Album review

Absinthe Blind - Rings

They may hail from Illinois, but this quartet containing two brothers and their sister owes allegiance to every strain of Britpop from The Stone Roses to early Radiohead. Atmosphere is everything, as provided by waves of echoing guitars and shimmering vistas of keyboard. Sixties influences are filtered through a late-'80s shoegazing sensibility, eliminating overtly derivative elements. The male-female vocal blend floats ethereally atop their grand art-pop tableaux, but things never get too airy for the occasional grungey power chord.

Rating: 3 / 10


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The 46th (And Last) Playlist Of 2014


Sorry I didn't manage to post a playlist last week; a combination of germs, deadlines and various other professional/seasonal distractions meant that I ran out of time.

Here, though, is our last office list of 2014, with lots of strong new entries. A few highlights...