Django Django arrived fully-formed with an unmistakable sonic identity which earned them a Mercury nod in 2012. The group's sound is so pungent with their own unique splash of airy vocals, glitchy electronics and rustic grooves, it's sometimes hard to differentiate one track from the next. This is no bad thing if you're smitten with their sound - and fourth album 'Glowing In The Dark' embraces a more rustic approach favouring dusty synths and guitar...Read more
Executing jutting, angular antics with a cutting exactitude akin to luminaries such as Wire and XTC, the Leeds-hailing trio have, over the past twelve-months, eschewed stasis in favour of creative resourcefulness, culminating in two EP releases as well as the material underpinning this second full-length record. The death of founding member Steven Tyson would, however, tragically close out such a prolific year for the band, the late guitarist's technical...Read more
Stains leave their uneasy smear on the first two tracks of New Fragility, the new record by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Peppy opening number Hesitating Nation is rife with narrative imperfections, be it the residual marks of spilt wine, the taint of political corruption or the detrimental impact humans are having on the world through our excessive and apathetic pollution. The hangdog observations don't stop there as the desolation seeps into second...Read more
With influences including early '00s icons like Alanis Morissette and Michelle Branch, as well as the most obvious comparison Avril Lavigne -- who frontwoman Heather Baron-Gracie has been repeatedly citing as a massive inspiration for this record -- the Manchester quartet's new sound is well executed and joyously expressive, but offers little unique. Third single "Easy" is a clear highlight and the biggest nod to their past work: a typically massive...Read more
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