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John Maus
We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves

John Maus’ We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves is the record we both need and deserve. The 2011 album saw Maus (somewhat) hone the hypnagogic pop of his first two LPs in a ‘search for the perfect pop song’. Sometimes this means we get wistful, florid synth-pop in the mould of Maus’ good friend Ariel Pink; sometimes this means we get brisk, bracing Joy Division-esque post-punk; always it means we get a record that lays itself bare, bringing the bliss even as Maus coos things like 'let's kill every cop in sight'.

Buscabulla
Regresa

One of the most eagerly anticipated debuts in a while, Buscabulla - a.k.a. Raquel and Luis Alfredo - at last present Regresa. Recorded at their home studio in Puerto Rico and with production from indie veteran Patrick Wimberly, it’s a volatile and ever-changing experience that reflects upon personal issues and those facing their home country. 

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
Temple

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down are a San Francisco-based indie band with roots in alt-folk and influences that range from country to hip-hop. They are fronted by Thao Ngyuen who has, in the past, collaborated with Joanna Newsom, Andrew Bird, Portland Cello Project and Marah. Temple is the band’s fifth album and first since 2016’s A Man Alive.

Lower Dens
The Competition

It’s a little strange to think of Lower Dens as elder statesmen of indie, but the dream-pop duo have now been going for nearly a decade. Their fourth studio album, 'The Competition', is befitting of their status in 2019, their normally languorous demeanour now injected with more urgency in a suite of songs examining the dehumanising effects of the twilight of capitalism. 

John Maus
Songs

The 2006 debut of avant-pop musician John Maus, from before he rose to real prominence. Songs is super-electronic and rich with nostalgic longing for many things, especially the sound and culture of 1980’s pop. Fair enough John, it was a pretty evocative time. Features Ariel Pop on two tracks. Songs has been reissued by Ribbon Music.

John Maus
Love Is Real

There is an alternate timeline in which John Maus, rather than Ariel Pink, was the one who collaborated with Madonna.* You only need to listen to Maus’ 2006 LP Love Is Real once to know that it would have been something worth hearing. The academic punk heartthrob is in majestic form here. Psychedelic minimal wave paeans like ‘Rights For Gays’ and ‘The Silent Chorus’ spiral ever-higher. *In this reality Maus divides his time between being a massive pop star and president of the U.S.A.. It’s a great timeline.

John Maus
Addendum

Another John Maus record so soon? Quick succession is a nice thing. Following up last year's gloom-pop masterclass Screen Memories, which encapsulated everything good about this stuffy Philosophy academic and underground star, Maus gets out the keyboards again for Addendum, twelve more tunes that see him through caution even further into the wind.

John Maus
Screen Memories

John Maus returns! Six years have passed since ‘We Must Become The Pitiless Censors’ -- during which time Maus has toured, released a rarities collection and finished his doctorate in Political Philosophy. He sounds as towering and stately as ever on Screen Memories; the record is another personal one which will haunt and invigorate. He even designed and built the modular synths he plays on it. Polyphony abounds! LP / CD on Ribbon music. 

L.A. Takedown
II

Aaron M. Olson leads his seven piece band L.A. Takedown into the creation of some really intricate music on their second album II. These compositions are busy but tightly controlled, with melodic lines and groovy-rhythms twisting around each other to form precise and proggy pieces. Released by Ribbon Music.

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
A Man Alive

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down are a San Francisco-based indie band led by Thao Nguyen. A Man Alive is the band’s fourth album and follow-up to 2013’s We Common, which featured a duet with Joanna Newsom. On A Man Alive Nguyen wanted to bring bass and beats to the fore rather than guitars, building on the hip-hop influences of it’s predecessor. Available on marbled vinyl, exclusive to independent retailers, standard vinyl and CD.

Lower Dens
Escape From Evil

New album from Lower Dens, that features a sound that maintains the cold distance of their earlier work whilst also somehow feeling warmer. Single ‘To Die In L.A.’ sets the tone with a beautiful melody and arrangements sweeping around Jana Hunter’s gorgeously stark voice. Escape From Evil is released by Ribbon Music.

John Maus
A Collection of Rarities and Previously Unreleased Material

Does what it says on the tin. It collects Rarities and Previously Unreleased Material from the American musician and places it onto one full length. John Maus is known for his low, low voice which he places over synthesized pop which sometimes recalls the goth/synth stuff of the early '80s. He is very popular. In fact once perusing a dating site, I found a moment who said her ideal man was John Maus. Needless to say, I didn't apply.  

Laura Marling
A Creature I Don't Know

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L.A. Takedown
L.A. Takedown

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Hamilton Leithauser
Alexandra / In The Shallows

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Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
We The Common

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Lower Dens
Twin Hand Movement

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Laura Marling
Alas I Cannot Swim

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