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Haley Bonar
Last War

Alt-country-ish chanteuse Haley Bonar is back with a sixth album of wistful and widescreen singer-songwriter business, ably assisted by a backing band including folks who play with Bon Iver, Tapes 'n Tapes, Alpha Consumer and Andrew Bird. Expect breathy-voiced prettiness with slick Americana arrangements....view item »

Teeth of The Sea
Master

Teeth of the Sea are back with album number three, ‘Master’, as they further refine their spaghetti western space rock into new cosmic forms, with lots of krautrock repetition and lashings of synths which bring to mind the likes of Eat Lights Become Lig...view item »

Her Name Is Calla
Navigator

Brooding folky post-rock types Her Name Is Calla are back with their third album, ‘Navigator’ which has been produced over the last few years with band members Tom and Adam passing demos back and forth to each other to be eventually filled out with their usual sound of uber downbeat post-apocalyptic folk. ‘Navigator’ is a...view item »

Siskiyou
Nervous

Siskiyou use whispered lyrics, stacked acoustic guitars and stripped back minimal melody and drums to evoke a tightly-wound man haunted by something unknown. Inspired by lead singer Colin Huebert's year of illness and anxiety, the record captures the internal psychological terror and unease of his experiences. The deluxe 180g LP...view item »

Inventions
Maze of Woods

Maze of Woods is the ultimate slice of second-gen post-rock nostalgia. Combining the ethereal, crystalline guitars of Explosions In The Sky -- with as many crescendos as you like -- with Matthew Cooper's neo-classical drone, the sparkly super-group known as Inventions make evocative and reassuringly prett...view item »

Aloa Input
Mars Etc

Munich trio Aloa Input drop their second album following 2013’s ‘Anysome’ and it’s a further refinement of the tuneful angularity of the debut, blending drawled vocals, bulky rhythms and elegantly intertwined bass and guitar. Not a million miles away from Franz Ferdinand’s rebooted ...view item »

Surf City
Jekyll Island

Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, one imagines Surf City’s name borrows as much from their country’s diverse panoply of sports as much as they do from Brian Wilson. As you’d expect Jekyll Island is sun-drenched but with a keen ear for extended fuzz workouts. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Fire....view item »

Noxagt
Collection 1

And so I go from La Roux to Noxagt in one move. “The worst one-note rubbish you’ve ever heard in your life” not my words, the words of the ‘alternative rock’ band Hundred Reasons in an aricle printed on the back of the sleeve. Good to see Noxagt have a sense...view item »

Last Ex
Last Ex

Timber Timbre chaps Simon Trottier and Olivier Fairfield dip their toes into experimental instrumental rock with new project Last Ex, which takes its name from an abandoned film which Timber Timbre recorded a soundtrack for a couple of years ago, which started the pair down this particular avenue. Mixing sweeping cinematic strings and Morricone-...view item »

Swervedriver
I Wasn't Born To Lose You

Formed in Oxford in 1989, shoegazers Swervedriver consisted of founder members Adam Franklin and Jim Hartridge who combined energetic, guitar driven melodies with heartfelt songwriting reminiscent of some of their contemporaries from the time such as Dinosaur Jr or Sonic Youth. ‘I Wasn’t Born To Lose You’ is their fifth studio ...view item »

Echodrone
Five

A backwards looking release from shoegaze-inspired electro-MOR band Echodrone. Five sounds like Slowdive playing Depeche Mode covers underwater. It’s a little bit like a dreampop Smashing Pumpkins at times thanks to the swirling, distorted guitars and ethereal vocals. Out on CD from Saint Marie....view item »

Van Coeur
Sun Kills Vampires

Sun Kills Vampires is the debut LP from Brighton trio Van Coeur whose minimal percussion, hushed vocals and interweaving guitar sound has been likened to alt-rock mainstays Slint and Do Make Say Think. Stark and captivating, lots of lo-fi layered feedback and static hiss can also b...view item »

Aerial
Put It This Way In The Headlines

Featuring members of Simian Ghost, No Coda and Alpha Mound, Swedish collaborators Aerial have produced the perfect and uniquely Aerial mix of post-rock sincerity and an almost poppy/singalong songwriting style. ‘Put It This Way In The Headlines’ is a chillingly atmospheric record with all the visual depth and power of bands like God ...view item »

Au.Ra
Jane’s Lament

New full length album Jane’s Lament from Sydney’s Au.Ra who are Tim Jenkins and Tom Crandles. Inspired by jamming sessions, the sounds build up through drone, looping melodies and drums, and reverbed instrumentation. Dreamy, psychedelic pop music. Chilled out meditative sounds. CD and vinyl on Felte....view item »

Group of the Altos
R U Person Or Not

Twelve piece avant-garde rock band from Milwaukee, Group Of Altos make their music by huddling together when drunk or angry or excited about thunder. They build themselves into a frenzy of expression through loud humming, heavy beats and blown out guitars. The result is a an instrumental intensity of beautiful human sound....view item »

Gross Net
Gross Net

Some jagged noises from Gross Net. This self-titled release is a tasty three tracker from Belfast's favourite weirdos. Full of reverby guitars, woozy synthesiser and dubbed out vocals. It's like Glen Branca invited Suicide and Throbbing Gristle over for a party and they tried to write a pop song but ended up takin...view item »

Variety Lights
Silent Too Long

On this 10” original Mercury Rev singer David Baker and his synthy friend Will MacLean bust out a couple of tracks of their weird synthetic minimal pop...view item »

Dave Cloud & Gospel of Power
Pleasure Before Business

Dave Cloud is that odd man who won our SOTW the other day. Various Production love him so much they've done some of their stunning art for his new album 'Pleasure Before Business' which sounds like the entire 60's rolled into one. And a whole load of 70s too. He's a bit crazy Arthur Brown, a little Lou reed, a tinge of Iggy Pop, a chunk of Beefhear...view item »

Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche
Zubberdust!

The airtight experimental label Constellation continues to fly off the walls with their genres by enlisting Avec Le Soliel Sortant De Sa Bouche, a group based around the vocalist and bass player Jean-Sebastien Truchy, who used to make music with the abstract post-rock band Fly Pan Am. Now, he likes to make funky kraut rock, and the exuberant 'Zu...view item »

Zun Zun Egui
Shackles Gift

Everybody be happy, Zun Zun Egui are returning with a new album on Bella Union. Shackle’s Gift features their customary swirl of musical styles, one of those ‘melting pot’ sounds that should probably be awful, but actually gets the balance joyously right. You’ll dance, you’ll laugh, you&rsq...view item »

A.C. Temple / The Wedding Present
Miss Sky / Undercurrent

Finally out on vinyl again, this 7” is practically free with any order. Originally released with Ablaze! magazine, the A.C. Temple / The Wedding Present split single, featuring the songs Miss Sky and Undercurrent, makes the excellent addition to your order, not to mention its role in expanding yo...view item »

Deerhoof
Offend Maggie

Deerhoof from me first this week. I've been a long time admirer of this kooked-out lady-led collective. Their fractured spazz core of yore is much more subtle these days. In it's place Offend Maggie's opening number reminds Brett of 'Alright Now' by Free but with a chirupping lady of Oriental extraction trilling all over the place. Their distinctiv...view item »

Yeti Magazine
Issue 12

Well, we'd like to review the 7” that comes with this wonderful book/magazine but it seems to be  stapled to the back of the sleeve making removal and reattachment a bit of a tricky business. All you need to know is that it features a Grouper exclusive, a cover of a song by Dead...view item »

Ithi
The Persistence Of Meaning

A hard hitting first track by ITHI, a New York-based duo. The long ear filling drone of black, industrial, electric sounds. Making you feel as if you're in a different world or on some world of substance unknown to man kind. The noises echo around your head going in one ear and coming out of the other as something new. In the third track of ...view item »

The Rebel
K Rot

Avant-garde rambler Ben Wallers has used a variety of wonderfully obnoxious bands as vehicles for his taunting, such as post-punkers the Country Teasers, but now goes under a new alias: The Rebel. Some ecstatically mumbled vocals are dug deep into the mix of frenetic keys and ramshackle programmed drums, and the result is something like a l...view item »

Flare Acoustic Hearts League
Big Top / Encore

Noveller
Fantastic Planet

Quite a CV Sarah Lipstate of Noveller has: I’ll leave you to look up the details, but suffice to say that she has played with or alongside at least half of the interesting American musicians you like. Noveller is her solo project, and Fantastic Planet finds her sifting synths into her usually guit...view item »

Broughton's Rules
Anechoic Horizon

A post-rock band with a bit of the Don Caballero in them (literally and figuratively), Broughton's Rules are ready to unleash their second record of emotive guitar signalling and climactic skyscraping. 'Anechoic Horizon' is a purely instrumental work that evokes the genre's blank and beautiful heydays. Post-rock, I want to believe....view item »

Junkboy
Sovereign Sky

Brothers Mik and Rich Hanscomb live in Brighton and go under the name Junkboy.Their first album since 2010’s Koyo, Sovereign Sky is warm, melodic West Coast pop, evoking the sun that kisses the Californian coast, even if it doesn’t quite get as much action on the south coast of the UK. Vinyl LP on Enraptured...view item »

Future Death
Special Victim

Impulsive sugarcane power pop with an ecstatic love of maths from Austin-based Future Death. Frothily lo-fi and bursting with infectious cut and paste melodies Special Victim is bright, breezy and soaked in neon glow. Think Tera Melos meets Fang Island. Out now on CD and vinyl LP from Bloodmoss Records....view item »

The Men
Immaculada

Given the rate at which they’ve been accumulating plaudits and column inches over the past couple of years for their gnarly post-grungey noise rock dirge-pop, on the back of two excellent albums on Sacred Bones, it’s no surprise to see that The Men’s out...view item »

Skink
Distant Pale Horses

Skink's new EP is, as implied by its title, a work concerned with remoteness. It covers the gamut of our existence in time, meditates on the possible, and is up to scratch on its hidden equestrian subtext. Distant Pale Horses' noisy interludes will serve to prepare you for the dreams that can be had in between...view item »

Blueneck
King Nine

Proggy crew Blueneck have a new record, 'King Nine', and it's oh so serene: synth resounds around the corners of songs, while guitars shimmer and build to climaxes like the band are on some This Will Destroy You hype, tempered by pianos and the soft vocals of Duncan Attwood. 'King Nine' sounds like Porcupine Tree entering their pop phase but sti...view item »

Gravenhurst
Flashlight Seasons

It took me awhile but I finally fell in love with Gravenhurst’s first two albums. In the early 2000’s I have to admit  my reaction to them signing to Warp was one of sheer disbelief. There were far better bands out there at the time doing a kinda similar thing and more deserving of the Warp dollar. I thought them chancers, miser...view item »

Githead
Waiting for a Sign

The fourth album from experimental indie supergroup Githead is more surprisingly melodic post-punk and rich, sunny instrumentation. Robin Rimbaud AKA Scanner mixes his experimental tendencies with the skills of Colin Newman from Wire and Malka Spigel and Max Franken of Minimal Compact. Improvised music has never sounded so immed...view item »

Gravenhurst
Flashlight Seasons / Black Holes In The Sand / Offerings: Lost Songs 2000-2004

A band with a lot of post-rock commotion and grimacing facial expressions, Gravenhurst might seem like an odd fit for Warp now. Back in 2004, though, they were all the rage, and this collection shows the band at their atmospheric best, with their first two records -- 'Flashlight Seasons' and 'Black Holes In The Sand' -- reissued with a lot of su...view item »

Boredoms
Super Roots 8

Boredoms are back with a new release in the Super Roots collection this time called "Super Roots 8". The main song of this release is the great "Jungle Taitei" which is boredoms at there best. Awesome drum and conga beats psychedelic guitars and hypnotic vocals. This really once again proves that Boredoms have managed to produce an incredibly un...view item »

Obake
Mutations

Obake awoke one morning to discover they had turned into a giant cockroach. Or, alternatively, they decided to metamorphose metal into ambient and noise, further abstracting their sound from its original resources, and continuing to take one of the most extreme genres out of its shadowy confines. 'Mutations', their second record, proves them to ...view item »

Blind Mr. Jones
Tatooine (20th Anniversary Edition)

Escaping the peak of shoegaze and the attendant cliches, Blind Mr. Jones’ Tatooine arrives on CD as well as vinyl for the first time. A great mix of swirling melodies and chiming guitar lines, Blind Mr. Jones wrote songs as weightless and memorable as more well known shoegazers and they’ve got a flautist for...view item »

Trans Upper Egypt
Trans Upper Egypt

The self-titled sophomore release from Italians Trans Upper Egypt delivers an intoxicating blend of ratatat rhythms, psych-soaked vocals and krautrock repetition. Summoning the freedom of Damo Suzuki, it’s a hypnotic journey with the distant ghost of Hawkwind looming overhead. Out on vinyl LP from Monofonus Press....view item »

Dirty Beaches
Stateless

Known for his furious live shows, his battered electronics and his heartbroken, buried under vocals, Alex Zhang Hungtai makes some of the most forceful and emotive experimental works out there. His last record under the Dirty Beaches alias was the double record 'Drifters / Love Is The Devil', which showed two flips of his creative coin: on one s...view item »

Anatomy of Habit
Ciphers + Axioms

Despite arguably coming from entirely different disciplines -- the band comprises ex-members of Tortoise and Wolves In The Throne Room, to name just two -- Anatomy of Habit marry the heavy but introspective build-ups of post-metal with the dissonant refusals of noise rock. It's a different venture all round, but 'Ciphers + Axioms' dives right in...view item »

Thought Forms
Ghost Mountain

‘Ghost Mountain’ is a superbly heady mix of full on doom rock drone and effects laden MBV style indie rock, on first listen I’m blown away by the ease of transition from one style to the other and after a while I feel like it just works perfectly, if you can imagine ...view item »

Bell Gardens
Slow Dawns For Lost Conclusions

Listening to "Darker Side Of Sunshine", a lead tune from 'Slow Dawns For Lost Conclusions', it's hard not to be reminded of the softest, most anonymous slowcore artists: the soft percussion, lilting twang and whispered vocal harmonies all bring Low to mind, the song both grandiose and impossibly light. On 'Slow Dawns For Lost Conclusions' Bell G...view item »

MONO
The Last Dawn

Stripping their sound back from the grandiose orchestral pomp of their recent albums, Japanese post-rockers Mono return this week with two separate single LPs rather than their usual double. 'The Last Dawn' and 'Rays Of Darkness' explore the opposing themes of light and dark, joy and pain, with 'The Last Dawn' perhaps unsurprisingly being the li...view item »

MONO
Rays of Darkness

Mono return without the orchestra for their latest tag-team of albums, with 'Rays Of Darkness' providing a scorched and blackened companion piece to the more redemptive 'The Last Dawn', with the two being released simultaneously. In contrast to that more uplifting LP, this one provides a devastating wall of crumbling distorto-drones and harsh no...view item »

Onna
Onna

I knew this re-released Onna 7" from 1983 would be AMAZE when I read the Holy Mountain website and it was mentioning people like Les Razilles Denudes, Stars and White Heaven.. Admittedly the latter two was only because a forthcoming compilation features early guitar work from Michio Kurihara, but still. In theory it sounds like a total treat ...view item »

Lukas Creswell-Rost
Go Dream

Lukas Cresswell-Rost was formerly part of Leeds post rock twiddlers The Pattern Theory but having relocated to Berlin is pursuing a much different oeuvre with this album of polished 80's sophisti-pop. Opener 'Foreign Movies' has some serious Prefab Sprout moves, 'Ten Dollar Cocktails' goes even further and I hasten to mention Phil Collins. A bad...view item »

Caroline
Verdugo Hills Remixes

While the remixes of Caroline's debut album "Murmurs" all brought unique approaches to the each track, making them actually sound like new versions, these "remixes" are just too minimal. Except for maybe the last track, all of the songs from Verdugo Hills are stripped of either the main arrangement and replaced with minimal lazy/ basic arrangeme...view item »

Fire Eyes
Hide Out

Led by the vocal juxtapositions of Sally Megee and Paul Beet, who share the mic as if their acid and alkaline voices can meet in the middle, Fire Eyes make a soulful kind of indie rock that sounds serene and widescreen. The sly guitar licks, soft percussion and dramatic keys of 'Hide Out' give it a compelling backdrop, but it's in Megee and Beet...view item »

Pit Er Pat
High Time Remix

Hey hey!!! Here we've got 'High Time Remix', five re-mixes from Pit Er Pat's 2008 release 'High Time'. I'm a big fan of the band but last years LP seems to have passed me by somehow. This i regret as Pit Er Pat are going from strength to strength and these re-mixes are sounding top. 'The Ciaro shuffle' remixed by Brenmar is a tropical multi-tap del...view item »

Electric Youth
Innerworld

If you've been following the world of film in the last 3 years, you will have heard Electric Youth's bittersweet single featuring College, 'A Real Hero', featured in 2011's Drive. On these Canadian's debut full length, they conjure up similarly emotional, 80s-inspired synthpop which would be right at home on a beach accompanying a cool pair...view item »

Takako Minekawa & Dustin Wong
Savage Imagination

Dustin Wong is the lightning-fast guitarist and loop aficionado behind the crazy sound of the late noise rock band Ponytail, as well as his own instrumental forays, including last years 'Meditation of Ecstatic Energy'. Takako Minekawa, meanwhile, is an established J-pop songwriter with twee and electronic inclinations. They've already relea...view item »

We Need Secrets
Melancholy & The Archive

'Melancholy & The Archive', the debut by Canadian shoegazers We Need Secrets, immediately recalls a myriad bands who liked drowning their tunes in that thing we call fuzz: the string bends on 'Melancholy' recall My Bloody Valentine, the happy melodies bring back the romantic pop Eric's Trip, and you can fill in the rest with your lo-fi indie...view item »

Kontakte
These Machines

Shoegazers Kontakte come out of the woodwork for 'These Machines', their new eight track mini-record that covers two years of artistic processes. It's the follow-up to their recent 'Fear of Music' EP and finds them on their very own record label for the first time, which they have ambitiously -- and with lots of post-rock hand gestures -- titled...view item »

Paul Flaherty, Chris Corsano, C. Spencer Yeh Trio / Oren Ambarchi & Matt Skitz Sanders
Split

Triple blast from sax drums and violin wizards here and what a trio splattering out frenetic cacophony like being attacked by a a zillion killer ants. It's a hyper rush of intensity from start to finish leaving my jaw on the the floor. "What the fuck just happened???" CHAOS!!! Oren and Matt pull out an unexpected move with huge drum blasts in al...view item »

Moon Relay
Moon Relay

The debut from Norwegian quartet Moon Relay, this self-titled LP sees the multi-instrumental instrumentalists galloping through nine unpronounceable tracks. A taut, twisting mass of krautrock repetition, screeching noise rock distortion and stop-start Oxes-esque precision, featuring synths, electronics, marimba, organ and gra...view item »

Lifers
Living With Damp

On the sleeve there are three arses but no its not the new Manic Street Preachers album, its a great little 7" from a Male Bonding dude, helped out by a Dum Dum Girl on one track. Its immediately rather intoxicating. Guitars are spindly, melodies are firm, production is lo...view item »

Hollow Sunshine
Held Above

I seem to have found myself with lots of metal in my review mountain today, so I was expecting this debut LP by Hollow Sunshine on Robotic Empire to be pretty straightforward chug'n'howl business but I'm pleasantly surprised to discover that it's actually pretty weird and...view item »

Pollot
Pollot

A band from Turku, Finland and its ever-expanding scene of intriguing experimental rock acts, Pöllöt are now releasing their self-titled debut record. Their music often retains the lo-fi tag -- not as a trophy but as a tool -- fixing it on grooves that sound beautifully suppressed as a result of their production. The ban...view item »

Greys
If Anything

Greys are a canadian punk rock band with the sole aim of making a noisy old racket about everything on If Anything. The band spew out short bursts of angry noise aimed at giving you and ya mates a good old-school party while annoying the neighbours -- what could be much better? For fans of Fugazi and ot...view item »

Adebisi Shank
This Is The Third Album of a Band Called Adebisi Shank

While Adebisi Shank may be over, but their legacy lives on with this ace third album from the math-rock trio. Relentless, soaring, and quite a lot like a heavier version of winning on a Nintendo game, the band definitely went out on a high when they released this just before the split. Available on vinyl or CD....view item »

Bear In Heaven
Time Is Over One Day Old

Bear In Heaven’s new album is aptly titled ‘Time Is Over One Day Old’. It’s a record with a visceral relationship to time and its processes. Where invulnerability and ambition can support you as you grow, at some point they become dead weight and being true to yourself means casting them off, starting anew. This plays out...view item »

Dredd Foole & Ben Chasney
Drunk With Insignificance

Here's an album by someone I've heard of and someone I haven't. Ben Chasny of Six Organs of Admittance and Ben Chasny fame has teamed up with a character called Dredd Foole. I wonder if that's his real name like Kurt Vile. On this album Mr Foole takes the fore most of the time with some alt-co...view item »

Various
I Hear The Devil Calling Me

Tracks: A1  Alastair Galbraith Milky Milo Man 1:00A2  A Handful Of Dust The Lonesome Death Of Albert Ayler 0:48A3  Peter Jefferies Lassitude 1:08A4  Olla Dead Fish 1:02A5  Renderers, The I Hear The Devil Calling Me 1:11A6  Dead C, The 5.12.90 0:48 B1 &nb...view item »

Delay Trees
Readymade

This one has my name written all over it. First up it has trees in the band name. I like trees. I also like drifty, dreamy guitar pop, the type recently made popular by Real Estate and Wild Nothing. 80’s influenced, slightly flangy guitars and murmured indistinct vocals. ...view item »

Dub Thompson
9 Songs

Was most curious about this as our Clint was enthusiastic about it which means, regardless of his worrying infatuation with Yacht Rock, that it's most likely to be a pretty damn cool record. Which it is, I can happily declare. I think he knew I'd thrill my ass off to '9 Songs'. Which only has 8 songs. See what they did there? Now. What d...view item »

Half-handed Cloud
Flying Scroll Flight Control

Experimental twee popster Half-Handed Cloud has a wild kaleidoscope of syrupy indiepop for your diabetic ears to eagerly absorb this week. Pitchfork have him down as a “hypercaffeinated Shins”, and certainly Mr Cloud’s soft falsetto and ridiculously catchy harm...view item »

Brontide
Artery

As one of longest slow-burn artists on Pink Mist and Holy Roar, the glacial unravelling of Brontide has been a consistent, fascinating tease.  Following a momentum-stoking 12” single (‘Coloured Tongues’) and tours in America, Europe and the UK finally the band settled down to write and record ‘Artery’. ...view item »

Divorce
Divorce (Album)

Glasgow mentalists Divorce have been doing the rounds for a bit now, teasing us with all manner of juicy singles full of scratchy, unhinged psychopunk clatterings, but only now have they finally got round to dropping a full album of their anarchic disc-sander-to-the-face rantings. It’s f...view item »

Young British Artists
A Change By Any Other Name

It's a bold move to name your band after an art movement, so I had high hopes for the levels of ambition to be found on Young British Artists' debut LP. Sadly, however, it's sorely lacking the confrontational sass that defined their visual artist namesakes, opting instead to plod firmly down the middle of the road trod by the...view item »

SEIROM
And The Light Will Swallow Everything

SEIROM is M.C. De Jong. And The Light Will Swallow Everything marks a departure from De Jong’s usual desolate and bleak work, this time he has created something that is bright and glorious, 4AD-ish and cinematic by using elements of shoegaze, post-rock and black metal. And The Light Will Sw...view item »

Watter
This World

Grails/Slint blokes. Nuff said.” That’s all the post-it on the front of this CD has to tell me, and listening to it now I’d say that’s a valid point. Watter is like a musical victory lap for some of Louisville’s finest - multi-instrumentalists Zak Riles (...view item »

Gentle Friendly
KAUA'I O'O A'A

The ghost of Animal Collective looms large over a large majority of modern groups. Here is another. Now onto their second record having transferred from Upset the Rhythm to Fat Cat, they are going to have to win me over with tunes as the first few minutes reveals enough annoying noises to make you go runni...view item »

Hedvig Mollestad Trio
Enfant Terrible

There's a post-it on this record that simply has my name on it, since I'm the office's known Rune Grammofon expert. This is of course album number three from those crunchy minimal jazz-proggers Hedvig Mollestad Trio. Those of you who are familiar with the previous two will know that this lot's stock in trade is twisty-turny instrumentals full ...view item »

Abrakadabra / Magnapinna
Split

Here’s a split 12” between a band I’ve not heard, Berlin trio Abrakadabra (“groove-ridden dissonance” says the press release), and one I have heard, local trio Magnapinna (“dissonant, groove-ridden” says the press release). First thing’s first then, I’m listening to Abrakadabra’...view item »

Thisquietarmy
Rebirths

One man guitar orchestra Eric Quatch inhabits that wild and fertile (and increasing populated) border zone between ambient, shoegaze and metal. He’s been quietly forging his sound and releasing music as Thisquietarmy since 2005 and with this latest release, ‘Rebirths’, he offers new recordings of select tracks from his consider...view item »

Olga Bell
Krai

A marriage of intelligence and beauty rendered more mysterious by the sole use of her native Russian, Krai by Olga Bell is a work as rich in history as it is in sound. Having worked with the likes of Dirty Projectors and Tom Vek, Brooklyn-based Bell shows here a talent all her own. Imagine Karin Elisabeth Dreijer tackli...view item »

Papercuts
Life Among The Savages

Papercuts sounds like an edgy name for a band doesn't it? You expect them to be some kind of spiky post-punk types with a lean, aggressive sound full of slicing trebly guitar and whip-crack drums, don't you? Well I thought they were going to be a rock band anyway, but it turns out they're playing a timid and breathy brand of indie which reminds ...view item »

Melt Banana
Cell Scape

The Japanese are always guaranteed to completely buck any trend in the world by taking elements of western culture (in this case something called 'music') and distorting it into some kind of startling, spazmodic mess. Melt Banana scare the shit out of me as a rule because I think what they do might act...view item »

Cosmic Thoughts
Cosmic Thoughts

I just finished writing about the cosmic synth voyages of Emeralds offshoot Outer Space, so how fitting that the next thing I have to critique today is the self-titled LP of Cosmic Thoughts. Kosmische this ain't, however. This lot play a scratchy, spiky post-punk racket with sharp trebly guitars, a Joy Division...view item »

Mamiffer & Circle
Enharmonic Intervals (For Paschen Organ)

Circle team up with Mamiffer (featuring Isis man Aaron Turner) for this slow and serious voyage of dread-drones and chilly textures. Over the course of three sides, we get a lengthy opener of chilly dark ambience with intermittent drumbeats and melodic twangs and scrapes (viola by ...view item »

Vow
Cypress / The Light

Vow are a duo made up of Linda Wölfel and Fender Schrade and have been described as one of Berlin’s most promising new bands. Cypress/The Light is their first ever vinyl release and will appeal to fans of dreampop. The single was mixed by Bernd Jestram of Tarwater and mastered by Rash...view item »

Sleep Kit
Sleep Kit

This is sounding good, its a one sided 12" by these German noiseniks onto which they manage to cram five tracks. Taking their principal cue from Sonic Youth it has all those screwdriver-in-the-guitar wierdly tuned things but married to a plaintive vocal which comes across more Jawbre...view item »

Women's Hour
Her Ghost / I Need You

This is Kendal four piece Women's Hour's first release on American independent record label Secretly Canadian. Since forming just a few years ago, Women's Hour have won over a considerable fanbase and become one of the most blogged-about bands of the year. This is smooth, modern indie: carefully crafted textures that are rich in detail but power...view item »

Be My Weapon (Swell)
¡¡ GREASY !!

One of my favourite bands of the 90’s were Swell. They made some incredible records (particularly ‘Well’ which every home should own) and were generally woefully underrated and undeservedly ignored. The last Swell album I picked up was ‘Whenever You’re Ready’ but since then I&rsqu...view item »

Samaris
Silkidrangar

Iceland's Samaris are back with a second album of their sultry electronic pop. This trio have quite an unusual and distinctive formula, with silky female vocals singing passages which the press release tells me are "culled from nineteenth century Icelandic poems" (a fact that would have eluded me entirely otherwise, not speaking Icelandic myself...view item »

Pink Mountaintops
Get Back

Black Mountain man Steve McBean is back with another of album under his Pink Mountaintops alias, featuring the usual brace of high-calibre buddies backing him up. For the most part it's a mishmash of plodding indie rock and crunchy psychedelic post-punk, but there are a few notable moments. Opener 'Ambulance ...view item »

Wovenhand
Refractory Obdurate

Not what I was expecting at all but I’m enjoying it nonetheless. Wovenhand emerged out of 16 Horsepower who I remember straddling a woozy alt-country territory. This, however, is a raucous affair, completely at odds with what I expected. That’ll teach me for being ignorant. Its a windswept ...view item »

Sonic Youth
Smart Bar Chicago 1985

Sonic Youth, let’s face it, are a band we all love and a valued part of our modern lives, so how are we supposed to fill the yawning void left in our lives while they’re taking some time off to figure out their future? Well very thought...view item »

Yann Tiersen
Skyline

Many (perhaps most) of Yann Tiersen's fans became familiar with him from his soundtrack to the film 'Amelie.' The score consisted of mostly pre existing compositions, and the result was unforgettable. I think it is the moment most of us fell in love with Yann. As much as I miss the early Yann sound, I like the fact that he changes as an artist a...view item »

Ciccone Youth
The Whitey Album

The Whitey Album by Ciccone Youth is an album that was recorded in 1988 by Sonic Youth with Mike Watt and Greg Ginn. The album features infamous cover versions of Madonna’s Into The Groove, known here as Into The Groovey and ...view item »

School Of Seven Bells
Alpinisms

So sad to note the tragic passing of founding School of Seven Bells man Benjamin Curtis. What a terrible shame. Anyway here is a re-issue of the debut School of Seven Bells album in which he collaborated with identical sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza on a form of electronic dream pop that was slightly ahead of the curve in that lo...view item »

Cloudland Canyon
Lie In Light

Kranky records is usually a pretty strong label. Over the years they've released some very special albums. I saw Stars of The Lid the other night and they blew me away. Bless 'em. Cloudland Canyon are a different proposition for the label. They make more of a krautrock racket you see and the opener 'Krautwerk' is just like Amon Duul. It's all very ...view item »

The Besnard Lakes
The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse

Canada's THE BESNARD LAKES release their 2nd LP. This one is called The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse and it's a follow up to the Earworm released debut album Volume One. This time they've picked up members of Godspeed and The Dears along the way. The sound is packed with layers upon layers and the opening track clearly is indebted to Brian Wils...view item »

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