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Gong Gong Gong
Phantom Rhythm

Formed four years ago in Beijing and building up a cult following through guerrilla gigging, the compelling guitar/bass duo Gong Gong Gong deliver their debut album Phantom Rhythm. Sung in Cantonese but drawing from rhythms as far-flung as Saharan desert blues and ambient drone music, it’s one of the most essential underground releases of 2019. 
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Urochromes
Trope House

Trope House, the debut album from wired New York punks Urochromes, sees them slightly alter the short, sharp bangers approach of their initial single and EP releases to introduce some elements of psychedelia and experimental rock - perhaps inspired by their choice to record near the Mississippi River Delta! 
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David Vassalotti
Guitar Dream

David Vassalotti is probably best known as being the guitarist with Floridian 4AD indie band, Merchandise. Guitar Dream is his third solo album and was produced by his band mate, Merchandise vocalist, Carson Cox. It is sort of a break-up album featuring a revolving cast of crestfallen characters. The songs are more akin to the work of his band than his previous more experimental albums. LP and CD on Wharf Cat Records.

Public Practice
Distance is a Mirror

Distance Is A Mirror is the debut EP from a bunch of New Yorkers calling themselves Public Practice. Their approach takes post-punk, disco, Talking Heads and Yellow Magic Orchestra to make a funky, danceable sound with dark yet optimistic lyrics on subjects as simple or as complicated as love. Vocalist Drew Citron’s delivery is perhaps at odds with the excitable band behind him. 12” EP or CD on Wharf Cat Records.

Gong Gong Gong
Siren / Something's Happening

Chinese psychedelic blues anyone? Good. Here we have Siren / Something’s Happening by Beijing duo Gong Gong Gong. The pair take in influences from Bo Diddley, The Monks and the psychedelic sounds of West Africa and South-East Asia and filter them through striking guitar, propulsive bass and snare cracks. 7” on Wharf Cat Records.
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Palberta
Roach Goin' Down

Prolific punx Palberta return to Wharf Cat Records (Big French, Bichkraft) with a fun, fresh LP. Roach Goin’ Down may run to twenty-two tracks, but the band rattle through them with such ramshackle abandon that things don’t ever feel like they’re dragging. Combining twee-punk ala Trust Fund, art-punk ala Parquet Courts and some sweet vocal harmonies ala Girlpool, the band’s sound is at once carefree and mature.
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Eyes of Love
End of The Game

Eyes Of Love are the crew of Andrea Schiavelli, a Brooklyn, NY songwriter, and the group includes members of bands like Horn Horse, Sweet Baby Jesus and The Cradle. End Of The Game, the debut album, is full of intricate and leftfield arrangements, sounding super precise even though the full band tracks were recorded live without overdubs or fancy trickery! Released by Wharf Cat Records.

The Sediment Club
Stucco Thieves

NYC punk trio The Sediment Club are back with their latest album, a collection of songs that charts the culmination of a decade of urgent and noisy music, the band's trademark concise, brutal sound unwavering 10 years into their career. Expect guttural howls, screeching guitars and climactic, surging drums. 
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Bambara
Shadow On Everything

Anyone who, while enjoying the more erstwhile recent releases Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, has been yearning for some of the old blood and thunder need look no further than the third LP from Brooklyn trio Bambara. A ‘Western Gothic’ album with a loose storyline, the likes of ‘Jose Tries To Leave’ wouldn’t sound out of place on From Her To Eternity or Let Love In. There’s also a nice Metz-y scree to the guitar tones. Out via Wharf Cat Records (Palberta, La Peste).

Bush Tetras
Take The Fall

New York post punk four-piece Bush Tetras are back, a full 38 years after their classic debut single Too Many Creeps. They haven’t been the most prolific of bands, with new album Take The Fall being only their fourth in all that time. The 2018 incarnation of the band sees original bass player Laura Kennedy replaced by Val Vera. LP and CD on Wharf Cat Records.

Bichkraft
800

Ukranian noiseniks Bichkraft drop their third LP for Wharf Cat Records (Gun Outfit, Palberta). 800 provides a meatier rendering of the psych-y shoegaze that characterised their first two albums - singles like 'Yonder' feature vocals of the sneering chant school. Produced by Mechandise’s Carson Cox,

Holy Motors
Slow Sundown

Are there enough dreamgaze bands with warped vocals to guide you through an everlasting half-sleep? Quoting Estonian reverb-junkies Holy Motors: never! Their debut album Slow Sundown is packed with dizzying guitars and gentle infinite soundscapes. It features their three singles, which have been zooming across the hip and first-to-know blogs for the past months.
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Profligate
Somewhere Else

It’s been the best part of four years since Profligate released music in album form, so it has to be said, wasteful he is not. On Somewhere Else, Profligate mixes opposites of sound and method. Noise meets melody, chaos is matched by a composer's touch, and it’s delivered via both programmed electronics and live instruments. The result is a united and dynamic album. Features guest appearances from LA Poet Elaine Kahn and fellow electronic artist, Chrissy Jones.
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Honey
New Moody Judy

Written as a complete collaboration from all three band members, New Moon Judy is the latest nine-track release from punk rock band Honey. This record sees a continuation in the classic Honey style riffs and deep growling bass lines, but with an added pinch of mania and hecticism. Available on Vinyl LP on Wharf Cat Records.     

Coca Leaf
Deep Marble Sunrise

Made in a Florida swamp (very hot I assume), Coca Leaf sculpted this brand of funk, jazz, noise, dub and new wave over a series of brain-fried studio sessions and madcap improvisation experiments. The band are made up of three multi instrumentalists including members of Merchandise, Destruction and Uniform and tend to enjoy following their nose(s). 
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Horoscope
Misogyny Stone

Horoscope’s new one Misogyny Stone is a murky listen; a brew of grey noise, clattering rhythms and samples and tape loops galore. Through all of this, Rene J Nunez-Cabrera, the human behind Horoscope, makes an investigative assault on gender relations, with vivid results. LP release on Wharf Cat Records.

Wet Hair
The Floating World

Brand new one from this Iowa based veterans and you’ll be pleased to know that there sound is a hybrid of kraut rock and psych because there’s not enough of that sort of thing about. But this album oozes quality and has a kinetic sound which marries shimmering synths, exciting drum patterns and bass grooves. Said to be possibly their best yet so get on board.  
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Big French
Stone Fish

A second full-length album of the strange and personal weird-pop vision conjured up by Quentin Moore and the rest of the Big French crew. Stone Fish’s sixteen tracks are tight but wobbly, pirouetting quickly between different high-technique guitar parts, grooves and melodic ideas. Plus keen exploitation of quirks of the reel-to-reel tape recording medium! On Wharf Cat Records.
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Joey Agresta
Let's Not Talk About Music

Joey Agresta is a veteran of doing it his own way, with a stack of AKAs behind him: Son Of Salami, Joey Pizza Slice etc. Let’s Not Talk About Music, which includes upbeat songs like ‘I Feel Like Shit And I Want To Die’, was recorded in Joey’s bedroom studio over a period of three years, using tape machines all the way baby. Let’s Not Talk About Music is out on Wharf Cat Records.
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WALL
Untitled

‘Untitled’ is the debut release from WALL. Described as a genuinely sought after act on the New York underground scene, the record contains a number of solidly constructed pieces of hard hitting music that has taken them from unknown to very much, known! A mix of punk and hardcore, and is available on Vinyl LP and CD.
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Snakehole
Interludes Of Insanity

Miami based angry girls Snakehole had been self releasing their material for zonks before teaming up with Wharf Cat Records. After their debut full length in 2015 they are back and still so very angry. And Noisy. Sounding like a messy punk mulch of OvO, Lightning Bolt and three chord wonders, and front rooms being smashed in the process.

Palberta
Bye Bye Berta

Now seven releases deep, Palberta blindside you with strange post-punk grooves that sort of recall ESG and The Birthday Party before the singing starts and pulls the rug from under your feet. Each song features an array of quizzical vocal arrangements, from knowingly cutesy harmonies to chanted almost-melodies that recall the better bits of Gaggle. The closest touchstone here is probably Micachu & The Shapes - that is to say, well worth checking out.
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Urochromes
Night Bully EP

Urochromes are a harsh and gnarly outfit producing messy punk that is driven by drum machines rather than puny humans. Night Bully sounds like it was recorded inside of a bin, which is obviously a good thing. The EP also features a remix from Boy Harsher. This 7” is released by Wharf Cat Records.
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Tropical Skin Byrds
Tropical Skin Byrds

Tropical Skin Byrds are the potent combination of artist Nina Hartman with members of Craow and Destruction Unit. This self-titled debut EP of theirs is a fierce torrent of slicing guitars and impassioned howling, with lead track ‘Cut It Off’ dashing from opening feedback squeal to closing feedback squeal in just a minute and a half. Yeah! 7” EP on Wharf Cat Records.
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Carson Cox, Sam York & Austin Brown
Fire Dance

Carson Cox (Merchandise), Sam York (Wall) and Austin Brown (Parquet Courts) join forces for a proper weird little punk and electroclash oddity. Fire Dance, on vinyl 7” from Wharf Cat Records, channels art-disco and electro but amplifies everything until it collapses in on itself as a surreal piece of pop experimentalism.

Votaries
Psychometry

Votaries sound like a band who fell into a space-drugs wormhole so deep that they’ve emerged with a permanent layer of early-90’s shoegaze-haze draped around every sound they make. On Psychometry they make this work massively to their advantage, with big thick drone-rock tunes to lose oneself in. Released by Wharf Cat Records.

Macula Dog
Why Do You Look Like Your Dog?

Premium weirdo sonics from New York’s Macula Dog. Every inch of their songs seems to contain some unexpected digital curio, and, when taken as a whole, Why Do You Look Like Your Dog? comes across like a demented synth-pop band playing in a busy amusement arcade, with crazy-mirror filters occasionally distorting the sound. Unusual stuff! On Wharf Cat Records.
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David Vassalotti
Broken Rope

David Vassalotti leads the 4AD group Merchandise, but this album finds him striking off on his own: he writes, performs and produces every track on Broken Rope, and is also responsible for the artwork. Consequently, what we hear here is a clear representation of Vassalotti, his loves and interests. Released on Wharf Cat Records.
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Blanche Blanche Blanche
Breaking Mirrors

It has been suggested that Brooklyn-based indie duo Blanche Blanche Blanche approach their songwriting in a rather unusual way if you take previous records such as Night People, Feeding Tube or NNA as evidence. On their new album, Breaking Mirrors, it seems that the songs were more crafted and clearly defined…..but then they went in the studio and used the previously alien hi-fidelity set up to their advantage to add a crazier experimental edge.
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