Rewiew: Yumi Zouma – Yoncalla

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After a series of excellent EPs, New Zealand’s Yumi Zouma have finally released Yoncalla, their debut LP. The band have been steadily attracting attention in the last few years for their rich yet delicate melodies, and as June creeps in, will Yoncalla stand out as the synth rock sound of summer? Continue reading

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New Music: Lykke Li – I Never Learn

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It’s summer 2008, I am (just) eighteen, and the world has thrown its doors open to me for the very first time. I have been exposed to whole new vitas freedom, worlds of music, people, booze and even more teenage angst than ever before. It’s around this time that Lykke Li drops Youth Novels, a record which would help mould this time period for me, fuel the confusion and tend to the wounds. Six years later and history may be poised to repeat itself; I Never Learn is Li’s third release and so far promises to delve deeper into the rawest of human emotions; heartbreak.

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New Music: The War On Drugs – Lost In A Dream

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In 2003, guitarist and frontman Adam Granduciel met singer-songwriter Kurt Vile when he moved from California to Pennsylvania. In 2005 they performed together under the blanket of The War On Drugs. Following the bands 2008 release Wagonwheel Blues, Vile departed to focus on a solo career. Lost In A Dream is the unintentional product of a dark and isolated period of Granduciel’s life, starting a year and a half ago after the breakdown of his relationship. Months of severe depression and anxiety cumulated into Lost, which was released this week.

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