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Christopher Tignor
A Light Below

The fourth LP from Christopher Tignor is another set of intricate modern chamber music. On A Light Below strings dance across one another in a manner that recalls Ravel and Shostakovich, but the use of processed electronics, percussion and triggered synths gives the album a distinctly contemporary edge. Think Owen Pallett crossed with someone like Nils Frahm or Oneohtrix Point Never.

Joseph Shabason
Anne

Yeah this is a good one. Anne was composed for Joseph Shabason’s mother in honour of her struggles with degenerative illness. The personal and familial turmoil of this experience crinkles the edges of these milky instrumentals. There is a feeling of tender, quiet sadness to the likes of ‘Forest Run’ that is extremely moving. Musically Shabason's second LP is pitched somewhere between Freetown Sound-era Blood Orange and Loke Rahbek/Frederik Valentin’s Buy Corals Online.

Lightning Dust
Spectre

Once a side project from Black Mountain, Lightning Dust has slowly become the main focus for Amber Webber and Josh Wells. Previous work has comprised of spare folk and electronica topped off with the extraordinary vocals of Webber which have drawn comparisons to Beth Gibbons. This latest instalment is a holler from the abyss of the wildfires that affected Webber's home town of Vancouver as the duo ruminate on creative freedom and the life journey. Guest spots from Stephen Malkmus and Destroyer's Dan Bejar.   
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Abram Shook
The Neon Machine

Hailing from Austin, Texas, musician Abram Shook looks like he’s been beamed in from some alternative version of 2019 where the Seventies never ended, judging by the cover to fourth album The Neon Machine, but his Prince/Bowie party riffs and modern beats make his music some of the most loveable out there. 

Moon Bros.
The Easy Way Is Hard Enough

Moon Bros. is the music-making moniker of Matthew Schneider. Carpenter by day, guitar picker by night. As he does have a day job, he’s avoided lots of cliches such as who his music should be referencing or just showing off. The Easy Way Is Hard Enough is the work of a refreshingly unpretentious stringsmith, the kind of thing we might just need right now.
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Outer Spaces
Gazing Globe

Born out of a need to move on with her life following the disintegration of a long-term relationship, Cara Beth Satalino’s new Outer Spaces album Gazing Globe puts up a defiant front of bold, melodic indie-pop tunes reminiscent of early R.E.M. It's the old trick of music as therapy, the positive trappings soundtracking her recovery process.
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Rob Burger
The Grid

An understudy and collaborator with jazz and avant-garde legends going as far back as Max Roach and Laurie Anderson, and then immersing himself in session and soundtrack work, Rob Burger is one of the most consistently undervalued figures in music over the last quarter of a century. The Grid is his latest solo album. 

Goldmund
Sometimes

Goldmund, aka Keith Kenniff has apparently had great success squeezing his music into films and adverts and such, which makes sense in some ways: he writes very elegant, dramatic piano music. But also, most of Sometimes is just as dark as the sleeve art suggests: I can’t imagine many of these tracks making me want to buy any lifestyle accessories. On Western Vinyl.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
The Kid

Winner of our Album of the Year competition in 2016 with EARS, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith now serves up a new selection which is nothing if not ambitious. She has now produced a four part album which chronicles the for defining segments of life exemplifying Smith's deep thinking ability to delve further than the average composer. 

Heather Woods Broderick
Invitation

Heather Woods Broderick played in Sharon Van Etten’s band. Now she’s going solo. Her new LP, Invitation, was recorded on the Oregon coast. It would seem that the huge rock formations and towering pine trees tempered by the miles of desolate beaches, and the silvering driftwood have informed the ebb and flow of this album. If you’re a fan of Sharon Van Etten, Weyes Blood, Julia Holter, Julianna Barwick or Marissa Nadler, then you should check this out. LP and CD on Western Vinyl.

Hugh Marsh
Violinvocations

I bloody love a portmanteau me. Up their with most fun you can have with words so let me say you Hugh Marsh. You have my attention. In how it was made Violinvocations is essentially shoegaze reimagined for the violin, but the result is more abstract than that. Strange sounds merge and swell from gentler ambience to something more distorted. This is long way from his prior work with the likes of Hans Zimmer and Iggy Pop.

Machinefabriek
With Voices

Tireless timbral titillator Machinefabriek crackles his way onto Western Vinyl with an album of various human voices variously manipulated and recomposed into a shifting soundscape. Whose various voices, you ask? Those of Peter Broderick, Richard Youngs, Marissa Nadler and Zero Years Kid, for instance.

Heather Woods Broderick
Glider

‘Glider’ is the latest LP release from melancholic, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Heather Woods Broderick. The album is comprised of richly textured, atmospheric dreamscapes crafted from Broderick’s, uniquely ethereal, wall of sound vocals, carried by untreated, exposed piano and layers of hypnotic guitar sounds.

FARAO
Pure-O

Scandinavia has long been a rich source of inventive, soul-scouring, corrosively dark yet complex pop; here's Farao with her sophomore LP 'Pure-O' to continue the tradition. The new record is themed around those old cousins beauty and destructiveness and plays out their course throughout our human relationships. Farao uses a tactile and organic palette to bridge the gap between humanity and the inorganic. This is going to be emotional, I can sense it. Coming at you soon via Western Vinyl.

Ava Luna
Moon 2

Yes please! Ol' arty farts Ava Luna massively impressed us on Infinite House, a record of endlessly rewarding pop music grown out of groove and bombast. On the wonderfully titled and housed Moon 2, they've tried to find nuance and restraint, going after lusher arrangements and less of their rockist spikes. Less screaming, too, but we won't hold it against them, as it'll most likely prove to be an absolute gem. 

Brocker Way
Wild Wild Country - Original Music From The Netflix Documentary Series

Can’t help but feeling that Wild Wild Country, the popular documentary series to which this is the soundtrack, might be titled with Bill Callahan in mind, especially given that Bill’s occasional percussionist Neal Morgan is involved. Brocker Way has done an excellent job in accompanying and expressing the positions of the show’s interviewees, but you’ll love this music whether you know the original context or not. Out from Western Vinyl.
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Elephant Micah
Where In Our Woods

Southern Indiana singer-songwriter Elephant Micah aka Joseph O’Connell releases his 15th album on LP and CD via Western Vinyl. It’s a typically assured effort from the Americana veteran, utilising minimal instrumentation and O’Connell’s smoothly engaging voice to deliver a compelling form of countrified magic realism. Backing vocals are provided by none other than Will Oldham, which is a recommendation in itself, surely? Of course it is.
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Elephant Micah
Genericana

Generica is Elephant Micah’s new album: the title mashes together ‘generation’ / ‘genre’ and ‘America’ / ‘Americana’, resulting in a jumbled-up suite of sounds, made with an array of second-hand idiosyncratic gear, including a tape deck, some Hindustani synths, and a digital synth made with Elephant Micah’s brother. Intuitive feels throughout.

Aisha Burns
Argonauta

Aisha Burns is a talented violinist and singer. She has had stints in Alex Dupree and The Trapdoor Band and instrumental band Balmorhea. She released her debut album, Life In The Midwater, in 2013 to great acclaim. With her new album, Argonauta, she found a cathartic outlet in her ethereal and delicate songs as she grieved the death of her mother, but it was also tempered with hope as she found herself in a burgeoning relationship.

Juliana Daugherty
Light

Singer-songwriter Juliana Daugherty is back with this limited-edition, milky-clear LP, out on Western Vinyl, a dreamy record that traverses mental illness, political outrage and societal ills, all laced with Daugherty's crooning, lilting vocals. Expect motorik pulses, vaporous strumming and heartbreaking choruses. Killer.

Caroline Says
There's No Fool Like An Old Fool

Apparently Austin musician Caroline Sallee AKA Caroline Says worked three jobs when writing songs for this her second LP. So if you count writing music as a job then that's four. Who says musicians have it easy? Anyway this is an album influenced by moving to a new town, living in awful places shot through with the on the road melancholy of Bruce Springteen's 'Nebraska'.    

Jessica Risker
I See You Among The Stars

Missouri-born, Chicago-dwelling Jessica Risker has signed to the fab Western Vinyl label for the latest chapter in her lo-fi, psych-folk, DIY crusade. I See You Among The Stars is a beautiful record that takes in the influences of Nick Drake, Sibylle Baier and Broadcast at their most gentle. LP and CD on Western Vinyl.

Goldmund
Occasus

Goldmund’s oft-copied piano-ambient sound is rarely rendered as purely or as cleanly by his many imitators. Occasus is another LP from the Pennsylvania composer that demonstrates his composition prowess and clarity of vision. Similarly to Hauschka and Ryuichi Sakamoto, this is light and beautiful music.

The Skull Eclipses
The Skull Eclipses

This coming-together between Spencer Stephenson (Botany) and Raj Haldar (Lushlife) has produced an intriguing LP. While in aesthetic it skirts close to the stables of Brainfeeder and Liquid Amber, the sonics reference everything from Matthewdavid to The Focus Group. Tracks like ‘Pillars’ are edgy and thrilling hip-hop cuts that benefit from whip-smart guest verses. Laraaji and Open Mike Eagle feature, among others.

Air Waves
Warrior

Third full-length from Brooklyn-based Air Waves, aka Nicole Schneit. A collection of melodious but powerful indie pop tunes, covering themes from Schneit’s mother’s battle with cancer to queerness and identity politics in the age of Trump. Out on Western Vinyl, on black LP, an indies-only coloured version and on CD.

In Tall Buildings
Akinetic

If you're wondering who specifically is in these ostensible tall buildings, it's Erik Hall, a nerd-of-all-trades in the sphere of songwriting. His project continues to communicate a whole lot of self-reflection and deprecation on Akinetic, a record of vices shot through a shiny musical metropolis of big, busy pop music.

Peter Oren
Anthropocene

Peter Oren identifies one of his major influences as Bill Callahan, which is a good way to get interested attention round here. Oren does have a whole lot of baritone character in his voice, and he uses it to sketch out songs about our present era, the Anthropocene. Also on board are a crack group of Nashville session musicians. Released by Western Vinyl.

Grooms
Exit Index

New Grooms! The New Yorkers haven’t been spotted in full-length format since 2015, but when they decided to rectify that, they didn’t waste time: apparently Exit Index was mostly recorded in a six hour session. Exit Index is indie-rock squeezed through an array of juicy effects pedals, sourced through frontman Travis Johnson’s co-ownership of Death By Audio. On Western Vinyl.

Lean Year
Lean Year

Album the first from Lean Year, the pairing of Emilie Rex and Rick Alverson. The two bring substantial individual histories into the project, giving these minimal songs a very real sense of emotional weight and lived experience. Well suited to fans of Low. Oh, and one of the songs is named after Elem Klimov’s Come And See, which is one of the greatest (and most horribly intense) films you could ever see. On Western Vinyl.

Balmorhea
Clear Language

A ten track record from US based duo Balmorhea. The album is full of beautifully written pieces of music, mainly using the piano to its full advantage, and cleverly crafted soundscapes. Clear Language is available on limited white Vinyl LP with a poster, black Vinyl LP and CD, and is released on Western Vinyl. 

Joseph Shabason
Aytche

A nine-track release from Joseph Shabason entitled Atyche. This release is a true experimental record that Shabason himself has spoken out about and the difficult struggles with mental health and the theme of assisted suicide. A mix of gentle electro-jazz and ambient drones in the background allows this album to help you sink into deep thought. Available vinyl LP and CD.

Caroline Says
50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong

Soft vocals and chilling rhythmic melodies are what start to bring this entire record together piece by piece. Caroline Says is a cracking addition to the singer-songwriter scene, bringing with it a collection of experimental pop and folk-style indie in this nine-track release. 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong is available on Vinyl LP and CD.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
Euclid

Euclid from Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith was written around the concept of Euclidean geometry, with points representing time signature and planes resembling a scale. Also influenced by mbira music and written on her Buchla Music Easel synthesizer, this album is bouncy and playful. On vinyl and CD from Western Vinyl.

Art Feynman
Blast Off Through The Wicker

It’s definitely the time of the decade for lo-fi, bedroom-recorded, four-track, hyphen-loaded psych-rock records, but we still think you should give Art Feynman’s debut album a spin. Loaded with afrobeats, harmonic ninths, and shredding guitar solos, Blast Off Through the Wicker basically sounds like Mac DeMarco and Ebo Taylor’s lovechild. Which is great.
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Abram Shook
Love at Low Speed

Love at Low Speed is an especially personal collection of songs by Abram Shook, delving into the end of an eleven year relationship with all the serious song-weight you’d expect from that. The music is gorgeous and fully-detailed, packed with sweet strings, groovy bass and Shook’s impressive tenor vocals. Released by Western Vinyl.

RG Lowe
Slow Time

RG Lowe, of Balmorhea, has produced a fully-fledged vocal pop album in Slow Time, which might surprise fans of Balmorhea’s instrumental music. Slow Time is centred around a Wurlitzer electric piano and the Lowe’s dramatic vocal moves, adding up to a slick R&Bish album. Slow Time is released by Western Vinyl.

Botany
Lava Diviner (Truestory)

On Lava Diviner (Truestory), Botany offer a record of sparkly IDM wonder as informed by cresting seas of New Age -- shimmering and echoing outward, these songs feel like they're on the edge of the earth about to find out it's not flat. The beats help ground the record, taking it away from its cosmological leanings for something humane and ecstatic. Sounds silly, but it's the truth. When the vocals kick in, it's made obvious: this is New Age for people, not planets.
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Nightlands
I Can Feel The Night Around Me

When he isn’t playing bass in The War On Drugs, Mr Dave Hartley is making his own hazy synth-indie under the name Nightlands. Third album I Can Feel The Night Around Me appears to have an image of a desert at dusk, which represents the record’s sound fairly neatly. This is lovely melancholy music you can really sink back into. Out on Western Vinyl.

Botany
Dimming Awe, The Light is Raw

A new album of rich sampledelica from Botany, spinning all manner of musical and non-musical sources into a thick jazzy collage. Guests on Dimming Awe, The Light Is Raw include Milo and Matthewdavid, the latter lending a very rare vocal turn. Vinyl release on Western Vinyl, also coming with a download code for the entire bonus album Raw Light II.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
EARS

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s EARS is a dense, swirling explosion of samples, synthesizers and chanted vocals that reminds us of Panda Bear’s Person Pitch at its most playful and ecstatic. Since her previous album Euclid, Smith’s songs have become looser, but also more confident, making more prominent use of her lovely vocals.

Botany
Deepak Verbera

On the edges, with Fennesz in tow, and you want to make a psych record, oh, too late, Botany has beaten you to it. Using mixtures of genre defining equipment, from MPCs and samplers to trippy guitar dronings and choirs he crafts free-form psych soundscapes, that sound like Leyland Kirby may have dusted them off from his archive.
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Christopher Tignor
Along a Vanishing Plane

Christopher Tignor feeds his experiences of computer music (a masters and a PhD) and instrumental music (Wires Under Tension) into the kind of melodic minimalism experimentalism that we hear on Along A Vanishing Plane, which uses a system for live solo electric performance that seems to reap great rewards. Released on CD and double LP by Western Vinyl.

Moon Bros.
These Stars

Chicago has always been a great city for improvisers, and this project, led by Matt Schneider, takes full advantage of that fact. On These Stars, Moon Bros. is Schneider plus members of Iron & Wine, Tortoise and Cairo Gang, with the band pulling his guitar songs into all sorts of directions. On Western Vinyl.

Lymbyc Systym
New Varieties

Lymbyc Systym is a pair of brothers, putting in the commitment to make things work over long distances. The New Varieties EP is another step into brightly-coloured synth lands, with heartfelt melodies played out in all kinds of textures over a dance beat. 3 original tracks, rounded out neatly with a remix by Botany. CD or ‘bone-coloured’ vinyl on the Western Vinyl imprint.

Young Moon
Colt

This new music from Young Moon looked at one point like it might never come into being, after the relationship the initial 2012 debut was rooted in fell apart. But some new blood in the band (Syam Zapalowski) got things moving again, and the moody confessional songs of Colt were born. Out on Western Vinyl.
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Carter Tanton
Jettison The Valley

The second solo work from ex-Tulsa frontman Carter Tanton. The gorgeous folk and pop songs on Jettison the Valley were all written whilst Tanton was visiting England and he also recruited Marisa Nadler and Sharon Van Etten to lend him some vocals. These beautifully arranged and orchestrated songs range from simple folk ditties to ornate pop songs.

Lushlife + CSLSX
Ritualize

Lushlife produces and raps, and duo of CSLSX, whose name is apparently pronounced ‘Casual Sex’, co-produce. The results are cinematic, grand, shiny, like a well-washed humvee sliding down the midnight streets of Los Angeles. Some especially impressive material from Lushlife here: Ritualize is probably his strongest work to date. On Western Vinyl.

Lymbyc Systym
Split Stones

Lymbyc Systym is the work of two brothers (Michael and Jared Bell), which would explain the perfect synchronicity they display in the music they make. Split Stones is a colourful electronic jaunt made up of tracks that aren’t afraid to pile layer on top of layer: they have the skills to keep it danceable no matter what. Released by Western Vinyl.

Air Waves
Parting Glances

Nicole Schneit's Air Waves project returns with a second album drawing on an array of Brooklynite talent including  friends from Hospitality, Ava Luna, Woods and Crystal Stilts alongside Jana Hunter (Lower Dens). Schneit's songs remain thoughtful meditations on interpersonal relations while her gently rocking soundworld is enriched by the contributions of her comrades.

Diane Coffee
Everybody's A Good Dog

Shaun Fleming, from Foxygen, is also known as Diana Coffee. His/her new album is recorded in a proper studio. Fans would know that’s special, because that means that Everybody’s a Good Dog is not hampered by instrumental limitations. The result is a bombastic, joyous, soulful rock record with moody lyrics.

Grooms
Comb The Feelings Through Your Hair

This ain’t your regular barbershop-quartet. In fact, these are not barbers nor are there four of them. But they’re still tight. With a new line-up, Grooms newest album has a new sound that should please the old fans as well. Comb The Feelings Through Your Hair is the product of change, both forced and voluntary - but it’s tight!

Abram Shook
Landscape Dream

Following up last year’s Sun Marquee, an album called Landscape Dream was always going to furrow similar sunny and soulful territory for Abram Shook. Abram spreads his yacht-chill over 12 tracks that would sound ridiculously exotic yet enjoyable if blaring from a boombox during an afternoon of barbecuing on the beach at Skegness. Dream made possible by Western Vinyl’s CD and vinyl release.

Ava Luna
Infinite House

Third full-length from New York’s compositional tricksters Ava Luna. Crisp production from Dave Friedman allows them to fully realise a sound they seem to have been searching for since the start. Soulful psychedelic funk with joyous crescendos and head-turning structures abound. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Western Vinyl.

Stone Jack Jones
Love & Torture

Darkly lustrous Americana on West Virginian Stone Jack Jones’s second album, the follow-up to last year’s well-received ‘Ancestor’. The fact that Kurt Wagner (Lambchop) drops by to lend his tones to “Circumstance” should offer some idea of the songwriting chops on display throughout this 10-track exploration of life, death and ultimate redemption.

In Tall Buildings
Driver

How’s the view from up there? It’s fine, but nobody asks about what goes on on the inside, what happens In Tall Buildings. If this record is any indication, there’s a lot of pretty indietronica composed over there. Driver is filled with slightly melancholic pop songs that will strike a chord.

Balmorhea
Balmorhea

Post-rock/chamber pop group Balmorhea consits at its core of duo Rob Lowe and Michael Muller. This self-titled debut showed off a very young incarnation of a band interested in serene arrangements and plenty of supplementary orchestration, and while it was initially self-released by the band, their friends at Western Vinyl now offer it up as a first-time vinyl release.

Glass Ghost
Lyfe

Indie pop band Glass Ghost is host to singer and master of the keyboards Eliot Krimsky and drummer Mike Johnson, who made their new record 'Lyfe' with a sprinkling of indie rock royalty: from Sharon Van Etten to members of Here We Go Magic. Glass Ghost's idiosyncratic take on indie and synth pop styles -- throw in some harp for good measure -- meets the startling unique vocal of Krimsky, who is soft, airy and commanding at the same time.

The Rosebuds
Sand + Silence

After recording some initial demos in North Carolina, The Rosebuds headed to Eau Claire, Wisconsin to record with their old friend and former band member Justin Vernon (Bon Iver). Their comfort and connection with Vernon allowed them to stretch their creative limbs, as Vernon gently teased out some of the band's most stellar musical performances to date. With longtime collaborators Matt McCaughan on drums and BJ Burton co-producing and mixing the album, the band was able to quickly zero in on the dynamics and textures they wanted, while still feeling free to experiment with new styles and production ideas. The resulting songs are punchier, more confident, and more hook-laden than anything the band has produced before, without diluting the emotional foundation that defines the band. 
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Aisha Burns
Life in the Midwater

Violinist and vocalist Aisha Burns is from San Antonio, Texas. A former member of folk rock bands Alex Dupree and the Trapdoor Band, and Balmorhea, this is her debut solo release. Dealing with the themes of love, loss and the loss of feeling immortal that comes with hitting your mid-twenties. Vinyl or CD on Western Vinyl. 
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Carter Tanton
Freeclouds


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Soema Montenegro
Pasionaria


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Balmorhea
All is Wild, All is Silent

Balmorhea - a band who need to be careful about how many ‘h’s they spell their name with - drop their third LP via Western Vinyl (Oren Ambarchi, Here We Go Magic). On All Is Wild, All Is Silent the Texan duo present another stirring set of instrumental indie soundscapes. The tracks here blend the countryisms of Cassadaga-era Bright Eyes, Wilco’s expansive vistas and a little ambient classical composition. It’s a highly emotive brew.
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Secret Cities
Strange Hearts


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Wires Under Tension
Light Science


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Gary Wilson
Electric Endicott


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Glass Ghost
Idol Omen


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Callers
Fortune


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Thomas & Sampson
When The Lower Resembles The Higher


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