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LUMP
LUMP

Mike Lindsay (Tunng etc) was probably pretty chuffed that he got introduced to ace songstress Laura Marling at a glittering show supporting Neil Young. Whereas I would have mumbled a few platitudes before fleeing the building, Lindsay became pally and the two decided to collaborate on a collabor...view item »

A Place To Bury Strangers
Pinned

They may well be ahem...'borrowing' the bassline from Joy Division's 'Transmission' on 'Never Coming Back' but A Place To Bury Strangers make a right old racket that certainly blows any cobwebs away. They have screeching guitars, eerie male/female vocals that sound like they want to kill you and propulsive drum...view item »

Ryley Walker
Primrose Green

An absolutely breathtaking album from start to finish. Many singer-songwriters are currently mining that 1970’s folk/jazz influenced type territory for inspiration but no-one has nailed this sound better than Ryley Walker. The album is the perfect concoction of Tim Buckley, ...view item »

Durand Jones & The Indications
Durand Jones & The Indications

Secretly Canadian sub-label Dead Oceans teams up with Colemine to front the debut LP from Indiana soulsters Durand Jones & The Indicators. After the sad passing of Charles Bradley there’s now a gap in the market for this sort of thing. With Jones&...view item »

Ryley Walker
Deafman Glance

New from Ryley Walker  - a musician always willing to step outside himself to find new sounds and the one snippet we heard sounds like he's been heavily pounding the Jim O'Rourke/Gastr Del Sol axis.  Sweet bucolic folk with flutes galore and some unexpected harshness. Looking forward t...view item »

Marlon Williams
Make Way For Love

Who like rich voices, bobbing basslines and an appropriate amount of string swells? I do. For you see, melancholic music is good. Marlon Williams makes it and few understand it better -- obsessed with a tradition of country and blues crooners, he asks you to ‘Make Way For Love’ while actually spending his time lamenting being in prox...view item »

Slowdive
Slowdive

Well here I am again, resident Norman Records shoegaze expert settling myself down for a once every twenty odd years review of the new (yes new) Slowdive album. I slammed my name down on the desk to review this for two reasons, 1) I'm obviously a huge fan and 2) the rest of the whiny know-it-alls in the office (whom I love dearly of course) prob...view item »

Shame
Songs of Praise

They can pose with an many pigs as they like on the cover of their debut album but there's not a chance I'm going to follow the hype circus around this lot.  They play a brand of confrontational post-punk with gravelly, growling vocals and guitars set to incendiary yet it's clear half way through opener 'Dust On Trial' that they alr...view item »

Tom Rogerson with Brian Eno
Finding Shore

Tom Rogerson might be familiar to you for his lightning keyboard runs in Three Trapped Tigers, but here he works in a different milieu and with a different collaborator: Brian Eno himsel...view item »

Califone
Heron King Blues (Deluxe Reissue)

Califone’s “Heron King Blues” opens with a blend of the anachronistic: swampy blues on “Wingbird” and more current experimentation: Steve Reich-ish plinks and plonks are drowned in feedback towards the end of “Trick Bird”. This mix continues throughout the album: “Lio...view item »

Phoebe Bridgers
Stranger In The Alps

This one’s perfect right now: good for grumpy mornings that elicit zero good feelings, good for cold quiet walks to cold quiet work, even good for when it gets dark way too early for a social life to feel like a viable thing. Phoebe Bridgers’ ‘Stranger in the Alps’ is my favourite discovery of the autumn-winter border cro...view item »

Destroyer
ken

Occasional New Pornographer and Swan Lake alumnus Dan Bejar has been turning his solo project from typical indie rock fare into an inventive, '80s-studded project over the last few years, employing synth 'n' sax on the verbose Kaputt and getting serene on&n...view item »

Alex Lahey
I Love You Like A Brother

Emanating originally from Melbourne, Alex Lahey originally went to university to study jazz saxophone. Luckily she realised that this was a terrible waste of time and so embarked on an arts degree and set about making relatable fuzz pop that sounds like Courtney Barnett sandpapered in order to fit onto college r...view item »

Kane Strang
Two Hearts and No Brain

This record’s name was originally the working title for Phil Collins’ autobiography -- Kane Strang got it off the cutting room floor. Well-versed in all things plaintive and progression, they make sweet, sad songs with great chunky chord changes. It’s simple and sentimental, offering the murmured musings of ...view item »

Japanese Breakfast
Soft Sounds From Another Planet

Michelle Zauner’s project Japanese Breakfast releases its second album, Soft Sounds From Another Planet. It’s a record of cool synth songs, drenched in a powerful melancholy expressed by Zauner’s pop vocals and dramatic spoken-word. She looks to the skies and up into s...view item »

Alex Lahey
B-Grade University

Alex Lahey has recently been voted best female artist at the Australian Age Music Awards beating Dame Edna Everage who has won it for the past 27. Her music is playful and fun grunge pop that you can imagine would sound very good on the radio when the sun is shining. Commercially-aimed but with enough sass to justify ...view item »

Kevin Morby
Beautiful Strangers / No Place To Fall

Kevin Morby has released this single especially to benefit the Everytown for Gun Safety charity charity, to whom all the proceeds of this release will go. Beautiful Strangers is a painful song about the victims of gun violence, and the B-side is a cover version of Townes Van Zandt’s No Place T...view item »

Kevin Morby
City Music

The key to being successful in music can be split pretty evenly between 80% hard work/self promotion and 20% actual talent. Therefore moderately talented troubadours like Kevin Morby can do well for themselves just because they are so damn busy. The former Woods and the Babies...view item »

Bleached
Can You Deal?

Bleached are a band built around a pair of sisters based in the teeming metropolis of Los Angeles. Their music is brimming over with femme energy, mixing the sweet melodies of classic pop with a tough rock bite. Can You Deal? is a bold set of four new tracks, released on 12” white vinyl by the Dead Oceans label....view item »

Califone
Quicksand / Cradlesnakes

A highly original outfit. I think Califone, on occasions, sound like Sparklehorse combined with the best elements of post-rock (experimental and quirky, but not too self-indulgent) and a small dose of trip-hop. Quicksand/Cradlesnake establishes Califone as an ambitious band with the songwriting chops to back up its penchant for studio strangenes...view item »

Strand of Oaks
Hard Love

Like Bruce Springsteen if he only listened to Idaho records, Strand Of Oaks have an enormous radio friendly sound but with plenty of tangled guitars for folks who dream of a My Bloody Valentine/Jo...view item »

Califone
Roomsound

Another cool label is Chicagos Thrill Jockey. They've put out the new Califone album and its kind of a modern blues/ country hybrid with piano, organ, synth, treated guitars and electronics. This is quite depressing stuff really but will appeal to people who like this stuff for sure....view item »

Japanese Breakfast
Psychopomp

Beginning with the euphoric ‘In Heaven’, what’s immediately striking is the freshness of Michelle Zauner’s vocal, outside of her band Little Big League and their slacker context. It’s the startling opener, from a debut solo LP, which initiates a series of nine boun...view item »

Ryley Walker
Golden Sings That Have Been Sung

Ryley. How does he find the time? Always in conference with the sheep; always improving our diplomatic relations with chickens. The barnyard bureaucrat made Clint’s favourite record of last year and possibly all time with ‘Primrose Green’, a record that couldn’t decide whether to be dye-in-the-wool folk or lopsided lounge...view item »

Mitski
Puberty 2

I want to say something meaningful about ‘Puberty 2’ but all I’ve got is that I love it, that it was fulfilling the first time I heard it and remains so long after the fact. I’d say it’s proof that indie rock isn’t shit, but that’s not really Mitski’s mission statement. I’ve just missed being...view item »

Destroyer
My Mystery

Destroyer’s tune My Mystery gets a reworking by the catchily-monikered producer DJjohnedwardcollins@gmail.com. There is a very welcome touch of the Pet Shop Boys to the f...view item »

Julianna Barwick
Will

I am only into the third track on 'Will', Julianna Barwick's fourth full album to date -- wait, only her fourth? That's what I thought, but yes it's true -- and I am utterly spellbound. Her soft, lulling vocal on 'Beached' is not looped, this time; this is one of a handful of the more lineally progressing songs on this beautiful album. Yes, I sa...view item »

Kevin Morby
Singing Saw

I want nothing more than aspirational psych-folkie Kevin Morby to make a golden solo record. The sauntering and curiously hypnotic ‘Harlem River’ showed great promise; ‘Still Life’, with its slight, Dylan-scaped tunes, failed to deliver on it. I would sell Laurie’s house for the record where Morby finally straddled ...view item »

Bleached
Welcome The Worms

Compared to the sludgy September Girls album this is like getting your ears syringed. Rather than going down the murk/goth route, they are doing the heavy rock thing. This would be what I would imagine Suzi Quattro to sound like if you described her to me. ‘Wednesda...view item »

Mitski
Bury Me At Makeout Creek 

Bury Me At Makeout Creek (excellent Simpsons referencing there) is the third album from Mitski, released in the States in 2014 but only now making it across the water for an official European release. Heartfelt indie-pop-punk songwriting from a strong and varied talent: Mitski had previously scored work...view item »

Marlon Williams
Marlon Williams

Marlon Williams hails from New Zealand, where he has won awards for this, his debut full-length album. Marlon Williams showcases the man’s sensitive baritone with dramatic cover songs picked out from decades of narratively-engaging hits. LP and CD editions, with a special coloured vinyl edition exclusive to indepe...view item »

Kevin Morby
Moonshiner / Bridge to Gaia

Kevin Morby wrote these two tracks as a result of two rather different experiences: one was reading a book, the other was a holiday in the Portuguese city of Porto. Moonshiner / Bridge To Gaia is a pair of lovely little guitar-led tunes, Morby’s deep vocals setting the whole thing off with a thoug...view item »

Mark McGuire
Beyond Belief

Imagine that you are in your early 50’s and fancy getting away on a golfing holiday. You peruse the brochures and eventually stumble on a wonderful getaway week which includes luxury accommodation and as many rounds of golf as you like. You click on the promotional video and a helicopter shot sweeps majestically over the course which dappl...view item »

The Tallest Man on Earth
Dark Bird Is Home

Kristian Matsson decided that he can’t do this on his own, so he’s recruited some company for ‘Dark Bird Is Home’, ostensibly his fourth and definitely his worst record. With a band of disruptive naysayers behind him, he digs melodies into the ground, rushes through key lyrics like an uncaring tour bus driver, and gives z...view item »

Destroyer
Forces From Above (DJ johnedwardscollins@gmail.com remix)

One of the stand-out tracks from Destroyer’s recent Poison Season gets remixed by somebody going by the name DJ johnedwardcollins@gmail.com, who presents a maybe slightly unexpected techno reworking of the firmly song-based original material. The Forces From Above remix is pressed to whit...view item »

Destroyer
Poison Season

Destroyer’s Dan Bejar and Frog Eyes’ Carey Mercer used to be in yelping Canadian indie rock band Swan Lake, and now they’ve released new albums on the very same day -- apparently nobody told their pal Spencer Krug, who’s probably out in Finland singing t...view item »

Night Beds
Ivywild

Vinyl and CD on Dead Oceans. Night Beds is the project of Colarado’s Winston Yellen. Following his greatly revered debut in 2013 Ivywild breaks away from the Bon Iver esque alt-country and delves into an equally emotionally wrought electronic and R’n’B infused affair. ...view item »

Bill Fay
Who Is The Sender?

Beautiful Bill is back, and I’m utterly relieved. ‘Life Is People’ was a triumphant comeback record that made the many years without Fay’s music worth suffering through, and celebrated a songwriter who’d been subjected to the musician’s worst nightmare: not being listened to. ‘Life Is People’ may h...view item »

A Place To Bury Strangers
Transfixiation

Bless this band for fucking around. A Place To Bury Strangers never went the conventional path with whatever it is we’re calling their music now -- it fits shoegaze sometimes, post-punk at others, but this band just want to tear shit up, abyss of feedback be damned. They open ‘Transfixiation’ like they’re going to pull ba...view item »

Bishop Allen
Lights Out

The wispy and never complaining indie pop of Bishop Allen has been absent from our lives for the last five years, and 'Lights Out' finally sees its return. Think sweet melodies and witty takes on love songs -- be it from Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Jens Lekman or Best Coast -- and you'll get close to the sound this twee...view item »

Mark McGuire
Noctilucence

Mark McGuire’s quiet tenure with drone act Emeralds recently ended, and he now works as a self-employed, stay-at-home ambient composer, creating startling and structurally dynamic works that utilise layers of omnipresent synth patchwork complemented with flattened out IDM beats. The EP is a striking, unexpe...view item »

Greylag
Greylag

Here's an album from Portland-based trio Greylag, four years in the making so I hear. This lot are peddling a cinematic Americana-rock sound, "embracing electric and acoustic with a sound that’s both subtle and forceful" says the press release. It's kind of a Kings of Leon-lite type vibe, impeccably...view item »

Bear In Heaven
Time Is Over One Day Old

Bear In Heaven return this week with some more of their dreamy synthpop - a dewy-eyed concoction which is one part Simple Minds/Ultravox synth'n'guitar dramatics and one part Pet Shop Boys/Hot Chip deadpan pop. It'...view item »

Dub Thompson
9 Songs

Was most curious about this as our Clint was enthusiastic about it which means, regardless of his worrying infatuation with Yacht Rock, that it's most likely to be a pretty damn cool record. Which it is, I can happily declare. I think he knew I'd thrill my ass off to '9 Songs'. Which only has 8 songs. See what they did there? Now. What d...view item »

Mark McGuire
Along The Way

When Mark McGuire's 12-minute-long 'The Instinct' dropped on 12" late last year with a similarly epic B-side, I was under the misapprehension that it was a small but perfectly formed mini-album. Clearly I was mistaken as the track also features on this rather more substantial new opus from the Emerald. It's a sprawl...view item »

Julianna Barwick
Nepenthe

The wonderful Julianna Barwick has a new album out this week, allowing me to start my day of reviews in uncontroversial territory as the sun streams through the windows and she bathes us in her ethereal loveliness. On this one she’s gone to Iceland to record with Alex Somers (...view item »

Strand Of Oaks
HEAL

Not a clue why I like this album. It starts with a melodic stomp of a track that has a great J Mascis-style guitar explosion before settling into fuzzy anthemic FM rock driven by a thumping drum machine (or a very wooden drummer). I dunno, there's something truly rousing about it. I like his earthy voice and the st...view item »

White Hinterland
Baby

Baby is the third album by White Hinterland, aka Casey Dienel. Dienel has juxtaposed deep, dark songs with gospel and R&B, music she has always loved. Baby was recorded with the help of Dienel’s friends Sean Carey (Bon Iver), Neal Morgan (Bill Callahan, Joanna Newsom) and Cole Kam...view item »

Phosphorescent
Muchacho

Muchacho took shape, as Matthew Houck went on solitary walks in the woods and swam in the lakes. The rollicking 1970s Country-Rock of "Here's To Taking It Easy" (think Willie Nelson and early Eagles) still permeates much of Muchacho, but the singer/songwriter has added an unorthodox element in the shape of electronic instrumentation. While this ...view item »

Destroyer
Five Spanish Songs

Destroyer’s Dan Bejar seems bored with the English language. Therefore he has decided to sing the songs from this new EP in Spanish. I’d suggest that a lot of the point of subtle, nuanced music (such as his) is in connecting with the lyrical content. Therefore, to those of us stuck with English...view item »

Califone
Stitches

“Stitches” is more structured than previous albums. The best way of describing their sound is to say that if they sound like anyone, they sound a bit like Wilco. And on this album they sound more like Wilco than ever before. Two songs here make the album worthwhile: “Frosted Tips” is a great song, much more straight-forwa...view item »

Gauntlet Hair
Stills

Denver Duo Craig Nice and Andy Rauworth aka Gauntlet Hair release their second studio album for the Dead Oceans label. It seems the pair have dispelled the myth of the “difficult” second album, ‘Stills’ is a massive leap forward in terms o...view item »

Akron/ Family
Sub Verses

Perennial live favourites and some-time Gira backers Akron/Family are back this week with their seventh album ‘Sub Verses’, yet another strident collection of loved-up psych rock, bounding in on a high note with ‘No-Room’ recalling some of their ...view item »

Bleached
Ride Your Heart

Here’s an excellent CD of good old fashioned ‘60s influenced girl fronted indie rock in the vein of Best Coast or Golden Grrrls. This sort of garagey girl-group influenced pop all too often seems flabby, referential and stale, but these sisters have really...view item »

Night Beds
Country Sleep

Upon hearing “Faithful Heights”, the a capella opener to “Country Sleep” by Night Beds, AKA Winston Yellen, it reminded me of the faux emotion shown by Conor Oberst in the spoken passage at the start of the Bright Eyes album “I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning” (I do quite like a lot of that album, though...view item »

The Luyas
Animator

When I started to play the first track for the first time, I was thinking, "Oh, this is kind of boring." But I kept listening, and as the seconds passed, my ears started going, "Wait a minute... yup, this is getting interesting...". It takes its time and builds, but it never makes you feel impatient; just the opposite: pure listening satisfactio...view item »

Sun Airway
Soft Fall

Soft Fall is about as lush as electronic-based pop music can get. Jon Barthmus literally floods your ears with gorgeous textures, strings, and beats. Close sounds a bit like Coldplay if Coldplay were not so cloying, and the title track is a pulsating rhythmic experience that sounds inspired by New Order. On the surface, Soft Fall sounds less dir...view item »

Bill Fay
Life Is People

Life Is People is Bill Fay's first record in years and years and years, and it's a noble comeback story if ever there was one: despite neglect from labels dealing with previous records, he came back with music about the life-affirming qualities of all those around him. Through well-ornamented songs and solo pi...view item »

The Tallest Man on Earth
There's No Leaving Now

People rave about this guy, rave about him.  I’ve listened with anticipation but I just can’t work out a reason for the furore. This ‘highly anticipated’ new album is not bad at all. It all very sub Dylan and his voice doesn’t grate half as much as it d...view item »

A Place To Bury Strangers
Onwards to the Wall

This EP starts STRONG! Clanging bass and breakneck hi-hat and screeching Bauhaus-esque guitar build up a kind of combination of frothy momentum and icy control that reminds me of Bitch Magnet. Marvellous opener, and the guitar tones are wonderfully detailed with slicing treble sounds. Th...view item »

A Place To Bury Strangers
Worship

I found out the other day that one of the dudes from A Place To Bury Strangers not only makes his own effects pedals but also sells them. That seems like an incredibly savvy way to go about things, since each ent...view item »

Bear In Heaven
I Love You, It's Cool

Its amazing that a band can release two albums of Pitchfork-approved pop music  whilst muggins here  remains completely oblivious to  them. There again so much comes out each week that its impossible for the busy man to keep up. They have a terrible name (what is it with band na...view item »

Bowerbirds
The Clearing

Bowerbirds are a band I've paid scant attention to in the past. This is no reflection on the quality of music produced by the group, more it's a case of there's only so many hours in the day. Now on their third album for Dead Oceans, Bowerbirds purport to have produced their most conside...view item »

Gauntlet Hair
Gauntlet Hair

More weird American electronic indie pop with a reverbed tropical sound? Oh go on, you can't have had enough of these kooky kids yet surely? From the sloppy but gregarious sounding opener which carries hefty DNA samples siphoned from Animal Collective and MGMT we're in a delirious peyote ...view item »

Nurses
Dracula

You know what this record sounds like? My first impression is that it sounds a bit like if the singer from 12 Rods started singing in Band of Horses. As a fan of both bands (or at least their first couple of albums) that's fine by me. I'm also a little bit struck by how similar it sounds to the Social Climbers reissue I just reviewed. Gl...view item »

Destroyer
Kaputt

Destroyer's Kaputt is that rare album where you know if you're going to love it in the first two minutes. With that in mind, opener “Chinatown” is a lush, gorgeous pop gem with a jazzy sway and really brilliant instrumentation that evokes a kind of mid-afternoon in paradise feel. Distant horns, slinky bass, and cavernous drums create...view item »

The Donkeys
Born With Stripes

There's so much music in the indie world that it can become overwhelming trying to keep up. This little outfit deserves some attention. The Donkeys have that Sterling Morrison - low-fi - Luna thing going that is a nice antidote to the hyperactive and very overproduced stuff we're hearing in the indie universe now. Nice to hear a band of guys pla...view item »

Akron/ Family
S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT

This band are one set of strange cats. Like their last album but denser, more blissed-out & free-flowing, this is everything that is exciting about modern progressive rock. I don't quite know what they're aiming for, space perhaps, but this album moves your mind around like a helpless pawn in a game of cosmic mysticism & zen-like song-ma...view item »

The Luyas
Too Beautiful To Work

Debut album from artsy Canadian experimenters who create gorgeously strange, echo-ish space age faerie noise dream pop; where tender fragility is tied to an exploratory sense of adventure by angelic strings of wonderment. These are otherworldly forays into sparkly star-float realms of mischievous Elvin innocence. Includes members from ...view item »

John Vanderslice
White Wilderness

Despite releasing 10 albums to date under his own name, John Vanderslice mainly plies his trade as a producer and is an absolute obsessive production nerd. His production techniques are experimental and have given us some superb songs, "Too Much Time" from 2009's "Romanian Names" being a particular highlight of his career. Given his desire to ex...view item »

Sun Airway
Nocturne of Crystal Exploded Chandelier

Philadelphia debut from former members of the A-Sides. Light and breezy, their sound is similar on all the tracks. I don't mean that in a bad way, such as Gary Puckett and the Union Gap. The music is ambient and makes for great mood music. The vocals are fairly well drowned out by the music, that it might as well not be there as it serves more o...view item »

The Good Ones
Kigali Y Izahabu

I have no particular inside information as to who they are or their back story, but The Good Ones are an African group playing string instruments and singing with glorious harmonies. Their music, despite being in no language that I understand, taps directly into the "wistful" emotional centre in my brain, beautiful and sad and optimistic all at ...view item »

The Tallest Man on Earth
Sometimes The Blues Is Just A Passing Bird

I've been meaning to check this guy out since a friend heard me playing Bill Fox and enquired whether it was The Tallest Man on Earth. After my initial confusion about Fox's height, I assumed it was this one he was talking about. Like Fox, he plays a very Bob Dylan influenced form of lo fidelity music that is kept incredibly sparse. I'm not mass...view item »

Phosphorescent
Here's To Taking It Easy

Phosphorescent is one of those names that i've never really picked up on in the past. Sure i've seen the records about and i heard the Willie Nelson tribute album 'To Willie' is pretty good but other than that i'm clueless. With 'Here's to taking it easy' (something we know very little about here at El Normo Towers) the group probe similar...view item »

Frog Eyes
Paul's Tomb: A Triumph

Frog Eyes albums get better and better and it shines through with Paul's Tomb. In their past albums, Frog Eyes were very hit or miss...some songs are great while others sounded like distorted static that might be better skipped. Not so with Paul's Tomb, I say. Fans of Frog Eyes should embrace this album and promote it. If anyone has been on the ...view item »

White Hinterland
Kairos

The first song "Icarus" was in a Revlon commercial "Just Bitten" and was in the movie "It's a Funny Story" and in addition it was the song used on Project Runway. From the appeal of that song I checked out the album it's from. I am not disappointed really. Just underwhelmed. I had hoped all the songs were as good as Icarus, but they do not move ...view item »

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