Hanspeter Kuenzler

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Franz Ferdinand

Not quite the monumentally new chapter that the departure of a guitarist and the arrival of a keyboard and synths man might have led us to expect. Still a vigorous and smart demonstration, yet again, of the Ferdinands' superior command of the craft of songwriting. 

Franz Ferdinand, "Always Ascending" (Domino)
Ezra Furman

A concept album from a truly singular songwriter, exploring the complex and contradictory social dynamics faced by a sexually and otherwise unconventional human being in a Trump world. Musically, it's a hugely enjoyable mixture of rampant, electronica glam, a hint of punk, and some quieter moments, too.  

Ezra Furman, "Transangelic Exodus" (PIAS)

The odd band name and a cover without any information hides a grungy gem of an album and a "supergroup" of sorts consisting of Frightened Rabbit's Hutchison brothers, one Editor and one Minor Victory. The beauty of these powerful, loud songs lies in the quality of the writing and Scott H.'s passionate vocals. "Teething" is the stand-out track - incredible! R.I.P. Scott Hutchison.

Mastersystem, "Dance Music" (Phys Ed. Recs)
Khruangbin, "Con Todo El Mundo"

"This Texan band are obsessed with Thai funk, crafting hypnotic, spacious, drifting soul music with a cinematic dreaminess," wrote the Guardian. It's vacuous, repetitive easy listening noodlings without a trace of funk or, indeed, wit.
The Bin of Bile
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