Music Reviews

The Folk Implosion - The New Folk Implosion

Lou Barlow's 20th album, with new bandmates Imaad Wasif and Russell Pollard

Katy Carr - Passion Play

Second album from unpredictable English dance-folk prodigy

Lucinda Sieger - Heart In The Sky

Glaswegian chanteuse's second album

Pilot To Gunner - Games At High Speeds

UK release for US emo-rockers 2001 debut

Of Montreal - Aldhils Arboretum

Fragrantly funny loveliness from quirky Athens, Georgia collective

The Legendary Pink Dots - All The King's Horses

Fine post-September 11 release by Anglo-Dutch psychedelicists

Dakota Suite - This River Only Brings Poison

Stunning new album from Britain's best-kept secret

Electric Music AKA - The Slapback Sound

Second album from Scottish, London-based duo

Grand Mal - Bad Timing

NYC fivesome get their rocks off. Dave Fridmann produces

Matchbox Twenty - More Than You Think You Are

US rockers' 'difficult third album'

Horsepower Productions - In Fine Style

Compilation of 12-inchers by London producers

Scout Niblett - I Conjure Series

Unorthodox mini-album from singer-songwriter

Manorexia - The Radiolarian Ooze

Second Manorexia outing from JG Thirlwell, aka Foetus, available exclusively from www.foetus.org

Great Western

Fourth LP from purveyors of Hispanic-Americana

This Month In Americana

First UK releases for currently hot band

Papa Garcia - Bring Me The Head Of Papa Garcia

Auspicious, genre-defying debut from London-based polymath and sometime Telefunken/Hefner...

Joy Zipper - American Whip

Second album from Italian-American enigmas, produced by Kevin Shields

Songdog - Haiku

Second album of bruised brilliance from London-via-South Wales trio

Mira Calix - Susanne Brokesch

Uplifting and elegiac organic electronica

Melys - Casting Pearls

Welsh Peel favourites make slight return

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Editor's Letter

The return of The Aphex Twin, and Caustic Window


Last year, Warp Records embarked on a campaign for Boards Of Canada's "Tomorrow's Harvest" comeback that was notable for its obtuseness. Unmarked 12-inches were hidden in record stores, strings of numbers and inexplicable broadcasts were strewn enigmatically across the internet. At one point, I...