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New in: Friday 23rd September 2016

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Skeleton Tree

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8/10 according to our Robin

When I was young I would buy old Nick Cave albums on CD, put them on my primitive musical shelf and then never listen to them. I did this with a Converge CD too, once, as if staving off the scary music was a greater achievement than actually confronting it. I assumed Cave’s music was too dour and that maybe one day a future Robin would open and enjoy it -- b…view full details.

Panoptique Electrical
Disappearing Music For Face

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8/10 according to our Jamie

It’s pretty exciting to see and hear a new album from Jason Sweeney’s Panoptique Electrical, following his sold-out debut from last year, Great Panoptique Winter with Richard Adams of Hood / The Declining Winter. The record contains 11 compositions made from old…view full details.

New in: Thursday 22nd September 2016

The Lucid Dream
Compulsion Songs

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One of those rare outfits producing music from the depths of the Cumbria, The Lucid Dream are up to their third full-length album. Compulsion Songs has a little of the weirdness you’d expect from such isolation, freely mixing krautrock, dub, garage-noise and plenty more. I was occasionally reminded of Clinic, which is always a good thing. Out on Holy Are You Recordings.…view full details.

FIS
From Patterns to Details

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With a couple of releases under his belt with Tri-angle records, and his debut full-length on Loopy, FIS has moved to Subtext for his follow up to 2015’s The Blue Quicksand Is Going Now. Since starting to release with Tri-angle FIS has moved into more free flowing electronic experimentations that would comfortably go alongside acts such as Oneohtrix Point Never.…view full details.

Ash Ra Tempel
Le Berceau De Cristal

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Le Berceau de Cristal is a 1976 film featuring Nico, that was soundtracked by Ash Ra Tempel in typically hypnotic style. Manuel Göttsching and pals used an array of unusual electronic equipment as well as their guitars, and the resulting hour-long suite is deep and meditative. Vinyl reissue on MG.ART.…view full details.

Bendith
Bendith

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When two welsh bands decide to get together and make an album you get Bendith’s self titled debut. Members of Colorama and Plu head to a tiny village that is very close to Carwyn Ellis’ heart. A lovingly crafted folk album about being home, and it is unabashedly twee, for all the right reasons. It’s nice when people “band” together, isn’t it?…view full details.

ASUNA + Stijn Hüwels + Dudal + James Murray + Hybernation
100616

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7/10 according to our Clinton

Those people at Home Normal did a bunch of shows in London inviting a whole pile of friends to muck in with their ambient goodness and also contribute tracks to a series of delicious CDr releases that were sold either on the night or later on to us stay-at-homes.  Also you get an insert a download and a photo slide thing which when added to the music makes for a nice package. I'm g…view full details.

Jack White
Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016

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8/10 according to Taran Harris (customer) on

I love Jack White. So when this retrospective (because this is definitely for of a career catalogue than a 'best of') was announced, I leapt at the pre-order. Having listened to both discs multiple times now, I am very happy with my purchase and will definitely listen hundreds more times. The further you listen through White's career, however, the more you come across tracks that are just the normal album tracks with stuff removed and this is a bit less exciting to listen to than the …view full details.

How To Dress Well
Care

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5/10 according to our Robin

[INTERIOR: IN AN ELABORATE BATHROOM, TOM KRELL IS ENJOYING A BATH WHILE NORMAN EDITOR CLINTON, OFF CAMERA, IS ON THE TOILET READING A COPY OF THE WIRE (Indie Pop Edition)]   KRELL: Got a new album, m.   CLINTON: Ahh.   KRELL: Oo hoo hooo hoo hooo oooo hoooooo, yeaaaaiiii yeahh.   CLINTON: Ah……view full details.

New in: Wednesday 21st September 2016

Julius Eastman
Femenine

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A release from the Frozen Reeds label is a rare treat indeed: this one especially so. This appears to be the only recording of Julius Eastman’s Femenine in existence, and it has never(!) been released before now. A lengthy ensemble work of gorgeous minimal motion, performed by the S.E.M. Ensemble in 1974. Frozen Reeds CD.…view full details.

Dimitar Dodovski
Dérive

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We still don't know how a mood shimmers, but we digress: Shimmering Moods is still putting out the warmest drone there is. This new one from Dimitar Dodovski contains slowly calibrated ambient compositions with rhythmic sniffs, the atmosphere of the record coming alive like a slow dissolve effect. Derive suggests melodicism but clings to its kindly atmosphere.…view full details.

Å Asher-Yates
Mothers Garden

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The debut album from Å Asher-Yates is a fragile set of nature-inspired pieces that seem to slip back and forth between fluttering abstractions and ‘songs’. Mother’s Garden is bucolic and intimate like a woozy summer’s afternoon. Released by Shimmering Moods in a slender limited edition of 50 CDr copies, hand-numbered and hand-packaged.…view full details.

Dead Rabbits
Everything Is A Lie

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7/10 according to our Clinton

Thought I’d take a bit of psych rock off Robin before he goes completely mad. In fact my previous review of  this band said pretty much the same thing which shows just how things don’t change much in our world and also how quickly new albums by psych rock bands roll around.  I’m also going to say the same thing as last time in that there’s a p…view full details.

The Early Years
II

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8/10 according to our Clinton

2008 seems a long time ago but that is in fact the last time the Early Years dipped their heads above the precipice. This is their first album in ages and they burst out of the traps on the title track as if those years of pent up energy have exploded in a five minute burst of kraut influenced psych rock. The track is an absolute blitzkrieg of ambition held back only by it’s vocal similar…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 20th September 2016

Howe Gelb
'Sno Angel Like You + 'Sno Angel Winging It

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Giant Sand man Howe Gelb had a rather fantastic experience performing on the same bill as a number of gospel choirs in 2003, and decided to bring a choir into his own solo work on 2006’s ‘Sno Angel Like You. This reissue presents the beautiful, sensitive results alongside the feature-length documentary ‘Sno Angel Winging It, making for a hell of a package. On Fire.…view full details.

Passenger
Young As The Morning Old As The Sea

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This is the quiver-voiced Brit who scored a hit with 'Let Her Go', the sort of song that managed to move even cynical old me to tears when I heard it in Primark. This is the 8th album from the extremely prolific musician and rather than doing it all on his tod he's got a crack set of musicians to help him fill out the sound. Expect highly emotional heart string tuggers. …view full details.

Coil
The New Backwards

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8/10 according to our Ant

Originally a CD release on Coil’s Threshold House imprint with the vinyl edition being part of a box set with ‘The Ape of Naples’. It’s worth noting that the vinyl edition omits three tracks; 'AYOR', 'Backwards' and 'Fire of the Green Dragon'. If I’m honest that’s not a huge loss to anyone just pickin…view full details.

New in: Monday 19th September 2016

Ryuichi Sakamoto
Nagasaki: Memories Of My Son

3 people love me. Be the 4th...

9/10 according to our Jamie

As soon as the elegantly, sorrowfully swooping strains emerge from my headphones, listening to Ryuichi Sakamoto’s latest work reminds me how much he is a master of emotionally affecting music. The title track to Nagasaki: Memories of my Son -- a score to the film of the same name -- opens the album with those richly rewarding and bittersweet melodies. Just the premise of the film is enoug…view full details.

Merchandise
A Corpse Wired For Sound

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7/10 according to our Clinton

Does the title refer to a future post death Cliff Richard tour? Just imagine.  Anyway Merchandise are a quartet who you may not have heard of but are successful enough for frontman Carson Cox to be able to afford two houses according to the press release. They've gained their money by producing dark arena rock that references all those people fro…view full details.

Warpaint
Heads Up

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7/10 according to our Clinton

Thank God. Thank the almighty God. Ok, ok they've gone a bit more towards the dollar this time but that might not be such a bad thing seeing as though their previous records were sometimes murky and devoid of actual hooks. Those records were fine though. I had no issue with Warpaint just being a moody band that didn't really write songs. The lead track from this, their third album 'New Song' wa…view full details.

Eyeless In Gaza
Picture The Day - A Career Retrospective 1981-2016

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This compilation provides a comprehensive overview of the influential Eyeless In Gaza’s whole career, with the major singles supported by album tracks and B-sides. 35 tracks for 35 years. Plus! An entirely unreleased track as a special treat. Picture The Day - A Career Retrospective 1981-2016 is a double CD compilation on Cherry Red.…view full details.

Bridget St. John
Fly High - A Collection Of Album Highlights, Singles and B Sides, Demos, Live Recordings, Sessions and Interviews

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A truly comprehensive collection of british folk definer, Bridget St. John, tracks covering Dandelion’s releases between 1968 and 1972, including unreleased and unheard early demos. As well as bonus material from her 2009 session recordings, TV appearances, B-sides, as well as interviews. Basically, read the very much all-encompassing title.…view full details.

New in: Friday 16th September 2016

Soccer96
As Above So Below

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Soccer96 jam out along the jazzy electronica trails laid down by the LA Brainfeeder crew (Flying Lotus and co.), except they come from this side of the pond. With both members also playing in The Comet Is Coming, they certainly know how to lay out a spacey groove, and As Above So Below is full of them. Out on the Slowfoot label.…view full details.

Preoccupations
Preoccupations

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5/10 according to our Robin

My new theory: Chris Reimer was the guitar magic. Pat Flegel brought the noise. Viet Cong… got lucky? Having departed from the Women moniker with the band’s rhythm section and two new recruits, the Calgary buzz band made two pretty phenomenal punk miniatures in ‘Cassette’ and their self-titled, riding high…view full details.

New in: Thursday 15th September 2016

Geraint Jarman
Tawel Yw'r Tymor (Quiet Is The Season)

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Geraint Jarman doesn’t mess around with any English language bullshit: he has been performing in Welsh for forty years now, and Tawel Yw’r Tymor is some of the most direct Jarman we’ve ever heard. The backing band (and indeed the electricity) has been dispensed with, leaving the beautiful voice fully exposed. CD released by Ankst.…view full details.

New in: Wednesday 14th September 2016

Lee Moses
Time and Place

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Long-time soul session musician Lee Moses (he played with Gladys Knight and Jimi Hendrix!) made his debut as a frontman and bandleader in 1971 on Time and Place. It wasn’t a hit, but it is a classic: Moses is light enough on his feet to get that lithe groove going, but also tough enough for his vocals and brass arrangements to carry serious heft. Reissue on Light In The Attic.…view full details.

Still Corners
Dead Blue

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6/10 according to our Clinton

Still Corners come in that group of bands that Phil really liked because they sounded like Broadcast and will sell him loads of records but then changed tack and he will therefore lose interest. Good on 'em I say for pissing him off. However, loathe as I am to admit it he has a point. While their debut was filled with the sort of entertaining vintage pop …view full details.

Matt Berry
The Small Hours

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6/10 according to our Clinton

The latest album from the rotund TV 'funny' man. One of the few men on the planet who seems to make Phil go week at the knees. Lucky old Matt...imagine having that power?   This is him in musical mode and it's often hard to work out whether this is supposed to be comedy or not. I'd suspect not from the sound of 'One by one which is a pleasant enough romp through easy listening pop …view full details.

Helen Money
Become Zero

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Helen Money is the recording name of cellist Alison Chesley. Become Zero was recorded digitally, despite her using analogue recording equipment in the past with Steve Albini. She felt that the range of sounds on offer was wider and easier to build on, manipulate and edit in the digital medium. The album features Rachel Grimes of Rachel’s and Jason Roeder of Sleep and …view full details.

Radionics Radio
An Album Of Musical Radionic Thought-Frequencies

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Radionics is an ‘alternative’ branch of medicine that believes that radio waves can alter your energy frequencies and make you well! We here at Norman make no endorsements of the healing properties of this record from Radionics Radio, but the microtonal electronic experimentalism on An Album Of Musical Radionic Thought-Frequencies may well give you listening pleasure. CD with booklet on Sub Rosa.…view full details.

Wrekmeister Harmonies
Light Falls

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8/10 according to our Robin

J. R. Robinson. Mister Harmonies. It’s been a while. Take off your shoes; reveal your hobbit feet. Long have you been travelling. The primary consultant for all things doom, drone and gravel, Robinson has long been impressing on us the many ways you can twist metal into new shapes, travelling down a more baroque, even folkloric route. ‘Then It All Came Down’ was a masterstroke…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 13th September 2016

The Handsome Family
Unseen

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The Handsome Family are an alt. country/Americana duo made up of husband and wife Brett and Rennie Sparks. They have been plying their trade since the early ‘90s to a committed fanbase. Unseen is their tenth album and is the first new material since the band had massive, and it has to be said, unexpected success (35 million streams on Spotify!!) with their song Far From Any Road which was used as the theme song for cult  2014 TV show True Dete…view full details.

Marihiko Hara & Polar M
Dance

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A second album of smooth collaboration from the duo of Marahiko Hara and Polar M. Guitar and keys move softly around each other in a sort of jazz-lounge-folktronica hybrid. The title Dance refers to the artists’ notion that every part of life can be a dance, and also reflects their recent collaboration with dance choreographers. Dancer Mia Cabalfin also contributes some spoken word. CD release on mu-nest.…view full details.

Johann Johannsson
Orphée

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9/10 according to our Jamie

Based around the enduring legend of music and love that is the Orpheus myth, you would expect Johannsson’s first studio album in six years to be appropriately tender and emotive. It is. The story has it that Orpheus was a supremely gifted musician and poet; that he could charm all living things and even stone with his music. I’m not saying the Icelandic composer’s music can li…view full details.

Keaton Henson
Kindly Now

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7/10 according to our Robin

So… this dude is like if the National were replaced with a mangled computer? Is that it? Okay. ‘Kindly Now’ is a serene electronic collage of glitching orchestration in overdrive, opening on “March” in a vain attempt to not only be completely heartbreaking but also fairly confounding, Henson’s voice flailing and rejigging a…view full details.

Lorelle Meets The Obsolete
Balance

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8/10 according to our Robin

Lorelle Meets The Obsolete make light psych rock for pure hearts. Their music might get fuzzy, but only insofar as your heart might after a nice compliment. The distortion is bright and joyous, the melodies are nice and sweet and the synths are a treat. There is, occasionally, a kinda industrial drumbeat (damnit, “Ching”), but we’ll ignore that for the sake of this paragraph&r…view full details.

Kandodo / McBain
Lost Chants / Last Chance

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8/10 according to our Robin

Some very sonic men, who would fill up a pie chart as three quarters the Heads and one quarter Monster Magnet, have gotten together and made a very long album of furiously wahing psychedelic bravado. They call themselves Kandodo, but they love incoming member John McBain so much they put him in the title, because stoned-out so…view full details.

New in: Monday 12th September 2016

The Verve
A Northern Soul

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This 1995 album brought 3 huge singles - This Is Music, On Your Own and History, But you lot want more? Well it is now remastered and presented with all of the B-sides for each individual release as well as early versions of songs, unreleased studio tracks, live sessions and interviews. Good enough?…view full details.

The Verve
A Storm In Heaven

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Debut album from The Verve (back when they were just 'Verve"), remastered and piled in with a tonne of ridiculous goodies. Including all the tracks from their EPs before the album, two radio sessions, acoustic versions, a DVD of live and studio videos and even two unreleased studio tracks – South Pacific and Shoeshine Girl. I think they are allowed to call that a super deluxe edition.…view full details.

(ghost)
The First Time You Opened Your Eye

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7/10 according to our Robin

Sorry to interrupt your cliche-free Monday and describe a drone album as “foggy”, but it’s done now. There’s nothing we can do about it. Please direct your ire towards Brian Froh, if you’re capable of holding a grudge for thirty-five minutes. ‘The First Time You Opened Your Eyes’, fresh from postcard label Sound In Silence, is a slow-burning composition…view full details.

Pye Corner Audio
Stasis

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9/10 according to our Phil

Absolutely bleeding wondersauce is this record! We all know Pye Corner Audio has been making great synthy sounds for a while... and I really like pies too so that's a bonus! Spooky dusty techno haunt music that sounds well old times! I feel like I'm in a library from the future on an industrial estate reading lots of old books. Martin Jenkin…view full details.

New in: Wednesday 7th September 2016

King Creosote
Astronaut Meets Appleman

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7/10 according to our Clinton

King Creosote is a Scottish man. I can’t be 100% sure at time of going to press but I think I’m fairly right is assuming he wears a kilt. There, that’s all our Scottish readers furious. We’ve had a long standing …if not a beef…but a minor disagreement with large proportions of our customer base about the merits or otherwise of the King. We’ve …view full details.

Exploded View
Exploded View

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Exploded View is the latest project of Anika, the haunted-voiced German artiste. The group is the result of a trip to Mexico, where Anika played shows with a lineup of Mexican musicians who turned out to be great creative partners: they improvised each of these dubby post-punk cuts live in one take only! Debut album on Sacred Bones.…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 6th September 2016

Okkervil River
Away

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9/10 according to our Robin

It’s curious to me that Okkervil River have released two of indie rock’s best records of the last ten years and no one cares. I Am Very Far was a surrealist rock symphony in which Will Sheff threw filing cabinets across the studio in an attempt to make sense of his own knotted lyrical improvisations; its follow-up, The Silver Gymnasium, stands as one of rock m…view full details.

Teenage Fanclub
Here

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7/10 according to our Clinton

You have to hand it to them. Smartly dressed by Man at Marks and Spencer, Teenage Fanclub have aged perfectly. They are middle aged men, talking about middle aged things playing music that they like. They seem content and manage to steer away from the issue that a lot of bands have in that they are not trying to be young or vital.  They like Big Star…view full details.

New in: Wednesday 31st August 2016

The Wedding Present
Going, Going…

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Could you have ever imagined that in 2016 there'd be a new Wedding Present album? They have seemingly been content to rest on their nostalgia laurels over the past few years but they show that there is some fire still there with this 20 track album of linked songs which begins with four instrumentals.  "Some things just don't change" sings David Gedge on 'Bear' and he's still wittering on about break ups and relationships and stuff like that but there's nothing here that…view full details.

Mike & Rich
Expert Knob Twiddlers

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10/10 according to Tim (customer) on

Fabulous!…view full details.

New in: Sunday 28th August 2016

Murcof x Wagner
Statea

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After 6 years of working and performing together Murcof and pianist Vanessa Wagner have created a studio album that aims to reflect their live performances whilst tipping their collective hat to hugely influential composers. Reworking the likes of John Cage, Aphex Twin, and Erik Satie into pure texture and tone.…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 16th August 2016

Wrangler
White Glue

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Electronic trio Wrangler, headed by Cabaret Voltaire's Stephen Mallinder, release 'White Glue', an album rich in analogue synthesisers and surreal minimalism. Assisted by Phil Winter of folktronica stalwarts Tunng, and producer / synthesiser fanatic Benge, Wrangler do feverish rushing techno with rich layered vocals. Available on vinyl or cd.…view full details.


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