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: It's safe to say when City Slang releases a record everyone listens, with White Denim now the newest Texan contingent filling the ranks of the German label. Following a longplayer this year from Calexico outta Tucson, White Denim bring the sound of Austin to the label by delivering their ninth long player in ten years. Like the artwork of performance, the music is a colourful montage that brings together saxxy jazz, mellow tropicana and distorted garage to psych rock and pop, with melancholic vocals only adding to its unique cross section of colours. A highlight for us is the '70s Biker rock of "It Might Get Dark" and finger snappin', vibrato heavy "Moves On".