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Wire
Red Barked Tree

Red Barked Tree was Wire's 2010 era album on which the band pared back to a trio comprising Colin Newman, Graham Lewis and Robert Grey. The result is, as you may expect, a more minimal and compact affair eschewing their more abrasive sound for the kind of melodic, economical pop they played in the mid 80's. Another addition to their rich history and as always a fascinating listen.  

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 consciously make a final statement. Closure is released on CD and vinyl by Second Language.
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

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 available on the blackest of vinyls now.
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie
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Tricot
3

Japanese band Tricot set up their own record label, Bakuretsu, alongside the band and after 12 releases have signed with Big Scary Monsters. Mixing the complex time signature changes and layering of bands such as Battles and Don Caballero with the catchy harmonies of J-pop and beyond. Think of a world where Deerhoof are your average pop band.

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 more acoustic instrumentation. Find a tree to sit under in the shade and forget the big bad world.
  • Vinyl LP (LTS-027)
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  • Limited edition

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 (Leicester’s Jon Atwood) ties up loose ends written and recorded throughout the months and compiles a festive year-end release. Plenty of gloomy ambient and post-rock guitar to be expected. As usual, the super Silber Media is responsible for a limited CD pressing.
  • CD (Silber 254)
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  • Limited edition

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 for right now.
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

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 place.  

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 their second. It's taken a while, but at least it's a double. 

Bill Callahan
Woke Up On A Whaleheart

Well we've all done it haven't we? This was Bill Callahan's debut solo album but as we know he'd previously been recording all but solo albums as Smog. There's no real departure here to warrant the change, just more of his soft baritone and lyrical prowess emboldened by Neil Hagerty's twinkling production which adds a prettiness to his slo-mo soundscapes. 
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie
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Bracken
High Passes

Excitement alert. Brand new album from Chris Adams (Hood/Downpour/On Fell etc) under his Bracken moniker. Now you will all remember that his previous album 'Exist/Resist' won our coveted Album of the Year award in 2014, previous to that he released his debut 'We Know About the Need' on Anticon and go even further back in time you'll remember his group Hood with albums such as 'Cold House' (2001). This new opus is an incredibly diverse and ambitious work spread over 2LPs showcasing his distinctive brand of hip-hop influenced electronic production skills and heartfelt song craft. 

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

Dead Rabbits
Everything Is A Lie

Southampton shoegazers Dead Rabbits (that's Dead Rabbits UK, not to be confused with the metal band from Arizona) release this throwback effort, more than slightly reminiscent of Loop, Spacemen 3, etc. The band themselves describe it as "...the only honest thing you’ll hear in a world full of lies and hate." So probably worth investing in a vinyl copy then.

The Underground Youth
The Perfect Enemy For God

On The Perfect Enemy For God, the sixth album from The Underground Youth, the band really perfected their blend of two extremes; post-punk sharpness and shoegaze softness. On this repress from Fuzz Club Craig Dyer’s group push their minimal Joy Division-inspired guitar lines into properly psychedelic territory.
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

The Underground Youth
Haunted

The Underground Youth a.k.a Craig Dyer presents another psychedelic record from the industrial bowels of Manchester. There’s a sense of 90’s reverence on display without cosying up to outright nostalgia. Mesmerising and texturally rich, Haunted is just that. Out on CD and limited Coke Bottle colour vinyl LP from Fuzz Club.

Mark Peters
Innerland

Former Engineers songwriter Mark Peters is finally releasing his first solo recordings from way back when. Treading in the footsteps of large-scale electronic dreamers Hammock and Ulrich Schnauss, Peters’ first recordings will only be available on cassette tapes. Innerland is limited to 125 copies, so act now and dream later!
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Brokeback
Illinois River Valley Blues

Brokeback are an American music band deeply rooted in the Chicago music scene. The band features members of Tortoise, Exit Verse and The Eternals (among others), and part of Illinois River Valley Blues includes them playing a Rob Mazurek piece. This is like old-timey music put through a post-rock prism by some experts in the field. On Thrill Jockey.
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Sound of Ceres
Nostalgia for Infinity

Nostalgia for Infinity is technically the debut for Sound of Ceres, but their dreamy pop and sample-heavy bossa nova sound has actually be honed through previous bands and live performance. Delicate guitar and drums are hidden within a patchwork of samples and soft boy/girl harmonies. We have the CD, vinyl LP and limited aque blue independents-only vinyl!

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 synths are suitably submerged in layers of effects and shimmering processing, letting the listener bathe in the massive delayscape. On new label Kingdoms.

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 from a perfect performance, but only adds to the depth.

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 songs. Lovely, of course. Of course.

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

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 literal.
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie
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Dead Can Dance
The Serpents Egg

A reissue of the inimitable Dead Can Dance’s 4th studio album The Serpent’s Eggs. Their first album that was entirely recorded in their own studio, giving them complete freedom to create their unique blend of ethereal middle eastern tones, African rhythms and 80s experimentalism. One of 4AD’s biggest acts in their earlier years, and still just as powerful.
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  • 4AD

A Silver Mt Zion
He Has Left Us Alone

He bloody has, the bastard! The first LP from A Silver Mt. Zion was a way for Efrim Menuck and Thierry Amar to do something outside of Godspeed You! Black Emperor. It also allowed Menuck to mourn the passing of his cat. As such 2000's He Has Left Us Alone - full title: He Has Left Us Alone but Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our Rooms… - is not exactly the cheeriest listen. A collection of baroque noise/post-rock replete with strings and drones, this mournfully beautiful set prefigures Forest Swords.
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

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 Kwiatkowski, an award-winning poet in Poland, and you’ve got quite a proposition. Jolly New Songs is joint-released by Blue Tapes and Ici d’ailleurs.
  • Vinyl LP (IDA136)
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  • Last copy

SQÜRL
Live at Third Man Records

Check this out: SQÜRL is a band with Jim Jarmusch in it! Yeah that’s right, the director with the excellent music taste can also play out himself. Live At Third Man Records is a great slab of weird-rock music, with the riffs and rhythms augmented with tapes, loops and feedbacks. On Jack White’s Third Man label.
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Hammock
Mysterium

Nashville, Tennessee’s Hammock returns. Mysterium is the duo’s eighth and latest album. The record serves as memorial to Clark Kern, son-like figure to Hammock, who died in 2016. An hour-long album of modern classical flavours, contemplative ambient and choral music from the Budapest Art Choir. For fans of Richter and Johannsson. 2LP + CD in gatefold on Hammock Music, insert with art by Pete Schulte.

Watter
History Of The Future

When members of Grails, Slint, and Strike City come together, this is what ends up happening. Watter’s second album History of the Future is a great slab of American instrumental improvisation in a rock / post-rock milieu, with big chunks of synth too for good measure. The album even features extra guests from bands like Shipping News and Tortoise! On Temporary Residence.
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Secret Shine
Singles 1992-1994

Secret Shine were a Bristol band who had the (mis) fortune to be signed to Sarah Records. Although this got them a ready made audience it also made folks overlook that they were a quite hefty shoegaze band and not all that twee. This collection rounds up  the Greater Than God EP and Ephemeral and Loveblind singles. All originally released on Sarah. Now re-sequenced for maximum impact.  
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

When The Sun Hits
Immersed Within Your Eyes

Nottingham band When The Sun Hits make huge sounding songs. Over the six tracks on their new EP, Immersed Within Your Eyes, they dabble with early-Verve style swells, gaze at their shoes and link stuff together with ambient passages akin to that of Seefeel or early Aphex Twin. But it wouldn’t be When The Sun Hits if the songs didn’t have mammoth choruses, so they're in the mix too. Limited Edition of 250 copies on Saint Marie.

Petite Fantome
Un Moment Pour Le Vent

Petit Fantome is what Pierre Loustaunau (who has played in Crane Angels, Francois & The Atlas Mountains gets up to when taking the reigns all for himself. Un moment Pour Le Vent bounces along like all your favourite experimental-leaning indie pop music, with a louche Frenchness that inevitably recalls Stereolab. Out on CD and vinyl, from Because Music.
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

exedra
Entropic

Ambient comes in many shapes and forms, and we’re all for that. One guy plays piano and synthesizer, the other guy puts on his lowest voice and reads brooding poetry. Sound like your cup of tea? Then don’t pass up on the chance to buy the Entropic EP by exedra. It takes all colors to make a rainbow!

Richard Neale
EVES

Purveyor of gentle electronica and lover of hexagons Richard Neale presents his new album EVES via the charmingly-named Rain Bear Records. Piano leads layers of weightless vocals and ambient sections throughout these somnolent, folk-tinged numbers. Mastered by the excellent James Plotkin, the CD comes housed in swell die-cut hexagonal packaging.

Virginia Wing
Measures Of Joy

South London four piece Virginia Wing's debut album promises some slinky and dream-like electronic pop which owes debts to early Krautrock, revered Brum legends Broadcast and the Radiophonic pioneers of wibbly otherworldly electronics. Also see the trance-like post-punk rhythmic drive of, say, This Heat. 'Measures of Joy' is certainly a hazy montage of moody electronics, dreamily sung and sometimes spoken vocals, with subtle musique concrete influences. Indespensible, one of the best 43 minutes of the year. Proper full review to follow shortly but this crystalline beauty could creep onto a couple of end-of-year lists.

raven
the night is dark, the night is silent, the night is bright, the night is loud

New album from Peter Hollo’s (Fourplay, Tangents) solo project Raven. At it’s heart, is his cello, creating loops, drones and ambiences. Backed up with electronics, sampling and piano Hollo doesn’t so much force two worlds together but molds them to fit seamlessly. Neo classical meets breakbeats, noise and glitches. Think Squarepusher meets Arthur Russell.

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

Oxbow
Thin Black Duke

Thin Black Duke follows the trend of all Oxbow albums in being so unpredictable as to what direction the record will follow. What can only be described as a mix of alternative rock, indie and even some shoegaze thrown in for good measure, this is an album that shows how musically cultured and mature Oxbow have become. Available on Vinyl LP and CD.
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Mogwai
Central Belters

Something of a motherload here for Mogwai fans: the noisy Scottish group are celebrating their 20th anniversary with a grand, box-set compilation, equal parts favourites and rarities. If you’ve never heard their ‘My Father My King’ before for instance, now’s your chance! Three CDs or a whole six vinyl records! On Rock Action.
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie
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Grandbrothers
Open

Taking John Cage’s Prepared piano into completely new fields by creating software and mechanisms to turn a grand piano into a programmable and playable drum machine basically. Whilst Erol Sarp manipulates and triggers plucks scrapes and hits of various parts of the piano Lukas Vogel actually plays it. Sounding like Nils Frahm on an electronica beats tip.. lush.
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

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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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Úlfur
Arborescence

Sophomore album from Icelandic composer, musician and experimental instrument-maker Úlfur. Having worked with Icelandic favourites Jónsi and Ólöf Arnalds, Arborescence sees him blend electronic and classical influences, tied together with his own vocals and string arrangements from Gyda Valtysdottir. Highly recommended for Sigur Rós fans. On Figureight Records.
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

World Of Pooh
The Land Of Thirst

Cult classic underground indie-pop from San Francisco's World Of Pooh. 1989’s The Land Of Thirst was in fact the only album they were ever able to release, and has been vanishingly rare in physical editions for a long time now. But this record is so brimming with interesting and exciting indie action, it really needed a reissue. And here it is! On Starlight Furniture Co.

Bardo Pond
Under The Pines

Bardo Pond are reliable staples in the world of spacey psychedelic experimental rock music, having been plying their riffy trade for twenty-six years now. Under The Pines is a concise new missive from the band, playing a Bardo Pond version of dream-pop. The kind of album you can really sink into. Released on CD and LP by the Fire label.

Tiny Vipers
Laughter

Tiny Vipers is Jesy Fortino, a collaborator with Rafael Anton Irisarri and Liz Harris of Grouper. She shares the latter’s love for submerging her voice among layers of distance, but third album Laughter has the residual forms of synth-pop looming in the background. Atmospheric electronic song on the Ba Da Bing label.
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Hawk
Can’t Explain / Below

Hawk have relocated from London to the hip artistic mecca of Berlin in recent years. The double A sided single Can’t Explain/Below, follows on from a string of well-received singles. Lyrically it is a reaction to powerful organisations belittling the underdog. Musically, Julie Hawk’s heavenly vocals transcend their post-rock leanings.
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Sound of Ceres
The Twin

Follow-up album time with The Twin churning them out. After 2016’s debut LP, Nostalgia for Infinity, pop duo The Twin ain’t waiting about and it’s time for number two; Sound of Ceres. Inspired by a read of The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann, The Twin deliver some ethereal and exotic pop with hints of ‘70s synths.
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Andrew Hung
Realisationship

Andrew Hung of Fuck Buttons has been comparatively quiet compared to Blanck Mass, but he has been readying his debut album Realisationship. A step away from the heavy distortion and straight pounding of Fuck Button it takes a lean toward Bayonne’s percussion and dreamy pop with a little bit of Damon Albarn. Features his vocal debut.
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  • Lex
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Behind The Shadow Drops
Harmonic

This is the debut album from  Takaakira ‘Taka’ Goto of iconic Japanese rock explorers Mono. Here he stretches out into a myriad of styles from ambient to trip hop to industrial minimalism and modern classical  and takes members of Tortoise, Mono and the Sea & Cake along for the ride.   
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Stafraenn Hakon
Hausi

Stafrœnn Hakon is the band of Ólafur Josephsson. New album Hausi sprung forth out of some improvised harp melodies played by Lárus Sigur∂sson, with the band constructing intricate post-rocky song structures around those starting points. Hausi sounds very Icelandic. Released by Vogor Recordings.
  • Vinyl LP (VOGORLP001)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

pOrch
Walking Boss

pOrch hail from Oakland, California and like to subversively put their capital letters in the wrong place. The band play experimental, noisy, math punk. Walking Boss, which now sees a 180g blue vinyl pressing, was originally released in 2013. It was recorded by Tim Green whose CV boasts such recording and engineering credits as The Melvins and The Fucking Champs. He was the natural choice for this record.

Esben and The Witch
Older Terrors

The Brighton three piece Espen and the Witch get snapped up by french metal label Season of Mist. Their fourth full length Older Terrors blurs the lines between trip hop like atmosphere and Portishead Third-like vocal delicateness and slow building doom riffs that don’t move buildings but add a gothic texture.
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Planning For Burial
Desideratum

Planning for Burial are forerunners of the gloomgaze genre. Desideratum is their second album following on from Statement of Purpose, which was released in 2010. Planning for Burial are essentially a one-man bedroom project, that man being Tom Wasluck. The music takes in every gloomy genre from drone to goth to ensure that the gloominess is very real. Desideratum is available on vinyl LP.

Vessels
The Great Distraction

Our next door neighbours (they rehearse next door) Leeds electronic rockers Vessels drop the big one on their fourth album by working with actual big rock stars the Flaming Lips and John Grant. This one pulls out all the stops  - a tour de force of electronic rock that should see them move far away from grimy Holbeck council blocks. Don't forget us lads.      

Spotlights
Seismic

Husband and wife team Mario and Sarah Quintero have been sat at home worrying about the state of the world. But instead of blanking it out with some Celebrity Love Island they've made an album of ultra intense dream rock that has garnered comparisons to Hum, My Bloody Valentine and Isis (the band...as the press release helpfully points out). 

From the Mouth of the Sun
Hymn Binding

Aaron Martin (Black Vines, The Cloisters) and Dag Rosenqvist (Jasper TX) have individually had releases on Miasmah, Type and Denovali. Joining forces as From The Mouth Of The Sun they work entirely with acoustic sound sources, from guitars to organs and cellos. Swelling neo-classical pieces to soothe the soul.
  • Vinyl LP (LTS-031LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • CD (LTS-031)
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  • Limited edition

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. 

Beliefs
Habitat

Habitat is Beliefs’ third album and continues in a dark post-punk mood towards tough shoegaze and edgy noise-pop. It’s a scratchy and fraught experience from the duo, with Jesse Crowe’s vocals adding a swooping menace to Josh Korody’s anxious guitar and sounds being deconstructed and chopped up to terrifying effect.   

Intravene
Intravene

Some music is that indie that you can't actually find a track on Soundcloud or YouTube unless you get a physical copy. s/t by Intravene is such a record. There is something kind of romantic about buying a tape and listening to the music in a pretty old school way especially when it isn't available to find to stream on the internet. 

Lee Ranaldo
Electric Trim

Ranaldo is often seen as second fiddle to Thurston Moore's sonic experimentation but is still loved by obsessive Sonic Youth fans around the world, 'Electric Trim' is the follow up to 2013's more song based 'Last Night On Earth' and is a collaboration with producer Raül ‘Refree’ Fernandez and a host of live players including Sharon Van Etten, Kid Millions, Wilco's Nels Cline and of course long time friend and SY bandmate Steve Shelley.

UV-TV
Go Away EP

Florida punx UV-TV turned heads with their debut LP Glass earlier this year. A short five months later and they’ll be dropping this EP on Emotional Response (City Yelps, Sleaford Mods). The three-piece tear through two new bits and cover tracks by The Primitives and Screaming Sneakers with bratty exuberance.

Auburn Lull
Hypha

The latest opus from reclusive rural psychedelia explorers Auburn Lull veers into new territories showcasing a newfound love of minimalism and restrained composition. Though there's still an influence of vintage electronic music and the more ambient side of Slowdive present, Auburn Lull are pushing their sound into new areas with this rich and inventive record.   

Spectres
Condition

Disappearing further down the rabbit hole of noise and feedback, Spectres here lift as much from their recent remix album Dead as they do from any of their own releases. The swaying-at-the-edge-of-the-room dirges here will woo fans of Girl Band, Daughters, Sonic Youth et al. Out via Sonic Cathedral which is also home to Xam Duo and Remover.

BIG | BRAVE
Ardor

Montreal based three piece return to Southern Lord for their third album. With three tracks spanning 40 minutes they go the whole hog in post-rock experimentation from huge domineering heaviness to abstract and delicate. This time with guest in the form of members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra, and Jerusalem In My Heart.
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Lower Slaughter
What Big Eyes

A complete and utter madness of a record from Lower Slaughter - featuring Ex Divorce vocalist Sinead Young. What Big Eyes is their debut album and it really does pack an absolute punch when it comes to riffs and aggression- noise and thick guitars allow for the chorus’ to become rivers of pure sound that make you angry just listening to them. Available on Vinyl LP and CD.      

Tera Melos
Trash Generator

If math rock is your thing, then Tera Melos is also your thing. The fifth record from US math and experimental rockers Tera Melos entitled Trash Generator is a great addition to the genre. Incorporating a number of different textures, layers and elements to their music has enabled them to carry on with the sound they helped develop, but also keep real with the time period they find themselves in. Available on Vinyl LP and CD.
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Deerhoof
Mountain Moves

Jittery art rockers Deerhoof normally make their splintered music in isolation but here on their new album they have opened the door to the outside world and collaborated with the likes of Matana Roberts,Lætitia Sadier and Juana Molina. They also have a go at a Bob Marley song. Human contact = good. 

Vanishing Twin
Choose Your Own Adventure

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

Sonic Jesus
Grace

As we know too easily psych rock will never die. Labels like Fuzz Club and Rocket are bringing all kinds of shades of it to our attention. Take Sonic Jesus for example. The brain child of one Tiziano Veronese out of Italy. On his second album he matches the earlier barrage of gruesome psych with a newfound pop sensibility with pounding beats and the dark heart still intact. 
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  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Billow Observatory
II: Plains/Patterns

Billow Observatory are a transatlantic (Detroit / Denmark) duo carving out icey slabs of droning ambience with elements of shoegaze and distant techno woven into the mix. II: Plains / Patterns is some of their most rhythmic work to date. Available in an edition of 300 ‘milky translucent vinyl’ LPs and on CD, courtesy of Azure Vista.

exedra
Elemental

exedra’s Elemental is a collaboration between two avant-garde icons, Darrall Knight and Jeremy Gluck and on this limited CDr they have blended post-rock, shoegaze and a few genres in between to create something surprisingly accessible. Their sound is dense, but always hyper-melodic at the same time.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Shocking Pinks
Dance The Dance Electric

Dance The Dance Electric by Shocking Pinks was an unusual record that ended up being released on the DFA label ten years ago. It combines that label’s punk-dance aesthetic with yet more styles: hints of reggae atop the nu-disco flares. It has been out of print for a long while, but to accompany the band’s first world tour it has been reissued on EDILS Recordings.
  • Vinyl LP
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

The Naturals
Hive

The Naturals have fallen in with Bristol’s Young Echo crowd, despite being a ‘band’ in the traditional sense of the word. But they treat their tracks like electronic producers, with songs like ‘Axe’ being swathed in digital treatments and interesting sounds. Hive is a very strong collection of experimental songcraft, released on Howling Owl in an edition of just 250 copies.
  • Vinyl LP (HOWL041)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Liars
TFCF

Liars are back. After a three year absence the off-kilter group return with a new footprint in their skewed journey in dark experimental lands. This time, with eleven-track TFCF, the band couple their line up upheaval with a revolutionised sound - one which smears the line between acoustic and electronic.

Widowspeak
Expect The Best

As if Widowspeak have been around for seven years? Life, it would seem, really does come at you fast, and this band of hybrid folk rock and dream pop continue to make strides in their sound, now coming a long way from their Fleetwood Mac inspired debut. A record of patient deliberation and the usual watery arrangement, it sees songwriter Molly Hamilton examine and revisit her hometown.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Grizzly Bear
Veckatimest

Grizzly Bear’s ‘Veckatimest’ is pretty hard to pinpoint to any particular genre. It’s got elements of pastoral folk, flourishes of psychedelia, hints of autumnal indie rock and warm chamber pop. The Brooklyn group hit a home run with the crossover hit ‘Two Weeks’, seemingly because they opted for more structured songwriting rather than the pastoral sprawl of their first two records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Crash City Saints
Are You Free?

Michigan based Crash City Saints return for their second full length seven years after their debut. Are You Free plays out like energised shoegaze, think My Bloody Valentine meets The Smashing Pumpkins in a catchy down-beat fashion. Features a guest appearance by Simon Raymonde from Cocteau Twins. LP and CD on Saint Marie.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Six By Seven
Six By Seven

Nottingham’s Six By Seven recorded this self-titled LP in a boxing gym in their hometown. It was the gym where infamous 19th century boxer Bendigo Thompson trained. The music takes inspiration from Can drummer Jaki Liebezeit and utilises the sound of Rickenbacker guitars to the full. The band are proud that they managed to make this album without the aid of computers at any stage of the process.

Children of the Stones
The Stars & The Silence

Children Of The Stones are somewhat of an indie supergroup. Led by Mark Van Hoen (Black Hearted Brother, Seefeel), the band features former Slowdive and Mojave 3 man, Neil Halstead on guitar, Rachel Davies of Esben & The Witch, Martin Maeers and a bunch of other muso friends. The band create beautiful, dreamy indie pop sounding like New Order on sedatives. The Stars and The Silence is available on limited edition gold coloured vinyl LP and CD.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

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.  

The Bomber Jackets
Kudos To The Bomber Jackets

The absolute state of that cover art. Continuing their usual tightrope walk between poignant and crass the Bomber Jackets follow up their Alter debut with more scattershot pop hits, breaking everything into a kinda silly, drunken stupor where the vocals are plain and wobbly against lazy beats and shiny and amused keys. Sounds like the kinda DIY you might've made when you were young and in your best pal's attic room, bridging sillinesses from novelty pop to deconstructed hardcore.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Cloakroom
Time Well

Indiana based gloomers Cloakroom move to Relapse records for their second full length release. A heady mix of shoegaze, downtempo indie and doom, Time Well  brings the band’s mix of Earth’s expansive atmospherics, the song focus, and vocal prowess of The National and Low, and the Jesu’s fuzzy heaviness.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie