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Interlude Music
Cavern of Anti-Matter

9/10 according to our Mike on

The records from Deep Distance just seem to get cheaper and cheaper, and my pick of this week’s £6.99 wonders is this LP from Cavern of Anti-Matter, a synthesizer trio featuring Stereolab maestro Tim Gane. The LP is effectively a single 45-minute improvised track edited down into two sections. …view full details.

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    12" vinyl £6.99

As Long As He Lies Perfectly Still
Schnauser

8/10 according to our Mike on

More psychedelic covers from Fruits De Mer. This one's by Schnauser, which sounds appealing to me, like a cross between a much loved synth twiddler and a friendly domestic dog. It's got a Soft Machine cover on one side and a Yes cover on the other. I'm on the …view full details.

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    7" vinyl £5.49

Suspiria
Schizo Fun Addict

8/10 according to our Mike on

The first rule of covers is to be wary when approaching an iconic piece of music - there's already a definitive version and most likely already a long list of people who've done it badly. On this 7" Schizo Fun Addict laugh in the face of such rules, going straight for one of the most iconic pieces of film music ever made - …view full details.

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    7" vinyl £5.49

Two
Owls

8/10 according to our Mike on

There’s a post-it on this one saying “‘97 math rock/twiddly post rock”, but thankfully an explanation is not needed today, for this is the long-awaited second album from post-Cap’n Jazz twinkledaddy pioneers Owls, aka Mike and Tim Kinsella with guitarist Victor Villareal and bassist Sam Zurick. I fo…view full details.

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    Vinyl LP £14.09, CD £11.69

The Ballad Of Willy Robbins
Vikesh Kapoor

8/10 according to our Mike on

Say hello to the new contender for the Great American Songwriter crown, Vikesh Kapoor. His debut LP ‘The Ballad of Willy Robbins’ follows in the traditions of songwriters like Tom Waits and Bruce Springsteen, a series of portraits of hardworking Americans and the…view full details.

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    CD £8.89, Vinyl LP £13.29

In The Hollows
Nat Baldwin

8/10 according to our Mike on

If you were to tell me that someone played low-key indie rock with falsetto vocals and understated violins it’d probably be enough to keep me from checking them out, but Dirty Projector Nat Baldwin’s latest effort is actually something a bit special. It has the clarity and purity of focus that ma…view full details.

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    Vinyl LP £14.09, CD £8.79

Blood Forest
Dead Fader

8/10 according to our Ian on

Electronic producer Dead Fader comes at us with a double release this month, here we have ‘Blood Forest’ on the excellent Robot Elephant label which throws both warped electronica and neoclassical melodies together, what you get is an interesting melting pot of sonic ambience and dancefloor rhythms much like …view full details.

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    Vinyl LP £14.09

Loom
Fear Of Men

8/10 according to our Mike on

Brighton’s Fear of Men drop their debut LP this week, an ambitious and sprawling piece which takes in elements of dreampop, coldwave and minimal indie rock for a delicately formed pop aesthetic which will appeal to fans of Broadcast and the Cocteau Twins and …view full details.

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    CD £10.39, Vinyl LP £14.79

Farewell Transmission: The Music of Jason Molina
Various

8/10 according to our Mike on

Listen. I feel very heavy-hearted on reaching this 2CD set in my review pile, which pays tribute to the late, great Jason Molina of Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. fame, who passed away last March at the age of 39 after a long …view full details.

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    CD £13.39

A Collection Of Lost Songs From 1996 - 1998
Danko Jones

8/10 according to our Mike on

Toronto's Danko Jones are probably best known for their slick and sleazy high energy hard rock antics of latter years, but this fascinating LP collects together various demos recorded in the two years between the band's formation and their first EP. Far from the radio-friendly theatrics of their latter releases, these recordings are chock full o…view full details.

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    CD £8.19, Vinyl LP £13.99

Omi Palone
Omi Palone

8/10 according to our Mike on

Here we have a short but sweet debut LP by London quartet Omi Palone, who play a kind of post-punky take on that shambly jangly NZ indiepop sound. It's pretty strong stuff, too. The songs have a surging momentum to them that's nicely offset by Philip Serfaty's deadpan, almost bored-sounding voice. It's dead casual in delivery, but you don't have…view full details.

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    Vinyl LP £14.99

Young Alaska
Christian Loffler

9/10 according to our Clinton on

New one from the German producer reviewed in war-like conditions in the middle of the office with chuntering going on round my ears. The first track that rises above the cacophony is ‘Mt Grace’, the second track on the record where Loffler marries some neat electronics to a stretched out vocal sample which reminds me of something …view full details.

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    Vinyl LP £15.29, CD £8.69

The Child
Umberto

8/10 according to our Mike on

‘80s soundtrack loving dude Umberto is back this week with the full-length 12-minute version of ‘The Child’ which appeared in an edited form on his debut. A right old doozy it is too, a labyrinthine passage of cold disco beats and John Carpenter synths which will delight any fans of …view full details.

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    12" vinyl £6.99

Mortology 1990-1996
Morthound

8/10 according to our Mike on

Morthound was the creative alter-ego of the man we now know as BJ Nilsen between the years of 1990-96, starting when he was just 15, so all this stuff must’ve been over by the time he was 22! You certainly can’t fault his creative drive, can you? Anyway, this is a beautifully presented box which contai…view full details.

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    CD box set £43.49

Ambience2
Agathe Max

8/10 according to our Mike on

Here's the latest from the reliably good short-run 7" label Box Bedroom Rebels, who've focused on indie rock thus far but this time venture off-piste into the chin-strokey world of minimal ambience. The sleeve to this 7" may look familiar, since it's a little homage to Mr Ambient himself, Brian Eno, although the m…view full details.

Dub Guns
Tinniens

8/10 according to our Mike on

Here’s a tape featuring Landing’s Aaron Snow and Daron Gardner, producing delicate songs full of drones and loops that occupy a space somewhere between dreampop and ambience. There’s a warm, almost tropical feel as they mix soft synths with loops of gentle electronic rhythms and a slowly lapping …view full details.

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    Cassette tape £5.99

You Can't Hide Your Love Forever Volume 10
Clipd Beaks

8/10 according to our Mike on

Couple of tracks of woozy experimental rock from Minneapolis veterans Clipd Beaks on this new 7". On side A there's a number called 'North Hard Daze', a blurred, dreamlike bit of psychedelia with all the sounds strangely muddied. There's a simple drum groove and the bass guitar gets quite lively in places, but everything else is fucked with unti…view full details.

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    7" vinyl £6.99

Finite World EP
Maia

8/10 according to our Clinton on

Huddersfield’s Maia seem to do tremendously well amongst folk-loving sorts yet as yet remain relatively unheard of above sea level. Their previous album was a technicolour smorgasboard of sounds veering a little too closely towards disco-folk at times yet a number of extremely strong psychedelic folk pop songs saw it through. Onto …view full details.

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    10" vinyl £9.99, CD £4.99, 10" vinyl £11.99

Rosy
The FLK / Marry Waterson

8/10 according to our Mike on

Mysterious post-folk experimentalists The FLK (definitely nothing to do with the KLF since you were wondering) have a new 7”! Fans of their last CD, and I know there are a lot of you, get the chequebooks out now. As previously, this is folk music repurposed in weird and modern ways. This time round they ta…view full details.

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    7" vinyl £9.99

Hercules Initiative EP
Diesel Dudes

9/10 according to our Mike on

Ace 7” here of goofy digital punk from the amusingly named Diesel Dudes, whose homoerotic opening paean to weed and working out is a hilarious mixture of dirty Atari-Teenage-Riot-doing-Iggy Pop’s-‘Real-Wild-Child’ distorto-beats and a kind of …view full details.

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    7" vinyl £6.59

Weekly roundup

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Ok people. You see the date? You see it? Yup, we are 2 days off Record Store Day. Hope to see many of you on Saturday when we open the doors at 9am sharp. If you come earlier remember to check the weather forecast as you’ll be waiting outside. And bring something warm, like a flask of pure fire. Take a look at the titles we've got (look under the RSD2014 tab), and if possible print out the order sheet if you want to save time and hassle on the day. Oh, and it's worth reading our Visitor Information so you are not completely horrified by the bleakness of our locale.

And yet...and yet...there are still new releases out this week and we’ve been desperately trying to get them in stock and assessed for your listening pleasure.

First up, we enjoyed the album by Omi Palone, a group of Londoners who  successfully take on that shambling, jangly NZ indiepop sound. We have bright, modern, electro-soul from the much hyped Jungle. Head across the Pennines and Brown Brogues have a 10” AND 7” of well grafted grungy pop. Down in Brighton, Mike (U-Ziq) Paradinas and his wife construct some sweet chillwave-style electronic soulful pop under their Heterotic banner, whilst not far away near London the man bit of Everything But The Girl, Ben Watt, returns for his first solo effort in over 30 years.

Huddersfield’s Maia give us a lovely little taste of their winsome folk compositions housed in a lovely wooden box whilst from nowheresville those mysterious people The FLK have a one-sided 7” on the racks.  Owls return with an album of great post/math rock just like we swayed to back in ‘97 and there’s a beautiful tribute to the late, lamented Jason Molina on the ‘Farewell Transmission’ double disc featuring My Morning Jacket, Wooden Wand, and loads of others.

Everyone here enjoyed the Christian Loffler which is bursting with the sort of lovely electronic sounds Phil likes to drive his car to. Back to Brighton and Fear of Men produce a lush album of dream pop for fans of Broadcast, Cocteaus and Smiths. Sounds yummy, and from beeps land comes Dead Fader with a woozy eerie album of Boards of Canada  playful electronica.

Two big 12”s on Deep Distance. First up is Cavern of Anti-Matter who feature Stereolab’s Tim Gane amongst others doing a 45 minute track of Modular synth wibbles. Next is Umberto doing that whole John Carpenter/Zombi thing with remixes by his cuz Silvio. Both are dead cheap at just £5.99.  

Three 7”s on Fruits de Mer: Schizo Fun Addict cover Goblin and Russ Meyer, Schnauser cover Soft Machine and Yes, whilst '60s-style posters Bronco Bullfrog sound as if the last 50 years haven’t happened but reference us in the 7” title. In other news Dracula Legs play a nasty swaggering hard country-blues type thing and unleash it on 7”.

Kim Deal has a new 7” out. It's available tomorrow which is a Bank Holiday here in the UK (the silly sausages) but you can pre-order it now.  Diesel Dudes' goofy digital punk comes off sounding like  steroid-chugging transatlantic cousins to Sleaford Mods, whilst on the same label Multiple Man’s Aussie Synthpunk may appeal to those who liked the recent Golden Teacher offering.

Now for a few things we haven’t had time to review. Lydia Lunch returns with a live show pressed onto wax; Johnny Osbourne and The Sensations classic 1970 LP ‘Come Back Darling’ gets re-issued; whilst Odd Future lad Tyler the Creator’s ‘Wolf’ album gets a special re-issue on girly pink vinyl.  There’s a new Kelis album produced by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, a new album from Nine Black Alps and an intriguing album from Sam Shalabi (featuring a Sun City Girl). And big apologies to Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides whose nice screenprinted record we didn’t have time to write about. Next time, next time…. as always there’s loads more so check yo site for the rest.

That’s it for now. We’re off to spend Good Friday lying in a prostrate position, awaiting the onslaught.

Clint and Team Norman
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