XTC: This Is Pop

I’m not sure how a cable network like Showtime makes a business case for financing feature-length documentaries on cult bands like XTC, but I’m certainly glad that they do because ones like 2017’s XTC: This Is Pop are really terrific. In the opening minute, guitarist and frontman Andy Partridge takes the piss out of the […]

The Cure – “In Between Days”

Quite a rollercoaster week last week for North American Cure fans. First, there was the excitement around the announcement of their tour this Summer for their forthcoming Songs Of A Lost World. That gave way to confusion when the ticketing was announced to be following the TicketMaster “Verified Fans” model, and turned into anger when […]

Asobi Seksu – “Thursday”

New York’s Asobi Seksu certainly had their unique angle in the mid-aughts shoegaze revival with their blend of dreampop and J-pop, complete with bilingual vocals from frontwoman Yuki Chikudate, but as the decade rolled over, their attempts to move away from the elevator pitch that made their early work so appealing yielded diminishing returns and […]

Bodywash – “With Heat”

Montreal’s Bodywash are another in the seemingly bottomless reservoir of worthy dreampop bands coming out the city. The duo of Chris Steward and Rosie Long Decter offer up lovely, laid back dreampop that blends balearic beats with Loveless-friendly six string textures. Is chillgaze a thing? Their debut Comforter came out in 2019, with “With Heat” and […]

Wire / The Scottish Play: 2004

When I started up this blog I was afraid it’d turn into a kind of Wire fansite, so obsessed was I with exploring their expansive back catalog. Well I’m no less a fan these days, but they do make up a smaller percentage of my overall listening. But that’s no excuse for having not done […]

Still Corners – “Fireflies”/”Hearts Of Fools”

Still Corners have undergone a number of transformations over their fifteen-plus years, from a band to a duo, and shifting from cinematic psychedelica to synth-forward dreampop to dusty Americana. I prefer some phases over others, but as they’re always centred around Tessa Murray’s breathy vocals and Greg Hughes’ atmospheric guitarwork, there’s usually something to fit […]

Siouxsie / Finale

After well over a decade of well-earned retirement, Siouxsie Sioux has announced her return to the stage this year with a smattering of shows in Europe and the US, her first live appearances since participating in Yoko Ono’s Meltdown fest in 2013. Her last proper tour was in support of her first – and last, […]