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Thurston Moore
Spirit Counsel

Spirit Counsel by Thruston Moore is a 3 CD box set containing instrumental pieces that he’s recorded over the last year or so. The pieces are reflective and meditative. Moore takes inspiration from Alice Coltrane, Glenn Branca and Sun Ra. Among the musicians appearing on the recordings are Deb Googe (My Bloody Valentine) and David Toop.

Fly Pan Am
C’est Ça

One of the Constellation label’s greatest early signings, Fly Pan Am disbanded in the mid-Noughties following a series of acclaimed, enjoyably messy post-rock albums. Reuniting a couple of years back, the Montreal band have effortlessly slipped back into their previous impressive form, with new album C’est Ça sounding like they’ve never been away. 
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Stereolab
Dots and Loops

Considered by many to be one of Stereolab's finest studio recordings, 1997's Dots and Loops is reissued on vinyl as a double LP. The follow-up to critically-lauded 'Emperor Tomato Ketchup', this album sees the band take another step away from their earlier minimalist Velvet Underground / Kraut Rock-influenced durge vibe, and edge closer to Europop. It was also the penultimate album to feature Mary Hansen on backing vocals, who was tragically killed in a road accident in 2002. 
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Tortoise
Millions Now Living Will Never Die

To overlap with the forthcoming new record, Thrill Jockey are getting classic Tortoise albums back out into the world on lovely wax. Millions Now Living Will Never Die is maybe Tortoise’s most highly regarded work, containing the remarkable side-long excursion ‘Djed’. On translucent blue vinyl.
  • Vinyl LP (THRILL025LP)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Stereolab
Emperor Tomato Ketchup

'Emperor Tomato Ketchup' is often held up as the crowning achievement of post-rock/psychedelic outfit Stereloab, fronted by the bizarre, left-field songwriting of Laetitia Sadier and Tim Gane. On 'Emperor Tomato Ketchup', the band's affection for pop music and for newer strands of experimental rock intersect, making for a record both accessible and ambitious than the three noise pop records that preceded it. 
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Stereolab
Peng!

Peng! Was the debut album by Stereolab. It was originally released in 1992. It featured all the hallmarks of their sound which was driven by rhythm guitar, vintage keyboards, a motorik beat and Laetitia Sadier’s part-Nico-part-ethereal vocals. They were influenced as much by the sunshine pop of The Free Design as the were the experimental rock of Can. This is good place to start with the ‘lab, as well as being a cracker, you can see how their sound progresses from here, album by album.
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada EP

Godspeed's most succinct document, Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada consists of two compositions -- one named "Moya", dedicated to one of the band's founding members, which builds around intricate orchestration towards a simple, cathartic climax (hey dudes, it sounds simple, but it's post-rock). "Blaise Bailey Finnegan III" is the talking point though, utilising a chilling monologue to build political unrest ex nihilo. Terrifying and terrifyingly ambiguous, this is arguably the band's best work. Like Mr. Finnegan, we'll leave it at that.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

The Telescopes
Strange Waves

At the same time as they prep a 30th anniversary re-issue of their debut Taste, the indefatigable psychedelic rock act The Telescopes look to the future, announcing a new 12” single ‘Strange Waves’ - backed with another newbie, ‘The Speaking Stones’ - on top of a new studio album for 2019, Exploding Head Syndrome. 
  • Vinyl 12" (FC117V12)
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U.S. Maple
Talker


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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Catherine Wheel
Ferment

Coming in at a solid no 23 in Pitchfork's Top Shoegaze albums, Music on Vinyl have had the good sense to issue Catherine Wheel's now classic 'Ferment' on vinyl. It contains several despatches of noisy shoegaze which is clear cut and rocky rather than woozy. Perhaps closer to Ride than anything else the band used thrashy guitars to create great thumping melodies to leap around your house to when the baby is asleep.  
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP1880)
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Shellac
1000 Hurts

'1000 Hurts' was the third album by professional grump Steve Albini and his Shellac comrades. The album did nothing to dispel the notion that the band are very clever, hard rocking nerds. Contains the usual slash and burn guitars, math-rock arrangements and in jokes that will delight their cult following. Shellac never compromise, they don't need to and '1000 Hurts' is another album of them not compromising to good effect.     
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

yellow6
Shifting Sands of Time

Yellow6 mixes minimal and ambient loops of guitar, layered with drones and melodies. Shifting Sands of Time is more minimal than previous releases in more than just sound. It is a more concise CD featuring 12 tracks in comparison to 2018’s massive 5 CD affair, Reflect. 2CD featuring 6-page booklet with gorgeous photos of Chilean desert.
  • CD (Silber 296)
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Disco Inferno
The 5 Eps

Disco Inferno were an incredibly creative but short-lived band who splurged out a series of excellent records in the early 90s before disappearing in a haze of smoke before they could get the full credit they deserved. They were fond of an EP and this release collects five of these mini-masterpieces showcasing how their sound had evolved from atmospheric Joy Division-esque beginnings to their later hugely influential sampledelic innovations. Stunning and deeply affecting music.  
  • Vinyl Double LP (TPLP1082)
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Vanishing Twin
The Age of Immunology

Vanishing Twin fuse ‘60s pop and electronic music in way similar to Broadcast et al. On The Age Of Immunology, their second full length, the band explore the full breadth of their sound by recording it in a variety of non-standard settings, including the Croatian island of Krk. Features some of the most vital flute interventions I've heard in years. On Fire.
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

The Leaf Library
The World Is A Bell

It's been a few years since the Leaf Library released their acclaimed LP 'Daylight Versions' and the band have since been ensconced in the studio, losing themselves in their swirling sound world of lush and hypnotic pop music. On 'The World is A Bell' the London collective play gorgeously pastoral slow-moving songs that at various times recall Stereolab, Insides and Low. Gonna be a good one this so get on board.   
  • Vinyl Double LP (WIALP080)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Cranes
Self Non-Self

Sort-of goths The Cranes released their second EP, Self Non-self in 1989. It was their first proper release, really, following on from the 1986 cassette-only Fuse EP.  To mark it’s 30th anniversary, an expanded version of the EP is being re-released. The band were led by brother and sister duo Alison and Jim Shaw and, despite not releasing anything since 2008, still perform to this day. 180g pink & black coloured vinyl, limited to 1000 copies on Music On Vinyl.
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP2181C)
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Fabulous Diamonds
Plain Songs

Australian musicians Jarrod Zlatic and Nisa Venerosa formed Fabulous Diamonds back in the early Noughties, and produced a series of lauded records for assorted small labels that explored the more minimalist end of psychedelic rock. But Plain Songs is a departure for the duo, utilising electronics to weave a haunting yet intimate late-night atmosphere. 
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Stereolab
Mars Audiac Quintet (Expanded Edition)

Krautrock mixed with wannabe futurist moog music, Mars Audiac Quintet lives up to its name and ambitions. Stereolab followed up their swirly and softer, less noisy Transient Random Noise Bursts With Announcements with this record, and their tender leaning towards pop music remains. The record is now reissued and expanded.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Tanukichan
So Gone / Loop

Tanukichan is the recording moniker of Hannah Van Loon, a musician based in Oakland, California. She usually records for Company Records, the label owned by Chaz Bear AKA Toro Y Moi. Late ‘80s / Early 90s shoegaze-sounding So Gone / Loop is the 8th single she has recorded for Sonic Cathedral Singles Club.
  • Vinyl 7" (SCR113)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Topographies
Cherry Blossom / Half Asleep

Topographies are new four-piece, based in San Francisco. The fact their sound is pitched somewhere between early Slowdive and The Cure circa Faith may seem a little odd for an SF band, less weird when you find out that they are led by Gray Tolhurst, son of founding and former member of the Cure, Lol Tolhurst. Cherry Blossom/Half Asleep is their latest single, on Sonic Cathedral.
  • Vinyl 7" (SCR109)
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VR Sex
Horseplay

Horses. Can't live with them, can't live without. VR Sex are a provocative and experimental lot who trade in a kind of coagulation of synth punk, doom-rock and post-punk. This is their debut EP previously released on cassette-only and now available on two forms of 12". Oh yeah and it's the guy from Drab Majesty/Marriages making all this racket.  
  • Vinyl 12" (DAIS133LPC2)
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The Appleseed Cast
The Fleeting Light Of Impermanence

'The Fleeting Light Of Impermanence', the Appleseed Cast’s first LP in six years, is another set of post-rock emo-pomp from the veritable kings of that particular sub-genre. All the usual suspects can be found lurking at the corners of the band’s sound - Death Cab For Cutie, American Football, the Postal Service and Menomena all come to mind when listening to this knotted, impassioned album.

Stereolab
Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage In The Milky Night

'Cobra And Phases Group Play Voltage In The Milky Night' is one of Stereolab's most collaborative releases ever, featuring members of a variety of other kindred spirit post-rock/experimental acts, from Tortoise to Jim O'Rourke.  It's being reissued by 1972 Records, putting Stereolab's most controversial record on display once again. Recommended for those who want to hear what rock critics of the late 1990s hated and what Stereolab fans barely blinked an eye at: weird, often kinda twee, occasionally jazzy, always Stereolab.
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Thurston Moore
Three Graces / Leave Me Alone

Former Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore is releasing three seven inch singles. Each will include live track from 2019 live shows and a New Order cover on the B-side, which Moore and his band recorded in Salford. Three Graces / Leave Me Alone is released on Daydream Library and comes with an 8-page zine.

Thurston Moore
Spring Swell / Leave Me Alone

Thurston Moore is releasing three 7” singles. Each will contain moments from his lives shows in 2019. They will also see the former Sonic Youth man discover his inner Manc by including a cover of a New Order song on each single, which he recorded in Salford. Spring Swell /Leave Me Alone is released through Daydream Library and includes an 8-page zine.
  • Vinyl 7" (DLS08)
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  • Coloured vinyl

Chastity
Home Made Satan

The Devil just like your mother used to make on the second LP from Brandon Williams’ Chastity project. Home Made Satan is a set of emotional, widescreen rock and emo from the Ontario native. Williams mourns The Current State Of Affairs over agonised instrumentals that recall the likes of American Football and early Death Cab To Cutie.

Thurston Moore
Pollination / Leave Me Alone

Having made a name for himself in NYC rock outfit Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore returns under his solo guise with this enthralling cover of New Order's 'Pollination / Leave Me Alone'. Recorded in Salford ('the only place he would dare to cover a New Order song') Moore here pays homage to his idols with a fresh take on the track.
  • Vinyl 7" (DLS07)
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  • Coloured vinyl

Documenta
Lady With The Ring

Documenta had been working on the third instalment of their Drone Pop trilogy, but a chance flurry of inspiration caused them to veer off-course and come up with this five-track EP. Lady With The Ring is inspired by a legend of an Irish woman who had to be buried twice after being raised from the dead. If you want a more in-depth account of the legend of Margorie McCall then you’ll have to listen to the record - Spiritualized/Spacemen 3 bassist Will Carruthers gives a detailed synopsis on the eponymous title track. The rest of Lady With The Ring is a mix of folk-rock, post-rock, free-jazz and drone styles. Think Sparklehorse, Mogwai and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy.

Hugar
Varda

Varda are small rock towers that explorers used to navigate their way through Iceland. It is also the name of the second album by Icelandic duo, Hugar. Swathes of classical orchestration are met with ambient pieces all imbued with the spirit of post-rock. Brass, guitars, piano and electronic waves all add to the musical expedition.
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP2489C)
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Glenn Branca
Lesson No.1


  • Vinyl Double LP (SV039)
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Grouper
The Man Who Died In His Boat

Originally released in 2013, this album was recorded by Liz Harris alongside her best-known work, Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill. It’s in the same stylistic ballpark - ethereal, heavily reverbed electric guitar and vocals with dark and mysterious undercurrents, sometimes swimming into clearer focus when Harris switches to acoustic. Out of print for a while and now back on CD.

Is Bliss
Strange Communication

Portsmouth shoegaze/psych band Is Bliss have probably been having the time of their life over the last 2-3 years. With two acclaimed EPs in the bag and support slots with Jesus & Mary Chain, Robin Guthrie, Mark Gardener and Wolf Alice, it must be the stuff of dreams for them. They now have their debut album, Strange Communication ready to go. If you like The Verve circa A Storm In Heaven, Slowdive or Ride then you will love this. On Club AC30.
  • Vinyl LP (AC3016001)
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Blacker Face
Distinctive Juju

Fiery punk rock may not be the logical next step for a gospel singer, but for Jolene Whatevr it was. She fronts Chicago blast furnace Blacker Face who, on Distinctive Juju, drive their forward-thinking political vision with the power of high energy punk rock. Didtinctive Juju is the full-length follow-up to the 2018 EP Think Piece.
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

The Telescopes
Taste (30 Anniversary Edition)

30th anniversary re-issue album on translucent purple vinyl of Taste, the quietly innovative 1989 debut album from British space rock act The Telescopes. Deserving to be mentioned in the same breath as Spacemen 3, JAMC and My Bloody Valentine, this edition comes with a booklet of exclusive contemporary photographs and new liner notes. 
  • Vinyl LP (FC121V12)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only

Tennis System
Lovesick

As the heaviest offering yet from the shoegaze-tinged rock trio, Tennis System have managed to create a gnarly yet immersive third LP. The Los Angeles outfit have been sliding up and down hazy guitars together for over a decade now - but this is the release, astonishingly created in only 5 days (!), that crystallises their trademark formula.

Broadcast
Work & Non Work

The wonderful wonderful sound of Broadcast, brought back onto vinyl again at last by Warp Records. Work & Non Work compiles the singles released by the band prior to their Warp signing, and there are plenty of excellent slices of their alternate universe pop sound here: a universe that is at once shiny future and eerie past. Includes download code.
  • Vinyl LP (WARPLP52R)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Arab Strap
The Week Never Starts Round Here

Hold up -- it's Arab Strap's first ever record. Without any of the reservations and noble ideas the band would go on to incorporate, The Week Never Starts Round Here sees the band offer fourteen tracks of more innocuous alt rock that still betrays their sensibilities for post-rock and instrumental experimentation.

Broadcast
The Noise Made By People

The wonderful wonderful sound of Broadcast, brought back onto vinyl again at last by Warp Records. The Noise Made By People slides into existence with ‘Long Was The Year’, a perfect example of their slinking mysterious sound. A clear melody, and Trish Keenan’s beautiful voice, but with an undertow of unclear samples and droning tones. Something magical for sure.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Broadcast
Ha Ha Sound

Broadcast were one of the most innovative bands of the last 20 years and their influential reach is hard to overstate. Ha Ha Sound was their second studio album and turns their earlier more gentle '60s inspired sonic lullabies into a more realised percussive sonic clatter which takes elements of pop music and effortlessly combines it with exotica, electronica and library music on a dizzying, relentlessly creative work. 
  • Vinyl LP (WARPLP106R)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

The Jesus Lizard
Goat


  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

American Football
American Football (LP3)

20 years ago American Football, formed by Mike Kinsella of Cap’n Jazz, made their eponymously titled post rock-meets-emo debut and split up. The album is highly regarded in many quarters, including here at Norman Records. A follow-up surprised us in 2016, with Mike’s brother Nate expanding the line-up, and now we have the third installment. Features guest performances from Hayley Williams of Paramore and Elizabeth Powell of Land Of Talk. LP and CD on Big Scary Monsters.

Asobi Seksu
Asobi Seksu

Asobi Seksu were a dream pop / shoegaze band from America who consisted of singer and keyboardist Yuki Chikudate and guitarist James Hanna who was known to sing a bit too. They were joined by a whole host of musicians in their four album career. Their self-titled debut was released stateside in 2004, but Europe had to wait until 2007 to get their mits on it. This is the first ever vinyl pressing. Interesting fact: Asobi Seksu translates into English as 'playful sex'.  

Big Black
Bulldozer

Big Black. You know ‘em, you like ‘em, you wanna hear more of ‘em. Bulldozer was the second EP (mini-LP?) released by Steve Albini etc. Originally issued in 1983, the follow-up to the previous year’s Lungs is notable for being the first record on which Big Black nailed their sound. Bolstered by Urge Overkill’s Pat Byrne on drums, the group’s pointed and frenzied brand of hardcore falls into place here. Albini and his pal Bob Weston have given the record a remastering job for this reissue.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Brainiac
Hissing Prigs In Static Couture

With their career tragically cut short due to the death of vocalist/guitarist Tim Taylor in 1997, Brainiac’s third record (and first for seminal indie imprint Touch & Go) Hissing Prigs In Static Couture ended up being their valedictorian effort. Highly acclaimed for its intelligent, noisy take on contemporary indie, this ‘blue swirl’ vinyl re-issue is the perfect memento for this sadly unexplored dead-end in American alternative rock. 
  • Vinyl LP (TG155LPC2)
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múm
Yesterday Was Dramatic - Today Is OK (20th Anniversary Edition)

Yesterday Was Dramatic - Today Is OK was the breakthrough album by winsome Icelanders múm and was released originally in 1999 hence this lavish 20th anniversary edition. Its blending of the organic and the electronic basically invented what became known as folk-tronica. This new edition contains the original album  - remastered of course plus new artwork, original of-the-era remixes and intriguingly new versions of the songs by the Kronus Quartet, Hauschka and Soley.  
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  • Mum
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Buke and Gase
Riposte

The precocious duo Buke & Gase dropped their debut LP Riposte almost a decade ago now, so the time feels right for a reissue of the 2010 record. This pair emerged from the same New York scene that birthed Animal Collective and Dirty Projectors, and the influence of both groups can be felt on this record of zany, hyperactive and experimental indie-rock. tUnE-yArDs, Gang Gang Dance and Shellac are all bundled up in the Riposte sound as well.
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Bdrmm
If Not, When?

Oh dear lord don't. I assume they pronounce this Bedroom. If one more band or artist does this I'm going to scream the house down. It may come as no surprise that this Hull five piece are influenced by DIIV and THCRE (the Cure). This debut 10" on the always collectible Sonic Cathedral contains tracks from three of their self-released singles plus you get the Jewson lot of what they've done so far on the digital. Could be popular so get in on the grd flrr.     
  • Vinyl 10" (SCR139)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Tortoise
Tortoise

You'll need this. A re-issue of the debut album by Chicago post-rock clever clogs Tortoise. It shows the band finding their feet, beginning to lock into the grooves that would merge together perfectly on the now-classic follow up Millions Now Living Will Never Die. Some of their wilder experimentation was a few years off but sometimes Tortoise sounds better off because of its relative simplicity. Re-issue on Thrill Jockey with lovely screen-printed chipboard sleeve in the style of the original.  
  • Vinyl LP (THRILL013LP)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

HTRK
Venus In Leo

Astrology's hot in 2019. 'Venus In Leo' is the fourth album from HTRK, the minimal electronic duo. Theirs is a sound that is finds an intense sadness in mundanity, that is communicated with minimal beats now freed from their noisy shells. As a Leo, I should probably have something to say about the album title. Unfortunately I know literally nothing about astrology.

Black Doldrums
She Divine

An expansive concoction of old-fashioned psych-rock, heavy metal riffing and billowing shoegaze with a decided emphasis on volume, London-based duo Black Doldrums - drummer Sophia Lacroix and lead singer / guitarist Kevin Gibbard - return with a brand new five-track EP on pink vinyl titled She Divine. 
  • Vinyl 12" (AC3016054)
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Dylan Moon
Only The Blues

Dylan Moon is the perfect name for someone who makes music like this. Only The Blues, the Californian artist’s debut LP, is a set of dreamy bedroom guitar pieces. The manner in which Moon’s quiet voice dips in and out of the textures here is pitched somewhere between Arthur Russell, Nick Drake and R.E.M. - which is to say that Only The Blues is a lovely listen.
  • Vinyl LP (RVNGNL57LP)
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Explosions In The Sky
The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place

Well it's certainly not a cold place these days, far from it. Texan post-rockers Explosions In The Sky were typical of the early 2000 era for slowly building textures and screaming crescendos. See also: Mogwai, Godspeed. They had the titles to boot too. Musically this second album continues what debut Those Who Tell the Truth... started but with softer textures and twinkling dynamics. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (TRR61LP)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Efterklang with Copenhagen Phil
The Piramida Concert


  • Vinyl Double LP (CAD3316)
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  • 4AD

This Will Destroy You
New Others Part Two

They may have promised that This Will Destroy You in 2005, but it's now thirteen years on and we’re still standing. Joke’s on them! New Others Part Two, the LA band’s sixth LP, arrives hot on the heels of September’s Part One. It’s another collection of inventive post-rock that shifts between pretty vistas (‘Cascade’) and huge thrashes (‘Sound Of Your Death’). Out via Dark Operative (Power Trip, Black Mare).
  • Vinyl LP (OPS014)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Explosions In The Sky
The Rescue (Anniversary Edition)

Recorded quickly in 2005 and inspired by an incident on tour when the band’s van broke down, necessitating an eight-day stay in an attic waiting for it to be repaired, Explosions In The Sky’s fourth effort has always been something of a missing piece to many fans, never being commercially available anywhere after its limited mail-order release. That’s all changed now, with this first-ever vinyl issue. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Alastair Galbraith
Morse

Alasdair Galbraith started his career in Flying Nun band the Rip before embarking on a solo career. His 1992 album, 'Morse', has seen him be likened to a Dunedin version of Syd Barrett whilst also drawing influences from John Cale and fellow kiwis the Clean. Resolutely lo-fi and most definitely underrated, 'Morse' is a ‘90s underground classic. 

Explosions In The Sky
How Strange, Innocence (Anniversary Edition)

Recorded in the space of two days at the end of 1999, Texan post-rock heroes Explosions In The Sky made small but significant ripples in the underground scene with a limited CD run of their humble debut How Strange, Innocence. Twenty years later, it eventually gets a thorough double-vinyl treatment, with beautiful etchings and inserts. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (TRR085LPC1)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Heaven's Club
Here There and Nowhere

Heaven's Club is the thing Shiv Mehra does when not touring and recording with his other project Deafheaven. See the titular connection? In this project he collaborates with many others to make a more ethereal, atmospheric sound which are borne out of deep-seated longing at work in their poetic and displaced lyricism. An album length fog of beauty and urgency, ripe for picking.    

Dallas Acid
The Spiral Arm

The Spiral Arm is the first album for All Saint Records by synth-orientated dream-pop group Dallas Acid, and their third album proper overall in the last decade. The trio’s career has also seen them do soundtrack work, and collaborate last year with Laraaji, and that fondness for and experience in creating cinematic soundscapes is detectable here. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Ride
This Is Not A Safe Place

Probably one of the best reformations yet, Ride have been better than ever in recent years and this is the follow up to the much loved Weather Diaries. Lead single Future Love is a sparkling slice of upbeat shoegaze with bodes well for the rest of the album. They have proved once again their worth and the only question left is....hat or no hat? 

Dog In The Snow
Vanishing Lands

Even men with steel hearts love to see a dog in the snow. We all do, presumably so does Brighton based artist Helen Ganya Brown who has created this dreamy debut from her home studio and subsequently presumably rejoiced when told it was going to be released by Bella Union. It's a haunting collection of electronica, dream pop and arty rock music that was made when she says she was having some very strange dreams. Possibly ones involving dogs and snow. Clear vinyl if you are quick. 
  • Vinyl LP (BELLA915V)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

A Place To Bury Strangers
Fuzz Club Session

Live session by A Place To Bury Strangers for the does-what-it-says-on-the-tin Fuzz Club. Recorded at the end of their tour for their last album, 2018's Pinned, this recording captures the manic energy of those shows while also offering the band the chance to reflect on their songs they'd been playing. Vital document of a loud band at their loudest.
  • Vinyl LP (FCS12LP)
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  • Last copy

MONO
Hymn To The Immortal Wind (10 Year Anniversary Edition)

Mono’s album Hymn to the Immortal Wind (their first with a full chamber orchetra) is such a big epic boy of a post-rock album, I can’t quite believe that the big chords have even faded away yet from their original playing. And yet here we are, with a one-decade anniversary reissue. These reissues have been remastered by Bob Weston, and are presented in truly luxurious fashion by Temporary Residence.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Brian Crook w/ The Renderers
This World Just Eats Me Up Alive

Brian Crook returns, The Renderers in tow, with another set of ramshackle and fired-up ballads. There’s a lot going on across This World Just Eats Me Up Alive - particularly in the arrangements, where Crook and band appear to have taken an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach. It works, though, and the way that the band pile up guitars, theremins, synths, drums and whatever else is reminiscent of Funeral-era Arcade Fire. Ezra Furman and The Brian Jonestown Massacre also come to mind when listening to This World Just Eats Me Up Alive.

Trupa Trupa
Of The Sun

Trupa Trupa beams are gonna blind me. Well, if the beams in question are coming Of The Sun I suppose you’d expect nothing less. This Polish quartet serve up big, reverb-drenched post-punk on their latest LP. The cavernous sound of tracks like ‘Remainder’ is somewhere on the sliding scale between mid-period Deerhunter and Protomartyr at their most bullish. Somewhere in the crowd there's you.

This Mortal Coil
It'll End In Tears

Oh lord this is the album. Back in the 80's no-one had any time for the likes of Big Star or Tim Buckley. 4AD head honcho was different though. He had exquisite taste and was also ambitious enough to put together a floating member super group to re-interpret some of his favourite songs. It Will End In Tears will always be most known for the now classic Cocteau Twins assisted reading of Buckley's 'Song To The Siren', but their version of Roy Harper's 'Another Day' runs it close as do two (count em) Big Star songs. 
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD

Rev Rev Rev
Kykeon

The eagerly anticipated third studio album from the excellently titled Italian shoegaze band Rev Rev Rev. Amplifying and underlining all of the qualities that made their first couple of records so acclaimed - billowing sheets of MBV noise, Nico-esque incantations from singer Laura Iacuzio - Kykeon may be the definitive work of their career. 
  • Vinyl LP (FC112V12)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Indies-only
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Sigur Rós
22° Lunar Halo

Sigur Ros recently reworked some of their old output for the soundtrack of a dance work by choreographer Cheng Tsung-Lung. The new music they forged from old means also rank as some of the band’s most arresting output, a collection of detailed drones and serious rhythm workouts that aren’t a million miles away from Einstürzende Neubauten. Don’t believe us? See for yourself - the show’s score has now been released through KRUNK under the title 22° Lunar Halo.
  • Vinyl LP (0190296890505)
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  • Last copy

Sigur Rós
Variations On Darkness

Lately the Icelandic group Sigur Ros have spent a fair bit of time writing music for dance pieces. As well as 22° Lunar Halo - the score they created for a new choreography by Cheng Tsung-Lung - les Ros also turned out Variations On Darkness for a performance by the Icelandic Dance Company at their own Nordur og nidur festival. Comprising of new material and re-workings of some older tracks, the two side-long pieces of Variations On Darkness find the band at their most expressive and ambitious. Everything from icy drone to broiling noise to the organic power electronics of Ben Frost get a look-in here.
  • Vinyl LP (0190296890499)
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  • Last copy

Belong
Common Era

Vinyl and CD reissue of Belong's Common Era, the first long player to be released since the celebrated but underexposed October Language. This album retains the fuzzed out ambience but augments the gorgeous, Hecker-esque wooziness with a more song based, shoegaze approach, replete with drums and vocals.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Shellac
Excellent Italian Greyhound

Excellent Italian Greyhound was Shellac's fourth record dating from 2007. If you believe the press release all the songs are about Italy or greyhounds....and just look at that dog sleeve. It came with the usual non fanfare  - no promos, no shows around the album, no photos but Shellac can get away with it because..well...they are Shellac and if you like them you'll buy their records unconditionally.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Sonic Youth
Sister

Goofin’ records repress Sonic Youth’s art-rock masterwork Sister, and they’ve even included a download with the vinyl LP. On their fifth album the band’s dissonant no-wave drones are as heavy as ever, but they’re tied to sharper songwriting and thoughtful band dynamics.

Vlimmer
XIII

Those of you who’ve been keeping up with Alexander Leonard Donat’s output as Vlimmer these past few years will know what to expect from new EP XIII. Donat has carved out a niche as one of modern coldwave’s most prolific and impressive artists, and these five tunes do nothing to upset that particular apple cart. Much of this EP kicks and screams, but cuts like ‘Kontakt’ are slow and insidious in that Alice Glass kind of way.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Vlimmer
XIIII

Under the title of Vlimmer the one born Alexander Leonard Donat has released EPs at an impressive clip these past few years. Vlimmer’s debut release I only came out in 2015, but as you can see Donat’s already hit XIIII (and a few more un-numbered titles) before the decade is out. Keeping busy clearly suits Donat - by now he’s got his brand of theatrical coldwave down to a fine art. Fans of Gestalt, Absolute Body Control and the rest should scooch on over to this record.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Big Stick
LP

Sometimes, a name is all you need. Something about the phrase Big Stick tickles me more than I can express. But less about me. The band are back with the less well named LP, their first album proper in 15 years. Completely anarchic punk nonsense, rarely have two musicians sounded like they were having so much fun.

Battles
Juice B Crypts

Having attracted some criticism for their indifferent last outing four years ago, experimental rock enthusiasts Battles drop their fourth studio album, which presses the reset button on expectations once again. Which is to say, there's only two of them now. Juice B Crypts is a veritable whirlwind of sonics and features collaborations with Shabazz Palaces and tUnE-YaRdS.
  • Vinyl Double LP (WARPLP301)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Vinyl Double LP (WARPLP301X)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Linda Guilala
Estado Natural

Delightfully high-spirited shoegaze indie pop from Linda Guilala, rather in the bubbling, blissful vein of Stereolab and that. The trio’s single comes on red wax by way of the Cathedral Sounds Singles Club. With a slower pace, lush sound and classic, dreamy chord structure, flip-side ‘Espacio de tiempo’ outshines the A if you ask me.
  • Vinyl 7" (SCR104)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

CHAI
PINK

London’s Heavenly Recordings reissue a long overdue j-pop classic by four-piece kawaii-overloaders CHAI. PINK was first released as long ago as February 2018 by Burger Records, so it’s great to see it available once again, uh, on this side of the pond. The band’s brief, energetic songs explore pop culture at its most excessive and materialistic, and of course it’s strangely compelling.

epic45
Against The Pull Of Autumn

This is the first record I heard by epic45, and the third of their spectacular vinyl rereleases. I bought it based on its cover because I was a 16-year old kid who thought unfocussed landscape pictures were cool. Luckily, Against the Pull of Autumn still has that penchant for nostalgia and directionsless daydreams, and is now, finally, out on (limited edition) vinyl!
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Sonic Youth
Evol

Sonic Youth’s Evol is their third album from 1986 and as the title may hint towards, Evol is the album which sees Sonic Youth evolve into a rockier sound which always reminds me a bit of The Doors, as the sound swells from crashing guitar into murky drums effortlessly. Available on vinyl or CD. CD comes with an additional track which also comes with the vinyl’s download code.   

Big Black
Atomizer

Atomizer was the very first full-length album released by Steve Albini’s original group, Big Black. The band arrived fully formed, with trademark violent lyrics and violent production, grinding and growling vigorously along. Contains their particularly classic track ‘Kerosene’. The reissue LP is only available through independent record stores like ours!
  • Vinyl LP (TG93LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Indies-only
  • Last copy

Bowery Electric
Beat

Finally available on vinyl pressing after a 20 year wait (to the day), is Bowery Electric's sophomore record - Beat. Slotting into a timeless sub-genre with the likes of Portishead and Massive Attack, the New York-based duo's avant-garde trip-hop stands the test of time and represents a sprawling range of influences.

Sonic Youth
The Eternal


  • Vinyl Double LP (OLE8291)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Purple Pilgrims
Perfumed Earth

Purple Pilgrims are two New Zealand sisters, drawing in contributions from occasional others in order to achieve the sound they want. Those contributors here include Gary War, Roy Montgomery and the guitarist from Surf City, all helping to make this second album a rich and fabulous multi-layered experimental pop experience. Perfumed Earth is released by Flying Nun.

Molly
All That Ever Could Have Been

Molly are at it again with what might be the most shoegaze album title I've ever heard. All That Ever Could Have Been is the band's debut album, and builds on the titanic promises of Glimpse, their 2017 EP. Dreamy shoegaze that could fell a damn. Genuinely awe-inspiring stuff. On Sonic Cathedral.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

65daysofstatic
replicr, 2019

replicr, 2019 is the seventh album in the near 20 year career of Sheffield experimentalists, 65daysofstatic. The album is at once a continuation and evolution for the band. It follows their score for the game No Man’s Sky, which caused them to think differently about the way they made music, building their own synths, software and way of writing.
  • Vinyl LP (19075978371)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only

  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Zu
Carboniferous

Zu made a name for themselves blending (or abusing as the press release has it) forms of avant metal, electronics and industrial noise. So powerful in fact that it blew John Zorn away which given his output is quite the achievement. Carboniferous is their 2009 era classic featuring contributions from the likes of Mike Patton and King Buzzo. Strap yourself in and get your ears ready for this luxury gold vinyl re-press.  

Duster
Stratosphere

Stratosphere by American indie band, Duster, was originally released in 1998. It is a forgotten gem of the the slowcore genre. Just like Irish musical grandad, Val Doonican, they rock, but gently. Unlike Val Doonican, they will appeal to fans of mid-fi American indie-rock of the ‘90s. Reissue on Numero Group.

Still Corners
Strange Pleasures

The sophomore LP from Still Corners is their light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel record. Where 2010 debut Creatures Of An Hour was conceived in a post-breakup fug, Strange Pleasures turns the corner and stumbles on a vista of great beauty. This is highly evocative hypnagogic dream-pop that blends Haruomi Hosono, Real Estate and Cocteau Twins to glorious effect.

Bill Callahan
Woke Up On A Whaleheart

Well we've all done it haven't we? This was Bill Callahan's debut solo album but as we know he'd previously been recording all but solo albums as Smog. There's no real departure here to warrant the change, just more of his soft baritone and lyrical prowess emboldened by Neil Hagerty's twinkling production which adds a prettiness to his slo-mo soundscapes. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

The xx
I See You

Are you ready to weep? Here come sad Londoners the XX with a brand new album and following on from Jamie's solo success it sounds like they've brought some upbeat dance floor energy into their misery. Hall and Oates sampling lead single 'On Hold' shows them sounding relatively upbeat.  Comes on all sorts of different formats. 

Cocteau Twins
Heaven Or Las Vegas

‘Heaven Or Las Vegas’ was originally released in 1990 and was to become the bands most commercially successful release, reaching Number 7 in the UK Album Charts. Numerous publications have since declared it one of the best albums of the 90s, with Pitchfork calling it “a core of ungodly gorgeous songs that is every bit as moving and relevant today as it ever was.”
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Mogwai
Come On Die Young

This deluxe edition of ‘Come On Die Young’ has been painstakingly put together by the band and label, unearthing more than an hour of bonus material, including: Previously unreleased takes from early Chem19 sessions of ‘Waltz For Aidan’, ‘Christmas Steps’, ‘Rollerball’ and ‘7-25’, which featured on ‘Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait’. Seven remixed and remastered album tracks from CAVA sessions pre-dating the final Tarbox recording sessions. Two previously unreleased tracks - ‘Satchel Panzer’ and ‘Spoon Test’. Rarities ‘Nick Drake’, ‘Hugh Dallas’ and the three track ‘Travels In Constants’ EP. The original, previously unreleased version of ‘Helps Both Ways’. Available on double CD, 4LP box set and digital download. Box set details: Four 180gsm LPs featuring the original double LP, plus two LPs of bonus material and a download code for all audio. Two exclusive Chem19 demos: ‘Christmas Steps’ and ‘7-25’. Limited to 1500 units for the UK and Eire.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

SWANS
The Seer

As the current incarnation of Swans draws to a close, here’s the second studio album by that version of the band, from 2012. Michael Gira assembled a lineup of veterans like Norman Westberg and new blood including Thor Harris, guest spots from the likes of Karen O and Ben Frost, with even Jarboe making an appearance. They managed to combine the monolithic heaviness of the past with a new sensibility that saw the lengthy tracks evolve over the course of touring. Massive epics like The Apostate and the 32-minute title track are balanced by gentle miniatures such as The Daughter Brings the Water and Song for a Warrior. This is a huge, sprawling album, and only the first of three such two-hour, 2CD or 3LP monsters. Some of the most ambitious and visionary rock music of recent years. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Low
C'mon

Low just get more popular and more influential as the years roll past don't they? C'mon was their 2011 era album that was a lot more conventional that their previous off kilter effort Drums and Guns and marks a return to their gloriously rich slow moving harmonic sound. Opener Try to Sleep was yet another example of them making great things out of seemingly nothing. Oft copied, never bettered, always super soothing.  
  • Artist(s):
  • Low
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Mogwai
Mr Beast

Named after a mysterious sign the band saw whilst waiting in the arrivals lounge at an airport, Mogwai's excellent fifth album was only marred by then manager Alan McGee's bluster in trying to say that it was the best art rock album he's been involved in since My Bloody Valentine's 'Loveless'. Mogwai needed none of that nonsense as they quietly went about their post-rock business this time with shorter songs and a more economical approach to their songwriting. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Broadcast
The Future Crayon

Broadcast had already made a slew of increasingly vital and influential albums by the time 2006 rolled around so it was high time for a collection of non album tracks. This 18 track opus collects rarities from 1993 to 2003 and showcases the lesser heard side of these retro-futurist legends and includes EP tracks B sides and compilation tracks. Essential for all fans of this much missed band. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

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