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Ulrika Spacek
The Album Paranoia

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

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 invo...view item »

Mothers
When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired

Mothers are an indie-folk-rock four piece from Athens,GA who have been making waves in the online and printed music press as well as on mainstream radio stations. Their debut long-player When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired explores the big questions: what is our value, what is our place in the universe, mortalit...view item »

Flowers
Everybody’s Dying To Meet You

Flowers follow up their Bernard Butler produced debut with Dying to Meet You, on vinyl LP and CD. Their dreamy shoegaze-inspired sound reminds us of the golden-age of 4AD records, when guitars were chilled and vocals hushed. The fuzzy, slightly melancholy sound of this three-piece strike a perfect balance of pun...view item »

LNZNDRF
LNZNDRF

LNZNDRF is a new band, but its members are pretty thoroughly experienced. We have the two Devendorf brothers from The National working alongside Ben Lanz, a frequent collaborator with Sufjan Stevens and Beirut. This self-titled debut is boiled d...view item »

That Fucking Tank
China Tour seven-inch

Very limited tour 7” from That Fucking Tank. China Tour captures the brutal, free-form assault that this noise-rock band produce. Their math rock elements have been eased off a little for a more textured sound. But there’s still plenty of distorted tapping and harsh noise if that’s your thing. The vinyl include...view item »

The Notwist
12

The Notwist were formed in 1989 in Germany. The band's first few albums could be classed as heavy metal or dark indie rock. 12, their third album from 1995 is regarded as being the point of transition from their early dark, guitar-driven sound to their later more acclaimed electronica sound. 12 is ...view item »

The Loved Drones
Good Luck Universe!

The Loved Drones take their name very seriously. Their second album Good Luck Universe! is instrumental post-rock that uses vast drones to build to emotional crescendos. They also borrow some groovy krautrock and kosmische elements to keep things fresh. One track also has a sitar, which is probably the best indi...view item »

Sonic Youth
Master-Dik

Master-Dik is one an early piece of the Sonic Youth puzzle, an EP released the year before their Daydream Nation. As well as the title track, this collection includes a scrappy series of short tracks that span beatboxing, sound collage, and ...view item »

The Underground Youth
Mademoiselle

The Underground Youth are a band for whom demand has always outstripped supply, so don’t hang around on this Fuzz Club release of Mademoiselle! This 2010 record was only ever released online before, so this is the first opportunity to get a physical copy of this particular strain of lo-fi psych-folk. CD and 1000-c...view item »

Flying Saucer Attack
Distance

Domino begin their Flying Saucer Attack reissue project with a tough to find singles compilation from 1994. Distance is a reminder of how influential the group’s spaced-out drone rock has become. Waves of feedback blend with field recordings and distorted vocals to create something harsh a...view item »

Atlas sound
Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel / Another Bedroom EP

Shoehorning this review in here. That's HERE. Yarp. It's a CD by Atlas Sound who is Bradford Cox from Norm faves Deerhunter. Don't know how to accurately describe this but it sounds like future shoegaze to me. Beautifully atmospheric music with drifting clouds of treated guitar fog hovering over minimal percussion, vocals floating spectrally at...view item »

Cocteau Twins
Heaven Or Las Vegas

‘Heaven Or Las Vegas’ was originally released in 1990 and was to become the bands most commercially successful release, reaching Number 7 in the UK Album Charts. Numerous publications have since declared it one of the best albums of the 90s, with Pitchfork calling it “a core of ungodly gorgeous songs that is every bit as m...view item »

Godspeed You! Black Emperor
F♯ A♯ ∞

Oooh, now this is a special one… F#A#∞ is the first ever album released by formative post-rock legends Godspeed You! Black Emperor, dating from 1997. The vinyl comes packaged with a coin flattened by being left on a Montreal train track (yes really) and various other trinkets, which adds to th...view item »

The Besnard Lakes
Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO

The Besnard Lakes are back this week with their fourth album of impeccably polished epic dreampop, eight cinematic tracks of slow-drifting emotional cinematic indie rock which reminds me of Sigur Ros crossed with The National...view item »

The Pheromoans
I’m On Nights

The Pheromoans have been around for nine years now and have a comprehensive back catalogue of guitar-based indie rock. On their new album I’m On Nights, guitars take a back seat as analogue synths, drum machines and keyboards create the backdrop for vocalist Russell Walker’s frosty poems. ...view item »

Breathless
Blue Moon

Tenor Vossa present this gorgeous album of shoegaze and indie-drone, complete with new material, on double vinyl LP or CD. Blue Moon is from 1999 and the middle of Breathless’ career. Here Dominic Appleton’s powerful and melancholy vocals dominate their dream-pop sound, but the unusu...view item »

Tortoise
The Catastrophist

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

Darkstar
Timeaway

I’m one of those moaning stuck-in-a-rut buggers that wishes Darkstar had continued experimenting within a dubstep vein as there’s three twelves by them I could not live without and that doesn’t even include the technicolour mind-warp that...view item »

Cross Record
Wabi Sabi

An unusual album this one. Cross Record are husband and wife and Dan. Moving from Chicago to Texas, they found themselves working 60-hour weeks, hopping between working at supermarkets, restaurants and nannying. That’s the backstory to what went into the making of Wabi Sabi. It’s an album of ethereal...view item »

Various
Static Waves Volume 4

Saint Marie Records present their fourth annual Static Waves compilation to date, again pooling an impressive quantity of material only from the label’s roster. Most of the 33 tracks here are previously unreleased, so fans of artists like Static Daydream, Bloody Knives and Orange ...view item »

Various
Dope, Guns & Fucking In The Streets: 1988-1998 - Volume 1-11

Reissue of the legendary alternative singles series that Amphetamine Reptile Records ran between 1988 and 1998. Dope, Guns & Fucking In The Streets is as raucous as it ought to be, including tracks from an unbelievably great selection of bands: Boredoms, Mudhoney, Melvins, H...view item »

Melt Yourself Down
Dot To Dot

Melt Yourself Down are soon to return with a second album of their frenzied fiery free-afro-jazz-punk. Dot To Dot, the first single, makes a compelling preview, Kushal Gaya holding forth authoritatively over an unbeatable groove. The track is backed by a fresh-flipping remix by DJ Khalab...view item »

You Walk Through Walls
You Walk Through Walls

You Walk Through Walls are a London shoegaze with a very shoegaze name indeed, making guitar-collapsing lo-fi that's slightly clearer than your average MBV-influenced act; you can hear vocalist Matt Bartram's vocals and a great deal of harmonizing throughout this self-titled debut. Recommended for fans of older shoegaze such ...view item »

Battles
La Di Da Di

Battles are back! The second record produced by their trio format, La Di Da Di is as bright, as colourful, and as listenably complex as ever. The first track references horrifying Australian film Wake In Fright, which is a promising way to begin. CD or double gatefold LP with bonus breakfast-themed p...view item »

Singapore Sling
Psych Fuck

Icelandic group Singapore Sling pin their flag quite firmly to the mask with this title and that sleeve art: Psych Fuck emblazed in giant capital letters. There’s more to this record than a garagey torrent however: the group have a great feel for dark, simmering, Suicide-esque vibes. Out on the Fu...view item »

Kitchens Of Distinction
Folly

The arrival of the long awaited new album (about 20 years to be exact!) from Kitchens Of Distinction sparked a debate here at Norms over which was their best album, Chris and Phil say 'Love Is Hell' but I say definitely 'Death Of Cool'. After such a long absence though, this is a bit of an odd comeba...view item »

yellow6
merry6mas2015

merry6mas2015 continues the lovely tradition of Yellow6 releasing a special festive collection every year for the fans to celebrate the season with. Some tracks missed the boat for last album No Memories, Only Photographs, others were written quickly and recently, catching passing snatches of inspiration. All recorded (pretty much) in one take f...view item »

Pelican
What We All Come To Need

Coming at a time when Pelican had made the switcheroo between heavy rawker labels Hydra Head and Southern Lord, ‘What We All Come To Need’ sums up why the band were good for both labels: an emotive, freefalling post-metal band with the self-seriousness of the best Isis records, the band could just as easily...view item »

Aris Kindt
Floods

Submerged avant-techno from the duo of Francis Harris and Gabe Hedrick: together they form Aris Kindt. Debut album Floods was inspired by the work of the wonderful author W.G. Sebald: consequently it woozes in and out of the past and the present, of recognisable forms a...view item »

Laddio Bolocko
Live & Unreleased 1997-2000

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

The White Birch
Star Is Just A Sun

The White Birch spent a full decade away between 2005 and 2015, when they returned with The Weight Of Spring. Now they are back in business, what better time to reissue Star Is Just A Sun, their early 2000’s masterpiece. Tender, sensitive, near-ambient slowcore music of impressive emotional weight. Remast...view item »

The Telescopes
Splashdown: The Complete Recordings 1990-1992

Early business from The Telescopes. Splashdown compiles all four of their Creation EP’s, a never-before-released theoretical fifth EP, their whole second album, some cover versions from compilations, and a previously unreleased Peel Session! Good lord! This comprehensive package can be yours for a very reasonable ...view item »

FOUND
Cloning

In the four years since their 2011 album, Factorycraft, Scottish folktronica band, Found have reduced their numbers to become a duo of founding members Ziggy Campbell and Kev Sim. On their new album, Cloning, the guitars are replaced a thick fog of analogue synths as the duo introduce new influences into their ...view item »

Ringo Deathstarr
Pure Mood

The phrase “shoegaze pioneers” in the press release for this here new Ringo Deathstarr album doesn’t quite ring true to me: this band have always excelled at playing shoegaze, but I wouldn’t put them among the originators. Anyway, Pure Mood is a strong collection of blasted noise pop, pressed in ...view item »

L.A. Takedown
L.A. Takedown

L.A. Takedown is a new project that aims to recall the sort of synth-laden 80’s movie soundtracks that often pass through our doors. This single-track debut album does a pretty sterling job of meeting that aim, synthetic and ‘real’ instruments swirling up into a shiny monolith. LP only available through indepen...view item »

Midday Veil
This Wilderness

Midday Veil are a funky bunch of characters, augmenting their personal brand of out-rock with large amounts of synth-magic and cosmic disco grooves. The Wilderness features guest spots from Eyvind Kang, Skerik, and the actual Berne Worrell, of P-Funk...view item »

Black Channels
Oracles

Black Channels present their first release, a 10”. EP demonstrates what they do: these are cinematic songs coated with a mysterious aesthetic, velvet darkness lurking around every corner. Tape loops and manipulated female vocals are some of the elements that set up this atmospheric vibe. On Death ...view item »

Inventions
Blanket Waves

Inventions is a still relatively new duo made up of alumni of Eluvium and Explosions In The Sky. With this, their third album in not much more than a year, they combine the epic scale and the emotional intimacy of their approaches into a warm, melodic, semi-abstract pair of pieces. Limited editi...view item »

The Leaf Library
Daylight Versions

Daylight Versions is the debut album by London four-piece The Leaf Library. They’ve stepped away slightly from the Stereolab influenced sound of their early singles to incorporate the fuzzy warmth of Yo La Tengo, the intelligent meanderings of Talk Talk and the me...view item »

Cheatahs
Mythologies

The sophomore release from international band Cheatahs gleans its name from Roland Barthes’ collection of essays. Mythologies follows a diverse touring schedule accompanying the likes of No Age, Metz and Wavves - absorbing a little influence from each along the way. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Wichita and Sonic Fu...view item »

Mueran Humanos
Miseress

Miseress is the second album from Argentinian duo Mueran Humanos. They manage to create dark foreboding pop. Imagine the captivation of Coil with some analogue warmth and depth of How To Destroy Angels all chucked in and mixed at Einsturzende Neubauten's studio, and I t...view item »

port-royal
Where Are You Now

Since Roman times, Italy has been renowned for it’s strong (euro)dance culture. Prolonging ancient traditions, port-royal (mind the hyphen) have finally returned with a full length album. Where Are You Now is filled with catchy Mediterranean beats and brimming with electronic shoegazing energy....view item »

Year of Glad
Old Growth

After self-releasing Old Growth last year, Year of Glad are now bringing it out fully, on the Vox Humana label, in remixed form. This is post-rock with strong folk stylings: it sounds like an urgent source of heat in a cold, desolate landscape. Fair enough, as its roots are in rural Canada. Blue and black coloured vinyl...view item »

Long Beard
Sleepwalker

Long Beard, the alias of Leslie Beard from New Jersey, took four years to create Sleepwalker, a mix of woozy vocals and blissful guitar which brings the sound into the realm of bands like Lush; it’s almost eerily beautiful, unsettling and enthralling all at the same time. One to listen to ...view item »

Noveller
Glacial Glow

Noveller is the work of guitarist and ambient play-maker Sarah Lipstate and 'Glacial Glow' is her new album out on the consistently strange yet totally fun Weird Forest. 'Glacial Glow' is pretty easygoing stuff and apparently a departure from Lipstate's u...view item »

Noveller
No Dreams

Sarah Lipstate's got a new Noveller album coming out! 'No Dreams' has eight new tracks of her smudgy ethereal ambient pop full of sleepy drones and yawning trails of gleaming guitar noise, inspired by the artist's struggles to distinguish between reality and hallucination in the moments between sleep and awakening....view item »

Esmerine
Lost Voices

Esmerine have been producing high quality chamber rock for several years now, and Lost Voices finds them in more of a ‘rock’ mood than ever before. The delicate precision of the arrangements is still there of course, as you would expect from a group that includes members of godspeed you! black empero...view item »

Blanche Blanche Blanche
Breaking Mirrors

It has been suggested that Brooklyn-based indie duo Blanche Blanche Blanche approach their songwriting in a rather unusual way if you take previous records such as Night People, Feeding Tube or NNA as evidence. On their new album, Breaking Mirrors, it seems that the songs were more crafted and clearly ...view item »

Pinkshinyultrablast
Everything Else Matters

Big wide open shoegaze from St. Petersberg, Russia! Pinkshinyultrablast grabbed that pleasing name from an album by Astrobrite, which gives an impression of what their sound might be, but these guys love shoegaze too much to simply replicate it like a relic from the early '90s. Instead they push forward and outw...view item »

Vincent Over The Sink
22 Coloured Bull-Terriers

Antipodean lo-fi bedroom indie from the haunted-sounding duo Vincent Over The Sink. The 23 tracks of 22 Coloured Bull-Terriers were first released as a hard-to-find cassette, but now their low-key psychedelic strangeness has been made fully available in gatefold double vinyl. The reissue is produced by Another Dark Age....view item »

Crippled Black Phoenix
A Love of Shared Disasters

Finally The debut long player from Crippled Black Phoenix 'A Love Of Shared Disasters'. The first thing that strikes me about this is how cinematic sounding it is. They've used a combination of modern and old Victorian equipment to achive the sound. There's a country feel running through the album at times. If you didn't already know the band fe...view item »

Lymbyc Systym
Split Stones

Lymbyc Systym is the work of two brothers (Michael and Jared Bell), which would explain the perfect synchronicity they display in the music they make. Split Stones is a colourful electronic jaunt made up of tracks that aren’t afraid to pile layer on top of layer: they have the ski...view item »

Majical Cloudz
Are You Alone?

Majical Cloudz make grand pop songs with a more-than-ordinary production sensibility. So the tracks are structured like pop, but have elements like jarring synth choirs and voids of electronic ambience cropping up all over the place. Good. Are You Alone also has some guest appearances from the wonderful Owen Pal...view item »

Nicolas Godin
Widerstehe Doch Der Sünde

Nicholas Gödin is probably best known to you as half of French duo Air, but he’s been making music of his own as well. His stately electro-orchestral pop single Widerstehe Doch Der Sünde is presented here in its original form, as well as in a wide variety of remix versions by Jus...view item »

Mogwai
Government Commissions (BBC Sessions 1996-2003)

Good to have Mogwai back.......with "Government Commissions" an LP of BBC Radio sessions. Starts off with the wonderful "Hunted by a Freak" and that's worth the admission price alone. You know what to expect.  Quality stuff....view item »

The Great Tyrant
The Trouble With Being Born

The Great Tyrant is the original band of the members of Pinkish Black, for which the two of them were joined by their sadly now deceased friend Tommy Wayne Atkins. Their second album, The Trouble With Being Born, was never released following the death, until now. Similarly heavy and pro...view item »

Pinkish Black
Bottom Of The Morning

Pinkish Black manage to sound a lot like the constant stream of old horror movie soundtrack reissues we get here: but they are brand new! They’ve really nailed the sound and the vibe though, as Bottom Of The Morning had me imagining scenes from the kind of film it could feasibly accompany. On Relapse....view item »

F ingers
Hide Before Dinner

Spooky spooky business here from Fingers, a trio operating on the Blackest Ever Black label. Hide Before Dinner is a little like a Ghost Box album where the implicit threat and unease is made explicit. Electronics swath fragments of murmured songs about childhood darkness. A successful attempt to conjure a certain aesth...view item »

Black Wing
Is Doomed

Black Wing is another project from Dan Barrett, the latest in a stack of names he works under. The Black Wing sound is dark and hazy, driven by stern drum machines and featuring very distant post-punk vocals. ‘Depressive Chillwave’ is Barrett’s term for it, and...view item »

Girl Band
Holding Hands With Jamie

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

Vaadat Charigim
Sinking As A Stone

A supple psych offering from Israeli rockers Vaadat Charigim. Sinking As A Stone manages to utilise heavy distortion and screeching guitars whilst sounding sumptuously lush all at once. Drenched in reverb it’s an expansive collection of emotive epics. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Burger Records....view item »

Svalbard
One Day All This Will End

One Day All This Will End is the eagerly anticipated debut album from Svalbard, a band devoted to most of the genres that could be described as ‘heavy’. Eight tracks of howling post-hardcore with lashings of crust-punk, black-metal, and maybe even some post-rock (especially on ‘The Vanishing Point&rsqu...view item »

Bronze
In Stone

In Stone is the third album from a band evidently very fond of things extracted from the ground, Bronze. Actually, what they really like is synthesisers, especially when they are tethered to psychedelic grooves. This is a sonically dense set of songs for synth-heads who like to space out (and maybe dance a bit). LP on B...view item »

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra
Kollaps Tradixionales

Efrim Menuck is a dense, tongue twister of a name isn't it? He's the guyzer who co-founded Gobbleseed you Blank Envelope and that. He's more known for fronting the ever-shifting Silver Mt Zion axis these days and they've a grand old release lined up for you Canadian apocalyptic rock headz. It's called 'Kollaps Tradixionales' and is lovingly forged ...view item »

Spectres
Sea Of Trees / Sink

Spectres noisy shoegaze was recently showcased with their debut full-length Dying, and this release subjects two of that record’s tracks to the whims of remixers. On the A-side is Richard Fearless of Death In Vegas, who takes Sea Of Trees in a techno direction. On the B, ...view item »

Midas Fall
The Menagerie Inside

Ever-so-earnest post-rock from UK four piece Midas Fall. The Menagerie Inside sits comfortably somewhere at the midpoint between 65Daysofstatic and Evanescence, adopting dashes of electronic instrumentation amongst a tried and tested formula. Out on CD and vinyl LP including free poster from Monotreme....view item »

Apprentice Destroyer
Glass Ceiling Universe

Glass Ceiling Universe is released on John Dwyer’s Castle Face Records, and although it shares aspects of its sound with the garage-punk of Thee Oh Sees and much of the label’s roster, Apprentice Destroyer sounds like a cosmic robot’s interpretation of that genre. Whic...view item »

My Bloody Valentine
EP's 1988-1991

Three previously unreleased MBV songs you say? Oh, go on then.  Let's get those 'new' tracks out of the way first. None of them sound like they could be on Loveless, which is a good thing in my book, so if you prefer that earlier MBV sound then you should give these a listen. 'Angel' is the best by far with a gorgeous, breathy Bilin...view item »

Spotlight Kid
Ten Thousand Hours

Cool cover art on this one. Cool music too from Spotlight Kid who bring us Ten Thousand Hours. The title gives it away to be an expansive, building and crashing shoegaze album in the style of Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine. The drifting female vocals give a feeling of Slowdive...view item »

Pega Monstro
Alfarroba

Pega Monstro are a sister act who started playing in their teenage years. As a duo on drums / guitar / keyboards / double-shouted-vocals, they have the super-tight chemistry that comes of literally growing up with another person. Alfarroba is their first record to be fully released outside of Portugal, courtesy of Upset...view item »

Static Daydream
Static Daydream

Static Daydream’s eponymous debut contains 11 tracks of noise-pop that are drenched in reverb and distortion with catchy hooks. Static Daydream are a duo made up of ex-Skywave and Ceremony founding member Paul Baker and his girlfriend Jamie Casey. Static Daydream ...view item »

Health
Death Magic

Everyone’s favourite LA noise-rock (with a dance-pop sensibility) group HEALTH make a return to album releases, after what feels like an extremely long time. Death Magic continues the band’s harsh-but-shiny journey; from the sounds of single New Coke, things will be even more party-friendly than bef...view item »

The Telescopes
Hidden Fields

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

1099
Young Pines

1099 have only produced two full-length albums in their decade of existence, their self-titled debut and now Young Pines. Instrumental rock is the order of the day, with an approach that is has thick shades of post-rock whilst keeping it fresh. Originally released digitally, this double LP vinyl version is ou...view item »

Yuppie Flu
Our Nature

Yuppie Flu. They've gone all commercial too, like a well produced Strokes but I think 'Our Nature' is a grower as last time I wanted to rip it off & forcefeed it to the boss but now I'm quite enjoying it. Would not sound remotely out of place on daytime radio but his nasally voice might make people want to stab each other....view item »

Xiu Xiu
Always

You'll know more than I do about Xiu Xiu. Somehow their existence has passed me by. The involvement of Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier in the group was the reason I picked this up. I heard he'd being helping to produce the band and on 'Always', dips his hand in on some of the playing too. O...view item »

Warmer Milks
Let Your Friends In

I almost jumped out of my skin when I hit play on 'Let Your Friends In' by Warmer Milks. Immediately I assume this is gonna be a noise album but that's not the case. A few minutes into the first tune and the band enter heavy rock terrain with fairly lo-fi production values and black metal vox. Not the cacophony of blistering chaos implied by the op...view item »

Tremulous Monk
Sweet Little Things

Tremulous Monk: 'Sweet Little Things' (Echo Chambers) Twelve tracks pleasantly easily digestible singer-songwriter viewed indie pop in the mode of classic pop/rock as produced by such luminaries as Lou Reed and artist of his ilk. Home produced in and around York, Northern England...or at least that's where the label is based. Taking his influence f...view item »

Toman
Where Wolves Wear Wolf Wear

Toman are Belgian which has just occurred to me is responsible for a very distinct sounding brand of progressive rock, the modern lineage from Deus to Soulwax being world famous, so this is perhaps not a purchase for our good Belgian friend Jeroen as he apparently dislikes those two aforementioned bands like the plague. 'Where Wolves Wear Wolf Wear...view item »

Grave Babies
Holographic Violence

Grave Babies present a record all about the possibility that humanity is a doomed species, a proposition explored through drum machines and an hard-rock-in-the-1980s guitar sound. Holographic Violence is an odd-sounding album that is hard to pin down, something that works quite well. On the Hardly Art label....view item »

Vision Fortune
Country Music

They called it Country Music but I think they are actually big liars: this psych rock outfit wouldn't know twang if it hit them on the head and chased them around the barn in a pick-up truck of lovelorn melodies. So instead: Vision Fortune hone their usual compositions of sparse, strangely coalescing...view item »

Sleeps In Oysters
Lo!

I'm not sure I can take a band called Sleeps In Oysters very seriously. Saying that, their second full length album features loads of fantastic animal masks on the sleeve (some of which I also own myself like unnaturally small chicken head and Panda face to name but a a couple) so that's redeeming. Not sure where these lads are from 'cause their...view item »

Strange Wilds
Subjective Concepts

Strange Wilds are both strange and wild, although on reflection probably more wild than strange. Subjective Concepts is a grungey hardcore record that drinks in the major music history of their native Seattle. Out on Sub Pop, with the option of white vinyl exclusively limited to independent stores (like ours!)....view item »

The Roman Empire
Return to Woody Creak

Nice self released CD by The Roman Empire. It's made up of hazy, organic folky lullabies ala the Fence label, with visits into melodic homespun bluegrass territory (with fey vocal harmonies!) It's a hard one to put me finger on as to influences but there's definitely something here for fans of Kings of Convenience & Tunng, they've got that gold...view item »

Rec.tangle
Heavy Maple

Heavy Maple is the debut album from Rec.tangle A.K.A Brighton-based, France-born Adrien Rodes. Formally known as Topo Gigio, Adrian Rodes has been taking it steady since signing to Melodic ten years ago but it looks like the wait has been worth it. I'm really taken by first track 'Square One'. Brett reckon's it sounds like the theme to 'The Hitchik...view item »

RadioSeed
There Has To Be More

I seem to have brought the Swedes home tonight. Philthy said this is "shoegazey" so thought I might like it because I'm miserable & stare at my shoes all the time. Well, it's the only fucking part of me that can see easily at all times and isn't my arms (which i'm quite frankly sick & tired of). I'm not being funny but this album sounds ...view item »

Protestant Work Ethic
The Jar And Shock

Protestant Work Ethic, as well as having a great name, has a rather pleasing sound: folk songs nestled amidst detailed arrangements. Not quite as dour as you might expect Protestant folk music to be, but that may be for the best, depending on how bleak you like your folk. The Jar And The Shock is released by Valeot....view item »

Patterns
Waking Lines

“A modern shoegaze-pop record” screams the press release and yes I suppose it has slew of guitar effects piled on top of the rock dynamics but really this is nothing of the sort. Its big, bold shiny pop thats nods fairly far in the direction of Jonsi from Sigur Ros s...view item »

Papercut And Wrecking Ball
Papercut And Wrecking Ball

Papercut and Wreckingball- S/T(Deserted Village) Two tracks of epic length meditative high end oscillations and cat killing frequencies from Northstation main man Steven Fanagan. The tones generated float in and out of view and are combined with mid range points and processed (environmental?) sound textures. All in all, an effective filmic sounding...view item »

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