Deerhoof are traversing realms of creativity, transition and dystopia

Dynamic and mysterious, Deerhoof’s discography is commendable for rifling through an expansive library of concepts. Guitarist John Dieterich’s home in Albuquerque, New Mexico might be a thousand miles away from fellow guitarist Ed Rodriguez’s base in Portland, Oregon, but the band maintains a synergy that flows throughout their work. Since…

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Celebrating creative freedom at Tallinn Music Week 2021

"Creative and brave people are a sign of a free society": Estonia's exiting president Kersti Kaljulaid shares these thoughts in her opening speech at Tallinn Music Week, the year the small Baltic state celebrates 30 years of independence from the Soviet Union Estonia's history of freedom is a complex one.…

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The Deep Blue’s “Inside My Head” is an ode to love lost

Manchester-natives The Deep Blue are softly carving out their niche with a uniquely current take on indie-folk. Their focus on three-part harmonies adds effortless depth to every track whilst maintaining the subtlety of their uncomplicated instrumentals. After releasing tracks “Jealous Sea” and “He Said She Said” last year during the…

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On the Rise: Tara Lily

The first British signing to Motown Records UK, Peckham-raised Tara Lily has earned her place at the table with an ambitious fusion of jazz and R&B. The shadows of Black gods and goddesses of the silver screen flicker across the face of Tara Lily. She sits, alone, among the worn,…

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BADBADNOTGOOD deliver a solid cut of familiarity on Talk Memory

Thanks in equal measure to their technical precision and canny collaborations with Tyler, The Creator, Ghostface Killah and the late, great, MF DOOM, BADBADNOTGOOD came to leave an indelible mark on contemporary alternative hip hop during the 2010’s. It’s this mark that has made the group’s ultimate return such a…

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Pond’s Journey from psych-rock to polished pop

Pond is a band of two halves. Usually lumped into the ever-enigmatic category of psychedelic rock - what with their extended guitar jams, cosmic riffs, and acid aesthetic - the term doesn’t quite capture the group’s full sonic palette. It’s tempting to see the band as having changed direction, but…

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