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Comet Gain

Perennial outsiders return with seventh album of melancholy and hope

Comet Gain - 'Paperback Ghosts'


7 / 10

Twenty years on the margins haven’t dampened Comet Gain’s spirits. Their seventh album finds the London indie veterans dusting their melancholy songs with hope and loveable melodies, each a compelling tale in its own right. This is literate, gentle rock in the vein of The Go-Betweens or Belle Sebastian, with jangling guitars and strings making hazy summer soundtracks of ‘The Last Love Letter’ and ‘Sixteen Oh Four’, but on ‘Breaking Open The Head Part 1′ and ‘(All The) Avenue Girls’, the band launch into the kind of berserk psych-pop peddled by the Television Personalities or, more recently, MGMT. They’re brief, catchy brainstorms on a lovely record that tells its small stories with grace and care.

Matthew Horton

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Yip Deceiver

Former members of Of Montreal strike out on their own with Italo-house and ’80s nuances

Yip Deceiver - 'Medallius'


6 / 10

It seems likely that Athens, Georgia’s Yip Deceiver would prefer not to be thought of as an Of Montreal side project – while Davey Pierce and Nicolas Dobbratz were once members of the eccentric indie outfit, funked-up oily synthpop is their primary concern now. It’s not unfeasible that ‘Medallius’, the duo’s debut album, will strike enough of a chord to remove Yip Deceiver from Of Montreal’s context entirely. Certainly, the production is slick and sounds tailored for large audiences: ‘Presets’ bumps in a loosely Italo-house fashion, while ‘Tops Part II’ is smooth and as ’80s-tastic as Hall Oates. It’s dragged down slightly, though, by Pierce’s middling voice and a clutch of forgettable cuts with the correct sounds but precious little groove.

Noel Gardner

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Freeze The Atlantic

Ex-Reuben and Hundred Reasons members come together on punchy second LP

Freeze The Atlantic - 'Freeze The Atlantic'


7 / 10

British rock is a bustling industry – even when you think it’s in a lull, there’s always something happening behind the scenes. Farnborough-based rockers Freeze The Atlantic are one such bunch, delivering melodic, accessible rock full of integrity. Formed by two members of Reuben and one of Hundred Reasons – though founder member Jon Pearce, ex-Reuben, has departed since their 2012 debut ‘Speakeasy’ – the five-piece’s self-titled second album packs 13 intelligent, emotionally heavy punches into its 44 minutes. Of those, the restrained surge of ‘You Drove Me To Taxidermy’ and the soaring, crunching riffs of ‘Bound’ are best, but the whole album is an impressive demonstration of grit and grace.

Mischa Pearlman
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