Reviews

Andy Shauf Norm

On his latest concept album, the Canadian singer-songwriter writes music of unquestionable beauty, so transfixing that it makes you question if its menacing subtext is actually present. It already feels like an instant classic. 

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Complete Mountain Almanac Complete Mountain Almanac

Complete Mountain Almanac is an ambitious project with quite a backstory.

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Italia 90 Living Human Treasure

Britain is falling apart and the London post-punks simply offer an unfiltered snapshot of the country in its (barely) managed decline.

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The Circulators S/T

The San Francisco punk quartet prioritises pleasure on this taut debut.

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Features

The 50 Best Albums of 2022

It's time to reveal our top albums of the year. A longstanding tradition since 2002, our full list consists of 50 albums selected by the entire No Ripcord staff.

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Quarantine the Past: Best of 2022

UPDATED 11TH JANUARY with PART THREE featuring the No Ripcord team discussing our Top 50.

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Latest Believe the Hype Pick

Andy Shauf Norm

The prose in Norm is limited if purposedly enigmatic, in which he inserts just enough details instead of telling a series of events in a linear sequence. Shauf serves as an unreliable narrator of sorts, conjuring empathy in the darkest of minds. His cleverest trick, however, is writing music of unquestionable beauty, so transfixing that it makes you question if a menacing subtext is actually present.

Quick Takes

Nighttime Keeper is the Heart

Nighttime's third album is a love letter to English folk music.

Fucked Up One Day

Recorded in one day, the Canadian hardcore punks' sixth LP delivers one unforced, shout-out anthem after another with great vitality.