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The Organ – Thieves

Mint Records, 2008[rating:9/10] Vancouver's The Organ shared that same shadowy intellectual existence that made them sound like a darker version of The Smiths, without Johnny Marr's trademark flair and Morrissey's veiled humour. Helmed by singer/lyricist Katie Sketch, they created a delicate sound that brooded and pined, Sketch's lyrics reading like private diary entries turned into

By | 2009-02-28T05:23:32+00:00 October 19th, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Radio Dept. – Freddie and the Trojan Horse

Labrador, 2008[rating:8/10]It was not the lyrics that got me hooked on The Radio Dept but rather their gentle, dreamy melodies. The vocals of Johan Duncanson are an integral part of the band's sound but the words often blend into the background and set the mood rather then tell stories. The first single from their forthcoming

By | 2009-04-04T16:26:49+00:00 June 12th, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Steven Heath – The Airport Fire

Peak Plasma Conc., 2008[rating:6/10] "A soundtrack for driving around the city at night" is how Australia's Steven Heath depicts his latest release and it's not a far fetched description; the overall feeling that it leaves behind is that of cold, lonely nights with the radio as your only companion. Recorded in a friend's spare room,

By | 2009-04-04T16:27:27+00:00 June 1st, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Detektivbyrån – Hemvägen

Danarkia, 2006 [rating:8/10] With glockenspiel, accordion and toy-piano Detektivbyrån (Dee-tek-teeve-bu-ron, "The Detective Agency") take their audience on an imaginative musical journey through the urban streets of Paris and the forests of Värmland, the Swedish province where the band originate from. By now Anders Flanders, Jon Ekström and Martin Molin, the members of Detektivbyrån, must be

By | 2009-04-04T16:31:48+00:00 December 29th, 2007|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments