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Cigarettes After Sex
Cry

Promising more blissful, narcoleptic dream-pop after the success of his early singles, Greg Gonzalez delivers his second Cigarettes After Sex album, Cry. Recorded and finessed by Gonzalez himself during sessions in the middle of the night in Spain, it’s another suite of meditations on intimacy and heartbreak.    *Pre-order the album on any format to be in with the chance of winning a test pressing of the record!*     **Alternatively, email phil(at)normanrecords.com and we'll stick you into the prize draw
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Spike Fuck
The Smackwave EP

Spike Fuck. Now that’s how you name a band. Their music’s good too - at least, 2016’s The Smackwave EP certainly is. This is a set of hazed rock ‘n’ roll tracks that are either lo-hi-fi or hi-lo-fi depending on where you stand. Lou Reed, Television and Ezra Furman are all invoked. No wonder that Partisan Records have decided to snap up The Smackwave for its first vinyl edition. This pressing contains ‘Body By Crystal’, a track that didn’t appear on the 2016 version.

Pottery
No. 1

Canadian band, Pottery, have built their sound on a foundation laid by post-punk weirdos Devo, Scottish indie-funksters Orange Juice and fellow Postcard band Josef K. Their sound can be challenging at times and hypnotic and blissful at others, this dichotomy weirdly makes the band function as one. On Partisan Records.

Molly Sarlé
Karaoke Angel

Molly Sarlé is one third of Mountain Man, the Appalachian folk trio who have a couple of albums in their own name, but also toured as backing singers for Feist on her 'Metals' tour. The incentive to make 'Karaoke Angel' came from a time when she was on a trip following a relationship break-up. She sang the Fleetwood Mac song, 'Dreams', on karaoke and the experience was rather profound for her.
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Goon
Heaven is Humming

Finally arriving a frustrating three years after their immensely promising debut EP Dusk of Punk, it’s time for the first full-length album from Los Angeles’ experimental rockers Goon. Heaven Is Humming takes very familiar sounds from the annals of punk and indie but makes them into something elemental. 
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IDLES
Brutalism

Brutalism is the latest thirteen-track release from Idles. A powerfully written and politically driven collection of music that packs a punch aimed at the current political climate in the UK. It is hardcore and punk, so what do you expect? Described as ‘ a deadly serious indictment on popular culture’ that is available Vinyl LP and CD.
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IDLES
Joy as an Act of Resistance

Imagine if Slaves were not the worst ever of things, and if there were more of them in the band, and if that band also wasn’t Shame. Thus have we IDLES. The Bristol band's second LP Joy As An Act Of Resistance can get a bit punk-by-numbers at times, but there are some properly good tunes in here. ‘Danny Nedelko’ will be a massive festival song for years to come, and I’m absolutely fine with that.

Body Type
EP1 & EP2

Scruffy lo-fi indie and jangly C86 melodies meet on these two EP releases from Sydney-based quartet Body Type, who have supported the likes of Courtney Barnett and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. EP1 was released late last year, while the second instalment EP2 is soon to follow. For those who want the full picture, we've EP1 & EP2. 
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Emel Mathlouthi
Everywhere We Looked Was Burning

Partisan Records displays its impressively diverse artist roster with the latest album by Tunisian-born New Yorker Emel Mathlouthi. Singing largely in English for the first time, Everywhere We Looked Was Burning is politically and ecologically charged, but is no less tuneful than her previous works. 

Fontaines D.C.
Dogrel

I've never heard of them. Seriously, I've never heard of them. They made four hotly received double A-side singles last year which I never knew about and got airplay on Steve Lamacq (which I never heard) and have played sold out shows across Europe which I never attended. Turns out they play snotty indie/post-punk with vocals that seem to sit somewhere between Mark E. Smith and Cathal Coughlan. But what do I know?  

Craig Finn
I Need A New War

Third solo outing from Craig Finn, the songwriter who made his name with good-times rock band The Hold Steady. Their material has always been very lyrical, and Finn’s solo material simply allows more space for his words to spread out just the way they need to. I Need A New War has lots of fine new Finn characters, although with less of a specifically American focus that usual. On Partisan Records.

Deer Tick
Mayonnaise

In 2017, Rhode Island rock/folk/rock/country/rock band Deer Tick released two compilation albums, Vol.1 and Vol.2. Now they’re giving us Mayonnaise, which is a close relative, containing alternative versions of songs first released on the two volumes. What I want to know, however, is why did they call this Mayonnaise when the first two had such prosaic names? Surely Mayonnaise should be called Vol.1 & 2 v2.0, shouldn’t it? LP on Partisan Records incl. Bonus 7”.
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Tender
Fear Of Falling Asleep

Tender are James Cullen (don’t worry, I said Cullen, not Corden) and Dan Cobb, a London duo who make mid-fi R&B. Their new album, Fear Of Falling Asleep, is being hailed as a career high for them If tracks as such as the title track and Closer Still are anything to go by then they could just be about to turn a lot of heads. LP and CD on Partisan.

Cigarettes After Sex
Crush

Here they are, the worst named band in the entire universe but one which has a rather palatable sound which will appeal to fans of Mazzy Star, Low and Galaxie 500. Here is a one off single following on from their much loved debut album with two tracks which have yet to see the light of day. Let's forget smoking after intercourse and just swoon to the sounds.   

Dilly Dally
Heaven

After a couple of years of thrills and spills touring in support of their 2015 debut LP Sore, Dilly Dally return to Partisan for another crack. By all accounts the band almost called it quits after their first album dropped, but fortunately for them and their fans they got it together enough to turn in nine more bits of grungy alt-rock anchored on singer Katie Monks’ ragged howl.
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The Amazing
In Transit

The fifth LP from The Amazing features more of the heartfelt, slightly shoegazey indie-rock that has served the band well up to this point. Tracks like ‘Rewind’ and ‘Pull’, with their delicate grooves and singer Christoffer Gunrup’s dreamy vocal, come off as pitched somewhere between The Antlers and The National. Out via Partisan Records.
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Goon
Dusk of Punk / Happy Omen

Goon is led by L.A musician and visual artist Kenny Becker who has a medical condition that sometimes deadens his sense of smell and hearing. Though such a condition would be most useful in our office, it must be tougher for a musician. Between bouts of illness Becker has made splendid indie rock which has gained praise all over the place. Here are his first two EPs ‘Dusk Of Punk’ (2016) and ‘Happy Omen’ (2017) on vinyl for the first time with bonus tracks. 
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  • Partisan Records

Cigarettes After Sex
Cigarettes After Sex

This is the debut full-length album from Cigarettes After Sex, following up on a number of EPs. They’ve stepped things up for the occasion, with a sound more widescreen than ever before. The songs are romantic in subject matter and sonic construction: this could well be the soundtrack to your next heartache. CD and LP editions available on Partisan Records.

Bombino
Deran

With admirers including Stevie Wonder and Robert Plant, the Niger guitarist Bombino clearly has some serious chops. His pioneering ‘Tuareggae’ sound remains in good nick on his latest LP, and his wide travels and range of influences lead to plenty of unusual songwriting choices on Deran. Case in point - lead single ‘Tehigren’, a track that turns on a sixpence from rock-reggae bounce to nimble desert-blues.

Erika Wennerstrom
Sweet Unknown

Erika Wennerstrom is the singer for the rock band Heartless Bastards, or at least she usually is. On this occasion, she is performing as a solo artist, allowing her songs to flow in precisely the way she wants them to go. Sweet Unknown is extra personal, extra intimate, and highly recommended for Heartless Bastards fans. On Partisan Records.
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Deer Tick
Deer Tick Vol. 2

It’s been four years since their last record, and now Rhode Island based Deer Tick drop two at the same time, each showing a vastly different side of the band’s persona. Vol. 2 is highly energised and raucous garage/punk rock. 10 new tracks that’ll get you up and at ‘em. LP and CD released through Partisan.

Deer Tick
Deer Tick Vol. 1

Four years since their last record, Rhode Island based Deer Tick drop two at the same time, each showing a vastly different side of the band’s coin. Vol. 1 is their more stripped back, mellower acoustic side. 10 thoughtful, engaging tracks for the lazy, lonely afternoon.LP and CD released through Partisan.

Tender
Modern Addiction

Debut album from London based indie pop duo Tender. Made up of James Cullen  and Dan Cobb the pair craft emotionally explosive pop music that excels at juxtaposing upbeat and melancholic themes, with Roosevelt esque basslines and groove matched with up close heart wrenching lyricism. LP and CD on Partisan.
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Baby In Vain
More Nothing

This Danish trio have a razor sharp and slightly off kilter take on noise rock taking influence from shoegaze, Sonic Youth and Sleater-Kinney in songs that manage to be both hard rocking and dreamy. Not for the faint hearted, they make a right old racket which has earned them live slots with Jesus and Mary Chain and the Kills. 
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  • Partisan Records

The Black Angels
Death Song

The Black Angels are so deep into the world(s) of modern psych-rock music that two of their members are the founders of Austin’s Levitation Festival, regarded the world over for his high calibre psychedelic music. Needless to say, their band are fantastic purveyors of the genre, and Death Song, their first album in four years, is a potent trip. Out on Partisan Records.
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Violents and Monica Martin
Awake and Pretty Much Sober

The first full-blown and full-length collaborative release of Violents and Monica Martin. Awake And Pretty Much Sober (a high bar to set eh?) is a pop album made by two electronic natives, sifting samples, instruments, vocal harmonies and much else into a set of bright and compelling songs. Awake And Pretty Much Sober is released by Partisan Records.
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Middle Brother
Limited Edition 10”

Middle Brother are something of an alt-country supergroup, mixing the main songwriters / singers of Dawes, Delta Spirit and Deer Tick into one powerful trio. So much voice! The straightforwardly-titled Limited Edition 10” is pressed as a picture disc, and is exclusive to independent record shops. On Partisan Records.

Craig Finn
We All Want The Same Things

Though he was and is the Springsteen-ish narrator in one-track-mind rockers the Hold Steady, Craig Finn's solo work shows a different side to his character albeit with his barfly persona still intact. Finn is still telling tales of stuff that goes on in his Minneapolis/St Paul neighbourhood pairing his observations with lovely indie rock.

Emel
Ensen

Emel is a Tunisian artist that has become well known for her uplifting and positive attitudes towards women in her music, and her second album Ensen is no different. This album is a carefully crafted combination of electronica with Tunisian textured music that has been constructed in a cinematic universe. Available on Vinyl LP and CD.
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  • Partisan Records

Eagulls
Ullages

Leeds favourites Eagulls make a slight move away from the hard-and-fast rush of their debut album with this follow-up. Ullages finds the band diving head first into the territory of 1980’s post-punk: think along the lines of early Cure cut with a little shoegaze. I must say, they wear it well. Released on Partisan Records.
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Holy Sons
In The Garden

Holy Sons is the recording moniker of Emil Amos. In The Garden is his 13th album released under the name and it’s full of dreamy, melodic alt. guitar tunes. It was produced by John Agnello who deserves legendary status for his work with Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth, Phosphorescent and Kurt Vile. Amos has been a member of Om, Lilacs and Champagne and Grails and been central to the creation of some trailblazing experimental music over the last decade.

Flock of Dimes
If You See Me, Say Yes

We've already had A Flock Of Seagulls, now we have Flock of Dimes which is the very slick pop project of Wye Oake member Jenn Wasner. Wasner sings sweetly over a guitar pop/electronica hybrid with the occasional clever production to keep things interesting. Certainly aiming high, this has been mixed by 'super' producer John Congleton.    

The Amazing
Ambulance

The Amazing have personnel from the psych, jazz and indie-folk parts of the Scandinavian music scene (Dungen and the bands of Erik Söderlind and Jose Gonzalez respectively), so they are plenty versatile. On Ambulance they turn their talents to the melancholic songs of Chris Gunrup, carrying the melodies with dense instrumentals. Out on Partisan Records.

Ages and Ages
Something to Ruin

Heart lifting pop that sounds like it was recorded in your front room. It wasn’t. It was captured by Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock’s studio, but the personality of this record is it’s strength. Acoustic indie pop filled with gleeful melodies and laid back choral vocals done by all of the band, it’s a great end of summer trip.

Nico Yaryan
What A Tease

Nico Yaryan was, until recently, pursuing a musical career as the drummer in Hanni el Khatib. But there is more to his skills than drums, as this brand new solo material demonstrates: Yaryan sings and songwrites here, producing some smooth, laid-back indieish numbers. His debut solo LP What A Tease is out on Partisan records.

Lontalius
I'll Forget 17

It isn’t too easy getting attention in the music business when you are 18 years old and living in New Zealand, but Eddie Johnston aka Lontalius seems to have managed it, with attention paid by Ryan Hemsworth, Lorde and the Red Bull Music Academy. I’ll Forget 17 is a melancholic set of songs with lashings of electronics. On Partisan Records.
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Dilly Dally
Sore

Dilly Dally were formed by Canadian high school friends and self-taught guitarists Liz Ball and Katie Monks who bonded over a love of Nirvana and Pixies. Thier debut album Sore, as you’d expect from their influences, melds '90's guitar noise with pop sensibilities and a touch of The Cranberries… Sore is on Vinyl LP and CD.
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  • Partisan Records

Made Of Oak
Penumbra

Penumbra is the solo work of Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso, in which he can fully explore his beat-centric side. Made Of Oak is only his debut EP, but it shows off an intuitive approach to electronic textures, with chunks of sound flying around left right and centre, above sturdy beat tracks. 12” vinyl or CD on Partisan Records.
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Sylvan Esso
HSKT

Sylvan Esso brings together Meath (Mountain Man) and Sanborn (Megafaun) to form a compelling duo making sharp pop music. HSKT compiles a series of remixes of their single of that name, with artists like Dntel and Hercules & Love Affair stepping up to add increased levels of club shuffle. On Partisan Records.

Torres
Sprinter

Sprinter is the second album by Torres, AKA Mackenzie Scott. It is the follow up to her 2013 eponymous debut which won critical acclaim from all the right places. The Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter tends towards the darkness with the depth of her lyrical subjects and the way she performs them. Sprinter is likely to launch her into the big time.
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  • Partisan Records

The Amazing
Picture You

The Amazing's nine minute "Picture You" sounds like a blissed-out, stretched version of Real Estate, trying to keep hold of the pleasantness of living for as long as it can. On the record of the same name, the band navigate warm bass tones with interspersing guitar riffs, post-rock asides and warming keyboards. It's a meandering slab of indie rock that's as soothing as it is epic.
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  • Partisan Records

Sylvan Esso
Sylvan Esso

The beats sounds like rusty toy car’ bells making music when they were nostalgic for their time in the countryside. And then the vocalist sounds like she grew up in a big house, and spent her life singing about what the world looked like, and had these elaborate dreams and fantasies about an outside world she’d never seen, and then one day she found the toy car's bells and their music. And that is Sylvan Esso.
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Deer Tick
Negativity

Deer Tick take their indie-rock round the full-length block for a fifth time on Negativity. As sure as night follows day, indie-rock bands will eventually end up sounding like Neil Young. Or so the saying goes. Vanessa Carlton turns up on a track to ram it tearfully home. On CD and double LP from Partisan.
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  • Partisan Records