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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.

Dead Can Dance
Spiritchaser

Spiritchaser was the final album Dead Can Dance recorded for 4AD before their 16 year hiatus. It was recorded in a church in Ireland and is mainly the work of founding members Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard. The album showcased a percussive sound that included elements of afrobeat and world music topped off as always by Gerrard's stunning octave leaping vocals. 

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
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. 

Sumatraban
Interloper

Back in the day, i.e. 1991, Glen Galloway replied to an ad for a ‘lead singer, brain optional’ he got the gig. That band was John Peel favourites, Trumans Water. He’s now moved on to a new band, Sumatraban. Like Trumans Water, they call San Diego, California home and play a ‘reconfigured’ form of rock n roll. Interloper is their second album.
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Lorelle Meets The Obsolete
De Facto

This is the fifth album from Mexican duo Lorelle Meets The Obsolete which they claim will make your head go POW! I'm looking forward to that happening and maybe it will as they suggest that it's a cross between Low's recent experimentation and Tender Buttons era Broadcast. Hopefully that has sold a few copies in anticipation.  

Dead Horse One
The West Is The Best

Dead Horse One have quite the pedigree. Their first album was recorded by Mark Gardener of Ride. They then went on tour with Ride and the Brian Jonestown Massacre now Gardner has returned to help mix this, their third LP. They've also played Liverpool Psych Fest. Hopefully all this is giving you some idea of where they are coming from musically but singer Olivier Debard helps further by suggesting that this is informed by the '90s bands they loved and adds in tragic US based weepers Sparklehorse to the equation.  

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. 

Rodan
Hat Factory '93

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Cranes
Wings Of Joy

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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.   

Rothko
Refuge for Abandoned Souls

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Holy Fawn
Death Spells

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Hood
Live 23 Avril 1995 Paris

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Sonic Youth
The Destroyed Room: B-Sides and Rarities

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Codes In The Clouds
Codes In The Clouds

Codes In The Clouds eponymous album is their third. It’s taken six years to make - three years spent writing and recording and three years in post-production. It wasn’t just their desire to make things more detailed than on previous records, but the band members have had more going on in their personal lives. Whatever happened in those six years be it joyous, heartbreaking or otherwise, they’ve left it all on this record.
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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.
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Tokyo Shoegazer
Crystallize

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MONO
Nowhere Now Here

The mighty MONO return to Pelagic Records (The Ocean, God Is An Astronaut) with their tenth LP. Nowhere Now Here holds beauty and terror in perfect balance - see how the dark, Thou-esque numbers like ‘After You Comes The Flood’ are juxtaposed with the ethereally beautiful post-rock of ‘Breathe’. This is another fine record from the seasoned band.
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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. 

Lazer Boy
Lazer Boy 4

Lazer Boy were an indie band from Leeds who were initially active between 1995 and 1998.  Their sound seems to be influenced by Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd. They are active once again with a new album called 4. In the intervening 21 years they have released albums under the names Geese, Frozen Geese, 3eese and Congregation. 

BIG | BRAVE
A Gaze Among Them

Returning to Greg Anderson’s Southern Lord for a third full length, Canadian experimental rock three piece BIG | BRAVE decided that, at a fork in the road, the best approach for them would be to go back to the blueprints of their conception and to focus on minimalism, tension, space and voice. A Gaze Among Them is the result of the band having not just grown but matured. Features guest appearance from Thierry Amar of Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

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.

Blacker Face
Distinctive Juju

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CUP
Spinning Creature

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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.    

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. 
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Lightning Bolt
Wonderful Rainbow

Wonderful Rainbow was the third album by ear splitting two piece Lightning Bolt originally released in 2003. It features the duo at their most accessible but still with the power dynamics that make their shows something to behold particularly if you don't really need use of your ears again. Tangled distorted bass playing and frenetic on the edge of murderous drums drive the thing along. Consider cobwebs truly blown away. 

VR Sex
Horseplay

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DIIV
Deceiver

'Deceiver' is the third album from Brooklyn, New York band, DIIV. The band trade in fuzzy shoegaze dream pop with poetic lyrics. Their last album, 'Is The Is Are', was critically well received and even got a decent review on here! At least this album title is a little easier to say out loud than its predecessor.

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.

Deafcult
Auras

Here they are coming through a waft of fuzz and haze are six Australians who, following on from their debut, wanted to make something noisier....and simply more. The record apparently is about dreams. ghosts and the sort of scary stuff that haunts your sleep. Such as.......did I switch the oven off? 

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.
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Topographies
Cherry Blossom / Half Asleep

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Mogwai
KIN

It's not been too long since the successful Every Country's Sun LP but no resting on laurels for Mogwai as they release their first feature film soundtrack for the upcoming movie KIN (made by the same people who brought you Stranger Things). Though it will appeal to lovers of sci-fi soundtracks, we're promised that Mogwai fans won't be left disappointed.    

Melt Banana
Cell-Scape

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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.

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.

The Messthetics
Anthropocosmic Nest

A trio boasting the mighty rhythm section of the legendary Fugazi, The Messthetics release their second studio album Anthropocosmic Nest. Joe Lally and Brendan Canty’s boisterous, angular rhythms are augmented by jazz guitarist Anthony Pirog, and the record excellently captures their dynamic live performances. 

U.S. Maple
Talker

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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.
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Do Make Say Think
And Yet And Yet

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Ulrika Spacek
The Album Paranoia

Ulrika Spacek (the name may or may not be a conscious echo of John Weise’ Sissy Spacek project) are a rock band who tilt towards the experimental: lots of fuzz hypnosis. The Album Paranoia is their debut record, bursting with excitement and promise. CD or (white) vinyl LP on the Tough Love label.

Cranes
Self Non-Self

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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. 

Chastity
Home Made Satan

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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.
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Glenn Branca
Lesson No.1

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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'.  
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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

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Efterklang with Copenhagen Phil
The Piramida Concert

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This Will Destroy You
New Others Part Two

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Alastair Galbraith
Morse

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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. 

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? 

A Place To Bury Strangers
Fuzz Club Session

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

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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.

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.

Hedvig Mollestad Trio
Enfant Terrible

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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.

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.

Linda Guilala
Estado Natural

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epic45
Against The Pull Of Autumn

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bdrmm
C:U / Question Mark

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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!

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.

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.

MOHIT
Yoghurt

Here is the second release by MOHIT, nevertheless featuring their earliest recorded material. Yoghurt showcases the avant-art-rock trio’s sound very well, with lots and lots of elements in play. The B-side ‘Reggaeezer’ additionally features the words of a homeless man named Marky Mark, who the group worked into one of their jams. Out on DVTT Records.

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.

Uzeda
Quocumque Jeceris Stabit

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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.

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. 
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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.  

Swervedriver
Ejector Seat Reservation

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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.

Soft Hearted Scientists
Scarecrow Smile - Home Demos Volume 1


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MONO
Hymn To The Immortal Wind

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Burning House
Anthropocene

Can’t go wrong with a bit of noisy guitar music now can you? Burning House are a group who are coming up right now, and Anthroprocene is their double-sized debut statement. Lots of texture (grungey crunch, drifting shoegaze, pummelling fuzz) going on here as well as solid songcraft underpinning the sound. These fellas might do well. On Miohmi Records.

Clay Rendering
California Black Vows

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A-Sun Amissa
For Burdened and Bright Light

Richard Knox’s A-Sun Amissa drop their fifth LP through a mixture of Consouling Sounds and Manchester drone merchants Gizeh. For Burdened And Bright Light is a mournful and monolithic LP that combines that weight of Sunn O))) with the Gothic majesty of Prurient. The end result is like a more sonorous version of fellow Gizeh act Several Wives.
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Insides
Euphoria

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Roy Montgomery
Suffuse

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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.

Spectres
Dead

Dead is apparently what happens when you submit your music to a whole host of highly creative contemporaries with the request that they “kill” your songs. So Spectre’s material is shaken in all directions by the likes of Giant Swan, Factory Floor, Vision Fortune and Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai. A very varied set, released by Sonic Cathedral.

The Underground Youth
Mademoiselle

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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.

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. 

Daniel Brandt
Channels

Daniel Brandt (of arpeggio-techno krafters Brandt Brauer Frick) is back for another round of restless, jittery rhythms with Erased Tapes. Channels seems to follow on from last year’s Eternal Something, being of an acoustic-electronic hybrid tapestry of instruments (pianos, brass, bass, strings), synthesisers and prepared objects resulting in animated, melodically rich leftfield dance tunes.

Enablers
Zones

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Van Coeur
Crosshairs

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Matters
The Square

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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

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Drowse
Light Mirror

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