Album Reviews

Album reviews and new music previews from the latest releases by upcoming bands and indie record labels.

Review of Maribou State's new full-length release 'Portraits,' out June 2nd

Review of Maribou State’s ‘Portraits’ album

Artist: Maribou State Title: Portraits Label: Counter Records/Ninja Tune Rating: 7.0/10   According to the press release that accompanies Maribou State’s debut record ‘Portraits’, the duo have “a sound as quintessentially British as the picturesque Hertfordshire village they call home”. Interestingly Chris Davids and Liam Ivory don’t conjure up sounds that invoke a ploughman’s pub lunch, elderly […]

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Review of Soak's new album 'Before We Forget How To Dream'

Review: Soak’s Before We Forgot How To Dream

Artist: SOAK Title: Before We Forgot How To Dream Label: Rough Trade Rating: 8.5/10 Singer-songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson (AKA SOAK, a merging of the words ‘soul’ and ‘folk’) has been on the U.K.’s musical radar for the past few years, garnering a slew of critical accolades including The Guardian’s One To Watch in 2013 and, more […]

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Review of Nick Diamonds' 'City of Quartz' album. The full-length comes out June 16th via Manque Music.

Review of Nick Diamonds’ ‘City Of Quartz’ LP

Artist: Nick Diamonds Title: City of Quartz Label: Manque Music Rating: 6.5 Nick Diamonds (a.k.a. Nicholas Thorburn) has been flirting with synth-pop for as long as he has been releasing music. Amidst an ever-changing mosaic of projects — lo-fi sensations the Unicorns, evolving songwriting vehicle Islands, folk rock one-off Human Highway, “doom wop” side-project Mister […]

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Review of 'In Colour' the new LP by Jamie xx. The full-length solo album from the xx member Jamie Smith, comes out on June 1st.

Review of ‘In Colour’ the new LP by Jamie xx

Artist: Jamie xx Album: In Colour Rating: 8.5/10 Label: Young Turks There’s a word in German – Sehnsucht – that could be said to mean thoughts about areas of life that are imperfect, alongside a yearning for an imagined or dreamed alternative. Sampling doesn’t generally provide such a deep philosophical path towards introspection. Neither does […]

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Review of 'wonderlust,' the new album from Kid Wave. The LP will be available on June 2nd

Review of Kid wave’s new album ‘Wonderlust’

Artist: Kid Wave Title: Wonderlust Label: Heavenly Rating: 6.4 London based band Kid Wave are to release their first full length album Wonderlust at the beginning of next month out on the Heavenly label. Hailing from the UK, Sweden and Australia, the band is made up of members Harry Deacon, Lea Emmery (lead vocals), Serra […]

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Review of 'Lo' the new album from 'Crosss.' The band's full-length comes out on May 26th.

Review of ‘Lo’ the new album from Crosss

Artist: Crosss Album: LO Label: Telephone Explosion Rating: 9.5/10 Heavy music fans, beware: LO, the second full-length from Halifax-via-Toronto psych/metal/drone band Crosss is one of the most ambitious and genetically diverse recordings Canada has seen since Fucked Up put out Hidden World in 2006. Not only is it an amazing album in its own right, […]

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Review of Doomsquad's 'Pageantry Suite' EP

Review of Doomsquad’s ‘Pageantry Suite’ EP

Artist: Doomsquad Album: Pageantry Suite Label: Bella Union/Hand Drawn Dracula Rating: 6/10 Doomsquad may describe themselves as an art project, but the influences they pull from—like past label-mate Forest Swords and dance-punk collective !!! (Chk Chk Chk)—are anything but artsy. The trio of siblings behind Doomsquad Trevor, Jaclyn, and Allie Blumas, have evolved since 2014’s […]

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Northern Transmissions reviews music from the world of independent music. Its focus is on independent music, especially indie rock. However, the range of musical genres covered extends to pop, hip hop, folk, jazz, heavy metal, experimental, and various forms of electronic dance music. The site, not only concentrates on new music. Journalists for Northern Transmissions also review reissued albums and box sets. In 2010 Charles Brownstein, left his day job selling shoes and created Northern Transmissions. Influenced by Indie rock, Record stores, and Sirius XMU Bloggers. Brownstein had no previous writing or blogging. He wanted to create a more independent website where he could pick bands and artists that he liked.


In 2010 Charles Brownstein, left his day job selling shoes and created Northern Transmissions. Influenced by Indie rock, Record stores, and Sirius XMU Bloggers. Brownstein had no previous writing or blogging. He wanted to create a more independent website where he could pick bands and artists that he liked.


Northern Transmissions covers new music on a daily basis. It has a staff of roughly eight writers who all have a passion for various types of independent music. The site prides itself on being fiercely independent and honest in its coverage of albums. Northern Transmissions has never deleted any reviews, even recently rating one of indie rocks biggest act Arctic Monkeys with a score of four out of ten, for the bands latest release AM.


Labels that Northern Transmissions frequently covers releases from include Captured Tracks, Sub Pop, Matador, 4AD, XX Recordings, Slumberland records, Mom + Pop Records, Fat Possum, Hardly Art, Bella Union Records, Burger Records, DFA, Drag City, Domino Recordings, Downtown Records, Fat Cat, Flying Nun, Fools Gold,Frenchkiss, Iamsound, Jajaguwar, Secretly Canadian, Polyvinyl, Kanine, K, Kill, Rock Stars, Mexican Summer, Merge, Memphis Industries, Modular People, Mute, Ninja Tune, OWSLA, Sacred Bones, Saddle Creek, Stones Throw, Suicide Squeeze, Vagrant, Verve, Vice, Western Vinyl, Wichita Recordings, Woodsist and many more.


Northern Transmissions main goal is to forever provide its readers with reviews of records that we our selves would listen to. If myself or writers from Northern Transmissions wouldnt take the time to listen to an artist or band, we would never want to write about it.