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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.
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Stereolab
Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements (Expanded Edition)

Back in the early 1990s, when grunge and Britpop dominated rock music, Stereolab were doing something very different indeed. Combining motorik drone-rock a la Neu and avant-garde radicalism with elements of slick space-age exotica and retro Euro-pop, this their sprawling 1993 opus reissued and expanded here, sounds just as fresh today.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Haiku Salut
The General

Haiku Salut present a brand new original score for Buster Keaton’s famous 1926 comedy film The General. The 23 tracks constitute a strangely moving new take, taking in shimmering electronica and haunting ambience, spreading out to vertiginous post-rock and encompassing a whole range of emotions. New meets old, for great effect. 

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.

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. 
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  • 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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  • Coloured vinyl
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  • 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. 
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Explosions In The Sky
The Wilderness

The post-rock veterans return to claim their rightful position. The Wilderness is a reminder of just how grand, intimate and emotive Explosions in the Sky can be. Their instrumental, and experimental, rock is formed from tight, innovative playing and the dense interplay of textures and sounds. This is their first non-soundtrack album since 2011 and comes on very fancy double vinyl LP.
  • 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.
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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.

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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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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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

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.
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  • 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.

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!
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

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)
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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


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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie
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  • 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

Tokyo Shoegazer
Crystallize

It's very difficult to know what sort of music Tokyo Shoegazer make, I know. 'Crystallize' was originally released in 2011 and rather than just leaning all the way into pedal fetishism, shows a band who can just pull of the quiet bits just as easily as the loud ones. Those loud bits do sound really good mind.
  • Vinyl LP (GRAVE149)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Russian Circles
Blood Year

Chicago post-rock three-piece Russian Circles have all the brooding, dramatic tension associated with the genre. They also add elements of metal and krautrock which gives their music addition textures and power. Blood Year is their latest album. It was recorded at Steve Albini’s Electric Audio studio by Kurt Ballou of metal band, Converge.

Cross Record
Cross Record

Cross Record presents her third album, self-titled as if to suggest a new start following three eventful years (divorce, becoming a death doula etc.) after her previous record. Cross Record is a great example of a proper ‘songs’ record that also pushes and pulls the songs into strange textural spaces. Out on Ba Da Bing!
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Trash Kit
Trash Kit

Trash Kit of the so-called 'London DIY Scene' have been active since 2008.  This, their self-titled debut came two years later, and sees the trio play a minimal and discordant post-punk that brings to mind bands like the Slits and Minutemen. Across its 28 minutes they whip through ideas at a 100 miles per hour, and sound like they're having a blast doing so.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Bark Psychosis
Codename: Dustsucker

Following on from the re-issue of their classic 'Hex' here is a re-press of their much overlooked follow up 'Codename: Dustsucker'. Though at this point Bark Psychosis were really just frontman Graham Sutton this is a strong follow up retaining the same eerie late night atmospheres and adding in more obvious hints of shoegaze. Talk Talk's Lee Harris guests on an album that will appeal to fans of the late work of his band and that of Slowdive. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Oneida
Positions

Yes that’s right, what we have here is an EP on which Brooklyn’s endlessly thrilling Oneida cover This Heat, one of the most remarkable bands yet seen. Incredible scenes. As well as their take on ‘S.P.Q.R’, they also cover Chrome over the course of 16 minutes, and round things off with a droney original. Positions is on Rocket Recordings, limited to 300 vinyl copies.

Sonic Youth
Goo

A return to in-print and on-vinyl status for a few Sonic Youth albums. 1990’s Goo was considered to be their most accessible album to date: it does after all contain the popular tunes ‘Dirty Boots’ and ‘Kool Thing’, virtually pop hits for Sonic Youth. LP reissue on Universal / Back To Black, with a variation on that great Topshop T-shirt design as sleeve art!

The Sea and Cake
Car Alarm

The Sea and Cake always deliver the goods, and their 2008 record Car Alarm is a particularly strong example of their polymathic, polyrhythmic sound. WIth Tortoise’s John McEntire behind the drums (sometimes steel drums!), and Sam Prekop’s ever-inventive lyrical-melodic combinations, Car Alarm is a bright and playful indie-post-rock listen. Thrill Jockey reissue.
  • Vinyl LP (THRILL205LP)
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Gross Net
Gross Net Means Gross Net

Phillip Quinn, AKA, Gross Net uses his latest album title to hammer home the meaning of his music-making moniker a la Teresa May with Gross Net Means Gross Net. It could be said the music is inspired by May and her cronies too. The political mess we’re in has brought some avant garde experimentalism and dark electronics out of him that recalls Coil, late-period Scott Walker and Popol Vuh, all delivered with black humour.

Ice Baths
Decadent Sprinter EP

London indie band Ice Baths describe themselves as 'Tea Punks', which suggests to me that they’re not very punk but do like tea. They have a new record to shout about, Decadent Sprinter EP. It was recorded with Euan Hinshelwood on to tape and is released as a one-sided 12” to provide uninterrupted listening.
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress

We thought we'd lost them forever but here they are with their first single length album since their very earliest days. Recorded in late 2013/14 with Greg Norman (not the golfer but the Electrical Audio engineer), 'Asunder, Sweet and other Distress' is described as Godspeed's most focussed and best sounding record to date. Clocking in at an anaemic (for them) 40 minutes, all the usual touchstones are in place, so expect enormo-crescendos, strings and guitars in glorious unison and exhilarating noise and drone explorations. For those with an interest in stats, track count is at 4 this time whilst exclamation mark total is at a lowly 2.    
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Uzeda
Quocumque Jeceris Stabit

If you’ve been waiting for fresh sounds by Italy’s great underground punk outfit Uzeda, your wait is at an end after thirteen long years, with Quocumque Jeceris Stabit. Recorded with Steve Albini, this album lets flow what has been pent up so long, with a real passionate feel to the band’s interplay. Released by Temporary Residence.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Deerhoof
Deerhoof Plays Music Of The Shining

Where did this come from, then? An unexpected if not unprecedented (cf. Xiu Xiu doing Twin Peaks and so on) new two-tracker from indie rock jugglers Deerhoof in which they rather encroach upon Leyland Kirby’s haunted aesthetic playground. Naturally, they do it in their own awkward and endearing style.
  • Vinyl 7" (FC237)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Disco Inferno
In Debt

A reissue of the debut album of Disco Inferno is something to be celebrated: Disco Inferno remain one of the most original and impressive post-rock bands to have ever been active. In Debt introduces their mixture of radical sampling processes and smart songcraft. These CD and 2LP reissues on Rocket Girl come with a bonus track, new artwork, and Neil Kulkarni sleevenotes.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Big Black
Headache (Remastered)

1987 EP from Big Black, as short and to the point as anything in this band’s tight brutal oeuvre. Headache has that wiry Steve Albini guitar as well as his blasted no-fi howling and the pummelling drum machine. Four tracks are punched through in twelve minutes, and that brevity just makes it more good. Remastered reissue on Touch And Go.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Cranes
Wings Of Joy

Some might call Cranes’ genre-defying mix of dreampop with gothic instrumentations melodramatic, others would say it’s revolutionary. We won’t take much of a stand here: either way, their debut Wings of Joy is being brought back to life by the kind folks at Music on Vinyl. Dive right back into their experimental take on early 90s shoegaze!
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP2248C)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Sigur Rós
Ágætis byrjun (20th Anniversary Edition)

Sigur Rós mark the 20th anniversary of their 1999 breakthrough Ágætis Byrjun with an expanded re-issue on vinyl and CD. Rarities, demos and a full 95-minute live concert provide the final word on the spectral majesty of an album that provided the foundations for the Icelandic post-rockers’ acclaimed career. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (0190296904301)
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  • 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.  
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  • 4AD
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Swervedriver
Ejector Seat Reservation

Though Oxford's second best shoegaze band Swervedriver reached big audiences with their first couple of records, their third fell somewhat under the radar in 1995. Never mind though as now it has been re-issued for you to rediscover. It's a mixture of tough shoegaze, dreamy rock music and a hint of blues that serves to prove that shoegaze wasn't just for wimps.     
  • Vinyl Double LP (MOVLP2128C)
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Mueran Humanos
Hospital Lullabies

Since releasing their last LP Miseress, Mueran Humanos have toured with the Horrors - a fact which gives you a pretty good indication of where this pair of Argentinians are coming from on Hospital Lullabies. This is a set of Gothic and Krautish synth pieces of a sort similar to those of Badwan and his gang. Think Boy Harsher but more psychedelic.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Godspeed You! Black Emperor
F♯ A♯ ∞

Oooh, now this is a special one… F#A#∞ is the first ever album released by formative post-rock legends Godspeed You! Black Emperor, dating from 1997. The vinyl comes packaged with a coin flattened by being left on a Montreal train track (yes really) and various other trinkets, which adds to the mystery and inscrutable beauty of the music.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Disco Inferno
D. I. Go Pop

Ah right then, you are asking me to write an impartial product description on this album? Not going to happen. What we have is one of the most forward thinking records of the '90s. A place where Joy Division, Public Enemy, MBV and Young Gods collide to create a barrage of fury and ambience and song craft and sample-delia that no-one has yet got near.  

Cranes
Forever

The 1993 album by British shoegazers Cranes is now being made available again on vinyl! Forever is perhaps the best-loved of the band’s albums, with an all-round gorgeous sheen cast over the songs, some of which overwhelm with full-band power, and others of which peel things back to just piano and voice. Limited edition of 1000 records, reissued by Music On Vinyl.
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP1850)
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  • Limited edition
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  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Mastersystem
Old Team / Mogwai Remix

Right. We tried but we can't get many of these so you are going to have to move very quickly Mastersystem is of course the 'other' band of the late Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison and here their track 'Old Team' has been remixed by one time Young Team Mogwai. Proceeds will be going to the Scott Hutchison Foundation.  
  • Vinyl 7" (PERS003VB)
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Tortoise
It's All Around You


  • Vinyl LP (THRILL115LP)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Rolo Tomassi
Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It

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

Talking Heads
Fear of Music


  • Vinyl LP (0081227965549)
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Chapterhouse
Whirlpool - The Original Recordings

Key shoegaze outfit Chapterhouse have a treat to share with you here, in the form of all the original recordings that would go on to become their debut album Whirlpool. Furthermore, some tantalising extra tracks are present. Gnarly, heavy and heady, this is a key document of what was going on in the early 90’s for those with their ears to the ground. On Space Age Recordings.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Echo Ladies
Echo Ladies

If you’re looking for the precise intersection of Alvvays, The Jesus and Mary Chain and New Order, then Echo Ladies’ EP could be exactly what you need for those late nights lying (alone) on your bedroom floor. Defining their sound as, “the feeling of nostalgia and hope for the future mixed with angst”, these Swedish school-friends are giving shoegaze the defiant female vocals it needs. 

Enablers
Zones

Enablers are San Franciscan post-rock band, musically following in the traditions of Slint, but very much as vehicle for the spoken word poetry of Pete Simonelli. They also feature Swans guitarist, Joe Goldring. Zones is the band’s sixth album, and first in four years. On Lancashire and Somerset.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Van Coeur
Crosshairs

Excellent moody guitar-led business from Van Couer, a band who have learned all the lessons of the 90’s slow alternative underground, and learned them well. For Crosshairs, a double LP, the core trio is augmented at times by accordion and viola from Caroline Weeks and Abi Fry respectively, plus the great Thomas House working the soundboard for maximum sonic character. Released by Mulso Primary Records.

Sonic Youth
Battery Park, NYC: July 4th 2008

Hear Sonic Youth  in the twilight of their great and mighty career, performing live at New York’s Battery Park on the Fourth of July 2008 (USA! USA!). This storming and comprehensive live recording was previously only available with special pre-orders of The Eternal, but is now readily available, and on tasty vinyl too, Thanks Matador.

65daysofstatic
One Time For All Time


  • Vinyl LP (MONO102VNL)
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Liars
Titles With The Word Fountain

Last remaining Liar Angus Andrew, who continues to compensate for solitude by cloning himself in every promo photo and video, returns with new album of definitely-not-TFCF-outtakes Titles from the Word Fountain. Packing seventeen not-leftover songs into the programme, from ‘Face in Ski Mask Bodies to the Wind’ and ‘Fantail Creeps’ to ‘Gawking at the Accident’, we at Norman can confirm 100% that a word fountain was involved.

Julian Lynch
Rat's Spit

Rat’s Spit is the new album from Real Estate guitarist and Norman Records favourite, Julian Lynch. His music generally sounds like a slightly weirder, less pop, more fractured version of his parent band, but is certainly not lacking in quality. It’s his 7th album, but first since 2013’s Lines. It sees him mining inspiration from Tears For Fears, Kate Bush, George Clinton, Cocteau Twins, Yes and Steve Vai (Steve Vai?! really?! but he had custom-made guitars with carrying handles cut out of them!) Anyway, if the past is anything to go by, it should be a good ‘un. LP on Ya Reach / Underwater Peoples.

Unwed Sailor
Heavy Age

Johnathon Ford reactives his cult favourite act Unwed Sailor for its first studio album in a decade, titled Heavy Age. Ford has consciously tried to bolster the aspects that have made Unwed Sailor such a compelling live act, magpieing various elements of previous albums and upping the bass and percussion. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Adorable
Against Perfection

Adorable, a band that phased Shoegaze into Britpop, began their short but sweet full-length album career in 1993 with Against Perfection, a very smart title for a debut I’d say. This is a pretty underrated slice of the 90’s, fronted with the anguished swagger of Pete Fijalkowski’s vocals and backed-up with a big swirl of guitars. Vinyl reissue on Music On Vinyl.

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.

Duster
Contemporary Movement

Contempary Movement was the second and final album by American slowcore band, Duster. It was originally released in 2000 and followed their impressive debut, Stratosphere. It saw the album working as a fully-fledged three-piece for the only time. This is indie-rock to lie down to. A warm hug of under-produced analog sound and tape hiss.

Stereolab
The Groop Played Space Age Batchelor Pad Music

Stereolab followed their 1992 debut album, Peng!, with The Groop Played Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, a mini album in 1993. The title strangely seems to give a name to the music Stereolab played. Their influences came from far and wide, but were always cool and occasionally a little bit obscure - Os Mutantes, Esquivel, Neu! Francoise Hardy, Velvet Underground. Clear vinyl reissue on Too Pure.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Amp
Entangled Time

Entangled Time is the new and 19th album by electronic/post rock/space rock duo, Amp. It’s their first full-length studio album since Outposts in 2011. Since their inception in 1992 the duo have collaborated with a whole host of people including David Pearce of Flying Saucer Attack, Matt Elliott of Third Eye Foundation and Julian Cope collaborator Donald Ross Skinner. CD, limited to 200 hand made, hand numbered copies.
  • Artist(s):
  • Amp

The Pheromoans
County Lines

The Pheromoans started life as a sort-of-garage-rock band before introducing electronics to their music, which upped the experimentation somewhat. Their fifth and latest album, County Lines, brings together all their past sounds into what is, arguably, a more coherent record. Think Clinic but weirder.

epic45
Through Broken Summer

It's only a new record from Epic45, my favourite Staffordshire-based post-indie rock band. I can only imagine how beautiful Through Broken Summer will be if their other albums are to go by. You can already hear the calming, yet oddly satisfying sound permeating through your brain, melting your very core. Available on vinyl LP and CD and released on Wayside & Woodland Recordings. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Swervedriver
Think I'm Gonna Feel Better / Reflections

Swervedriver are the latest band of a shoegaze tinge to re-unite (or did they ever actually go away?) In any case they've just released a new album on Rock Action and to celebrate even further here is a 12" of non album tracks for Record Store Day 2019. Both songs are covers in  fact  - by two of my favourite artists - Gene Clark and the Supremes. Nice choices lads.  
  • Vinyl 12" (1881)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Artist(s):
  • Om
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Marissa Nadler & Stephen Brodsky
Droneflower

An odd pairing on paper, but the dreamy indie-folk falsetto of Marissa Nadler and the post-hardcore guitar landscaping of Stephen Brodsky (of Mutoid Man and Cave In among others) makes for one of 2019’s most intriguing collaboration albums. Striking contrasts of light and darkness make for a cinematic experience that’s both beautiful and unsettling. 

MØL
I/II

To be fair, Aarhus seems like the exactly sort of place that a shoegaze band would come from. The snappily titled I/II collects the first two EPs by Danish shoegazers MØL. Both EPs show off the bands interest in heaving intensity, in buzzing soundscapes, and uh, guitar pedals. Inspired by, who else, My Blood Valentine. On Holy Roar.
  • Artist(s):
  • MOL

Radare
Der Endless Dream

Radare’s 'Der Endless Dream' is all saloon bar menace, with its twanging guitar, halting drums, and droning organ. The German group have a tremendous sense of style and appreciation for high drama. It’s a cliche but this is music fit for soundtracks, and it’s all too telling that Twin Peaks is referenced as you easily imagine this blared out of the roadhouse speakers.

Cannibal Spiders
Primal

With members of Mr Bungle, Pure Evil Trio, Darth Vegas, Green Mohair Suits, Secret Chiefs 3 and many more bands on board, it's hard to believe that Cannibal Spiders are just a quartet. But these guys have all been very busy playing music for a very long time, and they’ve got the chops to show for it. Primal carries on from where the left off with their debut, with more dark exciting business. EP on Romero Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

epic45
Sun Memory

epic45 are very good at remembering their youthful summers in the countryside. They have built a pretty successful career out of sun-dappled faded reminiscences with soft focus guitars and hushed vocals. This EP is almost an addendum to their recent Through Broken Summer LP and contains outtakes, alternate versions and some brand new tracks. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Jambinai
ONDA

The third LP from the innovative South Korean post-rock group Jambinai arrives courtesy of Bella Union. ONDA once again sees the band blending traditional Korean instrumentation and song structures with influences from heavy metal, alternative rock, ambient and noise music. The combinations make for unique and stirring listens, particularly when Lee Il-woo's powerful vocals are front and centre.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

You Said Strange
Fuzz Club Session

Psych/shoegaze band, You Said Strange, had tunneled around the French underground before coming up to the surface, before embarking on a tour with The Dandy Warhols, and subsequently having their debut album, Salvation Prayer, produced by Warhols multi-instrumentalist, Peter Holmstrom. Now they’ve added their name to an increasingly impressive roster of artists recording Fuzz Club Sessions, recording at Lovebuzz studios in London.

Rev Magnetic
Versus Universe

How does music that ranges in sound from Abba to Vaughan Williams via My Bloody Valentine grab you? If you like the idea then perhaps you should try Versus Universe by Rev Magnetic. A Mogwai-approved wide ranging mix of sounds from This new Scottish four-piece who feature former Long Fin Killie frontman Luke Sutherland could possibly claim to be the world’s first post-rock-R&B-shoegaze band. On Rock Action.

JAWS
The Ceiling

Jaws are back with album number three, The Ceiling. The Birmingham dream pop band get lumped in with the Digbeth B-Town scene - a scene that supposedly revolves around The Twang, Swim Deep and Peace, although they deny existence of such a scene. The band are popular with Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens. LP and CD on JAWS.

Vanishing Twin
Choose Your Own Adventure

Vanishing Twin is a project led by Cathy Lucas (of The Oscillation), named for the phantom twin sister she absorbed in the womb(!). That should tip you off to the odd edge that Choose Your Own Adventure has: appealing pop music, but made strange and obscure. Also features personnel from Tomaga, Broadcast and Floating Points. Debut album, out on Soundway.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Codes In The Clouds
Paper Canyon

Paper Canyon, the debut album of UK post-rockers Codes in the Clouds, turns ten this year, so Erased Tapes has seen fit to celebrate with a first-time vinyl pressing. Though the band name sounds today like the title of a Silicon Valley intern’s blog, you can certainly tell this lot were well in tune with the rather twee textual modes – and soaring post-rock posturing – of the late 2000s.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Lift To Experience
The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads

We see plenty of these fancy deluxe box-set reissues, perhaps too many, but sometimes the lavish treatment is richly deserved, as in the case of Lift To Experience’s only album. The Texas-Jerusalem Crosswords is a strange and wonderful rock epic that you really need to hear. And if you already know and love it, the 2LP box-set also includes the band’s super-rare EP and Peel Session. Yeah!
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Jesu / Sun Kil Moon
Jesu / Sun Kil Moon

This joint album from Sun Kil Moon and Jesu is the strangest and most natural of collaborations. The groups have different methods (Justin K Broadrick with abrasive post-metal and Mark Kozelek with acoustic ballads and dark wit) but on America's Most Wanted these combine alongside bleak textures and melancholy guitars. This CD album on Rough Trade and Caldo Verde Records also has an all-star cast of indie icons, from Bonnie "Prince" Billy, to Rachel Goswell of Slowdive.

Cocteau Twins
Blue Bell Knoll

Released in 1988, ‘Blue Bell Knoll’ is the Cocteau Twins’ fifth studio album.  A beautiful record that showed the band’s continued maturity, it also included one of their most enduring songs, ‘Carolyn’s Fingers’. Now re-issued on heavyweight black vinyl and are being cut from brand-new HD 96/24 masters.
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Lightning Bolt
Fantasy Empire

Blasting through speakers for over twenty years, Lightning Bolt is a force to be reckoned with. Renowned for their aggressive and noisy approach to music and performances, they have made a name for themselves as unpredictable and relentless. Fantasy Empire is their eighth full length release and we are excited. And scared. 

Big Black
Songs About Fucking

You already know it, but Big Black are Steve Albini's old band of pisstakey punk-churners, offering transgressions at a super-fast rate as they squirm and snarl their way through the classic Songs About Fucking. This was the band's second and last record, offering industrial noise bluster like never before and even propping up a cover of Kraftwerk's "Model".

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