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Simon Love
Sincerely, S. Love x

Once you get past the naff cover artwork and title, Sincerely, S. Love x is a good fun romp from twee-pop chanteur Simon Love. Across the ten tracks here, Love does that sort of Belle And Sebastian/Arab Strap/Regina Spektor thing of fusing folk-pop tropes with wry, self...view item »

The Monochrome Set
1979-1985: Complete Recordings

The Monochrome Set are one those largely unknown but hugely influential British bands. Their post-punk/indie-pop/art-rock sound has been an influence on the likes of The Smiths, Blur and Franz Ferdinand. The groups leader, Bid, claims that a diet of 17th century poetry and Leadb...view item »

Pete Astor
One For The Ghost

I just don't like wine but I can understand what Pete Astor is doing here. The extra glass is to mourn people and times past. I'll do the same next time I have a flapjack. Anyway 'One For the Ghost' is the latest solo LP from the former the Loft and Weather Prophets chap and here he is joined by the rhythm secti...view item »

The Lilac Time
Prussian Blue

The Lilac Time are a long-running group who have left it a leisurely eight years since their last album was released. No Sad Songs broke that streak, and went down very well, and now Prussian Blue rounds it all out with an alternate mix of its title track (from that album) and new versions of a number of old fa...view item »

The Times
This Is London

The Times were an ‘80s post-punk/indie band formed from the ashes of Teenage Filmstars by Ed Ball (Also previously of Television Personalities). This Is London was their 2nd album, originally released in 1983 and had a sound influenced by &l...view item »

The Times
Go! With The Times

The Times were a post-punk/indie band from London. They were led by Ed Ball who had a stint in Television Personalities with school friend Dan Treacy before forming Teenage Filmstars, a band that eventually morphed into The Times....view item »

The Monochrome Set
Maisieworld

London’s Monochrome Set were post-punk before the genre was even defined, falling into stylistic territory somewhere between Magazine, Orange Juice and Blue Orchids. Their influence was evident in the more arch corners of Britpop...view item »

Jaguwar
Ringthing

Berlin-based three piece Jaguwar follow two EPs for Prospect Records with their debut album, Ringthing. It is an album of shoegaze noise with elements of pop. Clearly influenced by My Bloody Valentine, Ride and The Cure with nods to Amphetamine Reptile noise roc...view item »

SPC ECO
Calm

A subtle fuzz shrouds most of SPC ECO's 'Calm', echoing a gentle threat that runs throughout its duration. There's a strange Garbage-like swagger to it, but this is juxtaposed with the kind of ethereal atmosphere My Bloody Valentine conjure up. Diverse and surprising electronic tinged rock music...view item »

Martin Carr
The Breaks

Martin Carr you may remember was the main songsmith in The Boo Radleys.  Responsible for some good early shoegazy work.....and then they did 'Wake up, Boo' didn't they? He then went on to do Brave Captain and is now solo. Why doesn't the other man do music? Y'know the one with the Terry Nutkins hair (before it sensibly got shaved off). Prob...view item »

The Lilac Time
No Sad Songs

Available on either 12” vinyl or CD from Tapete. Stephen Duffy has had quite the journey being a founding member of Duran Duran and then moving on to creating Simon and Garfunkel esque melancholic folk pop with The Lilac Time, and becoming obvious influences on Bel...view item »

Pete Astor
Water Tower

Pete Astor was in both The Loft and The Weather Prophets, two bands who were signed to classic indie label Creation back in the day. On his new single, Water Tower, he is joined by and indie supergroup featuring James Hoare of Veronica Falls/Ultimate Pai...view item »

Martin Carr
New Shapes Of Life

Martin Carr was the guitarist and principle songwriter for always critically successful and momentarily commercially huge Liverpool band The Boo Radleys. New Shapes of Life is his third solo album and follows on from 2014’s The Breaks. After a period of writing songs for pop...view item »

Robert Forster
Songs To Play

Robert Forster has been a busy man in the seven years since his last solo outing, The Evangelist (2008). He has worked as a producer and a writer and overseen the compilation of G Stands For Go Between, the box set that reprises the work of his band, the legendary antipodean tunesmiths The Go Betweens...view item »

The Clientele
Music for the Age of Miracles

Oh thank God a new the Clientele album and by the time it comes out it will be near autumn so you can listen to this while wandering down leafy lanes at dusk - the perfect setting for Alistair MacLean's melancholic form of 60's influence psych and jangle. They now have a santoor (a kind of Indian dulcimer) on board but this just...view item »

Nick Nicely
Sleep Safari

Especially for fans of 'sleep' and 'safaris', Nick Nicely sets his new album Sleep Safari free to the world. This time, the 'psych legend' delves deeper into electronics while he keeps keeping on to weave a tapestry of psych-pop gold. None other than Clash Magazine have declared Nicely, 'profoundly psychedelic'. The new...view item »

The Telescopes
As Light Return

For the Telescopes Stephen Lawrie the familiar nostalgia circuit. He could, if wanted, get out on the road and play the shoegaze classics from the first couple of albums but no, this singular artist continues to stretch out into unknown waters. This new album features oscillating noise, feedback and out there detachment straddli...view item »

Slapp Happy (with Faust)
Sort Of

Slapp Happy were formed when Anthony Moore, based in Hamburg at the time, was encouraged to be less experimental. He wrote some, more normal, yet still avant garde, songs and invited his friend, Peter Blegvad to play guitar and girlfriend Dagmar Krause to sing. Faust...view item »

Slapp Happy (with Faust)
Acnalbasac Noom

Slapp Happy were formed when Anthony Moore, based in Hamburg at the time, was encouraged to be less experimental. He wrote some, more normal, yet still avant garde, songs and invited his friend, Peter Blegvad to play guitar and girlfriend Dagmar Krause to sing. Acnalbasac No...view item »

The Monochrome Set
Cosmonaut

Trace back from The Last Shadow Puppets, Franz Ferdinand et al any you’ll find The Monochrome Set. They originally formed in 1978, as part of the first wave of post-punk, and give most contemporaries a run for their money. Grand and smokey dive bar music, that would fit soundtracking a com...view item »

The Monochrome Set
Volume, Contrast, Brilliance... Vol.2

The Monochrome Set are a lesser-known troupe of indie / post-punkers, although their influence was later visible in bands like Franz Ferdinand and The Divine Comedy. Volume, Contrast, Brilliance… Vol. 2 compiles a bundle of demos (home and studio) that span their 1978-1991 existe...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 »

Men Among Animals
Cavaliers

Men Among Animals: "Cavaliers" (Tapete) Maybe this is what mr Phil expected from the Daniel Johnson single. Short, sharp snappy and bright pop that has become synonymous with Scandinavian. Music like Built to Spill and a voice like Daniel Johnson. A debut release as a precursor to an album in September. More saccharine than psychedelic wi...view item »

The Monochrome Set
Spaces Everywhere

Back in their third incarnation, The Monochrome Set are releasing twelfth album. The band hasn't left behind their old sounds and tendencies, and in ways Spaces Everywhere has audible roots in the eighties. However, the old-school blues and new wave are combined with a fresh sounds that make thi...view item »

Lacrosse
Are You Thinking of Me Every Minute Of The Day?

The music gives a very summery feeling. The singing really goes along with the fine pop. favourite track: If summer ends...view item »

Lloyd Cole
Standards

A strange thing I’ve found out recently is that people of a younger generation to me have no idea who Lloyd Cole is.  Everyone has heard of The Smiths and many The Go-Betweens and Echo and The Bunnymen...view item »

Lacrosse
We Are Kids

This Lacrosse 7" single has a picture of a demented bear staring at me (not Jarred Warren though). It's slightly menacing and I'm tempted to take it home and show it to my son and tell him it's going to maul him if he doesn't obey my instructions. Like "If you dont brush your teeth Mr Evil Death Bear is coming over and he skipped breakfast". So ...view item »

Lacrosse
You Can't Say No Forever

Lacrosse:'You Can't Say No Forever' (Tapete) My enthusiasm for awarding this delightful pure pop tune single of the week is immediately dashed as we contemplate getting our stock late once again. One part early Arcade Fire to one part Polyphonic Spree. It's all in the sing-a-long chorus and amazingly up beat feel. The sort of feelgood pop t...view item »

Nom De Guerre
Love Thy Neighbour

Nom De Guerre are a group i know very little about which is odd because these guys are screaming to be heard. From the of it's apparent that these guys write ambitious, excitable pop music for folk who enjoy a good time. According to the press release, 'Love Thy Neighbour' is a concept LP based around on the classic whodunit murder mystery theme wh...view item »

Lacrosse
Bandages for the Heart

Lacrosse are first up blaring in my ears this week. I just really need their joyous Scando indie pop this morning, custom built to blow out the cobwebs and defeat the blues. The opener has a bit of a Los Campesinos vibe with dual vocals, rattling guitar, an anthemic feel with one of those spindly 80s keyboards searching through the celebratory mele...view item »

Salim Nourallah
Constellation

Salim's 4th solo CD is an intimate portrait of life and mortality, written by an expert songwriting craftsman. Dealing with birth, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, life's trials, and the sudden death of a close friend, Salim weaves his lyrics into an understated yet vivid portrait of the life experience. His melodies are intricate while remain...view item »

Dutch Uncles
Dutch Uncles

The debut LP from Manchester's favourite sons (well, Stockport - not far off), it's very much a straight out of the gate moment for Dutch Uncles on this wonderful release. It's where it all began and thank christ for that. A must for fans and first timers, it's got more bangers than you can believe. Try not to get caught up dancing in the living...view item »

Lacrosse
This New Year Will Be For You And Me

Lacrosse: 'This New Year Will Be For You And Me' (Tapete) Since I first heard the promo of this debut long player I've been playing it to death at every opportunity here at Norman Towers. Not sure how much this has bugged the others as much as it's bugged me. When I mean bugged, I'm on about the way these simple but effective tracks just get under ...view item »

The Horror, The Horror
Yes (I'm Coming Out)

Next up I have a fairly un-inspiring 7" from The Horror The Horror. 'Yes (I'm Coming Out)'. The beat is ultra tinny with minimal guitar and dull bassline. Both the lyrics and vocals fail to grab me in anyway. Dare I play the B-Side.... 'Country City' is slightly more up beat and sounds like they actually got out of bed to records it. I'd defin...view item »