New Releases: Indie (June 2018)

Hilary Woods (Photo: Joshua Wright)

New Releases: Indie (June 2018)

A round-up of new and recent indie releases.

Featured below: Hilary Woods, Robocobra, VerseChorusVerse, Gruff Rhys and Snail Mail.

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Hilary Woods: Colt
Sacred Bones Records
8 June 2018

Colt is the first full-length album from multi-instrumentalist and former JJ72 bassist Hilary Woods, structured in two parts, reflecting its existence primarily as a vinyl release. This album is all smooth texture and depth of sound, slow-moving and drifting. 



Robocobra: Plays Hard to Get
Abbreviated Records
25 May 2018

Though frequently characterised as jazz, this Northern Irish quartet are a better fit in experimental indie; though there are elements of jazz here, their groove-driven music has the texture of noise rock, and is the backdrop to understated spoken word that can be both hilarious and poignant. 


Gruff Rhys: Babelsberg
Rough Trade Records
8 June 2018

Gruff Rhys seems to be trying to capture a country music-meets-classic-hollywood-strings vibe with much of Babelsberg, but there are some geniune surprises in this album, filled with colour and imagery. 


VerseChorusVerse: Outro
Kobalt Music
14 June

This is the third album from Tony Wright, former member of And So I Watch You From Afar, under the name VerseChorusVerse. Outro is all guitar-heavy, blues-influenced rock with echoes of Frank Black, which puts Wright’s voice to the fore.


Snail Mail: Lush
Matador Records
8 June 2018

New York’s Snail Mail (Lindsey Jordan) releases her first album on Matador Records, with sincere, to-the-point indie rock. Lush has echoes of early-00s upbeat guitar indie-pop and some interesting guitar work and laid-back beats. 



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Published on 20 June 2018

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