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Six new albums to soundtrack your week

Posted at 3:15 pm, May 6, 2015 in Music & Nightlife

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Landshapes – ‘Heyoon’

★★★★☆

Album of the Week

After their 2013 debut, this alt indie outfit have delivered the cracking LP we knew they were capable of. ‘Heyoon’ is confident, creative and filled with catchy, clever indie that hits the difficult middle ground between arty Deerhoof experimentalism and simple, stripped-back and brilliant pop. Tristan Parker


Mumford & Sons – ‘Wilder Mind’

★★☆☆☆

The headline is: the banjos are gone, with meaty drums and guitars in their place. While ‘The Wolf’ and ‘Ditmas’ will do the business live, by losing their sonic signature, they’ve stumbled into the arena of the bland. Imagine Coldplay covering Tom Petty while The National stroke their beards. Oliver Keens


Metz – ‘II’

★★★★☆

A second volume of string-bending, amp-busting noise-punk from the Canadian trio. It’s actually a tad more accessible than their debut, but still formidably scuzzy as it moves from grinding grunge grooves to full-throttle throat-rippers. Awesome, if you can hack it. James Manning


Django Django – ‘Born Under Saturn’

★★★☆☆

The Djangos return with more oddball electronic pop, smothered in Beach Boys-ish harmonies and retro riffing to give things a warm, fuzzy edge. There are a few interesting departures – such as the wonky chamber pop of ‘Found You’ – but mostly it’s more of the same (enjoyable) stuff. Tristan Parker


Best Coast – ‘California Nights’

★★★☆☆

Some people get sneery about Best Coast, and the giddy mixture of Blondie, Hole, Mazzy Star and Blink-182 on the LA duo’s third LP won’t win over the haters. For everyone else, it’ll fall somewhere between sugar-rush guilty pleasure and oh-my-god-amazing. Which side are you on? James Manning


Palma Violets – ‘Danger in the Club’

★★☆☆☆

Much like their first album, PVs’ second sounds like a tape made ten years ago by the coolest kids in Year 11. Muddy production, standard-issue rock chords, random shouting, unassailable self-belief… if you’re gagging to be dragged back to the Libertines era, this’ll go down a treat. James Manning

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