All our recommendations from the past two weeks are below. Get stuck in, these are some classy tunes.
8/10 according to our Mike on 7th March 2014From one nightmarish-sounding record to another, I've just tackled the dark recesses of Jakob Riis & Bill Horist's psyches and now I have to dive headlong into the paranoid crevasses of a certain Michael D Donnelly's…view full details.
8/10 according to our Ant on 7th March 2014Belgian born Joel Vandroogenbroeck was founder of early 70’s Swiss acid-psych explorers Brainticket. A group whose mind altering emissions were given the…view full details.
8/10 according to our Mike on 7th March 2014I haven't encountered these Scraps before but this album they've done for Fire Records is pretty nice. For some reason I looked at the cover and thought it was going to be some kind of cheeky indie rock business but actually it's quite a…view full details.
9/10 according to our Mike on 7th March 2014Ah, Motorpsycho. We meet again I see. Here the Norwegian psych rock chameleons are again with album number, what, 20? 25? It is of course a double LP, and a second record with Reine Fiske of Dungen fame in to…view full details.
9/10 according to our Ant on 7th March 2014The only box I want to put music in is my record box and yet my role as a writer here at Norman Towers in a sense dictates that I kinda have to, to some extent in order to attempt to articulate what a record sounds like to our readers. G…view full details.
8/10 according to our Brian on 7th March 2014Proper wild bit of 60's psych weirdness here. I think I’m not actually playing the correct side. A mid-tempo lollop recorded in an echo-laden cupboard seemingly including murky spider-like vocals verging on the indecipherable and a…view full details.
9/10 according to our Brian on 7th March 2014Guys. This should so be in Mike’s pile. Who the hell are Ausmuteants? Seemingly a lo-fi synth punk garage act from the Southern Hemisphere incorporating elements of Geelong’s wonderful Living Eye…view full details.
8/10 according to our ReviewBot3000 on 7th March 2014Here's a compilation called 'Something Cold' on a label called 'Something Cold'. It's becoming apparent on listening to the chilly platter in question that that something is a wave. A cold wave. I'm learning from the pr…view full details.
8/10 according to our Mike on 7th March 2014Tom Hickox is here on Fierce Panda with an album. It's called 'War Peace and Diplomacy' and he's wearing a suit and he's not smiling and even before I put it in the CD player I can tell that he wants you to take him Very Seriously Please…view full details.
8/10 according to our Clinton on 7th March 2014This is more like it. In a world where we are supposed to be grateful that fucking Elbow have put a new record out, its increasingly obvious that we are drowning in a pile of big label sponsored sludge, heaping shite on us from above. We…view full details.
8/10 according to our Brian on 7th March 2014Now I may have mentioned this in a previous review of these beloved sleazy Londoners since their re-awakening years ago, but my favourite t-shirt - one which if I still possessed - would be emblazoned proudly in a frame above my fireplac…view full details.
8/10 according to our Clinton on 7th March 2014Oh lordy this is better. Due to staff staying in bed issues, I’ve been left with a lot of the stuff that I would usually be kept away from but its nice to hear something amongst it all that I really like. So this …view full details.
8/10 according to our Ant on 7th March 2014This Swedish duo make a most welcome return to Avian with their fourth release for the label. I’m not so sure about the eerie melody on opener &…view full details.
9/10 according to our Mike on 7th March 2014Faures appear to be the trio of Rene Margraff, Samuel Landry and Fuzz Lee. Isn't Fuzz Lee a brilliant name. There's a quote on the inside cover. "It let them float and drift, break apart and converge. Where they broke away, cracks, rifts…view full details.
8/10 according to our Mike on 7th March 2014This CD from the ISAN man is gorgeously packaged in an oversize book-like sleeve that won't fit in your CD rack. It really does look lovely, and having put the disc in my player I can confirm that it also sound…view full details.
8/10 according to our Mike on 7th March 2014Here's a peculiar CD on which guitarist Bill Horist of America teams up with sound artist Jakob Riis of Denmark on laptop and real time processing on a two-act suite of instrumentals which they confidently declare "a new wordless opera".…view full details.
8/10 according to our Ant on 7th March 2014It’s time to forget what you know about Peder Mannerfelt’s work as The Subliminal Kid or his Roll The Dice…view full details.
9/10 according to our Ant on 7th March 2014Detroit’s Manuel Gonzales aka MGUN scores a hat trick with his third 12” release for …view full details.
8/10 according to our Mike on 7th March 2014Got a split 7" of Dutch weirdness here. Confusingly the two sides play at different speeds. I've never understood why people do that. I mean, presumably the 45rpm side will sound marginally better, but they really don't think about peopl…view full details.
9/10 according to our Mike on 7th March 2014This mysterious 7" from 36 houses three songs and very little information. The music itself is way lovely though so I'm just going to chat about that. The order of the day here is clouds of blissed out synth drone wrapped in cotton wool, o…view full details.
8/10 according to our Ant on 7th March 2014JBLA is the result of a jam session between Julian Jöckel (midnightopera), Stuart Argabright (Ike Yard, Black Rain, o13), Michael Kreitz from…view full details.
8/10 according to our Brian on 7th March 2014The inner sleeve of this 7” carries a small sticker bearing the legend ‘Music by Bastards’ - Julian Cope’. Now as a lifelong Cope fan I cannot confirm their parental/marital herit…view full details.
9/10 according to our Mike on 6th March 2014I've just accidentally written a mammoth essay on Johnny Foreigner and the death of childhood and how it relates to their spiky bubblegum post-punk and now I'm taking a total u-turn in my strangely meandering review voyage - this CD has …view full details.
8/10 according to our Clinton on 6th March 2014Weekend emerged from the ashes of the much-loved Young Marble Giants. Singer Alison Statton was here joined by Simon Booth and Spike who took up the baton from the Moxham brothers in providing …view full details.
10/10 according to our Mike on 6th March 2014A Jesus Lizard and an Einsturzende Neubauten and another guy? Playing instrumental rock? This is relevant to my interests. The album itself is somewhat diffe…view full details.