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Soap&Skin
From Gas to Solid / you are my friend

Third album from inexplicable Austrian chart topper Soap&Skin. I say inexplicable not because the music is bad, far from it, but because this is clearly not 'pop' music. From Gas to Solid / you are my friend is an album of sparse gothic beauty, which explores Anja Plaschg's sense of self as she is she encounters parenthood and the album cycle. 
  • Vinyl LP (PIASR1040LPX)
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Bohren & Der Club Of Gore
Patchouli Blue

Having accumulated a loyal cult fanbase on the back of seven album’s worth of their trademark ‘doom jazz’ style - fans of drone, black metal and ‘Twin Peaks’ ought to be interested! - German act Bohren & der Club of Gore release their latest album Patchouli Blue, ahead of a UK tour planned for 2020. 

Mogwai
Zidane

Zidane was the first time Scottish post-rock legends Mogwai dipped their wee toes into the soundtrack market and it's fitting that these fans of Celtic FC were given the opportunity of putting music to a film about one of the best footballers of his generation. The slow, atmospheric pieces they produced for the soundtrack fit perfectly with footage of the skills of the weird-haired French wizard but of course you don't have to be a fan of The Beautiful Game to enjoy this album on its own terms.  
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Dead Can Dance
Dionysus

Neo-hippy and alternative stoner sweethearts Dead Can Dance are finally back with their first new album in six years. I’m sure you won’t be surprised to learn that Dionysus is about reaching a state of trance, about spiritual journeys, about combining musical folk traditions from all across the world.

Dead Can Dance
Anastasis

Fans of Dead Can Dance were almost past themselves with excitement when the band announced in 2012 that Anastasis would be their first album since 1996. The duo of Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry certainly didn't let anybody down on an album which had all the drama and grandeur of their earlier work. Aptly Anastasis means resurrection and the band's comeback continued with 2018's similarly excellent Dionysus.  
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The Young Gods
L’eau Rouge - The Red Water: Anniversary Edition

Swiss industrial band The Young Gods released L’eau Rouge: The Red Water in 1989. In the 30 years since the band have been highly influential on bands such as Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Tool, Faith No More and er...U2. The album doesn’t have rouge / red in its title for no reason - it's an album that is full of passion, rage, blood and fire. It is also the album where the band showcased their mastery of samples, 
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The Triffids
Born Sandy Devotional

The Triffids were one of 1980’s Australia’s greatest alternative rock groups. Grand, sweeping songs, driven by the basslines of Martyn Casey, later of The Bad Seeds and Grinderman. Born Sandy Devotional hasn’t been in print on vinyl since the original release in 1986, and is now handsomely remastered. Limited edition, on heavyweight vinyl.
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M. T. Hadley
Empty

M.T. Hadley hails from London. He first came to prominence when his soulful slice of dream-pop, Janet, hit the airwaves via Frank Ocean’s blonded radio show for Apple Beats 1. High praise, indeed. We’ve a long three-year wait for any more from him though, and here it is, a debut album, Empty. Fans of James Blake, Metronomy, Mac DeMarco and Connan Mockasin would be advised to give this a spin. Includes Janet, Rattle and Private Eye.
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Geowulf
My Resignation

Aussie duo Geowulf return with their second LP. My Resignation is a set of rose-tinted alternative pop/rock tracks that often come with an electronic tang. The likes of lead single ‘I See Red’ combine the wistfulness of Saint Etienne with the sort of bold choruses that PJ Harvey was dealing around the time of Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea.
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Mogwai
Mr Beast

Named after a mysterious sign the band saw whilst waiting in the arrivals lounge at an airport, Mogwai's excellent fifth album was only marred by then manager Alan McGee's bluster in trying to say that it was the best art rock album he's been involved in since My Bloody Valentine's 'Loveless'. Mogwai needed none of that nonsense as they quietly went about their post-rock business this time with shorter songs and a more economical approach to their songwriting. 
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Violent Femmes
Hotel Last Resort

10th album from the Violent Femmes, a band I'm almost certain everyone reading this has heard at least one song by. Hotel Last Resort features Television's Tom Verlaine on the title track for some free form noodling. Lyrically they've moved to something that feels quite stream of consciousness and surreal. I like it.
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The Slow Show
Lust and Learn

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Editors
The Back Room

If in 2005 you wanted another band that sounded like Interpol then Editors were your go-to people. The British five piece mined the same area of gloom but were possibly even more Joy Division influenced than their American cousins. They had some great songs though and most of them are on this album including the rather great Munich which you'd swear was an outtake from Turn On the Bright lights. Not that that is a problem.  
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Various
Dancing In Darkness: EBM, Black Synth & Dark Beats From The 80s

EBM?  Electronic Body Music, the sort of dark, proto-techno, industrial music pioneered by the likes of Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire and Deutsch Amerikanische Freudschaft - all of which are included on Dancing In Darkness: EBM, Black Synth & Dark Beats From The 80s. It's a comprehensive look at the darker sounds of the '80s and includes many dancefloor fillers and off-the-wall noises. 

Bohren & Der Club Of Gore
Beileid

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HVOB
Rocco

Viennese duo HVOB - which doesn’t appear to be an acronym, by the way - drop their fourth LP and first one for PIAS. Rocco is an LP of pretty, emotive electronica from the duo of Anna Müller and Paul Wallner. Tunes such as ‘Bloom’ and ‘2nd World’ also show shades of contemporary classical composition. Think Nils Frahm and Mark Pritchard’s more recent work.
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Rina Mushonga
In A Galaxy

A short time to go (next February) in a galaxy not that far away (this one, the Milky Way) before the arrival of South London-based Dutch-Zimbabwean artist Rita Mushonga's new album In A Galaxy. Her songwriting orbits indie and Afropop with a lot of electronic twists and turns; downpitched vocals, pentatonic synths, and it sounds great.
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White Lies
Five

Five is the er….fifth album by London three-piece White Lies. The facts Normanites might like to know is that it was produced by Ed Buller (Suede, Boo Radleys, Pulp etc) and mixed by Alan Moulder (JAMC, Ride, NIN etc) and renowned producer, Flood, plays synth on it a bit too. LP and CD on PIAS.

David August
D'Angelo

David August has always felt an affinity to the parts of him that came from Palestrina in Italy. On D'Angelo he takes his first steps in exploring this feeling in public. Recorded in Italy (by necessity), the album is a muscular mixture of Balearic pop and darker sounds of the noir soundtrack. 
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Neil & Liam Finn
Lightsleeper

Nice family get together here as new Fleetwood Mac guy Neil Finn (Crowded House etc) teams up with son Liam Finn. Mum is on here as well as is Liam's brother Elroy and weird uncles Connan Mockasin and Mick Fleetwood also put in appearances.  No sign of Tim Finn but there's still more than enough family talent here. 

Teen Creeps
Birthmarks

Teen Creeps hail from Ghent in Belgium. Their debut album is throwback to the ‘90s with noisy guitars and melodic vocals. It was produced by Rory Attwell who has previously brought the nineties-ness out of Yuck and Veronica Falls as well as helming albums by The Vaccines. Fans of Dinosaur Jr, Fugazi, Cloud Nothings and Yuck should give this a spin. LP and CD on PIAS.
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De La Soul's Plug 1 & Plug 2 present First Serve
First Serve

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Baxter Dury
Miami - Remixes

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Agnes Obel
Philharmonics

Agnes Obel’s ‘Philharmonics’ is a quiet classic in every sense. The Danish singer-songwriter’s 2010 debut LP unfussily went about its business in the subsequent decade, notching an impressive 450,000+ sales across Europe. It’s also a spare and lovely album full of graceful balladeering - ‘Philharmonics’ set the scene for the emergence of Aldous Harding a few years later.
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Public Service Broadcasting
Every Valley

Public Service Broadcasting carry on with a third full-length album, this one focusing on (and recorded in a key hub of) South Wales’ faded mining tradition. As well as the usual line-up, Every Valley features Welsh guest appearances from Manic Street Preacher Mr. James Dean Bradfield and Lisa Jen Brown. CD and vinyl editions available from PIAS.
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Bohren & Der Club Of Gore
Dolores

While Bohren & der Club of Gore may not exactly be a household name, they’ve got fans where it counts. Mike Patton, Sigur Ros and Burial are all noted followers of the German ambient jazz group. You sense Dolores, with its somnambulant organs and closing-time saxophone ballads, will only strengthen those bonds. Very atmospheric listening.

Dillon
Kind

On her third opus, Dominique Dillon De Byington (or Dillon to us music listeners) looks at something over to the right. Enough about the cover - Kind is a feast of brass instrumentation over an electronic pop backdrop, with Feist and Bjork comparisons to boot. As with all great pop songs, this deals with love, that old thing with all its ups and downs.
  • Vinyl LP (PIASD5029LPX)
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Basement 5
In Dub

Dub companion to the reissue of the London post-punk band’s sole LP, the Martin Hannett-produced 1965-1980. In some cases the craze of using dub techniques to expand the aesthetic horizons of guitar bands seemed opportunist or overly optimistic, but Basement 5’s original rhythms were solid enough, and the basslines heavy enough, for that approach to make sense in this case. It’s a high-energy half hour that emphasises the extremes of Hannett’s production and a worthwhile companion piece to the parent LP.  
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Basement 5
1965-1980

Hard to believe that a prime post-punk era Martin Hannett production has languished in relative obscurity for so long. Basement 5 were a short-lived, all-black London band operating in a similar dub / punk territory to early Public Image Ltd and Killing Joke. At one point fronted by Don Letts before photographer Dennis Morris took over, this, their sole LP, features Blockhead "Gentleman" Charles Charles sitting in on drums. There’s a nice balance between a heavy and precise rhythm section and scratchy, sloppy guitar and vocals, lyrically politicised as you’d expect, with Hannett applying some effects familiar from his work with Joy Division and others. The CD version features the In Dub EP, available separately on vinyl.
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Témé Tan
Témé Tan

Teme Tan, aka multi-instrumentalist Tanguy Haesevoets, presents this self-titled debut offering, which reflects upon the producer's wanderlust. Brought up to and from the corners of of the DRC, Belgium and Kinshasha, the pioneer's well-cultured attitude is reflected in his works; this is unique and complex material.
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Ghostpoet
Meltdown

Woooooooooo! Grab your candles, the Ghostpoet is back. ‘Meltdown’ is lifted from the one born Obaro Ejimiwe’s 2013 LP Some Say I So I Say Light. The track is a typically meditative piece - Mr. Poet and an unnamed female accomplice coo blue nothings over an instrumental that draws from hip-hop, UK bass, post-dubstep and neo-soul. On the flip Squarepusher Squarepusher-ifies the original.
  • Vinyl 10" (PIASR611V10)
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Angus & Julia Stone
Snow

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INHEAVEN
INHEAVEN

INHEAVEN will release their self-titled debut album on September 1st. Not straying away from their indie rock identity, the album expresses the energy and electricity of which makes the band so easily recognisable. The 12 track debut album is available on both CD and Vinyl, available on Play It Again Sam.
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J. Bernardt
Running Days

Taking some time out from the day job, Balthazar member Jinte Deprez comes through with ten tracks of chest-swelling indie-’n’-b. The press release claims influence from How to Dress Well and Gorillaz, but there’s also more than a pinch of Plan B and Adele to the swagger of tracks like ‘The Other Man’.

Balthazar
Leipzig

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Balthazar
Applause

The debut album by Belgian five-piece, Balthazar is now available on vinyl for the first time since its original CD release in 2010. Applause won the best album of 2010 at the 2011 Music Industry Awards. The band have been likened to Arctic Monkeys, The Streets, The XX and Gorillaz, which is a mix I just can’t comprehend.  
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Dead Can Dance
In Concert

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Soap&Skin
Sugarbread

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The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
The Body

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Liz Green
Displacement Song

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dEUS
Keep You Close

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Drive-By Truckers
Go Go Boots - PROMOTIONAL POSTER

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The Jim Jones Revue
Dishonest John

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The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Belong

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Drive-By Truckers
Go-Go Boots

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Mogwai
Happy Songs For Happy People

Happy Songs For Happy People was the fourth album by loveable Scottish rascals Mogwai and saw the band tone down their earlier post-rock excesses to a more subdued form of mostly instrumental composition. Synths and keyboards were used more prominently and there are some vocal contributions but it is the emotional depth and always simmering tension that suggests that this is one of the high points in their ever expanding musical canon.  
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The Young Gods
TV Sky

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Soap&Skin
Marche Funebre

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Joan As Police Woman
The Deep Field

Joan As Police Woman keeps trying to fool us into thinking that she’s law enforcement, but we’re onto her. We’re not sure how we know - maybe it’s the lack of a badge, the fact that we've never seen her eat a doughnut, or all the LPs she releases - but we're just sure that the one born Joan Wasser ain’t working for the man. Fourth full-length The Deep Field isn’t a copper’s record either. With its chunky soul-rock grooves and Wasser’s Cat Power-esque songwriting turns, The Deep Field is more Lou Reed than Eddie & Lou.

Koushik
Be With EP

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The Kelley Deal 6000
Boom! Boom! Boom!

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The Sound
Thunder Up

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Agnes Obel
Riverside EP

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Soap&Skin
Spiracle

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The Jim Jones Revue
Burning Your House Down

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The Jim Jones Revue
High Horse

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The Young Gods
Play Kurt Weill

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CocoRosie
Grey Oceans

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Meat Beat Manifesto
Prime Audio Soup

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Tim Robbins And The Rogues Gallery Band
You're My Dare/ Queen of Dreams

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CocoRosie
Lemonade/ Surfer Girl

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Chris & Cosey
Trust

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Vitalic
OK Cowboy

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Drive-By Truckers
The Big To Do

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The Weathermen
Punishment Park

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The Paranoiacs
Sometimes Teenage Is Spelt T.N.T.

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Wreck
Song X

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Soulwax
Too Many DJs

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Mogwai
Friend of The Night

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The Legendary Pink Dots
Princess Coldheart

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Moose
Bang Bang

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Moose
Uptown

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Moose
Honey Bee

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Soulwax
E Talking

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Soap&Skin
Lovetune For Vacuum

Soap&Skin’s Lovetune For Vacuum came out in 2009, but this particular Norman Records™ writer is typing up its description a decade later. As such, listening to Soap&Skin’s debut LP has been as much of a chance to muse on the changing musical winds of the past ten years as it has been an exercise in music journalism. You really don’t hear much stuff like it anymore, but I can distinctly recall a time when this Regina Spektor/Dresden Dolls/PJ Harvey-type thing was very much the order of the day. The only things here that aren’t quite as time-stamped are glitching techno cuts like ‘DDMMYYYY’. While the style is a bit dated now, you really can’t fault the songwriting. Indeed, the piano balladry here is a few notches above the Adeles and Olafur Arnaldses we’re having to deal with at the moment. More power to Soap&Skin!
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Gold Chains
Nada

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The Legendary Pink Dots
Malachai (Shadow Weaver Pt.2)

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Hollywood, Mon Amour
Hollywood, Mon Amor


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The Young Gods
Knock On Wood

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The Triffids
The Black Swan

The Black Swan is the fifth and final LP from much-loved Australian post-punks The Triffids. Originally released in 1989, the band drafted in The Smiths’ producer extraordinaire Stephen Street to help them put together their most ambitious record. From the cover artwork it should be obvious that their songwriting style had moved towards the sort of gallows balladry Nick Cave was doing around the same time. The Triffids are good at it, too.
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The Triffids
Treeless Plain

Seminal Aussie group The Triffids have had a couple of their LPs reissued through PIAS, and unsurprisingly the band’s 1983 debut LP Treeless Plain is among the number. This is a florid collection that synthesises various contemporaneous strains of post-punk. Joy Division’s doomy prognoses, Durutti Column-style dreaminess, The Smiths’ 60’s-indebted indie and the energetic pop of Orange Juice all combine here. It makes for a wistful, often lovely listen. This new edition of Treeless Plain includes seven bonus tracks that The Triffids taped live for radio.

Soulwax
Conversation Intercom

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The Young Gods
L'eau Rouge

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The Young Gods
Only Heaven

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Meat Beat Manifesto
Edge of No Control

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Dinosaur Jr
Been There All The Time

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Dinosaur Jr
Almost Ready

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Dinosaur Jr
Crumble

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New Fast Automatic Daffodils
Pigeonhole

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The Hold Steady
Stuck Between Stations

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Dinosaur Jr.
Beyond

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