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Manchester Psych Fest 2021

The Ritz’s famed sprung dancefloor is doing its bouncy thing beneath a leaping pit of bodies and the air is pulsing and expanding with energy and excitement. Up on stage, Girl Band are tearing the roof off, firing out great chunks of sound that explode …

The Body and BIG|BRAVE – Leaving None But Small Birds

Two of the most exploratory metal acts dig down into the twisted roots of the old weird America.

Haiku Salut – The Hill, The Light, The Ghost

So delicate and effective it sometimes feels as if they left the tape running and it came out of the night air, an elegy from the past.

Thalia Zedek Band – Perfect Vision

a grim assessment of the current state of things, it may be a bit stark for that, but we really shouldn’t take her continuing greatness for granted

Thalia Zedek – Been Here and Gone

Maybe less a heartbreak album than a dark night of the soul, but it finds its way back to the light.

Bass Clef – Magnetic Chapters

This music is half awake, a blur of memory and dream, ideal for flights of idle fancy.

Charlie Parr – Last of the Better Days Ahead

A brilliant album, Last of the Better Days Ahead draws on the strengths of an impressive career and still expands the scope of Parr’s music.

Lingua Ignota – SINNER GET READY

Stunningly realised, an overwhelming piece of work. Terrifying and beautiful.

Hawksmoor – On Prescription

A course of gently analgesic library music. Hawksmoor’s blend of electronics and live instruments decorating still, quiet, rooms in slowly changing moods.

Haq123 – More

More sees them further honing their attack, condensing down their weirdo sludge punk into gut punch blasts.

Blue Ruth – Mausoleum

A shut-in’s death disco of disfigured beats and fried industrial tones.

Snapped Ankles – Forest Of Your Problems

One of our most inventive and forward looking bands, there is something about Snapped Ankles that’s more sci-fi than back to nature.

The Go! Team – Get Up Sequences Part One

Noise-hop cheerleaders and candy-striped, sunshine pop so joyous it’s probably fortified with vitamin D.

loscil – Clara

New set of lush abstracts from loscil is as rich, detailed and multilayered as we’ve come to expect.

Bitch Hunt – Shapeshifter

An unassuming but impressive debut EP.

Fightmilk – Contender

Failure, self doubt and projection abound but Contender is also full to the brim with soaring choruses and an absolute sackload of power pop hooks to wash that bitter medicine down.

Colleen – The Tunnel and the Clearing

It’s a very healing record, full of calm acceptance. A reconciliation with the darkness.

Kemper Norton – Troillia

Up from dank earth and onto bright headland, the usual layers of tones and drones are now warmer, softer, almost weightless.

Telex – This Is Telex

Telex’s futurism is mostly a mundane modernism. They do not want to be robots or conceive sci-fi utopias in sound. They’re named after a piece of office equipment.

POLA – Opaque

The atmosphere it generates is so complete and instant it’s like entering a different place.

Hannah Peel – Fir Wave

The album unfolds with an understated magic, always with another modest surprise to delight you just around the corner.

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