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Album Review: Sparks – Hippopotamus

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The Norwegian punk-pop extraordinaires’ creative wizardry, very much cemented with their astounding debut LP Birthday, continues with new single Andrew. The single allows a welcome sense of familiarity with it’s fusion of dulcified vocal and guitar melodies, combined with their unique rhythmic sensibilities and galvanic ruptures. However, Andrew also signals a massively creative leap into …

With their debut album ‘Preface’ out at the end of the month – 24th July to be exact, London experimntal art-rockers MOHiT have just released a new single, Infinate Decay. Infinite Decay came about after a strange and rather mystical encounter in Wales, said drummer Danny Brooks: “We pondered on the thought of an endless state of …

Not ones to sit around sitting on their hands after the release of their Lauded debut album 3D Routine, Leeds art rockers Mush have jumped back in the studio to record a new 5 track 7” EP “Great Artisanal Formats” which is coming out to coincide with Record Store Day on June 20th via Memphis …

Ahead of tomorrow’s (31st May) release of their Decadent Sprinter EP via Blank Editions, London post-punks Ice Baths have revealed the last single to be taken from it, Clusters, following on from previous singles, Auster and Simulation. It’s a taught slice of post-punk/art rock, with these shards guitar shattering over the accompaniment in the verse …

“Heck Cattle Grazing” is the first work to be released by Auckland art-folk/experimental group Horror In Clay. The group, featuring former members of popular group Girls Pissing on Girls Pissing, recorded the work with local engineer Rohan Evans and revealed the track last week with little-to-no warning except for a post on their label MUZAI Records‘ …

Leeds quartet Mush have announced their debut EP Induction Party is due out on May 31st via Memphis Industries. From it, the band have shared a new single, Operation Vaken. In this day an age of the bland, and a reticence to cause a scene or possibly alienate some potential listeners, it’s nice to see …

Django Django return with their third studio album “Marble Skies” which sees the Scottish-formed, London-based art/maths rock quartet honing their particular brand of quirky guitar-driven synth pop to reach new levels of success. Album opener and title track “Marble Skies” begins as a minimal Kraftwerk-esque piece of uptempo electronica and soon brings in the band’s …

When Sparks roared back to relevance with 2002‘s Lil’ Beethoven, it was treated as a glorious return to form. How long that form would last was another matter. Was it a one off, or the start of a more sustained period of creative success? 2006’s Hello Young Lovers very much confirmed that the previous album’s …

We recently discovered a band from Philadelphia, called Tulipomania. They already have quite a lot of music out there and plenty of award-winning videos to go with that, but the progressive art rock outfit will soon be releasing a new maxi-single. Following up their fourth album ‘This Gilded Age’, released last year, they are offering three …

From the howled opening lyrics to ‘The Call’ it’s very clear that Xiu Xiu’s latest project is a giant step away from last year’s Plays The Music Of Twin Peaks. Forget takes the project back into original songwriting, yet keeps the haunting atmosphere that they created on their last record. From the leads singles ‘Wondering’, …