Review: With a slew of releases for Dirty Hit, it was only a matter of time before Amber Bain's project, The Japanese House, would find its debut album release. Good at Falling presents Bain's vocal talent at its fullest, with vocoder work to rival the best of pop to come out of Istanbul's studios or Kolkata's streets - see "Went To Meet Her". Ethereal and poppy, there's comparisons to be made with the music of Ladyhawke in an album that subtly dabbles in genres likes post-dubstep (see "Wild") to cosmic disco and emotional electronica (see "Everybody Hates Me") across an album that's proud and steadfast in its folky, singer-songwriting form.
Review: The name Wolf Alice is derived from a story by Angela Carter, and appropriately enough this savage and infectious debut does have more than a little of the fairytale gone macabre about it. The band's indie-rock sound veers in a myraid other stylistic diversions, taking in delicate folk-pop, kraut-tinged groove and My Bloody Valentine guitar scree whilst Ellie Roswell's charismatic whisper-to-scream presence remains fervent and compelling at the mic. Moreover, these songs not only have claws but know how to use 'em, rendering 'My Love Is Cool' more than a mere zesty reinvention of grunge yore, but somewhat akin to the sound of a major new talent taking their first blood.
Review: Back in 2015, Wolf Alice burst into the fray with the widely lauded and Mercury nominated debut 'My Love Is Cool'. Two years on and 'Visions Of A Life' keeps the worries of a tricky second album at bay, meeting and surpassing the expectations of a follow up. In a way that almost mirrors their debut, they seem to be playing as two bands, thrashing with sandpaper guitars and swagger at one moment before being reined in by the gentler pieces in the next. The difference here though is that they're playing both sides with more confidence and vigour, making the end result feel even more cohesive.