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Strawberry Guy
Taking My Time To Be

He's had a million You Tube streams, he plays keys in the Orielles, he's the Strawberry Guy no less. Real name Alex Stephens, he moved from Wales to Liverpool where the city that spawned both the Beatles and Cast inspired him to make dream pop that was initially done for fun but when the clicks kept coming the Strawberry Guy decided to do it for real. Cue this debut mini LP that should snag your ears if you like a bit of Beach House and Weyes Blood. 

U-Bahn
U-Bahn

On special ‘baby pink’ vinyl comes the Henry Rollins-approved debut album from Melbourne-based quintet U-Bahn, which intelligently takes all the new wave / retro-pop references you might expect but twists them into new shapes. With endearingly on-point lo-fi production values, U-Bahn is like something that’s dropped out of a portal from the past. 
  • Vinyl LP (MELO123)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Working Men's Club
Bad Blood / Suburban Heights

Working Men’s Club are three-piece who take the angular sound of Talking Heads, Gang of Four and Television and round off the corners with inspiration from Parquet Courts and The Strokes. Their band name was inspired by where they grew up and their attempts to get into pubs and working men’s clubs as that was the only entertainment around. The band met in Manchester but hail from Yorkshire via Poland and Italy.
  • Vinyl 7" (MELO120)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

W. H. Lung
Incidental Music

Emerging out of Manchester, W.H. Lung are a primarily studio-based project making music that between shimmering synth pop and infectious kraut rock. Theirs is a sound that encompasses parts of Talking Heads, BEAK and Cavern of Anti-Matter for a raucous and inspiring groove-ridden sound. The Dinked people love them therefore they get their own Dinked Edition (whilst stocks last). That name? It's a Chinese supermarket in Manchester. Of course!      

Patterns
Waking Lines


  • CD (MELO089CD)
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  • Vinyl LP (MELO089LP)
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Stephen Steinbrink
Utopia Teased

And I thought Stephen Steinbrink was such a nice clean living young man. Well understandably perhaps, after the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland he went a bit off the rails... eating LSD daily, refusing to sleep and locking himself in his studio. The results are contained within Utopia Teased, an album which eschews the clear lines of previous albums for a rougher production which mirrors the dark days Steinbrink was having whilst making the record.  

The Drink
Company

The Drink's pastoral and crunchy guitar compositions recall a time when indie rock was about escapism, with tunes that begin caught up in a fantasy before breaking into quietly inspiring climaxes. It's a little twee pop, but with textural twists that recall the most warped twee minds: it harkens bck to Islands returning to the sea, though the Drink have always been there.

L. Pierre
1948-

L.Pierre, who we can reveal is in fact Arab Strap’s Aidan Moffat, is releasing a very interesting new project here. 1948- is made entirely from samples of the first ever 33 ⅓ 12” record, a 1948 recording of a Mendelssohn concerto. What’s more, it is presented as ‘naked’ vinyl, e.g. utterly sleeveless, in the hope that you’ll let your copy pick up interesting new scratches. Nice one! Vinyl only release on Melodic.

Bonny Doon
Bonny Doon

The first forays into early Smog like songwriting for the former punks known as Bonny Doon (I think I once went on holiday there). They got sick of punk (haven't we all) and instead tried to play their songs as quietly as possible which has resulted in an album of quietly pressed pop melodies that should make you swoon and long. 

The Drink
Capital

Second full-length album from The Drink, an ethereal indie-pop band whose members also play / have played in groups like The Wharves and Shield Your Eyes. The latter band might surprise you, as nothing on Capital sounds much like them, but The Drink do have similarly dead-on chemistry. Out on Melodic.

Dark Dark Dark
Flood Tide

Most people when asked to do a soundtrack will work with producers to create a companion sound to the events on film. Flood Tide is made by former members of Dark Dark Dark though, and features the band as characters and performers. Their cinematic sound sits wonderfully with filmmaking and it’s easy to see why this project was so appealing to all. Double gatefold vinyl.
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Holy Family
Values

A fair chunk of this record was recorded live in Montreal, so perhaps there is something in the air that makes this release sound a little bit Canadian- Arcade Fire with added pop. Although the music may sound familiar, don’t let that put you off Holy Fire’s new record, Values, because it’s very much a cracking collection of music in it’s own right. Available on vinyl LP and CD.

Patterns
Blood


  • Vinyl 7" (MELO079)
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Glass Vaults
The New Happy

Psychedelic indie pop band from New Zealand Glass Vaults return with their sophomore album The New Happy. Following on from Sojourn the album pushes more sunshine pop whilst retaining the psych tonality of their more sun-kissed shoegaze. Up-beat, loving, fun and incredibly positive. That’s good, yes?

The Longcut
Open Hearts

The Longcut return with their second LP. Open Hearts builds on the moody-yet-anthemic stylings of the band’s 2006 record A Call And Response. This lot are based in Manchester, and cuts like the title track and ‘Something Inside’ are what you might get if you cross-bred Mancunian stalwarts New Order and Doves.
  • CD (MELO062CD)
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Boredom
Geometry

This 12” from Boredom isn’t a misprint of a Japanese experimental record, but the debut release of Andy Moss (who runs Melodic Records) and James Cook (who fronts the band Delphic). Together they flaunt their fresh disco-groove production chops. Geometry features two originals and two remixes, by Panthera Krause and Sandrow M. 300 copies in a handsomely hexagon-cut sleeve.

Cool Ghouls
Animal Races

Normally I pull out a twenty-sided die before I talk about awesome undead creatures, but San Francisco-based Cool Ghouls are the exception. Their mix between grungy garage and upbeat surf-rock is a catchy cocktails which will appeal to your refined West-Coast pop-rock tastes, especially on the expertly fine-tuned Animal Races, which is released on sweet 180 gram vinyl.

Stephen Steinbrink
Anagrams

Now Stephen Steinbrink's previous album 'Arranged Waves' was one of my favourite albums of...um...what year was it again? A truly, undervalued classic. This is his follow up and early indications show the same jangling soft pop at play, perhaps with a few more '70s FM radio influences but that is never a bad thing. Lovely gentle music for fans of Jose Gonzalez, Elliott Smith, Real Estate etc.    

Man Of Moon
Medicine

Man Of Moon are a crew of young Scottish fellows, playing indie rock songs with a psychedelic, krautrock twist to them. Although it must be noted that the songs themselves always remain paramount: the heavy guitars and the motorik drums carry the songs, they don’t drown them in psych-fuzz. The Medicine EP is out on Melodic.

Howes
3.5 Degrees

Youthful producer Howes has compositional skills beyond his years, working with modular synth patches with a focus often lacking from many stick-all-the-leads-in-and-hope-for-the-best synth dabblers. 3.5 Degrees is his debut album, and is made up mostly of single-take tracks recorded after days of careful patch design. Strong, multifaceted electronics out on Melodic.
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Rec.tangle
Heavy Maple


  • CD (MELO61CD)
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Harrisons
Wishing Well


  • CD single
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Paume
Transalpine EP

The third in the Melodic housebag range, follwing Howes and Georges Vert.  The idea of humanising the machine is a relationship that has forever run down the spine of electronic music. From the restrained sexuality of Donna Summer & Giorgio Moroder through to the tectonic soul sampling grooves out of Detroit, Paume now makes up the next wave of musicians integrating themselves closer with the machine than ever before. On the verge of releasing his debut 12” on Melodic Records, the 'Transalpine' E.P is an exercise in organic pulses and euphoric intensity yet keeping one hand immersed in the dials and valves of the machine.
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Malcolm Middleton and David Shrigley
Music and Words

Music plus words usually equals a song, but that's not really what Malcolm Middleton and David Shrigley are doing here. This collaboration is made from the sardonic and extremely sweary prose of Shrigley -- who writes about things like rabbits having a civil war and telling each other to fuck off a lot -- and a deliberately offbeat soundtrack from Middleton, who plays a sad, introspective sort of post-rock that totally misreads the tone of these stories. Each story is read aloud by a different comic performer. The word "fuck" is bleeped out. A lot. I ask you, is this the Sleaford Mods?

King of the Mountains
Zoetrope

Melting your awareness into a pool of goo with King of the Mountains. Zoetrope is the next instalment from the Mancunian producer. Taking beat making and electronic soundscapes in his own direction, Phil Kay sculpts his own brand of blissed out & ethereal kruatrockish electronica. Full of synthesised washes, mechanical beats and euphoric production. Out on vinyl LP and CD from Melodic.

Patterns
Induction


  • Vinyl 7" (MELO074)
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Harrisons
Blue Note


  • CD single
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Baikonour
Your Ear Knows Future


  • CD (MELO058)
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Output Message
Sommeil (Remixed)


  • Vinyl 12"
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The Isles
Summer Loans


  • CD single
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