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The Reds, Pinks and Purples
You Might Be Happy Someday

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Peel Dream Magazine
Moral Panics

'Moral Panics' is the new EP by Peel Dream Machine aka Joe Stevens. It is made up of tracks recorded during the sessions for his last album 'Agitprop Alterna', ones that didn’t quite fit the vibe of the LP but were too good to be left in the can. The title for this EP is taken from Stanley Cohen’s book about 60s mods called 'Folk Devils and Moral Panic's. Sound-wise 'Moral Panics' is reminiscent of My Bloody Valentine and Eric Matthews. 

The Stroppies
Whoosh

Melbourne band The Stroppies are comprised of members of bands such as Twerps, Tyrannamen and Boomgates. Their sound recalls bands from the classic mid-’80s to mid-’90s era of the Flying Nun label such as The Clean and The Bats. Their new album is Whoosh. They are fronted by Gus Lord, a name with a certain je ne se quoi worth mentioning.  LP and CD on Tough Love.

Ulrika Spacek
Suggestive Listening E.P.

If you can't get enough of the two fuzz-worn Ulrika Spacek full lengthers The Album Paranoia and Modern English Decoration then this five track EP should be on your listening list. It sees the band veer away from their KEN home recording set up towards a studio in France resulting in a more experimental bent which suggests future directions for the high octane band. 

The Stroppies
Look Alive!

The Stroppies are another pop band from Australia who play easy to love guitar music with the haphazard feel of a lot of their forbearers. The band initially started as the duo of Angus Lord and Claudia Serfaty with the premise being to get their musical ideas down as fast as possible and even though they've expanded into a full band there is still an urgency and freshness about their lo-fi pop which recalls the more melodic end of the Flying Nun roster. 

Cymbals Eat Guitars
LOSE

Tough Love bring us a new Cymbals Eat Guitars album complete wth disturbo sleeve of a man wrapped up in stuff (well Houdini). Fans of Shudder To Think, Built To Spill and other American alt-rock style bands should take note in this brand new opus. Initial copies of this album come with a bonus 4 track CD (both formats are available with this).Please note that Ian Mcshane was not harmed in the process of making this album.
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The Stroppies
The Stroppies

Melbourne-based The Stroppies took inspiration from Guided By Voices and The Great Unwashed in getting ideas recorded as quickly as possible so they were never standing still creatively. Starting out as a three-piece, they added a drummer following their wish to create more than the limiting nature of keyboard drum beats would allow. Despite fleshing-out their sound, their lo-fi, DIY charm still remains intact. The Stroppies are comprised from members of bands such as The Stevens, Dick Diver and See/Saw. Self-titled mini-LP on Tough Love Records, limited to 300 copies.
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Peel Dream Magazine
Agitprop Alterna

Motorik beats, melodic and discordant. Agitprop Alterna is the second album album from Peel Dream Magazine. I can only say that it must be good because the loose collective, helmed by New York musician Joe Stevens, have been likened to Yo La Tengo, My Bloody Valentine, Stereolab and Sarah Records bands. How very exciting!

The Proper Ornaments
Waiting For The Summer

‘Shining Bright’, ‘Take A Break’, ‘Waiting For The Summer’ - just a trio of the song-titles from an album by The Proper Ornaments which is also called ‘Waiting For The Summer’. Why yes, it *does* sound like The Velvet Underground! And a bit like The Jesus And Mary Chain as well! However did you figure that one out...

TOY
Songs Of Consumption

English psychedelic/shoegaze/krautrock act Toy are coming up to a decade in their existence, and, following the critical acclaim that greeted their fourth album Happy In The Hollow back in January this year, they turn to the songs that inspired them for this eight-track covers album, Songs of Consumption. It includes tracks from diverse artists such as The Troggs, Serge & Charlotte Gainsbourg and Nico. They got the idea from the 7” bonus single of covers that accompanied the Dinked and Rough Trade versions of Happy In The Hollow, and three of those are included here. 

Current Affairs
Object & Subject

Current Affairs sound like they might have been a skinny tied new wave band but no they are from now and they are from Glasgow. They feature members of the likes of Anxiety, the Royal We and Shopping and make scratchy, semi-discordant post-punk just ripe to headline your Wharf Chambers all dayer with gothy/soulful vocals atop future party tunes.  

Big Supermarket
1800

Elusive Australian group Big Supermarket get their 1800 LP released outside of Oz for the first time courtesy of Tough Love (TOY, Ulrika Spacek). This is an unusual and likeable lo-fi post-punk record. The tracks on 1800 often feature the tick-tock grooves of early Parquet Courts, but there is a zaniness to the instrumentation and vocal performances that recalls Ween and Uranium Club.
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Blank Statements
Blank Statements

Blank Statements’ eponymous debut album was released on cassette in 2018. This is the first vinyl pressing. The Melbourne-based band were clearly brought up on a diet of The Raincoats and The Au Pairs, unless they just listened to them lots before decided to make this album. The band count members of The Stroppies among their number, so their influence is present too. LP, limited to 200 copies, on Tough Love.

TOY
Happy In The Hollow

Here come TOY with their fourth album but their first for the Tough Love label. Like previous work it touches on the cornerstones of post-punk, kraut-rock, electronica and folk but this time comes with a directness perhaps missing from earlier work. Recorded both at their home studios and with ace producer Dan Carey, this propulsive record could be their most realised yet.    

Value Void
Sentimental

Value Void, from London, have a debut album ready to be heard. One of those bands often sighted at the finest DIY venues in the city, now their lovely indie-pop post-punk can be heard on your stereo. Nothing too fancy, just young, heartfelt music made with guitars, enthusiasm and inventiveness. Released by Tough Love.

Girls Names
Stains on Silence

It looked like Girls Names were really onto something a few years ago with their dark swirling Echo & the Bunnymen style rock but then their drummer left and that was followed by a crisis of confidence about the recordings that have turned into 'Stains of Silence'. However, re-grouped, refreshed the band have reworked the album and have created a short sharp work that they hope will stand up to the intense, jagged records that have influenced them.  

Holm
Dappled

Tough Love Records (Ulrika Spacek, The Proper Ornaments) drop their first EP by Danish polymath Holm, an artist who has already made records with Yung, Brooch, Tears and more. The four tracks of Dappled are rough-and-ready home-taping that skirts the line between bedroom indie and twee-punk. Songs like 'Hope' evince a neat way with harmony and melody. Yo La Tengo, Frankie Cosmos, Girlpool and more spring to mind.

AUTOBAHN
The Moral Crossing

The third album from Leeds post punk kraut lot Autobahn manages to be both blistering and explore less brutal concepts such as love and emotion. The bands gruesome, pulverising sound should appease any fans of Bauhaus and Joy Division still lurking about.  *We have copies of the limited GREY vinyl edition - EXCLUSIVE to shops in Leeds* 

The Proper Ornaments
Wooden Head


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David West with Teardrops
Cherry On Willow

David West started out in distant Perth before working his way up through various cities (Melbourne, San Francisco) and bands (Rat Columns, Liberation) before reaching New York and this solo album with backing group Teardrops. Cherry On Willow is nice and poppy, feeling like a cheery stroll through some classic tuneful genres. Out on Tough Love.
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Ulrika Spacek
Modern English Decoration

They formed when they were 14, two fifths of them are called Rhys and they live in a house called Ken. Ulrika Spacek are truly a unique proposition amongst the glut of Women/Viet Cong influenced tangle rock bands. Their debut self titled record was a hero here at the towers and this follow up record promises to be a collection of woozy and druggy avant rock.   

Priests
Early Recordings

Priests, who are not priests, put their first recordings out on limited-run cassettes that were only sold at shows, but it has been decided that this music deserved a wider reception. So here comes a reissue of those first two tapes, the first of which was recorded only one week into Priests’ existence! Early Recordings is released in a limited edition of 100 vinyl LPs. On Tough Love.

Proper Ornaments
Foxhole

One of them is in Ultimate Painting and Veronica Falls, another is in Toy and Pink Flames. Thus have we Foxhole, a record that abounds in sweet harmonies, clever songwriting and jangles galore that was put together between bouts of work with their other projects. Lead track ‘Memories’ is Lennon-pastiche par excellence. Vinyl and CD from perennially-good Tough Love (Let’s Wrestle, Cymbals Eat Guitars etc.).

Yung
These Thoughts Are Like Mandatory Chores

Young Danes Yung are a energetic indie rock group very keen on DIY aesthetics: the artwork and production of this EP was handled by the band themselves. These Thoughts Are Like Mandatory Chores bounces along vigorously with a nicely overdriven guitar sound, sharp slices of feedback punctuating the songs here and there. 12” EP on Tough Love.

Yung
Alter EP

Debut international EP from Yung, a Danish four-piece melodic punk band. One for fans of the sensational Ty Segall, Jay Retard and definitely the Replacements. Six tracks on limited edition 12” vinyl. Yung are young, fresh and urgent, too fast to dance to and to slow to feel down to. Nobody cares is a pretty stand out track. Big things from Tough Love.
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David West
Peace or Love

Rat Columns guitarist and musical artist David West splits his time between the USA and Australia. Influenced by free-spirited artists throughout history, Peace or Love is an album of softly-strummed indie and unfettered soundscapes that also takes in disco and soul-tinged pop along the way. West's label, Tough Love say that they were set up to put out music just like this, so they're delighted to have found him.

Weird Dreams
Luxury Alone

Weird Dreams is the solo work of Doran Edwards. This album is particularly solo, as no other hands touched it until after it was mixed. That means we can guarantee that Luxury Alone sounds exactly as it was meant to. The making of the album spanned some tough times for Edwards, and there is an emotional catharsis in Luxury Alone’s synth-based songcraft. On Tough Love.

Big Ups
Before a Million Universes

Before a Million Universes is the second full-length from this noisy NYC three-piece. Big Ups make a razor-sharp post-punk full of hardcore vocals, low-slung bass and ragged guitar playing. Comparisons to Fugazi and Minutemen are deserved, but the band make their own sound from these influences. Tough Love release this gem, complete with beautiful artwork, on CD, standard vinyl and a very limited purple pressing.

Ulrika Spacek
The Album Paranoia

Ulrika Spacek (the name may or may not be a conscious echo of John Weise’ Sissy Spacek project) are a rock band who tilt towards the experimental: lots of fuzz hypnosis. The Album Paranoia is their debut record, bursting with excitement and promise. CD or (white) vinyl LP on the Tough Love label.

Communions
Communions EP+

This 7 track CD EP from Communions showcases a melodic DIY sound that borrow rough post-punk aesthetics and rigid New Order guitar work. This collection compiles the EP and an impossible to find early 7” and introduces the group’s exuberant mixture of punk and 4AD dream pop. Tough Love release this bittersweet CD.

Girls Names
Arms Around a Vision

Third album from Northern Irish band Girls Names, titled 'Arms Around A Vision'. With their usual abstract approach alongside cross-Europe influences ranging from Italian Futurism to Russian constructivism - it’s one for the muso in you. One for fans of Roxy Music and Joy Division. On cream vinyl, vinyl and CD on Tough Love.

Autobahn
Dissemble

Autobahn are a group in thrall to the good old days of post-punk, where sternly grooving basslines could drive everything forwards and vocals could echo around as if they were in a dilapidated warehouse. Dissemble, the group’s debut album, carries this vision through with intense focus. On Tough Love.

Calories / William
Split


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William
Slightly Delighted


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Honeytrap
The Naked Dancing EP


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White Flowers
Within A Dream EP

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Cindy
Free Advice

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Peel Dream Magazine
Up and Up

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White Flowers
Day By Day

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White Flowers
Night Drive / Portra

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The Stroppies
It's A Hit!

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The Stroppies
Maddest Moments / Architectural Charades

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Part Time
Spell #6

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TOY
The Willo / Energy

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Ulrika Spacek
Everything, All The Time

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Display Homes
Climate Change

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CYMBALS
Light In Your Mind

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Lød
Folder

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Girls Names / Weird Dreams
A Troubled See / House of Secrets

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Brooch
Blood Spitting / Broken Glass

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Communions
Communions EP

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Cymbals
The Age Of Fracture

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Girls Names
Zero Triptych

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Cruising
Cruising EP

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Yung
Blanket / Burning Bodies

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Jethro Fox
Blinding Light

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Fun Adults
Sap Solid/Acacia

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Disco Drive
All About This/ A Factory Of Minds

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Cymbals
What Eternity

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Communions
So Long Sun / Love Stands Still

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Big Ups
Rash / Not Today

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Autobahn
Autobahn 2

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Autobahn
Autobahn 1.

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Girls Names
The Next Life

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Moon King
Obsession

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Girls Names
The New Life EP

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Cymbals
Like An Animal

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Cymbals
Sideways, Sometimes

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Virals
Coming Up With The Sun

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Fair Ohs
Pacific Rim (Early Recordings)

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William
Playground / Porco Dio Vs Schwinenhund

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Slime
Increases

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Cymbals
Unlearn

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Girls Names / Brilliant Colors
I Lose / You Win

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Let's Wrestle / Young Governor
Split

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Calories
Basic Nature

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Fair Ohs/Spectrals
Split 7”

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Male Bonding/Eat Skull
Year's Not Long/Heaven's Stranger

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Health
Triceratops//Lost Time + Remixes

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Empty Set
As Neat As A New Pin

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Favours For Sailors
Furious Sons

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Situationists
Onwards & Upwards EP

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William
Self In Fiction

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Mirror Mirror
Silicone Eyes/ Wulfgang Bang

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Honeytrap
Follies In Popular Cities

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Situationists
This City Hold Us All EP

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The Sequins
The Death of Style

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Popular Workshop
William, It Was Really Something/ Radical

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William
Five Minute Wonder

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