Review: Bristol's heavy post-punk groups Idles present their first full length album after a slew of records dating back to 2012. Brutalism collects the best of the bands antics, from vocals that shift from wailing snarls and smokey mob calls to punkish drawls, or the more spoken word and poetic emotional ballad that is album closer "Slow Savage". Guitars can thrash away or chill out melodically in the background, with the character of this album's songs striking up a familiar feeling of late-'90s punk to mid-2000s indie. Album highlights for us include "Mother", a song championing one woman's die hard working week, to the screeching, distorted anthem "Stendhal Syndrome".
Review: With Mercury Rev something of a household name in some parts of the world, icons of a modern age, you could forgive such a group for trudging down a beaten path of trying to reinvent themselves; taking it instead to reimagine a 1968 sleeping classic. Adorning this cover-LP with Bobbie Gentry's all-time classic "Ode To Billie Joe" (feat Lucinda Williams), each track on the record in fact features a different singer-songwriter. Both Norah Jones and Beth Orton can be counted alongside Rachel Ann Goswell (Slowdive) and Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab) in addition to country music's hotly tipped next star, Margo Price. Among a boastful host of others, it's a full female cast to line up alongside a sweet new interpretation of a country western classic the world will finally hear in full.