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Monoganon

There’s scope and fragility on display on Monoganon’s second album, Family, that given the scarcity of genuinely affecting music nowadays should elevate Monoganon

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Randan Discotheque

It would appear that Edinburgh’s Randan Discotheque have been beavering away in their own peculiar little world since 2006.

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The Voluntary Butler Scheme

Sticky second album syndrome casually avoided, The Grandad Galaxy plays out like a day trip to the carnivals. Bursting with ear tickling, eye-dizzying sounds, melodies, effects and songs

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Smallgang

Like a throwback to the 90s, London quartet Smallgang have crafted a curious record that plucks riffery from the handbook of classic indie-noodling and pairs it up with literate musings.

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Paul Hawkins & The Awkward Silences

Another fine release from arguably the finest independent label on our shores, Audio Antihero, they continue their Commercial Suicide series of EPs with Paul Hawkins and The Awkward Silences.

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Zoey Van Goey

Zoey Van Goey pick up where their excellent debut album, The Cage Was Unlocked All Along, left off.

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Jack Hayter

Former Hefner member and multi-instrumentalist, Jack Hayter delights on this collection of charmingly askew songs. “I’ve got teeth like tombstones, skin like clay, it could be the Scurvy anyway”

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Weezer

Much has been written and talked about Weezer’s sophomore album, Pinkerton, a commercial and critical disappointment on initial release. Commercially one can understand that the fandom that bought into the power-pop playfulness of ‘Buddy Holly’ and ‘The Sweater Song’ might find the Pinkerton sound a little too frenetic for their liking, with abrasive guitars and […]

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Darren Hayman & The Secondary Modern

The prolific Mr. Hayman returns to our stereos with the second instalment in his Essex trilogy – don’t ask – following last year’s Harlow inspired Pram Town.

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Benjamin Shaw

Opening with a minute of avant-garde fizzing and moogy widdling, like a gateway to a lo-fi pop bliss-out, Blackpool’s Benjamin Shaw peeps his head through the vortex with acoustic guitar in tow