Fariña

Formed in London in the mid-’90s by multi-instrumentalists Mark Brend, Matt Gale and Cliff Glanfield, Fariña bucked the era’s prevailing winds. Cool Britons sent US grunge invaders packing, delving into UK music history to assert a new (albeit largely recycled and parochial) rock identity, but Fariña embraced Johnny Foreigner, looking nostalgically back across the pond…

New Black

On the follow-up to its self-titled debut, this Chicago four-piece parties like it’s 1979, or thereabouts. Time Attack is heavy on post-punk pastiche, to be sure, but New Black’s version stands out from the work of many of its revivalist peers. Recycled nostalgia often results in a clever-but-depthless effect as artists keep a knowing distance…

Girl Friday

Girl Friday’s debut album is an eclectic affair. Rather than swear allegiance to one particular stylistic flag, this Brooklyn-based trio ranges from blissed-out shoegazing to spiky power pop, incorporating nuances of psychedelia, reggae and folk along the way. “Leave No Worry Here” evokes My Bloody Valentine’s lush, trippy melodicism (with Amanda Dora’s vocals even bearing…

Nalle

This Glasgow-based Scottish/Finnish trio makes primitivist psychedelia that resonates with African, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Northern European folk traditions. Nalle’s naïf music is almost pre-modern in its sensibility, an off-kilter hybrid of the Incredible String Band and The Wicker Man, wrought with an array of string and wind instruments (oud, acoustic guitar, kantele, clarinet, viola,…

Slowdive

Imagine if mid-period Cocteau Twins sang in recognizable English and used more conventional rock structures, with three guitarists so steeped in echo and delay it’s almost dizzying. And add irresistible melodies and male/female harmony cooing. Reading quintet Slowdive never quite earned the respect they deserved—with the exception of some accolades heaped on their first three…

Radiohead

It’s usually safe as milk to assume that bands who make splashy entrances — as England’s Radiohead did, with a gimmicky self-deprecating US debut (“Creep”) that slyly “fuck”ed its way up the charts — have no place to go but down. That makes the enormous creative growth between Pablo Honey and The Bends all the…

Tim Buckley

Artists who die young tend to become frozen in myth, often because their recorded legacy is small and relatively homogenous, leaving fans to wonder what they would have become. Tim Buckley died at 28 but his story is slightly different from that of, say, Nick Drake or his own late son, Jeff. Lasting less than…

British Sea Power

While much of ’90s Britpop was a parochial celebration that smacked of an island race trying hard to find something to feel good about long after the sun had set, the Empire struck back with British Sea Power. Against the grain of Britpop’s often faux working-class posturing and its focus on a post-war leisure culture…

Boards of Canada

If the emergence of techno and the proliferation of its related genres thrust DJs and producers into the spotlight, it also spawned artists who, like Kraftwerk before them, chose to remain anonymous and distant. The Scottish duo Boards of Canada (Marcus Eoin and Michael Sandison) is a case in point, an even more enigmatic presence…

NEU!

In the Holy Trinity of krautrock, Düsseldorf’s NEU! (drummer Klaus Dinger and guitarist Michael Rother) were nowhere near as prolific as Can or Faust, but in the long run arguably more significant. NEU!’s output seems meager in comparison with their peers’ bulging catalogs, but the three official albums released between 1972 and 1975 contain some…

Primal Scream

Glasgow’s Primal Scream made its public debut in October ’84, the show at which vocalist/superfan Bobby Gillespie also made his first appearance as the Jesus and Mary Chain’s style-over-competence drummer. The group released a pair of singles on Creation over the next two years, but took a back seat to Gillespie’s other career until he…

Band of Susans

Of the three original Susans who named this noise-loving New York group in the mid-’80s, only bassist/singer Susan Stenger emerged as a mainstay alongside guitarist/songwriter/vocalist Robert Poss (ex-Western Eyes). Together, they navigated the band through high- powered sonic experiments in the realm of rock songdom. With connections to noted downtown composer (and earplug posterboy) Rhys…

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