Review: Hatchie – Keepsake

It’s been over a year since I went to see Hatchie at the Hug and Pint in Glasgow after her amazing EP Sugar and Spice was released, so I was pretty excited to get a first listen to her new album Keepsake. However, where Sugar and Spice felt like it was bringing 80’s and 90’s chorus/reverb laden pop music back with some dynamism, Keepsake feels like it’s found itself stuck in a formulaic re hash of the contemporaries Hatchie was compared to after that previous release.

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Review: Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks

“And they say the showmanship in rock and roll is dead” said my friend and gig buddy Paul as we watched Stephen Malkmus solo on his guitar with it wrapped around the back of his head.
The ex Pavement frontman was back in Glasgow to promote his excellent latest album Sparkle Hard in the SWG Tv Studio in front of a mixture of old and older fans with the expected, unfortunate and unwelcome Pavement-reveller down the front and centre. We get it pal, he was in Pavement.

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Review: Hatchie

Going to see the live gig of a support band based on one song isn’t something I’d normally do or put myself forward for but after the first listen to Sure and being caught up in its nineties dreamy shoegaze pop haze, I find myself at the Hug and Pint to see Australia’s Hatchie.

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Review: In Tall Buildings – Akinetic

Akinetic is Chicago singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Erik Halls’ third offering and most complete piece of work to date. That may not come as too much of a surprise having brought in producer/engineer Brian Deck (Modest Mouse/Iron and Wine) to produce and co-record the album.

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Review: Hookworms – Microshift

First up, this record is going to be in some folks top albums of 2018, so writing only a fairly okay review is definitely going to annoy some of those people. That’s not to say that Microshift, the third record from Manchester five-piece Hookworms, is a bad album. It’s just a frustrating one.

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