Lana Del Rey – Born To Die (Polydor/Interscope)

Lana?s sound and style is straight from the school of indie neo film noir, stylish Hollywood, off beat, dark and murderous.

Alt-J & Ghostpoet @ KOKO, London 15/2/12

Alt-J’s set is one of lilting harmonies, piercing guitar lines and the kind of nervous energy that gets better over time.

Sharon Van Etten – Tramp (Jagjaguwar)

Tramp is well executed and verges on masterpiece as it coherently portrays thoughts from a dark and irrational place

Nada Surf @ KOKO, London 8/02/12

Choice cuts from their last four albums (excluding their debut) provided us with highlights from all stages of their career

John Talabot – ?IN (Permanent Vacation)

?IN is the most innovative album so far this year and one of the exceptional debuts of many that will be flooding 2012.

The Twilight Sad ? No One Can Ever Know (Fat Cat Records)

No One Can Ever Know is the third full length from the boys from Kilsyth, Scotland and with a mysterious yet fashionable sound, this album is the most accessible yet.

Django Django – Django Django (Because)

This album sounds like a strange lovechild between Metronomy and Hot Chip with some lashings of Franz Ferdinand thrown in for good measure

Pulled Apart By Horses ? Tough Love (Transgressive)

This is an album which might be too tough for some peoples? ears, but deep down this is a scream out and a fist in the air

Jesse Ruins – Dream Analysis (Captured Tracks)

This is a debut that should keep listeners day dreaming until a full length album appears, scheduled for release later this year

Nada Surf – The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy (City Slang)

Their sixth proper studio album in fifteen years for Nada Surf isn?t the best return, but then the band have never had an easy ride