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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. 

Laura Marling
A Creature I Don't Know


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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.

L.A. Takedown
L.A. Takedown

L.A. Takedown is a new project that aims to recall the sort of synth-laden 80’s movie soundtracks that often pass through our doors. This single-track debut album does a pretty sterling job of meeting that aim, synthetic and ‘real’ instruments swirling up into a shiny monolith. LP only available through independent stores, on Ribbon Music.

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.