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Our Head Technician returns with more results from his laboratory controlled experiments. This time it's a seven track album on More Than Human (the label that brought you Jon Brooks 'Walberswick'). Limited to 500 copies this is not going to be found in all record stores so you want to get in quick if you want to secure your copy. Early previews have the technician prowling around in eerie beatless acidy squelsh. …view full details.
The horror master returns with a swiftly followed up sequel to his 2014 album 'Lost Themes'. Several collaborators from that project remain including Carpenter's son Cody but this time the composers had the luxury of spending time collaborating in the same city. This has led to a more focussed work with a wider palette of sounds. Next stop for Carpenter? The road. …view full details.
A full two decades down the line, brand new music from Lush appears! What a time to be alive. After such a time apart, it is impressive to hear how smoothly the members of the band slip back into their roles: the 4 tracks of Blind Spot are immediately recognisable from the lyrics, the melodies, and the production. On Edamame.…view full details.
9/10 according to our Robin
It’s a brave new world we live in when I’m reviewing a record off of an NME stream, but here we are -- I’m pretty sure Chris Moyles orchestrated this in collaboration with Windows 10. Ulrika Spacek are sugar free psychedelic merchants from London, and if their upcoming tour with Sunflower Bean isn’t enough of a clue, here’s the …view full details.
7/10 according to our Clinton
I wish I hadn't read the press release as I was looking forward to this. I'm not sure I want to hear a record which lyrically depicts settling down and nappy changing. Just imagine Lou Reed approaching such source material. However, if anyone is going to make such grown up concerns palatable it will be Field Music. 'The Noisy Days Are Over' is a whip…view full details.
8/10 according to our Clinton
Sometimes you just have to separate the stories you hear about an band from the sound of the music. From recent press reports DIIV are enormo-trousered, heroin gulping fuck ups with a bassist who says dubious things on the internet. On record however they are delight. One wonders how people with so many problems manage to make such uplifting music. Opener 'Out of Mind' fairly skips along like …view full details.
9/10 according to our Laurie
Land and gardens. Can you get any more pastoral than that combination? Possibly with the addition of a disgruntled farmer and flagons of ale, and suddenly we’ve landed in The Shire. I like to think that Frodo and Sam would have approved of this study in the sound of their homeland, what with its flutes and Vaughan Williams worship, had they taken those music critic jobs instead of saving …view full details.
The Last Shadow Puppets was what we thought a one off collaboration between Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) and Miles Kane but now they are back all grown up with a second album. While their debut was excellent piece of cinematic pop, lead single here "Bad Habits' is a growling piece of rawk. Early indications say 'expansive' - we'll see about that but in any case this will be much sought after, particularly the indies-only edition with a bonus 7". …view full details.
9/10 according to our Clinton
It’s not often I like country-ish things these days (I had a 'phase' back in the early 2000's) but this snagged my ear as soon as it started playing in the office. It’s the solo project of Sara Bennett from Massachusets who has apparently had this album ‘in the can’ for several years . If you’d like to see what Sara looks like, she’s there on the…view full details.
Mogwai penned Atomic as the soundtrack to Mark Cousin’s documentary Atomic: Living In Dread And Promise which was released summer 2015. The record consists or reworks of the original pieces into an album pieces, and are explorative, electronic, slowed down and krautrock inspired. Atomic is also the first release since becoming a four piece.…view full details.
8/10 according to JimmyJams73 (customer) on
Fans of Hood, rejoice! Sort-of new / newly available versions of old and hard to find songs are ready to caress your ears. Fans of lo-fi noise, pretty melodies and slightly melancholy (yet somehow uplifting) tender paeans to love, loss and existential regret might also prick up their ears. Although for music lovers perhaps not familiar with the work of these boys from Leeds, I recommend listening to the wonderful "Cold House" album first. Which you really ought to buy; it's available …view full details.
Earth Recordings have gone above and beyond on this phenomenal reissue of Bert Jansch’s Avocet. Not only do you get Jansch’s gorgeous and varied folk songs, but newly remastered recordings and stunning packaging. The CD is a unique ‘bookback’ design and the vinyl LP comes in a die-cut card sleeve with 6 lithographs of the birds Jansch’s delicate acoustic songs are about. Both versions have extensive sleeve-notes and newly commiss…view full details.
The Hope Six Demolition Project is the ninth album by PJ Harvey. It is her first album since 2011’s Mercury Music Prize winning Let England Shake. The songs were created in sessions that were open to the public as part of an art installation at London’s Somerset House in 2015. From snippets we’ve heard it sounds like she has returned to the punchy and riff-heavy indie-rock of albums such as Dry, Rid of Me an…view full details.
Anthology Recordings reissue material from the definitive lost Swedish prog rock band, Trad, Gras och Stenar. Six vinyl LPs or three CDs of fuzzed out jams and psychedelic rock from the golden-age. This set focuses on the band’s ferocious live performances, but also includes albums from 1971 and 72 at the peak of the bands counterculture freak-out. It also looks phenomenal.…view full details.
8/10 according to our Clinton
Phil: There’s something out on Fuzz Club. Me: What? Silence Me: What? Phil: Oh I dunno, (mumble mumble). So went my intro into the world of Throw Down Bones a coldwave duo who have already played at the prestigious Liverpool psych fest. From the grimy effects laden opener ‘Exposure’ this is my kind of psych. No twiddling. The title is no…view full details.
8/10 according to our Brian
Well, there's a girl very close to my heart who's a bit in love with Richard Ayoade (amongst numerous other wise-cracking contemporary comedians) and she informed me he was making a film. It's one of those coming-of-age comedy drama things but I reckon it'll be proper sound. Especially with these dinky songs forming a dreamy soundtrack of sorts. It's that lad from T' Monkeys doing a solo acoust…view full details.
Cavern of Anti-Matter is a new group led by Tim Gane of Stereolab! void beats / invocation trex has the classic gorgeous motorik vibe that Stereolab alumni do so well, sucking you into its world. Guest appearances from Bradford Cox of Deerhunter and Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3: quite a line-up eh? CD or triple LP on Duophonic.…view full details.
Debut full-length from The Hanging Stars, a London gang who spent time in California during the recording of the album. Whatever is in the air out there seems to have seeped into Over The Silvery Lake, which stretches itself out in classic 60’s style, as if on a cool-breeze beach. Out on The Great Pop Supplement.…view full details.
The Terrascope label celebrate their anniversary the way every label should: with a compilation full of new material from their favourite artists. Paper Leaves includes work from Bardo Pond, White Hills, Ben Chasny and Dead Sea Apes: all the ingredients for a heavy psychedelic ride. Limited vinyl edition of 200 copies.…view full details.
While you're still scratching your head working out why Batman and Superman are fighting (other than an excuse to make another superhero blockbuster), Hans Zimmer and Mad Max composer chum Junkie XL touch some keys and strings and maybe even honk some big horn bwwwoooongs in a probably successful attempt to capture world-shattering action. Whatever happened to world-trembling action? Why do we only watch stuff when the entire world's at stake?…view full details.
Alessio Natalizia’s project Not Waving submits a full-length album to Diagonal, blasting listeners along the way. Animals slides through body music, firm techno and industrially-informed synth-pop, fitting right into each style. Mighty stuff from a master of electronics. This CD release includes 2 bonus tracks.…view full details.
Lake Ruth are a brand new group featuring members of Holy Fuck and The New Lines, making their debut right here on The Great Pop Supplement! The Inconsolable Jean-Claude sounds like an experimental twist on 1960’s lounge music, and carries a gorgeous sweeping feel. Take note: this 45rpm 7” is limited to just 300 copies.…view full details.
7/10 according to our Robin
Here it is: the record that should be the year’s most unremarkable (Sunflower Bean literally sounds like a band name that was made up by someone parodying the Brooklyn music scene, are they from Brooklyn, turns out yes, they are, how about that), but for which I have many remarks. The record that should probably do the least for me and yet it’s shifted my internal monologue a few ti…view full details.
8/10 according to our Clinton
Oh what is he up to now? He’s sampled bits if Gustav Mahler’s symphonies and created a performance out of them. It’s very nice indeed. Churning billowing orchestral sounds waft like smoke drifting across the sky especially on the first section (no titles just 1,2,3,4 to signify the sides). The opening piece then falls away only to return distorted by layers of sludge, …view full details.
Since 2003 Mugstar have been making their distinctive krautrock influenced psychedelic music. They impressed John Peel and collaborated with Can’s Damo Suzuki. On Magnetic Seasons, on double vinyl LP and CD from Rock Action, they capture the heavy instrumental post-rock sound that they’ve developed through energetic live shows.…view full details.
Anton Newcombe’s boys are back. On this vinyl 7”, titled La Façon Dont La Machine Vers l'Arrière, The Brian Jonestown Massacre make an overdriven stomp with distorted breakbeats and melodica riffing. As always they are predictably unpredictable. The A1 Lover remix on the other side is very nice too.…view full details.
After six years the legendary trip-hop group return with Ritual Spirit, on 12” vinyl. This EP borrows from Massive Attack's past with Tricky, but also includes collaborations with new artists who share their dark and dense sound, including Roots Manuva and Young Fathers. The music is heavy, varied and always claustrophobic. …view full details.
9/10 according to our Robin
Fun. (stylized as fun.) is an American indie band based in New York City. It was formed by …view full details.
6/10 according to our Clinton
I don’t know who I despise most the Fat White Family themselves or the outrage merchants that are horrified by a band writing about something that isn’t the usual benign pop fare. Fat White Family are like a modern day Sigue Sigue Sputnik, not in terms of sound particularly but in terms of having very few original ideas and using shock tac…view full details.
9/10 according to our Robin
Considering the sheer fucking unpredictability of Roly Porter’s work I feel I should live review this so you can get a real feel for my blood, sweat and tears, each substance more transient than the last as I work my way through terrifying tin-foil ambience, huge tectonic shifts in noise and a whole lot of galaxian unrest. It turns out scientists are talking about a monolithic new planet …view full details.
9/10 according to our Jim
Avant garde protean Oren Ambarchi slices through the dull swathe of experimental mediocrity to take us straight to the source of some of the most challenging music ever committed to tape with this first ever vinyl reissue of AMM’s 1966 debut album. I remember first listening to this startling record by the ‘Rolls Royce’ of free improv groups…view full details.
GoGo Penguin are part of a small, elite pantheon of British artists signed to the legendary Blue Note label, putting them in the same room as jazz royalty. As Man Made Object shows, they’ve got there by melding traditional jazz approaches with sounds from glitchy electronica: all produced acoustically, of course.…view full details.
Great pink and yellow swirl vinyl LP from Wrong Way Records. This split album presents music from Presents for Sally and 93MillionMilesFromTheSun. Presents for Sally make a noisy, shoegaze influenced rock with emotive vocals and colossal droning riffs and 93MIllionMilesFromTheSun push a similar template even further, burying instruments and vocals under a wall of effects and processing. An inspired combination from the label.…view full details.
The third volume of Color Tapes compilation of predominantly UK cold wave bands is here. Using basic synthesizers, drum machines and sequencers these groups invented a new genre of ice-cold synth-pop. Cold Waves of Color collects these impossible to find rarities of droning, aggressive synth music and then packages them on vinyl LP with a poster and fanzine.…view full details.
8/10 according to our Clinton
Absolutely essential re-issue of the second and final album by these Brixton post-punkers who were one of a clutch of bands around the turn of the '80's who completely re-shaped how music would sound, were fearless and innovative and sat in that perfect bit of music making where experimentalism meets pop. And yes prepare for freeform experimental composition- closer 'Hi Baku Shyo' is four minut…view full details.
10/10 according to Nuutti-Iivari Meriläinen (customer) on
My introduction to Scott Walker was a quite recent TV showing of Scott Walker: 30th Century Man documentary. I got to see the documentary two times, and both showings got me deeper and deeper into the world of Walker. I've been an electronic dance music DJ for over two decades, concentrating mainly in techno, IDM, electro, dubstep, ambient, etc., purely electronic music genres - but I have an extensive classical music education preceding my foray into electr…view full details.
10/10 according to Phil (customer) on
It's a shame there's no 11, 12 or 13 out of 10 option available! I cannot stop listening to this album and it is my favourite release of the year. I was lucky enough to attend the recording of this concert for 6Music, and it was a privilege. John Grant delivers heart felt songs anyway. But add an orchestra and he rips the coldest, stoniest heart to shreds. Mostly orchestral versions of his Queen of Denmark album, but also good to hear a …view full details.
8/10 according to our Robin
If you listen to ‘Beacons of Ancestorship’ now, with your older, sillier and less expectant ears, I think you’ll find it Tortoise’s most delightful album: full of poor jokes about dubstep, prog jams and gooey synth ballads, the band’s last album is one of post-rock’s only romps, and I’m grateful to it for that. You wouldn’t think following up an a…view full details.
7/10 according to our Laurie
Rave-ghosts indeed. Assembled Minds aka Matt Saunders takes his cobbled-together brain back to the rave touchstones of the 90s heyday - all the house/techno beats, downtempo vibes, piano breaks and XTC-inducing synths - and puts them back together in a different, more musically acceptable form for the modern ear. This one comes with some extensive, interesting packaging, including a bag you can…view full details.
SVIIB is the final studio album by School of Seven Bells. It was recorded in 2012. At the time of recording, School of Seven Bells were a duo consisting of Benjamin Curtis, previously of Secret Machines and Alejandra Deheza following the departure of her sister Claudia Deheza in 2010. Sadly, Benjamin Curtis died in 2013. Alejandra Deheza made it her mission to finish the record. She worked with producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen. Alejand…view full details.
Deux Filles is a project undertaken by soundtrack composer Simon Fisher Turner and Colin Lloyd-Tucker, posing as two French girls. Here goes Space & Time, which is amazingly their first recording in decades, and maintains the woozy ethereality of their earlier work. Out on Les Disques du Crepuscule.…view full details.
Pond Scum by Bonnie Prince Billy is a compilation put together from the Peel Session archives. This collection spans an eight year period and includes versions of classics such as Death To Everyone and (I Was Drunk At The) Pulpit. The arrangements are much more sparse than the originals as Bonnie Prince Billy performs mostly solo, although there is accompaniment from Dave Heumann on four of the tracks.…view full details.
Grandfeathered is Pinkshinyultrablast follow up album on Club AC30, a more experimental pop affair than their debut, a more expansive and layered fuzzy pop sound. Warm swathes of fuzz peeling back to playful Foals esq beats and picks. Chuck in some of Braids’ beauty and some of Boris’ power and you’s got some bizarre, and brilliantly coined “Thunderpop”.…view full details.
8/10 according to our Ant
Surgeon tunes into transmissions from distant galaxies on his latest album on his Dynamic Tension imprint. Sounds unmistakably Surgeon - yet his current modular setup has invigorated his sound to some extent. There's some real grizzly, gnarly tracks on here that are bound to rip dancefloors apart but there's also s…view full details.
9/10 according to our Robin
If you can believe it, this record dates back to the early ‘80s, when Anna Homler and Steve Moshier were deep into their own isolated avant-garde pursuits. Homler, a vocalist interested in language and intonation, conceived fractured, untranslatable songs; listening to them on their own, the pauses and overlays would sound like gaping chasms and urgent interruptions. Using a bedrock of hi…view full details.
Brand new full-length from Tim Hecker, who here brings his flaring waves of electronics into contact with woodwinds and the Icelandic Choir Ensemble (as arranged by Johann Johannsson). Love Streams builds on previous album Virgins, and was partly recorded in the same Reykjavik studio. CD or double LP on 4AD.…view full details.
Juliet & The Ranging Romeos are a highly international (4 countries are represented in the line-up) garage-rock crew. They have a good ear for pop melodies as well as a strong, leather-clad attitude, and front-person Juliet carries off the role with aplomb. Good Girl / Venus is their debut single, self-released on 7” vinyl.…view full details.
9/10 according to Jack (customer) on
From the Chinese strings that kick off "Prelude," you know you're in for something special with Bonobo's Black Sands. Black Sands is the culmination of several years of work for Bonobo. Throughout his career he has produced albums that seem as if they were the stepping stones to Black Sands. His previous albums had elements of greatness embedded into them, yet not fully elaborated or integrated. Days to come I believe was an early indicator of his potential and now Black Sands demonstrates he…view full details.
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9/10 according to our Phil
Ooh, a new release on Serein which is undoubtedly a label of quality! I’m feeling a little hyper after my peanut butter Kit Kat chunky so you’ll have to excuse my excitement. Brambles are a new artist to me but those regular readers will know that they’re potentially my favourite as I’m a…view full details.
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