All our Albums Of The Week, past and present!
10/10 according to our Phil on 15th June 2012
Here's Phil's review for the original 3CD version in the box which is now gone. It’s a well known fact that Can are the best band that have ever existed. They’re a band that I’ve spent more time with than pretty much any other and over the last 20 or …view full details.
9/10 according to our Clinton on 19th October 2012
Despite the sleeve depicting him as some kind of buffoonishly made up grandson of one of the New York Dolls, I fell very quickly in love with Mac DeMarco’s debut 12” (though long enough to be an album) ‘Rock and Roll …view full details.
9/10 according to our Mike on 6th March 2013
Wow! It briefly looked like we weren’t going to be able to get any of these so I’m delighted that this compilation has actually turned up at the office at all. Those of you in the know will already be aware that this is an LP where all your favourite Castleface artists cover ‘…view full details.
Floating CoffinThee Oh Sees
10/10 according to our Mike on 5th April 2013
We have a dilemma here at Norman Towers this week - do we award our coveted Album of the Week trophy to The Knife’s ambitious and sprawling new 3LP masterpiece or this latest offering from Californian garage rock overlords Thee Oh Sees? The notoriously prolific …view full details.
Corruptible FacesLorelle Meets The Obsolete
9/10 according to our Mike on 21st March 2013
The 2011 debut LP of Guadalajara’s Lorelle Meets The Obsolete passed right under our radars here at Norman until their stellar contribution to the impossibly in-demand ‘Psych For Sore Eyes’ 2x7” gave them a little bit of extra exposure. Now we not only have copies of th…view full details.
Sleep GamesPye Corner Audio
9/10 according to our Brian on 26th October 2012
A fresh selection of dilapidated sloth-techno and decaying witching-hour electronica from this new master of home-brewed analogue doom. His wonderful eerie sounds come replete with an austere yet comfortingly nostalgic outlook that no-one until now has quite done this way. The first track makes me think of the Dutch techno underground - it…view full details.
ALLELUJAH! DON'T BEND! ASCEND!Godspeed You Black Emperor
9/10 according to our Mike on 5th October 2012
It was a genuine surprise to all of us earlier this week when the mighty Godspeed You! Black Emperor announced the near-instantaneous release of this new album after a full decade’s studio silence, and I’ve emotionally blackmai…view full details.
10/10 according to our Mike on 27th February 2013
Finally, it’s here! The record you’ve all been waiting for ever since that first EP/mini-album dropped on Sun Ark, Leeds’s very own Hookworms have their debut full-length LP ‘Pearl Mystic’ out on the ever-reliable Gr…view full details.
The Narcissist IIDean Blunt
9/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on 13th December 2012
Well, as far as I gather this is a mixtape re-issue and Dean Blunt aka one half of post-dub weirdos Hype Williams’s solo debut. It opens with a lengthy, blurry, crackly analogue drone of sw…view full details.
9/10 according to our Li'l Biz on 31st March 2011
Bill Callahan very rarely disappoints and 'Apocalypse' is not likely to dissuade me from the belief that he's one of America's finest singer/songwriters. You'll be pleased and not particularly surprised to hear that this is another solid collection of songs from Mr. Smogman. It's a livelier collection than last years rather somber yet completely…view full details.
Cold Spring Fault Less YouthMount Kimbie
9/10 according to our Clinton on 24th May 2013
Despite its red herring sleeve featuring a big fat arse, Mount Kimbie’s ‘Crooks and Lovers’ was one of those slow burning classics, an unclassifiable post dubstep record which included elements of soulful hip hop and post-rock, whose deep late night atmospheres ingrained deeper into yo…view full details.
9/10 according to our Brian on 7th September 2012
Right-o, over the past two or three years this man here has become a bit obsessed with Vancouver's Loscil. I really liked his last Kranky opus 'Endless Falls' but there's something s…view full details.
Tomorrow's HarvestBoards Of Canada
9/10 according to our Phil on 7th June 2013
I’ve been waiting far too long for this moment being a massive fanboy but finally I get to hear the long awaited Boards of Canada album! I found ‘Campfire Headphase’ a bit of a letdown (after liking pretty much every single track they did beforehand) so I’m hoping ‘Tomor…view full details.
R Plus SevenOneohtrix Point Never
10/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on 25th September 2013
The prolific Daniel Lopatin is back this week with another Oneohtrix album, and this time he’s on Warp and I find myself in the difficult position of trying to describe this record in mere minutes. The friendly TNT delivery guy just helped me ou…view full details.
Unknown Mortal OrchestraUnknown Mortal Orchestra
9/10 according to our Mike on 22nd July 2011
This is a really good week for new records. The one I have here is by the forgettably-named Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Thankfully the music isn't nearly as forgettable. I was hoping I'd like it as soon as I set eyes on the sleeve - a photo of what looks like some old tumbledown ultra-modern Cold War architecture …view full details.
Dudes Vs Bad DudesCowtown
9/10 according to our Mike on 23rd April 2013
Now on their third long-player, Cowtown are increasingly becoming Leeds’s worst-kept secret, earning plaudits from an endless stream of touring visitors but rarely making it out of our “fair” city. Hopefully that’s set to change with the release of ‘Dudes vs Bad Dudes’, whe…view full details.
9/10 according to our Ant on 19th February 2010
I wandered into the office yesterday, late and a little hungover and was greeted by some arresting and deeply comforting audio. Scott Morgan's Loscil project was responsible for gently easing my brain back into reality. 'Endless Falls' begins with the sound of rainfall, I just love the chaotic nature of the rhythms of raindrops so it's a winning op…view full details.
Persistent MalaiseCold Pumas
9/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on 1st November 2012
Cold Pumas are one of a huge great crop of exceptional youthful DIY bands appearing in the UK lately with variously weighted mixes of ‘90s lo-fi indie, kraut-psych and noise-pop for what’s turning into quite a defined hypnofuzz aesthetic...Saun…view full details.
Filer a l’AnglaiseExpo '70
8/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on 30th August 2013
Sadly it’s one of those weeks where we only have four days to do five days’ work, and everything is turning up towards the end just to make things even more inconvenient for us. Good records, too, and it’s so hard to do them justice when you’ve only got half an hour to jot down some thoughts while you’re tweeting ot…view full details.
9/10 according to our Mike on 29th February 2012
Woop woop! The last volume of these whacked out Gnod jams was so fuckin' good we made it album of the week a month or so back, so we're understandably all pretty stoked to get our mitts on this second bong-fueled instalment to complete the ride. Upon dropping the needle there's drifting ritua…view full details.
9/10 according to our Li'l Biz on 17th January 2012
Everyone loves Gnod right? These Manchester lads have got the balance between freeform improvised, Krautrock groove and cosmic Space Rock down to a fine art with tons of sweet self-released Tapes/CD'S and a couple of LP's (including a split with White Hills) to prove it. Prior to their …view full details.
9/10 according to our Clinton on 24th September 2010
Deerhunter can't do too much wrong can they? Well 'Microcastle' was a bit of a disappointment after the majesty of their breakthrough monster 'Cryptograms' and its equally stunning follow up 'Fluorecent Grey' but they were back on track with the more recent releases leading up to this, probably their most anticipated album. Its starts slowly wit…view full details.
10/10 according to our Phil on 16th September 2010
The almighty Swans are back with a new album! Their last studio album was in 1996 and in 1997 they quietly disbanded. Since then it'd all been quiet on the old Swans front. Mr. Gira has been busy with a bunch of solo releases, 5 Angels Of Light albums (which are all astoundingly good) and of course he's been running Young God Records with a…view full details.
Chance Of RainLaurel Halo
10/10 according to our Brian on 25th October 2013
Quite a stylistic departure from her last celebrated long player is 'Chance of Rain', the new freaky stylus-eater to burst forth from the excitable neurons of Ms. Halo, NY’s gorgeous queen of warped techno. There's not any vocals for a start and the whole shebang initially stumbles into the arena of our minds with a woo…view full details.
Tumult in CloudsEla Orleans
10/10 according to our Mike on 19th December 2012
Here at Norman Towers we’re tireless exponents of Ela Orleans’s dreamy haunty weirdpop so I think it’s fair to say I’m pretty excited about this album turning up, with 19 new songs (well, there’s two sub-30-second interludes …view full details.