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Remember when everything was all about soundtracks for films that don't exist? Well that's still going on and on this latest release on the ever collectable Polytechnic Youth, Preston resident Stephen James Buckley presents science fiction influenced vignettes that sound like John Carpenter and italo-house filtered through a broken intercom. Will probably sell out before I've written this last senten.....…view full details.
8/10 according to our Phil
Phil's original review from back in the day where he appears to just discuss one song. The Avalanches are about to get absolutely enormous with their new single which is destined to chart as it's been caned to death on the radio and MTV. It's a 70's flute tastic affair with a Motowny type vocals thing happening. …view full details.
Colourful Scandinavian psychedelic crew Goat are back with their third album 'Requiem' which the be-robed psych-sters claim is going to be their 'folk' opus. We'll wait to see on that but in an age of internet transparency, Goat manage to keep a cloaked mystery to their movements which of course makes them way more fascinating than the Twitter twiddlers that pass for many modern rock groups. …view full details.
8/10 according to our Jamie
Two gorgeous, expansive, synth and full band electronic jams from Sam Shepherd. He wrote the tracks on this record at the start of the ‘Elaenia’ LP sessions, only later when performing live and kindling an interest in a band setting and freeform experimentation did the seed for this record become sown. On ‘Kuiper’, the stage is set with bubbling electronic oscillations f…view full details.
8/10 according to our Robin
The trio known for banging guitars with mallets and generally doing the band thing wrong (but so right) are back here with an album for the experimental music fan cursed with a short attention span. Hi, that’s me. This record is an emphatic compression of their previous records, moving seamlessly between its shorter vignettes with striking percussive accents and tectonic volume-s…view full details.
Didn’t Thee Oh Sees split up a year or so ago? I’m pretty sure they did, but it obviously didn’t last long, because they are back back back with a new album! I guess John Dwyer just couldn’t hold the garage-rock energy back any longer. A Weird Exits is extra-rhythmic (two drummers) and extra-hypnotising: it's also spread across 2 LPs, with the D-side containing an etching. On Dwyer’s own Castle Face impr…view full details.
Here we have 12” white vinyl of the Claptone remix with a download code for the full remix package or a CD with that full package on it, including mixes by Claptone, Late Nite Tuff Guy, Hybrid, Planet Funk and Richard X. Enough to sink your teeth into there. The 7" has sold out sadly. …view full details.
Mythological imprint Folklore Tapes continue their run of weird and beautiful releases based on indecipherable rhetoric, this one combining label post-grad Ian Humberstone and David Chatton Barker. This one was recorded at the Great Circle of Stanton Drew, a stone circle with particular connections to certain objects of the sky. The duo do such abstract folk things as one can expect from the label, as well a…view full details.
2 slices of churning electronic tune-power from TheFreqDesign. In The Lab and Anguarian Humblingbird will satisfy synth-fans in a trice. Please note that these are special lathé-cut 7” records, produced in a limited edition of 123. Only 20 in our stock-room however, so don’t wait about! From Polytechnic Youth.…view full details.
This right here represents the final recordings of Finnish heavyweights Pan Sonic! Suitably for a group with such a brutalist sound, they were commissioned to soundtrack a documentary about building a nuclear power plant: construction recordings are integrated into Vainio and Vaisanen’s harsh digital structures, with award-winning results! Atomin Paluu is out on Blast First Petite.…view full details.
NORMAN RECORDS PRESENTS: IAN WILLIAM CRAIG and guests :: 08/08/16 :: FUSE Art Space, Bradford Join your sorta local record store Norman as we present an evening of drone and improvised noise at Bradford's Fuse art space! This is the first in a semi-frequent series of shows and we're really, really excited to present one of our absolute favourite musicians, along with locals we love! Ian William Craig:…view full details.
Peter Michael Hamel produced his masterwork Colours Of Time in 1980: it's a spiralling piece of space-synth ambience that still holds great weight today. Now it gets re-interpreted by 2 premium modern producers who both know their way around electronic ambient sounds: Deepchord and Wolfgang Voigt, with one side of vinyl each. On Astral Industries.…view full details.
New album from highly-respected ambient electronic maestro Biosphere, his first in 5 years. Departed Glories has the gorgeously cloudy haze of Biosphere’s best work, but imbued with distant fragments of old Eastern European / Russian folk music recordings, inspired by the cover image. The effect is similar to some of The Caretaker…view full details.
9/10 according to our Robin
BADBADNOTGOOD ARE IN FACT A VERY GOOD BAND. HA HA. LOL. MY FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THEM IS THAT THEY DARE TO DREAM. THEY USE CAPITAL LETTERS AT WILL, BECAUSE WHY NOT. THEY DO A SONG WITH THE GRUMPY-VOICED GUY FROM FUTURE ISLANDS AND SEQUENCE IT ALONGSIDE A SONG NAMED IN TRIBUTE TO USHER, FEATURING BASS-SAX STOMPER …view full details.
8/10 according to our Jamie
MJ Guider is Melissa Guion’s hazy, pastoral electronica project. ‘Precious Systems’, she states, is “inspired and influenced by the landscape in and near New Orleans, particularly the juxtaposition of the natural with industrial and commercial constructs as they reflect life here.” So naturally, opening track ‘Lit Negative’ aurally reflects a moonscape.…view full details.
Bwana is that oh-so-common of beast; a Berlin-based techno producer. His beats, however are somewhat more unusual. Having initially gathered accolade after having been discovered as a free download on the dark web, Capsule’s Pride is now released on vinyl for the first time. It takes inspiration from the 1988 anime, Akira, with all the sounds coming as samples from the film. As such Bwana’s techno combines traditional Japanese fol…view full details.
DJ Koze promises full disco action with this remix of Låpsley’s tune Operator, and he doesn’t disappoint. This is a fully-extended disco remix in the grand 12” tradition, stomping on for 10 groovy minutes. You’ve got the handclaps, the funk bassline, everything you need. Single-sided vinyl 12”, out in a strictly limited edition on XL Recordings. …view full details.
9/10 according to our Phil
Starting off with the new album by Interpol. Now I thought this was surprisingly great. Harking back to the days of the mid 80's indie ala Chameleons and Kitchens Of Dinstinction. In fact it sounds an awful lot like the Kitchens Of Distinction in places. Rammed full of pop tunes this came out of the blue and grabbed me. Turn On Th…view full details.
9/10 according to our Clinton
I'm not going to be able to sway you into purchasing this LP by listing its big names. There are none. Instead this is a superbly curated compilation of lesser known limited run records and private press recordings mainly in a lo-fi pop folk vein made between 1961 and 1991. What makes the album an essential purchase is that the curators have located some brilliant tracks that you would never ha…view full details.
Shackleton has never really put a foot wrong during his production career, but these collaborations with vocalist Ernesto Tomasini are especially impressive. Devotional Songs wanders through some very strange territories, with gamelan, organ, bells and shuddering bass all used alongside Tomasini’s wide-ranging voice. 4 tracks, on Honest Jon’s.…view full details.
Mike & Rich is Mike Paradinas (aka µ-Ziq) and Richard D. James (aka Aphex Twin): you can see the pair of them grinning away on the cover there. This material dates from the mid-90’s and the approach is playful: fun-time groovy electronics as well as the beat-mangling blasts you might expect. This 2CD or 3LP reissue of Expert Knob Twiddlers even has some bonus tracks and alternate vers…view full details.
This is, disappointingly, not Jamie Stewart covering the music of recent indie pop band Twin Peaks; instead, he sinks deep into the waters of David Lynch's weirdo soap opera, interpreting his inappropriately sentimental and hilarious score with the usual Xiu Xiu magic: a kind of grotesque prettiness that would surely appeal to the Crazy Clown Time man. Re-issued from original RSD release rendering the day even more pointless than it already is. …view full details.
9/10 according to our Robin
Bursting with narrative, seeking out clarity in reprises, smoothing over existentialism with feedback, ruining pop songs that feel too standard to be the truth… this is, if you can believe it, Ian William Craig’s most chaotic record yet, one meandering its way away from a proper story while pining for the most typically art of things: an opener, a closer, and a whole middle for the…view full details.
8/10 according to The Doc (customer) on
I have to admit I felt like a right old bugger when I realised it was sixteen years since their debut release Since I Left You, as I remember absolutely caning it in my uni days and I hadn't realised it had been so long. Anyone who's ever heard the first record will have a fairly good idea what to expect here - there's a beguiling mix of deep disco grooves and hip-hop beats, coupled with more samples that you can shake a stick at and a big dollop of bona fide lunacy thrown in for good measure…view full details.
Angel Olsen has made some really good records that are sorta singer and quite songwriter but equally rock and quite roll, too: Burn Your Fire was a complex and sprawling record at times, jubilantly anthemic at others, and occasionally isolated in its acoustic balladry. 'My Woman' is her third record and it plans to maintain the reverence to reverb and raucousness that went along with the quiet, lo-fi moments. …view full details.
7/10 according to our Clinton
They used to say if you want to get ahead get a hat but if you want to get ahead in what is left of the music industry then you'd do very well to release esoteric music on very very very limited editions and have a fantastic concept behind you. This is what micro label Polytechnic Youth has done by releasing limited edition of the sorts of electronic music you…view full details.
Who would have thought that in 2016 we'd be seeing a new Silver Apples album and that it would be produced by Graham Sutton (Bark Psychosis etc). But this is the information we have been presented with so we must go with that. Silver Apples surviving member Simeon Coxe (now 97) has recorded all this at his place in Alabama and it has been scrubbed by Sutton in London. I'm not sure what we can expect at this late stage. Their two '60s albums were truly groundb…view full details.
9/10 according to Andy (customer) on
Simultaneously hailed as an underground classic and cast aside as poorly produced backpack rap, Operation…view full details.
10/10 according to our Phil
Oh my god. I've been waiting years for this to come out. It's only 5 years since their breathtaking debut which is still being regularly played at home though it feels like an eternity. One thing you know for sure is that when a band makes an album that good and doesn't do another one for 5 years then it's gonna be good. In this day and age of folks releasing loads, making everything available …view full details.
8/10 according to our Jamie
The Dwarfs of East Agouza -- trio made up of Maurice Louca (Alif, Bikya), Sam Shalabi (Land of Kush, Shalabi Effect) and Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls, The Invisible Hands) met in 2012 under a shared roof in Cairo’s Agouza district. They soon started making sweet music together; music which I am struggling to classify. Sometimes krautrock-y, sometimes jazzy; always North African, the trio&r…view full details.
8/10 according to our Clinton
It's funny because if I could turn back the hands of time one of the things I'd do would be to make the Go-Betweens young again and actually to make myself young again so I could go and enjoy one of their concerts. Ok, ok it may be a pipe dream to make my youthful vigour come back but luckily the Goon Sax are around to make a band for those of us too young …view full details.
We here at Norman love Jenny Hval, so this new album is a happy occasion for us. Blood Bitch engages with black metal, 70’s horror films and menstruation, ending up in a typically fantastic experimental song-suite. Oh, and Norwegian noise heavyweight Lasse Marhaug is on production duties too! On Sacred Bones.…view full details.
Filling the footsteps of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Swans with their amplifier-worship, The Cult of Dom Keller only care about sounding like a huge lumbering stone giant. If ever there was a fitting title to their album, it would be Goodbye to the Light, because their sound is so massive it will block out the sun.…view full details.
9/10 according to our Ant
Fantastic reissue of this LP from 1980 originally issued on Canadian label Lion’s Gate Records and now on Mark Ainley and Mark Ernestus (Basic Channel, Rhythm & Sound) always on point Dug Out label. Originally recorded at the Black Ark and now remastered at Abbey Road, cut at D+M and pressed on 180…view full details.
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8/10 according to our Phil
OK onto Boris who has a new album out on that fun Southern Lord album. So we were listening to this the other day and it mightily rocks indeed. It's much more melodic than I thought it would be and it sounds like a direct mash up of The Stooges, Melvins and My Bloody Valentine (again). If you want some decent rock music these folks sound like they do the prope…view full details.
9/10 according to our Ian
This is truly the greatest soundtrack ever created, the now legendary Vangelis-produced ‘Blade Runner’ OST has made a long awaited comeback to the world of vinyl and it is worth the wait. Interspersed with dialogue from the film itself which gives it an even more atmospheric quality, Greek composer/musician Vangelis pulled out all the stops her…view full details.
8/10 according to our Clinton
Like the Pink Panther in that episode where he battled with the hairdryer I'm all Fluffed out this morning. This is the third LP on the reconstituted Fluff label that has arrived this morning and they are all worth telling you about. This time it's a full two sided album but in common with Emily Edrosa and Hideous Towns it c…view full details.
9/10 according to our Laurie
Here it is, finally, after thousands of rejected test pressings, Gwyer’s tape in vinyl form courtesy of a dastardly union of Opal Tapes and Public House Recordings. Truth is, and I’m not blowing any of my own brass instruments here, but I enjoyed this record so much that I didn’t want it to forever be listened to on smartphones, so suggested to Phil that this should be the nex…view full details.
Sunny hip-hop legends De La Soul have a brand new album, their first in quite some time. and the Anonymous Nobody has a vintage feel, with soulful funky samples that are actually newly recorded under the instructions of the group. Classic De La Soul then, plus guest contributions from Snoop Dogg, Usher and David Byrne. In AOI Records.…view full details.
Caledonian indie veterans Teenage Fanclub are back with their tenth album, Here. It is their first album in 6 years following 2010’s Shadows. Norman Blake, Raymond McGinley and Gerard Love have contributed four songs each to the album which shows the band as masters of their craft. Here is released on the band's own label, PeMa. …view full details.
Mike Kinsella has done a lot of time in the Chicago indie-etc. scene, in bands like Cap’n’Jazz, American Football and Joan of Arc. But his most personal music is made in his solo project Owen (no I don’t know the significance of the name). Much of the Owen music has been lo-fi and acoustic, but The King Of Whys is a fully-fledged big-production record. Out on Wichit…view full details.
7/10 according to our Robin
New week, new Celer. I don’t even have a calender in my house -- I just stick Will Long’s records to my wall every month. Just last week we were singing the praises of his new record for Chloe Harris’ Further label, under the alias of Mogodor, which saw a more space-respecting, even Frahmian approach to ambient -- let t…view full details.
8/10 according to our Jamie
OK one, no two -- no, three things first. Firstly, and most importantly, there was a mis-press so this is ‘Songs of Remembrance’ and not ‘Songs of Forgiveness’ as stated on the centre label. That’s right, they (re-)released two Jefre Cantu-Ledesma albums and we at Norman received them on the same day with misleading information, and I’m easily confused anyway…view full details.
They're not bad lads are they? Certainly Bobby and co are very happy with Anton Newcombe's mix of the '100% or Nothing' track which also features small shorted trio Haim. The lads describe it as slow and claustrophobic so even though if you asked me normally I'd prefer to hear nothing rather than 100% of Primal Screams music, I might make an exception for this. …view full details.
8/10 according to our Brian
Brian's incisive review from back in the day. Don't worry we'll re-review in time. Piano Magic have a new CD out on Green UFO's. 11 tracks long. Sounds really good but I'm sorry we're running out of time. All you lot adore these cult post rock goths to bits so truly, how can I do perfectio…view full details.
9/10 according to Jack (customer) on
The Suicide self titled debut is an unique and powerful album especially for 1977. Though, you will find no electric guitars or drums here, Suicide comes off just as powerful. A reliance on synth was unique for the era but Suicide pull it off especially well, proving that punk was more about attitude and concern than aesthetic. In this, Suicide prove to many of their image focused contemporaries what makes punk is the attitude and thus become even more punk and dangerous. Suicide was a produc…view full details.
9/10 according to our Phil
This is the most eagerly awaited thing since living memory. Yep I'm talking about the brand new Sierpinski CD on Jonathon Whiskey of all things. Yep we've come out of hibernation for one last fling at the world. Its our first release for 2 years and most likely our last (unless Sierpinski want us to do anymore and we'll happily release music by 'em 'til the cows come h…view full details.
8/10 according to our Ant
4AD have licensed this Bon Iver album from Jagjaguwar. 'For Emma, Forever Ago' has been played at the towers a few times this week and I've only just learned that this is a debut album which frankly has shocked me as its remarkably accomplished sounding. I get bits of a less weird Panda Bear at times and Scritti Politti at others. The tunes are very well written with some stripped down acoustic gu…view full details.
8/10 according to Penrith Steve (customer) on
According to Dean Wareham, prior to meeting New York producer Kramer (who produced Galaxie 500’s debut album “Today”) all they did was play verse-chorus-verse for a couple of minutes. Whilst the songs do remain simple in terms of chords, and that is the essence of their beauty, Kramer was able to shape what was previously fairly amorphous. Although the fact that Galaxie 500 sound like Galaxie 500 and no…view full details.
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