Victoria Segal

80

Lenker and her band ... never lose control of these songs: the balance is precise, the guiding hand steady. It's safe to follow Lenker down to the river, down to the rocks - she never gets lost.

80
Don't be deceived: these songs have the substance to become - unlike those eBay purchases - an obsession that sticks.
80

Daniel conveys an expert melancholy. its ups always just on the brink of an elegant down.

80
Heavy though it is, the songwriting remains remarkably light and agile.
60
She's still drawn to the edges like a death's-head moth to an inferno, but once you are in Wolfe's distinctive headspace, it's easy to believe they are her comfort zone, and maybe even yours.
80
Her ability to dominate a room with minimal musical movement is astonishing; this record lowers the temperature, heightens the sense, slows down life, frame by frame.
60

New ground is not broken, but happily, neither are they.

60
There's no doubt Mackenzie Scott never stops moving here, switching between gothic sway, grungy stomp and electro-pop gyration, but it can make it hard to catch her eye in a meaningful way.
80

These songs often suggest it’s a struggle to rally one person into a functioning self, let alone rouse an army of the righteous. It’s testament to Tucker and Brownstein’s gifts, then, that an album that describes inertia, paralysis, the blotting out of hope, is their strongest since No Cities To Love.

80

"It's not too late to find where you are," he sings on The Tern; Hadsel seems to tremble on the brink of that revelation.

80
Veteran shoegazers dare to dream again.
80
If life's what you make it, here Anderson makes it sound very beautiful indeed.
80

Hyper-melancholic, ultra-vivid, CrazyMad, For Me showcases Thompson's off-beam pop skills, a distinctive voice in every way.

80

Sea Of Mirrors stands up without the set dressing. It ends with a brief reprise of the opening track, gently lighting the aisles to the exits; you might well find yourself staying put in the dark, ready to let it run back to the start and play out again.


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