15 February releases – Reviewed and rated

Electro-pop featuring strongly again this week, with Ladytron and Methyl Ethel producing some impressive stuff. Those with a predisposition to punk-pop should check out Lazybones while hip-hop fans will enjoy Czarface meets Ghostface. However trip-hop shoegaze epic Fifteen from SPC ECO wins out. Sample playlist below, though the album of the week isn’t on Spotify yet.

SPC ECO - Fifteen album cover

SPC ECO – Fifteen

A beautiful blend of shoegaze and trip-hop from former Curve member Dean Garcia and his daughter.

Rating: 8/10Read full review

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Ladytron - Ladytron album cover

Ladytron – Ladytron

Some outstanding numbers in this electro-pop, new wave release. Greater consistency, or trimming some of the excess fat, could have seen it with a much higher rating.

Rating: 7.5/10Read full review

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Lazybones - Bang! Bang! EP cover

Lazybones – Bang! Bang! (EP)

An immensely fun power punk pop blast that shows great promise from this Brighton trio.

Rating: 7/10Read full review

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Czarface - Czarface Meets Ghostface album cover

Czarface – Czarface Meets Ghostface

Some smart hip-hop in this collaboration from Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah and Czarface, which also features another member of the Clan.

Rating: 7/10

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Methyl Ethel - Triage album cover

Methyl Ethel – Triage

A competent and sometimes entrancing album from the Australian art rockers, but suffers from inconsistency.

Rating: 6.5/10Read full review

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Pye Corner Audio - Hollow Earth album cover

Pye Corner Audio – Hollow Earth

Rich electronic dreamscapes with elements of tunes and the occasional beat thrown in, reminiscent of Boards of Canada at times. Much prefer their other incarnation as Head Technician

Rating: 6.5/10

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Perfect Son - Cast album cover

Perfect Son – Cast

More 80s-influenced electronic work here. There are some great tracks, but the album feels somehow a little soulless.

Rating 6.5/10

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Theon Cross- Fyah album cover

Theon Cross– Fyah

Some nice recollections of last year’s Sons of Kemet album ‘Your Queen is a Reptile’, in which Cross’s Tuba work played an integral role, but Fyah just make me want to listen to that again.

Rating: 6/10

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Swmrs - Berkeley's On Fire album cover

Swmrs – Berkeley’s On Fire

Straight out indie rock that is hugely enjoyable to listen to, but at the same time instantly forgettable.

Rating: 6/10

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Piroshka - Brickbat album cover

Piroshka – Brickbat

Something of a 90s indie supergroup, featuring former members of Lush and Elastica, and feels firmly rooted in that era. This album struggled to provide more than the occasional moment of interest.

Rating: 6/10

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Stats - Other People's Lives album cover

Stats – Other People’s Lives

Dance and pop with the occasional bit of funk. Singer sounds a bit like Gary Newman at times. Doesn’t set the heart racing

Rating: 6/10

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Yann Tiersen - All album cover

Yann Tiersen – All

Piano-heavy neoclassical work with the occasional bit of electronic noodling. Paints some nice textures but falls far short of being a masterpiece.

Rating: 6/10

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Album review: Methyl Ethel – Triage

Methyl Ethel - Triage album cover

The phrase art-rock normally fills me with fear, but I was pleasantly surprised by the third album from Australian band Methyl Ethel. Triage, is by no means a perfect album, but there was enough in there to keep you wanting more.

Highlights for me were probably opener Ruiner, which seems to have been influenced by Florence + The Machine and ticks along nicely in a way that unwittingly draws you in, while Trip the Mains is full on 80s guitar and synth-fest that develops well despite some slightly off-putting discordant notes.

Top track I think is Hip Horror, which features a great uptempo groove, accompanied by a very addictive piano line.

There are some other decent works on here, including the organ and funky bass of Scream Whole and the Pretenders-infused Real Tight, but there are also some tunes that really don’t take you anywhere and potentially have you reaching for the skip button.

I’ve actually downgraded this album’s rating slightly during it’s second listen for the review, mainly due to the inconsistencies across it. Still worth a listen though.

Release date: 15 February 2019

Rating: 6.5/10

Standout track: Hip Horror

For fans of:

  • Florence + The Machine
  • Ladytron
  • Elder Island

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New Music Friday 15 February – What to listen to

Some enticing pieces this week to get your teeth into, including Pye Corner Audio, Ladytron and Sons of Kemet’s Theon Cross. Watch out for more reviews coming your way in the week.

Pye Corner Audio - Hollow Earth album cover

Pye Corner Audio – Hollow Earth

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Ladytron - Ladytron album cover

Ladytron – Ladytron

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Theon Cross- Fyah album cover

Theon Cross– Fyah

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SPC ECO - Fifteen album cover

SPC ECO – Fifteen

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Czarface - Czarface Meets Ghostface album cover

Czarface – Czarface Meets Ghostface

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Lazybones - Bang! Bang! EP cover

Lazybones – Bang! Bang! (EP)

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Piroshka - Brickbat album cover

Piroshka – Brickbat

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Swmrs - Berkeley's On Fire album cover

Swmrs – Berkeley’s On Fire

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Perfect Son - Cast album cover

Perfect Son – Cast

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Stats - Other People's Lives album cover

Stats – Other People’s Lives

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Yann Tiersen - All album cover

Yann Tiersen – All

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Methyl Ethel - Triage album cover

Methyl Ethel – Triage

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