Jon Kean


Disq – Collector // Album Review

For Disq, on Collector, therein lies the rub: modern life is regularly rubbish, and it stings.

Squirrel Flower – I Was Born Swimming // Album Review

Later, when she sings, "My body's buzzing as I start to dance" on 'Street Light Blues', yours ought to follow suit.

Black Country, New Road // New Sounds 2020

The Beat Generation meets Gen Z in a flurry of fragmented screenshots that depict modern life in all its stupefying absurdity.

The Big Moon – Walking Like We Do // Album Review

...2020 brings us the vulnerable, Earth-bound Walking Like We Do. Their debut showed them reaching up and scraping the sky. In contrast, The Big Moon’s return orbits around everyday human flaws.

Young Guv – Vol II // Album Review

There are tambourines and sweet harmonies. There’s a Lemonheads moment on ‘Can I Just Call’, a whole lotta cowbell on ‘She’s A Fantasy’ and slightly fuzzed-up Fannies on ‘Try Not To Hang On So Hard’.

Bodega – Shiny New Model // EP Review

There are few bands around who pack as much to think about into a few short lyrics too.

Pixies – Beneath The Eyrie // Album Review

How an album can sound so 1989 and so 2019 at once is remarkable.

Slaughter Beach, Dog – Safe And Also No Fear // Album...

These indie-folk anecdotes and internal musings of a far-from-spotless mind showcase Jake Ewald’s enigmatic, wry and pathos-laden storytelling.

Drahla – Useless Coordinates // Album Review

As for the feel of their debut album, ‘hectic’ doesn’t even do it justice.

W.H. Lung – Incidental Music // Album Review

Any self-respecting supermarket plays incidental music. If supermarkets played as mesmeric, non-incidental music as the content of W.H. Lung’s Incidental Music, then arguably more people would go shopping.

Hand Habits – Placeholder // Album Review

The tracks offer anything from rather close scrutiny of personal matters, to seeking comfort and reassurance.

Elder Island – The Omnitone Collection // Album Review

This album pulses with vibrant life.

Lubomyr Melnyk – Fallen Trees // Album Review

Melnyk is one pianist that could outmanoeuvre Nils Frahm in a thumb-wrestling contest.

Bas Jan – Instant Nostalgia // EP Review

Post-punk meets art-pop on Instant Nostalgia, as Bas Jan suggests we frequently knacker our own well-being and relationships.

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