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Screen Wives
Husbandry

Screenwives exist in a particular group of Dischord-influenced, DIY rooted bands that have made up vibrant scenes dotted around the UK for years now. Often confined to criminally short-run CDr releases and playing shows to 20 people, some bands do indeed creep out of obscurity, and this London outfit are deservedly making those waves now.

Pontiak
Dialectic Of Ignorance

Get heavy and spacey with Pontiak, a band of three brothers. They take that close connection and use it to allow them to ride the waves of psychedelic jams that might throw lesser acts into disarray. But Dialectic Of Ignorance never strays from the cosmic path, even though it feels good and loose as it travels on the way. Out on Thrill Jockey.

Yair Yona
Sword

Yair Yona self-releases Sword, a delicate and dynamic instrumental album constructed from desert-blues and dusty overheard samples. The album was envisioned as a soundtrack to the 1973 Yom Kippur war and can be as quietly devastating as that concept implies. It is beautifully packaged on vinyl LP or CD.

Kreol Lovecall
Jangle and Chime

Kreol Lovecall is Jonathan Richards, who has played in a whole bunch of groups in his time, notably including Hey Colossus. But Jangle And Chime is his first record as a solo artist, and it’s remarkably sleek and groovy. Melody and rhythm are totally crucial here, as are the lyrics that engage with the tricky place we are in here in 2017. Vinyl release on the Fighting Spirit label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

PC Worship
Buried Wish

Here they are, the guitar band I always think make electronic music. It's in the name -- you expect retro synths and what you get is in fact weirdass indie rock, a little deviating from the proper stuff and a little fried for punk music. PC Worship continue to break the time continuum just a little bit by improvising solid psychedelia with a wash of noise, which on this album concludes tape loops and the like. Buried Wish is a step up, or sideways, or through a wormhole.

Lush
Ciao! Best Of Lush

Ciao: The Best Of Lush documents the greatest moments from the indie-pop-shoegazers career in reverse chronological order. Tracks are taken from their three full albums: Spooky (1992), Split (1994) and Lovelife (1996) and their debut mini-album, Scar (1989). Originally released on CD in 2001, this is the first ever vinyl pressing. Ciao: The Best of Lush was pressed on red vinyl and presented in a gatefold sleeve. It's now on black vinyl and presented in the same lovely sleeve.
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD

King Woman
Created In The Image Of Suffering

Shoegazey doom project originally started by vocalist Kristina Esfandiari, after releasing three EPs Esfandiari has enlisted a few more members, been snatched up by Relapse records and teamed up with the producer of Deafheaven and Oathbreaker for a debut album. A tour de force in doom rock, Created In The Image Of Suffering is overbearing and hypnotic.

Various
Static Waves 5

The 5th compilation released by Saint Marie records, showcasing the breadth of their dreampop and shoegaze love affair, covering all aspects of the genres and the diversity within it. 17 tracks, 13 of which are previously unreleased, including tracks from Seasurfer, Bloody Knives, Resplandor, and When The Sun Hits. Get this one ready for the summer.

Covarino / Incorvaia
Perugia

Covarino / Incorvaia are a guitar and drums duo who had a decade-and-a-half hiatus before getting to work on this album. Perugia, named for their Italian hometown, was composed and recorded live in the studio, and is presented to the listener without any editing or overdubs, making this a pure document of some amazing ambient rock music being made in the moment. Out on Preserved Sound.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

PVT
New Spirit

Former Warp Records artists PVT, aka Pivot, return with another album of electronic songcraft. New Spirit’s songs move like rock / pop songs, but are built from shapeshifting synths, pitch-shifted vocals and stern drum machines. The resulting glossy art-pop then gets on with critiquing the ills of modern Australian society. LP / CD release on Felte.

Kristina Pulejkova / Glen Johnson
My Heart Has Run Out Of Breath

My Heart Has Run Out Of Breath is a film and musical collaboration between multi-media artist Kristina Pulejkova and founding member of London-based group Piano Magic, Glen Johnson. Pulejkova animated the film taking her cues from Kubrick and Tarkovsky and Johnson composed the soundtrack. The lyrics are in English, Turkish, German, Pulejkova’s native Macedonian and Italian. Pulejkova’s works deal with mechanical and organic elements of science, whilst Johnson’s band have worked with folk icon Vashti Bunyan, Low, John Grant and Tarwater during their genre defying career.

Onus
Ratsickles

Debut by Onus presenting six tunes honed from baritone guitar, bass and drums, each hosting intricate, chorus-sung narratives from vague and seemingly remote space-time locations. The music is dark-toned and downbeat; with descending arpeggios and sparse cyclical riffs a-plenty, interlocking with skeletal drums to provide lean bones for nebulous melodies and scuffed harmonies to take hold. Lyrically, the album opens up snapshots of rewilded outskirts, ritual humiliation, generational rifts and dispossessions; mining deep veins of residual cultural memory vivid enough to feel like premonitions. Lighter relief is to be had with more abstract grapplings with mapping the unknowable and framing a response to divine silence. Limited to a measly 50 cassettes with lino-print sleeves, each including a download code.

Kairon; IRSE!
Ruination

Kairon; IRSE! (yes, a band with two different kinds of punctuation in their name) are a Finnish gang of spacey, shoegazey, but ultimately proggy rockers. Ruination is their second album of outer / inner space explorations, with grander ambitions and more complex song structures than ever before. CD and double LP editions on Svart.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Kairon; IRSE!
Ujubasajuba

This tongue twisting album invokes a more anthemic fuzz than anything Kevin Shields had a hand in, resisting MBV’s beautiful obscurity whilst retaining the woozy audio bed crucial to the thicker end of shoegaze. Anthemic though, yes, as the band's approach leaves room for soaring highs and more direct dramas. Originally self-released, now issued on CD and 12”.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Noveller
A Pink Sunset For No One

Noveller is filmmaker Sarah Lipstate’s solo musical project, in which she extracts whole oceans of sound from her electric guitar. A Pink Sunset For No One is a broad selection of her sound: Noveller is probably best known as a drone artist, but this album gets involved in territory that goes as far as psychedelic rock. CD / LP release on Fire.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Matt Robson
You Cannot Save Your Friends

Leeds' local Matt Robson has made a name for himself blazing through the scene in acts such as Alisa Craig and the Blanch Hudson. On the ominously titled 'You Cannot Save Your Friends', though, he gives himself a round of applause under his real name, producing a record of zany instrumental music that recalls the glitchy electronica he made under the randomNumber alias. An oddly suppressed coming together of beats and off-kilter melodies, with an odd little roster of contributions too -- including Mick Dale from Embrace -- Robson continues pretty much doing whatever he wants.

Lift To Experience
The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads

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

Cuddle Magic
Ashes/Axis

Cuddle Magic is a big six-piece group with experience across the musical spectrum (reaching Amanda Palmer on the one side and Fred Frith on the other). Ashes / Axis has the gang playing around with pop flavours, in which bright and lovely melodies are delivered on a bed of weirdo textures. Great stuff, on Northern Spy.

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 AR Kane but also serves as a kind of prototype for TV on the Radio especially on their early records. This new EP has everything place and to ensure these lesser known brothers become cult heroes whilst they are still alive.    

The xx
I See You

Are you ready to weep? Here come sad Londoners the XX with a brand new album and following on from Jamie's solo success it sounds like they've brought some upbeat dance floor energy into their misery. Hall and Oates sampling lead single 'On Hold' shows them sounding relatively upbeat.  Comes on all sorts of different formats. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Minor Victories
Orchestral Variations

Minor Victories, the Mogwai / Slowdive / Editors supergroup, released their debut album together to great acclaim in 2016. This new release shows off the breadth of scope and vision that the group possesses, being a full-length suite of Orchestral Variations on the whole album. A different side to Minor Victories. Out on Play It Again Sam.

Chavez
Gone Glimmering

Chavez frontman Matt Sweeney is probably better known than his cult '90s band. He recorded the album Superwolf with Will Oldham under his Bonnie Prince Billy moniker and was a member of Zwan with Slint's Dave Pajo and the Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan. It is now time to revisit what he did first namely gritty, grimy, excellent angular rock. Gone Glimmering is available on vinyl LP on Matador

Candy Bomber
Volume 1

Bass player Paul Lemp named the Candy Bomber project after his own recording studios. He got together with a bunch of like-minded musicians to realise a dream of free musical expression. Bad Seeds drummer Thomas Wylder and Ingo Krauss, a collegue of the legendary Conny Plank, formed a three-piece core to which many more contributed. Kid Congo Powers, Swiss jazz pianist Stefan Rusconi, Jochen Arbeit from Einstürzende Neubauten, Gemma Ray and more. Paul Lemp died in tragic and unexpected circumstances so Krauss and Wylder finished the album. As Volume 1 suggests, the pair intend to continue Lemp’s Legacy.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Siskiyou
Nervous

Siskiyou use whispered lyrics, stacked acoustic guitars and stripped back minimal melody and drums to evoke a tightly-wound man haunted by something unknown. Inspired by lead singer Colin Huebert's year of illness and anxiety, the record captures the internal psychological terror and unease of his experiences. The deluxe 180g LP also contains Drebert’s 12 x 12 ink drawings inspired by the album.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Ian Drennan
The Wonderful World


  • Vinyl Double LP (UPLP019)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Horse Lords
Interventions

Horse Lords are a bold Baltimore band who do that thing of pulling a whole sackful of genres and styles together and somehow making the results sound great! Third album Interventions has sharp saxophone blasts and La Monte Young-inspired just intonation guitars laid down over hot, groovy West African rhythms, plus occasional musique concréte derivations. Impressive stuff that swallows the mind.

People Skills
Gunshots at Crestridge

Jesse Dewlow is People Skills and Gunshots at Crestridge is the second album from People Skills. The record accommodates a wide range of sounds from the spectrum that is experimental-indie, including rock’n’roll slurs on the one end and malevolent aggro-electronics on the other. This album is available on Vinyl LP.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

El Hombre Trajeado
Fast Diagonal

El Hombre Trajeado were a big deal for Glasgow’s alternative music makers back in the day, but they’ve been away since 2004… No longer! Now, new album Fast Diagonal is here. Joining the original cast (including RM Hubbert!) are several guest vocalists, including Ela Orleans and Sue Tompkins of Life Without Buildings. An exciting return! Released, naturally enough, by Chemikal Underground.

Rothko
Discover the Lost

While it’s unclear whether or not London-based four piece Rothko ever actually split up, it’s been a while since they actually recorded anything. Their last studio recordings ended up on 2010’s Sunset To Sunrise EP. Following an appearance at the Half Die festival in Rome they decided to record new material. Severed Tense EP appeared last year and now we have their first long-player in 9 years, Discover the Lost. Typically, the musical interplay between the band creates soundscapes that are haunting just as much as they are melodic.

Melt-Banana
Teeny Shiny

Repress of Melt Banana’s fourth studio album. 11 tracks of completely nuts off the wall noise rock from the genre defining group. Grindcore speed, punk energy and almost pop-like entertainment value all the way throughout.. Interspersed with bizarre noise and glitchy scrapes. Never a straight line with these guys.

Jam Money
A Gathering Kind

A Gathering Kind is built from half-instruments - charity shop keyboards, damaged guitars, music boxes, family heirlooms and that. Where such projects can descend into  amateurism and half-arsedness, it’s an impressive feat that Kevin Cormack and Mathew Fowler have fashioned such a friendly and beguiling record. It’s tightly-constructed yet flowing and ambient, and the care that has gone into Jam Money saw the pair do a run of dates with The Notwist in 2015. The vinyl comes with a booklet.

Oneida and Rhys Chatham
What's Your Sign?

Some years in the making, here is the collaboration between one of New York’s finest guitar-centric experimental composers Rhys Chatham and the glorious Oneida. With What’s Your Sign?, both parties mesh beautifully together into a swirl of repetitive super-sound: a joy for Oneida and Chatham fans alike. Out on Northern Spy.

Immanu El
Hibernation

The fourth album from Sweden’s Immanu El is as grandiose as the surroundings it was made in. Written and rehearsed in an old regiment building in Stockholm, recorded in a Florentine hill-top studio, the cavernous organs and reverb-soaked drums here recall the production of WU LYF’s Go Tell Fire to the Mountain and the mid-periods of both Arcade Fire and Bon Iver. Produced by the Swedish Grammy nominated Johan Eckeborn. Vinyl and CD. Out on Black Friday.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Wang Wen
Sweet Home, Go!

Sweet Home, Go! is the new album by Chinese post-rock six-piece Wang Wen. As the band embarked on the album they wanted the music to be free and filled with feeling and life, exploring depths and shallows, contrasts and nuance. The producer however wanted to make a sequence of music. The two parts came together to make a balanced, beautiful whole featuring 7 tracks including an a cappella.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Message To Bears
Carved From Tides

Jerome Alexander AKA Message To Bears presents his fourth LP, a soothing collection of ambient/post-rock-ish pieces which serve as an appropriate backdrop for the following activities: 1) stargazing 2) rainy-day relaxation 3) driving through majestic countryside 4) my personal favourite: crying into a pillow. Carved From Tides is a finely crafted web of acoustic guitar licks, sweet soundscapes, gentle beats and ghostly vocals. Released as Vinyl LP and CD.

Sonic Youth
Daydream Nation

Is there a finer stamp of approval than your album appearing in a pre-millennium episode of the Simpsons? Sonic Youth’s Daydream Nation, is one of the American indie underground’s epics, and was their last before signing to a major label (take from that what you will). LP box set comes with live versions, covers, and a booklet with previously unpublished photos.

Robocobra Quartet
Music For All Occasions

Right melting pot going on here. The ludicrously named Robocobra Quartet are a mix of Polar Bear with spoken word and lyrical fury of Death Grips. A small group with a big sound with brass, synths and effects. Part Naked City jazz, part hip hop beats, all with a tongue in cheek sense of humour and impeccable performances.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Body/Head
No Waves

Body/Head is Kim Gordon and Bill Nace, each hunched over their avant-guitars and using all their experience from Sonic Youth, Ceylon Mange and so on to whip up feedback storms and heartfelt noises. Gordon also donates some of her beat poetry vocals to No Waves, a document of a set performed live in 2014. Out on Matador.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Chasms
On The Legs of Love Purified

San Francisco duo Jess Labrador and Shannon Madden purge the stresses of being artists in almost hostile cities with My Bloody Valentine esque walls of sustained guitar chords that aren’t quite drones, with straight hitting drum programming all topped with subtle vocal harmonies that Julianna Barwick might write. Harsh and angry but quite stunning.

Thought Forms
Songs About Drowning

Thought Forms, one of Bristol’s finest experimental song outfits for many years now, release their third full-length album. Songs About Drowning, which features bonus bass player Jim Barr (of Portishead), is as much about sublime noisy textures as it is about the dramatic songs (and vice versa). The album is pressed to purple vinyl, with a download code, on Geoff Barrow’s Invada label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Aa
ZebrAa

Three different drummers appear on ZebrAa, drawn from throughout Aa’s career to date. So many drummers! That means that inventive percussion is at the heart of the record: electronics and vocals have plenty to add, but triple-drummer polyrhythms are damn hard to overshadow. Vinyl release on the Fire Talk label for this wonderfully catchy noisemakery.
  • Artist(s):
  • Aa

Daniel Land
In Love With A Ghost

Daniel Land has had a tough time of it since the breakup of his Modern Painters band, with health issues that almost knocked him out of music making altogether. But Land thought through, and has In Love With A Ghost to show for it, a richly-layered dream-pop record as strong as anything he has released to date. Released by Hinney Beast Records.

Adam Betts
Colossal Squid

Adam Betts loves percussive overload, whether from IDM-style overdriven drum machines or from actual live drums. For his debut solo album, he throws plenty of both into the mix for a frantic fractal of super-math rhythm explosions. Betts is the drummer for Three Trapped Tigers, so you know he knows what's up when it comes to super-technical hyper-funk. Colossal Squid is out on the Blood And Biscuits label.

Strobes
Brokespeak

Strobes are a band with serious pedigree when it comes to seriously complex music: the members have performed with Three Trapped Tigers, Troyka and Squarepusher no less. Their debut album Brokespeak is a super-mathy work, like a mass of interlocking sonic fractals that nevertheless have grooves at their base. A frantic listen for sure. Out on Blood and Biscuits.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Broker
Quixota

Brighton boys Broker drop their second full-length album of tightly-wound mathed-up hardcore. Main geezer Duncan Harrison has a fierce howl on him, and the band clearly know their way around each other: plenty of Quixota’s tracks feature unpredictable breakdowns and prog-complex inversions. Well skilled. Vinyl release on Smalltown America.

Tired Tape Machine
Sunshine, Maybe


  • Vinyl LP (FR1-011)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Blueneck
The Outpost

Idiosyncratically and in true Blueneck fashion, “The Outpost’ was recorded reclusively, though in an unusually short 18 months. The LP, complete with poignant vocals and an array of retro synths and guitars, is of the band’s most intense and progressive recordings to be released. Grab your copy of “The Outpost” on 180g black vinyl with free download code or CD digipak.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Votaries
Psychometry

Votaries sound like a band who fell into a space-drugs wormhole so deep that they’ve emerged with a permanent layer of early-90’s shoegaze-haze draped around every sound they make. On Psychometry they make this work massively to their advantage, with big thick drone-rock tunes to lose oneself in. Released by Wharf Cat Records.

JAWS
Simplicity

JAWS are a Birmingham outfit who sing indie pop from the middle of a reverb haze that is part shoegaze, part 80’s mood-rock. Certainly some Cure lurking in some of those guitar tones and in the sweep of certain choruses. Simplicity is a fair title: it doesn’t mess about, but gets right to the core of what these guys do. Released by the band’s own Jaws label.

Ekca Liena
Slow Music For Rapid Eye Movement

Originally released in a tin box on Dead Pilot in 2008 our very own imprint Public House Recordings have now given this stellar ambient/post rock/drone/electronica lost classic a brand new vinyl lease of life. Stretched out ambient music with a collage-y feel, like the best bits of Stars of the Lid, Loscil and Tim Hecker all rolled into one. Very limited (to 250) vinyl in reverse board sleeve.  
  • Vinyl LP (COMMONROOM14)
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Various
The Reverb Conspiracy Volume 4

The Reverb Conspiracy Volume 4 is a powerful round-up of the vividly flourishing European psych scene, put together by the Fuzz Club label, who certainly know what they’re doing. Twelve tracks, from artists including Soft Walls, The Oscillation, My Invisible Friend and Pretty Lightning, spread over two CDs or two LPs, allowing for some fully-reclined jams. On Fuzz Club.

MONO
Requiem For Hell

An album by Japanese post-rock heavyweights MONO, titled Requiem For Hell, was always going to be a crashingly epic experience, and the band don’t disappoint. Strings are prominent within the sound here, coaxing the band’s grand crescendos into yet-more-ecstatic territory. CD / double LP editions on the Pelagic label.

Roy Montgomery
M: Darkmotif Dancehall

Dadamah and The Pin Group member Roy Montgomery hasn’t released an album in over ten years, but now that he’s decided to make a return, he’s really going for it. Roy is now releasing an interlinked series of albums, titled R, M, H and Q. The M album, which is subtitled Darkmotif Dancehall, is perhaps the most forthright of the set, with drum machines and storming riff-work.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

My Invisible Friend
My Invisible Friend EP

Glorious! There’s driving noisy rock, hi-fidelity pop joy, speedy krautrock rhythms, and moment of discordant spaciness. Italian trio My Invisible Friend push all this together into long expansive tracks that push the 18 minute mark and fuse the walls of sound of My Bloody Valentine with the pace of Neu!.

Radian
On Dark Silent Off

Martin Brandlmayr (drums), Martin Siewart (guitar) and John Norman (bass) is Radian. Their curious 7-track offering, Scary Objects, sees the Austrian experimentalists explore a recorded collection of feedback, fiddlings and glitches before intricately melding soundbites into fully-functioning yet bizarrely unconventional tracks.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

E
E

E might reasonably be described as an alt-rock supergroup, being comprised of Thalia Zedek, Gavin McCarthy and Jason Sanford, who have experience in Come, Karate and Neptune respectively. Collaborative debut E manages to reach new grounds of sharp rock that were not quite glimpsed in any of their separate work: mission accomplished! Out on Thrill Jockey.

People of the North
The Caul

More joyful noise from the ever-more sprawling activities of the Oneida family. People Of The North is the side project of that band’s Bobby Matador and drum powerhouse Kid Millions, and The Caul finds them diving once more into heavy minimal jams of immense power. Vinyl only, through a digital download code is included. On Thrill Jockey.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Pop Threat
Scum - Redux / Remix

Pop Threat were a noisy fuzzy indie band from the early 2000's so split up after a 'drunken mess' of a gig. Therefore their one album slipped out unnoticed a few months later. Still thinking about all this, the band have gone back into the studio and remixed the tracks so that they can make peace with the past. The results have been paired with two live gigs (including the notorious one that split them up)- first 100 copies only- and re-unleashed to what is hopefully a more forgiving world. 

Sybarite
Waver The Absolute

Welcome to the first new work from the Sybarite project in a full decade. Waver The Absolute wastes no time in getting things moving again, jumping out with fat waves of static. Then we slip into a classic flurry of warm hazy dancing electronics to lose the mind and body in. Released by Temporary Residence: the vinyl version features two extra tracks.

Civil Civic
The Test

With their first album since those heady days of 2011, this Melbourne duo have returned to the sort of cinematic electronic soundscapes that led 'Rules' to be such a hit. They have spent the last four years honing their particular craft, producing life affirming, immersive instrumental pieces with a vibrancy often not seen in the genre.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Six By Seven
Six.By Seven

So here comes a new record by Six By Seven who have been around for a long time. Longer in fact than most people have been alive. Looks like the band have gone back to basics and recorded without any plug ins or computers in order to try to work in a similar manner to their heroes Neu or Can. If they even achieve half those results this could be an English kraut album worth picking up.  

Peptalk
Islet

With a history of playing with arty types such as Thurston Moore, Yoko Ono and Xiu Xiu you could think that Peptalk would be some kind of noise/art collective. Instead they draw on their love of exotica, dub, electronica and in particular the Bladerunner soundtrack to create their own world of highly original yet highly accessible becalmed soundscapes. 'Islet' is their debut album and will appeal to fans of artists as disparate as Mum, The Slits and Ryuichi Sakamoto. 

Northerner
I Am On Your Side

Northerner's debut album The Ridings was a deep journey through the back rods of sparkling Vini Reilly-esque guitar compositions. On I Am Your Side he sprinkles samples, lo-fi house and funk sounds liberally with the guitar taking a back seat but still audible through the crackle. For those who miss the Durutti Column, then Northerner has the same playful ideas about cross genre exploration.   

The Moles
Flashbacks and Dream Sequences : The Story of The Moles

Formed by singer/songwriter Richard Davies in Sydney, Australia at the end of the 1980s, The Moles released two EPs and one full-length album before relocating to New York to release two singles. The band then moved to London and broke up despite favourable reviews from the British music press. The band reformed and released one album, Instinct. Davies went on to form the duo Cardinal with Eric Matthews. Flashbacks and Dream Sequences: The Story of The Moles is available on CD. The 2 CD set contains everything the band released: Two albums, Untune The Sky and Instinct and all the EPs and singles.

Syndrome
Forever And A Day

Mathieu Vandekerckhove plays in the group Amenra, but he also has a lonely and intimate solo project: Syndrome. Forever And A Day is like post-rock music with the grand climaxes taken out and replaced with an uneasy droning ambient aesthetic. It feels bleak, but deep down it could be somewhat comforting. Out on Consouling Sounds.

True Widow
Avvolgere

Emotive and kindly metal tunes from True Widow, whose democratic sound gives a look into the wizened guitar tone of Earth, the slowcore patience and swell harmonies of acts like Low and the riffology of some of yer louder shoegaze favourites. Avvolgere comes across like a more melodic, faster paced and but no less crushingly distorted stoner rock record.

Crippled Black Phoenix
Bronze

Crippled Black Phoenix return with another heavy record of faded glamour and melancholy prog / post-rock / metal constructions. Varying line-ups mean a broad sound-range across the span of the album. Bronze is available in a plethora of formats: regular CD, deluxe CD with bonus tracks, and three different colours of double vinyl. Out on Season Of Mist.

Helen Money
Become Zero

Helen Money is the recording name of cellist Alison Chesley. Become Zero was recorded digitally, despite her using analogue recording equipment in the past with Steve Albini. She felt that the range of sounds on offer was wider and easier to build on, manipulate and edit in the digital medium. The album features Rachel Grimes of Rachel’s and Jason Roeder of Sleep and Neurosis. Money has toured with American alternative music royalty in the shape of Shellac, Bob Mould and Nina Nastasia. She also has some admirers on this side of the pond as Portishead asked her to play when they curated the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

The Album Leaf
Between Waves

It’s been over ten years since I first heard In a Safe Place, The Album Leaf’s sophomore album. It wasn’t hard to lose track of Jimmy LaValle’s instrumental ambient post-rock project, as he hasn’t treated us to a full length album since 2010. But now he’s back with Between Waves, once again creating mesmerizing tracks that peacefully surround you and then suck you in deeply as soon as you pay proper attention.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

The Dead C
Trouble

I should be able to just say “this is a new album from The Dead C” and you’d go and buy it straight away, but in case you need convincing… Trouble is a big fat double LP, calling to mind their classic Harsh 70’s Reality record in both size and sound. The Dead C keep on doing their magical thing of playing messed-up, noisy, broken-sounding rock music in a somehow virtuoso way, and boy is it wonderful. Out on Ba Da Bing: quality stuff.

Slushy Guts
Honey Is Not For The Mouth Of An Ass

Gleaming passed lo-fi, scoffing and laughing, and jumping headfirst into the no-fi pool Stephen Keane’s Slushy Guts project dabbles in a range of acoustic-folk-rock-noise. Recorded on cheap equipment and distorting vocals, production doesn’t really exist on this record, but that’s what makes it so god damn good.

Khompa
The Shape Of Drums To Come

Khompa is but one man: Davide Compagnoni, of Stearica. This is indeed The Shape Of Drums to come: the drums are wired up to an array of triggers and electronics, so that Compagnoni can play whole songs from behind his kit. The results (recorded live!) are heavy and math-rocky but also bright and tuneful. Quite a feat. Out on the Monotreme label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Teeth of The Sea
Highly Deadly Black Tarantula

Following on from their third album, 2014’s Master, Teeth Of The Sea return with Highly Deadly Black Tarantula - a pummelling workout that’s as aggressive as it is groovy. Equal parts post-rock scope and heavy metal ferocity, it’s the kind of album at which Teeth Of The Sea excel. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Rocket.

Explosions In The Sky & David Wingo
Manglehorn: An Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

David Gordon Green’s new film Manglehorn comes with a soundtrack from a band often described as cinematic in their own right: Explosions In The Sky. With the help of film composer David Wingo, they have created some really shimmering atmospheres, using a lot of percussive textures. The LP version is limited to 2,500 copies, so don’t delay! On Temporary Residence.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie
  • Soundtracks

SWANS
To Be Kind

Hold on to your hats, Swans thirteenth studio album is a two hour confirmation of Michael Gira's brutal, complex yet endlessly creative singular vision. It continues their uncompromising path in producing heavy music which is both beautiful, warm and tonal as well as droning, foreboding and relentless. To Be Kind is a crush of the senses by way of twisting blues and experimental pounding rock music. There's no-one quite like them. 

Matana Roberts
Coin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee

River Run Thee is the third entry in Matana Roberts' so far incredible 12-part musical tapestry (as she called it for part two, "sound quilting") about civil rights and the history of creativity in America. Roberts' discipline is jazz, specifically avant compositions on saxophone, but, as implied with her involvement with Montreal's Constellation label, she is interested in a plethora of experimental genres including post-rock, ambient, opera, gospel and a capella. River Run Thee almost completely departs from her jazz work for a record that takes drone and electro-acoustic noise as its base, while interconnecting different utterances of Roberts' voice as it appears and disperses. There's still sax in abundance, but this time it's processed and sustained to create a haunting sound. 

Roger Miller
Oh

Roger Miller took some time out from playing in the likes of Mission Of Burma and Destroy All Monsters back in 1988 to record Oh at home. It’s a damn good piece of solo weirdness, with experimental out-sounds and songcraft in equal measure. Out also includes Miller’s remarkable take on the Sun Ra anthem ‘Space Is The Place’. Important reissue from Feeding Tube Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Rattle
Rattle

Rattle are a magical double drums duo, somehow creating memorable, tuneful songs with carefully-schemed drum patterns and some vocals: rhythmic alchemy. Katherine and Theresa play in Kogumaza and Fists respectively, but this has to be their most impressive work. Debut full-length Rattle is out on Upset The Rhythm.

Marielle V Jakobsons
Star Core

The collaged ambient pop of Marielle V. Jakobsons draws on stilted sound art and fluid melodic movements, which made for a grand adventure on 'Glass Canyon'. On new record 'Star Core' she continues to build from the same elements -- processed violin, a bassy backbone and a myriad of synth tone -- while singing at the same distance of many of your favourite ambient songwriters. Jakobsons is very good at detailing busy ecosystems with her music, so get ready to sink into the details on this one.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Daniel Lanois
Goodbye To Language

Daniel Lanois produced Goodbye To Language using his pedal steel guitar, with a little support from Rocco Deluca on lap steel. The playing and processing techniques must be considerable though, as this music is frequently far abstracted from the expected Americana atmospheres. Gorgeous stuff. Goodbye To Language is out on Anti.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Lowtide
Lowtide

Lowtide are an indie-rock four-piece from Melbourne, Australia. Their sound has been likened to a combination of Slowdive, Spacemen 3 and Sparklehorse which seems a bit of an odd mix to me…..anyway, on their self-titled debut they definitely have tunes in abundance. They have been championed by 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Fir Cone Children
Firconium

Contributing to the very worthy and absolutely made-up genre of shoecore (in layman's terms, that's doting shoegaze + a slight hint of grindcore), Fir Cone Children impressed with their sweet but sinister songs on The Age of Blastbeats. Now they return with a record called 'Firconium' hich doubles down on the lovely melodic stuff and absorbs the volume and intensity into the hooks. It'll be a treat for fans of lo-fi shit-stirrers like Joanna Gruesome and Johnny Foreigner.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Spray Paint
Punters On a Barge

Unpolished, and harsh, Spray Paint pack a lot of energy. From the barren streets of Austin, TX, they have chosen vinyl as their medium for unleashing their no wave punk upon us: Punters on a Barge harbors paranoid, atonal tracks that will have you jump awake in the night. Which is totally our kind of jam.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Sonna
Keep It Together

Here is a collection of non-album tracks from this long disbanded Baltimore band including recordings made with Steve Albini who had also recorded their two studio albums. The collection spans their entire career from their mumbly beginnings onwards and showcases the quiet history of a post-rock band who deserve to take their place amongst contemporaries like Explosions in the Sky.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Helms Alee
Stillicide

Helms Alee have an entirely blasted sound, as though every part of their heavy mathy rock has been cleansed with a highly-pressurised jet of sand. After that process, the songs on fourth album Stillicide come out taut and wiry and powerful, though still with some hard-won anthemic climaxes. Out on Sargent House.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Bohren & Der Club Of Gore
Dolores

While Bohren & der Club of Gore may not exactly be a household name, they’ve got fans where it counts. Mike Patton, Sigur Ros and Burial are all noted followers of the German ambient jazz group. You sense Dolores, with its somnambulant organs and closing-time saxophone ballads, will only strengthen those bonds. Very atmospheric listening.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Debris Slide
Araido

Araido is the debut album of Debris Slide, a Nottingham group with an abiding love for the great shoegazey tradition of refracting pop songs through walls of noise and distortion. They have a very thick sound, a near-constant cloud of treble-fuzz hovering above distantly echoed vocals. LP limited to 100 copies, on Fluff.
  • Vinyl LP
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

The Amazing
Ambulance

The Amazing have personnel from the psych, jazz and indie-folk parts of the Scandinavian music scene (Dungen and the bands of Erik Söderlind and Jose Gonzalez respectively), so they are plenty versatile. On Ambulance they turn their talents to the melancholic songs of Chris Gunrup, carrying the melodies with dense instrumentals. Out on Partisan Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

pg.lost
Versus

A blast from the post-rock past! pg.lost tend to bring the heavy side of beautiful, while also implementing songwritten affectations and treated vocals. On Versus they ditch that and go a lil' bit electronic, utilising synth to offset their muddy, heartbroken sound. For fans of the more guttural post rock a la Russian Circles and Caspian.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie

Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven

Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s excellent second album, first released back in 2000. Awing in its scope and ambition, and uniquely optimistic and joyful within the band’s discography. I’ll never forget when I first heard the trumpets creeping in during ‘Storm’, or on ‘Sleep’ where a New Yorker fondly remembers Coney Island at its peak. Truly special.
  • Genre(s):
  • Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Math / Experimental Indie