Julia Holter – Loud City Song

[First Published at OneFourSeven, December 12 2013] Change is the natural state of a city. It can occur so quickly that a double take throws up two different visions, claustrophobia becomes normality, and silence is so rare that it’s disturbing. Senses are unreliable when overwhelmed, so it’s best not to trust them too much. Although Julia Holter has never been entirely clear on the inspiration for Loud … Continue reading Julia Holter – Loud City Song

Speedy Ortiz – Real Hair

[First Published at OneFourSeven, February 10 2014] If it’s become a cliché to talk about the “Difficult Second Album” and the problems that accompany it, then the post-debut EP is getting an easy ride. Having borne the weight of universal acclaim after last year’s Major Arcana LP, Speedy Ortiz, with the eyes of critics and new fans closely following, have had to go away and make more to … Continue reading Speedy Ortiz – Real Hair

Obsession As A Reflex: A Review Of Hausu’s ‘Total’

[First Published at End Hits, June 26 2013] In a 1988 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Joe Strummer expressed some discomfort. “I don’t like the idea that people who aren’t adolescents make records,” he said. “Adolescents make the best records. Except for Paul Simon.” Strummer probably believed it. Adolescence is anger, energy and the disturbing realization that what’s happening around you is fucked up. Punk, basically. … Continue reading Obsession As A Reflex: A Review Of Hausu’s ‘Total’