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Dirty Three
Sad and Dangerous, Mysterious and Exciting

Well this is exciting. It's very, very early recordings by the Dirty Three that they recorded on a four track machine with only three tracks working. It was initially released as a tape to be sold at shows and eventually got a vinyl release in 1994.  Now back on green vinyl, Mick Turner has raided the archives for bits and ...view item »

John Grant
Love Is Magic

John Grant feels that album-by-album his music is becoming a truer reflection of who he is. Judging by the cover of his 4th solo album, Love Is Magic, he’s really coming out of his shell. The former Czars frontman debuted with Queen Of Denmark, an album of sublime soft rock with unflinching and, at times, ...view item »

The Drowning Craze
Singles '81 - '82

Cynics would say that short-lived 80s post-punk group Drowning Craze are only getting a reissue on Bella Union because bassist Simon Raymonde set up the label. Others would say that they’re there on merit. Personally we’d opt for the latter - just try to resist the zippy punk-funk of...view item »

The Innocence Mission
Sun On The Square

The Innocence Mission have been around a while now, but Sun On The Square marks the Pennsylvania trio’s first LP for Bella Union. You can see why the likes of Sufjan Stevens and Iron And Wine list them among their favourite acts. The group’s mix of guitar, s...view item »

Marissa Nadler
For My Crimes

The eighth LP from Marissa Nadler arrives courtesy of Sacred Bones. While this record may feature contributions from Angel Olsen, Ma...view item »

Beach House
Depression Cherry

Depression Cherry is Beach House’s fifth album and they return to a more simple, melodic feel while continuing to change their sound as they go. Subtracted down to fewer instruments, Beach House keep their dreamy, otherworldly, dream-pop feeling as they pick you up and gently carry you away. Availa...view item »

Jambinai
Differance

Award-winners in their native South Korea, Jambinai’s debut LP Differance now gets its first U.K. vinyl release. The scope of their sound is vast, shifting from Eno-esque etherealities and throbbing drone to harmonica-led rumbles that are pitched somewhere between lights-low Dylan...view item »

Father John Misty
I Love You, Honeybear

With a slew of understated folk records secured under his own name and a hell of a fun time had playing soft percussive noises for Fleet Foxes, J. Tillman returns to his Father John Misty project, where he mixes esoteric lyricism with brazen folk rock arrangements. I Love You, Honeyb...view item »

Field Division
Dark Matter Dreams

Bella Union didn’t need another retro-rock act, but they went and got themselves one anyway. Greedy. The debut LP from Field Division nestles neatly alongside fellow BU acts like Karl Blau and Beach House in delivering some old thrills in new clothes. Dark Matter Dream...view item »

Karl Blau
Introducing Karl Blau

Karl Blau chooses to introduce himself with a carefully-selected array of country covers, each taken from a fertile period in Nashville’s history. Townes Van Zandt, Tom T. Hall and The Bee Gees...view item »

Spiritualized
And Nothing Hurt

The new Spiritualized album really is just the work of one man, Jason Pierce, who wrote and recorded the album on a laptop in a small room in his east London home. Yet Pierce is so meticulous that he found a way of making the record sound like a studio session, and only things bigger than he could get up his stairwell were recor...view item »

Father John Misty
God’s Favorite Customer

Oh hold on, so what happened to that wife he spent hours and hours droning on about? Because the press release here says 'God’s Favorite Customer 'reflects on the experience of being caught between the vertigo of heartbreak and the manic throes of freedom'. Is it because he sounds like Elton John? Anyway ‘God’s...view item »


Paradise: The Sound Of Ivor Raymonde

Not many people are in the position to release records by their dad but head Bella Union honcho Simon Raymonde had a most unusual childhood. From seeing Scott Walker in his back garden to watching dad on 'Hancock's Half Hour' the boy didn't realise at the time the range and influence of his dad. But now he does and here is a lov...view item »

BC Camplight
Deportation Blues

Mental illness and addiction left Philadelphia-dwelling Brian Christinzio relocating to Manchester for a fresh start. He recorded the last BC Camplight album, How To Die In The North there with a new band. As soon as it was released he found out he was being deported. After going through a lot of red tape, his Italian grandparen...view item »

Ari Roar
Calm Down

Who doesn't love green vinyl? Bella Union continue their run of badass releases with this album from Texan singer/songwriter Caleb Campbell, aka Ari Roar, a 60's-inspired pop record that fuses languid, lo-fi vibes with garage-band energy. Nods to psychedelia amp up the energy, while Campbell's tender voice delivers intimacy and ...view item »

Hilang Child
Years

Bella Union with another yet another record of big-room indie niceness here. This time the accused is Ed Ridman, also known as Hilang Child, and his debut LP Years. These are ten tracks of chest-puffed-out, angel-voiced electro-indie that references everyone from Wild Beasts to ...view item »

Beach House
7

Beach House get to the stage in their career where they name the album after how many records they have released. So 7 is their 7th record and shows a bit of a creative rebirth for a band who never seem to stop. They had a more fluid way of working with this one which has taken them into new areas particularly as they were helpe...view item »

Beach House
Thank Your Lucky Stars

Suprise! Don’t let the fact that Beach House’s last full-length album Depression Cherry was only released two months ago fool you: they are, nevertheless, back with a new record now! Thank Your Lucky Stars isn’t a rarities collection or anything like that, but a full-blown album of their typic...view item »

Laura Veirs
The Lookout

When she’s not teaching kids to play the guitar, Laura Veirs is a singer/songwriter. A good one too. The Lookout is her tenth album and first since her collaboration with like-minds Neko Case and K.D. Lang. The Lookout is inspired by wanting to take care, be aware and look after each other...view item »

The Beat Escape
Life Is Short The Answer's Long

Montreal duo The Beat Escape come through with their debut LP for Bella Union. It’s an expansive, glacial synth-pop record that sounds like something from the golden age of Factory Records given a makeover for the Twin Peaks soundtrack. Tracks like ‘Seeing Is Forgetting&rsqu...view item »

Baloji
137 Avenue Kaniama

Congolese artist Baloji works as a sort of stylistic lightning rod on his latest LP. Bringing together pop stylings from all over Africa - he even goes so far as to jack the instrumental of Dur Dur’s mighty ‘Dooyo’ for lead single ‘Soleil De Volt’ - Baloji turns 137 Avenue Kanai...view item »

John Grant
Grey Tickles, Black Pressure

Following collaborations with the likes of Sinead O’Connor, Goldfrapp and Elton John, as well as sell-out European show and a recent US tour with the Pixies, ‘Grey Tickles, Black Pressure’ is Brit award winner John Grant’s third album release. The tone of the record is heavy with Grant’s dark humour and features an ...view item »

Ezra Furman
Big Fugitive Life

Ezra Furman has done a lot for our office unity in that we all hate him. However outside of these four walls he's very popular what with his squeaky songs and disregard for saxophone conventions. This is a collection of songs that seem to have all found a home here and Ezra touchingly dedicates it to all the refugees of the worl...view item »

Creep Show
Mr. Dynamite

Creep Show is a collaboration between John Grant and dark, electronic funksters Wrangler. Their debut album, Mr. Dynamite, is a surreal and experimental journey through the brooding underbelly of pop and funk. They throw together sounds from every imaginable analo...view item »

Jonathan Wilson
Rare Birds

Super-producer, maker of very long albums and friend to the stars Jonathan Wilson is back with his third full length album. Though his previous two records harked back to the Laurel Canyon scene of the late 60s, this his third full length is enamoured by 80's production of the likes of Peter Gabriel and ...view item »

The Flaming Lips
With A Little Help From My Fwends

In absolutely horrific news, Flaming Lips have seen fit to re-make 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band' with a selection of people they call their 'fwends', the thought of which makes me puke with the whole matey celeb pointlessness of it. Miley Cyrus is on there as is Juliana Barwick and My Morning Jacket. Sometimes the worst ideas turn out ...view item »

Ezra Furman
Transangelic Exodus

Ezra Furman presents Transangelic Exodus, a somewhat epic queer song-suite following a narrative about being in love with an illegal angel. Furman is a real showman and a dramatic songwriter, and his personality drives these songs on and on. Transangelic Exodus is a powerful statement made in d...view item »

Xylouris White
Mother

Mother is the third album by drum and lute combo, Xylouris White. The duo consist of Dirty Three drummer, Jim White and lute-playing Crete native, George Xylouris of Xylouris Ensemble. The album forms the third part of loose trilogy of albums with 2014’s Goats and 2016’s Black Peak. ...view item »

John Grant
Queen Of Denmark

Despite always standing in the shadows of her Shakespearean significant other, the Queen of Denmark has her own story. And John Grant, formerly of the Czars, has taken it upon himself to tell that story in his debut solo effort, available only on limited edition tape. Better get it before the play moves to another town ...view item »

Lanterns On The Lake
Live With Royal Northern Sinfonia

Documentation of Newcastle’s Lanterns On The Lake performing a remarkable live show with the forty-piece Royal Northern Sinfonia orchestra. Ten of the band’s tracks have been expanded and spun out to incorporate the full scope of the orchestra’s power, offering we listeners grander versions of ...view item »

Sumie
Lost In Light

Bella Union issuing a wonderful gem of a record from Sumie, a Swedish born singer-songwriter with a magical knack for intimate storytelling and dream weaving. With her voice a core of immense clarity and richness, Sumie is joined by a number of guests to bring further nuances and shades to the overall beautiful and involving sou...view item »

Lost Horizons
Ojala

Despite having a sleeve which looks like a black metal opus, Lost Horizons is the new project of Simon Raymonde once of Cocteau Twins now of Bella Union. He's teamed up here with former Dif Juz drummer Richie Thomas. Guests are aplenty including Marissa Nadler Ghostpoet and most fascinating...view item »

Philip Selway
Let Me Go

This is the third solo album from the Radiohead drummer but differs from his previous albums in that this is the soundtrack to the film drama Let Me Go. Mirroring the film's haunted nature the soundtrack is made up from melancholic strings and piano alongside more unusual instruments such as musical saw and glockenspiel. ...view item »

Broen
I <3 Art

Norwegian indie pop group Broen’s second full length album is one of those that goes to show “indie-pop” can mean just about anything. The group, made up of members from acts such as Atomic...view item »

Explosions In The Sky
The Wilderness

The post-rock veterans return to claim their rightful position. The Wilderness is a reminder of just how grand, intimate and emotive Explosions in the Sky can be. Their instrumental, and experimental, rock is formed from tight, innovative playing and the dense interplay of textures and sounds. This is their firs...view item »

Susanne Sundfør
Music For People In Trouble

Astonishingly, Music For People In Trouble is already Susanne Sundfor's seventh album. The celebrated Norwegian singer-songwriter promises now to take us on an emotional roller-coaster ride. Inspiration for the record came from her globe-spanning travels across diverse environments and politically contrasting worlds. A ...view item »

Soundwalk Collective with Jesse Paris Smith (featuring Patti Smith)
Killer Road

Soundwalk Collective were pleased and surprised to end up working with Patti Smith after a chance airplane meeting. Together with Patti’s daughter Jesse Paris Smith, the ensemb...view item »

Karl Blau
Out Her Space

Karl Blau is a busy musical man, and has been for many years, but it is only recently that his solo material has started getting wide distribution. Out Her Space is a new album of all-original material, recorded...view item »

My Sad Captains
Sun Bridge

Lustrous dream pop is the name of the game for My Sad Captains who after a line up reshuffle continue to make their vast and expansive music. Though there are elements of kraut rock and psych wibbling in place this promises to be an album for fans of beautifully realised intricate shoegaze and guitar pop. ...view item »

Beach House
B-Sides and Rarities

Beach House present a comprehensive selection of their B-sides and rare tracks in one handy compilation, with recordings that stretch from 2005 to 2015. Treats include a surprising cover of Queen’s ‘Play The Game’ and a slowed down ‘Cough Syrup Remix’ of ‘10 Mile Stereo’...view item »

Dirty Three
UFKUKO

The first ever EP by the mournful power trio of Warren Ellis, Mick Turner and Jim White, aka the majestic Dirty Three. UFKUKO, which appears here on the vinyl format for the first time ever, is an excellent example of the group’s magical sound, which seems to eman...view item »

Father John Misty
Pure Comedy

Here he comes again 'The Dancing Man' whose varied folk stylings on 'I Love You Honeybear' sent him from folk also-ran to beard of a generation. That album's mix of confessional songwriting, daring lyricism and evocative and diverse production made it more than just another folk album. I wonder how many songs on this much anticipated follow up a...view item »

The Flaming Lips
The Flaming Lips Onboard the International Space Station Concert for Peace

The Flaming Lips recreate seven cuts from their newest album Oczy Mlody in live performance at the International Space Station Concert for Peace, although we should warn you that this concert might possibly have been fictional… The music is tangible and real though, and bursting with psychedelic spacey l...view item »

Mammút
Kinder Versions

If you’re a fan of the Icelandic sound (there definitely is one) Mammút bring it in spades on their new album on Bella Union Kinder Versions. Post rock meets psychedelic, not as far or ethereal as Sigur Ros, but the gentleness is there, topped with the Björk meets ...view item »

Will Stratton
Rosewood Almanac

Rosewood Almanac is the ten-piece release from Will Stratton. The record is a fluidly effortless collection of songs and contains ten delicately constructed pieces of art, that include a combination of beautiful and personal lyrics. A gentle mix of folk and acoustic music paired...view item »

Celebration
Wounded Healer

In what amounts to a dreamy record, drenched in psychedelic surroundings, Wounded Healer is the stunning 2017 release of Maryland-based trio Celebration. In personifying what the group describe as a "contrasting" three recent years, the release tackles an array of emotions - remaining consist...view item »

BNQT
Volume 1

How to sell records in 2017. Form a supergroup that contains literally everyone who has recorded music. Here is a supergroup containing members of Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses, Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, Fran Healy of Travis, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy. Really this i...view item »

Midlake
Live In Denton

Midlake love their hometown don't you know, and with their now rather famous brand of indie pop, they come in for a victory lap in the place they once blossomed from. Live In Denton is the band doing the delicate thing they do on stage, so chances are it is recommended if you like Midlake. ...view item »

Lydia Ainsworth
Darling Of The Afterglow

'Darling of The Afterglow' is the sophomore album by Lydia Ainsworth. She knows just exactly what to surround her dramatic voice with: trap beats and shimmery R&B as well as grand quasi-classical arrangements. The record contains a collaboration with Toronto’s up-and-coming progressive musicians, and encompasses synth-pop ...view item »

Holly Macve
Golden Eagle

Straightforwardly classic-sounding American Country & Western music from an unlikely source: the 21-year-old English singer Holly Macve. Golden Eagle, which was recorded in Newcastle, feels older and more experienced than its years, and Holly’s voice is a remarkable sound. Out on Bella Union....view item »

Deep Throat Choir
Be Ok

Deep Throat Choir is Luisa Gerstein’s ensemble, for which the rules are simple: only female voices and drums feature. Be OK is their debut full-length recording, and contains a mixture of original songs and inventive arrangements of songs by the likes of Electrelane, Bjork...view item »

Lowly
Heba

As far as Danish noise-pop debuts go, “Heba” by Lowly, a quintet who formed as a result of the member’s time spent together at musical academy, Aarhus, Denmark, is one of the best. Multilayered instrumentation, which sees vocals, guitars, synths, and laptops laid atop one another to create a vivid and textured bed of sound, rea...view item »

The Flaming Lips
Oczy Mlody

Fewer band's have remained so deliciously weird and consistently influential in the universe of alternative rock than The Flaming Lips. Led by the eerie and pounding The Castle, Oczy Mlody becomes the latest addition to a bulging catalogue - which continues to reinvent and surprise o...view item »

Horse Thief
Trials & Truths

Horse Thief are a roaming band of Oklahoma fellas, making earnest and Americana-flavoured indie rock with a friendly face. Trials & Truths is their second full-length album, with songs that cover some of the subjects that inevitably spring from being a young band breaking the scene: touring life, relationships etc. ...view item »


Lola Rennt / Run Lola Run - Original Soundtrack

The soundtrack to Run Lola Run is as memorable and atmospheric as the film itself, pulsing with the energy and drama of 1990’s Berlin. More techno-influenced than most film soundtracks, Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek and Twyker did a great job pumping up the action of the film, and ...view item »

Tasseomancy
Do Easy

As retro as its ethereal music videos and littered with wavy soft synths and echoing vocals, Do Easy is the accessible psych-pop produce of Canadians Tasseomancy. Tracks such as Missoula and Dead Can Dance & Neil Young are bound to send listeners on a...view item »

The Trouble With Templeton
Someday, Buddy

The Trouble With Templeton are an Australian band with the strong flavour of old-time Southern USA: those regions' folk traditions seem to have seeped into the band. Someday, Buddy is a very direct record, as though Thomas Calder is staring right at you as he sings his tender songs. CD and white vinyl r...view item »

The Czars
Goodbye

More proper emotional indie music this time from The Czars on Bella Union which sounds a little like earlyl Radiohead but without the quirk that made them Radiohead. Thus making this sound quite average. Only it's quite a good tune really. Even after one listen bits of it had stuck...view item »

The Beat Escape
The Beat Escape

Starkly immediate and organic, is the self-titled record thought-up by Montreal duo - The Beat Escape. Naked drum machines sit alongside haunting harmonies and faint chord progressions, that conjure up both nostalgia and melancholy. Lo-fi, yet smooth - this is the height of chilled. Close your eyes, and escape into thi...view item »

Pavo Pavo
Young Narrator In The Breakers

As otherworldy and retrofuturist as its utopian record sleeve, Young Narrator In The Breakers is the 2016-born brainchild of Pavo Pavo. The Brooklyn-based five-piece flex their weightless off-kilter pop into a multitude of spaces in what amounts to a thoroughly inquisitive yet enjoy...view item »

Xylouris White
Black Peak

Dirty Three post-rock snoozer Jim White, who isn't a snooker player, once again joins forces with lute player Giorgos Xylouris in their lazily named supergroup Xylouris White. I'll give them a free pass once more as their music continues to be frenetic, moving at joyful accelerati...view item »

Arc Iris
Moon Saloon

Follow-up to 2014's eponymous debut, 'Moon Salon' is a heavier and less whimsical offering from Rhode Island-based Arc Iris. The band have built up a worldwide following, not least due to their elaborate live performances and stage shows. Singer Jocie Adams wrote all the songs in a log cabin with no electricity or running water, trivia fans. LP ...view item »

exmagician
Scan The Blue

exmagician thrown together a heady swirl of influences and sources for new album Scan The Blue. Field recordings and synthesisers all play their part in adding flavour to the sturdy garage rock tunes that propel the record. Songs of “hope, trust and revenge” the band assure us. Released by Bella Union....view item »

Dirty Three
Dirty Three

Gorgeous reissue of Dirty Three’s self titled second album on heavyweight 180 gram double red vinyl. One of many outings which see long time collaborators Warren Ellis and Nick Cave showcasing yet another string of their collective bow. If you like Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds...view item »

Explosions In The Sky
Take Care, Take Care, Take Care

I have only been into EITS since July, but it's been a magical journey so far. This was the first album that I got and once I listened all the way through, I proceeded to get the rest of them (with exception of the very first one). For me, listening to this album along with the rest, each song tells a story. The titles are appropriate in th...view item »

Jambinai
A Hermitage

Strange one this from the normally safe-as-houses Bella Union. Jambinai are a South Korean trio who marry post rock dynamics with Korean folk roots using a mixture of exotic stringed things. They create droning mantra's that explode into shards of noise that is certainly not for the faint hearted but is already finding fans in o...view item »

Fiona Brice
Postcards From

You’ve probably heard Fiona Brice’s violin, piano, composition or arrangement skills on some of your favourite artist’s recordings: Beyonce, Midlake, Jarvis Cocker all qualify, although BBC News doesn’t (it's Brice, not Bruce...view item »

Marissa Nadler
Strangers

Marissa Nadler’s music tends to be smooth, dark and dramatic: like an image reflected in the shiny black surface of a grand piano. Strangers finds Nadler writing characters, characters who often find themselves in surreal scena...view item »

Doomsquad
Total Time

Doomsquad is a Toronto-based art project made up of siblings Trevor, Jaclyn, and Allie Blumas. Hypnotic pulsating analogue synthesizer ladened beats akin to The Knife and vocal delivery that wouldn’t go amiss in dancier counterparts. The list of guest play...view item »

Xiu Xiu
Plays the Music of Twin Peaks

This is, disappointingly, not Jamie Stewart covering the music of recent indie pop band Twin Peaks; instead, he sinks deep into the waters of David Lynch's weirdo soap opera, interpreting his inappropriately sentimental and hilarious score with the usual Xiu Xiu magic: a kind of grotesque prettiness that would surely appeal to the Crazy Clo...view item »

Ballet School
The Dew Lasts An Hour

Ballet School don't actually have all that much to do with ballet, but their music is as terrifically melodramatic, with huge vocal performances supplanted into a backdrop of sparkling 80s synth-pop. 'The Dew Lasts an Hour' sounds like if Purity Ring were more straight-forward, and has hints of a less morose Chromatics too. Bella Union have rele...view item »

Marissa Nadler
July

Its always amusing to watch Phil all a quiver at even the mention of Marissa Nadler’s name. Get her swooping voice coming out of the stereogram and he’s a puddle on the floor. I’m not sure what he thinks about this her 6th album (he usually has something to declare on the subject) but it sounds at first rather like business as ...view item »

Jonathan Wilson
Fanfare

I’m starting to get what you might want to call ‘senior moments’,  not least when my dad asked me if I’d heard the new Jonathan Wilson record and I replied that I hadn’t but then again I’d not heard the first one either. He reminded me that I had heard the first one and that I’d liked the majority o...view item »

PINS
Girls Like Us

Manchester post-punkers Pins caused a rare moment of Norman controversy when their last 7” came out and our Mikey may have inferred that he thought they were like a less good Savages. It is up to MugginsBot here to clean up the mess and give a fair and respectful hearing to their deb...view item »

Father John Misty
Fear Fun

"Fear Fun" is ex-Fleet Foxes drummer, J. Tillman's first album under his new pseudonym Father John Misty and his first solo outing since his departure from Fleet Foxes. To my ears it marks a bit of change in sound. The J. Tillman stuff I'd heard was rather dull so I didn't investigate much further than one album...view item »

Jonathan Wilson
Gentle Spirit

This is not a bad effort for a debut album and is most certainly authentic in it's attempt to create a Laurel Canyon style '70s singer/songwriter record. The title track which opens the album has a dreamy, ethereal vocal and recalls Essra Mohawk's "I Am The Breeze". "Can We Really Party Today?" continues the la...view item »

Beach House
Devotion

Mingus would wish he was here to review the Beach House 'Devotion' CD. In his absence I'll give it a whirl... Okay this is sophisticated late night lounge pop that makes me think I'd get the best out of it wearing a polo neck in candle light with a fag in one of those big cigarette holders and a smoking jacket. The lads are comparing this dreamy or...view item »

Explosions In The Sky
All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone

EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY are a new grime act from Cleethorpes I believe. Thier use of sinister B-boy stylings over grumbling quarter-step sludge beats is sick maaaan. Razor sharp social comentary over screaming bass shards, prolapsing seagull yelps & cement mixer distortion make this compelling listening. They even have a voice over on 2 tracks fr...view item »

Our Broken Garden
When Your Blackening Shows

I'm getting a lot of gentle music this week which soothes my hot Bradford head a great deal. Danes Our Broken Garden are a true Bella Union band, coming somewhere between Portishead & Devics with a lovely wurlitzer organ, yearning, classy female vocals, a rather cinematic approach to sound. It's very accessible but beautifully presented music w...view item »

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