Arthur Ashin releases his sophomore album after his self-titled debut made a splash in 2010. 'Anxiety' is as emotive as his debut, his deranged version of glossy r'n'b mixed with glittering synth-pop production is extremely well done and reaches a near-catharsis over ten tracks. Perfect for all those nights you can't go to karaoke.
Just two years since the incredible 'Does It Look Like I'm Here', the Cleveland trio return from their solo projects to Editions Mego. Still doing retro like no other, they shed the swaths of fuzzy synths of their previous record, to mesh proggy tranquil sunny guitars, soaring post-rock and cosmic synths. Delish.
Thies Mynther and Dirk von Lowtzow follow up 2009's 'Thrown Out Of Drama School' with another undeniably charming album of theatrical chansons. Witty and amusing songs like 'Dr. Schaden Freud' with bouncing classical instrumentation stuff it to the usual Dial sound in an endearing and enjoyable manner.
Another promising new LOaF signing delivers its first album, and 'Happiness Machines' by Nottingham's Moscow Youth Cult sounds a bit like Nathan Fake producing a 1969 parallel universe incarnation of the Beatles, with plenty of detuned synths, soaring strings and electronic weirdness thrown in the mix. Fun!
Young London-based duo of Thom Hill and Linda Jarvis appear with a hugely impressive debut LP, Jarvis' dreamy vocals floating hauntingly above cloudy textures of whirling echos of guitars. My Bloody Valentine comparisons are perhaps inevitable, yet done by and for a new generation. A stunning record.
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