen songwriting under a facade of big dumb summer fun on their strong sophomore outing, Bay Dream. With their fusion of slacker rock, garage punk, and fuzzy grunge, they somehow turn goofball exercises like "Bee Kind to the Bugs," "S'Why," and "Dave's Not Here (I Got the Stuff Man)" into surprisingly enjoyable...Read more
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