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Deafheaven
Ordinary Corrupt Human Love

Yes, the black metal darlings of Pitchfork are back with their answer to Stereophonics' Language. Sex. Violence. Other?, and thank goodness. They follow up New Bermuda with their first LP for ANTI-, offering a more romantic, smitten sound than ever that we hope will chug at least somewhat. 

Pinkshinyultrablast
Miserable Miracles

Now down to a three piece Pinkshinyultrablast release their third album Miserable Miracles. Previous long players Everything Else Matters and Grandfeathered saw the Russian band produce massive walls of hypnotic noise that mixed the shoegaze sounds of My Bloody Valentine with the full on riffage of Smashing Pumpkins, this new stripped down trio have now adopted a more crystalline synth pop sound so it'll be interesting to see if they can still cut the mustard. 
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Horsebeach / The Pheromoans
Alone / Removals

A tiny treat from pop janglers Horsebeach and their maybe friends The Pheromoans, both well-liked for their kindly indie pop musics. The dreaming nostalgia musings of Horsebeach come via "Alone" while the Pheromoans do two tracks at a comparatively frenzied pace. All in all, a sweet and swell pairing.
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The Jesus & Mary Chain
21 Singles

Career spanning compilation from the legendary Scottish band. This was originally released in 2002 which means we can pretend that last album didn't happen. All the classics are here and some in different versions from the album counterparts. We can also remember fondly the time they told us 'I Hate Rock 'n' Roll' only to change their minds pretty quickly and proclaim 'I Love Rock 'n' Roll'.  

You Said Strange
Salvation Prayer

We didn’t actually, but that’s fine. You Said Strange, the newest paid-up members of the Fuzz Club, cut their debut LP with Dandy Warhol Peter Holmström after the bands toured together back in 2015. No prizes for guessing who Salvation Prayer sounds like. Fortunately for you it’s about time we had some more Dandies in our lives.

Lavender Hex
Lavender Hex

Upon being turfed out of their Berlin rehearsal space by a ‘slick boy pop band’ back in 2014, Lavender Hex put away their drums and guitars and started to experiment with home-taping. Fast forward a few years and we have the duo’s eponymous debut LP. The tunes here dance between dubby lo-fi excursions ala High Places (‘What’s The Damage?’, ‘Power’), sombre electronica that brings to mind Portishead on a budget (‘Darling’) and post-punky sound art (‘The Sorrow Song Is Ghosting The Theatre’). A varied and rewarding listen.
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LIVELOVES
Soap/ALL 4 U

Made up from members (or ex members) of Boredoms, Tokyo Bravo, NXS/AOA, OOIOO, and Funni & Tutti. Making a total of 5 guitarists… bringing odd 80s new wave punk via shimmering korean pop. Trust me, it is odd. Great. But odd. Like musak played by Deerhoof on the beach. Features a remix from DJ Nozaki. Highly limited vinyl on LL Records.
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Orchards
Losers/Lovers

I see what they are doing here. Looks like Orchards are one of those clever, clever pop bands like Everything Everything, Foals or Dutch Uncles injecting complexity and math rock into stadium leaning indie tunes.  The Brighton quartet are aiming for the stars here and this could be the latest thing the kids sing along to in mosh pits. 
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Orchard (Aidan Baker, Gaspar Claus, Franck Laurino, Maxime Tisserand)
Serendipity

Another supergroup curation by ici d’ailleurs director Stéphane Grégoire, Orchard consists of Nadja’s Aidan Baker, Pedro Solo’s Gaspar Claus, Zéro’s Frank Laurino and Chapier Fou’s Maxime Tisserand. The quartet, strangers at the time of curation, hit it off with strong improvisations of ambientish post-rock - not unlike ol’ Tortoise. Appropriately, beautiful photos of an orchard comprise the artwork.
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Them Are Us Too
Amends

Them Are Us Too is the collaborative project of Kennedy Ashlyn and Cash Askew, a duo who had been sketching demos in homage to their shared younger passions of generations-old shoegaze and dream pop.Tragically, Askew died in the Ghost Ship fire of 2016 -- Kennedy returned to the studio to finish the startling, unabashed, overdriven pop they were working on, getting production help from Telefon Tel Aviv.

Lord Tarquin
Memoirs Of A Shoegazing Gentleman

Sonic Cathedral are venturing into publishing books for the first ever time with 'Memoirs of A Shoegazing Gentlemen', the work of Piss-Taker-In-Chief Lord Tarquin (also known as David Quantick). The content of this book of satire and maybe potentially some shoegaze originally found its home in a frequent column for NME. 
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Gang Gang Dance
Kazuashita

Beloved freak outfit Gang Gang Dance return with a record for 4ad! Still with all the silly track titles you've come to love, their new one is called Kazuashita and sees them melding together ambient and shoegaze in a textural standoff that's sure to knock your socks off or at the very least slowly unravel them. Good to have you back, my friends.
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The Third Eye Foundation
Wake The Dead

100% guaranteed not to be a barrel of laughs there's actually no better time for a Third Eye Foundation album than in 2018. Matt Elliott's gruesome drum and bass project initially did what everyone thought Kevin Shields would do in combine noise, shoegaze and dark beats. Fast forward twenty years and the music is no less kinetic.   

Various
Still In A Dream - A Story Of Shoegaze 1988-1995

Still In A Dream - A Story Of Shoegaze 1988-1995 does its genre a service, providing a comprehensive retrospective that digs much further than the obvious surface: Lush, Ride and The Cocteau Twins are all here, but so are Swirlies, Flying Saucer Attack and Smashing Orange. 5 discs, packaged along with extensive liner-notes, on Cherry Red.
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The Third Eye Foundation
Semtex

The Third Eye Foundation’s legendary slice of shoegaze-inspired drum ‘n' bass is finally reissued by Ici d'Ailleurs. Semtex’s brutal, dense and anti-establishment music blends harsh breakbeat rhythms and melancholy samples to create something that still sounds unique 20 years later. It feels a little strange to have something so perfectly rough and anti-social so beautifully presented. Available on CD and double vinyl LP.

Thom Yorke
The Eraser

Not content with being frontman of one of the world's biggest bands Radiohead, squeak-voiced singer Thom Yorke has also found time for a myriad of solo projects. The Eraser was his first solo record and found the singer not venturing too far away from the Radiohead template but keeping things electronic and giving space for his lyrical musings about global warming and government cover ups. Not as rounded as a Radiohead album maybe but still a worthwhile effort from a rock star who has plenty left to say.  
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Wildbirds & Peacedrums
Iris

Iris is a very nice little EP from Wildbirds & Peacedrums, in which the dextrous duo set up shop in Reykjavik to particularly explore the magical sound of the steel pan. Andreas Werliin can play any percussion anyway he likes, and Mariam Wallentin’s voice has worlds of character, so these five tracks are bang-on. Engineered by Ben Frost!
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Wintergreen
The Rule of Small Things

Wintergreen formed in Manchester in 1999 and are now based in London. The Rule of Small Things is their debut album and has been more than 10 years in the making. It is ostensibly a fusion of Liz Harris’ Grouper-style harmonies, the unabashed musicality and noise of Deerhoof and the writings of Samuel Beckett. It was recorded in the band’s self-built studio in North London and mastered by sonic artist Lawrence English.
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Her Name Is Calla
The Dead Rift EP

Folky post-rock indie loiners Her Name is Calla have come a-knockin’ again with new EP The Dead Rift. With its dramatic violin and fuzz bass, the opening song of the same name doesn’t sound so far from an indie version of Radiohead’s ‘Burn the Witch’, but Tom Morris’ distinctive vocal style and other energetic flourishes make it clear who’s playing. Includes a bonus vinyl-only song.
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Tangents
New Bodies

Aussie five-piece Tangents are purveyors of a similar kind of jazzy, instrumental post-rock to Tortoise; there are similarities with Four Tet’s electronic plunges into these styles as well. On New Bodies they are comfortable shifting between the lot within one tune - all the way to outright jazz improv as well - with superb drumming and overall impressive results.
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Echo Ladies
Pink Noise

Swiftly following up their much-loved EP which garnered attention from the likes of 6 Music, Radio X, Beats 1, The Line Of Best Fit and Clash, this Swedish dream-pop/shoegaze band drop the big debut. Referencing the old sounds of Cocteau Twins, New Order and the Cure but also the modern day sonic thrills of A Place to Bury Strangers they look sure to deliver on that early promise.  
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Dumb Numbers
Stranger EP

Aussie grunge revivalists Dumb Numbers came about a new way of presenting their songs after their drummer was forced to pull out of a US tour with Lemonheads. After having bought their pricey plane tickets, the rest of the band didn’t want such a financial outlay to go to waste so carried on with their plans. Instead of replacing their drummer, they hired cellist Aniela Perry. The songs became longer and slower and took on a new life. After a successful tour the band decided to record the songs. Stranger EP is the result. Features Melvins drummer Dale Crover, Swans’ Thor Harris on Tubular Bells and Geordie Stafford from fellow Aussies, Golden Bats. Olive and Oxblood swirl coloured vinyl on Joyful Noise, limited to 500 hand numbered copies.

Rodrigo Tavares
Congo

Post-rock and classical guitar of a decidedly Brazilian flavour. Congo is the latest album from Rodrigo Tavares, musician, composer, and improviser. Evoking classic Brazilian artists like João Gilberto, as well as post-rock greats like Slint and Talk Talk. Limited edition LP on Hive Mind Records.
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Rare Form
Six Months in Hiding

This lavish release from Californian duo Rare Form features seven lengthy pieces that draw from drone, post-rock, noise music and witchy ambience. The alternation between wall-of-sound screeching and amber-suspended synths is particularly striking on twenty-minute centrepiece ‘The Road To Awe’. Both of the vinyl are different colours, and the drop also includes a lyric sheet, additional artwork and liner notes.
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Kayo Dot
Hubardo

Originally released in 2013, the seventh album by Toby Driver’s crew spans three pieces of vinyl and a vast array of stylistic ground. Combining seething black metal, choral vocals, angular post rock, serpentine jazz, psychedelic chaos, brooding goth, crushing doom, and much more into a progressive and multi-faceted whole, it’s the summation of their work to this point. A staggeringly expansive hundred minutes.

Slowdive
Blue Day

Here is the classic latter day Record Store Day item. A vinyl edition of Slowdive's 1992 compilation 'Blue Day'. At least its not ludicrously limited, 2000 of you have the chance of owning or re-owning these selected tracks taken from their first three EP's. Considered a joke in their lifetime, Slowdive are now one of the most revered bands on the planet, reforming with added beards for a successful tour last year.  
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Mute Forest
Deforestation

180 gram vinyl in gatefold. Recorded at his home studio in Denver Kael Smith’s Mute Forest is a blend of warm electronics and acoustic songs wrought with pained emotion. Deforestation vulnerability can easily be compared to the likes of Caught In The Wake of Forever, Benoit Pioulard, and Part Timer. Limited release on Lost Tribe Sound.
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TINT
Ricochet Screen

An intriguing record of sound collages from New York artist TINT here. Ricochet Screen builds its compositions up from found sounds and field recordings, often of general chit chat. Over this TINT puts anything from distorted bass guitar (‘Purr XYZ’) to beautiful, Debussy-esque piano improvisations (‘Earth D423’). It’s not unlike the best bit of Yves Tumor’s repertoire. This LP is out via Root Strata (Richard Youngs, Grouper).
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Marching Church
Coming Down

Marching Church started life as an experimental solo project for Elias Bender Ronnenfelt, the Iceage frontman and one half of Danish punk duo Var. The project morphed into a band for the 2014 LP The World Is Not Enough. The extra band members did not quell the urge for experimentation, however. Coming Down is an excerpt from an improvised session between six musicians, helmed by Ronnenfelt. Ronnenfelt described the session as “an attempt at playing jazz” but admitted that no one involved was a jazz musician. 12” on Sacred Bones.
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Carla Bozulich
Quieter

One of Constellation Record's secret weapons, Carla Bozulich returns with Quieter an album of fleshed out unreleased tracks. The press release only compares her to other female musicians (rightly including the likes of Jenny Hval, Grouper, Noveller), but I've always thought of her as part of the male-dominated twisted-blues rules by the likes of Nick Cave and Tom Waits. If she were a man she'd be massive. 
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And So I Watch You From Afar
The Endless Shimmering

Belfastian four-piece And So I Watch You From Afar return for their fifth album The Endless Shimmering, recorded at the Machines With Magnets studio in Rhode Island, the US of A, during an inspiring nine-day snowstorm. Nine pieces whittled down from over 30, this carefully-chosen bunch of math-edged instrumental post-rock is as tight and grandiose as we’ve all come to expect from the band.
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E
Negative Work

Boston trio E - featuring former members of Karate, Uzi, Neptune and more - drop their second LP via Thrill Jockey. The ten tracks of Negative Work are a tense, bracing mix of hardcore punk, shredded blues and noise rock. As well as the usual suspects - Fugazi, Mclusky - there’s a fair bit of Metz in here too.

Stretchmarks
The Stretch m-ARKhives

The Stretchmarks are a reasonably obscure group from the late 1980’s, featuring a wild mix-up of members from Nico’s backing band, The Blue Orchids, and the plunderphonic avant-messers who would later form Stock, Hausen & Walkman. The Stretch m-ARKhives presents an assembly of variously recorded material, showcasing the group’s noisy improvised funk madness. Out on Hot Air.

Good Weather For An Airstrike
Little Steps

Good Weather For An Airstrike. Good name for a band? That’s the real question. Little Steps is the Winchester group’s ninth album since the band formed in 2009. The group was made to make relaxing music to alleviate group member Tom Honey’s tinnitus. It certainly is blissful ambience and enough to put me into a peaceful, happy slumber.
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The Jesus Lizard
Pure

Ahh yes, The Jesus And Lizard Chain. Here we have a new edition of the seminal noise-rock outfit's 1989 debut EP Pure. Containing classic cuts like ‘Blockbuster’ and ‘Rabid Pigs’, this set now comes with liner-notes from The Jesus Lizard and their entourage. Often copied, never bettered, and now reissued by Touch & Go.
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Zola Jesus
Okovi: Additions

Darkwave foghorn Zola Jesus releases an accompanying album to her recent 'Okovi'. Featuring four unreleased tracks from the same session there are also some remixes by some pretty impressively big names such as Johnny Jewell and Katie Gately - a combination which makes for an album that actually stands on its own.   

Big Black
Racer-X

This is the one where Albini was aiming for a big rock sound but made a mess of it and instead came up with something samey and monolithic  - no bad thing as it turns out. It was released in April 1985 just before their 'Atomizer' debut as they slowly got to the vicious sound we know and (perhaps) love.   
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Ariel Pink
Thrash & Burn

Its a good time to take a look back at Ariel Pink’s early effort, Thrash and Burn. Its a sprawl of ideas and spontaneity that makes Pom Pom look tight by comparison. Historians place this as being from sometime in 1998, and coming in at 94 minutes, it is quite a ride...to be enjoyed via double CD or vinyl, on Human Ear.

CCFX
CCFX EP

Made up from members of punk band Vexx, synth-pop group CC Dust and post-punkers TransFX, Olympia’s CCFX bring the three worlds together cohesively on their self titled EP debut. These four tracks would fit comfortably alongside My Bloody Valentine, The Cure and New Order. EP released through DFA.
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Caspian
Dust and Disquiet

Caspian have always been all about the texture, and their new record Dust And Disquiet is no exception. Swooping post-rock structures are filled in by rich (and crucially, non standard-issue post-rock) sounds. Produced by former Isis (the band) member Matt Bayles, this is released by Big Scary Monsters.
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Vlimmer
X

The 10th EP in an 18 EP series started by Vlimmer way back in late 2015. Not sure why he decided to do this, but now he's reached X which vitally shares it's name with an Ed Sheeran album. Dark post-punk that really shows off the growth made by the musician in the last few years. On Blackjack Illuminist Records.
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Thanatoloop
Resilencia

Chile’s Thanatoloop (Michel Leroy Valdés) has over forty albums behind him and they keep on coming. The title of this one Resilencia: resistencia y muerte en los dias del capitalismo voraz (Resistance and death in the age of capitalism) gives you a pretty good idea of its subject matter. Themes of frustration and resistance are handled by tracks such as ‘San Sename’, which sounds like intense industrial/coldwave vibes produced - for once - in a gritty modern way that doesn’t attempt to recreate 1980s textures. Later, hope and care are given time to prevail, such as in ‘Expresiones’.
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Midas Fall
Evaporate

Scottish duo Midas Fall’s new album, Evaporate, broods with gothic overtones whilst being tempered by the fragility of clicking electronics. The voice of Elizabeth Heaton matches the power and grace of the music, at times soaring and powerful, at others, restrained and vulnerable. Ice-like guitars add to the mystery. 180g vinyl limited to 500 copies. 300 clear blue and black, 200 black. Colours will ship randomly. Also on CD.
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House Of Hayduk
City Of Quartz

Collaboration between Billy Gould of Faith No More, B J Miller of Health, Charles Hayward of This Heat! Dean Hurley who works with David Lynch, and Mads Heldtberg, award winning film score writer. Deconstructed, chaotic and one that must be played loud. Limited edition LP on Waxwork Records with exclusive hi-res download card.
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Møtrik
Safety Copy

Jealous Butcher have previously released records by The Decemberists, but we’ll forgive them for that if they keep dropping stuff as a good as this. Møtrik are a krautrock four-piece from Portland who stick to the genre’s principles. Motorik grooves, harmonically ambiguous synths, curious snippets of vocal, not much else. Opener ‘Impossible/OK’ sounds like that War On Drugs song that got played to death a couple of years ago, except this time it’s good. Simple stuff done very well, seven times over - that’s Safety Copy.

Dorias Baracca
Dorias Baracca

Tragically, Dorias Baracca’s promising career was cut short in 2011 when singer and songwriter Buster Svendsen passed away. The day of his death also happened to be the same day that their self-titled debut LP was completed. As such, the fact that Dorias Baracca has seen light of day at all is a triumph. The seven tracks within showcase a band with a far better grasp on what makes for good shoegaze revivalism than many of their peers. My Bloody Valentine and Ride spring to mind.

God Is An Astronaut
Epitaph

Inching closer to their third decade, Irish three-piece God is an Astronaut continue to keep the post-rock dream alive on Epitaph. Dutiful and wilting piano motifs, crescendos of wailing guitar, synth and wordless vocals, atmospheric breakdowns leading to more crescendos - these are some of the expertly-crafted musical experiences that await you on this record. At its most aching and overdriven, Torsten Kinsella’s lead guitar tone is what steals the show.
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

The Coke Dares
Fake Lake

The Coke Dares are a long running and now long distance power trio whose main claim to fame was that Jason Molina tapped them out to play on his raw and raucous Magnolia Electric Company LP. Their own music however is a tight and taut blend of the Minutemen, Wire and with a bit of Sparks and prog rock chucked into the equation. 
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Drowse
Cold Air

The press release tells us that the second LP from Portland’s drowse was recorded in pretty unhappy circumstances. Kyle Bates, the band’s only full-time member, was struggling with mental health and addiction problems in the nine months in which Cold Air came to life. It’s as spaced-out and troubled a record as one might expect to emerge from these circumstances. Dream-pop, chamber-pop, post-rock and music concrete come together for an album that has pain at its core, yet also finds moments of great beauty and solace. For fans of Deerhunter, Cocteau Twins, maybe even a little bit of Suede...
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Caudal
Fight, Cry, Fight

Berlin-based post rock trio Caudal complete a loosely connected trilogy of albums with Fight, Cry, Fight. This one is released through Drone Rock Records, whilst previous albums, Forever In Another World and Ascension were released on Oaken Palace Records and Consouling Sounds respectively. Whilst you can expect their usual post-rock/krautrock experimentalism, here they come via more concise songs. It was expertly mastered by John McBain. Regardless of the facts laid bare here for you, this is probably worth buying for the cover alone.   
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MØL
JORD

Denmark hasn’t really the reputation of its neighbours in the Nordic metal camp, but there new names do crop up once in a while. Here we have MØL (‘MOTH’) giving it a go. Following two EPs, the debut LP JORD (‘EARTH’) sees the Aarhus quintet going at it hard with the black metal theatrics, as well as nods to shoegaze in their reverb-heavy climaxes.
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Wrekmeister Harmonies
The Alone Rush

The Alone Rush, the fifth LP Wrekmeister Harmonies have served up for Thrill Jockey, is the first that sees the band take to the stage as duo. The group’s miserabilist-in-chief J. R. Robinson now comes with Esther Shaw in tow as an official member. Helped wby several guest spots from Swans bloke Thor Harris, the group make music as brooding and intense as anything in the band’s catalogue to date. Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’s cinematic abstractions come to mind, as does Ellis's old fling The Dirty Three.

No Joy / Sonic Boom
No Joy / Sonic Boom

This is a collaboration between this Canadian chanteuse and the... um... forgetful Spacemen 3 legend. In fact neither can remember quite how they met but here they pass compositions back and forth across the big pond resulting in a record way out of both artists comfort zone taking in electronica, noise and even trip hop along the way.  
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

A Place To Bury Strangers
Pinned

Shoegaze / noise-rocker brutalists A Place To Bury Strangers return with their fifth full-length, sharply titled Pinned. As a response of sorts to the last few years of current affairs, it is a blasted-sounded thing, although in truth A Place To Bury Strangers have never been a gentle proposition. Released in a variety of single and double formats by Dead Oceans.

Rothko
Blood Demands More Blood

One of the UK's most underrated bands,  Rothko have now reached their 20th anniversary and as a result have decided to bury their signature bass-led sound in a whole pile of murk.  This is their darkest album to date,  a dense brutal affair with only flickers of light allowed to creep past the all encompassing darkness. 
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Hey Colossus
RRR

Here's a re-release of a fascinating album Hey Colossus made in one big long studio session with Jon (Notorious Hi-Fi Killers) and Leon (Shit+Shine) in tow. The eight of them made a right old racket which has now been re-pressed onto a double LP with a bonus LP of outtakes and tracks which didn't make the first pressing. 

The Debutantes
Adams Apples / Kids

Taken from their critically acclaimed cassette EP, ‘Adams Apples/Kids’ is the latest 7” release from Irish, sun-soaked, indie slacker pop band The Debutantes. Featuring Leon Butler on guitar and vocals, Paula Cullen (The September Girls) on bass and vocals and Sarah Grimes (also of The September Girls) on drums, playing heartbreaking pop through a dreamy wash of layered noise, fuzzy vocals and strummed out guitars.

Noon
Disquiet

Wow ok. This one blows your head off. Noon are a London-based trio that bring together free jazz, free rock and free everything else. They’ve taken seven years since the release of their debut EP in 2011, but Disquiet was worth the wait. The guitar playing recalls Adrien Belew and St Vincent at their very zaniest as well as packing an additional crunch that pretty much consumes the sound. The drums and bass are at once titanically massive and groovily nimble even when operating at sluggish tempos. It's a bit like Zammuto ... a bit.

Oneida
A List of the Burning Mountains

Oneida follow up their Thank Your Parents album triptych by getting even deeper and stranger. A List Of The Burning Mountains is two side-long slabs of Oneida-brand improvisation, relying on the group’s deep and long relationships to make music that sounds like no-one else. This music feels uncertain, halting, explorative. Very interesting vibes, available on LP only.
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

RATATAT
RATATAT

The importance of RATATAT’s debut LP can’t really be overstated. Along with The Postal Service’s Give Up (which came out a year earlier in 2003), RATATAT is probably the defining U.S. indietronica record of the early 21st Century. The reason that so many indie bands who’ve emerged in the past decade mess about with synthesisers is due, to a greater or lesser extent, to what the Brooklyn duo did here. Everyone from Gang Gang Dance to The Mae Shi to Alice Glass should buy RATATAT a drink as thanks.
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

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-abstract guitar-haze… Never previously released, Spinhead Sessions is now out in the world, courtesy of Goofin’.

Car Crash Sisters
Sundance Sea

Car Crash Sisters are a four-piece band from Aguascalientes, Mexico. Their sound finds a sweet spot between ‘90s-style guitar noise, shoegaze and dream pop. Their debut album, The Sundance Sea, named after an ancient, receded sea, is testament to their ability to balance their sound perfectly. CD on Blackjack Illuminist Records.

Flying Saucer Attack
In Search Of Spaces

Unlike their comparatively peaceful recordings, the live Flying Saucer Attack were a racket of trebly guitars and visceral improvised semi-compositions ensuring that live attempts were often a mess/inspired often at the same time. This live document is a rare chance to hear the beast in action and for this special 2LP vinyl edition comes with a bonus Jim O'Rourke re-work of some of the material. 
  • Label(s):
  • VHF
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Hoggs Bison
Aeons

If the facts that they are called Hoggs Bison and have a song called ‘Milk Milk Lemonade’ hadn’t signposted it to you already, there’s a sense of fun to the debut LP from this Bristol math-rock trio. The grooves are more playful than those of many of their contemporaries, and the guitar playing is impressively melodic without ever getting too showy. Shellac and Heavy Vegetable come to mind.
  • Vinyl LP (ing020)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Last copy
  • Vinyl LP (ing020)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Big Black
Heartbeat

When Big Black were in their endgame they got quite into doing covers. One of the most successful was their take on Wire’s seminal ‘Heartbeat’. In the hands of Steve Albini and his crew, Colin Newman’s anti-punk original turns into a menacing noise-rock chug. The Heartbeat EP, which first came out in 1987, is fleshed out by the short and sweet original tunes ‘Things To Do Today’ and ‘I Can’t Believe’. Thrilling stuff.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Amoral Avatar
Amoral Avatar

Instrumental rock label Trestle Records (Noon, Karras) drop another envelope-pusher. Amoral Avatar are a duo who take post-rock about as far as it can go before it turns into, like, music concrete or something. It’s not ‘post-rock’ in the vast, glacial, Explosions In The Sky sense, though there are moments - ‘AA6’, for instance - of stillness and beauty. But there are also tracks like ‘AA2’ which could be something by Pierre Schaeffer. The fact that this record was tracked in a day (!) makes it even more impressive.

Bichkraft
800

Ukranian noiseniks Bichkraft drop their third LP for Wharf Cat Records (Gun Outfit, Palberta). 800 provides a meatier rendering of the psych-y shoegaze that characterised their first two albums - singles like 'Yonder' feature vocals of the sneering chant school. Produced by Mechandise’s Carson Cox,

RLYR
Actual Existence

Chicago experimental rock trio RLYR follow up their 2016 debut LP Delayer with this four-track album. Featuring members of Russian Circles, Cleared and Pelican, RLYR create a heavy but melodious racket here. The instrumental chops are impressive, with muscular drums and sturdy bass underpinning some emotional firebrand guitar work. Fans of Explosions In The Sky will find plenty to get behind here.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Black Lizard
Celebration Of A New Dawn

Celebration Of A New Dawn is the third album by self-proclaimed leading Finnish garage rock band Black Lizard. They’ve made what could be their best record yet, taking the best psych rock bits from the Nuggets compilations and ‘90s shoegaze as their influences to make an album relevant for today. LP on Fuzz Club.

Amusement Parks On Fire
Our Goal To Realise

It has been almost a decade since Amusement Parks on Fire have released anything; now they are back with a single that is brilliantly constructed. Shoegaze saturation and a clever use of meter help it sit above the music of their peers, and the sense of nostalgic, summery Ash-like pop rock is there, in buckets, and spades, and you can have it all.

Tomorrow We Sail
The Shadows

Leeds six piece Tomorrow We Sail issue their second album 'The Shadows' which will be a treat for fans of that brand of post rock that is starting to fade away a bit these days. I'm talking full on soaring heavy duty atmospherics with nods towards Explosions in the Sky and Godspeed You Black Emperor. 

Death And Vanilla
From Above

Fire Records have kindly re-issued this two track 7" from everybody's favourite post-Broadcast swirling dream-poppers Death and Vanilla. Originally released on the Great Pop Supplement it has already been re-pressed twice selling out quickly each time. Comes on blue vinyl and is re-issued alongside Death And Vanilla’s debut self-titled album and EP.

Oneida
Romance

The heads have been waiting a few years for this moment, but here it is… a full new Oneida album! Romance is a considerable proposition, with eleven tracks over two LPs (or one CD), each exploring a different facet for the astonishing beast that is the O. So much going on in here, you are really going to have to dig in for yourself. On Joyful Noise.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Big Black
He's A Whore/ The Model

Here we have Big Black’s final single. Originally released in 1987, this parting gift saw Steve Albini et al take a crack at covering Cheap Trick and Kraftwerk. Both 'He's A Whore' and 'The Model' are nice noise-punk wedges - despite sluicing the tunes with huge slurries of distortion Big Black are savvy enough to keep the original melodies at the fore.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

To Destroy A City
Go Mirage

Oh. My. God. For their third album Chicago trio To Destroy A City have unveiled a remarkable new trick. Vocals. Therefore their guitar driven opuses now have an extra human element. They hope you forgive them for this post-rock indiscretion and instead start to file them alongside other be-voiced post rock like Mogwai and the Album Leaf.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

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-songwritery, resulting in atmospheric feels aplenty.
  • Vinyl Double LP (NONG121LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

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 tape on Innovative Leisure.

Balmorhea
Clear Language

A ten track record from US based duo Balmorhea. The album is full of beautifully written pieces of music, mainly using the piano to its full advantage, and cleverly crafted soundscapes. Clear Language is available on limited white Vinyl LP with a poster, black Vinyl LP and CD, and is released on Western Vinyl. 

The Last Dinosaur
The Nothing

An eleven piece record from London’s very own The Last Dinosaur. A collection of songs written about lead singer, Jamie Cameron’s, youth and the struggles he faced as he powered through in his teenage years. The Nothing is possibly the right title for this record as it captures melancholy and sadness at its very peak. A heartbreaking collection of tracks available on Vinyl LP and CD.  

Rachel's
Handwriting

This is the first Rachel's album and I remember thinking at the time "why are these former members of Rodan and Hulahoop playing classical music"? I didn't understand back then what it was but I knew I liked it. Then came 'Music For Egon Schiele' and it was obvious something quite special was going on. But this is where it started  - totally beautiful, unique music that is here to stay.    
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

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