Gary Walker

Yard Act – The Overload review: an inspired debut album

The Leeds four-piece formed just before the UK was plunged into its first lockdown, but that hasn’t stopped them turning heads over the past two years. Their debut album looks set to deliver on the promise.

The Genius Of… In The Aeroplane Over The Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel

The product of an introverted genius, Neutral Milk Hotel’s second album is a tangled web of distortion and surreal imagery haunted by the ghost of Anne Frank. It was both the band’s defining and final statement.

The Genius Of… Are We There by Sharon Van Etten

The New Jersey songwriter switched to the present tense on an emotionally raw fourth album that showcased the devastating power of her voice and placed her at the centre of New York’s indie-rock community.