Album Review: Hot Chip – A Bath Full of Ecstasy

Alex Barston/ June 16, 2019

This Friday (21st June) sees the return of Hot Chip with their seventh studio album ‘A Bath Full of Ecstasy,’ their first since 2015. The London-based indie-tronica quintet famed for earlier songs such as ‘Over and Over’ and ‘Ready for the Floor,’ deliver an album celebrating joy and happiness while pursuing the melancholic approach of pain and toil which it

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Album Review: Charlie Cunningham – Permanent Way

Ben Standring/ June 13, 2019

The classically trained London singer-songwriter delivers a documentation of life’s uncertainties on his glowing sophomore record. The burgeoning mass of British singer-songwriters that have emerged in recent years has slowly moulded into a quagmire of similarity and simplicity, taking away some of the joy from acoustic guitar-based music due to its increasing predictability. However, when London-based Charlie Cunningham released his

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Single Review: Honey Gentry – Daydream Baby

Ben Standring/ June 12, 2019

Honey Gentry’s storm of ethereal, DIY enchantment provided poetic justice to those desiring artistic integrity when her debut EP Moonlight was released last year. Her passion for life’s non-tangible aspects alongside the adoption of the Honey Gentry alter ego have made the singer-songwriter an enticing prospect in a world dominated by predictable pop music. Despite a slight 6-month gap in

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Album Review: Lewis Capaldi – Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent

Cameron Chadwick/ May 30, 2019

The Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of Twitter and most rapidly growing pop star to emerge from the UK since Adele surprises with a stripped-back debut which shows hints of greatness, but struggles to justify 12 songs of lethargic balladry. It’s a miracle I ever listened to this album. Its title is a top contender for The Mic’s ‘Worst Album Name of

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EP Review: Interpol – A Fine Mess

Ben Standring/ May 24, 2019

Stoic alternative icons attempt to rejuvenate the spark of yesteryear on wavering new EP Despite being arguably one of the biggest rock bands on the planet, New York trio Interpol have forever felt destined to be heroes of the underground scene. Their first record Turn on the Bright Lights has been hailed as one of the greatest debuts to have

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Album Review: whenyoung – Reasons to Dream

Robyn Walford/ May 22, 2019

The young Irish band’s debut album ‘Reasons to Dream’ is set to be released this Friday (24th May) and it is definitely something to get excited about. If you can’t wait that long, the first single ‘The Others’ is out now. Whenyoung have created an interesting sound with their new album, with an array of messages and themes being found

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The Amazons – Future Dust Album Review

Roisin Hickey/ May 22, 2019

The Amazons’ latest album Future Dust makes obvious the importance of their two years off. Although their debut provided indie rock classics such as ‘Black Magic’ and ‘In my Mind’, it is clear that The Amazons have stepped their game up; their newest album is holistically sexy, gritty and raw – how all indie rock should be. ‘Mother’ is one

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Album Review: The National – I Am Easy to Find

Alex Barston/ May 15, 2019

The National. The umbrella that stops the hail from hitting your head, the first sip of water the morning after a heavy night of drinking, the woolly jumper that shields you from a bitter winter frost, you get the drift from this obsessional fan. The National are great, and they’re back with their eighth studio album at the perfect time.

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EP Review: Desure – ‘Desure’

Cameron Chadwick/ May 3, 2019

On the cutting-edge of country music whilst firmly rooted in tried-and-true tradition, Desure’s debut EP delivers a series of timeless tunes blending folk, bluegrass and indie rock in seamless, stylish fashion. My introduction to Josh Desure came with an opening slot for Texas honky-tonk kings Midland at Gorilla (the best venue going) in Manchester last December, and I maintain that

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