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Album review: Penelope Isles – ‘Which Way To Happy’: Jack and Lily line up a second set of ambitious, technicolour pop psych

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Flaming Lips – ‘American Head’: a trippy coming of age about coming of age

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Track: A.A. Williams – All I Asked For (Was To End It All) plus debut album news

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A.A. Williams has announced the news of her much-anticipated second album, titled ‘As The Moon Rests’, due the 7th of October via Bella Union. To celebrate the announcement Williams has shared an intense and beautifully shot b/w video for lead single “Evaporate” directed by Fraser West.  “Traditionally, your second album is the worry; where there’s the weight …

IT’S the latest brilliantly wonky full-covers project from Wayne Coyne, Steven Drozd and the boys, whose new heady fwend is budding Canada-via-Yorkshire songsmith Nell, in the company of whom they’ve taken on the catalogue of no lesser a god of the darker side than Nick Cave himself. With that full album of Cave covers, Where …

IT WAS a real boon for lovers of expansive, harmonic, suede-jacketed Americana back in October when Denton, Texas’s Midlake announced they were reconvening for their first album in jeez, nine years, For the Sake of Bethel Woods. Too long, guys, too long. And it seems like the coming back together stems at least partly from …

DELICATE Glaswegian songsmith C Duncan has doubled down on the glitter of last month’s single, “Alluvium”, with just one more song to round off the year and to keep you abreast of happenings connected with his next album, due in the new year on Bella Union. The track is called “The Wedding Song” and it’s romantic, …

WELL that came pretty much out of nowhere, with only a two-week lead-in; Wayne Coyne and his merrie band of Oklahoman astral explorers The Flaming Lips, are releasing an album of Nick Cave covers, Where the Viaduct Looms, tomorrow; with vocals and instrumentation by 14-year-old Nell Smith and Dave Fridmann, of course, working his sonic magic from …

PENELOPE ISLES, the gorgeous Brighton combo led by brother and sister Jack and Lily Wolter, are releasing their second album this week – that’s cause for joy as winter looms. surely. Until The Tide Comes In, their album from 2019 and first for Simon Raymonde’s excellent Bella Union imprint, was a slice of shoegazey guitar …

ONE of the best bands you’ll ever commune with live should you get the chance, Spiritualized, are set to return in 2022 with a new album, Everything Was Beautiful, due for release in February on Bella Union. It’ll be their first in nearly four years (since 2018’s And Nothing Hurt). They’ve also dropped a first …

PENELOPE ISLES, the gorgeous Brighton via Cornwall and Isle of Man combo led by brother and sister Jack and Lily Wolter, have some rather excellent news for lovers of bright, nuanced shoegazey guitar pop; their second album, Which Way To Happy is out digitally this Friday, November 5th, with CD and cassette formats also up …

Michigan boy John Grant has always moved to the beat of his own drum. If you were to ask me to fit him into a box – a genre that he could comfortably placed in, then I could only call it John Grant. From the dream-pop beginnings of his debut solo, Queen of Denmark, to …

HE’S BACK, with new melodies to entice, following last year’s Manchester trilogy-concluding album Shortly After Takeoff – an album embraced and drawn close by British music lovers; BC Camplight has opened his account for 2021 with the bright, loose, and melody-packed “I’m Alright In The World”, which you can watch the lyric video for, below. …