Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation beat the not-too-stiff competition this week, while Game of Thrones pulled off yet anther of its trademark shockers by not producing a complete disaster of a pop album.
Spotify playlist at the bottom.
Otoboke Beaver – Itekoma Hits
Spiky Japanese girl-punk. It’s sometimes tricky to follow the thread of the tracks but satisfyingly aggressive at times.
The Cranberries – In The End
Emotional farewell from the band that carries many of the sounds that made them famous, but with a more mature and sombre edge.
Mammoth Penguins – There’s No Fight We Can’t Both Win
Catchy indie-pop from this Cambridgeshire tiro, but the hooks and vocals fail to set the band apart from their many contemporaries.
Marissa Nadler & Stephen Brodsky – Droneflower
Initally promising sparse and atmospheric folk-rock, but the album fails to kick on as hoped.
Catfish & The Bottlemen – The Balance
Radio-friendly indie rock, not unpleasant to listen to, but hardly inspiring.
Guided By Voices – Warp and Woof
24 songs in 37 minutes on this soft alt-rock album with the occasional hint of Bowie and country.
Bear’s Den – So that you might hear me
Bland indie-folk, heard it a thousand times before.
Here’s a playlist of all of the above if you want to listen to this week’s selected new releases.