Ought – Room Inside The World

Ought
Room Inside The World 
Release Date: 16th February 2018
Merge Records 

Textures and layers, let them keep building until you can no longer breathe. Let them take over so you can no longer scream. 2018 seems to be the year of bands pushing for more in terms of sound, Ought being the latest victim of wrapping themselves in a soft duvet to quieten the voices that get the heart bursting. I guess Tim Darcy can sing just as well in bed, in this room inside the world.
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Screaming Females – All At Once

Screaming Females
All At Once
Release Date: 23rd February 2018 Don Giovanni Records

All At Once is an aptly named release from indie rockers Screaming Females, building on seven albums worth of sonic sounds to thrash and burn to. All at once you can enjoy the ballads, the rockers, the freak outs, and the speak outs. All at once you can work all your emotions as they do, for after twelve years of album releases, they sound more charged than ever. You may laugh, you may cry, you’ll most certainly scream. And for all that listen, we will do it… all at once. Too much?
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Fever Ray – Plunge

Fever Ray
Plunge
Release Date: 23rd February 2018 (physical)
Rabid Records

Plunge has been a thing since 2017, but digital doesn’t do it for me, I’m old-fashioned and need something physical. To sit and listen to the plastic you’ve unwrapped makes you really take time to try to appreciate things, you know? And with this latest Fever Ray release, there is a real need to feel. So let’s get physical, baby, let’s get real and really feel.

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No Age – Snares Like A Haircut

No Age
Snares Like A Haircut 
Release Date: 26th January 2018
Drag City

There is no age like No Age. The noise rock duo make breezy punk pop seem like such a racket, and we thank them for it, we really do. When you have layers of textures and abrasion to deal with, you don’t have to feel a little too old to whine when those ever so slightly emo moments walk on in. You have to dip such things deep.
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Hookworms – Microshift

Hookworms
Microshift
Release Date: 9th February 2018
Domino

After the great Hookworms studio flooding of 2015, it was clear that the band would never be the same again. They rebuilt themselves along with the studio, and here we are with Microshift, an understatement, but that’s how they play.
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MGMT – Little Dark Age

MGMT
Little Dark Age 
Release Date: 9th February 2018
Columbia 

”MGMT, remember them?”, many will say. The psychedelic pop duo have put out a couple of records since 2007’s Oracular Spectacular, but as they moved into weirder territory, few followed. It was a shame, their little dark age, and exactly what the band wanted. But with the new release it’s time to bring everyone back into the fold, those kids and all.
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Ty Segall – Freedom’s Goblin

Ty Segall 
Freedom’s Goblin
Release Date: 26th January 2018
Drag City

Another year, another Ty Segall album, like clockwork, I know. A few killer tracks drowned in garage rock fluff, see you next year… is usually the case with our man Ty. But with Freedom’s Goblin that case may finally have been torn apart, for 2018 is the year of the goblin, that’s right.
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