Chvrches / Factory Floor

Two albums released at almost the same time with striking similarities: both draw on the synthpop of the 1980s, both feature female lead vocals, both have striking covers featuring geometric shapes against a single colour background. And both are brilliant. Chvrches take their cue from Depeche Mode and Yazoo, delivering an album packed with poppy […]

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Goldfrapp: Tales of Us

I approached this with cynicism, as Goldfrapp alternate between the dancefloor and the garret with each release, and after the rather ho-hum Head First, a return to stroky-beard minimalism seemed inevitable. And so it is. But my cynicism has been comprehensibly kicked in the bollocks, hard, by this fantastic album. It is a masterpiece, and […]

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