Review | Mongrel State – Mestizo

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Mestizo, the debut studio album from roots-rock outfit Mongrel State.  There is some reckless brilliance to Mestizo. It bursts forth on numerous occasions during the record’s 10-track running time, undulating between more standard country-tinged rock Mongrel State do enough to stand-out from the pack. Nowhere more succinctly is this seen than in…

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Review | Sea Pinks – Soft Days

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Soft Days, the brand new album from post-punk band Sea Pinks.  Soft Days is a far-more expansive album than first impressions would lead you to believe. Upfront, the loitering jangled power-pop and introverted post-punk of Sea Pinks make for a well-crafted slice of indie music. Underneath, however, lies more. After several runs…

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TLMT Reader’s Album of the Year 2015 Poll

The short-list is up and voting is now open for The Last Mixed Tape Readers’ Album of the Year 2015. Following the Last Mixed Tape’s recent unveiling of it’s top twenty album of 2015 (see full countdown and playlist – here), TLMT is giving reader’s a chance to have their say in what was the stand-out…

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Stephen Young & the Union – Eagle Fort Rumble

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Eagle Fort Rumble,  the latest album from Stephen Young & the Union. “Rumble” is certainly an apt word to describe the overall sound of Stephen Young & the Union’s latest album. With a production that fills every inch of the sonic spectrum, the band deliver a “genre” album that is not…

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The River Fane – Takes Forever

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Takes Forever, the debut and final studio album from alternative-folk band the River Fane. There’s something enigmatic about the concept of a debut album being a band’s last. The River Fane’s Takes Forever indeed feels like the end, but a complete one where everything that needs to be said has been said.…

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Alarmist – Popular Demain

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Popular Demain, the debut full-length studio album from instrumental four-piece Alarmist.  The language of music is a universal one. The communicative back and forth of sound, colored by moods and tones, that permeates from Popular Demain is an exuberant reminder of this. Alarmist’s melodic synths, jolting guitars and rolling drums all speak…

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Elephant – Hypergiant

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Hypergiant, the debut full-length studio album from Dundalk-based songwriter Elephant.  Repeated listens to Hypergiant bring hidden depths to light. The first time round I fixated on the background, loving the changing scope of it. On the second time round I fixated on the song’s themselves, loving the musicality and vivid stylishness of the…

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The Annulments – Everything I Lost

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Everything I Lost, the debut studio album from Dublin-based alternative-folk group the Annulments.  The musicality of storytelling is everything in a record like Everything I Lost. The album needs to create a world out of the interactions and people who populated its lyrics. For this the Annulments must be commended, the sound…

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Girls Names – Arms Around A Vision

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Arms Around A Vision, the much-anticipated third studio album from post-punk band Girls Names. Arms Around A Vision is an album that lives and dreams in shadows. A quietly, remarkably produced record Girls Names’ third outing is cast in the black and white isolated tones of post-punk and inward frustrations of…

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Girl Band – Holding Hands With Jamie

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Holding Hands With Jamie, the highly anticipated debut album from Dublin noise-rock act Girl Band. Hype can be both the a beneficial and damaging aspect of modern music. Given in the right context, it can bring deserved attention to something new and exciting, but in the wrong context can overemphasize something…

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