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Moodboard: I Break Horses

Maria Lindén and Fredrik Balck’s second full-length as I Break Horses, Chiaroscuro, is a rather sublime thing. Whether the Swedish duo are dabbling in lurching witch-gaze (‘Medicine Brush‘, ‘Berceuse‘) or blissful, escapist synth-pop (‘Denial‘), what really comes through is the clarity and



Live Review: Ja Ja Ja Festival (Friday) @ Camden Roundhouse

Like a fiery-hearthed lodge on the iciest of Nordic nights, this year’s inaugural Ja Ja Ja festival at the iconic Roundhouse offered the perfect shelter from what was an especially downpour-ridden Friday night in Camden. The festival, which celebrates the best music coming out of Scandinavia, saw an eclectic line-up …



Interview: Jen Long on Cassette Store Day

Last month, BuzzFeed posted one of its ‘listicles’ that provoked an outpouring of derision and abuse from music fans everywhere.  Entitled ’35 Music Experiences You’ll Never Have Again’ – and containing things like ‘in-stores’ and ‘reading the liner notes’ – it seemed to state that music on physical …



Album Review: Laura Veirs – Warp and Weft

Portland, Oregon-based singer-songwriter Laura Veirs is perhaps best-known for her melodic and personal songs of romance and adventure. Most recently, she released July Flame in 2010, went on to record a children’s album, and embarked on motherhood, but now she is back with Warp and Weft: an amazing record …


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News: PINS announce debut album

Manchester is absolutely killing it on the debut album front this year. Just as we were dreaming along to MONEY‘s The Shadow of Heaven on the Notion stereo, we received the very exciting news that their Bella Union label mates – fiery female four-piece PINS – will unleash their …


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News: Lanterns On The Lake announce new album

As Notion’s resident Bella Union fangirl, I’ve got something very exciting to share with you! Lanterns On the Lake have just announced that their second album, Until the Colours Run, is set to be released on Monday September 9th via said illustrious label. The record follows up LOTL’s exquisite …



BOTW Playlist: Wild Nothing

With his latest EP, Empty Estate, Wild Nothing‘s Jack Tatum has left behind the more despondent virtues espoused by his first two full-lengths, 2010′s Gemini and last year’s follow-up, Nocturne. Instead, he’s produced a riveting suite comprised of buoyant new wave, motorik post-punk and dabbles in carefully



BOTW Review: Wild Nothing – Empty Estate

Empty Estate seems to herald a new age for Wild Nothing. After producing two shoegaze, dream pop albums, Virginia’s Jack Tatum has got his head out of the clouds and is back with his most adventurous record yet.

What’s more, Empty Estate is fun – a word Wild Nothing …



BOTW Video: Wild Nothing – ‘A Dancing Shell’

As a visual metaphor for Wild Nothing‘s musical journey so far, the video for Empty Estate high point ‘A Dancing Shell‘ is unparalleled. It starts out, by and large, in black and white, casting hypnotic shapes at the viewer – just remind yourself of how enchanting and …


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Video: Lanterns on the Lake – ‘Another Tale from Another English Town’

If you haven’t heard of Lanterns On the Lake yet, I think you’re in for a very pleasant surprise. The Newcastle band first caught our attention back in 2011 with their critically-acclaimed debut Gracious Tide, Take Me Home, and now return with the glorious lead single from their forthcoming …