Album Reviews

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

Review of 'What For?' the new album from Toro Y moi, the full-length comes out April 7th

Review of Toro Y Moi’s new album ‘What For?’

Artist: Toro y Moi Title: What For? Rating: 7.0 Label: Carpark Records Out of anyone to emerge from the chillwave craze circa 2009, Toro y Moi has arguably been the most successful at shedding the associations of his former scene and carving out his own path. The songwriter born Chazwick Bundick has amassed a respectable […]

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Review of sufjan stevens' new album 'Carrie & Lowell,' out tomorrow on Asthmatic Kitty records.

Review of the new album by Sufjan Stevens

Artist: Sufjan Stevens Album: Carrie & Lowell Label: Asthmatic Kitty Rating: 8.9 Sufjan Stevens has always held up a persona that is equal parts candid and totally unknowable. He has always been upfront about his beliefs and opinions through various religious songs or weird, ranting blog posts, but in a way, this has always seemed […]

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Review of the new self-titled album by American Wrestlers, the LP comes out on April 7th

Review Of American Wrestlers’ New Album

Artist: American Wrestlers Album: American Wrestlers Rating: 8.5/10 Label: Fat Possum Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest to achieve. Think of The Kinks. A song like “Waterloo Sunset”, the timeless Ray Davies classic, manages to be both easily memorable and emotionally complex all at once. Sometimes listening to a song is like a doorway […]

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Review of Happyness' reissued album 'A Weird Little Birthday'

Review: Happyness’ ‘A Weird Little Birthday’

Artist: Happyness Title: A Weird Little Birthday Label: Moshi Moshi/Bar None Records Rating: 7.7 South London band Happyness are due to re-release their debut album A Weird Little Birthday out this month on Moshi Moshi Records in the UK and Bar None Records in the States. This time it is being released with 4 bonus […]

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Our review of Joey Fourr's album 'To The Floorr.' The full-length album will be Available April 1st

Review of Joey Fourr’s new LP ‘To The Floorr

Artist: Joey Fourr Title: To The Floorr Record Label: MÏLK Records Rating: 7/10 Just in time for April Fool’s Day, London-based, odd-popster band Joey Fourr will release its debut full-length, To The Floorr, on MÏLK Records. The trio Joey Fourr is the brainchild of Joseph Prendergast (former singer of Tubelord) and is also composed of […]

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Review of Lower Dens' forthcoming album 'Escape Evil.' The band's Full-length will be released on March 30th

Review: ‘Escape From Evil’ LP by Lower Dens

Artist: Lower Dens Title: Escape From Evil Record Label: Ribbon Music Rating: 6.5/10 Pre-2010, Baltimore-based Jana Hunter was a solo artist who had released an album and an EP on Devendra Banhart and Andy Cabic’s Gnomonsong label. After tiring of performing as a solo artist, she decided to switch gears and work within the format […]

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Review of 'Reminisce' the new full-length album by Etiquette. The LP will be available March 24th

Review of ‘Reminisce’ the new LP by Etiquette

Artist: Etiquette Title: Reminisce Record Label: Hand Drawn Dracula Rating: 6.5/10 Julie Fadar and Graham Walsh, two long-standing members of the Canadian alt-folk and post-punk community, have joined forces as synth-pop duo Etiquette. Julie and Graham’s debut album, Reminisce, is due on March 24th on Toronto record label Hand Drawn Dracula. Julie is an acclaimed […]

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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.