Review: It's been a long time between drinks for veteran leftfield indie rockers The Notwist. Their last album - the lo-fi cinematic soundtrack collection Music for "Storm" - dropped way back in 2009, making this belated comeback for City Slang long overdue. Happily, Close to the Glass is an impressive collection, offering just the right balance between Pavement-ish lo-fi fuzziness, touchy-feeling piano-laden atmospherics, folksy beauty and curiously experimental analogue electronics. While excellent throughout, it's when they bring all of these strands together - such as on the superb "Run, Run, Run" - that Close to the Glass really soars. As comebacks go, it's quietly impressive.
Review: Jessica Pratt's third solo album is a blessing from the start, with opener, "Opening Night", setting the album's tone as a sojourn through a fresh but solemn memory, like strolling through a mist swept pasture. With Pratt's unique vocal ranging tied up in a mix of space, crackle and forgotten reverie, her vocals at times sounding as if they're lost somewhere in a wireless ether. With softly played chords and delicate strumming sitting in tune with dreamy interludes and folky motifs, City Slang have arguably dropped their best record for 2019 first.