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New Bodies

Lovely Tangents started their band a little too late: if post-rock was still having the renaissance it enjoyed back in the day, we’d all be fans of their Aussie meanderings, loving the jittery stillness they perform with all our hearts. At Norman, we’re huge fans: there’s something in the way they move their jazz fusion element...view item »

Songs: Ohia
Travels in Constants

Made around some of Jason Molina’s most slow-burning work in ‘Ghost Tropic’ and ‘Didn’t It Rain’, this longform tune was initially made bespoke for Temporary Residence’s ‘Travels in Constants’ music series. As patient as you like, Molina pushed this particular stylistic shift in his career to...view item »

William Basinski

It's amazing to think that William Basinski's '92982' was recorded in 1982 as it's the sort of thing that could come out on Kranky these days. Actually we're reminded of stuff like Tim Hecker, The Caretaker etc. This music features ultra soothing ambience and floating melodies. So much so that Phil just declared "I feel like I'm floating on a fu...view item »

Young Widows
Decayed: Ten Years of Cites, Wounds, Lightness, and Pain

This 15-track collection charts the first decade of Young Widow's career, and mines their vast catalogue of singles, b-sides, splits and rare songs, including four previously unreleased tracks. This record maps out the band's evolution form post-hardcore to pos-punk monsters, their genre-hopping and mastery of technique attestin...view item »

Prefuse 73
Forsyth Gardens

Guillermo Scott Herren, as a lot of you will know, is one of the beatmakers that pushed (mostly) instrumental hip-hop into glitchier, more complex territory, his sound setting the stage for the likes of Flying Lotus and Gold Panda. It’s a rich and detailed world, constantl...view item »

William Basinski
A Shadow In Time

It turns out that William ‘crumbler’ Basinski loves David Bowie. I mean it’s not that surprising that a consistently great pop star is loved by someone who takes ‘normal’ music and forces it down it’s own throat, but still. This droney album right here is dedicated to the man ...view item »

Rachel Grimes
The Doctor from India (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Ah always good to hear from the lovely Rachel Grimes of Rachel's pottering about. Here she makes a soundscape/soundtrack for this documentary about a holistic health pioneer. She uses (as always) her signature piano but also adds in violin, harp, saxophone, and strings all bound up in ambient soundscapes. ...view item »

Paul de Jong
You Fucken Sucker

Best known as one half of folktronicists The Books, Paul De Jong has a nice little side-hustle in the form of his solo material. His follow-up to 2015’s IF augments the lustful experimentalism of The Books with the wide-ranging yet clear-headed aesthetic of an auteur. There’s r&b, spoken...view item »

Timespan Redux

Oh the things you can do with an armful of analogue synths and a drum kit... ZOMBI's A.E. Paterra comes at us with an epic, relentless journey through the cosmos. And a very groovy cosmos it is. Psychedelic in intention, kraut in execution, deep space soundtrack in spirit, and all the better for it....view item »

The Exit Papers

You'd think that Low would be the perfect band to write film soundtracks so it's quite remarkable to find out that that they haven't done any to date. They did try between 'Secret Name' and 'Things We Lost in the Fire' with this 'The Exit Papers' series of pieces which were originally meant for soundtrack consideration and were subsequently...view item »

False Readings On

Some of us are just trusty. Reliable, but little more; never change, but see you never. I feel that Matthew Cooper, many years into his career of ornate and bewitching post-rock ambience, has become one of those types. So I’m asking you to get excited about a new Eluvium record, for his sake: forget that you’ve heard his music many t...view item »

William Basinski
The Disintegration Loops (Remastered)

William Basinski created his ambient and much storied record, 'The Disintegration Loops', by feeding his compositions on loop through a tape head until a myriad sounds were made in its place. The record's completion coincided with the 9/11 bombings, a sight which is recreated on the record's cover. Considered an attempt at making sound cycl...view item »

Nightmare Ending

Portland, Oregon-based ambient musician Matthew Robert Cooper releases his seventh studio album, ‘Nightmare Ending’ is a double CD concept that Cooper has had shelved for several years as he didn’t think it was worthy of a release at the time, with a few tweaks and new ideas it has finally s...view item »

Explosions In The Sky
The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place

Right. Here's Brian with the news you've all been waiting for. We have the new EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY LP & CD in this week, the vinyl being on Temporary Residence & the CD being on Simon Raymonde's fine Bella Union imprint. Now since I started working here I must have packed ...view item »

The Books
The Way Out

Aw man the Books are back! I got completely obsessed by The Books when Lost & Safe came out. I couldn't put their records down! 5 years later comes 'The Way Out' on their new home Temporary Residence! In that 5 years I got married and I'm gonna get divorced, I had a kid, I got gradually more stupid and the centre of me grew. A lot has ha...view item »

History Of The Future

Drifting softly by is the new album from Watter, a post-y, proggy wonderland from this trio made up of one each from Grails, Slint and Strike City. If that isn’t enough names for you, they’re joined by a Tortoise folk and Rachel’s Grimes. There’s around 1000 instruments on this including the trusty mellotron so you know i...view item »

Howard Hello
Election Year

Howard Hello is the pairing of Kenseth Thibideau and Marty Anderson, who did nothing together for a decade before the recent reigniting of their collaboration, brought about in part by political circumstances. Election Year’s intriguing songcraft explores some of the last year&rsq...view item »

William Basinski
The Deluge

Tape looper to the stars William Basinski has been stripping away excess concept from his work since the rise of ‘The Disintegration Loops’, composing pieces that are important more for the sounds they make than for their process or history. ‘The Deluge’, however, finds him back with the stories: this record is thematical...view item »

Canon Blue
Lasso Yo

It’s a hat-trick for Canon Blue as Lasso Yo is the producer-songwriter’s third LP. I’m immediately getting M83 feelings here. It&...view item »

Behind The Shadow Drops

This lovely record reminds us that we could all do with some downtempo in our lives now and then because being low-key for a while is really one of the best ways to live. I’m a very loud boy and I believe it to be true. Weirdly this record of modest melancholy comes from none other than Takaaria ‘Taka’ Goto, one in post-rock ba...view item »

This World

Grails/Slint blokes. Nuff said.” That’s all the post-it on the front of this CD has to tell me, and listening to it now I’d say that’s a valid point. Watter is like a musical victory lap for some of Louisville’s finest - multi-instrumentalists Zak Riles (...view item »

Under The Pipal Tree

This is the debut album by MONO, first released fifteen years ago on John Zorn’s Tzadik label. Turns out these guys were epic right from the start: much of Under The Pipal Tree has a grand sweep and a searing intensity to it. Under The Pipal Tree has never been released on vinyl before, s...view item »


Majeure is the solo project by the drummer from Prog-rock/Electronic duo Zombi, Anthony Paterra. Devolving further into heavy synthesis, arpeggiators and insane drumming. This is definitely what you’re after if you want to scratch John Carpenter, Sea Of Teeth...view item »

Some Offcell Voices

This is a collection of two of Pinback’s earliest EPs shoehorned together to create what is effectively a sixth album by the San Diego duo.  Pinback have long been a much loved band of mine  - an outfit who have moments of true greatness  -...view item »

For My Parents

As the title suggests, For My Parents sees Mono tracing their roots, and I think this important for a band that previously gave no indication of their Japanese heritage. Even as someone of Asian descent myself, if I only looked at their album sleeves and listened to the music, I would not guess Mono even had any Eastern heritage, let alone Japan...view item »

Chalice Hymnal

This is that good prog. This is that prog for guitar soloed skylines and heavy metal churches. This is that prog for “Baker Street” enthusiasts and wannabe choir members. This is that epic, everlasting, synth-soaked high-fantasy goodness. I’ll tell you why: because it contains the multi-instrumentation of three absolutely prog-...view item »

Take Refuge In Clean Living

I like Grails in my life and here's some more. For me to like. I tell you what, the first track on here is an absolute belter and I think they know it, the little sheet included in the CD digipak has artwork based around it with nary a mention of the other songs. Actually the artwork in general is a weird mishmash of styles from cheesy stoner-rock ...view item »

Behind Closed Doors
Exit Lines: The Brief History of Behind Closed Doors

I… am not sure I understand. What Temporary Residence are doing. With this one. This record is perfectly good, but I feel I should offer the head-scratcher: a three-track retrospective for a short-lived band nobody knew existed on a twenty quid LP. An odd one, but maybe it speaks to their secret significance? Behind Closed Doors existed f...view item »

Rob Crow's Gloomy Place
You're Doomed. Be Nice.

We’ve all been there - stormed out of something before thinking about it carefully and slowly backtracking. But Rob Crow’s temporary ‘retirement’ from music has reaped personal dividends. He quit drinking, caffeine and junk food and now looks slimline and healthy. Good lad. All those things are possible to give...view item »

Waver The Absolute

Sybarite aka Xian Hawkins is back after a full decade. Yes, it’s true. How did we manage without him all that time? The album opens with a wall of noise and static, but behind this lurks… a danceable electronic groove! ‘Valence’ is a sparkling tune of the type that Caribou once upon a time m...view item »


We’re very good, you know. We really wanted to let this Tangents record sink in, so we decided to forget it existed for a couple of months and then review it -- kinda like when you digest your food without eating it. ‘Stateless’ is a slightly shaken but never stirred take on the post-rock of old, far less overtly jazz ...view item »


Hauschka’s ‘Abandoned City’ bled neo-classical into minimal techno, reducing the piano’s role in composition to that of a wardrobe storing other instruments, making noises based on what object the notes compelled to move. A lover of concepts, Hauschka dedicated the record to the sounds made by empty cities, envisioning th...view item »

Explosions In The Sky & David Wingo
Manglehorn: An Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

David Gordon Green’s new film Manglehorn comes with a soundtrack from a band often described as cinematic in their own right: Explosions In The Sky. With the help of film composer David Wingo, they have created some really shimmering atmospheres, using a lot of percussive textures...view item »

Keep It Together

Here is a collection of non-album tracks from this long disbanded Baltimore band including recordings made with Steve Albini who had also recorded their two studio albums. The collection spans their entire career from their mumbly beginnings onwards and showcases the quiet history of a post-rock band who deserve to take their place amongst conte...view item »

Explosions In The Sky
Those Who Tell The Truth

The Explosions In The Sky LP that came out last week was fantastic. It's a massive grower and have since come to the conclusion that it's a work of genius. If you like Slint, Shellac, Godspeed and Mogwai then you'll will love this. It sounds like Mogwai most of all with the big sou...view item »


Parlour is what various members of Papa M, Crain and The For Carnation do away from their ‘day jobs’: play a different brand of alternative guitar music. They’ve su...view item »

Zero Moment

First full-length recording from Contact, the pairing of A.E. Paterra, who has played with Majeure and Zombi, and the film composer Paul Lawler...view item »

Rachel Grimes
The Clearing

Having only just recovered from a dream where I was forced to call our web guru Nathon in order to get rid of an earthworm that had landed on my desk I was hoping that the new record from former Rachels lady Rachel Grimes would soothe my shattered mind. In parts it does but there are also more discordant forces at w...view item »

Prefuse 73
Every Color of Darkness

Four years since his last significant release under his best known and most revered recording name, Prefuse 73, aka Guillermo S. Herren, who has been busy elsewhere with collaborative work, remixes and live performances, is finally releasing not one, but three full length LPs due out this year. ‘Every Color of Darkness’ is built from...view item »

Rachel Grimes
Book of Leaves (For Solo Piano)

I love a bit of Rachels, me. Funny how Rachel Grimes is in them and they're not named after her though.. Would you bloody credit it. Book of Leaves (For Solo Piano) is a gorgeous collection of shortish piano pieces which are thoroughly evoking an autumnal feel in my mind, it could just be the suggestive artwork and title or the fact that it w...view item »

Blanket Waves

These dudes are flying by on sheer force of will, releasing their third record in the smallest of post-rock time-frames (also known as “little more than a year”). Matthew Cooper, the dramatist responsible for Eluvium’s soundscapes, continues his work with the rather hilariously named Mark T. Smith,...view item »

My Disco

Australian trio MY DISCO have a reputation for obsessive, compulsive, minimalist rock that’s stripped down to the Nth degree. ‘Severe’, their first album in five years, somehow manages to reduce things down to an even heavier, harder and meaner sound than...view item »


Maserati have released a number of records over the years. I've spied them passing through the office and often thought "Maserati's artwork is pretty deec, maybe I should check them out at some point". Well today that moment has finally come. What I'm hearing is a band that desperately wanna marry the sound of hard rock with krautrock ...view item »

Romance Language

It’s been such a long time since Ultravox released a hit, and that song ‘Feed The World’ song Midge did with rugged trampface Geldof, but it’s nice to finally have him back making music. Oh this isn’t Midge Ure? It’s Majeure? That Anthony Pattera fella from ...view item »

House With a Curse

Coliseum are a band that straddle the line of what punk rock can be and what aggressive music could be, and make all sides happy. More Fugazi than Minor Threat, Coliseum utilises many different cadences and guitar sounds to create punk as art, the way it used to be, instead of a mil...view item »

William Basinski
The Disintegration Loops III (Remastered)

William Basinski created his ambient and much storied record, 'The Disintegration Loops', by feeding his compositions on loop through a tape head until a myriad sounds were made in its place. The record's completion coincided with the 9/11 bombings, a sight which is recreated on the record's cover. Considered an attempt at making sound cycl...view item »

Prefuse 73
Rivington Nao Rio

We’ve run out of different people to keep reviewing these new Prefuse 73 releases so the parcel has been passed back to me. Old Scott has been quiet over the last few years but has obviously been tinkering around chopping beats, adding jazzy samples and making things so squelshy that I’m almost tempted to coin the phrase ‘leaky...view item »

Paul de Jong

Paul de Jong, sonic prankster to the stars, was one of those guys who confused us in the Books, an act revelling in the accidental rhythm of things people said when they thought we weren’t looking. Now the duo have gone their separate ways, and while Nick Zammuto’s...view item »

First Contact

Contact are one of those bands who accidentally traded their synthesizers for lazer beams and now have to make do with the gooiest electronic sounds you can possibly hear. Call it sci-fi, call it prog rock; they're making music that makes you think of the waveform. 'First Contact' is their debut and deftly weaves together wonderfully silly melod...view item »

Verdugo Hills Remixes

While the remixes of Caroline's debut album "Murmurs" all brought unique approaches to the each track, making them actually sound like new versions, these "remixes" are just too minimal. Except for maybe the last track, all of the songs from Verdugo Hills are stripped of either the main arrangement and replaced with minimal lazy/ basic arrangeme...view item »

William Basinski
The Disintegration Loops IV (Remastered)

William Basinski created his ambient and much storied record, 'The Disintegration Loops', by feeding his compositions on loop through a tape head until a myriad sounds were made in its place. The record's completion coincided with the 9/11 attacks, a sight which is recreated on the record's cover. Considered an attempt at making sound cycli...view item »


I've had a lot of "challenging" music to review today, which I don't mind in principle but after a few hours it can really clog up your brain. Here to give me a little mental clean-out and loosen me out for more oddness, though, are Inventions. I'm pretty confident they won't be too freaky because it's a collaboration from people involved with t...view item »

Explosions In The Sky & David Wingo
Prince Avalanche

Explosions In The Sky team up with fellow Texan David Wingo to produce this soundtrack to David Gordon Green’s latest film project ‘Prince Avalanche’, starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch. The film sees two friends leave their hometown on a job to paint traffic lines on a wildfire rava...view item »

Solar Maximum

Always makes me giggle this music, mainly due to the fact it's really audacious and very slightly preposterous. Cosmic ‘70s disco strut, cruising sci-fi bliss-scapes and progressive synth rock of the highest quality from this one half of Zombi that ain...view item »

My Disco
Wrapped Coast

‘Little Joy’ from these guys was one of my favourites when it came out. It didn’t even get reviewed here (not enough hours in the day!) which is a shame cos they’re a top band. T...view item »

Three Mile Pilot

According to my calculations this is rather pricey for a 20-minute 12” EP, but sometimes you need to pay a premium for quality don’t you? I don’t know, having heard the five all-too-short numbers contained on this here disc I’m still getting one anyway. For those o...view item »

Turing Machine
What Is The Meaning Of What

Dunno what's going on with this new Turing Machine record. It came out last week on Temporary Residence and for some reason we only got one copy on ...view item »


Zammuto is a weird old proposition. From Nick Books, a man who has had no end of trouble with the security at Waterstones recently, comes his new bizzar-o-pop project which the care-free thieving little tyke has arrogantly named after himself.  This collection of widdly prog pop funk, cascading cluttered psychedelic whimsy and even sl...view item »


For an EP's worth of material, this is as diverse and lengthy an offering as you're likely to find. If you aren't familiar with Coliseum, it's a tough band to describe, as they tend to not pigeonhole themselves. Are they punk? Sure. Are they hardcore? A little. The confidence exuding from the curveball awesomeness of "Ghost of God", "The Fiery E...view item »

Talk Amongst The Trees

I'm still reeling from  the beautiful strains of the Sylvain Chauveau CD last week, (more of that in VERY soon!) I'm now treated to further adventures into the realms of neo-classicism courtesy of Eluvium on the fab-tastic Temporary Residence label. Beautiful, melodic set piano pieces. Just piano. An...view item »

From Bone To Satellite (Deluxe Expanded Edition)

Originally released, and very quickly sold out, in 1999 now finally repressed by the guys at Temporary Residence. If you’re a fan of Mogwai, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and Dorena you’ll love this. Includes the remastered original 7 tracks plus 6 bonus tracks of unreleased and rare ...view item »

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