Astraea by Rolo Tomassi

The Mic/ November 10, 2012

Fans who associate Rolo Tomassi with a sense of pure chaos may have to readjust for Astraea. After the departure of Joe Nicholson and his blurry-fingered guitar-dada, as well as bassist Joseph Thorpe, the band recruited members of Brontide and No Coast to complete their lineup, with the result of a more direct and approachable song writing mode. It is their least

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Passion by Para One

The Mic/ November 9, 2012

Passion’s upbeat electro-pop single ‘Lean on Me’, featuring is a good place to start looking at their new album, Passion. The song bounces along cheerily to an electronic-driven backdrop, in a similar manner to much of SBTRKT’s output, yet its lyrics are often unrecognisable. It is a fun, but by no means gripping, effort from Para One. The rest of the album

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Polly by The Heartbreaks

The Mic/ November 9, 2012

‘Polly’ further extends The Heartbreaks’ claim to the grand tradition of British guitar pop, following a run of outstanding singles and the release of their superb album, Funtimes. The song is typical of the band’s style, in that it features a catchy chorus, Matthew Whitehouse’s typically intelligent lyrics, and Ryan Wallace’s intricate guitar lines. A band to be filed very much alongside Britain’s

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Babel by Mumford and Sons

The Mic/ November 9, 2012

It is not often that the revival of a genre can be attributed to one band alone. However, it is more than arguable that with their debut Sigh No More Mumford and Sons achieved just that for folk. In their dapper finery, the quartet brought the relevance of a banjo as a musical instrument to a mainstream audience. Following their

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