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Fuyuko’s Fables – Fuyuko’s Fables

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So, I’m a little late to the party with this release since it’s been out for a while. However, it’s something I think you need to hear. Gorgeous, softly spoken folk from New Zealand. Really awesome and varied instrumentation. Each track evolves brilliantly and never seems to take a too straightforward route to the end. You can check out a full review from our good friends at inb4track. Highly recommended.

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Jealousy Monster – Jealousy Monster

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Debut release by this fun indie pop duo. Really upbeat, chilled out stuff that borders on wistful at some points. Without ever becoming too complex, these guys have managed to get a perfect balance of sound, and every track feels really cohesive and well put together. Vocals are absolutely wonderful and give the whole release an almost dreamy effect. In contrast the lyrics can be pretty downbeat, but they never feel at odds with the music. I can already tell Jealousy Monster will be one to watch – highly recommended.

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Tall Blonde – Porch Recordings

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Five upbeat, mostly instrumental tracks, with a nice variety of instrumentation. Tagged as ‘ for when you’re sad and happy’, which I guess is as good an explanation for this release as any. Tracks put forward a range of sounds, from shining electronica to acoustic, campfire-esque melodies to hazy, electric guitar.

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Cooper’s – Price! Waterhouse! Cooper’s!

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Polar Sunspots returns back to form with┬áPrice! Waterhouse! Cooper’s!, a mellow indie pop/rock release. Perhaps the best thing about this album is how warm and honest it is. Each of the four tracks bring out something new – the synth on Fluke is particularly awesome. Has a great bittersweet vibe at some points, especially in some of the lyrics. The instrumental final track is pretty great too.

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If This Is A Man – Random Acts Of Kindness Have Saved Lives

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Dreamy, genre hopping release from England. Takes influence from various genres, including shoegaze, folk, psychedelica, slowcore and ambient. You can expect to hear some electronic elements too. If This Is A Man manages to do this whilst still remaining cohesive – no easy feat as you can probably guess! Really heartfelt and emotional album. Highly recommended.

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Ironwood – Making Friends With Time

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Piano heavy pop/rock record with female vocals. Really well put together, with an excellent sound. Has the perfect mix of upbeat, guitar driven tracks and quieter, more restrained songs. The piano use is what really pulled me into this album, however. I don’t think you see enough piano in todays rock scene, so Ironwood is a welcome addition to any music library.

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