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Kevin Morby
Oh My God

After four albums and countless tours, songwriting ace Kevin Morby releases what he says is his most realised record yet. He recognises that the work has a religious theme though Morby isn't himself religious. It may be a more spiritual thing he has going on I guess. Anyway it's a double album opus written whilst away on tour plans and in hotels or whenever he got a minute to himself.  
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Ryley Walker
Primrose Green

Harking back to an era of technically proficient folk guitar, Ryley Walker brings a high level of craftsmanship to his work. Hailing from the Chicago scene that brought an exquisitely understated fusion of jazz and prog (Tortoise et al), Primrose Green brings a pastoral flavour to an area of rich musical heritage. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Dead Oceans.

Bleached
Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough

The Clavin sisters straighten themselves out for their third Bleached album, appropriately titled Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough. That struggle for sobriety has led to some of the group’s most honest writing yet, with former Vampire Weekend producer Shane Stoneback ensuring they’ve lost none of their melodic precision. 

Marlon Williams
Live at Auckland Town Hall

Marlon Williams used to be the boyfriend of fellow NZ singer/songwriter Aldous Harding. Since their split both of their careers have been on the up and they both seem to release new records around the same time. Williams’ latest piece of wax is Live At Auckland Town Hall. It was recorded when Williams returned home following a massive world tour. An emotional night with an artist showing a home crowd what he’d learned on the road. LP and CD on Dead Oceans.

Alex Lahey
The Best Of Luck Club

Endearing and accessible guitar-driven pop written largely in Nashville. Alex Lahey touches personal turmoil but with a welcoming ear, as track titles like ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’ suggest. Lahey uses songwriting to empathise, to relate her own lived experience to the listener in a open and accepting way.  
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Strand Of Oaks
Eraserland

Strand Of Oaks head-honcho Timothy Showalter keeps on keeping on with new LP Eraserland. As with 2017’s Hard Love the hairy heartthrob sticks to his modern-day Springsteen schtick on his latest record. Cuts like ‘Weird Ways’ have a beefy, grunge-inflected low-end to them. Eraserland is out via Dead Oceans.

Better Oblivion Community Center (Phoebe Bridgers & Conor Oberst)
Better Oblivion Community Center

Better Oblivion Community Center might be a brand new name but the betting is that you'll know the people involved. Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst are both well known solo artists in their own right but here they work together on an album conceived and recorded in the hot L.A summer of 2018. Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) is on it, John Congleton co-produces. 

Durand Jones & The Indications
American Love Call

Durand Jones is one of them there soul singers. On his second studio LP American Love Call, Jones and his band The Indications do a fine job at recreating the sounds, sights and smells (not really - it's not scratch 'n' sniff) of the genre’s ‘70s golden age. Curtis Mayfield would be pleased with the lilting grooves and smooth vocals on tunes like 'Don’t You Know’. Aaron Frazer guests on a bunch of cuts.

Mitski
Be The Cowboy

Mitski’s fifth LP - and second for Dead Oceans (Slowdive, Khruangbin) - finds the singer finding great emotional depth in her mixture of college rock, grunge and twee-punk. Her poised vocals and narratives about personal struggle and inner strength are wed to similarly emotive instrumentals across these fourteen tracks. It makes for a defiant and ultimately uplifting listen on Be The Cowboy.
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Durand Jones & The Indications
Durand Jones & The Indications Live Vol. 1

I keep wondering if there's any other musician out there called Durand that Durand Jones could collaborate so they can form Durand Durand. While music on that I've had a read of what this is all about and it seems it's more modern day but retro sounding soul stuff that will appeal in particular to fans of Charles Bradley. This is a live LP where the added sweat adds that frisson of excitement to these soul belters.

Ryley Walker
The Lillywhite Sessions

Dave Matthews Band recorded an album with producer Steve Lillywhite which was scrapped at the label’s behest. Now, this bit confuses me - the press release here describe the album in terms I would not match with Dave Matthews Band such as ‘art rock’ and ‘masterpiece’. However, they are terms I can associate with Ryley Walker who has tried his hand at re-recording the album, The Lillywhite Sessions. Although the Dave Matthews Band version was scrapped, some tracks showed up on their 2002 album Busted Stuff. From hearing those tracks I think they might sound rather fine in the hands of Ryley Walker. LP and CD on Dead Oceans.

Phosphorescent
Song For Zula 


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Phosphorescent
C’est La Vie

The ‘Song For Zula’ singer (you’ll know it when you hear it) comes back with his first LP in a half-decade. Now that Justin Vernon is fully lost in the Kid A sauce, Matthew Houck’s guise positions him well to assume the mantle as the king of folkish indie. Judging by positive stuff that’s happened in his life since 2013’s Muchacho - he’s had some kids and left New York - and the upbeat strum of new Phosphorescent single ‘New Birth In New England’, Houck will be a more benevolent ruler than the furrowed-browed Vernon.

Phosphorescent
Pride


Phosphorescent
Live At The Music Hall

Taking inspiration from Bob Dylan’s Hard Rain, Matthew Houck decided for the live Phosphorescent album, rather than churn out a "greatest hits live" collection that he would show the songs in a new light, demonstrating how his songs have an amorphous quality,and how they have been able to develop since their original recorded versions. The song selection spans the 10 year career of Phosphorescent and includes songs from all four albums. Live At The Music Hall is available on triple vinyl LP and double CD.

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 collaboration of wonked out guitars, moogs and wordplay. And is that a dog on the sleeve? We need to know.  
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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 to this one.  

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 white label vinyl by Dead Oceans.
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Marlon Williams
Make Way For Love

Make Way For Love sees a developing Marlon Williams moving away from his country typecast. The New Zealand native songwriter experiments with a more expansive sound, introducing strings, reverb and more dynamic guitar work along with the odd piano-led tune. It was partly recorded in his hometown of Lyttelton, New Zealand with fellow singer/songwriter Ben Edwards before moving the whole shebang to California where Noah Georgeson took the helm and recorded the lion’s share. Limited ‘indies only’ white vinyl LP (be quick if you want one of those!), standard black vinyl LP and CD on Dead Oceans.

A Place To Bury Strangers
Pinned

Shoegaze / noise-rocker brutalists A Place To Bury Strangers return with their fifth full-length, sharply titled Pinned. As a response of sorts to the last few years of current affairs, it is a blasted-sounded thing, although in truth A Place To Bury Strangers have never been a gentle proposition. Released in a variety of single and double formats by Dead Oceans.

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’s soulful croon and his group’s faithful homages to golden-age James Brown and Otis Redding, this lot might be the ones to fill it.

Slowdive
Slowdive

2017 is an exciting year for shoegazers old and new as veteran bands take advantage of the resurgence in the genre by making new albums that would have been laughed out of court if the year was 1996. Slowdive follow on from Ride in unleashing new music and though they have prosaically only managed to self-title it, this is the moment for anyone who has been waiting since 1995 for new material. 

Shame
Songs of Praise

Songs of Praise is the debut LP from Londoner five-piece Shame, who've gained traction in the South London gig scene. Lively and insistent post-punk from an energetic young band who don’t shy away from politics and confrontational lyrics. Available on CD, cassette tape or vinyl (regular black or sky blue). On Dead Oceans.

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 himself. At the core of Finding Shore is a device that converts acoustic piano performance into MIDI, allowing Eno to weave electronics around Rogerson’s melodies. Released by Dead Oceans.
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Phoebe Bridgers
Stranger In The Alps

We've already had Sinatra's Strangers in the Night now US singer songwriter Phoebe Bridgers brings us Strangers in the Alps. This is her first record for Dead Oceans following on from a 7" on Ryan Adams label Pax Am and has also been on the advert for the I Phone singing 'Gigantic' by the Pixies.   

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 Poison Season. Now he returns with ken, a record named in tribute to the original title of ballad "The Wild Ones". Dad as ever, it's likely to be a lyrical tongue-twister full of snarling wit.
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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 radio playlists. Catchy with punch-a-long choruses galore. 

Kane Strang
Two Hearts and No Brain

The first properly distributed LP by lo-fi pop hopeful Kane Strang who writes catchy and radio ready themes that would appeal to fans of Car Seat Headrest and Alex G. These are slick and polished vignettes which could see Strang become your new favourite 90’s slacker revivalist. Out on the increasingly powerful Dead Oceans. 

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 space. LP release on Dead Oceans.

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 the hype. 
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Kevin Morby
City Music

Kevin Morby is releasing a new twelve-track record entitled City Music. This is his fourth album that adds to an already classic collection of indie and folk style songs, but seemingly veers off on a different path than his previous releases. His monotone vocals and simplistic music style make for a quality and deep listening experience. 

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.
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Strand of Oaks
Hard Love

Soaring heartland rock here that The Boss himself would happily put his name to. Just one look at the Springsteen-esque track titles here - ‘Hard Love’, ‘Radio Kids’, ‘Salt Brothers’ and so on. The middle of those three is a great first single, expensive-sounding and stirring. Could be one of those ones to cop a first pressing of now and watch it accrue value.

Califone
Roomsound

A 15 year anniversary reissue of the 2001 album by Califone. Mixing up blues and country with a lo-fi, recorded out in the barn feel. Stomping blues licks and slides, dusty tape saturation, and subtle manipulations that bring a texture to the whole. Sound like Six Organs of Admittance playing quiet, reflective blues.

Mark McGuire
Beyond Belief

Former Emeralds guitar supremo Mark McGuire stretches out his range here on Beyond Belief, throwing in wild synth and drum machine patterns, piano, and even vocals as well as his guitar. This is a major piece of work, an all-consuming epic that stretches near to 80 minutes. The vinyl is limited to independent stores and pressed to lovely orange swirl wax.
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Japanese Breakfast
Psychopomp

Dreamy-warm guitar good times with a darker undercurrent from Japanese Breakfast, the solo activity of Michelle Zauner out of Little Big League. Psychopomp came out of a return to her early lo-fi works: by enlisting Ned Eisenberg, Zauner has developed those early sketches into fully-formed shoegaze-tinged indie songs. Make sure you listen to the lyrics. Out on Dead Oceans.

Ryley Walker
Golden Sings That Have Been Sung

I would have happily waited ten years for another Ryley Walker album if it showed even half the brilliance of 'Primrose Green' but here is another one already. Walker is one of the most vital songwriters out there today and early indications of this oddly titled opus show that his lush ornate guitar playing is intact along with a sound that could be linked to fellow Chicago types Tortoise and Jim O' Rourke. The world should be excited.    

Mitski
Puberty 2

New Yorker Mitski makes weird-indie music with a defiant angle: as a Japanese-American woman in a scene dominated by white males, she has plenty of fun mocking and undermining traditions with songs like ‘Your Best American Girl’. Puberty 2 is a sharp and confident songs, released by Dead Oceans.
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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 feel of this record, partly down to the tone of the vocals and partly down to the bright summer-synth party vibes. 12” on Dead Oceans, limited to 600 copies only.

Julianna Barwick
Will

Julianna Barwick returns with her follow up to 2013’s joyous Nepenthe. On Will the experimental songwriter still uses ambient music, but the sounds are denser. After Barwick got to experiment with a prototype Moog synthesizer, she decided to incorporate synth textures alongside her looped vocals. The results are predictabilty gorgeous.

Kevin Morby
Singing Saw

Singing Saw is the third solo album by former Woods bassist and founder of The Babies, Kevin Morby. It is the follow up to 2014’s Still Life. He worked with a host of musicians including Apollo Sunshine and Yellowbirds guitarist Sam Cohen, singer Hannah Cohen and John Andrews of Quilt, who played the eponymous singing saw. Available on limited edition indies only coloured vinyl LP, standard vinyl LP and CD. On Dead Oceans.

Bleached
Welcome The Worms

Bleached return with a follow-up to their sun-kissed debut Ride Your Heart. The rough, and gratifyingly old fashioned, garage of their debut is much the same, but when you have a great melodic and abrasive sound why change it? But Welcome To The Worms is also more ambitious, with great songwriting and vocals.

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 works for orchestra. Released on Dead Oceans.
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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 independent retailers. On Dead Oceans.

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 thoughtful touch. 7” single on Deep Oceans.

Destroyer
Poison Season

First Destroyer full-length since the very popular Kaputt way back in 2011. Poison Season mixes the song styles Destroyer is known for, from close confessional quiet numbers to bombasted, almost-70s-Springsteen-esque big tunes. All with a sophisticated and witty lyrical sensibility. Released on the Dead Oceans label.

The Tallest Man on Earth
Dark Bird Is Home

Fourth album from acoustic troubadour The Tallest Man On Earth. On Dark Bird Is Home the Swedish Dylan-voiced songwriter Kristian Matsson brings a welcome touch of Springsteenian/David Brent chord structuring to his palette, whilst retaining that soft, heartfelt tenderness for which he is known and often loved. Out on Ltd coloured vinyl LP, vinyl LP and CD from Dead Oceans.
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Bill Fay
Who Is The Sender?

Bill Fay rose from his career slumber with the triumphant Life Is People, a record of intimate songs about love, loss and the resolve of faith, played mostly on piano with supplementary arrangements that recalled the records he'd made years before. Thankfully it wasn't a victory lap or a one-off redemption story: Who Is The Sender? is its follow-up, and continues to wrestle with his deeply humanist but equally spiritual ideals.

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. Just check Tide Teeth, it’s devastating.

A Place To Bury Strangers
Transfixiation

Kings of the effects pedal A Place To Bury Strangers have a new album out after a heavy couple of years touring and writing in Brooklyn. The band have taken an experimental step forward, but still pack a punch with noise-infused rocky smashers. Their love of Joy Division still shines through. On CD and vinyl.

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 Brooklyn outfit create. Their fourth record sees them reunited once more with Dead Oceans.   Tracks: Start Again Why I Had To Go Crows No Show Give It Back Black Hole Skeleton Key Good Talk Hammer and Nail Bread Crumbs No Conditions Shadow

Mark McGuire
Noctilucence

Following the release of the critically acclaimed Along the Way, Mark McGuire’s new vinyl ep focuses on the 12-minute title track. Named after clouds that emit light during the night, Noctilucence is inspired by the quiet tension that we all feel on nighttime strolls. Revisit the haunting and elaborate compositions we have come to love from all things related to Emeralds.

Greylag
Greylag

Rich, moody guitar-powered Americana from Portland three-piece Greylag. This self-titled debut album was produced by the great Phil Ek, who has worked with Band of Horses, The Shins and Modest Mouse, among others. The album was four long years in the making and is available on limited coloured vinyl, as well as your usual black sort. 
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Bear In Heaven
Time Is Over One Day Old

Bear In Heaven’s new album is aptly titled ‘Time Is Over One Day Old’. It’s a record with a visceral relationship to time and its processes. Where invulnerability and ambition can support you as you grow, at some point they become dead weight and being true to yourself means casting them off, starting anew. This plays out as a powerful analogy for the band across the arc of their career. They’ve always made intriguing records, here especially. It’s easy to see why musicians fall hard for this band. They entice and envelop you. Any ‘Bear In Heaven’ song will most likely greet you with a provocative beat, textural synthesizers and unassuming but adeptly supportive bass and guitar, all exquisitely arranged and glistening. Jon Philpot’s high, smooth, strong voice is so tightly wound into the music that it can be easy to overlook the lyrics, Bear In Heaven’s capacious third dimension. Philpot is a centre seeking, contemplative writer who captures the fleeting thoughts that underscore our emotional lives, the interactions with the world that are both difficult to express and anathema in daily conversation. Here Philpot and partner Adam Wills are more deeply collaborative than ever. This album is darker at times, louder than their others; it feels personal and direct. ‘If I Were To Lie’ places Wills’ bass groove front and centre, ‘Demon’ is riveting and propulsive in spite of its dark pointed lyric and ‘They Dream’ dissolves into three and a half minutes of deeply satisfying ambient synth work in its second half. Wills has always been the band’s anchor, providing rock solid, rhythmic bass lines and guitars that blur the boundaries of Philpot’s synth. Though in moments such as the final track ‘You Don’t Need The World’ Wills cuts through with an audacious, biting guitar hook. It’s a great culmination of the album’s sense of release. This album isn’t about being dark, it’s about releasing darkness and frustration.

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 Kamen-Green (Beyonce). Baby is available on coloured vinyl with download code and CD.
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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 piano pieces, Fay deals with faith and love, while also honing in on a stark cover of Wilco's "Jesus, Etc." -- fitting, since Jeff Tweedy has a hand in this record.
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Nurses
Dracula


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Born With Stripes


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