Album Review: The Prettiest Curse // Hinds

Hinds have always been a couple of years ahead of their time. It is nine years since the original ‘Deers’ duo formed in Madrid and six since ‘Bamboo’ made its ripple. The eventual foursome that would become ‘Hinds’ had found two years in between to perfect their brand of garage rock, latching onto trends laid […]Read More

Moral Posturing and Meaningful Change in the Internet Age

Six months into 2020, hope for the new decade has all but withered away. In January, the United States tried to juggle the Israel-Palestine conflict with a messy impeachment trial, all the while managing tensions in Iran with a diplomatic mission that would make even Jimmy Carter blush. Bushfires raged across Australia, and Britain made […]Read More

Album Review: The New Abnormal // The Strokes

The philosopher Antonio Gramsci once characterised crisis as the interregnum between the death of old and the birth of new. In 2001, I sat on the edge of a bed in a small Greek hotel room and watched the screen on the wall tell me about a country called Afghanistan. I had no sense that […]Read More

Track Review: Love Altercation // Abyss X

Crete-born Abyss X – real name Evangelia Lachianina – has spent the last few years carving out a niche amid good company. Appearing alongside SOPHIE and Grimes at the Bio Haque show in Miami last year, the artist has established a space in flamboyant industrial music and is set to release her second full-length album […]Read More

Blast from the Past: Brothers in Arms // Dire Straits

On 26 April 1986, the Brothers in Arms World Tour concluded at Australia’s Sydney Entertainment Centre. Dire Straits’ fifth studio album had propelled them up the charts all across the world, and while the critical reception was mixed, something had landed well with the international audience. In Australia alone, the album sat on top of […]Read More

Boris’ Address May Be Vague and Contradictory – But It

As Keir Starmer writes, “the Prime Minister’s statement raises more questions than it answers.” Though frequently ambiguous, the thirteen minute address yesterday evening is an important step towards asking how we tackle vital underfunding and a lack of support for ‘non-essential’ workers. Palpable solutions, however, are still few and far between. The main takeaway from […]Read More

Album Review: Cabin Fever Dreams // RALPH TV

If you were sixteen and wide-eyed in 2012, London was a good place to be. The Olympics painted the city with a warm and inclusive backdrop for fresh talent to pass through and do its bit. In the autumn, a new wave of dream pop-inspired kids with pastel-coloured pedals and oversized shirts started to sell […]Read More

Live Review: Kid Francescoli // Oslo, Hackney

Face of Kid Francescoli, Mathieu Hocine, meets me in a bar a short walk from Hackney’s ‘Oslo’. It’s a contrast from the glitz of the evening’s venue – somewhere familiar, cosy and a little boisterous. ‘Oslo’, on the other hand, is a railway-station-turned-restaurant that popped up a few years ago with tidy branding and a […]Read More

Album Review: The Slow Rush // Tame Impala

James Reynolds reviews The Slow Rush, the latest offering from Australian multi-instrumentalist, Kevin Parker. Last summer, Funkadelic’s sixth Standing on the Verge of Getting It On turned forty-five. The record marked a deliberate shift for the collective, away from making artsy psychedelia for blues fans and towards making artsy psychedelia for fans of rock and […]Read More

Album Review: Deceiver // DIIV

Three years have passed since the release of critically acclaimed Is the Is Are (2016) and DIIV have used the time well. In an attempt to move past the “homemade” sentiments of the last album, Deceiver offers a respite between chaos and order, a chance to fine-tune a few ideas, to mark a new era […]Read More

Track Review: Skin Game // DIIV

The subtropical Xanax fling that would become 2015 marked the start of a new era for music, in which not really caring about anything finally attained widespread appeal. This is interesting, as Bowie would still give pose and meaning to music until January 2016. Prince still had a year to go. And yet, it was […]Read More

Album Review: Aida // Rino Gaetano (1977)

Two years before his death, Rino Gaetano stood on a stage on Capocotta beach, just south of his home city of Rome, and announced: “There’s someone who wants to put a gag on me! I do not fear them! They will not succeed! I feel that, in the future, my songs will be sung by […]Read More

When the Fun Stops, Stop: The Problem with FIFA

Once a year, EA release the latest instalment of its flagship game, FIFA, which seems to thrive on compulsive gaming habits. The danger is that such mechanics eventually inspire a lifestyle that very quickly becomes hard to go back on. It’s all too easy to arrange a commute around new content or a weekend around an online league. Eventually, payday can quite easily finance a summer sat inside, waiting for the release of a few blue cards.Read More