New Albums Roundup: Jose Gonzalez, Marika Hackman and 36 Crazyfists

gonzalezJose Gonzalez – Vestiges And Claws

Gonzalez’s first solo album in eight years is so introverted and minimalist it’s hard to find anything that actually sticks. He neither carries the mystique of Nick Drake, the emotion of John Martyn or the tunes of Cat Stevens; three people his music always aspires to.

6/10

marikaMarika Hackman – We Slept At Last

The former Burberry’s model takes a leaf out of her friend’s (Laura Marling) book, and delivers an understated, mature and mostly interesting debut record that incorporates folk, electro folk and a stream of dark atmospherics. It’s a carefully worked collection that’s just waiting for a chance to invade your imagination.

8/10

36c36 Crazyfists – Time And Trauma

Survivalists of Nu-metal are few and far between, and that fact that they’re still around and have re-developed the style and shape of their music by combining metalcore influences shows a determined resolve. Sadly, most metal fans are pretty narrow minded and will probably not look beyond their first incarnation. That’s why it’s valiant, but ultimately futile.

6/10

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