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Shana Cleveland
Night Of The Worm Moon

Shana Cleveland is the voice of La Luz, but working solo for a change on this here Night Of The Worm Moon album allows her to travel further afield in terms of sound and content. This is an LA dreamer’s album, with UFO sightings and other night-moods represented with sun-tipped psychedelic singer-songwriter new-folk. Very West Coast, very good. On Hardly Art.
  • Vinyl LP (HAR111)
  • CD (HARCD111)
  • Tape (HARCS111)
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Ian Sweet
Crush Crusher

Ian Sweet, AKA Berklee College of Music-educated Jilian Medford makes experimental but accessible indie rock. Her second album, Crush Crusher was recorded with Gabe Wax at Rare Book Room studios in Greenpoint, Brooklyn - a place that has seen Bjork, Dirty Projectors and Deerhunter pass through its doors. It was this that really spurred Jilian on to test her limits in the creation of her new record. LP and CD on Hardly Art.
  • Vinyl LP (HAR110)
  • CD (HARCD110)
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Protomartyr
Under Color of Official Right


  • Vinyl LP (HAR081)
  • CD (HAR081CD)

Protomartyr
The Agent Intellect

‘The Agent Intellect’ is the third release from Detroit post-punk band Protomartyr (featuring Joe Casey on vocals, Greg Ahee on guitar, Alex Leonard on drums and Scott Davidson on bass guitar). Frontman Joe Casey describes the sample track ‘Why Does It Shake?’ as a "back-handed ode to humanity's resilient self regard in the face of inevitable oblivion. Then the trap door opens.” It’s a dark, seething industrial track with an aggressive undercurrent that sounds a bit like Joy Division.
  • CD (HAR091CD)

Lala Lala
The Lamb

Unfortunately (or fortunately) nothing to do with La La Land, The Lamb is in fact the sophomore LP from Chicago-based singer-songwriter Lillie West’s Lala Lala project. West and her group do that sort of post-Deerhunter lo-fi grunge thing that the likes of Waxahatchee and Colleen Green also excel at. There’s real ache and passion to West’s lyrics that set Lala Lala apart. Out via Hardly Art (La Luz, Chastity Belt).
  • Vinyl LP (HAR107)
  • CD (HARCD107)
  • Tape (HARCS107)
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La Luz
Floating Features

Fuzz pop daydreamers La Luz do their quartet rock for a month down the line with more sun (we hope) than this one. Floating Features sees them churn out some of their most lyrically aspirational work yet, doubling down on the hooks and harmonies that make them so good. Will most likely rule.
  • Vinyl LP (HAR105)
  • Vinyl LP (HAR105X)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • CD (HARCD105)
  • Tape (HARMS105)
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Jenn Champion
Single Rider

In the press release for Single Rider, Jenn Champion threatens a record that is a cross between Drake and Billy Joel. On both counts, she delivers. And you know what? It’s bloody good fun. The artist formerly known as S has crafted some sexy lights-low pop jams that, with any justice, will get serious rotation over the coming summer. ‘Time To Regulate’, in particular, is a bloody masterpiece that could quite easily slot into Carly Rae Jepsen’s game-changing Emotion.
  • Vinyl LP (HAR104LP)
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  • CD (HARCD104)

The Moondoggies
A Love Sleeps Deep

It's been five long years since Washington natives The Moondoggies released a record, and we're gagging at their return. 'A Love Sleeps Deep' is classic rock of the highest order, with a gentle dusting of woodsy folk for good measure. Expect heart-on-sleeve songwriting and riff-heavy future classics.
  • Vinyl LP (HAR106)
  • CD (HAR106CD)

Dick Stusso
In Heaven

Given that most of the original tapes for Dick Stusso’s sophomore LP were lost after his house was burgled, it’s a miracle that In Heaven has seen the light of day at all. However, after that misfortune the Oakland raconteur rolled up his sleeves and redid the LP. Now the wrong side of 30, Stusso’s lyrics turn away from the post-Beck zen-bum outlook of Nashville Dreams to deal with mortality and the future. The music, however, steers close to the bluesy-croonerdom that has served Stusso well in the past. Think Mac Demarco if he paid more faithful homage to his influences.
  • Vinyl LP (HAR103)
  • CD (HAR103CD)

La Luz
Weirdo Shrine

Recorded by Ty Segall in a makeshift surf shop studio, ‘Weirdo Shrine’ is doom surf band La Luz’s follow up LP to their 2013 debut ‘It’s Alive’. With songs about loneliness, infatuation, obsession and death, ‘Weirdo Shrine’ is eleven tracks of bittersweet, garage/sixties girl group inspired dark surf. 
  • Vinyl LP (HAR089)
  • CD (HAR089CD)

Chastity Belt
I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone

I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone is the third release from Chastity Belt. The full length brings together indie-rock and alternative rock like very few bands manage. A great example of how a big group of musicians can work together to make great songs, from the laidback female lead vocals to the youthful rhythm guitars. Available on black Vinyl LP, coloured Vinyl LP, CD and Cassette.
  • Vinyl LP (HAR101)
  • CD (HAR101CD)

Various
Hardly Released: Bedroom Recordings, Demos, Rarities, Unreleased, and Widely Ignored Material

As a sub-label to Sub Pop, Hardly Art became more of a partner - specialising in finding and releasing undiscovered emerging artists, and pushing out their unreleased, and often unpolished material. Finding those rough gems for polishing later. This single cassette tracks through the labels history with choice cuts from Protomartyr, Seapony, Ian Sweet, and many more.
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Dude York
Sincerely

Seattle label Hardly Art have been killing it since day now, and their career-long purple patch continues with new signing Dude York. Producer John Goodmanson (Bikini Kill, Sleater Kinney) coaxes the raditude out in spades here - opener ‘Black Jack’ is a pleasingly demented collage of massive riffs and things continue in a similar vein from thereon. Cool cover too.
  • Vinyl LP (HAR099)
  • CD (HAR099CD)
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The Moondoggies
Don't Be a Stranger

To celebrate a full decade of Moondoggies activity, the band are reissuing their debut album Don’t Be A Stranger, through the Hardly Art label. Proper American rocking. This the first time that Don’t Be A Stranger has been released on vinyl, and to make this reissue even more special, five unreleased bonus tracks from the same sessions have been added on. Nice.
  • Vinyl Double LP (HAR004)

Ian Sweet
Shapeshifter

Ian Sweet (which is a band by the way, not an individual man) release their full-length debut in the form of Shapeshifter. Brooklyn-based Jilian Medford drives the group with her self-inquisitive lyrics and unusual singing style, with the rest of the Sweet outfit weaving strange instrumental structures around her. Curious stuff! Out on Hardly Art.
  • Vinyl LP (HAR098)
  • CD (HAR098CD)

The Julie Ruin
Hit Reset

Second studio recording from chief Bikini Killer Kathleen Hanna's current ensemble. The Julie Ruin were formed in 2010 and released their debut album 'Run Fast' in September 2013. This new offering expands on that sound, and brings something moodier yet more upbeat, and altogether more personal lyric-wise. Available to pre-order on white or normal coloured wax.
  • Vinyl LP (HAR096X)
  • Vinyl LP (HAR096)
  • CD (HAR096CD)

Tacocat
Lost Time

Album the third from Tacocat, a group who spit intelligent fire about a few of the bullshit aspects of society: sexism and disrespect for service industry workers for starters. The songs are propelled with a beautiful pop-punk sound, bright melodies and thrashed guitars. Lost Time is out on Hardly Art.
  • Vinyl LP (HAR095)
  • CD (HARCD095)
  • Label(s):
  • Hardly Art

Gazebos
Die Alone

Debut full-length from Gazebos, a band made up of members of other bands, including Butts, Spurm, and Bread & Butter. As well as their own indie-garage-pop originals, the band also cover a track by Suburban Lawns and a song from the Grease soundtrack (because why not?). Die Alone is released on the Hardly Art label.
  • Vinyl LP (HAR092)
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  • Coloured vinyl
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  • CD (HAR092CD)
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Shannon and The Clams
Gone By The Dawn

Shannon and The Clams specialise in short-but-sweet ornate rock tunes, and Gone By The Dawn has a full complement of such numbers. This record is, on the surface, relatively straightforward, but the production and aspects of the instrumentation are subtly quite weird. Out on the the Hardly Art label.
  • Vinyl LP (HAR090)
  • CD (HAR090CD)

Grave Babies
Holographic Violence

Grave Babies present a record all about the possibility that humanity is a doomed species, a proposition explored through drum machines and an hard-rock-in-the-1980s guitar sound. Holographic Violence is an odd-sounding album that is hard to pin down, something that works quite well. On the Hardly Art label.
  • Vinyl LP (HAR087)
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  • CD (HAR087CD)
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Colleen Green
I Want To Grow Up

A minefield exploration of what it means to be loved and what it means to be an adult from Colleen Green. A major departure from her previous album, Green has reached out and asked for collaborators in the form of Jake Orrall and Casey Weissbuch. Indie pop at its finest from LA. Vinyl and CD on Hardly Art.
  • Vinyl LP (HAR085)

Protomartyr / R. Ring
A Half of Seven

‘A Half Of Seven’ is a split 7’’ recorded in 2014 at Candyland in Cincinnati by R. Ring’s Mike Montgomery. Protomartyr’s A side ‘Blues Festival’ is a relentless, angry rant about being in a band sung by Joe Casey with backing vocals from Kelley Deal (The Breeders, R. Ring). Duo R. Ring also contribute B side ‘Loud Underneath’.
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Golden Triangle / The Fresh & Onlys
Split


Chastity Belt
Time To Go Home

Gloomy, echo-laden US post-punkers Chastity Belt present their second LP of melancholy doom-pop and funereal fun. Reminiscent as much of Walkmen forerunners Jonathan Fire*Eater as 50s/60s influenced contemporaries such as Dum Dum Girls and September Girls, Chastity Belt sound tougher and more confident than most in their field.
  • Vinyl LP (HAR086)

S (Jenn Ghetto)
Cool Choices

The all-too-simply named S is the project of Jenn Ghetto, who makes slow-moving bedroom pop on guitar and records it to four-track. Her sparse arrangements, accompanied by her calmly devastating voals, recall Lotte Kestner in her Trespassers William incarnation. 'Cool Choices' is pretty ironically named for a record this downbeat and scathing, but hey, irony isn't a problem: this is bona fide bedroom pop for when you're sad and in your bedroom.
  • Vinyl LP (HAR084)
  • Label(s):
  • Hardly Art

Childhood
Lacuna

South-London indie band Childhood's debut album Lacuna is a chilled out, melodic record. Featuring the singles “As I Am” and “Falls Away”. Lacuna was produced by Dan Carey (Steve Mason, Toy). This is an indies-only vinyl version including a bonus 7” featuring two brand new tracks.
  • Vinyl LP (HA0019LP)
  • Label(s):
  • Hardly Art

La Sera
Hour Of The Dawn


  • CD (HAR082CD)
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La Luz
It's Alive


  • Vinyl LP (HAR076)
  • CD (HAR076CD)

Jacuzzi Boys
Jacuzzi Boys


  • CD (HAR074CD)
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Jacuzzi Boys
Double Vision

Floridians Jacuzzi Boys are prepping a new LP and offer this two-tracker by way of preview. Y’all know what you are getting by now and you know it will be good. One rocker here, perfect for single-format consumption. A slow jam on the flip. And you got yourself a perfect 7”. Another trusty Hardly Art release.
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We Are Loud Whispers
Suchness


  • CD (HARCD068)
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Lost Animal
Ex Tropical


  • Vinyl LP (HAR066)
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Unnatural Helpers
Land Grab


  • Vinyl LP (HAR040)
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Gold Leaves
The Ornament


  • Vinyl LP (HAR038)
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The Dutchess & The Duke
Sunset / Sunrise