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Hand Habits
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Hand Habits is the project of Meg Duff, who has been a touring member of Kevin Morby's band. Don't worry we've not made a mistake with the album title, it is indeed placeholder which here stands for Duff's interest in the undefined, in what lies between. The folk songs on placeholder build on this notion lyrically generously waiting to be endowed with meaning. 
  • Vinyl LP (LBJ291LP)
  • CD (LBJ291CD)
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The Faint
Egowerk

You’ve probably noticed what a toxic, disappointing place a social media forum can be. A hotbed of egotistical confrontation. Omaha electro-punks The Faint too have noticed and have made their self-produced seventh Egowerk album all about it. It’s slick, dramatic and fast paced, and perhaps their most electro sound to date.
  • Vinyl LP (LBJ279LP)
  • CD (LBJ279CD)

Adrianne Lenker & Buck Meek
A Sides and B Sides

Big Thief duo Adrianne Lenker & Buck Meek bring together their 2014 EPs A-Sides and B-Sides on one slab o’ wax/disc o’ polycarbonate. Anyone who copped the records when they first saw light of day will know that these are spare indie-folk affairs that any Zooey Deschanel-types in your life will go crazy for. For those who're new here - these are spare indie-folk affairs that any Zooey Deschanel-types in your life will go crazy for.
  • Vinyl LP (LBJ281LP)
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Adrianne Lenker
Hours Were The Birds

Adrianne Lenker has been causing a stir with her stunning voice and songs with Brooklyn-based indie/folk band Big Thief. In 2013, prior to her hooking up with them, she lived in Minneapolis and recorded an album called Hours Were The Birds. The album features just Lenker’s voice and guitar and was mixed by Andrew Sarlo who would also be the man in the chair for subsequent Big Thief albums, Masterpiece and Capacity. LP and CD on Saddle Creek.
  • Vinyl LP (LBJ282LP)
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Young Jesus
The Whole Thing Is Just There

Los Angeles quartet Young Jesus have turned a few heads in recent times, particularly with 2017’s excellent eponymous record. Now less than a year on from that album we get this new six-song set. The Whole Thing Is Just There has a little more of an emo feel (we’re talking Desaparecidos rather than Fall Out Boy) than the last outing, but the alt-rock and indie stylings of Slint and Ought continue to apply some pressure.
  • Vinyl LP (LBBJ273LP)
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Adrianne Lenker
Abysskiss

A collection of new and unforgotten songs from Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker. The songs on Abysskiss are much more intimate than those Lenker plays with her band, giving us a more complete vision of her abilities as a songwriter. The guitar playing is plaintive and tender, and her singing is warm and welcoming. On Saddle Creek.
  • Vinyl LP (LBJ275LP)
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Black Belt Eagle Scout
Mother Of My Children

Black Belt Eagle Scout seems to be taking off. The solo-project by Katherine Paul brims with the different musical influences from her youth--from her Native family’s powwows to old grunge mixtapes, and is already a big hit on the blogs and streams. And we get it, Mother of my Children is a fuzzy and also very soulful affair. For fans of Chastity Belt, Pity Sex.
  • Vinyl LP (LBJ280LP)
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Tomberlin
At Weddings

Sarah Beth Tomberlin is the daughter of a pastor, and attended a Christian school before dropping out. Through the plaintive folk of At Weddings, she searches for an identity distinct from her faith. At the same time the album is inspired by Christian music, creating a profound tension at her music's heart. 
  • Vinyl LP (LBJ276LPC1)
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Sam Evian
You, Forever

From the music of his sophomore LP You, Forever, It’s easy to see how New York songwriter Sam Evian has scored opening slots for bands like Whitney and Teenage Fanclub. The influence of the former is particularly strong on this album, a collection of wistful jangles that owes quite a debt to bands like The Byrds. The reel-to-reel machine used to track You, Forever lends the record a nice sheen of authenticity too.
  • Vinyl LP (LBJ265LP)
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Bright Eyes
I'm Wide Awake It's Morning


  • Vinyl LP (LBJ237LP)

Hop Along
Bark Your Head Off, Dog

Blessed are the emo at heart as Hop Along, royalty of woe and heart-wrench, returns with another record of skewed songwriting. Painted Shut progressed her sound further from its entrenched sparsity and its follow-up doubles down on the dynamism: Bark Your Head off, Dog, is a record that collects older and more nostalgic pop influences into the usual broth of grunge, folk and open source feelings.
  • Vinyl LP (LBJ263LP)
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Palehound
YMCA Pool / Sea Of Blood

The fourth release in Saddle Creek’s ‘Document’ series - other drops have come from Yr Heart, Kismet and New Streets - sees the label hone in on Boston’s Palehound. Group leader Ellen Kempner is a magnetic presence, bringing guts and emotion to the well-worn DIY pop stylings of her songs. Her short-of-breath performance really carries the chirpy b-side ‘Sea of Blood’.
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Young Jesus
Young Jesus

The third LP from these LA post-punkers Young Jesus is a hyper eloquent affair reminiscent of Slint and Ought. Frequently tender, often wistful, occasionally raucous, S/T covers a lot of musical bases while still remaining a cohesive aesthetic hole. The singer’s voice is nice too, sounding like a less whiny version of the vocalist from Alt-J.
  • Vinyl LP (LBJ272LP)
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Big Thief
Capacity

Brooklynite 4-piece Big Thief bring us their eagerly anticipated sophomore full-length release, Capacity. Adrianne Lenker's songwriting is concerned with identity and the many faces we present as women and men. The band continue to train ever brighter lights upon the wonders of the world, while drilling down into the darker recesses of the human condition. That's deep. LP and CD on Saddle Creek.
  • Vinyl LP (LBJ255LP)
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Stef Chura
Messes

A DIY hero in her home state of Michigan, Stef Chura’s LP for Saddle Creek is a smart and confident grunge revival record. Shades of Colleen Green, Angel Olsen and Girls colour Messes, and Chura’s voice is a commanding presence. She shows good compositional range throughout, zipping between styles with ease, and her knack for a hook doesn’t go amiss either. Good clean fun.
  • Vinyl LP (LBJ270LP)
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Bright Eyes
A Christmas Album

Who let this happen? My idea of hell is Conor Oberst flopping his fringe over my Christmas turkey. However, he originally recorded this album of seasonal favourites to benefit Nebraska AIDS project, so we'll let him off. In any case, lots of you out there are in love with his sheep-like braying and boyish good looks. He owns two houses you know... and he's recently started eating meat again. More turkey for Conor then. 
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The Mynabirds
Be Here Now

This entire album was written AND recorded in two weeks, yet listening to it you really wouldn't think it at all. Be Here Now is the latest release from The Mynabirds. Never a stranger to bring politics into their music, lead singer Laura Burhenn speaks about how the album is a voice for those left behind by current day America and the era of 'Trump-ism'. Available on Vinyl LP and released on Saddle Creek. 
  • Vinyl LP (LBJ261LP)

Hand Habits
Yr heart

Yr Heart from Los Angeles’ Hand Habits is the third release in the Document series. This single presents Meg Duffy: singer-songwriter and guitarist from upstate NY, hot from tours and studio sessions with Mega Bog and Kevin Morby Band; she has the personality and the skills. Ltd edition 7” on Saddle Creek.

Twinsmith
Stay Cool

Taking a step back from the in your face poppier productions from their last album, Twinsmith have stripped back and gone for a more personal touch. Stay Cool brings softened and hazy pop-rock that lands smack in the centre of a venn diagram consisting of Phoenix, Fleetwood Mac, and Currents era Tame Impala.
  • Vinyl LP (LBJ257LP)
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Land Of Talk
Life After Youth

Elizabeth Powell has had a somewhat rocky love affair with her Land Of Talk project, with everything seeming to go wrong a forced hiatus occurred 7 years ago, but of course catharsis was found in building the project back up, reunited with original drummer and featuring guests Sharon Van Etten, Steve Shelley they return to Bright Eyes’s Saddle Creek label with powerful self empowered indie rock tracks.
  • Vinyl LP (LBJ258LP)
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Wilder Maker
New Streets

Coming out of New York, here is Wilder Maker and their single New Streets, a pleasant pair of rich, life-driven indie songs. New Streets is the second release in Saddle Creek’s Document series, which aims to present fine artists who’ll be new to the label’s listenership. 7” single.
  • Vinyl 7" (LBJ259)

Big Thief
Mythological Beauty

Apparently finding its way on 'countless Best of 2016 lists', this two track release from Big Thief is their first of 2017 and is available on a limited pressing, yellow vinyl 7". Other than containing some decent music, the vinyl is very aesthetically pleasing and a great addition to any collection - if colour is your thing. Limited to 700 copies and released on Saddle Creek. 

Bright Eyes
Lifted Or The Story Is In The Soil

A reissue of Bright Eyes' 2002 full length release, Lifted Or The Story Is In The Soil. With equal parts folk and indie, frontman Conor Oberst's authentic and well-crafted songwriting is accompanied by his shaky Nebraska voice and diverse instrumentation including orchestral elements, a rock line-up and often just simple acoustic guitar. Released on Vinyl LP and CD on the Saddle Creek label.
  • CD (LBJ236CD)

Bright Eyes
Fevers and Mirrors


  • Vinyl Double LP (LBJ235LP)

Bright Eyes
Digital Ash In A Digital Urn


  • Vinyl Double LP (LBJ238LP)

Big Thief
Dandelion

Dandelion is an excellent taster for (or bonus to, depending on your perspective) the debut album by Big Thief, Masterpiece. The band centres around the core partnership of guitarist Buck Meek and songwriter Adrianne Lenker, and the two songs they present on this 7” are rich in sound, arrangement and humanity. Released by Saddle Creek.
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Bright Eyes
The Studio Albums 2000 – 2011

Here, have a massive motherload of Bright Eyes: six full albums from the era 2000 - 2011, each of them remastered to perfection. That comes to 6 CDs, or a back-breaking 10 LPs if you choose the vinyl box, which also includes photo prints and a new essay on Conor Oberst’s prime project. Limited edition boxes on Saddle Creek.
  • Vinyl Deluxe LP box set (LBJ240LP)
  • Coloured vinyl

Sam Evian
Premium

Premium is the debut album of Sam Evian, who makes classic-sounding soulful pop music through a shiny contemporary dream-electronic filter. It’s an effective (and affecting) approach! Personnel include Shahzad Ismaily, two members of Here We Go Magic and the saxophonist from the Colbert show. Premium is out on Saddle Creek.
  • Vinyl LP (LBJ241LP)

Big Thief
Masterpiece

Big Thief is the next evolution of the music of Adrianne Lenker, drawing in her long-term creative collaborator Buck Meek and, for the first time, a regular rhythm section. Masterpiece (a bold title eh?) has the relaxed, guitar-led swagger of so much 90’s alt-rock, and Lenker’s songs manage to be instantly memorable. Released by Saddle Creek.
  • Vinyl LP (LBJ233LP)
  • CD (LBJ233CD)
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The Thermals
We Disappear

The Thermals are an old-school punk-rock band, their tracks bursting with a sense of abandon. The Portland trio have been doing this for years, so all the elements (howled vocals, guitars to put a smile on your face) are perfectly in place; time hasn’t dulled their thrill though. Available on CD, or in a clear vinyl edition that is limited to just 400 copies. Out on Saddle Creek
  • CD (LBJ225)

Mynabirds
Lovers Know

Lovers Know is the third album by The Mynabirds. It’s been three years since their previous album. During that period, founding member Laura Burhenn has toured as a member of Ben Gibbard’s The Postal Service, driven coast-to-coast in the US twice, played solo shows in London and South Africa and traveled Europe inspired by the words of American novelist William Faulkner. Myriad influences have been drawn upon in the creation of Lovers Know from R&B to The Jesus & Mary Chain and Kate Bush to My Bloody Valentine. The lyrics are of a personal and confessional nature, whilst musically it is The Mynabirds most accessible album to date.  
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Hop Along
Painted Shut

The announcement of a new album by Hop Along is like receiving a letter from a disappeared friend. Ever since the formidable Wretches EP, when the band was still known as Hop Along, Queen Ansleis (Queen Ansleis having apparently hopped along by now), any news from the band is good news. Singer Frances Quinlan’s voice is hectic, powerful and astonishing, with a conviction that makes you want to ask whether she’s okay. For Painted Shut, the band worked with John Agnello, known for his work with, among others, Kurt Vile and Dinosaur Jr. Expect great things.
  • CD (LBJ218CD)
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  • Saddle Creek

Twinsmith
Alligator Years

Alligator Years is the second album by Twinsmith and follows on from their 2013 self-titled debut and follow-up single, Honestly. The four-piece from Omaha, Nebraska have an anthemic indie-pop sound that sits somewhere between Vampire Weekend, The Shins and MGMT. These guys potentially have the sound of summer all wrapped up.

Cursive
The Ugly Organ (Deluxe)

Back when the emo revival didn't exist yet, and writing concept albums about break-ups and domestic struggles was the done thing, there was Cursive, and there was Tim Kasher. Released after the potent and disturbing 'Domestica', with its mathier approach to heartbreak and its stark, violent lyricism, 'The Ugly Organ' saw Kasher's band transition from emotionally raw punks to an almost delicate indie rock band. The added orchestral elements to Cursive's sound were as sharp as you'd expect from the band, though, with cellos sounding like heart attacks and violins played like they were pushing the listener to the floor. And Kasher's lyrics were still miserable, ruined and wrecked. 'The Ugly Organ' might be Saddle Creek's high watermark, and reminds us that what we like listening to best is often someone else's turmoil. Here's a deluxe version of the pity party, with lots of additional songs.
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Orenda Fink
Blue Dream

'Blue Dream' is singer-songwriter (and one half of Azure Ray) Orenda Fink's third record, based around her newly-found fascination with dying in dreams. The result is an eerie record of vocal whispers and subdued electronic sounds, all evident on early single and opener "Ace of Cups". 'Blue Dream' appears to offer more subtle songwriting than the early, more conventionally rock days of Fink's debut 'Invisible Ones'.   Tracks: Ace of Cups You Can Be Loved This Is a Part of Something Greater You Are a Mystery Holy Holy Blue Dream Sweet Disorder Poor Little Bear Darkling All Hearts Will Be Again
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Pujol
Nasty, Brutish and Short

Nasty, Brutish and Short is the tenth release in two-years from the indefatigably prolific Pujol. After making records with many small labels, Pujol left SXSW festival clutching a deal from Saddle Creek and the opportunity for releasing music on a larger scale. Available on 10” vinyl + download code and CD
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Twinsmith
Honestly

Weezer indebted Twinsmith follow their self-released debut album with Honestly. A well produced slice of radio-friendly pop. B-Side features "1 30" and "Big Deal". Perhaps thinks it's catchier than it is. Out on vinyl 7” on Saddle Creek. Limited to fifty copies in the UK.
  • Vinyl 7" (LBJ203)
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Icky Blossoms
Icky Blossoms


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Adam Haworth Stephens
We Live On Cliffs


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The Rural Alberta Advantage
Departing


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Rural Alberta Advantage
Hometowns


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The Rural Alberta Advantage
Drain The Blood


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Ladyfinger (Ne)
Dusk


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Two Gallants
Two Gallants


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Georgie James
Places


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Now It's Overhead
Dark Light Daybreak


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Cursive
Happy Hollow

Cursive have always been a band driven by themes and policies, but Tim Kasher upped the ante on Happy Hollow, crafting a majestic concept album about the failed application of the American dream. It's a change up from the sinister romances of Domestica and The Ugly Organ, and the result is a more musically diverse record with a few new directions to shoot off into. Kasher's still miserable as shit, though.
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