New Album Reviews

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Album Reviews

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

Review of the new Grouper album 'Ruins', by Doug Bleggi for Northern Transmissions,

Review of ‘Ruins’ LP by Grouper

Artist: Grouper Album: Ruins Label: Kranky Rating: 8.5 For the past ten years, Elizabeth Harris has recorded under the name Grouper, and has gifted us with music that hazily permeates our senses. The music she makes doesn’t feel performed, so much as it just seems to exist in the ether. Much like the dusty guitar […]

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review of 'Black Metal' the new full-length from Dean blunt, out November 3rd via Rough Trade

Review of ‘Black Metal’ By Dean blunt

he second studio album by Dean Blunt entitled Black Metal will be released at the beginning of next month, and is out on the Rough Trade label. This follows last year’s The Redeemer, whilst previous releases have been as part of Hype Williams, a collective comprised of Blunt and Inga Copeland. Both of their recording names are aliases:

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HAERTS new album 'Haerts' reviewed by Alice Severin for Northern Transmissions

Review of the new debut LP from ‘Haerts’

Haerts have been making hearts, at least some of them, beat faster, with last year’s release of EP. Since then, they’ve been working on their self-titled new album due to finally be released on October 27. Apparently their name was misspelled to make it personal. A little like pop music, you can mix up the clichés all you like, but:

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'La Isla Bonita' the new album from Deerhoof, reviewed by Evan McDowell for Northern Transmissions

Review Of ‘La Isla Bonita’ by Deerhoof

On November 4th, Deerhoof return with La Isla Bonita, their 12th studio album and most recent release since 2012’s Breakup Song. In an interview, Greg Saunier noted that the album was recorded during “a weeklong sleepover arguing over whether to try and sound like Joan Jett or Janet Jackson”, appropriate pop culture references given the Madonna-referencing title. Bonita is, like most:

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Review of Lace Curtains new album 'A Signed Piece Od Paper

Review Of The New Album From Lace Curtains

The biggest mistake first-time listeners can make when picking up A Signed Piece of Paper for the first time is that the album is by Australian dance group Lace Curtain, curiously composed of ex-Total Control and Eddy Current Suppression Ring members and signed to DFA Records. How the former hasn’t been sued by the latter yet is a tale for another time, but Lace Curtains, plural, are certainly no synth-heavy Oz trio. Frontman Michael Coomer:

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Review of The Twilight Sad's new album 'Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave'

Review Of The New LP by The Twilight Sad

Sonically, lyrically and vocally, The Twilight Sad are never going to be a pop group and the Scottish band know this all too well. Vocalist James Graham is under no illusion where his band sit in the grand scheme of things. “I love being in this band, it’s everything to me. I want to play big gigs, small gigs. I just want to write and play music for as long as I can. We don’t write pop songs (p.s. I love pop songs) so I don’t think we’ll ever really break into the mainstream” is Graham’s:

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Review Of ‘Tough Love’ By Jessie Ware

on Jessie Ware’s debut album Devotion, she touched on a version of sexy that hadn’t been explored in a long time. They were songs about devotion, and the concept had never seemed so sensual before. Now on Tough Love, not only has she done it again, but she’s crafted an album of excellent soft pop tunes that one can put on when the lights are low, or when one wants to hear a true emotional spirit

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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.