Deptford Goth

Songs

37 Adventures/PIAS

Nov 06, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

Daniel Woolhouse, aka Deptford Goth, gained something of a cult following for his 2011 debut Life After Defo. Its slow, contemplative production added emphasis to lyrics of heartache and family issues, all the while sounding somehow thoroughly expansive despite the intimate nature of Woolhouse's vocals. More

Nov 05, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

Pop music, almost by definition, is watered down. Music for the masses means accessibility is king, marked by obvious on-ramps, broad-based topics, and a sunny-side-up disposition. Pop music as escapism. Of course, this is less about set-in-stone rules and more about this reviewer's half century-long observance of Top 40 radio fare. More

Nov 04, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

If you are (like I was) largely unfamiliar with the delightful indie pop band Belle and Sebastian, perhaps the film and its soundtrack, God Help the Girl, is the perfect introduction. More

Nov 03, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

The first riff on Black Moon Spell (on the title track, no less) is proof that Kyle Thomas (aka King Tuff) is gunning for a space among the guitar heroes. More

Tony Allen

Film of Life

Jazz Village

Oct 31, 2014 Music Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J

For a man in his mid-'70s, Tony Allen still has a hell of a lot of reach. In recent years, the legendary Nigerian sticksman-once hailed as the best drummer in the world by Brian Eno-has imparted his Afrobeat influence over artists as diverse as Sébastien Tellier, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Flea. More

Literature

Chorus

Slumberland

Oct 30, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

The word "jangly" seems to come up more often in indie pop reviews than anywhere else, but when it comes to a band like Literature and their new album Chorus, it's hard to think of a quicker way to sum up their sound. More

Oct 29, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

The polite female vocals, the wispy shoegazing guitars, the sudden transition from oceanic sonics to more pop-based songwriting: it seems like The History of Apple Pie is posturing to be the next Lush. More

jj

V

Secretly Canadian

Oct 28, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

For a band whose name and album titles are minimal, JJ traffics in a sound far more expansive. Sure, the title track introducing the album is fairly small in scope, but it gives way to the rolling percussion and strings of "Dynasti" before you know it. More

Oct 27, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

It takes a lot these days for the standard guitar/bass/drums/singer set-up to make an impact. The oldest rock and roll format is also the most overused, with seemingly every kid who ever picked up a guitar forming a band in a friend's garage and citing Dylan and The Beatles as influences. More