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Tuesday 21st of November 2017

Matthew E White

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Big Inner Hometapes

Matthew E White sports a sharp, white suit on the cover of his début album, but it’s the beard and mane combo that’s the bigger clue to its laid back, seventies sound.

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I Am Kloot

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Let It All In EMI

Manchester trio I Am Kloot follow up their 2010 Mercury-nominated album with a set of songs that sound suspiciously like Elbow.

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Allah-Las

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Allah-Las Innovative Leisure

Allah-Las are a Californian four-piece on a mission to revisit and accurately recreate the sound of 60s West Coast psychedelia, who have succeeded in creating a homage to Love, The Byrds and other pioneers of twelve-string jangly blues pop with their début self-titled disc. It begs the question: what’s the point?

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Rachel Zeffira

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The Deserters Universal

Canadian soprano and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Zeffira is better known as half of Cat’s Eyes, her project with Horrors’ front man Faris Badwan. But while the duo’s début album, Congratulations, was deeply indebted to 60s girl-groups, Zeffira’s first solo effort, The Deserters, is a different affair: introspective and ethereal, melancholy yet strangely soothing.

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Tame Impala

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Lonerism Modular

Living in Perth, Australia, suits Kevin Parker and his retro-futuristic neo-psychedelic outfit, Tame Impala. The city is ranked as the most remote in the world—the next metropolis is 2000km away—and new album Lonerism (appropriately titled) comes from some equally far out place, or at least far out in the mind.

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Bat For Lashes

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The Haunted Man Parlophone

With two Mercury-nominated albums already under her belt, Natasha Khan, aka Bat for Lashes, has yet to deliver a dud. And the stakes for her latest, The Haunted Man, were raised even higher following the summer release of single “Laura”, a stripped-back piano ballad with an emotion-packed chorus ideal for those ‘let’s get serious now’ moments at gigs.

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David Byrne and St Vincent

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Love This Giant 4AD

A case of too many cooks or the perfect match? Tongues wagged when word came out about Talking Heads front man David Byrne’s collaboration with avant-indie maverick Annie Clark (aka St Vincent

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The xx

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Coexist Young Turks

As an album title, Coexist came from the observation that when oil and water are mixed, the colours created are beautiful yet they remain separate entities.

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Sundog

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Insofar Editions Penguin Cafe

A point of interest about seeing the piano-playing Arthur Jeffes perform with violinist Oli Langford as Sundog is the practice of Jeffes explaining each song before it starts.

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Frank Ocean

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Channel Orange The Island Def Jam Music Group

The name Frank Ocean is often said in the same breath as rappers Kanye West and Jaz-Z, but in truth he is a very different musician.

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