Album Reviews

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

Review of the new Metz album 'll,' available May 4th from Sub Pop Records.

Review of the new Metz album ‘II’

Artist:  METZ Title:  II Record Label: Sub Pop Rating: 8.5/10   “A lot of things in everyday life drive me crazy; how we relate to each other; how politics, media, technology, money and medication influence our lives. This band, in a lot of ways, is an outlet”. These are the words of Alex Edkins, frontman for Toronto […]

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Review of the new Mew album +-, out today on Play it again Sam Records.

Review of the new Mew album ‘+-‘

Artist: Mew Album: +- Rating: 6.9/10 Label: PIAS – Play It Again Sam It’s a long time, six years. And an extended gap of this kind has the tendency to either raise expectations above what could be called reasonable, or erase any criticism due to gratitude that at least there is another album. This may […]

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Review of the new album 'Deep In The Iris' by Braids, out April 28th on Arbutus Records.

Review of Braids’ ‘Deep In The Iris’ LP

Artist: Braids Title: Deep In The Iris Label: Flemish Eye Rating: 7/10 The Canadian electronic-pop/experimental trio Braids consists of Raphaelle Standelle-Preston (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards), Taylor Smith (bass, guitar, percussion), and Austin Tufts (drums, vocals) and third album, Deep In The Iris, is set to be released April 28th on Arbutus Records. The band members […]

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Review of the new Blur LP 'The Magic Whip

Review of the new Blur LP ‘The Magic Whip’

Artist:  Blur Title:  The Magic Whip Record Label: Parlophone Rating: 9.0/10   Fate has a funny way in dealing out its cards. In the case of Blur, an imposed five day stopover in Hong Kong, due to a cancelled festival performance at Tokyo Rocks 2013, resulted in the collective decamping to a local studio to muck about […]

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Review of Nai Harvest's new album 'Hairball,' out on April 28th

Review of Nai Harvest’s new album ‘Hairball’

Artist:  Nai Harvest Title:  Hairball Record Label: Topshelf Records Rating: 8.5/10   When Brummie foursome Peace were pushed to describe their new LP, ‘Happy People’ – they compared it to a piece of candy that had been dropped on the floor that had picked up all manner of grimy sundries. Those Birmingham lads must have got their […]

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Review of Girl Band's 'The Early Years' EP

Review of Girl Band’s ‘The Early Years’ EP

Artist: Girl Band Album: The Early Years EP Rating: 9/10 Label: Rough Trade My good friend from Ireland has been raving about Girl Band for a while, and he had all the reason why. On The Early Years EP, Dublin’s best-kept secret compiled previously released tracks from out-of-print 7’’s for their first release on Rough […]

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Review of Mylets' new album 'Arizona,' the LP from the Sargent House .

Review of Mylets new LP ‘Arizona’

Artist: Mylets Album: Arizona Label: Sargent House Rating: 9/10 The teenage version of a fight between Battles and Tera Melos is perhaps the most unlikely candidate in recent history for a major label debut, and yet here we have Arizona. The brain child of Henry Kohen, Mylets first caught my attention in 2013 when a […]

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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.