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Midas Fall
Evaporate

Scottish duo Midas Fall’s new album, Evaporate, broods with gothic overtones whilst being tempered by the fragility of clicking electronics. The voice of Elizabeth Heaton matches the power and grace of the music, at times soaring and powerful, at others, restrained and vulnerable. Ice-like g...view item »

65daysofstatic
We Were Exploding Anyway

I liked this thing as soon as I heard it. I'm just a sucker for almost anything that reminds me of The Wraith. Or Miami Vice. In Sheffield. This sounds well futuristic. Each song is such an unrelenting assault on the senses, it nearly made me cream. Some of the tracks envelop you in rich synths, some parts pummel you with thrashy guitar and thud...view item »
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Sleepmakeswaves
In Today Already Walks Tomorrow

The rather wonderfully named In Today Already Walks Tomorrow is the debut album from Sleepmakeswaves. Originally released in 2008, this is the first time the record is available on vinyl. It’s a mix of chaotic plunges into the depths of noise and slow-motion traverses across clouded landscapes which, when combined...view item »
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This Will Destroy You
Tunnel Blanket

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Niagara
Hyperocean

Hyperocean is the third album from experimental pop eccentrics Niagara and rather than easing off, this record is more dense and intense than previous releases. These are dark and complex electronic pop songs with dizzying arrangements and plenty of experimental freak-outs. Available on limited vinyl LP and CD f...view item »

Ed Tullett
Fiance

At just twenty-two, Ed Tullett has already garnered plenty of acclaim and here he delivers his debut LP, Fiancé, to show that the acclaim was deserved. Fiancé moves through genres with aspects of R&B moving into drifting dream pop. It straddles the divide between electronic and...view item »

Midas Fall
The Menagerie Inside

Ever-so-earnest post-rock from UK four piece Midas Fall. The Menagerie Inside sits comfortably somewhere at the midpoint between 65Daysofstatic and Evanescence, adopting dashes of electronic instrumentation amongst a tried and tested formula. Out on CD and vinyl LP including free poster from Monotreme....view item »

Reigns
The House On The Causeway

'The house on the causeway' is the new long player from Reigns and the follow up to 'We lowered the microphone into the ground' which saw the band recording in a 'seemingly bottomless' hole in the sommerset downs and “Styne Vallis”, which was recorded in and around a submerged village that had been evacuated and strategically flooded in...view item »

Stearica
Fertile

Apparently inspired by “the squares of the Arab Spring”, Fertile is the second album from instrumental group Stearica, based in Torino, Italy. Being released during Spring, the album does blow away the cobwebs; with big, chunky guitar and hammering drums it’s quite a stomper of a record and tra...view item »

Niagara
Don’t Take It Personally

'Don't Take It Personally' is experimentalists Niagara trying on a variety of left-field tricks, marrying psych-rock to Eastern dance music and playing with a hell of a lot of synth. Tracks such as "Currybox" are indicative of Niagara's attempt to make irresistible hooks that are also thought-provoking, taking gloomy synths and pairing...view item »

65daysofstatic
The Fall of Math (Deluxe)

Second pressing (500 copies) on translucent green vinyl with black splatter. Deluxe re-issue edition with bonus ‘Hole’ EP and ‘Retreat! Retreat! single video and  B-sides. In conjunction with the 10th anniversary year of the release of 65daysofstatic's debut album, The Fall of Math. A deluxe edition of The Fall of Math on ...view item »
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Trophy Scars
Holy Vacants

I now feel terribly sorry for Chris Garneau. I've just got extremely irritated by his album and its lack of originality but compared to this monstrosity its perfectly serviceable. Phil passed this to me saying it was noisy but 'pretty good', having sat through an intermidable guitar solo I'm possibly inclined to disagree. Opener 'Extant' has now...view item »

Stumbleine (featuring Violet Skies)
Dissolver

There’s a beautiful, lush and fertile land between shoegaze, pop and a tiny bit of loner-dub, and Stumbleine & Violet Skies have done their best to harvest the fruits of those grounds. Dissolver is their first full-length, and really quite something in its own right. Both accessible and layered, we can only re...view item »
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M+A
These Days

The playful, sophisticated dance pop of Italian duo M+A's second album These Days is so seamlessly hooky and compelling that upon listening it's hard to imagine a world without it. It's a perfect distillation of a yearning for endless summer. M+A's 2011 debut Things. Yes was an inventive and spirited exploration of an organic, heartfe...view item »

Sorrow
Dreamstone

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Stumbleine
Spiderwebbed

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Nedry
In A Dim Light

Already in 2010, when I stumbled across Nedry's debut album, 'Condors', thanks to one of my Myspace searches for new music (remember Myspace? Was very useful back then), I knew I found something special. A trio by way of London, Osaka and Guildford, Nedry drifts somewhere in the weird fringes of the musical spectrum. ...view item »
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Barzin
Notes to an Absent Lover

Barzin have a rather splendid and lovely new long player out on Monotreme on LP and CD. 'Notes To An Absent Lover' really grabbed my attention when we played the promo copy. Now my personal tastes are often light years away from singer songwriter stuff but every now and then something will come along and stand out. This is one of those records. The...view item »
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This Will Destroy You
Black Dunes

How about that, there's still people out there making post-rock. This is good stuff, too, starting pleasantly enough and then getting a bit crushing with a real dark ambient rumble in the background as the ominous chords and searing high pitched guitar build into a thunderous stew. It's ...view item »
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M+A
Things.Yes

M+A are an Italian duo who make music in the vein of Postal Service, Panda Bear and mebbe even Tunng.They use delicate instrumentation and repetitive vocal loops to create a rich sound that is very nostalgic sounding, yet quite futuristic at the same time. Which makes about as much sense ...view item »
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Reigns
The Widow Blades

Mention the words “concept album” to the musical layperson and you can expect the same reaction that someone like me might give when finding out that you've been invited to a wife swapping party at Harry Redknapp's house...one of fear, mild curiosity and abject ...view item »

Jeniferever
Silesia

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65daysofstatic
Radio Protector

New 65 Days Of Static limited 7" with Polaroid sleeve on Monotreme brings some Aphex style crunchy beats and a Mogwai type piano together for what is a decent little number with spoken word vocals adding a touch of drama and underlying tension to the track. Then the flip is a pompous behemoth of epic proportion...view item »
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Jeniferever
The Beat Of Our Own Blood

Hushed miserablism from these Swedish post rockers. The title song is a simple understated affair that isn't overly complicated and is well produced. It does break out into almost epic rock territory with its "Oooohh look at me I'm a song on some vinyl" and it's "oooooohh here's a chorus with delay guitar on it". That doesn't make sense, sorry. ...view item »
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Harmonious Bec
Her Strange Dreams

Now Monotreme is a label close to our heart. Unfortunately, we often get their releases late on a Friday due to the distributor being a tiny bit demented. But this one's managed to arrive here mid-week & Kim, the proud proprietor saw fit to get a promo to us, so we can actually review the thing. Think the press on this is fairly accurate, I'...view item »
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Thee More Shallows
More Deep Cuts

One of my favourite records of recent times was the debut Thee More Shallows album on Monotreme records. How good was it? Well a lot of you took a chance, bought it, and seemed to be more than happy with it as you should be. Imagine my delight when the 2nd album arrived here. Lordy me. There's not many bands who come back with a s...view item »
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Thee More Shallows
Cuts Plus Two

We love sharks here @ the towers. Maximo Shark, Minotaur Shark now Thee More Sharks have put a shark on the cover of their single 'Two AM' (from the Cuts Plus Two EP).  I'm sorry if I sound cruel here but Jason Lytle & co can just go get eaten by a great white for all I care & take their bloody Snow Patrol ...view item »
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Nedry
Condors

Monotreme are back with a new album by Nedry which is an interesting one. From the off you'll be intrigued by the interesting sound that they've managed to develop. 'Condors' is perhaps the first dubstep/post-rock/ electronica hybrid with someone who sounds a bit like Bjork singing. It's a bonkers sound alright and it sounds like it just shouldn'...view item »
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Ral Partha Vogelbacher
Shrill Falcons

Last week Monotreme sent me a copy of Shrill Falcons by RAL PARTHA VOGELBACHER. It's not a new album... in fact it came out about 6-8 months ago or something. I never heard it anyway... but now I have. Wow! This is like one of the best albums I've not heard in ages! After the first listen I was utterly hooked. The music is writt...view item »
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65daysofstatic
Don't Go Down To Sorrow

65DAYSOFSTATIC: "Don't Go Down to Sorrow". Epic, stadium bound quiet-loud-quiet type (un)post-rock from Sheffield fusing rock elements with electronics on this three track ep on Monotreme records. Do believe they have a huge following and are bound for greater things....view item »
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Picastro
Become Secret

Picastro are a Canadian group specialising in melancholic outsider rock with a gothic/neo-classical edge. 'Become Secret' is their latest opus after critically acclaimed releases over the last decade. Monotreme put them out over this side of the Atlantic and rightly so, they're a captivating listen. I can hear many parallels with the likes of Cat P...view item »
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Thee More Shallows
Monkey Vs Shark

However Thee More Shallows are probably the best band on the planet at the moment and their last album was one of the finest musical moments that the lord hath given us in time-o-recent. This new CD single only release called Monkey Vs Shark (Can we have some vinyl please Monotreme!!) is 5 new tracks including an Odd Nosdam ...view item »
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Jeniferever
Choose A Bright Morning

Jeniferever release their debut album proper on Drowned In Sound as a limited edition apparently. They're quite an unusual band to be honest. They seem to have similar ingredients as a lot of bands but they've got an odd mixture which makes them sound a little bit different. There's bits of Hood, Mew, Sigur Ros and M...view item »
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Jeniferever
Spring Tides

Big fat post-rock time ahoy kids! Dramatic Uppsala upstarts Jeniferever have their second long playing effort out called 'Spring Tides' and it's an accomplished ride indeed. Shimmering arpeggios, steady basslines, searching keyboards, dreamy drums & heartfelt, dreamy Scando-vox are the order of the day (when the guitars aren't sawing your ...view item »
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65daysofstatic
Fall of Math

65 Days of Static are responsible for the other release on the fabulous Monotreme records this week & It's a blinder. We sold quite a few of their mini album early on this year (I think??) & this lovely bunch of lads have turned in a corker of a debut full length CD. 'The Fall Of Math' succeeds in blending electronics &a...view item »
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65daysofstatic
One Time For All Time

65 Days of Static... brand new CD called One Time For All Time on Monotreme records. You'll be pleased to know that those who bought the last album (and there are 1000's of you....) the new album is more of the same. To be honest if you played the 2 together I wouldn't be able to tell the difference. So electronics and rock combi...view item »
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65daysofstatic
Escape From New York

65Daysofstatic. That's a search engine dream of a name ain' t it? Well those old Sheffield post rockers have a live CD/DVD out named 'Escape From New York', no doubt in homage to Mr Carpenter & his apocalyptic blockbusters of the 80s. We've always supported these chaps from the start & i'd like to state that in the absence of new studio mat...view item »
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65daysofstatic
The Distant And Mechanised Glow Of Eastern European Dance Parties

And onto 65daysofstatic with their brand new single 'The Distant And Mechanised Glow Of Eastern European Dance Parties'. Christ this is an odd one. It's 2 reworkings of the same track (I'm not typing that again) and 2 brand new tracks. The 1st version of the track is an odd 'European techno ' take on the tune with loads of vocals chucked in and I w...view item »
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The Low Lows
Shining Violence

Got an album here by The Low Lows on Monotreme. 'Shining Violence' is a dreamy beast of an alt country americana mutant hybrid. The blend of Pedal Steel, Rhodes, vibraphone, brass,, clarinet and drums. It evokes My Morning Jacket, Skygreen Leopards, Sparklehorse, Band of Horses, Jason Molina, The Velvets Underground & Galaxie 500. I just copied...view item »
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Barzin
Barzin

Like the blurry photography captured for the artwork on this release, these songs took me a little while to get into focus. There's a subtle understatement to the carefully birthed songs and instrumentation. Sad, heartbreaking and melancholy are the keywords here for a collection that comes across as a refined, padded sort of rock that errs towa...view item »
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65daysofstatic
Hole

65 Days Of Static.. I'll admit it, I was one of the doubters. I thought Mogwai style rock action with welded on Squarepusher beats wasn't gonna work (and I didn't think it did at first) but I'm kind of happy to be proved wrong and that the kids (mainly from the home counties by the looks of it) have taken them to their ...view item »
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65daysofstatic
The Destruction Of Small Ideas

Often glitchy and often fuzzy, these post-rockers didn't get the memo about the genre's twinkly limitations and monotonous guitar arrangements, so they never became Explosions In The Sky. 'The Destruction Of Small Ideas', arguably their best and most definitive work along with 'The Fall of Math', was originally released in 20...view item »

The Low Lows
Elizabeth Pier

The Low Lows single on Monotreme is a fuzzed out trip through Spacemen 3/ Mary Chain (again) territory. Elizabeth Pier CD single only and rather good we thought. Well early 90's! ...view item »

Thee More Shallows
History of Sport Fishing

And yet there's more goodness. Thee More Shallows. Never heard of 'em probably have you? I've had a listening copy for sometime now and some of you may have noticed this on our what we've been listening to lists. It's cropped upevery so often. It's on a new label called Monotreme records which l...view item »
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Aaron Stout
Queens Live in Caskets

'Queens Live in Caskets' is what a young man namd AARON STOUT has entitled his dashing CD on Monotreme. He's billed as "folk-rock" but this all sounds like a more spaced out hybrid of Grandaddy, Cass McCombs, Beck & Arcade Fire with possibly a spot of Jeff Buckley. Rat...view item »
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The Low Lows
Fire on the Bright Sky

Also there on that there label is a full length CD by THE LOW LOWS. It's echo laden sad dreamy pop with Velvets/Yo La Tengo touches & that strange disembodied vocal that My Morning Jacket usually employ. In fact, I feel fans of T 'Jacket may well be into 'Fire on the Bright Sky' so we'll leave it at that as I'm...view item »
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Stinking Lizaveta
Caught Between Worlds

Stinking Lizaveta?? Nope, me neither but I'd like to know what one is. The afore mentioned band have a CD out on the rather splended Monotreme records.  You like instrumental proggy guitar metal churning riffs with widdly guitars, solos and the like? If so then you'll love this enormous rock-a-thon which makes The Darkn...view item »
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Picastro
Red Your Blues

New CD on Monotreme by Picastro. This is very nice downbeat melancholic post rock that reminds me of Rex and Dirty Three. The singer sounds like a really down in the dumps Kim Gordon. This is really good stuff. There's even a bit of Movietone in there but a more taut and angular version. Red Your B...view item »
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The Mass
City Of Dis

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