News from 7/2021

NEWS : TUE, JUL 20, 2021 at 7:00 AM

The beautiful new video for Low’s “Disappearing” from director Dorian Wood is out now from HEY WHAT, the new Low album, is out September 10, 2021, worldwide on Sub Pop

HEY WHAT, the astonishing new Low album, will be released worldwide on September 10th, 2021 on Sub Pop Records. On the heels of their latest single,  “Days Like These”the group has shared a breathtaking video for their song “Disappearing.” Multi-disciplinary artist Dorian Wood directed the group’s new video, and had this to say about making the video, “I am incredibly thrilled to have created this video for Low. I’ve been such a fan for years. I was inspired to offer a personal glimpse of what I’d been up to during the pandemic year. I’ve been doing art modeling on the side for years, mostly for art schools. Once the schools physically shut down due to Covid, I was invited to pose for dozens of virtual classes. I borrowed a friend’s empty guest room and twice a week I would set up my laptop and lights and pose for three hours at a time. During these long stretches of time, I’d lose myself in thought while delivering poses that best showcased all this fat brown beauty. In my mind, I traveled to places and memories, and in the case of “Disappearing”, I not only visited the ocean in my mind, I became it. Even at its most empowering and meditative, a modeling session was often a reminder of how lonely one can feel when the other humans in the room immediately vanish once the laptop shuts down. And still, a semblance of hope always lingered. We shot the video at Human Resources, a performance space in L.A. which also served as a creative sanctuary for me during the pandemic year. There’s a lot of ‘coming home’ love in this video. I’m honored to be able to share this love.”

Low have announced two album release shows on September 10th and 11th at Square Lake, outside the Twin Cities in their home state of Minnesota. The group has invited a diverse group of artists to join them including Joe Rainey Sr.Gaelynn Lea, and Lord Friday the 13th. These shows are in addition to the previously announced 30-date world tour beginning in March 2022, with UK and European dates to follow in May. See below for a full list of shows. 
HEY WHAT is now available for preorder on CD/LP/CS/DSPs from Sub Pop. LP preorders from megamart.subpop.comselect independent retailers in North America and in the U.K, and Europe will receive the limited Loser Edition on clear vinyl (while supplies last).
North America 2021:
Sep. 10 - Square Lake, MN
Sep. 11 - Square Lake, MN
North America 2022:
Mar. 22 - Bloomington, IN - Bishop
Mar. 25 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn
Mar. 26 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
Mar. 28 - Washington, DC - Miracle Theatre
Mar. 29 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
Mar. 31 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
Apr. 01 - Providence, RI - Columbus Theater
Apr. 02 - Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount
Apr. 04 - Toronto, ON - The Axis Club
Apr. 05 - Detroit, MI - Loving Touch 
Apr. 08 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
UK & Europe 2022:
Apr. 25 - Edinburgh, UK - Queen’s Hall
Apr. 26 - Dublin, IE - Vicar Street
Apr. 27 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Cathedral
Apr. 28 - Brighton, UK - St. George’s Church Brighton
Apr. 29 - London, UK - St. John at Hackney Church -
Apr. 30 - Bristol, UK - Trinity
May 02 - Paris, FR - Alhambra
May 03 - Cologne, DE - Kulturkirche Köln
May 04 - Antwerp, BE - TRIX
May 05 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
May 06 - Aarhus, DK - Voxhall
May 07 - Copenhagen, DK - Vega
May 09 - Hamburg, DE - Uebel & Gefährlich
May 10 - Berlin, DE - Festsaal Kreuzberg
May 11 - Vienna, AT - Wuk
May 12 - Bologna, IT - Teatro Duse
May 13 - Lausanne, CH- Les Docks
May 14 - Zurich, CH - Mascotte


1. White Horses
2. I Can Wait
3. All Night
4. Disappearing
5. Hey
6. Days Like These 
7. There’s a Comma After Still
8. Don’t Walk Away
9. More
10. The Price You Pay (It Must Be Wearing Off)

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NEWS : FRI, JUL 16, 2021 at 8:00 AM

Kiwi Jr. reveals new Comic Book, KEXP Session & Tour Dates

On the heels of their latest album, Cooler Returns, Kiwi Jr. cooly announces their first series of live dates, kicking off with River & Sky Festival in Sudbury, Ontario on July 17. Fall and Winter dates include support with TUNS, Surfer Blood, Tobin Sprout, Trace Mountains and Nap Eyes, as well as a hometown Toronto headline show at the Horseshoe Tavern on Friday, Oct 15. Want a taste of what to expect at the band’s upcoming live shows? You can watch the group’s performance on famed Seattle radio station KEXP by clicking here. See below for a full list of dates. 
Kiwi Jr. has partnered with cartoonist Dmitry Bondarenko on a 24-page booklet of illustrated lyrics, which is available at Bandcamp and on tour. Jeremy Gaudet, Kiwi Jr singer/lyricist says “To see all of the insanity of our lyrics represented visually is wild. There’s stuff I saw in here that surprised even me, and I wrote the damned thing.” For more information on Cooler Returns Comic, visit the group’s merch table or Bandcamp page.

Due to continued uncertainty about international travel restrictions, Kiwi Jr. are unfortunately postponing their September UK & Europe tour dates to February (& September) 2022. Tickets for their London show at Dalston Victoria will be honored on Saturday February 12, 2022. The band will also be supporting fellow Sub Pop artist Chad VanGaalen on several UK dates that week, as well as announcing headline dates in Scandinavia.  More information will be forthcoming at

Tour Dates:

Fri. Jan. 14 - Washington DC, Songbyrd ++ @

Sat. Jan. 22 -  Montreal, Bar le Ritz &

Fri.. Feb. 11 - London, UK - Dalston Victoria

Sun. Feb. 13 - Leeds, UK -  Brudenell Social Club ~ 

Mon. Feb. 14 - Manchester, UK  - Night & Day ~ 

Tues. Feb. 15 - Bristol, UK - Louisiana ~ 

Thur. Feb. 17 -  Copenhagen DK - Ideal Bar 

Fri. Feb. 18 -  Stockholm, SE - ObarenNew tour dates: 

Sat. Jul. 17 -  Sudbury, ONT - River & Sky Festival

Fri. Oct. 1 - Los Angeles, CA - Gold Diggers 

Fri. Oct. 15 - Toronto, Horseshoe Tavern ! 

Thur. Nov. 11 - New Haven, CT -  Cafe Nine % 

Fri. Nov. 12 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Made % $

Fri. Nov 19 - Columbus OH - Ace Of Cups $

Fri. Dec. 3 - London, ON - Rum Runners *

Sat. Dec. 4 - St. Catharine’s, ON - Warehouse *

Fri. Dec. 17 - Hamilton, ON - Bridgeworks *

Sat. Dec. 18  - Ottawa, ON - Club Saw *

Mon. Dec. 28 - Charlottetown, PEI -  Trailside Music Hall &

Tues. Dec. 29 - Halifax, NS - Seahorse Tavern & 


Fri. Jan.  7 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe &

Sat. Jan. 8 -  Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s & @


Sat. Feb. 19 - Oslo, NO - Blaa


! w/ Sahara and Dorothea Paas

% w/ Surfer Blood

$ w/ Tobin Sprout

* w/ TUNS

& w/ Nap Eyes 

++  w/ Trace Mountains 

@ w/ Gladie 

~ w/ Chad VanGaalen



The returns on Kiwi Jr’s Cooler Returns:
“…The accomplished successor to this band’s promising 2019 debut finds Kiwi Jr having their cake and eating it.” - ★★★★ The Observer/TheGuardian
“Sustaining momentum near-flawlessly across 13 songs…  Kiwi Jr. have the skills to match their smarts” -  ★★★★ MOJO 
“Canadian absurdists’ return is a lyrical delight” - Uncut 
“Kiwi Jr. songs unfold like the aisles of a cluttered curio shop, their retro-rock melodies overflowing with non sequiturs and hyper-specific scraps of story.” - The AV Club
“The band rattle through a seemingly inexhaustible supply of hooks and melodies” - ★★★★ DIY 
“Packed with golden hooks and subtle weirdness” - [8/10] Exclaim
“Crammed full of wry, observational wit and pop smarts in taut fashion” - [8/10] CLASH
“…still light and agile, basking in the sunlight as their vivid guitar work and straightforward vocals do the talking. They love a good hook as much as they love a charismatic, illuminating one-liner.” - PASTE
“The band’s knack for simple but sticky melody is in even clearer view on Cooler Returns.” - ★★★★  All Music
[“Cooler Returns” is] “a jangly, indie rock earworm that’ll lodge itself in your brain” - NME 
“Shambolic yet catchy songs are loaded with fractured riffs and lyrical non-sequiturs” - Uproxx
“Ook de referenties zijn dik in orde: the Chills, The Strokes, The Kinks, Pavement en de vroege R.E.M. ‘Fonkelende gitaarplaat die refereert aan heden en verleden.” - [Best Albums of the Month”] OOR 
“…Another mighty fine record.” - Under the Radar
“An impressive set of ‘90s-influenced slacker-rock with jangly guitars, rollicking piano and occasional organ, harmonica, and other instrumentation, along with observational, often-sardonic lyrics and an abundance of catchy song hooks. - KEXP 
Cooler Returns is all hits, a baker’s dozen of ridiculously catchy three-minute pop nuggets that deliver massive sing-along-choruses…” - Brooklyn Vegan
“A bloody good album full of vivid charm” - ★★★★ NARC 
“They understand sarcasm, can write clever, funny lyrics and don’t take themselves completely seriously.”  [9/10] - God Is In The TV
“Perfect pop-songs” - Louder Than War
“Cooler Returns is everything you might expect from a band like Kiwi Jr., and so much more.” - [4/5] Stereoboard 
“Angular, catchy as hell, revved up power-pop racket” ★★★★ Shindig
“What sets Kiwi Jr. apart from their peers though is their madcap view of the world and Cooler Returns establishes them as a band too confident to conform; a band who have all the skills to match their lyrical smarts” - [8/10] Line Of Best Fit
“L’année 2021 ne pouvait mieux commencer qu’avec cet excellent disque a l’entrain communicatif, d’une inspiration jubilatoire, veritable rayon de soleil au cour de l’hiver”- [4/5]  Rock & Folk (France)
“Les quatre musiciens de Toronto ne changent pas leur formule gagnante et livrent une guitare jangly élégante et efficace.” - Les Inrocks (France) 
“…Timeless, memorable, beautifully crafted pop songs” - Echoes and Dust
Cooler Returns is an impressive achievement” - Our Culture
“…A jangle-pop delight filled with tight hooks and creative tales” - The Revue

Kiwi Jr.
Cooler Returns

1. Tyler
2. Undecided Voters
3. Maid Marian’s Toast
4. Highlights of 100
5. Only Here for a Haircut
6. Cooler Returns
7. Guilty Party
8. Omaha
9. Domino
10. Nashville Wedding
11. Dodger
12. Norma Jean’s Jacket
13. Waiting in Line


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NEWS : TUE, JUL 6, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Amen Dunes Returns with New Single, “Feel Nothing” (With Sleaford Mods) + Signs to Sub Pop Worldwide

Amen Dunes (aka the project of Damon McMahon) returns with “Feel Nothing,” a powerful and honest first statement since the release of 2018’s beloved Freedom, and his debut release with Sub Pop. Recorded in Los Angeles with co-producer Ariel Rechtshaid and mixed by Craig Silvey, “Feel Nothing” begins with McMahon’s unmistakable voice chanting “Kingdom, kingdom, kingdom, kingdom, kingdom // be a prophet” until the Sleaford Mods rhythm drops and McMahon continues “Every time I hear a story // Got no good from it.” The song, which features synths by Freedom-collaborator Panoram, gradually introduces the rhythm-heavy next chapter in Amen Dunes’ sound, before a duet by Sleaford Mods’ Jason Williamson and McMahon carries the song out. Where Freedom was “[Amen Dunes’] euphoric breakthrough … silvery and romantic, like a hallucination of the classic-rock songbook”

(Pitchfork), “Feel Nothing” is a bold reflection on resistance, and a step further in the intentional reimagining of the world of Amen Dunes.

I feel nothing at all

Do you feel nothing too?

I have nothing to say

Don’t drag me down with you

Some days wish I was dead

Some days wish I was you

Every time I hear a story

Got no good from it

Can’t change the situation

When everything’s the same

Still in love, just a little

Aww my mind forgets

You stole that piece from the devil

But you know me, I’d do the same

Get everyone off my back

You can gossip, but I don’t care

I headed off one day without even talking, 

and I got lost from there

In the middle of a show I break down, yeah

Can’t remember what to say

Can’t shake this ugly feeling, baby, but it’s not lasting

He was thinking of God, when he begged them to stop

Is there someone up there?

You will never know she said

Come right out and say it

I’ve lived enough to sing it

Come on, show em what you know

You’re gonna reap just what you sow

Get your opinions off my back

I said I’m going up the hill

When winter comes I will get things done

Start doing what I say

See the fires off in the distance

The little goddess said

We may not win this one, but I predict it, son

You might be a prophet

There is no way to stop our big stone love

Keep going up the mountain, yeah

From the mouth don’t come a kingdom

String me up I don’t care

Said I’ve lived enough to sing it

They said stop and drop him until he talks

But you’ll never make him say it

Every time I look up to you

Nothing to say

The king might prevail

But just for today

Every time I look up to you

Nothing to say

Those who talk hard

Got nothing to say.

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NEWS : WED, JUL 7, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Washed Out Announces Headlining North American Tour Dates for 2022 in Support of Purple Noon, Shares Buscabulla Remix of “Too Late”

Washed Out is announcing North American headlining dates for 2022 in support of Purple Noon, his acclaimed album of 2020, out now on Sub Pop.
The 24-city trek begins Monday, January 10th, 2022 in Asheville, NC at the Orange Peel runs through Saturday, February 12th, 2022, closing with a hometown show in Atlanta, GA at The Eastern. The tour will also include stops in Nashville (TN), Houston (TX), Austin (TX), Dallas (TX), Phoenix (AZ), San Diego (CA), Los Angeles (CA), Santa Ana (CA), San Francisco (CA), Portland (OR), Seattle (WA), Salt Lake City (UT), Denver (CO), Minneapolis (MN), Chicago (IL), Toronto (ON), Montreal (QC), Boston (MA), Brooklyn (NY), Washington (DC), Philadelphia (PA), Chapel Hill (NC).

A special fan presale begins Wednesday, July 7th, 2021 at 12 pm PT and ends Thursday, July 8th at 10 am PT, with tickets on sale to the general public on Friday, July 9th, 2021 at 7 am PT. For more information on tickets, please visit
Mon. Jan. 10 - Asheville, NC  - Orange Peel
Tue. Jan. 11 - Nashville, TN - Brooklyn Bowl           
Thu. Jan. 13 - Houston, TX - Stereo Live
Fri. Jan. 14 - Austin, TX - Empire
Sat. Jan. 15 - Dallas,  TX - The Granada Theatre
Mon. Jan. 17 - Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren

Tue. Jan. 18 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory               
Thu. Jan. 20 - Los Angeles,  CA - The Wiltern Theatre
Fri. Jan. 21 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
Sat. Jan. 22 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency                 
Mon. Jan. 24 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
Tue. Jan. 25 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market 
Fri. Jan. 28 - Salt Lake City, UT - Metro Gallery
Sat. Jan. 29 - Denver, CO - The Gothic Theatre      
Mon. Jan. 31 - Minneapolis, MN - USA - Fine Line
Tue. Feb. 01 - Chicago, IL - Metro    
Thu. Feb. 03 - Toronto, ON - The Danforth Theatre
Fri. Feb. 04 - Montreal, QC - L’Astral
Sat. Feb. 05 - Boston, MA - Paradise                        
Mon. Feb. 07 - Brooklyn, NY  - Brooklyn Steel                                 
Wed. Feb. 09 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Thu. Feb. 10 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
Fri. Feb. 11 -  Chapel Hill, NC  - Cat’s Cradle
Sat. Feb. 12 - Atlanta GA - The Eastern

Washed Out is also sharing a remix of Purple Noon standout “Too Late” by Ribbon Music recording artists Buscabulla. The Puerto Rican pop duo takes the original, which New York Times notes for its “lush vocals, quavering synth bass, throwback electronic drums and an intense sense of longing,” and reworks the song into a blissed-out, electro-funk track. The Washed Out “Too Late” (Buscabulla Remix) is out today on all DSPs from Sub Pop.

Washed Out’s Purple Noon features the singles “Too Late,” “Time to Walk Away,” and “Paralyzed,” was produced and recorded by Ernest Greene and mixed by Ben H. Allen in Atlanta, Georgia. Purple Noon is available on CD/LP/CS/DSPs from Sub Pop and Washed Out’s official websiteselect independent retailers in North Americain the U.K., and Europe.


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NEWS : TUE, JUL 27, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Hear Porridge Radio’s cover of The Shins “New Slang,” Available Now at all Streaming Services

Sub Pop is pleased to announce the release of Porridge Radio’s cover of The Shins’ “New Slang,” available today worldwide through all DSPs. Listen here. The song is the B-side from the group’s forthcoming contribution to the subscription-only Sub Pop Singles Club Vol. 6. The A-side, Porridge Radio’s cover of Wolf Parade’s “You Are A Runner And I Am My Father’s Son” will be available on all DSPs August 9th. 

Porridge Radio’s Dana Margolin had this to say about the Singles Club contribution, “Sub Pop are a label I’ve loved for a long time, and when they asked if we wanted to release some songs with them this summer, I looked through their back catalog and chose 2 songs to cover that had a big impact on me as a teenager.”

Fans can get the limited-edition 7” single and many other excellent records by subscribing to the Sub Pop Singles Club Vol. 6.

Beginning as Dana Margolin’s sadcore bedroom project, Porridge Radio developed into an idiosyncratic post-punk 4-piece after she moved to Brighton and met her future bandmates. They inelegantly knot together Margolin’s vicious, furious emotional outpourings with beautiful pop melodies. After a series of demos, and the growing legend of their intense live shows, their lofty debut Rice, Pasta and Other Fillers came out via Memorials of Distinction in 2016, documenting struggles with life, love and boredom, and showcases the scrapbook absurdism at Porridge Radio’s core.
The band’s 2020 Secretly Canadian debut, Every Bad, is a culmination of what has been in their head for some time. Every Bad arrived full of grand, sweeping ambition – with vocals so urgent that it often feels like it is moved by compulsion rather than choice, with all the rawness of early Karen O, and influences as disparate as Charli XCX and The Cranberries. After receiving wide critical acclaim across the board, Every Bad was shortlisted as one of the Hyundai Mercury Prize’s albums of 2020.

Porridge Radio has scheduled international tour dates spanning July 2021 and June 2022. Please visit the band’s tour dates page for more info.

Porridge Radio
“You Are A Runner And I Am My Father’s Son”
 b/w “New Slang”

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NEWS : MON, JUL 26, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Watch Loma’s new, official video for “Going Out” available worldwide now on all DSPs from Sub Pop

Loma has delivered a bright new video for their performance of “Going Out,” a cover of Danish pop artist Dinner’s 2014 single. The visual, directed by and starring Loma’s Emily Cross, follows the singer on a gorgeous sunny day throughout the woods and meadows of southern coastal England, where going out is a new—and slightly nervous—prospect.
Loma’s Dan Duszynski says of the song, “Songs are like cats—sometimes they just pick you. Emily and I first heard “Going Out” while we were playing at a record store in Austin a few years ago. I went to the counter to ask who it was, and the album (Dinner’s Three EPs) is still in rotation at our home/studio. We couldn’t resist making our own version because it always cheers us up.  Who doesn’t need that right now?” 

Loma’s Don’t Shy Away, the group’s incredible and absorbing album from 2020, is available now on CD/LP/CS/DL worldwide through Sub Pop. The eleven-track effort, which features lyric videos for “Homing” and “Ocotillo” and official videos for “Half Silences,” “Don’t Shy Away,” “I Fix My Gaze,” and “Elliptical Days,” was produced and recorded by the band at Dandysounds in Dripping Strings, Texas—except for “Homing,” which was produced by Brian Eno.
Don’t Shy Away saw praise from international outlets like MOJOUncutBBC 6 MusicPitchfork, Rolling Stone, StereogumExclaimBandcampBrooklyn VeganUnder the RadarSydney Morning HeraldThe Line of Best FitRecord CollectorAll MusicDustedOur Culture, and more. Loma is currently at work on the follow-up to Don‘t Shy Away.

What people are saying about Loma’s Don’t Shy Away:
“Loma’s music unspools in vivid panoramas - sometimes downbeat and rainy, sometimes splashy and urgent, reminiscent of the mid-‘90s school of Bowery Electric post-rock. Yet the trio ensure all the glitches and layers (clarinet, brass, guitar) add bright pin-sharp accents not blurry textural flab, Cross’s voice glinting through ‘Blue Rainbow’s’ electro-cabaret judder or the Morphine-like rumble of ‘Ocotillo’.” ★★★★ MOJO
Don’t Shy Away is a stronger, fully realized collection than its predecessor, kicking off with the absorbing opening trio — “I Fix My Gaze,” “Ocotillo,” and “Half Silences,” each elevated by singer Emily Cross’ bewitching vocals — and never letting up from there.” [“The Best Albums of October 2020”] - Rolling Stone
“…Don’t Shy Away is an invitation. It honors the sacred space of uncertainty, acknowledging lingering darkness while trusting in the possibility that brighter, more brilliant worlds lie within reach.” - Pitchfork
“Atmospheric melodies…Cross’ otherworldly vocals blend to absorbing effect.” [8/10] -
Don’t Shy Away is ultimately as gratifying as it is ambitious. Brian Eno was right: Loma are the real deal.” [8/10] -  Exclaim!
“For listeners who have a penchant for darker, glossier rock in the vein of Portishead, Jane Weaver, or even Radiohead, this is an essential listen.”  [8/10] - The Line Of Best Fit
Don’t Shy Away is an absolutely beautiful record – hypnotic, haunting, mysterious and comforting”  -  Brooklyn Vegan
“Fans longing for the return of Portishead will find solace in the grey-skied gloom of songs like “Thorn”, “Half Silences” or the pulsing “Given A Sign.” This is contrasted with the brightness shining through the stately instrumentation of “Elliptical Days” or the cycling synths of “Breaking Waves Like A Stone,” swelling in size towards its triumphant conclusion.”  [“Album of the Day”] - Bandcamp
To anyone enamored with the effortless elegance of Loma’s debut, some of Don’t Shy Away’s more adventurous and synth-heavy production may feel a little jarring. However, surrender to the album’s luscious sound design, emotive vocal performances and smart narrative arc and it can be just as intoxicating. As far as front-to-back album listening experiences go, it’s among the year’s best.” - Dusted
“Gorgeous, otherworldly music” [“Elliptical Days”] - Stereogum
“Don’t Shy Away is a spectacular album, a vivid record, which gently deals with the themes of loneliness, temporariness and finding light in absolute darkness.” - Music Letter
“Bigger in scope than the three piece’s self titled debut, Don’t Shy Away is on a whole other sonic level. It encourages us to not just exist in the spaces that we inhabit, but to find every possibility they could offer. As second records go, they don’t come much more mesmerically splendorous than this.”- Secret Meeting
“All in all, Don’t Shy Away is gracefully immersive, aesthetically ambitious and more than worth a listen.” - MXDWN
“There’s healthy disarray, there’s beauty, and there’s real poignant sadness but most of all there’s true humanity.” [8.5/10] - Still Listening
“Unfurling with a patient and solitary kind of splendour, their music is evocative but never perfunctory, brimming with textures that are vaporous yet vividly drawn. Don’t Shy Away distils those elements that were present in their debut to a more refined form, resulting in their most mesmerizing and rewarding effort yet.” ★★★★ - Our Culture
“In sound and narrative, indie supergroup Loma deliver an intelligent and emotive piece of post-modern cinema on their superb sophomore album, Don’t Shy Away.” - The Revue

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