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Stubborn Persistent Illusions

The first album in eight years from this long running Toronto collective. Now in their third decade, the group have created a critically acclaimed back catalogue and have become one of the most venerated names in the post rock canon. Stubborn Persistent Illusions is another example of the bands DIY ethos all recorded and produced t...view item »

METZ
METZ

Canada’s Metz are the first band on Sub Pop to sound like they’re on Sub Pop in some time, clocking in at under half an hour for 11 frantic tracks of demented neo-grunge with propulsive drums and tooth-rattl...view item »

Sonic Youth
Spinhead Sessions

Here is the sound of Sonic Youth when they were still a very young band (check out the group photo on the sleeve!), rehearsing in 1986. Spinhead Sessions has the band breaking away from the rock and post-punk parts of their early sound, instead pressing into semi...view item »

Alfredo Thiermann & Tres Warren
Land In The Sky

These four long form tracks come as a result of a compositional exchange between the musicians, whereby material was sent back and forth over the globe. Sitting comfortably an improvised frame, there's a restless drone that locks on to each one, American electric guitar traditions bouncing off solemn piano and buzzing synth oscillations. ...view item »

Carla dal Forno
The Garden

Following on from her excellent LP of sonic gothic architecture for Blackest Ever Black, Carla dal Forno returns with a 12" of dubby introspections. Haunted hallways and sonorous drone pop are to be expected on this You Know What It's Like sequel, with a song tributing the great industrial weirdings ...view item »

Tommy Guerrero
A Little Bit Of Somethin'

What a beautiful little release. The album art pretty much sums up the sound on the LP, so as you can imagine, the tracks are mellow and guitar-y. A Little Bit Of Somethin' by Tommy Guerrero has been reissued on vinyl LP on Be With Records and would be a nice addition to the chilled out part of your record collection. ...view item »

Tommy Guerrero
Soul Food Taqueria

Genre-hopping musician and skateboarding legend Tommy Guerrero’s 2003 release Soul Food Taqueria returns as a 2LP reissue from Be With Records. The music dabbles in groovy, guitar-led soul-funk, often with a touch of melancholy. It’s warmly produced and as effectively as relaxed as was Tommy’s skating....view item »

VLMV
Stranded, Not Lost

London duo VLMV (pronounced ‘Alma’ - give over!) are Stranded, Not Lost. Suggest otherwise and you might be in for a long discussion on semantics. The pair have managed to hybridise the gloomy grandiosity and quirky-sad textuality of post-rock with the intimate sparseness of open-mic London singer-songw...view item »

Beach House
Bloom

Hands up who didn't like the last Beach House album? Hmm, not many. It was an excellent affair where their brand of woozy melancholy took on unexpectedly strong melodies to create one of those career defining albums that they'll now have a problem living up to.What...view item »

Nope
Walker

One of the most thrilling and intense bands residing in our fair, bustling city of Leeds is NOPE. I can claim to have watched these lads progressing from their early ragged long single jam sets into the lean psycho-kraut machine that they are today, still specialising in their customary twin-drum assaults but with a finesse and power few can mat...view item »

Mint Field
Pasar de Las Luces

Mexican duo Mint Field have been working on their album Pasar De Las Luces (Passing Lights) for two years. In this time they have honed their dream pop-meets-shoegaze sound which also takes in Krautrock and Yo La Tengo influences along the way. Double vinyl LP, CD and cassette tap...view item »

Various
Static Waves 6

Texas based shoegaze/dreampop label Saint Marie Records release their sixth installment of their Static Waves series. Bringing tracks covering the length and breadth of their roster from previous releases, but most importantly, 15 of the 22 tracks are previously unreleased, including tracks from Loveblind, Stati...view item »

Amusement Parks On Fire
Road Eyes (Deluxe)

Amusement Parks on Fire: a post-rock band so good at doing shoegaze they got accused of ripping off Dino. Jr that one time. In actual fact they just know a good chord progression when it rings in their ear, so we can forgive them for that. Here's a deluxe reissue of Road Eyes for all who want ...view item »

MONO
Hymn To The Immortal Wind

This is the first Mono album to feature a full orchestra, and that provides the album's pronounced magnitude. The agonizing, climbing guitar parts stand amongst swaying, buttressing cellos and violins by the dozen, while flutes and glockenspiels liven those quieter moments. It is especially impressive that the orchestra is not used merely as a s...view item »

Deerhoof
Reveille

This is my favourite Deerhoof. It's so good that i almost seems like it doesn't actually exist. Question. Can something this good really exist? Yes it does on vinyl and CD. Reveille is the sounds of the Blues Explosions crossed with Stereolab and some insane Japanese warblings. This is just the bestest thin...view item »

Marching Church
Live at Third Man Records

Ellias Bender Ronnenfelt (Iceage’s tortured artist in residence) takes his Marching Church project to Third Man Records. The live treatment suits Ronnenfelt very well. While his Scandi-Nick Cave thing can come across a bit laboured on his studio LPs, the frenzy of recordin...view item »

The Gentleman Losers
Permanently Midnight

Sentimental Helsinkilaiset The Gentleman Losers (Samu and Ville Kuukka, aka Lessons) return after seven years of attention directed elsewhere. True to the meticulously-produced analogue texture and post-rock lounge style of previous releases, Permanently Midnight sounds like a snug, wintry log cabin rec...view item »

yndi halda
A Sun Coloured Shaker

Lower case post-rockers yndi halda were one of the original scene-brokers back in its heyday, but they made a surprise return with Under Summer a couple years back. Their new EP promises more serenity, and a patch update to their instrumental sound -- vocal harmonies filter in this time, the songs ta...view item »

Son Lux
Brighter Wounds

Fifth full-length album from Son Lux. Featuring single ‘Dream State,’ an atmospheric take on an indie pop anthem, albeit with Ryan Lott’s characteristically fragile vocals throughout. The New York and LA based trio call upon Rob Moose and DM Stith as collaborators. Available on indies-only coloured vinyl, on Ci...view item »

Sonic Youth
Rather Ripped

Well I feel honoured to be able to review a new CD by some true masters of discordant alt rock. Yes, der yoof are back with their 1st album proper since 'Murray Street' and from the opener I'm hooked. Not quite the return to the psychotically twisted days of yore, rather a free & easy slanted & enchanted pop treat. Reme...view item »

Arabrot
Arabrot

I’ve had a lot of prettiness in my ears so far this morning, now it’s time for some ‘orrible man-rock! The first song on this album really reminds me of Marilyn Manson’s breakthrough hit ‘Beautiful People’. My quip of “Marilyn Manson’s let himself go” got heartier laughs in the office than an...view item »

Sonic Youth
Evol

Sonic Youth’s Evol is their third album from 1986 and as the title may hint towards, Evol is the album which sees Sonic Youth evolve into a rockier sound which always reminds me a bit of The Doors, as the sound swells from crashing guitar into murky drums effortlessly. Available on...view item »

The KVB
Fixation / White Walls EP

Geoff Barrow’s Invada label takes a break from the soundtracks to press up this fine EP from synth-gaze duo The KVB. Fixation / White Walls has the band’s original songs sharing wax with remixes from Mark Reeder, Invada, and the band themselves, as well as an extra remix by ...view item »

Rocheman
Rocheman

Theatre is one of the more successful mediums when it come to capturing weirdness and the dreamlike. Rocheman is Jordan Mallory-Skinner, an artist who mostly works for the stage, but has now used his talents to craft a delightful dream pop album that will get on with fans of bands like Grizzly Bear...view item »

Imajinary Friends
Imajinary Friends

Concise, krautish art rock from San Fran trio The Imajinary Friends, also featuring many actual extant friends. There are plenty of positive vibes coming off this one, their first release in over a decade. Groovy, clambering basslines, jangly guitar and various synths make up the tone of most of these; the lot culminates in a dr...view item »

The Skull Defekts
The Skull Defekts

This is the final album from experimental Swedes the Skull Defekts. They are known for somehow melding raucous punk with ritualistic psychedelic folk creating an overwhelming barrage of sound. Someone from, Wildbirds and Peacedrums has joined for this swansong which should see them go out with a bang. ...view item »

Tiny Moving Parts
Swell

Tiny Moving Parts specialise in a sort of post-hardcore pop-punk, with tight instrumentation, barked vocals and slamming choruses. It’s eerily like listening to Blink 182, Sum 41 and all those other early 2000s bands - only in 2017! Even the song titles - ‘Applause’, ‘Smo...view item »

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
Before Today

I've not really heard a huge amount of Ariel Pink's output but on staff recommendation I took the promo home for a little listen and was pretty much blown away, especially by the single 'Round & Round' and late night electro drifter 'Fright Night (nevermore)'. Now i've got a bunch of catching up to do!!! Damn! Anyway, so this is Haunted Graf...view item »

Radiohead
TKOL RMX 1234567

Radiohead are a band you either love or hate. I guess you could call me the office fan though really nothing they've done has really grabbed me as much as Kid A and especially Amnesiac. Shifting on a few years and a coupla albums they've decided to work with some of most cutting edge elec...view item »

Algiers
The Underside Of Power

Well this is interesting. Algiers are an incendiary new outfit who aren't content to sit back and let the revolution slide, instead they bark out politically themed lyrics over music which takes in everything from Northern Soul to grime to post punk. The lead track has been described nail on head as Suicide meet...view item »

Dead Can Dance
Aion

Aion is probably the most accessible and widely enjoyed album by non-hard core Dead Can Dance fans. Released in 1990, Aion shows Dead Can Dance, the duo of Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry, exploring styles of Medieval times and the Renaissance. The production is excellent, and it ranks among DCD's best albums. Aion opens with "The Arrival and the...view item »

Easy
A Heartbeat From Eternity

Swedish rockers Easy are coming up to three decades since their debut album Magic Seed dropped. A lot has changed in the musical landscape since, but you wouldn’t know if from listening to A Heartbeat From Eternity. This is whimsical, well-crafted indie-pop in the same mould as Ride, ...view item »

Slowdive
Slowdive

2017 is an exciting year for shoegazers old and new as veteran bands take advantage of the resurgence in the genre by making new albums that would have been laughed out of court if the year was 1996. Slowdive follow on from Ride in unleashing new music and though they have prosaically only managed to self-t...view item »

Hey Colossus
Radio Static High

Hey Colossus have become more and more of a multi-faceted band as time has gone by. Radio Static High finds them managing to hold back the apocalyptic riff-monster and allow their tracks a little more room to breath and expand. The results still sound blasted, but in a fresh new way. Out from the Rocket label....view item »

Tortoise
Tortoise

The debut album by Tortoise is creeping, technically proficient post-rock mixing the pleasing ambient sounds of bass, drums, xylophone and electronics. “Magnet Pulls Through”, “Spiderwebbed”, “Tin Cans And Twine” and “Ry Cooder” are the best tracks on here for their m...view item »

Tortoise
TNT

To overlap with the forthcoming new record, Thrill Jockey are getting classic Tortoise albums back out into the world on lovely wax. TNT is Tortoise’s third album, first released in 1998. Double LP in a gatefold sleeve (with that simple simple artwork tipped-on), pressed to pristine white vinyl....view item »

Matt Christensen
Honeymoons

The lungs + strums behind Chicago's Zelienople focuses his songwriting inward for a new LP on Miasmah. This time he focuses intently on foggy, sunken songs that make heavy use of reverbed, slow guitar jangles, dripping drum machines, his soft vocal tones and silence. A nice, airy treat for battered eardrums....view item »

Tortoise
It's All Around You

Right reviews then.... Tortoise... 1st new album in god knows how many years. Wasn't sure what to expect of this cos I used to love Tortoise but over the years have got a little bored of 'em.... This is a surprisingly enjoyable listen. I guess it's got the jazzy elements which you'd expect and the big percu...view item »

Talking Heads
Fear of Music

Employing the talented assistance of producer Brian Eno, Fear of Music harnessed the continuing innovation of the New Wave rock band Talking Heads. Fear of Music is seen by some as a stage-setter for the group’s magnum opus Remain in Light, but the Heads’ third record is an amazing record in its own right. Starting with the compellin...view item »

Butterfly Child
Onomatopoeia

One of those records where you have to mention the album art. There you go, I've mentioned it. It's very good. Butterfly Child's Onomatopoeia was first released in 1993 but has been given a smooth remaster on Dell'Orso. A great mix of electronica and post-rock and for fans of Bark Psychosis...I suppose? Available on double vinyl...view item »

Dakota Suite & Vampillia
The Sea Is Never Full

Vampillia describe themselves as a “brutal orchestra”, which is very promising for their work with the UK’s Dakota Suite. This large-ensemble, long-in-the-making collaboration moves from post-rock to throat singing to unsettled ambience to neo-classical, but each aspect feels convincingly part ...view item »

Wire
Red Barked Tree

This is an unusual move from one of the UK's most enduring alternative units. Gone are much of the angular, aggressive walls of searing confrontational guitar; in place is an atmospheric return to their mid-80s psychedelic pop pastures (albeit with much fuller production!) As with a band of this pedigree, you're not gonna feel too cheated as a m...view item »

Piano Magic
Closure

Piano Magic album have declared that this will be their final album. The suitably-titled Closure, released for the band’s twentieth anniversary, is a subtle and carefully considered set of what the band call ‘ghost rock’. It is sad in places, as one might imagine, but it is great to hear a band able to...view item »

Mr Bungle
Mr Bungle

Classic Mike Patton-fronted circus skank gets a reissue by Music On Vinyl. The band's debut release, Mr. Bungle soundtracks the antics of a misfit clown, and it's just as bonkers as you'd expect from the cover. This pressing is on 2 transparent purple slabs of wax with an etched D side, oh the surprises! Note this is only avai...view item »

Black Moth Super Rainbow
Eating Us

Why can't more bands release music that's as irresistibly Summer orientated as Black Moth Super Rainbow? Their first EU promoted album is fuzzing away in my ears, all distorted through the technological gaffe that is a combination of Goodmans headphones borrowed off someone's Grandad & windows media player. It's called 'Eating Us' and is a trip...view item »

Saltland
A Common Truth

Saltland is Rebecca Foon, a core cello-playing member of Esmerine and Thee Silver Mount Zion. This epic solo album builds up luscious walls of strings and vocals over the course of four long tracks that take the most interesting and beautiful parts of post-rock and apply them to...view item »

The Green Kingdom
The North Wind and the Sun

With a steady stream of releases over the past decade through Dronarivm, SEM, and Tench Michael Cottone has delivered a huge and diverse catalogue of sun drenched, heartwarming ambience as The Green Kingdom. His first release on Lost Tribe Sound sees them convince him to strip back the electronics and focus on m...view item »

Grizzly Bear
Shields: B-Sides

Following the baroque pop brilliance of Veckatimest, Shields seemed to be the logical progression for Grizzly Bear; a subdued, more sophisticated ensemble of tracks with a fuller sound. The songs that didn't make the cut are included on this release and more or less follow on from the sound established during t...view item »

yellow6
Running to the Red [merry6mas2017]

It’s (almost) Christmas, which means it’s time, among other things, for another merry6mas. The nineteenth, to be precise! Every year, the tireless Yellow6 (Leic...view item »

SPC ECO
Calm

A subtle fuzz shrouds most of SPC ECO's 'Calm', echoing a gentle threat that runs throughout its duration. There's a strange Garbage-like swagger to it, but this is juxtaposed with the kind of ethereal atmosphere My Bloody Valentine conjure up. Diverse and surprising electronic tinged rock music...view item »

Electrelane
No Shouts No Calls

Our Maggie is the queen of celebrity sex scandals. She's just informed us that Princess Di did the beast with two backs with Bryan Adams. I'm shocked. 'Everything I Do, I Do It for you' Indeed. The cheeky monkey. Imagine doing the nasty with a princess eh. 'Oooooh your highness!!! Back to the task in hand which is to review the new Electrelane 'No ...view item »

Explosions In The Sky
The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place

Right. Here's Brian with the news you've all been waiting for. We have the new EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY LP & CD in this week, the vinyl being on Temporary Residence & the CD being on Simon Raymonde's fine Bella Union imprint. Now since I started working here I must have packed ...view item »

Seafang
Solid Gold

More indie pop from the ever busy Emotional Response. What we have hear are two fuzzy and catchy slabs of old school indie with nods towards the Darling Buds and Shop Assistants as well as a healthy dose of shoegaze blur. It is full of vigour and fun and the lead guitar is very busy indeed twirling all over plac...view item »

The Early Years
II

Krautrock-influenced London band The Early Years formed in 2004 and were signed to Beggars Banquet after airplay from Steve Lamacq and Huw Stephens. After their debut album received rave reviews, the band embarked on the usual round of tours and festivals before deciding to take a break in 2008. Now, 10 years after their first album, here is the...view item »

Sigur Rós
Kveikur

Norman Records have given me the absolute honour of saying a few words about the new Sigur Ros album ‘Kveikur’, perks of the job indeed. Now down to a three piece after the departure of keyboard/guitarist Kjartan Sveinsson, ‘Kveikur’ sees these Icelandic fellows entering into more da...view item »

Oneida
Absolute II

For those about to death rock we salute you!! Oneida's third and final installment of their "Thank Your Parents" series of releases is as every bit as ominous sounding and atmospheric as you like. It's very much japery of the conceptual kind. It's the kind of record that when it is played you can imagine y...view item »

Catherine Wheel
Chrome

'90s shoegazers Catherine Wheel were one of the few shoegazers to truly cross over to the American market. They did this by simply rocking out. 'Chrome' showcases them rockifying their previously dreamy sound with heavy big riffing guitars, growly impassioned vocals and thumping drums. Here's your chance to hear it all again....view item »

The Veldt
The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation

The Veldt's back story is an astonishing tale of two identical twin brothers who went against any kind of grain and made music throughout the '80s and '90s that baffled any record labels that tried to take them on but in 2016 sounds almost insanely influential. Their brand of soulful shoegaze most recalls like minded Londoners ...view item »

Smog
Julius Caesar

This treat from the early Smog years was looking sad without a review, so I thought I would extol its virtues for the benefit of any passing shoppers. Monsieur Callahan doesn't have his wise-old-country voice here, nor the obtuse, elegant lyricism that carries his later albums. This is a record full of blunt edges and ...view item »

The For Carnation
Promised Works

Touch & Go have complied together some of The For Carnation's 2 x EP (Fight Songs and Marshmallows) and put them together in one handy compilation for those too lazy to hunt out the proper thing. You should be ashamed of yourself. In case you don't know who they are.... they're a kind of supergroup featuring David Pajo (Slint, M, Aerial M,...view item »

Aris Kindt
Swann and Odette

Aris Kindt are the duo that take shoegaze music and strip out all of the unnecessary rock, rhythm and song-based elements out, leaving just luscious ambient sounds. Swann and Odette’s guitars and modular s...view item »

Noam
Overdramatic

Noam is a new project from a certain Kentaro Togawa, who you might know from Hopeless Marching Band or The Retail Sectors. Overdramatic features ten tracks of explorative sonics. This is a very affordable CD release: and you even get a postcard thrown in too! Courtesy o...view item »

Score
Lift Music

Chris Tate of D_rradio’s second full length as Score. With dashes of Tortoise, Mogwai and Helios, Score always stays soft and keeps the post rock vibes under a sheen of sweet electronic manipulations, glitches and ambiance...view item »

Vlimmer
llllllll / lllllllll

Vlimmer is of course still in the midst of his several year project to release a series of eighteen EPs. We are now up to numbers eight and nine, although I regretfully must inform you that he’s decided to avoid both the Roman and the Arabic numerical system… so here we have ...view item »

The Jesus Lizard
Head

I can't remember how i came across this lot all those years ago but this album still packs a punch. The albums sound is made of abrasive guitars, simple but raw, monster bass lines and David Yow's strangled cat vocals (!). Highlights include 'One Evening' - as good an opener as you good wish for (it's got a killer riff) - and 'Seven vs E...view item »

Charlie Ulyatt
Live EP - Rough Trade Nottingham Sept 16

Minimal ambient solo electric guitar performance recorded live at Rough Trade in Nottingham. Charlie Ulyatt plays a couple of tracks from his self-released Dead Birds record as well as three entirely new tracks. Softly evolving chords and plucks alongside ebow dronings allowing everything to ring out to pull you in. Far...view item »

Trespassers William
Anchor

Slow team Trespassers William reissue one of their many requiems just in time for RSD: 'Anchor' is early days for the band, back when they were teens trying to one up Slint in the race for prodigal indie rock talent. These tracks see the band begin to traverse their twin sounds: wide-open ambient 'scapes and plain but plaintive indie pop so...view item »

Taffy
Nyctophilia

Taffy continue to resurrect various guitar sounds of the early 90’s with new album Nyctophilia. Shoegaze is the dominant form here, with the gorgeous wobbly guitars and sweet indie vocals that we’ve all come to love. Quality noisy haze-pop. Vinyl release on Club AC30, limited to just 250 copies....view item »

Is Bliss
The Honeycomb Explosion

The stinging psychedelic shoegaze of The Honeycomb Explosion really is from the land of milk and honey. The Hampshire trio have a sound knack for creating both explosive and ethereal dream-pop, and media powerhouses such as BBC Radio 6 are cottoning on. Their moniker, Is Bliss, is often all too li...view item »

Trupa Trupa
Jolly New Songs

Poland’s Trupa Trupa make psychedelic rock music that retains the genuinely weird edge that the genre mostly lost after the early years, though they also have the sheer direct punch of post-punk. Add in lyrics from frontman Grzegorz Kwiat...view item »

BIG | BRAVE
Au De La

BIG / BRAVE are a trio of rock heaviness, generating a sound that veers between post-rock, blasted grunge, and noise-rock. Au De La is their second full length, and features the highly capable talents of Efrim Menuck on production duties. Released as a no-doubt lusciously packaged CD or LP by Southern L...view item »

Grizzly Bear
Veckatimest

Now truth be told, I haven't got the most sophisticated music taste sometimes and the last Grizzly Bear album, 'Yellow House' being as lauded as it was, did little for me. I prefer more feral & demented pleasures much of the time, or straight chill out so I sit there floppy eyed like Dylan the Rabbit or grinning like a stoned Cheshire cat. On n...view item »

Amiina
Fantômas

Icelandic sonic adventurers and frequent Sigur Ros collaborators Amiina come through with a modern-day accompaniment to an olden-days classic. Fantomas is a work of early silent cinema that was admired by, among others, the surrealist Rene Magritte. Using loops, drones, pianos and strin...view item »

Ulrika Spacek
Modern English Decoration

They formed when they were 14, two fifths of them are called Rhys and they live in a house called Ken. Ulrika Spacek are truly a unique proposition amongst the glut of Women/Viet Cong influenced tangle rock bands. Their debut self titled record was a hero here at the towers and this follow up re...view item »

Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche
Pas pire pop, I Love You So Much

Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche want to play! Their new album Pas pire pop, I Love You So Much is a vibrant brew of ecstatic dance rock via psychedelic deserts: wordless vocals, sharp and clean guitars, irresistibly flowing rhythms. Properly trance-inducing stuff. The album is released by Constellation: the vinyl ve...view item »

Seasurfer
Under The Milkyway... Who Cares

Formed by Dark Orange’s Dirk Ritter, Seasurfer take dreampop and add a (post)punk grit and drive to it. Resulting in a washed out My Bloody Valentine meets Placebo where the guitars are barely audible under so much reverb and delay they become glorious dro...view item »

Explosions In The Sky
Take Care, Take Care, Take Care

I have only been into EITS since July, but it's been a magical journey so far. This was the first album that I got and once I listened all the way through, I proceeded to get the rest of them (with exception of the very first one). For me, listening to this album along with the rest, each song tells a story. The titles are appropriate in th...view item »

The Duke Spirit
KIN

The Duke Spirit return with KIN, their first record in 5 years. As well as the band’s own elegant performances, the album also features some considerable guests, including Mark Lanegan and members of Archie Bronson Outfit and Gallon Drunk. The LP is pressed to 180...view item »

Suuns
Hold/Still

Suuns are back, following on from their successful collaboration with Jerusalem In My Heart. Hold/Still has all the minimal slinkiness of previous releases, the low end pulsating around sharp guitars and murmured Clinic-esque vocals. Released by Secretly Canadian, with an independent-st...view item »

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 tex...view item »

Three Trapped Tigers
Silent Earthling

It has taken Three Trapped Tigers a long time to release a second full-length album, but it seems the wait allowed them to get deep into their sound and produce some extra-strong work. Lots of highly-technical instrumental involutions, but without forgetting the tunes. Co-produced with Brian Eno and Karl...view item »

Tortoise
The Catastrophist

The first new Tortoise album in a nigh-on seven years! The officially legendary post-rock (in the original, interesting sense of the term) group have convened to produce an inventive melange of sonic approaches: first single Gesceap is a pulsing piece led by minimal-but-melodic synths. All bodes well. On Thrill Jockey....view item »

Laddio Bolocko
Live & Unreleased 1997-2000

Laddio Bolocko are a remarkable and lesser-known band, whose two albums are well worth your time. But everything on Live And Unreleased is previously unheard: 3 LPs worth of old recordings from suitcases! Liner notes from Oneida’s Kid Millions: if he likes it, you should too. Also...view item »

Girl Band
Holding Hands With Jamie

Debut album time! Here’s Holding Hands with Jamie by Girl Band. Annoyingly enough, Girl Band are actually four Irish blokes. Probably irony or something. Still, they produce some raw, energetic noisy rock and post-punk which fits in nicely with the Rough Trade label they landed with. ...view item »

The Telescopes
Hidden Fields

The Telescopes have a rich history of walking the borderline of sheer noise and straight song-forms, never quite committing to either. Hidden Fields, their first record since 2013, finds them channelling wild drones into fairly songish songs, by their standards. A heady rush of devotional sonics, released by Tapete....view item »

Wildbirds & Peacedrums
Rhythm

An office favourite and the promo has only been in the place a week. It has since disappeared into various homes for night listening which is as good a recommendation as you can get. Therefore I'm the wrong person to write the press blurb as I was the only one to spit the words "experimental Winehouse" in it's direction. It certainly s...view item »

Mogwai
Come On Die Young

This deluxe edition of ‘Come On Die Young’ has been painstakingly put together by the band and label, unearthing more than an hour of bonus material, including: Previously unreleased takes from early Chem19 sessions of ‘Waltz For Aidan’, ‘Christmas Steps’, ‘Rollerball’ and ‘7...view item »

Mogwai
Rave Tapes

‘Rave Tapes’ is the eighth studio album from the Glasgow boys, pretty amazing really as personally I’ve watched them blossom from wee scamps back in the mid nineties to the stadium rock giants they are now (well almost!). From the opening track ‘Heard About You Last Night’ it’s truly evident that Mogwai have b...view item »

A Place To Bury Strangers
Worship

I found out the other day that one of the dudes from A Place To Bury Strangers not only makes his own effects pedals but also sells them. That seems like an incredibly savvy way to go about things, since each ent...view item »

Ulrich Schnauss & Mark Peters
Underrated Silence

The Schnausser eh? He's back is Uncle Ulrich and his slippers and pipe Guthrie-isms are as tranquil and balmy as ever. Making the bridge between ethereal shoegazing moodscapes and shimmering post Cafe Del Mar tranquility more sturdy underfoot, his work in the field of glistening cyclical chillout is not to be underestimated. Here he p...view item »

Animal Collective
Merriweather Post Pavilion

One of the Animals discovered that it sounds pretty darned rad if you play two or three Beach Boys songs at once. He told the rest of the Collective and, lo, t’was the birth of Merriweather Post Pavilion, and yea, it did dominate anno 2009 most ruthlessly. Precisely like the little green things on the front cover, the contents of ...view item »

Mogwai
Mr Beast

Blimey! Jocks Mogwai seem to be doing well for themselves, I seen them on telly the other week. I think they're a good example of how an independent artist can become successful and leap out of the underground without selling out and compromising their sound. The wait is over for the 'Mr Beast' album after the 'Friend of The Night' sing...view item »

RATATAT
LP3

Ratatat keeps up the good work with this album. I can't really say whether LP3 is better or worse than Wildcat or Classics, since Ratatat's music really defies that kind of thinking. Asking whether a particular Ratatat song is better than another song is like asking whether this lemonade is better than that tree; they are unique items with uniqu...view item »

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