Album Reviews

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

Review of 'Shedding Skin' LP by Ghostpoet, the full length comes out on March 3

Review of ‘Shedding Skin’ LP by Ghostpoet

Artist:  Ghostpoet Title:  Shedding Skin Record Label: PIAS/Brownswood Recordings Rating: 8.0/10 About a million miles away from rap’s gaudy obsessions with flash cars, bling, money and bitches, you’ll find Ghostpoet and his third LP Shedding Skin. Ghostpoet aka Obaro Ejimiwe, avoids all the trappings of hip hop’s saturated clichés with an album of melancholic observations and self-exploration. […]

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Review of 'Another Eternity' by Purity Ring.

Review of ‘Another Eternity’ by Purity Ring

Artist: Purity Ring Album: Another Eternity Label: 4AD/Last Gang Rating: 7.0 On Purity Ring’s 2012 debut Shrines, the Edmonton duo introduced a world of weird, dark synths, warbled and manipulated voices, and sugary sweet vocals singing of flesh and guts in a manner that would make you squirm in your seat. That record’s closest relative […]

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Review of the new album by Of Montreal 'Aureate Gloom,'

Review of the new album by Of Montreal

Artist: Of Montreal Title: Aureate Gloom Rating: 8.0 Label Polyvinyl On March 3rd, Of Montreal return with their 13th album, Aureate Gloom. Of the record, leader Kevin Barnes offered Stereogum a brief insight into the album’s title: Aureate is a word used to characterize an ornamental object, a descriptor that can describe something beautiful or […]

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Review of 'First Four' the new album from Doe. The band's full-length will be out February 24th

Review of the new album ‘First Four’ by Doe

Artist: Doe Album: First Four Label: Old Flame Rating: 8.4 Legitimate indie rock, in the truest sense of it as a “genre” never really died, it just hibernated for a while. Bands like Les Savy Fav, Sleater-Kinney, and Modest Mouse arose in the late ‘90s where public interest had taken a dip, and they kept […]

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Review of the new Album 'Vamala' from Champs. The band's full-length comes out on February 23rd

Review of Champs’ New Album ‘Vamala’

Artist: CHAMPS Album: VAMALA Label: Play It Again Sam Rating: 3.5/10 Initial confusion and excitement that the 1960s rock band The Champs, known best for their instrumental classic “Tequila”, have come back from the dead to record a new album is unfortunately unfounded. Instead of a blast from the Latin-infused past, we are instead graced […]

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Alex Hudson's review of the new album by Astral Swans 'All My Favourite Singers Are Willie Nelson.'

Review of the new album by Astral Swans

Artist: Astral Swans – Title: All My Favorite Singers Are Willie Nelson Rating: 8.0 Label: Madic Records Within less the two weeks, the Canadian music world has welcomed new albums from both Drake and Astral Swans. At first blush, the two artists could scarcely appear more different: one is an arena-filling rapper from Toronto, the […]

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Review of the new album by The Black Ryder 'The Door Behind The Door,'

Review of The New Album By The Black Ryder

Artist: The Black Ryder Title: The Door Behind the Door Record Label: The Anti-Machine Machine Rating: 8/10 Australia-native, Los Angeles-relocated Aimee Nash and Scott Von Ryper, the duo behind The Black Ryder, released their stellar psych-rock/alt-country noir debut album, Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride, back in 2009/2010. The follow-up, to The Door Behind the […]

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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.