Banks leans into her ‘00s R&B and pop influences on Serpentina

During her previous III album tour Banks was diagnosed with the autoimmune condition Hashimoto's Disease, the consequences of which lead to her taking steroid shots to enable her to perform. Overcoming and getting to grips with this is what inspired the album's snake-themed name – “Snakes represent rebirth and the…

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Nicole Faux Naiv creates her own hypnotic dreamworld on Moon Rally

Equally, dreams have a habit of occasionally becoming nightmares and it’s that submerged threat that seems to occasionally lie below the deceptively serene surface of Moon Rally and helps ensure this particular dreamworld never gets boring. Nicole Faux Naiv’s history is one that carries the potential for a musical creation…

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The Regrettes embrace their love of pop on Further Joy

The Regrettes’ sophomore album – garage rock inspired How Do You Love? – was released in the second half of 2019, but for obvious reasons the following year meant a prolonged period of separation for the band. Finally reconvening, twelve months later and out in the Californian desert, Further Joy…

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Placebo are both timely and timeless on Never Let Me Go

Not so different as to be unrecognisable however. Never Let Me Go is the band's eighth studio album, and whilst frontman Brian Molko's idiosyncratic vocal is welcomingly recognisable, the rest of the record offers up a refreshingly new take on their tried and tested brand of alt-rock. And well it…

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