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As the 1970s drew to a close Ivo Watts-Russell and Peter Kent set up Axis Records. The name was changed to 4AD a year later, and under this moniker the label has established itself as one of the most important and beloved names in the alternative mus...read more »

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Pale Saints
The Comforts Of Madness

Towards the end of the ‘80s Pale Saints, from Leeds, were part of a new movement in British indie known as shoegaze. Bands such as Ride, Slowdive and 4AD labelmates, Lush joined them in their quest, and would ultimately become better known. Perhaps Pale Saints are due a resurgence, like the bands that they broke through with initially have enjoyed of late. Comforts of Madness was their debut, originally released in 1990, and it’s a bit of classic. This expanded reissue includes unreleased demos and a Peel Session from 1989.

The National
High Violet (Expanded Edition)

High Violet is arguably the best album by The National. It was originally released in 2010 and has been expanded for this 10th anniversary edition. It’s spread over three LPs with the original album taking up the first records. The third LP is made up of alternate takes and live tracks that have never been released on vinyl before. Bloodbuzz Ohio, Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks and Terrible Love are among the tracks on this classic album.
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The Breeders
Safari EP

Someone at 4AD has decided that it’s probably about time they got round to reissuing some old Breeders records. It might have something to do with the fact that Kim Deal et al released their first LP in ten years earlier on in 2018. It’s definitely got something to do with Record Store Day’s Black Friday event. Anyway, 1992’s Safari EP is still good after all these years. Sounds like Breeders with a hint of Breeders.
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Cocteau Twins
Stars and Topsoil - A Collection (1982-1990)

Liz Fraser’s ethereal vocals, often lyrical gobbledegook, coupled with the sparse backing from Robin Guthrie and Simon Raymonde (who replaced Will Heggie in 1983) made The Cocteau Twins one of the ‘80s most unique and special artists. The label had a knack back then for signing such acts. Along with Pixies, The Cocteau Twins top the list of their greatest finds. Stars And Topsoil - A Collection (1982-1990) is the ideal place to start if you want to get an overview of the band's work. It’s Likely that you will then move quickly to buy Heaven Or Las Vegas.
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Pixies
Come On Pilgrim... It's Surfer Rosa

Well there's no doubt that these are two of The Most Important Indie Rock Records Of All Time. Both are absolutely exceptional, in particular 'Surfer Rosa' which pretty much turned everything I knew on its head in my teenage years. 30 years after the event we get this luxury box set of both records plus a live show from the era. No new demos or whatever, but tasty and very collectable nonetheless.

Bon Iver
Bon Iver

It's probably safe to say that you won't be seeing Justin Vernon playing his debut For Emma, Forever Ago in its entirety in concert anytime soon as the Wisconsin based artist tends to move on drastically from every release. Indeed this self titled follow up to his now legendary debut changed his musical map completely. This time lots of musicians (including saxophone ace Colin Stetson) were brought in to flesh out his sound resulting in a completely different imprint which is either a bold step forward or a cluttered mess depending on how attached you were to his first record. 

Big Thief
U.F.O.F.

Those of you that worried Big Thief were over when Adrianne Lenker released her solo album last year worry no more. Firstly, she’s done that before y’know, and secondly, here’s the band’s third album U.F.O.F.  Apparently the last F stands for friend as if that info means it make sense. Anyway, you know this lot are a decent band - they’ve shown it twice before, so let’s not let an album title get between us and the music! LP and CD on 4AD.

Pixies
Trompe Le Monde

Trompe Le Monde was the final album from the Pixies in their first incarnation before Frank Black sacked the band by fax. It was somewhat a return to the bruising and noisy Pixies sound after the rather subdued Bossanova and though a bit bloated at times had some rather stellar moments if you looked hard enough. As per Frank Black's wishes, Kim Deal was all but mute during the recording of this LP. 
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Pixies
Doolittle

Second album from alternative rock stalwarts, Pixies. Doolittle is like when you see something disgusting, and you’re brain can’t quite decide if you want to keep looking at it and show it to everyone you know, or shut your eyes and hope it goes away. Surreal, catchy, dirty, noisy and really, really good. 

The Amps
Pacer

Following the reunion of Pixies, Kim Deal’s one-time side project The Amps is subject to new interest as well. With this repress of 1995’s Pacer, 4AD is offering us a chance to really dig into what was once a grungy sidestep from The Breeders--described by long-time fan and ring-bearer Elijah Wood as “kind of experimental.”
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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 moving and relevant today as it ever was.”

Cocteau Twins
Tiny Dynamine / Echoes In A Shallow Bay

A nice new pair of Cocteau Twins reissues from 4AD, remastered anew using the original analogue master tapes. This release combines two EPs, Tiny Dynamine and Echoes In A Shallow Bay. Originally released within two weeks of each other in 1985, it makes a lot of sense to see them presented together here on one platter of 180g vinyl.
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Red House Painters
Down Colourful Hill

It was the best of times, way back when Mark Kozelek was not awful to his audience and offensive to journalists; back when there was a forlorn band called Red House Painters weaving devastating lyrics in and out of slowcore threnodies. Down Colorful Hill was the very first entry into the band's canon and sees Kozelek slowly wrangle with gorgeous guitar tones and talk about that first initial feeling that you're getting old. The band at their sparsest and sometimes their most uncompromisingly ugly.
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Jóhann Jóhannsson
Fordlândia

Fordlândia is one of Jóhann Jóhannsson's lesser known works having only been available in a limited pressing.  The title references Henry Ford's disastrous rubber plantation (there's a good name for a band by the way) which he abandoned in the mid '20s. The music is a typically gorgeous mesh of electronics and orchestral sounds that seem at times disparate but come together as the two separate themes merge into one.  
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Red House Painters
Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach is the Red House Painters record that most resembles a Mark Kozelek solo record, predicting his future career a lone guitarist in Sun Kil Moon. It's personal but not in that annoyingly straight-forward way that accompanies his newest, most awful releases, instead showing the slower, more measured songwriting that made his earliest albums so beautiful. Slowcore meets folk rock and this reissue comes with the Shock Me EP too.
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The Breeders
Title TK

Title TK is the third album by The Breeders. It comes after the band’s 7 year hiatus, following Kelley Deal’s drug bust and stint in rehab. Kim and Kelley deal are the only original members on this record. The album has a sparse feel, like their classic debut, Pod. No doubt down to Kim Deal’s excellent musical efficiency and producer Steve Albini’s unfussy style.

Bing & Ruth
Species

Species is the fourth studio album from David Moore’s Bing & Ruth musical project, and second on the prestigious 4AD imprint. Inspired by Moore’s passion for long-distance running, this seven-track collection is an immersive exploration primarily of the Farfisa organ, with only sparse accompaniment from the band’s fellow founders Jeremy Viner and Jeff Ratner. 

Grimes
Miss Anthropocene

Grimes is back with her first album in five years and third for 4AD. Miss Anthropocene contains the singles 'Violence' and 'So Heavy I Fell Through The Earth', which you may have heard on t'wireless. It is the follow up to the brilliant Art Angels - an album so good that former Normanite, Robin, gave it a 9/10 review back in 2015. Features collaborations with 潘PAN & i_o on some proper pop bangers.

Aldous Harding
Designer

Aldous Harding’s critical and commercial acclaim really picked up following her last album, Party. She’s following it up with Designer. She recorded the album between Wales and Bristol with John Parish (PJ Harvey) and it includes guest appearances from H Hawkline and Sweet Baboo. LP and CD on 4AD.

The Mountain Goats
The Life Of The World To Come


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SOHN
SOHN Live with the Metropole Orkest

Recorded on the opening night of the 2019 Amsterdam Music Event, SOHN Live with the Metropole Orkest sees Christopher Michael Taylor performing with the Grammy-winning, 54-piece Dutch jazz/pop orchestra and conductor Hans Ek. It’s a double-LP with unique reinventions of SOHN’s finest moments. 
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Tim Hecker
Love Streams

Brand new full-length from Tim Hecker, who here brings his flaring waves of electronics into contact with woodwinds and the Icelandic Choir Ensemble (as arranged by Johann Johannsson). Love Streams builds on previous album Virgins, and was partly recorded in the same Reykjavik studio. CD or double LP on 4AD.

Red House Painters
Red House Painters / Rollercoaster

The high watermark of Mark Kozelek's career was both reminiscent of his earlier, more dour slowcore and indicative of the sombre guitar sage he'd become on early Sun Kil Moon records (before he became The Worst). Rollercoaster is a classic, a singer-songwriter record that languishes with the form in favour of sprawling, introspective tunes -- plus the odd bout of shoegaze bloodletting.

Deerhunter
Fading Frontier

At last, new Deerhunter! With their seventh album, the band have taken a fairly accessible approach, crafting songs with a strong melodic thrust and clear production. Lovely stuff. But they can’t hide their inherent weirdnesses entirely: Fading Frontiers is full of the odd little touches that make this band so special. On 4AD.

This Mortal Coil
It'll End In Tears

Oh lord this is the album. Back in the 80's no-one had any time for the likes of Big Star or Tim Buckley. 4AD head honcho was different though. He had exquisite taste and was also ambitious enough to put together a floating member super group to re-interpret some of his favourite songs. It Will End In Tears will always be most known for the now classic Cocteau Twins assisted reading of Buckley's 'Song To The Siren', but their version of Roy Harper's 'Another Day' runs it close as do two (count em) Big Star songs. 

Cocteau Twins
Victorialand

‘Lazy Calm’. ‘Fluffy Tufts’. ‘Little Spacey’. Yep, we’re in Cocteau Twins territory alright - specifically the territory of ‘Victorialand’, the dream-pop pioneers’ fourth LP which originally emerged in 1986. ‘Victorialand’ was made while Simon Raymonde was busy mucking about with This Mortal Coil, and the result is an album which retreats even further into the ether than previous Cocteau full-lengths. Some might even call it a milestone in ambient pop...

Pixies
Come On Pilgrim

Back in the day 'Come On Pilgrim' was the album you went to after you'd had your socks knocked off by 'Surfer Rosa' or 'Doolittle' or whichever Pixies album first took your fancy. Their debut mini LP with tracks taken almost exclusively from their demo recordings signposts a band arriving fully formed with a spiky and unusual new sound. Contains the future classics 'Vamos', 'Holiday Song' and several more wildly original gems. 

Cocteau Twins
The Pink Opaque

A nice new pair of Cocteau Twins reissues from 4AD, remastered anew using the original analogue master tapes. The Pink Opaque compiled choice cuts from the group’s early work in order to break them to the American market in 1986, and the selection of material still stands up today. Pressed to 180g vinyl.

Red House Painters
Red House Painters / Bridge

Of the two sorta untitled Red House Painters records, Bridge is the perennial underachiever, a record that's more subtle in places and less focused in tone. It makes for something of RHP rock record: a strangely joyous cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "I Am A Rock" appears, as does a gloomy, pantomimic cover of the Star Spangled Banner. There's also some of Kozelek's own songs, which were pretty good back in the day.

Cocteau Twins
Treasure

4AD's Cocteau Twins re-issue series continues with 'Treasure'. This was their third album and the first to feature Simon Raymonde. It also marks a departure from their early minimal goth post punk sound to their patented fluttering dream pop that they would continue to produce. Contains several classics such as 'Ivo'  and 'Lorelei'. 
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Purity Ring
Womb

Nearly five years after we last heard from them, Megan James and Corin Roddick announce their third studio album as Purity Ring. Womb, with a loose thematic thread of a search for comfort and peace, finds the duo forging cutting-edge production techniques with their irrepressible knack for melody and harmony. 

Cocteau Twins
Garlands

Well well well, a lovely bit of reissue this. 1982’s ‘Garlands’ is a crucial part of the Cocteau Twins tale. For one, the group’s debut album is the only one that they made with a full-time bassist (Will Heggie), something which makes it a curious outlier in the band discography. For two, ‘Garlands’ shows a band getting to grips with a sound that they sense is something new and exciting - and as we all know, their pioneering dream pop style would only increase with influence as their career wore on. This new edition of ‘Garlands’ has been remastered from the original analog tapes.

The Lemon Twigs
Songs For The General Public

Songs For The General Public is the third album from ‘70s obsessed sibling duo The Lemon Twigs. Their previous albums have been clearly influenced by Todd Rundgren. Their 2016 debut album earned them fans such as Elton John, The Roots drummer Questlove and American indie guitarist Jack Antonaoff. Foxygen, a similarly odd duo, also count themselves among their fans.
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U.S. Girls
Heavy Light

Heavy Light is the 7th album by U.S. Girls, the versatile musical project of Meg Remy. It follows up her massively critically acclaimed 2018 album, A Poem Unlimited. Remy’s work has often concentrated on other characters of her making, on Heavy Light she focuses on herself and the value of hindsight. The album was co-written by Basia Bulat and Rich Morel and recorded live using no less than 20 musicians.

Deerhunter
Microcastle / Weird Era Cont.

Back on vinyl, this time with 'Weird Era Cont.' - a bonus album previously unavailable on the format outside of the US. This is the first time that ‘Microcastle’ and ‘Weird Era Cont.’ have been made available together on vinyl outside of the States. Arriving on double vinyl in a gatefold sleeve, the artwork now reflects the original CD cover, the album’s most recognisable design. 

Tune-Yards
Sorry To Bother You (Original Score)

Sorry To Bother You is a sci-fi dark comedy directed by Boots Riley. It stars Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson along with Terry Crews, Patton Oslwalt, David Cross and Armie Hammer. The score is written and performed by Tune Yards. The film has a soundtrack by Californian hip-hop group, The Coup. The difference being that the characters can’t hear the score but can hear the soundtrack, according to director, Riley.

Gene Clark
No Other

Originally released in 1974 to critical praise but little commercial impact, The Byrds’ founder Gene Clark poured his heart and soul - and quite a lot of his own money - into No Other, a massively ambitious and strikingly beautiful record spanning psychedelia, country, folk and soul. For its 45th anniversary, 4AD are re-issuing the re-mastered album on CD and LP, and also in a lavish box-set containing a myriad of alternate mixes and bonus tracks, a documentary film and extensive liner notes and essays. 

Dead Can Dance
Spiritchaser

Spiritchaser was the final album Dead Can Dance recorded for 4AD before their 16 year hiatus. It was recorded in a church in Ireland and is mainly the work of founding members Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard. The album showcased a percussive sound that included elements of afrobeat and world music topped off as always by Gerrard's stunning octave leaping vocals. 

Big Thief
Two Hands

"I have two hands" - the words of synth wizard Viv Savage. Big Thief are the latest band to do that 'record two albums at the same time' thing  - see also Beach House. So if you bought this years U.F.O.F and are still enjoying it then you can move seemlessly into its sister album. Basically it seems where U.F.O.F was wet then Two Hands is dry both in the weather conditions at recording time and in the sound produced. Here the songs were recorded live with few overdubs as the band showcased their latest batch of songs with a no frills, bone dry approach.  

Efterklang
Altid Sammen

Danish 4AD signees Efterklang are known for their pop experimentation, flirting with a range of genres including post-rock, indie pop, electronic music and art pop. On ‘Altid Sammen’, their first proper studio album in 7 years, they add baroque instrumentation to their rich musical tapestry. ‘Altid Sammen’ is a record which focuses on themes of togetherness, searching for meaning in nature, death, the afterlife, friendships and the bonds we create with others.

Velvet Negroni
NEON BROWN

When people are asked to name musicians from Minneapolis they tend to get stuck pretty much as soon as they say Prince. Perhaps the rapidly-rising Velvet Negroni will be able to help add to that list in the near future. NEON BROWN, the debut LP from the one born Jeremy Nutzman (what a name), contains a sort of hybrid hip-hop/r ‘n’ b style that the likes of Frank Ocean and The Weeknd have struck gold with in recent years. And yes, Velvet Negroni does sound a bit like Prince at times as well.

Pixies
Wave of Mutilation: Best of Pixies

Which is the best Pixies album? I'd say The Best of Pixies. Actually the Alan Partridge joke doesn't really apply to a band who made two brilliant works in Surfer Rosa and Doolittle, albums which cast a rather large shadow over their later work. Wave of Mutilation is a good place to start though for the uninitiated containing all the early classics alongside some obscurities and album tracks off their less-good-but-still-good 90s era albums Bossanova and Trompe le Monde. I just pity the future compiler that has to find something from their post-comeback work that will get anywhere close to living up to this.  

Ex:Re
Ex:Re

Ex:Re, pronounced Ex Ray or even X-Ray, is the new solo project from Daughter guitarist and vocalist, Elena Tonra. Her eponymous debut is a break-up album, sort of. It existence stems from a need for an emotional release following a relationship break-up but none of the songs mention the break-up or the relationship. Features the single, ‘Romance’. LP and CD on 4AD

Deerhunter
Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?

Well here is something to look forward to. As we know by now each Deerhunter album is uniquely different and this one they say is a science fiction album for 2018. They've spent their time since 2015s Fading Frontier redefining their recording process going so far as to not use microphones for their instruments and plug them straight into the desk. Should be interesting. 

Aldous Harding
Party

New Zealand's Aldous Harding came to prominence with her self titled debut from a couple of years ago  - a word of mouth hit which showcased her ghostly laments and eerie torch songs. Well now she is back and she travelled all the way to Bristol to record it with PJ Harvey collaborator John Parrish. Perfume Genius lends a hand too. Nice. 

Pixx
Small Mercies

Pixx AKA Hannah Rodgers wants to talk about love. Not in the way you might expect though. She wants to talk about how we see ourselves, religion, the problems it may cause and the environment. Small Mercies is her second album and platform for this talk. It was produced by Simon Byrt and popular South London indie producer Dan Carey. It is the follow-up the rather good The Age Of Anxiety. LP and CD on 4AD

The National
I Am Easy To Find

Album number 8 from Ohio success story The National. I Am Easy To Find is not just an album, it's also a short film directed by Mike Mills - the guy who directed 20th Century Women, not the R.E.M bassist. Mills co-produced the album with the band. It includes guest performances from a whole host of artists including Sharon Van Etten and Lisa Hannigan. 

Holly Herndon
PROTO

Like it or lump it, A.I. and other forms of automation are playing increasing roles in everyday human life. It’ll be good and bad, but it won’t be stopped. Tech pop boffin Holly Herndon’s newun PROTO looks to the exciting and optimistic possibilities of ensuring such changes are on human terms. The tracks were created with assistance from her specially trained A.I., Spawn. Attabot, Spawn.

Rema-Rema
Fond Reflections

This has got to be good news for a certain breed of early 4AD worshippers. Rema Rema made one EP back in 1980 before splitting up and ending up in such bands as Renegade Soundwave, The Wolfgang Press and Adam and the Ants. Fast forward to now and some pretty committed people have got together to try to stitch together what would have been their debut LP by way of live recordings, alternate takes and rehearsal recordings.   

The Lemon Twigs
Brothers of Destruction

We got into a few arguments with customers about this lot. You love 'em, we find them intensely annoying. Anyway we're in the minority as they are doing pretty well for themselves with their brand of showmanship, music hall and proggy pop. This features an extra six tracks that weren't released on the recent 'Do Hollywood' so like 'em or loathe them you can't complain you are not getting value for money.  

Methyl Ethel
Triage

Australian art-rock combo Methyl Ethel enjoyed some success with their second album, Everything Is Forgotten. They matched dark lyrics with sparkling melodies and songs such as ‘No.28’ and ‘Ubu’ were among some of 2017’s best moments. Now they’re back with a follow-up, Triage. It finds the band in a more contemplative mood than usual.

Dead Can Dance
Dead Can Dance

Dead Can Dance have always been one of Australia's finest alt-rock exports, approaching post-punk and goth vibes with an experimental eye: the instrumentation on their 1984 self-titled debut includes Chinese dulcimer instrument the yangqin and some paint tin percussion. Reissued in a replica of the original sleeve, by 4AD.

Beirut
Gallipoli

Zach Condon aka Beirut celebrates the 11th anniversary of not using the farfisa organ he used to write his first two albums by dragging it wheezing out of retirement to help get things back on track after the so so so No No No. After breaking his arm (no explanation given), he spent an intense month in a semi-isolated studio writing this his fifth album which the press release describes as unintentionally more visceral than the last two. So there. 

This Mortal Coil
Blood

Blood was the third and final This Mortal Coil album and like it's predecessor Filagree and Shadow, was presented as a double album. Once again large swathes of the 4AD roster were involved and the album has several highlights that compare favourably with their earlier work. There are two Chris Bell (Big Star) songs including an exquisite 'You and Your Sister' performed by Kim Deal and Tanya Donnelly and the likes of Gene Clark, Syd Barrett and Mary Margaret O'Hara get their back catalogues raided.   

This Mortal Coil
Filigree and Shadow

Filagree and Shadow was the follow up to the much loved debut It Will End In Tears from shadowy 4AD collective This Mortal Coil. Again leader Ivo Watts-Russell chose a supergroup made out of (mostly) artists on his label but this time there were more self penned compositions, enough to make it into a double album. Like it's more lauded debut exquisite taste was shown in the choice of covers with Tim Buckley, Gene Clark and Wire all getting their songbooks raided. 

Pixies
Head Carrier

Here comes the second post-reunion album from the legendary Boston outfit whose previous effort 'Indie Cindy' garnered mixed notices but was still at times a fine blast of noisy avant rock. Now having finally settled on a bassist with the Kim clone Paz Lenchantin now snugly ensconced into the line up, it's time to see whether the band really still mean business.  

tUnE-yArDs / U.S. Girls
Coat To Coast / Velvet 4

Artsy 4AD alt-poppers Tune-Yards and U.S. Girls commemorate their joint 4AD tour with a split seven; each has remixed a song from the other’s most recent 4AD album. Tune-Yards’ ‘Coast to Coast’ receives a tangy krautrock shot from U.S. Girls. In exchange, Tune-Yards leads U.S. Girls’ ‘Velvet 4 Sale’ down an avenue of shimmering electro-pop. Just to be clear: this is a release on 4AD by Tune-Yards and U.S. Girls.

Bauhaus
In The Flat Field

Where did it all begin? Well, for Bauhaus (and thus arguably for all goths), it began in 1980 with In the Flat Field, a hell of a statement any way you cut it. Serious chugging rock heft underpins Peter Murphy’s highly characterful vocals: you can kind of see how it created a whole idiom in its wake. Reissue editions on 4AD.

The Lemon Twigs
Go To School

The Lemon Twigs debut album Do Hollywood was loved by Norman customers despite what the staff thought, so you’d probably like to know about it’s follow-up, huh? Go To School is a concept album telling the life story of a chimp called Shane whose dad just happens to be Todd Rundgren. Jody Stephens from Big Star and Natalie Mering AKA Weyes Blood make guest appearances. 2LP and CD on 4AD.

The National
Boxer: Live In Brussels

Well, it's Boxer by the National, but live. In spite of album artwork that clearly indicates the band performing their music out at a respectable function hall, the original record was a studio undertaking. True. Now coloured in, that artwork makes true on its former lie because it's Boxer by the National, but live. In Brussels. Two weeks ago this was a Record Store Day release. 

Gang Gang Dance
Kazuashita

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

Camera Obscura
Break It To You Gently

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SOHN
Hue / Nil

“Show me something that I’ve never seen / ‘Cause I’m lost and I need feeding / Give me things that I’ve never heard / ‘Cause I’m bad at seeing ahead, it’s true” croons SOHN (Englishman Christopher Taylor) on sorrowful a-side ‘Hue’. These and other croons await on this latest twelve. On the flip you’ll find ‘Nil’, with moodier, more upbeat croons. The result falls somewhere between the classic 4AD sound and contemporary alternative R&B.

The Breeders
Mountain Battles

Mountain Battles arrived after a reasonably large hiatus from The Breeders. The sisters Deal don’t let you settle into your assumptions, with Mountain Battles taking plenty of turns and shifts across its tight running time, with darkness as well as classic Breeders bounce. Includes Kim Deal singing a song in German!

Jóhann Jóhannsson
IBM 1401, A User's Manual

The late Johann Johannsson did a great many great things over the course of his career. Among them was this album, one of the most emotionally intense records with one of the most emotionally detached titles. IBM 1401, A User’s Manual pays tribute to the composer’s father using recordings of the titular computer and some seriously luscious and emotive string arrangements. A modern classic.

The Breeders
All Nerve

Taking a break from their knitting for awhile, the Patti and Selma Bouvier of indie rock re-unite with the 'classic' era line up of the Breeders for their much anticipated first new album in a decade. Expect taut and lop-sided avant rock full of unusual melodies and that golden throated voice. How much better will it be than the last Pixies album? 

The Breeders
Last Splash

Though the more discerning the Breeders fan may prefer tight and angular debut Pod, there's no arguing against the quality and commercial appeal of their second LP Last Splash. It was preceded by a line up shift that saw Tanya Donelly depart and a second Deal sister Kelley arrive. The change in the band's sound was marked with their unusual time signatures and quirky songwriting getting a more widescreen production treatment. You'll know lead single Cannonball but this is a quality album throughout. 

U.S. Girls
In A Poem Unlimited

Canada-based noise-popper Meg Remy – AKA U.S. Girls – is set to release her 6th studio album on 4AD, her second for the London-based label, in February 2018, and in true Remy fashion, it's packed with personality. Exploring spiritualism, religion, violence and power, she weaves together evocative samples, slow-burning funk and emotionally charged synths into a railing political vision, even using disco as a rallying cry for pacifism (Mad As Hell). 

Cocteau Twins
Head Over Heels

Head over Heels is Cocteau Twins second album and contains many of the bands great early songs such as 'Sugar Hiccup', 'The Tinderbox (of a Heart)' and 'When Mama Was Moth'. The sound of a band finding their feet in spectacular fashion. Now pressed onto 180g vinyl from the original masters their is no better time than to get this one in your collection.    

Daughter
If You Leave

If You Leave was Daughter's debut album and it arrived perfectly in time to catch anyone still reeling from the XX's slow moving weep-rock. Singer Elenra Tonre has a lovely swooping voice and backed up by tasteful post rock and slowcore dynamics. Popular but strangely sanitised, if you want to hear something with a little more gusto check out Tonre's solo album under the name Ex:Re.  

SOHN
Tremors

London native, producer and songwriter Sohn had already released three tracks from his debut album, Tremors. The Wheel, Bloodflows, and Lessons left those that heard them watering at the mouth with anticipation of the full-length release. Having signed to 4AD, Sohn is part of their increasingly strong roster. Tremors is available on vinyl LP, with download code and CD.

Pixies
Doolittle 25

In celebration of its 25th anniversary (yes, 25th!) 4AD is releasing a deluxe version of the Pixies’ pivotal second studio album Doolittle. This three-CD/double vinyl package includes all the album’s B sides, Peel Sessions and demos alongside the original album for the first time ever, with nearly half of the tracks being commercially released for the first time. Featuring memorable tracks like "Debaser", "Here Comes Your Man" and "Monkey Gone To Heaven", this reissue is a reminder of just how important Doolittle was.

Jóhann Jóhannsson
Englaborn

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Dead Can Dance
Aion

Anglo/Australian duo Dead Can Dance make one of the most unique sounds in pop. Lisa Gerrard's vocals swoop over Brendan Perry's worldly multi-instrumentalism in a way few if any have matched. Aion was their fifth album (initially released in 1990) and sees to duo make a more concise and focussed job of presenting their sprawling vision.  

tUnE-YaRdS
I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life

Merrill Garbus’s splendid odd-pop project (do I really still have to capitalise tUnE-YaRdS like this?) is now formally a duo with Nate Bremmer, and they are back with a fully-fledged full-length album. I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life is pretty sleek production-wise, though that tasty tUnE-YaRdS wonkiness still remains. Out on 4AD.

The National
Trouble Will Find Me

Trouble Will Find Me was probably the moment that slow burning Brooklyn band the National finally reached maximum exposure. It received the kind of dizzying accolades that would ensure it would sit on the shelves of even those listeners who rarely buy music. Their subtle and ruminative rock has a kind of quality that suggests it could be listened to just as effectively whilst putting the washing on than it would be on a close headphone listen. A band the words 'well crafted' were invented for.  

The Mountain Goats
Heretic Pride

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The Breeders
LSXX (Last Splash 20th Anniversary Edition)

The Breeders are such a great band. The band the Pixies could have been some might cheekily say. As Kim Deal's parent band were losing some of their powers the Breeders were producing their best work. Last Splash was probably their critical and commercial high point where their uniquely lop sided indie-rock actually hit pay dirt. This luxury set includes unreleased recordings, live shows and BBC sessions.  

Scott Walker & Sunn O)))
Soused

Continuing their tireless campaign to work with every single artist and band threatening to be more bizarre and avant-garde than them, 'Soused' is the fifth collaborative record in Sunn O)))'s one-chord arsenal, following splits and records with Earth, Boris, Nurse With Wound and Ulver. This time around, they meet baritone pop singer -- gone crazy experimental musique concrete alien -- Scott Walker, who you at least have to admit is the most suitable Walker brother for Sunn to do an album with. Nicknamed Scott O))), Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson join together to make some lovely evil drone sounds for Walker to brood over. It's fifty minutes long and Walker's producing partner Peter Walsh probably got knocked out while it was being recorded, after maybe saying something like "Sunn Who???". It's the follow-up to 'Terrestrials' for Sunn and 'Bish Bosch' for Walker. 

Mojave 3
Spoon & Rafter

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Camera Obscura
My Maudlin Career

My Maudlin Career was the fourth (and to date penultimate) album by Scottish pop people Camera Obscura originally released in 2009.  Their cinematic Northern Soul-influenced indie-pop has only gained traction in the intervening years and following the tragic death of founding member Carey Lander, the band have tentatively started to play shows again. What better time then for a re-issue.  

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.

Torres
Three Futures

Reina plays it out to Carragher. Now on to Alonso. Alonso to Mascherano, who then gives it to Gerrard. Gerrard … striding forward confidently. He’s in a good position. Oh, what a lovely pass! It’s through to Torres! Torres shapes to shoot... and comes through with an LP full of quietly experimental indie pop in the vein of Wild Beasts, Zola Jesus and St. Vincent. The songwriting is as strong as anything on MacKenzie Scott’s previous two LPs, and the production from Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey) is pretty and detailed. It’s a goal!

The National
Sleep Well Beast

The National have slowly seeped into our consciousness over the past few years simply by selling truckloads of records and becoming a thing we regularly compare other bands to when at a loss to describe moody rock music. Their success really is quite remarkable. Anyway here’s another album which contains more of their dramatic dark rock with some electronic bits bolted on. If you like The National you are going to love it. 

Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, James McAlister
Planetarium

This is a potentially fascinating collaboration between these four lauded composers based around the ideas of space...not just outer space but your own inner space. A song suite that explores the planets and our solar system taking in piano ballads, proggy crescendos and everything in between. Oh and in case you are wondering Sufjan does sing.  

Lo-Fang
#88

A taster from Lo-Fang’s album on 4AD, Blue Film. Matthew Hemerlein is a classically trained musician who has been inspired by his travels from his home in Maryland to Cambodia and Bali. He plays all the instruments on the album leading to a rich sound taking in everything from drums to piano and cello. On 12” vinyl.

Pixx
Age of Anxiety

Debut album released by 4AD. Put this one in your bag with Fever Ray, Grimes, FKA Twigs, Youth Lagoon, and maybe Sonic Youth. Dusty and warbled near psychedelic electronic production have a post punk charge, a dash of krautrock, and a message of self identity and substance. Empowering, meticulous, as well as damn good fun.

Red House Painters
Red House Painters

Red House Painters were the sort of band you locked yourself in your house over a three month period and listened to obsessively. Well that's what i did. This was the first of their two self titled records (most commonly known as 'Bridge'). It sees Mark Kozelek start to perfect his the Smiths-at-16rpm slo-mo sound and contains some beautiful songs such as Uncle Joe. Ah gorgeous and utterly, utterly wonderfully miserable.  

TV On The Radio
Return To Cookie Mountain

TV On The Radio were such a breath of fresh air when they emerged from their Brooklyn hideaway. The band melted dub, post-rock, electronica and soul with a singer who sounded unnervingly liken Peter Gabriel. Return to Cookie Mountain was their second full length album and the moment where their art rock started to cross over to more commercial territories. The fact that it contains a guest appearance from Dame David Bowie tells you the high regard the band were held in by rock royalty.  

TV On The Radio
Dear Science

Just when we worried that TV On The Radio were going to get worse they actually got better. Dear Science was the Brooklyn band's third LP but carried on where earlier work left off introducing a real distinctive edge into their sound which married pop and soul and electronica making their sound more user-friendly without selling out completely. Stellar stuff that refuses to age. 

The National
High Violet

The National just keep going from strength to strength. High Violet was their 2010 album and as with all their other releases it received both critical and commercial acclaim. Their warm heart-on-sleeve form of heartland rock seems to appeal to everyone  - older music listeners, hipsters, babies. They could probably teach a course in how to write mature and poetic indie-rock and they certainly already have the hip lecturer look down pat.  

The Lemon Twigs
Do Hollywood

Setting the bar at terrifying new levels for annoying-ness, LA rich kid duo the Lemon Twigs manage to invoke '70s Paul McCartney to such a face slapping degree that the album should come with a bonus aloft thumb. They also recall preposterous '90s power pop revivalists Jellyfish in their love of dressing up like extras from Blackadder while worshipping at the leg of Emitt Rhodes.  

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