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Field Music
Making A New World

New album from Sunderland area clever clogs Field Music. But it's not just any old new album this is a song cycle based on the first world war. The idea started from a project they were working on with the Imperial War Museum about US War Department publications but grew as the brothers wrote pieces about various elements of the aftermath of the war such as skin grafting, the dada movement and office work. They aren't just any ordinary band are they? 

sir Was
Holding On To A Dream

Joel Wästberg, best known under his stage name sir Was, is mixing up pop, soul and hip-hop once again for his latest studio effort Holding On To a Dream. Consciously going lo-fi for an authentic vinyl sound, the new album includes a sparkling collaboration with Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano, titled ‘Deployed’. 
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Jesca Hoop
STONECHILD

Fifth album from Jesca Hoop who got out of her Manchester bolthole and went to Bristol to record with Sir John Parish (PyJamas Harvey etc). The result was an album in which Parish severely edited Hoop's work leaving her with a minimal and stark album that cuts to the chase of human emotion. The album always remains distinctly Hoop's mind.
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Mush
Induction Party

Six-track debut EP from much-discussed Leeds band Mush, who recently signed with indie imprint Memphis Industries having been playlisted on BBC Radio 6 Music late last year. For fans of art-rock icons such as Pavement, Sonic Youth and The Fall, this 12” release should offer greater insight into one of the best new indie outfits in Britain. 
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Rachael Dadd
FLUX

Though her surname is Dadd, Rachael Dadd plays nothing like dad-rock so anyone else other than me with that thought can get it right out of their heads. Instead she plays a kind of conceptual, contemporary folk music that has already lauded her plaudits across the globe. This her her first on Memphis Industries following on from work with a slew of different labels. Like most other records in 2019 it in inspired by and a protest to the recent political landscape.   

Francis Lung
A Dream Is U

Genuinely warm and beautiful pop ballads from ex WU LYF man Francis Lung. Gone are the barely contained chaos and snarls of his past life and in its place is A Dream Is U, something almost... comforting. Captures that pleasant pastoral psychedelia the Beatles occasionally reached for. On Memphis Industries.

The Go! Team
Thunder, Lightning, Strike

The Go Team's 2004 debut arrived like a hurricane with insanely catchy tunes mixing indie-pop, soul, funk and hip-hop into a life affirming sonic stew. Now 15 years later it gets the re-issue treatment and unsurprisingly it sounds just as fresh today as when it first burst out of the traps. For the uninitiated, think a more indie-pop fixated the Avalanches. Fun all the way. 
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School of Language
45

A concept album about Donald Trump that’s funky as hell, you say? Weird request, but okay, here it is. 45 is the new album by School of Language, aka David Brewis, one half of Field Music. It takes aim at the 45th president of the United States and his hangers-on. Inspired by the writings of Watergate journalist, Bob Woodward, Moneyball guy, Nate Silver, and the music of James Brown, The Meters, Sly and the Family Stone and Free.  

Rozi Plain
What A Boost

Winchester's finest (other than the cathedral maybe) Rozi Plain is back with a brand new album. Her fourth (we think) is another self produced effort following on from the much acclaimed Friend released on Lost Map back in 2015. She's a busy lass, playing with This Is The Kit as well as touring her own stuff, painting boats, being creative and all those good things. There was a Dinked edition but it's gone now slowpokes.   

You Tell Me
You Tell Me

You Tell Me is the new project from Field Music’s Peter Brewis and Admiral Fallow’s Sarah Hayes. After working together on the last Field Music album, Open Here,(check out the closing track ‘Find A Way To Keep Me’ to hear Sarah Hayes’ flute & vocal work) they’ve decided there’s enough of a musical spark to work as a duo. The album’s theme centres around communication which extends to the sharing of ideas between new musical collaborators. LP and CD on Memphis Industries, including two 'indies only' limited vinyl versions - but be quick!

Malihini
Hopefully, Again

Memphis Industries (Dutch Uncles, El Perro Del Mar) drop the debut LP from Roman duo Malihini. Hopefully, Again is one of those records of well-heeled retro-pop that are all the rage these days ever since Mac Demarco became supreme overlord of alternative music. Yacht rock, MOR, ye-ye and the lounge-indie of Whitney all get a look-in here.
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Stats
Other People's Lives

Stats are new to the Memphis Industries stable. They are a DIY art pop band who are led by Ed Steed. He once played in LA Roux’s backing band, this along with, surprisingly, the countless mundane office jobs he’s had have inspired the rather upbeat new album, Other People’s Lives. LP and CD on Memphis Industries.
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Haley
Pleasureland

Haley is not a new person. It's a new truncated name for Haley Bonar (now McCallum). But it is a new sound for the Minnesota based artist who has used her name change to make a bold move by removing all vocals from her music. Bold because her music was pretty much based around her golden throated melodies. Instead you get synth driven music with lots of nods back to Brian Eno. God knows how it will affect her career and whether this will be a permanent move but it's nice to see an artist taking a few chances. 
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Menace Beach
Black Rainbow Sound

Yeah, a Leeds band! Menace Beach are Liza Violet and Ryan Needham of 'the scene'. Their third album, Black Rainbow Sound, is distinct from their past efforts in that it was conceived entirely in the studio. Though more dense and experimental than before, their poppy no-wave is still as fun as ever. And this time features a cameo from The Fall's Brix Smith!
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Slug
HiggledyPiggledy

Slug is the recording alter-ego of Ian Black, who was once a touring member of fellow Sunderland musos and label mates, Field Music. HiggledyPiggledy is Black’s second album and follow-up to 2015’s Ripe. Expect more XTC-meets-James Brown-Meets-John Bonham indie rock grooves. CD and LP on Memphis Industries.

Field Music
Open Here

Sunderland's Field Music have escaped from the gloom of the world (and the shocking form of their local football team) by nestling into a studio in a light industrial estate to make their 6th album. Full to the brim with flute, flugelhorn and other non-rock instruments, the album continues their escapist vision of a time when Steely Dan ruled the land.   

Barbarossa
Lier

On Barbarossa's Lier a heady blend of pop and contemporary soul are paired alongside a lush framework of drifting, synthetic bass and glistening synths. Precise drum work comes from Joel Wästberg and everything is shrouded in a comforting amount of warmth and layered, floating orchestration. 
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Odetta Hartman
Old Rockhounds Never Die

Odetta Hartman’s sound is an odd mish-mash of stuff. It’s rooted in post-blues styles like rockabilly, 50s r ‘n’ b, country-rock and soul, but there’s also influences cropping up on Old Rockhounds Never Die from genres as diverse as psychtronica and future-boogie. It makes the fifteen tracks of this LP hard to predict, but in a good way. Imagine Jack White of the last few years if he was everything Jack White isn’t.
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The Go! Team
Semicircle

Semicircle is the fifth album by The Go! Team. Their mission to bring joy to the world this time around took them ultimately to Detroit where the group’s mainstay and founder Ian Parton found The Detroit Youth Choir. The resulting album contains a bunch of uplifting tracks featuring a gang-style choir, a marching band and a few surprised from Parton’s box of tricks.
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Nadine
Oh My

Oh My is the debut album by Nadine, a trio who come from Minneapolis and New York. Not to be confused with ‘90s alt country band of the same name. They are made up from members of Ava Luna and Phantom Posse. Whilst firmly holding on to their pop sensibilities, they say that their oeuvre is poetry set to music and are not afraid to experiment a little. LP and CD on Memphis Industries.
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Weaves
Wide Open

Artful shambles Weaves released a loud and lovely debut a year ago so it seems only right they do it again: their guitar rock is bursting at the seams, barricade-tumbling wonder and they continue to dance about the limits on Wide Open, which offers a slightly poppier approach to a band who used to get in, race through and get out.

Weaves
Weaves

I've never yet liked a band from Canada but all that could be set to change with the release of the debut from this raucous, squealing band from Toronto. They make a right old racket but also fill their songs with hooks and melodies. The sort of arty rock made by people who aren't afraid of pushing envelopes.     
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Warm Digits
Wireless World

Punchy electronic tuneage from Warm Digits, who here add vocals to some of their home electro-funky tracks for the first time. Wireless World’s guest singers range from Sarah Cracknell of Saint Etienne to Mia La Metta of Beards, not to mention a particularly Sparks-like turn from Field Music. Out on Memphis Industries.
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The Phoenix Foundation
Give Up Your Dreams

Give Up Your Dreams is the sixth album by pop-rock happy people The Phoenix Foundation. The title track compels the listener to sacrifice ambition for realist acceptance, and yet remains very upbeat: nice one! Notable also for its cover, which seems to be a piece of 1990s computer-rendered landscape paired with an Illuminati symbol. Wow.

The Go! Team
The Scene Between

‘The Scene Between’ is the latest album release from Brighton indie, garage rock six piece The Go! Team. Following a hiatus during which the other members dispersed to explore various musical projects and life commitments, this record marks a return to the bands origins with founder member Parton writing and recording by himself, creating a vocal/melody driven record utilising his love of sample collection and songwriting, full of catchy hooks and varying production styles.

Pure Bathing Culture
Pray for Rain

Duo Pure Bathing Culture have a slick pop sound, and have stepped up the colour on this record. Pray For Rain is shimmering with electro-synths and a real spark of energy, a forward jump enabled by producer John Congleton. The album is pressed to see-through turquoise vinyl LP (nice!) by Memphis Industries.

POLIÇA
United Crushers

Album number three from Poliça, one of indie music’s favourite purveyors of heavy synth-pop. Although please note, they also have two drummers, lending serious rhythmic heft to their sound. United Crushers is about light persisting in the midst of darkness, inspired by the city of Minneapolis. CD, LP, or special rose coloured vinyl edition only from independent stores.
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NZCA Lines
Infinite Summer

NZCA Lines follows up his debut with more Italo-inspired electro ballads and playful pop. Infinite Summer showcases his unforgettable hooks and ability to be intimate and sleazy at the same time. I dare anyone not to swoon at the choruses on this CD and coloured vinyl LP. This is witty sci-fi, R&B made with help from Bat for Lashes and Hot Chip members.

Haley Bonar
Last War

Alt-country-ish chanteuse Haley Bonar is back with a sixth album of wistful and widescreen singer-songwriter business, ably assisted by a backing band including folks who play with Bon Iver, Tapes 'n Tapes, Alpha Consumer and Andrew Bird. Expect breathy-voiced prettiness with slick Americana arrangements.

Haley Bonar
Impossible Dream

That pretty cool cover artwork is a clue to the rather nifty indie-pop going on inside Impossible Dream by Haley Bonar. It’s hook-full pop with scratching guitar and deep, sexy vocals. There’s soaring synths and Spector-ish reverb and it’s overall just good fun and an album to mess about to with ya mates. Available on CD or as a vinyl LP.    
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Field Music
Commontime

Field Music went on hiatus after touring their brilliant 2012 album Plumb. Brothers Peter and David Brewis undertook various projects including David’s School of Language album Old Fears and producing and playing on Ripe by Slug. Now they’re back with a new album, Commontime. Whereas Plumb was a stream of consciousness - melodic ideas melding into one another, Commontime contains more conventionally structured songs taking in ‘70s influences such as David Bowie and Roxy Music and filtering them through ‘80s influences such as Talking Heads, Japan and Scritti Politti. Available on indies only double Neon Orange vinyl LP, standard double vinyl LP and CD.

Field Music
Music For Drifters

This is the classic type of Record Store release. This instrumental soundtrack to a silent film is not the sort of thing Field Music would normally release and so fits into the original aesthetic of unusual releases. Here it is on limited silver vinyl and it looks like they'll be touring this accompanying the film in theatres across the UK soon. The arty buggers.  

The Cornshed Sisters
Honey & Tar

The Cornshed Sisters’ four members are all singer-songwriters in their own right, giving this Newcastle-and-surrounds group a great weight of talent to build an album out of. Honey & Tar, their first record since 2012, delivers on that promise, being a set of mature folkish songs with many rich four-part harmonies. Released by Memphis Industries.

POLIÇA
Lipstick Stains / Still Counts

An extremely limited record store day release from Minneapolis’ Poliça. Double single on white 7” features two brand new collaborative tracks. Being well versed in crafting multi-layered melancholic soundscapes as well as crunchy and crisp electro working with Boyz Noize and Spank Rock plays to both sides.
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Dutch Uncles
Big Balloon

Machester's favourite artful wonk-pop outfit Dutch Uncles continue to churn out material, with their latest being 2017-due Big Balloon. Fronted by a self-titled and explosive lead single, with the typical addition of Duncan's (lead) off-kilter dance moves, this edition takes listeners on a consistently intricate avant-garde journey.

Banjo or Freakout
Banjo or Freakout


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Menace Beach
Lemon Memory

Leeds’ very own Menace Beach return with Lemon Memory, which was apparently produced with the self-conscious intention of making something a little more restrained than Ratworld. They’ve pulled it off too, with tightly focused songwriting and production that lingers on the brink of fuzz overload without diving off it. CD or limited yellow scratch’n’sniff lemon vinyl (!!!) editions on Memphis Industries.
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Blue States
Restless Spheres

I still listen regularly to Blue States music which makes it even more surprising that this is their first album in nine years. Blue States (actually just one bloke Andrew Dragazis) makes lovely sweeping usually (but not always) instrumental music with a nod to past masters at cinematic composition such as Ennio Morricone but also with a firm eye set on modern day electronica. With soundtrack music now big biz, this is a perfect time for Dragazis to re-appear.    

Menace Beach
Super Transporterreum EP

Following January’s Ratworld album, Menace Beach make a super-fast return with the Super Transporterreum EP. Packed with fuzzy melodies it takes the frazzled sonics of 60’s psych and transplants them onto a collection of contemporary power pop gems. What’s not to like? Out on vinyl 12” from Memphis Industries.

Aero Flynn
Aero Flynn

Josh Scott, the brains behind the operation of Aero Flynn, has been back and forth on his willingness to put his music out there in the world for years. Thankfully for an adoring public however, he has been persuaded by co-producer and friend Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), and this debut is a highly capable wash of ethereal tunes. Red vinyl!
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Outfit
Slowness

Originally from Liverpool, five piece Outfit have been spreading themselves around the globe for the purposes of touring, relocating and transatlantic relationships. Their second album release ‘Slowness’ is a very personal record about physical and emotional distance, explored through their haunted piano sounds, edgy synths and angular guitar work, propelled by their momentous rhythm section. For fans of John Hughes movies.
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Barbarossa
Imager

Barbarossa, aka James Mathé, was once a fully fledged acoustic folkster, working with José González and The Fence Collective. But Imager sees him step fully into a different world, that of electronica. He sounds very at home there (this is a very accomplished record), but the pure songwriting sensibility of his earlier work is still audible. On Memphis Industries.
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Slug
Ripe

Slug are the latest band to come from Sunderland’s thriving music scene. They are the brainchild of Ian Black who earned his stripes as a touring member of fellow mackems, Field Music. The ideas for the music on debut album, Ripe come from the deepest recesses of Black’s mind combining many disparate genres such as stoner metal and dub and influenced by work of John Bonham, James Brown, Claudio Simonetti and Fabio Pignatelli to create some sort of melodic cosmic indie prog. There's a Talking Heads vibe to it all as well. Peter and David Brewis of Field Music play on the album as well as producing it at their own recording studio. Slug have long been a favourite of 6 Music's Marc Riley. This will definitely appeal to fans of Field Music.

Dutch Uncles
O Shudder

The Dutch Uncles are from Marple in Greater Manchester. The five-piece indie-pop band first got together as The Dutch Uncles in 2008 after meeting at college. O Shudder is their fourth album. Taking their influences from bands such as Talking Heads and XTC, their complex pop sound is not dissimilar to Memphis Industries label mates Field Music. O Shudder is available on limited edition indies only red coloured vinyl LP, standard vinyl LP and CD.

Paul Smith & Peter Brewis
Frozen By Sight

The Sunderland/Newcastle axis of art rock is in full collaboration mode at the moment. The most esoteric could well be this meeting of Field Music's Peter Brewis with Maximo Park's Paul Smith. Brewis's complex chamber music compositions are a gorgeous backdrop to Smith's tales travel writing texts. It ocassionally hits dizzy heights and is nothing but interesting throughout. 
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Milagres
Violent Light

Brooding Brooklyn band, Milagres’ last album, Glowing Mouth, was written from a hospital bed in a vicodin fog following a climbing accident suffered by singer, Kyle Wilson. Its themes centred around the fragility of life. Conversely it’s follow up, Violent Light is about living life and flippin’ the bird to mortality. The sound of the record has been described as mid-seventies Bowie meets southern rapper Waka Flocka Flame: Samples, synths, guitar distortion and deep brass.
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Barbarossa
The Load


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The Ruby Suns
Christopher


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Dutch Uncles
Fester


Milagres
Glowing Mouth


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Banjo or Freakout
105 / Dead In The Snow


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