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Knightstown is Michael Aston, a man who has most notably composed music for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Being that those take place in World Cup years I can't be the only person who missed it but we now have a fresh chance to acquaint ourselves with Aston. On Knightstown, he centres his falsetto singing over woozy elect...view item »

Breathe Panel
Breathe Panel

I'm very much enjoying the palm tree on the front of this debut album by this Southern Rail linked (ie London and Brighton) band.  The palm suggests that they have the sort of summery sound of the more stretched out and maybe they do but their songs are bold and skyscraping perhaps bringing to mind the wide open spaces of the Nation...view item »

The Twilight Sad
Nobody Wants To Be Here & Nobody Wants To Leave

Dramatic shoegazers and certifiable sad boys the Twilight Sad made a record with overwhelming emotional scope and weeping guitars back in 2012, known as 'No One Can Ever know'. Taking on different styles of sound but devoting themselves to a full-force, grandiose approach to feedback, 'Nobody Wants To Be Here & Nobody Wants To Leave' is an a...view item »


Yo! FatCat superstars Traams return with an EP to tide us over until record number two. I’m biased when it comes to these lads, I’ve got nothing but good things to say about what I consider to be one the strongest three-piece line-up’s I’ve had the pleasure of sharing bills with over the last couple of years. Their debut ...view item »

The Twilight Sad
It Never Was The Same

7” vinyl on FatCat. Third single from their recently released fourth studio album Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave. The Twilight Sad evoke that stadium sized melancholy of acts such as The National and Interpol. The AA side of this 7” features Robert...view item »

Alog/Astral Social Club
Split #20

Had to stick this in, it got slightly overlooked for some reason, perhaps because you can't tell what it is due to the fact some idiot has drilled holes in it to look like some piece of highbrow contemporary art. It's a split series type affair on old Fat Cat records of London town. The first track is by Alog, two enigmatic Norsk types who speciali...view item »

The Twilight Sad
Forget The Night Ahead

Clint here. We're so so busy - I'm having to do the reviews in record time so no wittering (hooray!). First up we have the new album from The Twilight Sad called 'Forget The Night Ahead'. Their first album and its accompanying EP's created quite a stir both here and across the pond we call the atlantic ocean. I for one was very impressed with their...view item »

Tal National

With one of Niger’s most popular bands going global in 2013 after Fat Cat released their excellent Kaani, Tal National look to grow their globalising fan base with their third LP Tantabara. It’s another whirlwind mix of Desert Blues, West African funk and polyrhythmic rock that is s...view item »

C Duncan
For (Autumn Rebuild)

For is already one of Glaswegian C Duncan’s most popular songs, so why should he not rebuild it for the changing seasons? For (Autumn Rework) is more bombastic, with Steve Reich-like instrumentations creating a musical backdrop. A great antidote to November's rainy gloom. Limited to 500 copies on orange v...view item »

Max Richter

OK. Trying to capture the beauty of Max Richter's work in words is always a toughie. After the majesty of his albums for 130701 - Fat Cat's bob-on classical inspired offshoot, his uber sought-after collaboration with the BBC Philharmonic - 'Memoryhouse' - has been lovingly repackaged & set free on a world bursting with desire for this man's grace...view item »

The Official Body

The Official Body is the third album by London post punk trio Shopping. It follows on from 2013’s Consumer Complaints and 2015’s Why Choose. The band were initially signed to Milk records, a label run by the band’s rhythm section, Andrew Milk and Billy Easter. They were quickly snapped up by Fat Cat Records, a ...view item »

C Duncan
Wanted To Want It Too

After gaining a Mercury prize nomination and a boat load more production skills with his debut album, C Duncan, returns with a new single. It’s a huge washy and glorious synth-ballad. Straight shooting drums and walking bass line with almost orchestral synth arrangements, and his layered voice floating around somewhere in ...view item »

C Duncan
Other Side

Cute lil' 7" from the once folk-quaint C. Duncan, who did what every indie rock darling does and played around with synths on The Midnight Sun. "Other Side" was one of Duncan's first public excursions with electronics and offered a shimmering sideways glance to his usual style, his delicate and decidedly Gr...view item »

C Duncan

Available on LP or CD on FatCat records. This is the wondrous debut album from sun-dappled Glaswegian C Duncan. 'Architect' is a fantastic album just waiting be be played on your stereo through summer. Will appeal to fans of Django Django, Sufjan Stevens and last years pop master Stephen Steinbrink.   ...view item »

Milk Maid
Dead Wrong

Milk Maid return with a dramatic, malaise drenched, introspective piece of neoclassicism that is gut wrenchingly emotive and stays with you long after you first hear it...ermmm sorry about that...I got a bad case of review poncery there, I'm not supposed to...view item »

Best Friends
Cold Shapes

Best Friends recently debuted on the scene with their album Hot. Reckless. Totally Insane. Here we have Cold Shapes, the second single to be derived from that album. Sparky young indie pop is the order of the day, and the two tracks are pressed to vinyl that is described as “pearlescent”: yum! On Fa...view item »

Straight Lines

Shopping accompany their new album Why Choose with this single, Straight Lines. The band’s sound comes from a rich lineage of angular post-punk, which is not to say they don’t sound fresh. You can alternately thrash and dance to their business, good stuff. 7” pressed to green vinyl, limited pr...view item »

The Twilight Sad
Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters

What an album this is. Coming out of seemingly nowhere this was the perfect blueprint for the Twilight Sad's blend of noise rock, shoegaze and folky textures. It's also the most Scottish album ever made which just adds to it's sense of majesty. Though they've made great albums since they've never topped this....but who coul...view item »

Kemialliset Ystavat V Sunroof!
Split Series #19

Bonkers 12" on Fat Cat by Kemialliset Ystavat and Sunroof. The Kemiallisset side is crazed electronic experimental music. It's a bit like Animal Collective on acid and I reckon that's something that's takes some doing. There's the Finnish folk element underneath it all and underneath this there's a lot going on in, and it's certainly less popp...view item »

The Durian Brothers / Ensemble Skalectrik
Split Series #22

For the 22nd instalment of its now-legendary ongoing split series with their distinctive drilled sleeves, FatCat have enlisted the services of turntable abusers The Durian Brothers and Ensemble Skalectrik (aka ...view item »


Paws are selling you an brand of indie pop most commonly seen in the mid-‘90s from bands like Sebadoh, Teenage Fanclub, Guided By Voices and their ilk; upbeat...view item »

Babes Never Die

Glasgow’s Honeyblood return with their second album Babes Never Die. The band, now a duo following the departure of drummer Donna McVicar, seem reinvigorated following their line-up change. Their sound has been intensified with chunky riffage and punchy rhythms whilst they’ve retained their catchy melodies....view item »

Tall Ships

Indie-math outfit Tall Ships reveal their second full-length album after a four year incubation period. Impressions show that they’ve really grown into their sound, with some properly big-sounding production buoying up energetic songs that could almost be considered anthemic. Released by FatCat on CD and LP, with ...view item »

C Duncan
The Midnight Sun

Last year Glaswegian C Duncan released his debut album, Architect which was a Norman favourite (#30 in the Albums of the Year list). On his new LP The Midnight Sun he has taken a more experimental approach with sweeping synths and electronics undercutting his layered harmonies and gorgeous instrumentation....view item »

Breathe Panel
On My Way

Anthemic post-punk from Brighton four-piece Breathe Panel, 'On My Way' is is their debut single. The band, one of the latest to emerge from the fast-expanding Brighton guitar scene, can currently be seen gigging steadily around the South of England. This naughty little 7" is available through indie retailers only, limited to just 150 copies.&nbs...view item »

Big Deal
Say Yes

Big Deal consider this new record to complete an informal concept trilogy with their first 2 albums, Lights Out and June Gloom. But Say Yes doesn’t feel like an ending: as might be expected from an album that follows a tour supporting Depeche Mode(!), the duo are in full-bore ene...view item »

No Grace

Pop punkers Paws have reached the sort of crossroads where they had to give up or go shiny. So they've enlisted the Blink 182 producer and made the sort of big pop thing that will make or break them. It's angsty skateboard-friendly pop rock with plenty of tunes to thrash your head around to enthusiastically.&nbs...view item »

Sigur Ros
Agaetis Byrjun

The album that catapulted Sigur Ros from the obscurity of 'Von' into international stardom, world tours, BBC tie ins and a string of hugely successful albums. Before the icy bleakness of '( )', this sees the band full of hope and wonder. Massive sounding, richly orchestrated post-rock executed in vivid style....view item »

Modern Dancing

The sound of TRAAMS is the sound of a few friends rollicking through some tuneful post-punk numbers. Modern Dancing cuts straight into action and doesn’t let up much over the course of eleven tracks. Pristinely produced by MJ of Hookworms, this second TRAAMS record is available as...view item »

The Twilight Sad
Oran Mor Session

Scottish alt-rock miserablists The Twilight Sad have enough full studio albums under their belt to start turning towards compilations and rare track collections. The Oran Mor Session was of course recorded in the venue mentioned in the title, and finds the band in fine form attacking a number of tracks from t...view item »

Why Choose

Shopping follow up their self-released debut album with Why Choose, on FatCat. The band’s sound comes from a rich lineage of angular post-punk, which is not to say they don’t sound fresh. You can alternately thrash and dance to their business, good stuff. If you get hold of the limited first pressing of the ...view item »

Best Friends
Fake Spit

Old school, upbeat and energetic punk rock: Best Friends know the shortcut into our hearts. With fuzzy guitars and youthful vocals, Fake Spit is the second single off their album Hot. Reckless. Totally Insane. My mum always warned me about choosing my friends wisely, but with these guys I just can't go wrong....view item »

Best Friends
Hot. Reckless. Totally Insane.

Welcome to the debut album from fresh new Sheffielders Best Friends, setting their stall out with ten tracks of guitar stuff. Hot. Reckless. Totally Insane. almost recalls the sound of the mid-2000s indie wave, except with perhaps a little more in the garage and fuzz departments. Released by the FatCat label....view item »

Mice Parade

Mice Parade made a few good albums in the early 2000s which were impressive mainly for the incredible drumming of Adam Pierce (Adam Pierce=Mice Parade geddit?). He has a fantastic style that is technically brilliant but also fun to watch and listen to. When I saw them play live way back when, they had Dou...view item »

We Were Promised Jetpacks
Human Error

These guys. They sound like an enchanting mixture of Snow Patrol and Fightstar...or some other god awful emopop band that makes my blood boil. “Whoooahh, my emotions...regard myyyy feeelings”, so sing these Scottish rockers, who sound like a Caledonian tear-soaked holiday with ...view item »

Tal National
Zoy Zoy

Niger’s favourite band, Tal National have gathered a strong Western audience since the release of their previous album Kaani. Zoy Zoy is their latest effort which blends African folk together with some electronic elements, melding fantastically together to create a twist on traditional Afr...view item »

Tlaotlon / Katie Gately
Split Series #23

These two rising artists share their playful and cerebral experiments with all on a dynamic 12" split for FatCat -- where pop songs go to meet an untimely end. Katie Gately meshes together found sounds with melodic precision, calling to mind the chilling ambience and resounding beauty of Julia Holter's 'Loud City Song'. Meanwhile, Tlaotlon offer...view item »

Vashti Bunyan

'Heartleap' is the third and final record in a pastoral folk trilogy that has spun over forty years. Vashti Bunyan released her first record, 'Just Another Diamond Day', in 1970; panned by critics in its time for its natural elements and seeming triviality, it's become a staple for any fan of folk rock. Bunyan only recovered from her bad press i...view item »

We Were Promised Jetpacks

Sad Scottish indie rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks match up to their label-mates Frightened Rabbit for songs that try to tug on the heartstrings pretty much non-stop. 'Unravelling' is their third record in five years, trying out the kind of soaring, epic songs indie rock bands tend to make as they grow up. They remain similar to their miserabl...view item »

The Growlers
Chinese Fountain

Apparently, California's The Growlers are self-proclaimed “Beach Goths”, which I suppose best describes their sinister take on surf music. Drenched in heavy, sun-soaked reverb and gloomy 80s post-punk, ‘Chinese Fountain’, the band’s fourth LP, weaves between sunny and sullen; coalescing the best of both worlds with ...view item »


Glasgow two-piece Honeyblood announce the release of their eponymous, debut LP. Recorded at legendary producer Peter Katis' Tarquin Studios (The National, Interpol) in just ten days last November, 'Honeyblood' is an accomplished and delightfully fierce record. "Peter was the perfect match for us," singer/guitarist Stina Tweeddale said of...view item »

Wooden Aquarium

It's been a year since 2013's triumphant 'Ores & Minerals' and London based trio Mazes hone in on the best of their craft with 'Wooden Aquarium'; here, the hypnotic motorik rhythms and infectious pop melodies remain firmly intact. Though defying tradition and recording the album completely live in a studio, Mazes have not compromised their l...view item »

Gentle Friendly

The ghost of Animal Collective looms large over a large majority of modern groups. Here is another. Now onto their second record having transferred from Upset the Rhythm to Fat Cat, they are going to have to win me over with tunes as the first few minutes reveals enough annoying noises to make you go runni...view item »

Killer Bangs

I was patiently explaining to a young lady friend how a fringe is known as ‘bangs’ in America. “Of course I knew that you fucking patronising idiot” she said...or words to that effect.  These two are from Glasgow and have been blazing a trail across America culminating with a stint at SXSW. Good-oh. The  ...view item »

Youth Culture Forever

Not sure who Paws are but because of their new record I've become quite enamoured by the photography of Gracie Magee whose sublime imagery bookends what is essentially an early Cribs-ish display of Yankophile bluster and submerged student anthems. It starts off almost like Ash by way ...view item »

Better Ghosts

Mazes return with a lo-fi stopgap between their recent ‘Ores & Minerals’ LP and whatever lies ahead. For the most part it’s a chance to revisit ‘Ores & Minerals’ material with the benefit of hindsight, but they throw in a few curv...view item »

His Clancyness

Fat Cat Records have released this full length album from Ottawan Jonathan Clancy, under his musical moniker His Clancyness. He makes cool, quirky, psyche-pop gems, recording mostly in his bedroom and then jamming out with friends. With previous releases being early cassettes of demos, it's nice to hear Clancy with decent production and a backin...view item »


The latest in an increasingly long line of bands with Google-friendly spellings. ‘Trams’ just wouldn’t do as you will be lumped in with all those vehicles in Blackpool. Now as far as I’m aware these are the latest kids on the block and by far the best thing to come out of Chichester for a long while. There is an a...view item »

Tal National

Hailing from Niger in West Africa, Tal National make rhythmically complex works with knotty riffs and soft, subliminal percussion that keeps their technical prowess warm and enticing. Led by Hamadal Issoufou Moumine's relentless vocal narratives, Kaani is a record of constant, ever-streamin...view item »

Ores & Minerals

Manchester indie tykes Mazes are back with another album, leading off the press release with the self-same Zane Lowe quote which opened the press release for the debut. While some things haven’t changed, however, it’s immediately clear on listening to the record that these boys have grown up a lit...view item »

Sylvain Chauveau

I can’t believe it’s been ten years since Un Autre December came out. Mind you it’s been 21 years since Nevermind came out and it doesn’t seem like that was that long ago either! I al...view item »

US Girls

From humble beginnings with the murky ‘60s girl-group-channelling spectre-pop and lo-fi psychedelia/grainy hypnagogic noise of her first couple of records, the lovely Meghan Remy lands on old UK hipster stable FatCat with her "most realised album to date...view item »

Salon Des Amateurs Remix EP2

You have to wonder why everything has to be in a series. Phil reckons it goes all the way back to Pokemon. There’s a ‘collect the set’ mentality about a lot of remix projects of late and mostly they aren’t that great then they all get released on an album or as a b...view item »

Hauschka / Michael Mayer
Salon Des Amateurs Remix EP1

Got a 12” here with a couple of remixes of modern neoclassical ivory-tinkler Hauschka from techno types Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer and ...view item »

Maps & Atlases

When checking a list of these lots previous releases, I realise that I've written the exact same intro to this single as I did for their previous 'Living Decorations' album. Harping on yet again about that feller in the Grumbleweeds who was clinically proven to have the exact same voice as Jim...view item »

Maps & Atlases
Beware And Be Grateful

Their second full-length after a trio of unique EPs that tried to extend math rock out to different palates and distances, Beware and Be Grateful is Maps & Atlases using the urgency of their favourite genre for emotive, self-contained pop songs with harmonious structures and personal song-wr...view item »

Animal Collective
Sung Tongs

Clint here with more. First up Animal Collective  - one of the few new bands to lick my ears in a seductive manner and not have me chop their tongue off with a rusty pair of shears. I'm always amazed by their songs  -its kind of nice acoustic stuff slightly chopped up full of crazy noises and m...view item »

Dustin O Halloran

The Page Down/Up buttons don't work on this stupid laptop. The whole thing has the tacky feel of a cheap lipstick. Why don't they fit, like, real chrome inlays instead of that cheap plastic imitation stuff? Maybe have hand-polished teak buttons. I wouldn't feel so volatile & disillusioned towards the state of modern technology if it had a bi...view item »

Other People's Problems

Breton. Dearie me, what have FatCat gone and done now? I don't understand this kind of smart hipster pop. Blurry stumbling uninspired hip-hop beats or crashing empty sounding drums; cascading streams of irritating edits and/or clunky loops, de-rigeur string samples; bored flat half-spoken ...view item »

Animal Collective

*** FINALLY BACK IN ON DOUBLE 180 GRAM DMM WAX!!*** The crazies that are Animal Collective have a new album out on Fat Cat on dbl vinyl LP or limited 2CD job avec a bonus disc featuring yet more crazyness.... only LIVE. So their new album is a lot different to the last one. It sounds sounds fuller and hazier yet more lo fi and les...view item »

The Twilight Sad
No One Can Ever Know

I won't lie, I struggle with The Twilight Sad. They've got the ambitious sound and good sensibilities interms of influence and approach but their music leaves me cold, like it was meant for someone else. That's fine with me, I'm happy with my Dilla rekkids. Saying that, I gotta try and b...view item »

Animal Collective
Danse Manatee

The Animal Collective are the new wierdo yanks they all want you to like. The general chit chat about this band has seen them linked with the likes of Caroliner and Sun City Girls. It sounds like neither but does have the strung out experimentation of both married with the type of stretched, skewed melo...view item »

Milk Maid

Ramshackle sounding odes and ditties from the shitgazing Madchestah urchins. It's a rather nice sounding record is this. It's full to the brim with melodies and enough hooks to get yerself wedged into. Not a million miles away from such acts as Psychedelic ...view item »

The Twilight Sad

The Twilight Sad's debut 'Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters' was, lest we forget, a solid gold classic - a record which every self respecting fan of noise/melody/Scottishness should own. Since then they have drifted a little, the second album 'Forget the Night Ahead' was hit and miss, ...view item »

Vashti Bunyan
Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind

Vashti Bunyan: 'Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind' (Singles & Demos 1964 to 1967) (Fatcat) A limited two CD set and double LP (we'll revert to the single CD edition when it's gone) that covers her early period of released and unreleased singles, restored acetate demos, archive tracks and the opener and title track supplied by Jagger-Richar...view item »

Johann Johannsson
The Miners' Hymns

I picked this up and misread it as 'The Miners' Wives' and I thought ey up Johannsson.... what you been up to! Anyway so I don't sound like an ignorant fool (or anymore of one) I'll briefly explain the premise of this. I do feel these days half of things I write about the concept ...view item »

Odonis Odonis

Toronto resident Dean Tzenos hits us up with his devilish surf inspired garage sound that the label are referring to as Surf-gaze. I find it annoying when people invent a new genre in an attempt elevate their chosen artist from the rest of the pack but, it this case, they're spot on. This ...view item »

Forest Fire
Staring At The X

New on Fat Cat, this is grand widescreen sounding arty rock but with a lo-fidelity clattering production that ensures it stops short of sounding like The Killers or some other sheeny guff. Instead the main comparison would be to The Walkmen or The National. The album is a slow burner but ...view item »

Summer Hits

Tuneful exuberance from the Londonahs known as Mazes...I didn't know London had any cool sounding bands. I thought they all wore pork pie hats and pointy shoes and considered The Libertines to be "the most important band in 20 years". Shows what I know. I like these dudes. They remind me of a younger Guided By Vo...view item »

Foreign Landscapes

Anyone looking for a fix of modern classical music should know that Hauschka is reliable; a master of prepared piano who on 'Foreign Landscapes' has enlisted 12-piece ensemble the Magik*Magik Orchestra. He arranges their orchestrations around his piano and the result is as dramatic as you could expect adding support to the lonely piano tinklings...view item »

No Age
Weirdo Rippers

FINALLY released on vinyl. And not just any vinyl.. It's that spanky DMM stuff which probably bakes bread and fetches your morning paper. This comp features tracks from the 3 x 12" and 2 x 7" lettered series a while back. It's not got all of the tracks on but to get all of the tracks you'd have to sell your house as they're worth a mint. ...view item »

Animal Collective
Prospect Hummer

Wibbly folk 1. Animal Collective with Vashti Bunyan. It's strange. Vashti disappears on 1968 into a Scottish caravan only to be exhumed 25 years later by sundry young upstarts in thrall to her rustic sounds. Its odd that Animal Collective have never quite clicked with me despite them having all the ingredients to become my favourite band. I gue...view item »

How Long Are You Staying?

Charlottefield have an album out on Unlabel this week. This is limited to just 240 copies on LP with a screen printed sleeve. The CD will be out at some point on Fat Cat. This rocks big style. Big disjointed maths style rock with hints of Shellac and Planquez etc. Also there's a bit of Discord/ Fugazi ...view item »

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