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Added to site: Thursday 17th April 2014

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Mac DeMarco

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.

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    LP £14.19, CD £9.79
Added to site: Wednesday 9th April 2014

The Velvet Underground & Nico
Various

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.

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    LP £14.09

Floating Coffin
Thee 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.

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Added to site: Tuesday 8th April 2014

Corruptible Faces
Lorelle 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.

Added to site: Tuesday 1st April 2014

Sleep Games
Pye 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.

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    CD £9.99

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.

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    Double LP £18.79, CD £11.19
Added to site: Tuesday 25th March 2014

Pearl Mystic
Hookworms

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.

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    LP £12.49, CD £8.79

The Narcissist II
Dean 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.

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    LP £12.59

The Inheritors
Holden

9/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on 19th June 2013

Ever since our office promo of the new Holden album turned up it’s never been too far from the office stereo, since it’s one of the rare records that everyone here can agree on - a lengthy voyage of finely detailed analogue synths, stumbling beats and occasionally surprising instrumentation (check…view full details.

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    Triple LP £17.99, CD £9.59
Added to site: Thursday 20th March 2014

Apocalypse
Bill Callahan

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.

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    LP £12.39, CD £12.69

Cold Spring Fault Less Youth
Mount 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.

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    Double LP £16.49, CD £9.69
Added to site: Tuesday 18th March 2014

Sketches From New Brighton
Loscil

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.

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    Double LP £18.29, CD £11.99

Tomorrow's Harvest
Boards 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.

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    Double LP £18.49, CD £9.69

R Plus Seven
Oneohtrix 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.

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    Double LP £16.19, CD £9.69
Added to site: Friday 14th March 2014

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Unknown 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.

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Added to site: Thursday 13th March 2014

Dudes Vs Bad Dudes
Cowtown

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.

Added to site: Tuesday 11th March 2014

Endless Falls
Loscil

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.

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    Double LP £16.49, CD £12.69
Added to site: Thursday 6th March 2014

Filer a l’Anglaise
Expo '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.

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    CD £9.39, Cassette tape £6.39
Added to site: Thursday 27th February 2014

Chaudelande Volume 2
Gnod

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.

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Chaudelande Volume 1
Gnod

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.

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    LP £12.39

Halcyon Digest
Deerhunter

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.

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Added to site: Monday 17th February 2014

My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky
Swans

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.

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    CD £9.69, LP £16.59
Added to site: Wednesday 12th February 2014

Chance Of Rain
Laurel 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.

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Added to site: Wednesday 5th February 2014

Tumult in Clouds
Ela 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.

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    CD £8.49, Double LP £13.69
Added to site: Tuesday 28th January 2014

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Beak>

10/10 according to our Mike on 28th June 2012

Geoff “Portishead” Barrow of Portishead fame has been a busy lad lately, what with his massive hip-hop Quakers thing and his synthy Dredd-fest…view full details.

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    Double LP £20.49, CD £12.69

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