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Moderate Rebels – If You See Something That Doesn’t Look Right II

On If You See Something That Doesn’t Look Right II there is a very unified sense of ideas and their presentation making it work like (a dark) charm.

Tangents – Timeslips & Chimeras

You get everything here that characterizes an excellent post-rock album from dub drones to abstract musical collages.

Harkness – The Occasion

Harkness does not miss a step on his initial outing, the quality of which makes you wonder – what can (and will) he do for a follow-up?

Typical Sisters – Love Beam

It works on all the right levels, escaping one of the key traps Post Rock can pose – too much brain and too little heart.

Royal Canoe – Sidelining

The eleven songs here all sound fresh and beaming with ideas that require repeated listening. Every new listen brings out yet another nuance you might not have noticed the first time around.

Mischa Blanos – City Jungle

Even when he seemingly calms things down, there is always a rhythmic pattern present in Blanos’ playing that goes on to prove that well-known saying ‘a big city never sleeps’.

Immortal Machinery – Bartok ReOrganised

Another reason Immortal Machinery’s vision of Bartok is successful might lie in the fact that the duo obviously knows the composer’s works so well. They are aware that Bartok can often be most potent in small doses.

Small Reactions – New Age Soul

Those with very rock inclinations in their musical taste don’t have to go very far from New Age Soul as their current summer album.

Stone Giants – West Coast Love Stories

West Coast Love Stories turns out to be one of the better albums Tobin has come up with in recent times, a melodic experiment that is above all utterly listenable.

Talk Show Host – Mid-Century Modern

Talk Show Host and their Mid-Century Modern show that there is still some exciting vitality left in the punk/power pop combination.

Helvetia – Essential Aliens

The whole album paints a sonic image that tells us that Albertini and his Helvetia actually have something quite interesting to tell us musically.

The Mountain Goats – Dark in Here

In many ways, it is The Mountain Goats album that event those listeners who are not keen on the band could warm up to, without alienating one single staunch follower around.

Kid Millions and Jan St. Werner – Imperium Droop

When they started out probably neither Millions nor St. Werner knew where this was going to take them, but in the end, it all sounds like they got to the right place.

Indigo Sparke – Echo

A double-edged sword as a concept. Luckily for Sparke and her producer Adrianne Lenker, they used the right edge of that sword to come up with some quite delicate results.

Porterfield – Rome

The overall effect is that you are not really sure whether this is jazz or a prog-rock album. Or you just might say that it is both and a very good one in both respects.

Wise John – A Wonderful World

Not sure whether the world is so wonderful these days, A Wonderful World is a pleasant musical surprise practically out of nowhere.

Blurry The Explorer – S/T

Can Blurry The Explorer blur and explore a little bit more, please?

Max Bloom – Pedestrian

We get a straightforward pop/rock album in Pedestrian, but one that ticks all the right boxes of what a good pop/rock album should sound like.

T. Griffin – The Proposal

Dark, brooding, and very intriguing.

King Ropes – Way Out West

Whatever inspirations Hollier might have had or had, here on Way Out West he is able to blend them into something very much his and King Ropes own, keeping that Western vibe fully intact.

Leon den Engelsen – Growth

Does Leo den Engelsen’s music have that ‘European feel’? Quite possibly, but then, Europe is changing and so is its music.

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