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New Music Guide 30/07/2009

New(ish) albums and a scribbling of thoughts.
1Tiny Vipers
Life On Earth

Beautifully mellow folk by Jesy Fortino, Life On Earth is a lesson in the world of abstract, slow burning melancholy. It's a stunning album, if not a draining listen.
2There Will Be Fireworks
There Will Be Fireworks

Fairly typical, hope-filled post-rock, except the singer has a Scottish accent, which I could listen to all day because Scottish accents are fucking cool.
3RX Bandits

The Bandits throw away their horns and come up with their best record of their career. Blistering songs with some great songwriting to match. Only problem is that's its not altogether memorable.
4Sarah Blasko
As Day Follows Night

Blasko is still a one-woman powerhouse, even if her laid back, jazzy style here is a far cry from the intensity of her earlier records. A great mix of emotion and quirky instrumental meandering.
5Lisa Mitchell

Cutest record of the year. Mitchell's brand of fokly pop is effortlessly absorbing and it's probably the most intriguing record any ex-Idol contestant has ever written.
Full Circle

Jared said it, these guys make some sick sounding hardcore with a rarely seen sonic palette that manages to be inventive and interesting at the same time.
7Set Your Goals
This Will Be The Death Of Us

This is sort of the album that Set You Goals HAD to make, they've finally got around to blending their pop-punk and their hardcore in a way that's actually vaguely exciting. Nothing new here, but they're still damn good at what they do.

Feels like the first proper metal album I've listened to all year. Behemoth still know how to throw their aural evil across the room with fine force, even if this is no Demigod. Love that album art too.
Ayrton Senna EP

There's been a ridiculous amount of hype behind this, but dammit it's worth it. Delorean make wonderfully textured, feel-good indie dance that'll make any summer party go off. Think Passion Pit but way earthier.

Who'd have thought Thrice would go from playing some of the finest and most aggressive post-hardcore around to becoming a groove machine of alt-rockers? I mean, The Great Exchange is Radiohead all over again. Dayum.
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