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Back in: Monday 24th September 2018

The Durutti Column
Without Mercy

Mancunian post-punks The Durutti Column already had three LPs under their belt by the time they got round to 1984’s Without Mercy, but the previous trio of records wo...view item »

Keiji Haino
Watashi Dake?

Approximately a thousand albums (and thirty-seven years) ago, Keiji Haino released his debut album, Watashi Dake?. Turns out Haino started as he meant to go on: the album is full of his ferocious vocals and guitar, and makes for a very intense listen. It has become extremely hard to find, especially out...view item »

Answer Code Request
Gens

Four years on from the debut Answer Code Request LP Code and the Berghain resident issues this murky, tense follow-up. Gens is a pretty unremitting listen. Most of the tracks here see monolithic four-on-the-floors shrouded in great billows of hissing reverb. Unearthly synths and clanking percussion skulk in the...view item »

Daniel Bachman
The Morning Star

Three Lobed Recordings (Hiss Golden Messenger, Six Organs Of Admittance) release a new LP from the highly impressive Daniel Bachman. The Morning Star is an evocative mix of psychedelic organ drones, American folk/blues guitar and found sounds. As the low rumbles slowly ...view item »

Felt
Forever Breathes The Lonely Word

The first Felt album for Creation and the first not to feature guitar wizard Maurice Deebank. Forever Breathes the Lonely Word is kind of a bridge album between their old sound and the lighter more varied work in the second half of the eighties. As a result of Deebank's departure Martin Duffy's organ takes centre stage, wanderin...view item »

Felt
Poem Of The River

For anyone that thinks all the best Felt stuff came in the first part of their career you need to hear Poem of the River. This is a glorious low key album full of glistening guitars and Lawrence's whispered vocals. Six lovely songs including career highlights Stained Glass Windows in the Sky and Dark Red Birds. Utterly essential...view item »

Sleaford Mods
S.P.E.C.T.R.E.

An unofficial re-issue of the early work of this at the time yet to be heralded group from the flatlands of Eastern England. You'll be paying upward of £75 for a copy of this on Discogs which is somewhat remarkable seeing as though we haven't heard of them. Lots of inventive ranting though, as you'd expect from the wilds of Lincolnshire.&n...view item »

Sleaford Mods
The Mekon

Got them off the back of a lorry mate. Unofficial re-press of this early classic which features lots of inventive sampling and a wordy, sweary delivery. Sound familiar? It should be as some of these songs are a bit good you know. Word is you'll be paying top notch if you try to get one on Discogs......view item »

Beautify Junkyards
The Invisible World of Beautify Junkyards

The third LP for Lisbon hypnagogicists Beautify Junkyards sees the group sticking to the rose-tinted music that landed them on Ghost Box in the first place. The Invisible World of Beautify Junkyards brings together English acid folk stylings, Brazilian tropicalia, Iberian psych and the German Kosmische ...view item »

Shellac
Excellent Italian Greyhound

The year of our lord Thursday May 31st 2007 AD. A box arrives at Norman HQ from one of our distros. We are fully aware of its contents. We can barely contain the excitement. I start fumbling as I attempt to open the box... I'm in.... Behold in all its glory 'Excellent Italian Greyhound' the new LP from Shellac !!!!In my teens I was somewhat of...view item »

Shellac
Dude Incredible

FACTS!This is Shellac’s fifth LP following Axtion Park, Terraform, 1000 Hurts and Excellent Italian Greyhound.  The recording took place sporadically over the past few years at Steve's ELECTRICAL AUDIO studios in Chicago. The record was mastered by Steve Rooke at ABBEY ROAD. There is no...view item »

Jamie xx
In Colour

In Colour is the debut album by Jamie xx, from the Mercury Music Prize winning band, The xx. Over the past six years Jamie xx has worked with and re-worked the likes of Radiohead, Alicia Keys and Florence & The Machine but his crown...view item »

Kurt Vile
b’lieve i'm goin down…

b’lieve i’m goin down… is album number six from troubadour Kurt Vile. What he has for us is a rich new collection of twelve songs, a kind of country-indie-rock that Vile is obviously extremely comfortable making. CD and 2LP editions, and also available as a triple-LP with six extra tr...view item »

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Hope Downs

Summer’s coming, which means that we must brace ourselves once more for a deluge of new records featuring pretty guitar riffs and nice singing. Getting in there early are Melbourne group Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. Their debut LP ...view item »

The Shins
Oh, Inverted World

Exactly what you never knew you always needed: a fifteen-year-old album reissued on cassette. Maybe you need an extra copy for your car. Maybe you want to give it to somebody who can’t afford a record player. What do we know? Either way, The Shins’ 2001 classic Oh, Inverted World is finally stepping into the...view item »

The Shins
Chutes Too Narrow

The Shins..... Aside from being a handy part of yr body near your foot they're also a neato American pop band from America. USA wonderkids The Shins have a new album out probably reco...view item »

Mutual Benefit
Thunder Follows The Light

In his Mutual Benefit guise, NYC singer-songwriter Jordan Lee has recorded with artists like Julie Byrne and covered Vashti Bunyan’s Just Another Diamond Day in full. Safe to say that you can go into his latest full-length Thunder Follows The Light expecting a light touch...view item »

Silver Apples
Silver Apples

Pretty much the album which started the sound that is still influencing 77% of the music that comes through our doors. Oscillating synths, proto-kraut rhythms and repetitive grooves that were about a million years ahead of their time and surely influenced everyone from Can to Stereolab to pretty much everyone wh...view item »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Who Killed Sgt Pepper

After years of hating the BJM, thinking they were total tosh, I finally gave in with 'My Bloody Underground' and thought they were pretty good. I started to see the fuss. Subsequent releases have been so so with the odd decent track here and there but let's say it's all been reasonably patchy. The opener to 'Who Killed Sgt Pepper' s...view item »

A Certain Ratio
Mind Made Up

The final (at the time of writing) LP from A Certain Ratio is set to wax once more as part of Mute’s ongoing ACR reissues series. Though 2008’s Mind Made Up may not carry the same clout as seminal records like The Graveyard And The Ballroom, it still finds the band in rude health de...view item »

Low
C'mon

Low are one of those bands that very often seem to do no wrong and even when they do misfire everyone seems to be so happy to have them around that they get away with it. Following on from Robert Plant covering a couple of their tunes on his last album, there certainly seems to be a bigger push around Low this time. Whereas their previous long p...view item »

Roly Porter
Third Law

On Third Law, Roly Porter untethers from the experimental dance music he made with Kuedo as half of Vex’d. As he floats further into uncharted territory, what remains is vast immaculate drones, ominous organs and sub-bass pressure. This is extremely heavy music for those who like their sound design mixed with noise; think ...view item »

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation
Mirage

Mirage, the second full-length from Josefin Öhrn and her group The Liberation, is a psychedelic record that is more interesting and unusual than a whole lot of psychedelic records. Öhrn’s cool vocals and melodic craft bring a Broadcasty touch that is ver...view item »

Serge Gainsbourg & Jean-Claude Vannier
Les Chemins De Katmandou

Here is some very rare Serge Gainsbourg material, previously thought lost in a fire. Les Chemins De Katmandou, put together with key collaborator Jean-Claude...view item »

A Certain Ratio
Up In Downsville

A Certain Ratio AKA ACR AKA "Joy Division with better clothes" were a Manchester post-punk band who mixed elements of funk, disco and dub into their sound. Up In Downsville was their seventh album and was originally released on Rob’s Records (a label owned by Joy Division ...view item »

Lonnie Holley
MITH

The legendary Lonnie Holley returns with Mith. It's an album filled with righteous fire aimed at the chaos and injustice of American life. His impassioned spoken word delivery gives topics like Standing Rock and Black Lives Matter the weight they deserve. As does the beefy instrumentation: wild dr...view item »

James Holden + Maalem Houssam Guinia
Three Live Takes

What a combo: Maalem Houssam Guinia and James Holden; Moroccan Gnawa and modular synth. Three Live Takes presents us with three live cuts from a 2016 London performance, with these two very different sound palettes somehow combining into a coherent new sound-world. 12” out on Border Community....view item »

SUMAC
Love In Shadow

Fresh from their collaboration with Keiji Haino, the ex-Isis / Russian Circles / Baptists supergroup that is SUMAC hand us their third full-length album. Love In Shadow blasts forth with four lengthy and hefty pieces, which pilot an exhilarating course ...view item »

Christine and The Queens
Chris

Héloïse Letissier is back with a new album as Christine and The Queens! The French singer-songwriter now gives us 'Chris' as the follow-up album to 2014's 'Chaleur Humaine' which took France by storm and sold shedloads (millions, actually) just about everywhere else; including here at your humble Norman, in an expand...view item »

R.E.M.
Murmur

Murmur is the classic debut album. Sounding somewhat like the Byrds playing underwater with a singer who couldn't be bothered opening his mouth, the young Athens four piece proved that guitar music in the early '80s hadn't completely died a death. It's mysterious, catchy and completely unique. No record collection shoul...view item »

Eels
Beautiful Freak

Very prolific and very sad, Mark "E" Everett has released literally tonnes of records at this point, but it all began with 'Beautiful Freak', a record that predated his infatuation with indie pop, twee theatrics and maudlin slowcore; this record has shades of grunge, trip-hop and alt rock, featuring the classic single "Novocaine For the Soul", a...view item »

Wolf Alice
My Love Is Cool

The debut album from London’s Wolf Alice, My Love Is Cool take further leaps into rock territory following their folksy beginnings. Very in tune with the modern strain of motorik krautrock whilst retaining an ear for melody, it’s like a diluted Sonic Youth for the kids. Out on CD and vinyl double LP from Dir...view item »

Anna von Hausswolff
Dead Magic

Anna Von Hausswolff’s discography is an intense collection by anyone’s standards, but on her fourth album, Dead Magic, she ramps up the intensity even more. 5 tracks over 47 minutes gives her time to suck you into her world and feel every second, every note and every word. Hausswolf uses the organ from...view item »

Miles Davis
Bitches Brew

'Bitches Brew' is a jazz standard living outside of jazz standards, believed to be one of the best ever made. Miles Davis originally recorded the record of long jazz fusion tracks in 1970; here, the original master tapes have been used to reissue the music as a double LP via Mobile Fidelity. 'Bitches Brew' is recommended for fans of im...view item »

Sugai Ken
UkabazUmorezU

With needlepoint precision and a crystal clear veneer, Sugai Ken brings his dynamic yet delicate tapestries of artificial and organic sound to Rvng Intl. His previous outings on EM Records and Lullabies For Insomniacs have helped shine a light on the illustrious sound design feats the Kanagawa, Japan-based artist is capable of. ...view item »
Back in: Friday 21st September 2018

Nurse With Wound
Homotopy To Marie

Nurse With Wound main man Steven Stapleton regards Homotopy To Marie as the first real Nurse With Wound album, although it’s actually their 5th. This is because he made it how he wanted to without anyone else chipping in with ideas. He locked himself away and perfected his tape editing and track constructi...view item »

Soap and Skin
Narrow

Anja Plaschg, a.k.a Soap & Skin makes very serious music. Often diagnosed as 'an old soul in a young body', Plaschg work so far can only be categorised as music made by a lady wise beyond her years. On new mini-album 'Narrow' Plaschg is strips back to the bare essentials, in this case...view item »

Soap and Skin
Lovetune For Vacuum

At times this record is truly beautiful. I had the pleasure of seeing her live knowing nothing of her music. The set she played blew me away.If you are a fan of hauntingly beautiful voices, pianos and 'other bits' I would encourage you to give this a listen. ...view item »

Antony & The Johnsons
I Am A Bird Now

I Am A Bird Now is one of those albums you will be delighted to have found. It is moving, eloquent, beautiful, soulful and most important of all, unique. The lead singer has a wonderful voice that was immediately reminiscent of Nina Simone and from the album opener "Hope There's Someone" you know you are in for a very special album. While only j...view item »

goat
New Games / Rhythm & Sound

Buyer beware: This is not the Goat of 'World Music' etc. Instead this one is a Japanese quartet (drums, bass, guitar, sax) who specialise in terrific and harmonically unusual rhythmic pieces that somehow manage to clatter away at once gently and intensely. Deeply focused and absorbing stuff, this LP from EM is a selection from t...view item »

Suede
The Blue Hour

Well. They are back. David Bowie might be dead but Suede are still alive right? So everything is ok. This one follows on fairly swiftly from their successful 'comeback' LP 'Night Thoughts' and shares the line up with their classic 'Coming Up' record. Expect a lot of wrought songs about being outsiders in suburbi...view item »

Richard Reed Parry
Quiet River of Dust Vol 1

While Richard Reed Parry has previously explored neoclassical textures, Quiet River of Dust Vol 1 sees him move into exquisite songcraft matching Beach Boys harmonies with electronic pulses and songs culled from both the British and Japanese folk tradition. He's also a member of twenty plus-headed stadium rock beast ...view item »

Our Girl
Stranger Today

Our Girl are a Brighton / London three-piece indie-fuzz proposition, and Stranger Today is their debut album, drawing together everything they’ve worked on up to this point with the help of Bill Ryder-Jones, who transcended the role of mere producer on this one. We’ve got Stranger Today ...view item »

Joe LoDuca
Evil Dead: A Nightmare Reimagined

Partly in answer to persistent fan interest, Joe LoDuca revisits his most famous film score for a contemporary reimagining. He’s given it quite a go as well: this new version is substantially expanded, bumping up the intense original experience to a ful...view item »

Amen Dunes
Freedom

In making ‘Freedom’, Amen Dunes shifts from whimsical guitars and warbly melancholic vocals to a darker electronic sound. Frontman Damen McMahon calls upon his usual star-studded collaborators; drummer Parker Kindred (Antony & The Johnsons, Jeff Buckley), Chris Coady (Beach House) and let them work...view item »

Colin Stetson
New History Warfare Vol. 1

Increasingly influential sax honker Colin Stetson does everything with a saxophone except make it sound like an actual saxophone. As anyone who has ears knows this is a good thing and here comes a re-issue of his very first solo album originally released in 2007 and showcases the amazing pips, squeaks and squarks he gets out of ...view item »

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats
Blood Lust

Weirdly enough when I was growing up as a oversized-tee-wearing, long-haired grungey good boy, I always dreamed of being in a band called the Deadbeats. I bet there’s been like 20 or 30 bands with that name already though. This particular one have Uncle Acid at the helm and this LP i...view item »

Saturn
Beyond Spectra

Mixing Judas Priest riffery with a psychedelic groove, there is certainly a nod to their 70s heroes here, but Saturn’s sophomore full length hold their cannons facing firmly towards the future. Good old leather jacket and denim pants heavy metal come rock and roll here, hell… leather pants, V-shaped...view item »

Bong
Thought and Existence

Bong are back baby, presenting two side-long slabs of deep space power. In the three years since they last graced our stereos, Bong have augmented their strategy of crushing riffs and momentous drum rhythms with extra lashings vibes cosmic energy. The second track, for instance, with its superbly portentous ...view item »

Gruff Rhys
Candylion

Super Furries front man GRUFF RHYS has his second solo album out this week following the 7" release of title track 'Candylion'. I'm buzzing about the fact that the sleeve notes are also written in my native welsh tongue and that my old Science teacher Gorwel Owen plays Tamboura and Stylophone on a couple of the tra...view item »

Sleaford Mods
Divide And Exit

Regular customers of Norman Records will know all about Sleaford Mods already. Due in no small part to a tireless work ethic (kudos to band and label!) large swathes of the UK and beyond now seem to be catching on, to the point where 'Divide And Exit' feels really quite zeitgeist-y. ...view item »

Boards of Canada
Music Has The Right To Children

Boards of Canada’s legendary debut LP tapped charmingly into its generation’s nostalgia for dodgy TV reception, public service announcements and unforgettable classroom mnemonics. It did so within a contemporary framework of analogue synthesisers and hip-hop rhythms, with a great ear for groove and melody. Today, the...view item »

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
Thuggin' EP

Re-issue of marvellous 12" initially released ahead of the duo's debut album released back in those hazy days of 2012. Is this good? Of course it its. Its motherfeckin' unbelievable. Madlib's skills are almost unsurpassed in his field, it's as smooth as silk and Gibbs vocals cut in just the right way. This ain't no Snoop snoozeathon. He rea...view item »

Papa M
A Broke Moon Rises

The main morsel of information to glean from the press release is that David Pajo's son is at least 29 years old.  Dad meanwhile after having thrown it all out there with the cathartic 'Highway Songs' returns to a more acoustic based sound using layers of guitars to build up his affecting compositions. This could be very lovely indeed. ...view item »

Broadcast
Tender Buttons

Broadcast released their third album to critical acclaim, presenting a refined sound that pushed the psychedelic elements out of the Pram-esque noir of previous outings. The core of stripped back rhythms, synths and robotic vocals remained, brought into fuller colour with a new approach to songwriting and produc...view item »

Radiohead
In Rainbows

OK it's a reasonably well known fact that I'm a bit of a Radiohead fanboy. I think pretty much all of their output with the exception of the 1st album which is shit has been really strong and each album has taken them a step forwards in some way. The music has progressed and they got to the ridiculously confident point of following OK Computer (wid...view item »

Muscle Barbie
Muscle Barbie

This self-titled full length from Muscle Barbie is the band's second release and promises more of the same from their first release on tape All Your Stuff. This release has been described as being super super limited, so if you want one you need to act fast! Again, only available on vinyl LP, and released on Ha...view item »

Lonnie Holley
Keeping a Record of It

I'm looking forward to see Lonnie Holley play in London on Thursday, he's also playing Manchester on Wednesday on part of his first European tour. I am really looking forward to see how the hell he manages to produce the sound of this sweeping, topsy-turvy album live. Some videos of him online show him during ...view item »

James Holden & The Animal Spirits
The Animal Spirits

Electronics expert James Holden has expanded his Animal Spirits for a bold set of synth led folk opuses that fuse bits of psychedelia, kraut-rock, world jazz to create a genre blending opus that is also accessible. Sax, cornet, recorder and percussion have been introduced to the sonic maelstrom with Holden acting as band leader ...view item »

Hailu Mergia
Yegojam Marnesh / Yegle Nesh

Organist and keyboard player supreme Hailu Mergia could legitimately lay claim to the title Prince Funk of Ethiopia, should such a notion become reality. Swiftly following on from Lala Belu -- his first new LP in 15 years -- arrives this new 45rpm 7" on Awesome Tapes From Africa. The two tracks -- Y...view item »

Blitzen Trapper
Furr (Deluxe Edition)

Blitzen Trapper’s Furr gets a tenth-anniversary reissue. Over the years, this LP has come to be considered one of the signature Sub Pop releases - quite a feat when you consider the competition. Dropping at a time when The Shins were still accepted as a good band and freak-folk wa...view item »

Harmony Rockets with Special Guest Peter Walker
Lachesis / Clotho / Atropos

Harmony Rockets, better known as Mercury Rev, of course renowned for their free-wheeling psychedelic rock. Joining forces on Lachesis / Clotho / Atropos with Peter Walker, known for his American-folk approach to ragas. The record also boasts appearances from Steve Shelley from...view item »

Sudden Infant
Buddhist Nihilism

How could I not reference the press release here? "SUDDEN INFANT is a Swiss Industrial-Dada-Noise-Rock band based in Berlin". How bad-ass does that make this band sound? Buddhist Nihilism is the latest release from SUDDEN INFANT and contains 12 explosive tracks that, like the records before this (see Radiorgasm...view item »

Oneida
Each One Teach One

Shuffling, streamlined (after the first two tunes at least) psych ditties from the turn of the century by New York’s Oneida, now reissued by original label Jagjaguwar. Impeccable production and a splendid use of feedback harmonics gave this stuff quite an edge - and has kept it from ageing much and all....view item »

Anna Calvi
Hunter

Why is she so wet? What has she been doing? Anyway for this third album for Domino Anna Calvi has made a visceral and truthful record that explores those very 2018 themes of sexuality and gender identity resulting in her most raw and primal record to date. Recorded by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, ...view item »
Back in: Thursday 20th September 2018

A Certain Ratio
I'd Like To See You Again

I’d Like To See You Again was the 4th album by Manchester post-punk band A Certain Ratio, or ACR to their friends. It was originally released on the notorious Factory Records label in 1982. It was the first album with co-vocalist Martha Tilston. This reissue comes via Mute and is available...view item »

Felt
The Strange Idols Pattern and Other Short Stories

Before he hit paydirt producing the Stone Roses, John Leckie worked on one of Felt's best and most realised albums. The Strange Idols Pattern and Other Short Stories is another meanderingly titled album from this band's whose clipped arty indie pop is anything but flabby. Mixing the Velvet Underground...view item »

Boards of Canada
Hi Scores

Proper sensible review to follow but here is Phil's effort from years ago............ wow he was talking about it being a cash cow back then!  SKAM once more milk the Boards Of Canada cashcow and upset those who've paid lots for it on EBAY by re releasing Hi Score...view item »

Tim Hecker
Harmony In Ultraviolet

Tim Hecker now. On Kranky, finest purveyors of sonic avant-rock & deep, spectral space folk (not to mention incredibly absorbing mood music) Ant likes this so much he's floating around the office on an invisible carpet. I'm afraid to say this lovely sounding CD, 'Harmony in Ultraviolet' would probably be AOTW if it weren't the...view item »

Tim Hecker
Ravedeath 1972

This isn’t the brutal sensory blast that the amazing title might suggest. It’s creepy pipe organ/piano/synth drone music, recorded in a church in Reykjavik. Super unnerving, but equally beautiful and engaging. It’s one of Hecker’s best works for sure, and is released on double LP and CD on Kranky....view item »

Tim Hecker
Mirages

'Mirages' is one of ambient musician and noise thrill-seeker Tim Hecker's earliest works, originally released in 2004. Back in the days of its initial release, Alien8 described the record as a "death metal ambient classic in waiting", which sums up the harsh, often dissonant soundscapes Hecker was interested in making in his early days. This rec...view item »

Elysian Spring
Glass Flower

French jazz from the late sixties is an underappreciated niche. Mais pas ici at Norman Records. Imagine the heartfelt joy we felt when our kind amis at Le Très Jazz Club announced their repressing of Elysium Spring’s cult classic, Glass Windows. Finally, these soft and gentle jazz...view item »

Rolo Tomassi
Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It

From humble roots as teenagers totally surprising audiences in small venues with their mature, brutal take on hardcore, this now legendary group show no signs of slowing. Further adding progressive and psychedelic elements to their bruising metallic core, this new album is a further progression of their enormous sound....view item »

Grouper
Grid Of Points

Portland's Liz Harris AKA Grouper is one of only a few artists who consistently melts our collective hearts. Her 'Grid Of Points' album (like her previous record on Kranky, 'Ruins') is more stripped-back than her earlier work, with a greater emphasis on songwriting and delicate piano compositions. What was previously submerged in effects resonat...view item »

Warmduscher
Whale City

Warmduscher is various London people hanging out and recording something they feel is Really Important no doubt aided and abetted by a truckload of cocaine. They contain members of the Fat White Family and Insecure Men and this debut full length has been described as a rock opera that could send...view item »

Richard Thompson
13 Rivers

A member of Fairport Convention all the way back in 1967, Richard Thompson, is still making urgent and heartfelt rock'n'roll. 13 Rivers is his first solo album since 2015, and the first that he's self-produced in over ten years. The result is the complete erosion of any ...view item »

Felt
The Pictorial Jackson Review

The Pictorial Jackson Review is not only brilliantly titled but is one of the best of the latter day Felt records. It's full of wonderfully brief tunes which more often than not sound comically in thrall to Bob Dylan. Try listening to How Spook Got Her Man without thinking of the grizzled troubadour. ...view item »

Danny Clay
Stills

Delicate worlds laced with old vinyl dusty fuzz and crackle. Think the forced yet gentle nostalgia of Leyland Kirby’s The Future or his The Caretaker material, but no big band sound, more music box or single toy piano, bits of solo cello and twisted vocal harmonies, found in a box in the family at...view item »

Meat Beat Manifesto Vs. Terry Riley
In C

One of the great things about Terry Riley’s masterwork In C is that it seems to be open to successful interpretation by almost anyone: in this case, Meat Beat Manifesto! This is a remix of a recording of a 2009 performance by Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, and i...view item »

Bons
Gras H'utsi

This is a wonderful oddity from Bons, combining abstract folk instrumentation with electronics, sampling and largely hand based percussive elements. It's a strange but primarily upbeat (if in a slow way) affair, sounding like it could have been on Leaf Records or co-produced by the late Susumu Yokota. Delightful....view item »

Tarentel
From Bone To Satellite (Deluxe Expanded Edition)

Originally released, and very quickly sold out, in 1999 now finally repressed by the guys at Temporary Residence. If you’re a fan of Mogwai, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and Dorena you’ll love this. Includes the remastered original 7 tracks plus 6 bonus tracks of unreleased and rare ...view item »

The Breeders
Pod

Pod was so refreshing when it came out in 1990. For those of us who loved Kim Deal's contributions to the Pixies this was a whole album of the stuff and waaay superior to Pixies lacklustre Bossanova of the same year. Pod was more leftfield, more spindly and taut than anything they did later and if it sounds a bit like Slint at t...view item »

The Fall
458489 A Sides

It's taken Beggars some time to start with the Fall re-issue programme but here it is and it starts with the perfect introduction to the Fall for the faint hearted. 458489 A Sides was how I got into the Fall myself as it contains all their singles from the Brix Smith era generally seen as their most user friendly period. Of...view item »

SWANS
Die Tür Ist Zu

Lovely double-LP reissue of Swans’ 1996 EP Die Tür Ist Zu here by Mute. This release takes material from their towering Soundtracks For The Blind and translates it into German, while also including tracks unique to DTIZ. It finds them at their most alarming, fearso...view item »

Cat Power
Moon Pix

Cat Power’s fourth LP Moon Pix, which was released originally in 1998. It was the product of a hallucinatory nightmare, but listening to is far more pleasant than such an experience. A contemplative, nuanced achievement from the singer/songwriter. Available on 120g vinyl or 180gm reissue on Matador....view item »

Alessandro Cortini
AVANTI

After collaborations with Merzbow and Daniel Avery, Alessandro Cortini (Modwheelmood, Nine Inch Nails) moves to The Point Of Departure for his third solo full length album. AVANTI is Cortini writing the soundtrack to found Super 8 film footage made by h...view item »
Back in: Wednesday 19th September 2018

Jóhann Jóhannsson
IBM 1401, A User's Manual

The JOHANN JOHANNSSON album 'IBM 1401 A Users Manual' has landed in my review pile. It's a thoroughly pleasant album this one. It makes me feel all big and grown up listening to classical music. It's a pipe and slippers job man. This has huge sweeping, epic strings galore and in places is not unlike the soundtrack to a BBC wildlife do...view item »

BEAK>
>>>

Beak’s third album, >>>, follows on from > and >>. Does this show a lot or very little imagination when it comes to naming albums? Anyway, the classy electronic three-piece who are led by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow have taken another step forward and their sound grows along with the stages they’re invited to pl...view item »

GØGGS
GØGGS

GOGGS are yet another band who feature the world's most active garage rocker Ty Segall. This time he's on guitar whilst Chris Shaw 'smokes the mic' as the press release confirms. That information coupled with the fact that this appears on In the Red suggests that this is lively punky garage with the most fuzzed out guitars you e...view item »

Kevin Morby
Harlem River

This is the solo vehicle from the man who, as well as being one half of The Babies, also acts as Woods bassist. A very busy lad, but not busy enough to write this quite lovely homage to his recent home of New York City.  Opener ‘Miles Miles Miles’ has that swooning sty...view item »

Kyle Bobby Dunn
Kyle Bobby Dunn and the Infinite Sadness

Apparently some dude from Pitchfork reckons Kyle is the king of drone. Like, can you imagine if this music started affecting all walks of society instead of stressed middle class office workers. He'd have to really get his stage act together for the arena tours. Anyway, my granddad, he's the king of drone right. He goes on and on etc about the w...view item »

Sundays & Cybele
Gypsy House

Sundays & Cybele have been playing their acid-washed psychedelic rock in Japan for over a decade: Gypsy House was first released in 2012, but is now being properly re-issued on the Guruguru Brain label. Classically overblown psych action with a streak of joy running through it, limited to only 250 vinyl copies....view item »

Boards of Canada
In A Beautiful Place Out In The Country

As you know, In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country first materialised ‘twixt Boards of Canada’s two bumper-length Warp classics Music Has the Right to Children and Geogaddi, and is, rightly, just as acclaimed. For my money, ol’ IaBPOitC is better produced than either album,...view item »

Smog
A River Ain't Too Much To Love

A River Ain't Too Much To Love is Callahan's first pretty straight forward country record, a sound he's kept pretty much in tact ever since. The whole thing is somber and delicate, but bursts of melody shine through on each track and (more importantly) Bill's gut-wrenchingly brutal lyrics are here in full-swing. Tracks like "Say Valley Maker", "...view item »
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Crippled Black Phoenix
Great Escape

Great Escape is the tenth full-length studio album from dark, epic UK rockers, Crippled Black Phoenix. The seven-piece are led by Justin Grieves and have included numerous collaborators among their ranks in the past. The album swells with anger in places and is unsettling in others. All this is tempered by a certain amount of co...view item »

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