Review: The Bristol-born, Paris-based Kate Stables here delivers her fourth record in a career that's seen her develop a penchant for knotty indie-folk that's as colourful in character as gritty in delivery. John Parish is in the producer's chair this time around, and he's helped coax out a collection of ditties rich in storytelling charm and articulacy. Spare, intimate and with a refreshing candour to its delivery, 'Moonlight Freeze' is a perfectly balanced mix of the sweetly melodious and the saltily artful, Emboldened with electronic filigree yet rooted in earthy ballast, this could well be the point where Stables establishes this humble project as a serious force to be reckoned with.
Review: This Californian foursome have always been possessed of a rare creative alchemy, their free-flowing style often jam-based yet buoyed by their languid chemistry. 'Heads Up' is a notable step up from their self-titled debut of two years ago, arriving at a plateau of poignant emotion and invigorating songcraft that is as rich in groove and hooks as moods or atmospheres, with ditties like 'New Song' being an example of the former even whilst 'The Stall' summons the Cure-esque spectres of their inception. Always a charismatic outfit, Warpaint have never sounded more confident or powerful, dealing out psychic shockwaves and sepulchral charm with ease.