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Philip Parfitt
Mental Home Recordings

Philip Parfitt is best-known as the frontman for UK alternative-rock band The Perfect Disaster. He has also previously collaborated with Jason Pierce (Spectrum/Spiritualized) and Terry Bickers (House of Love/Levitation). 'Mental Home Recordings' is his second solo album following 2014's 'I'm Not The Man I Use To Be'. I just can't believe that sleeve artwork - can you? 

Candy Opera
The Patron Saint Of Heartache

After previously calling time on their ten-year career in 1992, Liverpool’s Candy Opera return to the fold with ‘The Patron Saint of Heartache’. The album’s lead single ‘These Days Are Ours’ suggests that this is an album of perfect guitar pop which balances the earthiness of Michael Head’s various projects and the charming chime of The Go-Betweens. 
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Davey Woodward and The Winter Orphans
Love and Optimism

Davey Woodward is of course the man behind 80s arch-pop experts The Brilliant Corners and '90s/onwards clever-clogs The Experimental Pop Band. Alongside his group the Winter Orphans, here Woodward has recorded this "live in the studio" album which follows up 2018's self-titled debut. 'Love and Optimism' is a love letter to Bristol, the city Woodward calls home and finds a constant source of inspiration.  

The Room In The Wood
We're The Martians, Now

The Room in the Wood are a band from Liverpool formed by Dave Jackson formerly of The Room and Benny Profane and Paul Cavanagh formerly of The Room. On their second album We’re The Martians, Now lyrics suggest that the human race has turned into evil martians sci-fi novels warned us against whilst the music influences vary between T-Rex, Burt Bacharach and stripped-back folk.

The Wolfhounds
Electric Music

Always good to see former C86 anger merchants the Wolfhounds back and Electric Music is their first new music since 2016’s Untied Kingdom. As usual it is high octane indie rock full of skewered guitars, pounding drums and and Dave Callahan’s distinctive guttural bark spewing out lyrics of a decidedly political bent. 

Easy
Radical Innocence

Sweden’s Easy were big in their county’s indie rock scene in the early ‘90s. Their history is sewn into the fabric of Swedish music too as Agnetha Fältskog, one of the As in ABBA, used to be the singer’s babysitter. They toured the UK with The Charlatans, The Jesus and Mary Chain, House of Love and Lush but it never translated into sales over here. They have a new album, Radical Innocence, which sees them bring back their mix of Sonic Youth-level racket and Beach Boys-level sweetness. 

The Black Watch
Brilliant Failures

The Black Watch are an indie band from Santa Barbara, California who formed in 1987. Since then, without a great deal of people noticing and certainly with no hype, they’ve put out 20-odd LPs and EPs. They sound like a very desirable mix of the famed Dunedin sound, Guided By Voices and The Wedding Present. Their latest album is Brilliant Failures, you should buy it. 
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The Claim
The New Industrial Ballads

It's always driven me a bit crackers when modern folk artists sing about dingly dells and wenches on horseback rather than continue the folk tradition by singing about issues of the day. The Claim couldn't claim (ha!) to be a folk band but the returning Medway Scene band here sing about such 2019 issues as economic migration and the changing industrial landscape. True folk music then but expect more thoughtful and literate English guitar pop from this long running concern.  

Paul Den Heyer
Everything So Far

Paul Den Heyer is something of a supporting cast character in the North-West’s music history, formerly a member of short-lived indie rockers Fishmonkeyman and then of The Red Sided Garter Snakes alongside ex-members of Puressence and Inspiral Carpets. He’s now creating hazy guitar sketches in his own right - Everything So Far is his debut solo release. 

The Wolfhounds
Hands In The Till: The Complete John Peel Sessions

Now active again releasing a couple of well received albums in the last few years, the Wolfhounds were a great 80s band who had one finger in C86 jangle and strum and another filthy finger in the noise rock of the likes of Sonic Youth. This album collects the band's three four song Peel Sessions on one LP showcasing the band at their most gritty and raw.   

The Room In The Wood
The Room In The Wood

The first thing to note about this record is that the vinyl version has 9 tracks, where as the CD has 10. The added track on the CD is called Vermillion Sands, in case you wanted to know. This self-titled record from The Room In The Wood is a cracking combination of pop-punk, rock, blues and folk. Available on vinyl LP and CD, and released on A Turntable Friend. 

Bradford
Thirty Years Of Shouting Quietly

Bradford were a band from Blackburn (I know, it's confusing) who were once saddled with the 'new Smiths' tag that plenty of 80's bands had to endure. Sadly for Bradford the collapse of Rough Trade and the emergence of the more uplifting 'Madchester' scene did for their brand of mopey jangle. Oh yeah they also had a song called 'In Liverpool' just so they could squeeze another northern city into their history.     

Easy
Magic Seed

This record was claimed by NME to be a record that would break the British snobbery towards European acts who play 90's rock music. Whether or not it did is entirely a personal opinion. Magic Seed by Easy has been remastered on A Turntable Friend and both the vinyl and CD are housed in gatefold packaging. 

Easy
A Heartbeat From Eternity

Swedish rockers Easy are coming up to three decades since their debut album Magic Seed dropped. A lot has changed in the musical landscape since, but you wouldn’t know if from listening to A Heartbeat From Eternity. This is whimsical, well-crafted indie-pop in the same mould as Ride, The Lemonheads, Yuck et al.

TEA
Everybody's Happy Sometimes

Another indie pop release from the now reconstituted A Turntable Friend. TEA are a duo from the Isle of Man who are said to peddle indie pop that sits somewhere between the Field Mice and the Beloved. This was initially due in 1999 but is probably better off coming out in the more indie-pop friendly 2017. All profits to Stop Hate too.  

Various
The Test Of Time

Funny how things come back round. German indie imprint A Turntable Friend were all but forgotten despite releasing a plethora of cool indie 7"s in the early '90s. They returned last year with an excellent single by Wakefield's Drahla and look to again become a force of good in indie circles. Here is a compilation of the best bits of their early releases and includes great bands such as Hellfire Sermons, Lorelei, Boyracer and most importantly Bomb Pops 'Girl Daredevil' which I'm here going to declare as the best indie pop song ever written. All proceeds to charity. 

Drahla
Fictional Decision

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Jasmine Minks
Step By Step

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The Claim
Boomy Tella

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Big Tide
Sync Or Swim

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Dragon Welding
Dragon Welding

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Dose
Furniture

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Sugar Plant
Orange Filter / Cakes On The Shelf

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Tree Fort Angst
Six Songs

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The Claim
Say So

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Secret Shine
Unbearable / My Only Friend

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Dreamscape
Blackflower / Evergreen

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Bomb Pops
Girl Daredevil / Riverside

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Eva Luna
Kick Out (At The Things You Hate)

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Vinegar Blossom
Absence Of A Choice

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Hope
Funny

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Feverfew/ The Rileys
The 'Happiness' EP

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