Winter Haunts probably won’t get the recognition it deserves, but if it is to be their last album, at least The Rational Academy have finally created something that feels complete, building upon the sturdy foundations of A Heart Against Your Own and Swans. Richly textured, dazzlingly varied and heart-achingly beautiful, Winter Haunts, at least from my humble vantage point on the other side of the world, sounds like the album that Thompson always wanted to make, ever since the day he moved to the bright lights of Brisbane all those years ago.

Despite a grueling, messy war of attrition between labels, governments, software companies and the ‘pirates’ themselves, these shoots of recovery are not the natural consequence of all the money spent on anti-piracy campaigns, lawsuits and P2P embargoes, but as a direct result of the music industry finally beginning to harness digital technology rather than continuously vilify it. However, do these stats really tell us the whole story?

Fairly highly touted by British media publications, dark indie rockers The Domino State spoke to Noted as they prepare their second album, off the back of their well-received 2010 release Uneasy Lies The Crown. The album was a collection of intense, loud and decidedly British indie songs with shoegaze tendencies, and it was no wonder they caught the attention of so many. Three years on – what’s changed? And where do they go next?

It is with great bewilderment and mental abandonment that on this cold March eve, we are able to relay to you, the faithful partisans of n0ted, an exchange we had with ULTIMATE SLAYMASTER. Regrettably, we are not able to unequivocally say that it even occurred – such is the aberrant nature of our discourse – nevertheless, here it is, in all its blaze and bravura.

Somewhere between the realms of indie pop, progressive, and space rock dwell a group called Lazer Kitty. The Seattle group, who claim to make soundtracks for the cosmos, call their sound ‘acid improg’, and while it may be an oddball heading, it’s a fitting one for the trio’s mixture of spaced-out soundscapes and power rock.

The new-era post-hardcore (or ‘wave’) scene, built upon the foundations that La Dispute et al built, has been a key jot on the timeline of modern music. Taking traditional hardcore punk elements and entwining them with melodic song structures, often with impressive technical finesse, the core of these bands has always been the release of emotional energy.

The Second Spin series aims to convince you to give music a chance. You should never listen to an album just once, and we’ve learned that the hard way. There is probably a whole host of albums that should, by rights, be my absolute favourite – I’ve just either never listened to them or not given them the time of day. Albums are for life, you dig?