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The Icicles

Arrivals & Departures (Microindie)

What in god’s name gives The Icicles the right to be so feckin’ content?! An album in major chords without even a hint of sarcasm, misery or introspection? What do these airy fairy, hippy Americans think they’ll achieve in our rain drenched beauty of a country?



Passenger

Wicked Man’s Rest (Chalkmark)

Driving through a Passenger review without mentioning Nizlopi or James Blunt would be an achievement of juggernaut proportions. Their jingle-pop keyboards meshed with melancholic acoustics wouldn’t feel out of place in the Christmas charts.



Editors

An End Has A Start (Sony BMG)

There`s no disputing that The Back Room was one of the most outstanding debuts of recent years, weaving Joy Division`s grandiose melancholy with a Britpop sensibility that put Editors in the same league as Razorlight or those cheeky Kaisers. With An End Has A Start, however, Tom Smith and the rest of his editorial band […]



Editors

An End Has A Start (Sony BMG)

There’s no disputing that The Back Room was one of the most outstanding debuts of recent years, weaving Joy Division’s grandiose melancholy with a Britpop sensibility that put Editors in the same league as Razorlight or those cheeky Kaisers.



Action Group

Greed (...)

Anyone who’s been following Action Group over the last few months will already know that their star is on the rise. Having developed and fine-tuned their live sound, they then proceeded to play a blistering set at this year’s Spectrum Festival



Bee Stings

Life By Misadventure (Council Pop)

London four-piece Bee Stings court their own weirdness as if they’re afraid of vanishing into the mire of banal indie-pop. There’s certainly no danger of that



Various

Free See Dee! (Topplers)

Beautifully packaged comp from the ever reliable Topplers imprint. This is what label compilations should be about, introducing listeners to new acts whilst showing off what good taste the label owners have. Running from the mentally deranged ‘Jack in the Green’ by Jowe Head, via the raunch-tronica of Gang, lo-fi Joy Division flavours of The […]



Antony Harding

Lonely Boy… and other tragedies (Filthy Little Angels)

In 2003, a young Norwegian poet, Elvind Kirkeby sent Antony Harding (ex-Hefner) some poems that he thought would make good songs. Antony agreed and set about writing and recording what we have here, ‘Lonely Boy and other tragedies’.



Dave Arcari

Come With Me... (Buzz)

Have you ever seen the film, ‘Unleashed’ with Bob Hoskins and Jet Li? It is terrible don’t ever try to. It’s about a man (Li) being treated like a dog and raised as a fighting machine, locked up in a cage with an electronic collar leashed around his neck.



Sister Vanilla

Little Pop Rock (Chemikal Undergound)

Right, it’s good to know that whenever the Reid family get a bit high or feel a little low they’ll commit it to tape in some form or another. This time it is in the guise of their younger sibling, Linda aka Sister Vanilla.