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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 »

Viking Jews / Smycken
Viking Jews / Smycken

Don't know anything about the two artists featured on this split so please excuse my ignorance and try enjoy my vague observations on said musicians. Viking Jews kick things off with a steadily evolving piece made up of three untitled compositions. This is really tranquil stuff in the vein of Dolphins Into The Future, James Ferraro's Clear/Disco...view item »

Heavy Winged
Spreading Center

Old Norman AOTW stars Heavy Winged are back with a new CD of loose dirge rock & no wave drone, 'Spreading Centre'. I'm having to review it on fairly muted headphones that have fallen off a giraffe's head from the ark. Giraffes like R&B I reckon, Beyonce & shit. I'm unsure what animal would care for two dense, nihilistic slabs of stum...view item »

Erik Enocksson
Apan

Fourth album right here from this Stockholm artist who has previously released on Kning Disc. 'Apan' was inspired by a 2009 Swedish drama film directed by Jesper Ganslandt. Oh man this sounds fantastic ...view item »

Dolphins Into The Future
The Music Of Belief

'The Music of Belief' is the second offering from Belgian artist Lieven Martens, following on from 'On Sea-Faring Isolation' LP that came out on Not Not Fun last year. Offering up meditative jams and relaxed themes seems to be the method of choice for Martens but you also get the impression that he is well serious about meditation, inner awakeni...view item »

Innercity
Backworld

Cosmic synth action alert. With the world generally collapsing, washing away & burning to the ground around our very ears, it's just as well we have some proper trippy chill-out records to assist in the gradual soothing of our hot, worried brows & mollycoddle our battered Human minds from the unbridled terror of our uncertain dystopian, ...view item »

Teenage Panzerkorps
Thee Incantations of Bunker Wolf

Again, another mysterious entity from the Release The Bats stable. This one's a 7" from Teenage Panzerkorps who've had a couple of bits out on Siltbreeze and Captured Tracks that I've not heard before. The A-side begins with a astral style intro before kicking into 'V3', a drum-heavy cosmic garage rock beast recorded in the oddest fashion. It's ...view item »

Ducktails
Back Yard

Ducktails have become a little bit of a favourite around here in recent times, especially in Business Lady's dainty little ears, so as a little treat for those of you who've been enjoying his Not Not Fun album Release the Bats have put out Back Yard, a collection of his earliest recordings. Despite the remastering for this CD edition of 500 it's st...view item »

Peter Wright
Bright Failing Star

Veteran axe manipulator and king of ambient experimentation Peter Wright has blessed us lucky folk at Norman's with a new, vinyl only release entitled 'Bright Failing Star' out now on Release the Bats. Taking a slightly different approach to Install's 'Snow Blind' CD from earlier this year, 'Bright Failing Star' is a somber affair with opener 'Magn...view item »

Robedoor
Rancor Keeper

Sleeve and title of the week for me go to Robedoor with their excellent 'Rancor Keeper' CD on Release The Bats. A dense fog of rumbling thunderous bottom end that sounds like the very fires of hell. Pure evil eminates from the layers of effects. Like Skullflower, Lustmord and Demons all hanging out at Satan's grotto. The sounds build into huge inte...view item »