Reviews

Darkside Spiral

Spiral, the comeback LP by Chilean-born electronic musician Nicolas Jaar and American multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington is an alchemical concoction of beats, textures, sonic flourishes, and melodies that sound like they were recorded in a world that had no precedent.    

Jackson Glassey reviews...

Inhaler It Won’t Always Be Like This

The Dublin quartet’s promising debut album combines dynamic rhythmic energy with soaring romantic touches and youthful melodrama.

Juan Edgardo Rodríguez reviews...

Charlotte Day Wilson Alpha

The hotly-tipped Toronto singer-songwriter releases her debut album of soul, lovers rock, R&B, and torch songs, backed by the lush instrumentation that's become her hallmark.

Joe Rivers reviews...

Japanese Breakfast Jubilee

While much has been made of Jubilee being an album about joy—and in some ways, it is—the majority of the third Japanese Breakfast album captures a full breadth of emotions.

Ethan Gordon reviews...

Features

Monsterwatch cranks up the fuzz on Noise You Will Never Care About (First Listen)

Listen to the Seattle trio's blistering new EP a full day before its official release. 

Click here to listen to the EP in full...

Quick Takes (February 2021)

We're back with our first Quick Takes of 2020! Juan Edgardo Rodríguez, alongside writers Mark Moody, Peter Quinton, and Simon Sweeney, once again revisit a handful of albums that caught their attention during the past month. This month's selections include Cassandra Jenkins, Maxïmo Park, Black Country, New Road, and more. 

Cassandra Jenkins leads this month's picks...

Latest Believe the Hype Pick

Darkside Spiral

Enter Spiral, Darkside’s triumphant return after an eight-year hiatus. Announced at the tail-end of 2020 with the release of lead single Liberty Bell, the album comes as both a pleasant surprise and a much-needed shot in the arm for 2021, pun completely intended. After two years of global turmoil (or, if we’re being more brutally honest, universal misery), hearing what these two virtuosic artists had been concocting whilst holed up in the studio with nowhere much else to go is, put bluntly, life-affirming. And that’s exactly what Spiral is: an alchemical concoction of beats, textures, sonic flourishes, and melodies that sound like they were recorded in a world that had no precedent.

Quick Takes

Lucy Dacus Home Video

On her third album, Lucy Dacus makes it clear that her latest collection of songs is not just personal but autobiographical. Anyone familiar with...

Garbage No Gods No Masters

Since the early 2000s, every Garbage release has felt like a minor comeback. Starting with their 2005 LP Bleed Like Me, the electronic rockers...