Fusing thrash-metal and punk to make a transcendent, furious and highly melodic compound, Texan band Expander return to the fold with their second full-length album Neuropunk Boostergang. It follows the generous reception afforded to their 2017 debut effort Endless Computer, and keeps very much in the same lane.
Sleep Has His House was an album released by Current 93 circa the year 2000 and is inspired by the passing of David Tibet's father. This new version is remastered from the original tapes and includes unreleased mixes and alternative versions. A meditative exercise in grief and loss, the album has regularly been cited as one of the band's best.
The first ever compilation to bring together classics and deep cuts from the critically lauded Black Fire label over its 18-year history from 1975 to 1993, Soul Love Now tells the story of one of the most characterful black independent labels in American history, and features ten dazzling tracks from the likes of Oneness of Juju, Wayne Davis and Experience Unlimited.
Released via the newly renamed One Little Independent, HOW? is a re-working of Allen Ginsberg’s legendary 1954 poem ‘Howl’ from activist, writer and Crass co-founder Penny Rimbaud. He’s performed it semi-regularly since 2003, but this CD+DVD package captures a live performance at London’s Abney Park Chapel in the summer of 2017.
To record her third long player, Oakland, California-based singer / songwriter Madeline Kenney enlisted the help of Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack, better known as Baltimore duo, Wye Oak. Judging by the lead single, Sucker, the results of their efforts have produced some quite beautiful sun-dappled indie-folk.
A conceptual album exploring fragility and heartbreak, Hearts Full of Sorrow is a collaboration between musicians Craig Tattersall and Emmanuel Witzthum - going under the moniker e & i. It arrives in a beautiful package themed around a vintage book, containing polaroid prints, hand-stamped nautical explorers’ maps and book-marks.
Kill The moonlight is the fourth album by Texan indie rock outfit Spoon. It was originally released in 2002 to critical acclaim - some people regarded it as their greatest work. The inclusion of the single The Way We Get By on TV shows such as The O.C. saw the band’s music reaching new ears. On Matador.
The name Daniel Rosenfeld may not mean much to most people, but under the alias C418 he is responsible for the soundtrack to ‘Minecraft’, the single biggest selling video game of all time. Minecraft Volume Beta, a 140-minute collection of beguiling dreamscapes, now gets a release on CD and vinyl via Ghostly International.
Mike Polizze is probably best known as the guitarist and frontman with Purling Hiss. With his band he usually drenches his fine songs in various types of guitar squall. On his debut solo album, Long Lost Solace Find, sees him putting the pedals away, picking up an acoustic guitar and letting the sunshine in. Kurt Vile guests on vocals and guitar.
Young Jesus are an indie / art rock band from Los Angeles. Their music mixes psychedelia and rocking grooves, the dynamic expanse of Radiohead and the emotional heft of Bon Iver - it would be misleading to say that they actually sound like either band, though as they kinda do their own thing - it rocks quite hard in places too. Welcome To The Conceptual Beach is their 5th album.
For years, Oscar Jerome has been a key figure in London’s burgeoning jazz scene alongside the likes of Shabaka Hutchings. However, it’s only now that a debut solo album is getting released. Breathe Deep includes guest spots from Ezra Collective and Lianne La Havas, and paints a broad picture of Jerome’s influences and passions.
American guitarist and composer Bill Frisell unveils his latest trio, alongside bassist Thomas Morgan and percussionist Rudy Royston. For Valentine, their debut, the band cover some old and new Frisell compositions as well as jazz standards and traditionals, spearheaded by a wonderful take on ‘We Shall Overcome’.
Having impressed with yet another EP, the recently released Under Exit Lights, British indie newcomers Sea Girls finally reveal details of their debut full-length album. Taking cues from mid-Noughties titans like The Killers and Arctic Monkeys, Open Up Your Head is produced by former Hundred Reasons’ guitarist Larry Hibbitt.
Deutsche Grammophon re-issues Max Richter’s critically adored soundtrack to Waltz With Bashir, the 2008 Israeli-animated war documentary drama directed by Ari Folman. Winning Richter the 2008 European Film Award for Best Composer, the tension and scope of his score undeniably helped sear the images of war trauma into audience’s minds.
Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz presents his fourth studio album as Fantastic Negrito. Following on from his Grammy win for 2018’s exceptional Please Don’t Be Dead, Xavier explores themes of maintaining mental health amid the insanities of modern society and politics on Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?.
Denver-based doom metal outfit Primitive Man unleash their third studio album. Immersion is an unflinching look at the state of the world around us and an examination of personal failure, delivered with the uncompromising and ferocious character we’ve come to expect from Ethan Lee McCarthy and co.
14 years after his debut solo effort The Great Western, Manic Street Preachers frontman James Dean Bradfield makes a typically understated and gorgeous return. Inspired loosely by the life of Chilean poet, singer and activist Victor Jara and with lyrics from his Manics bandmate Nicky Wire’s brother Patrick Jones, Even In Exile features some of the most beautiful music that JDB has ever composed.
Auckland-born singer / songwriter Reb Fountain’s eponymous album is her first for the legendary New Zealand label Flying Nun. It was recorded at Roundhead Studios, the studio owned by Neil Finn.It features guest performances from Finn Andrews and Ben Woolley of The Yarra Benders, Elroy Finn and Logan Compain.
Scottish alternative rock gods Biffy Clyro aim to make it three UK no.1 albums in a row with new effort A Celebration of Endings, their eighth record overall. Working with producer Rich Costey once again, the trio embrace all of the elements that have made them so acclaimed and popular throughout their two-decade career, from the jagged rock of their early years to the lighters-in-the-air stadium indie that propelled them to the top of the charts.
Originally released in 1998 on Elektra as their second studio album, Matador are re-issuing A Series Of Sneaks by veteran indie-rockers Spoon. Newly re-cut from the original master tapes, it’s a part of the label’s Slay On Cue series that’ll see them make available the band’s first eight releases on vinyl and CD, some of them for the first time.
Girls Can Tell by Spoon was the Texan indie rock band’s third album. It was originally released in 2001 when it was hailed as a triumph by Rolling Stone magazine. It includes the songs Fitted Shirt and Me and The Bean. The latter of which was originally by fellow Texan band The Sidehackers who featured future Spoon bassist John Clayton.
Gift of Sacrifice is a new ‘acoustic’ album from The Melvins’ lead singer Buzz Osborne, under his King Buzzo alias, recording with bass player Trevor Dunn, erstwhile member of Mr. Bungle and Fantômas as well as a touring player with the Melvins themselves. Here, their respective instruments clash interestingly with modular synths.
San Diego Sessions by the Ellis/Munk Ensemble sees Danish musician Jonas Munk (of Causa Sui) and the Californian city’s own Brian Ellis, whose work is steeped in jazz and psychedelia, recording together. Over seven loose-limbed tracks, the duo recall the high-points of psychedelic rock and jazz fusion from years gone by.
Blu and Exile are a hip-hop duo from the USA. It’s been a long eight years since they last released an album so this time out they’re really going for it with a double album called Miles: From An Interlude Called Life, or as they prefer, Miles. It features childhood friends of the duo Aloe Blacc and Miguel along with Fashawn, The Last, Artful Dodger and Imam Omori. There may not be an eight year wait for the next LP as Exile referred to songs that didn’t make this one as beautiful flowers.
Providence, the third full-length album from international trio All We Are, is the group’s most infectious, accessible and uplifting thing they’ve recorded to date. Working with former Depeche Mode producer Dave McCracken, drummer Richard O’Flynn, bassist Guro Gikling and guitarist Luis Santos, the upbeat tone radiates through the droning guitars and dark production.
Half doom, half jazz: they're doomjazz. This reissue charts the rise of The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation, such as they are known when they're making the free, more improvised alternative to their work as The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble. This record is slower and more contemplative than their other works but no less crushing, a record of jazz transposed to pure atmosphere. Heartily recommended to fans of slowburning evil.
Following the release of their second Whitney album last year, Forever Turned Around, Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich went to ground to record a collection of cover versions, showcasing their shared formative influences. Candid contains revealing takes on songs by Kelela, Damien Jurado, David Byrne and John Denver’s immortal ‘Country Roads’ with Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield.
77 minutes is a very long time but perhaps it is more enjoyable if it is spent in the company of British electronic duo ISAN. The project is part of Where It's At Is Where You Are's ongoing project to get acts to create 77 minute long pieces to raise money for Médecins Sans Frontières. ISAN's tone poems and electronic lullabies are perfect for such a project but if 77 minutes is too long for you they've also provided a 7 minute edit as well as a 77 second super edit for those really pushed for time.
Australian guitarist and composer Julian Curwin has harnessed projects by The Tango Saloon, Munkle and Cannibal Spiders over the last 20 years. His latest solo album, Midnight Lullaby, takes its inspiration from a number of musical sources, from jazz to film soundtracks, and distils them into something coherent and highly personal.
Texan post-rock band This Will Destroy You, or TWDY to their pals, were asked to compose a score for Jordan Kahn’s two-Michelin star restaurant in Culver City, California. Since 2017, that was the only place you could hear Vespertine, where it played constantly. It is now being released into the world, so you can cook a fancy meal at home and enjoy it’s expansive ambience while you eat. Note: it can also be enjoyed without food.
The Italian violinist Silvia Tarozzi was long known for her work in the fields of improvisation and experimentalism but for Mi specchio e rifletto she was inspired to play a more song-based music. The result is a beautifully baroque series of folk and progressive musings with a poetic bent that could draw comparisons perhaps to Penguin Cafe Orchestra.
Recorded under lockdown as a relatively quick follow-up to her last album Lover 11 months ago, Taylor Swift’s folklore dropped without fanfare at the end of July. Featuring production assistance from Jack Antonoff and The National’s Aaron Dessner, it’s been hailed as the most lyrically vivid and sonically diverse album of Swift’s career, and it now gets a physical release on CD and vinyl.
In the spirit of striking while the iron’s hot, Dublin post-punk act Fontaines D.C. deliver their second studio album A Hero’s Death barely a year after their debut Dogrel won such universal acclaim. Stoic and energetic, it seeks to address the grander themes in life, but hasn’t succumbed to a dose of ‘The Big Music’, fortunately!
69 year old jazz auteur Idris Ackamoor returns with his influential band The Pyramids on Shaman!, a stunning return to his strongest form since their 1970s heyday. While the current line-up features a number of the group’s founding members, it feels like a fresh, new formulation, the tracks taking on a poignant urgency in the context of the coronavirus crisis.
Words and Music was the 2012 album by long running dance pop collective Saint Etienne. Like a lot of their latter day albums it features a concept which this time is based around how music affects your life and can help you in bad times. Therefore the album has a very nostalgic and melancholic feel informed by the band's deep knowledge of classic pop.
Inspired by his move from America to London over a decade ago, Eight Gates was recorded by indie-rock singer-songwriter Jason Molina (Songs: Ohia, Magnolia Electric Co.) shortly before his passing some seven years ago. By its nature, it’s an intriguing and compelling mix of song sketches and more fully-realised ideas.
Another Sky are a cinematic London -based band who have big emotional songs that take something from Radiohead and Foals but up the ante with post-hardcore dynamics and arrangements. They are led by the remarkable falsetto of Catrin Vincent which soars over stadium-ready songs concerning subjects such as mental health and toxic masculinity. Gonna be big we reckon.
The best thing to come out of Melton Mowbray since the pork pies is Billy Nomates - a one-woman whirling dervish of a poet, singer, activist and artist. Her sound comes across something like a cross between Kate Tempest and Sleaford Mods. She spits out bitter, angry and funny diatribes over pop-friendly post-punk and lo-fi art rock. Jason Williamson guests.
Wrath of the Tyrant by Norwegian black metal band Emperor, their first release, was originally released in 1992 as a demo recording. It contains songs which were rerecorded to later feature on other recordings. Here we have a remastered reissue of the original LP with the original artwork restored. On Candlelight.
Willie J Healy hails from Oxfordshire and he sings and writes songs. He was very nearly a boxer, but a few Neil Young records soon put him on the path he’s confidently strutting down now. Twin Heavy is his latest album and going by the first single to be lifted from it, Why You Gotta Do It, it seems he’s going down a Phil Spector path, thankfully only in terms of the sound of his records.
Moscoman is the music-making moniker of Chen Moscovici. He makes house, acid, techno, dark disco and synth music that comes with indie / alternative sensibilities. Time Slips Away is his second album and features guest appearances from Teleman’s Tom Sanders, Wooze, Niki Kini, Vanity Fairy and Nuphar. On Moshi Moshi.
For his project’s sixth studio album, STRFKR leader Josh Hodges collaborated long-distance with Dutch musicians Mathias Janmat and David Hoogerheide. The result, Future Past Life, is a sonic stretching and stripping-back of the electro-pop perfection the group achieved on 2016’s Being No One, Going Nowhere.
Dreamland is the third album by Oxford psych pop / electronic indie band Glass Animals. It’s their first outing since 2016’s How To Be A Human Being. The album is built on the band’s experiences during the time between the albums. The one that looms largest being the bike accident that nearly killed drummer Joe Seaward. It’s fair to say it carries some emotional heft.
Matthew Robert Cooper (a.k.a. Eluvium) and Explosions In The Sky’s Mark T. Smith collaborate once again as Inventions, presenting their third studio album Continuous Portrait. It’s the boldest and least characteristic work yet, at least in terms of what you might expect given their own work, but it’s hypnotic and playful enough to fit in with 2014’s self-titled effort and 2015’s Maze of Woods.
G2, 44+ / x2 was the third released recording from American filmmaker, videographer and experimental composer Phill Niblock, originally available in 2006. It now gets a re-issue in CD form, in a matte laminate embossed sleeve and with a chunky booklet with an interview, photos and liner notes from Bill Meyer.
If you're the frontman of Monolord, the albeit melodic doom metal band, but doom metal nonetheless, and your band had just released its most successful album, what would your next move be? Thomas V. Jäger has released A Solitary plan, a cathartic album about heartbreak featuring acoustic guitars and synths. It remains to be seen what the Monolord fanbase will think, but he’s likely to get a load of new fans, because it’s sounding pretty good.
Conrad Schnitzler & Frank Bretschneider Con-Struct
An album which sees Frank Bretschneider (a.k.a. Komet) interpreting the sounds of the late Conrad Schnitzler, one of the key figures in the German underground scene as a member of Tangerine Dream and Kluster, Con-Struct is a wonderful “merging of worlds”, in Bretschneider’s explanation.
A re-issue on vinyl for Con, the 1978 collaboration album between Kluster founder Conrad Schnitzler and his Tangerine Dream colleague Peter Baumann in the Paragon Studio they had established together. It was among the final records to be made there, and didn’t really get the exposure it deserved due to Schnitzler’s reluctance to promote it. Perhaps that lack of exposure will change with this re-issue.
Jenny O is a Los Angeles-based singer / songwriter and scholar of jazz and music composition. Completely out of the blue, in 2018, she suffered permanent hearing loss in one ear. An unfortunate event that she has now learned to live and work with. It also aligns her with the likes of Beethoven and Brian Wilson. Her third album, New Truth, is a slight departure in sound, mainly as she has switched producer from Jonathan Wilson to Kevin Ratterman. The songs range from sun-kissed pop to having a certain dusky etherealness.
The Beneficiaries is a collaboration between Detroit techno pioneer Jeff Mills, legendary Detroit DJ and producer Eddie Fowlkes and poet Jessica Care Moore who originally comes from Detroit. Jeff Mills wanted to collaborate with other artists as he thought it simply hadn’t been done enough. Despite both being around the Detroit scene for years, Mills and Fowlkes have never worked together. He discovered Moore when he saw her performing poetry online and was floored by her energy. The Crystal City is Alive is the result of their toil.
Steve Von Till has had his fingers in many musical pies. From the avant garde metal of his band Neurosis to psychedelia under the name Harvestman and even gothic Americana. With his latest solo album No Wilderness Deep Enough he mixes the dark emotion of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds last couple of albums with Brian Eno’s ambient sounds, Coil’s electronic mutations and the wintry works of late Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson to create an intense yet expansive album.
Welsh band El Goodo take their name from a Big Star song and have been putting out some fab harmony-laiden, folk-pop-country-rock-psych type stuff - pretty much under the radar - for the past 20 years. Zombie is the band’s fourth album, named after the late dog belonging to producer Tim Lewis (you may know him as Julian Cope collaborator Thighpaulsandra.) What was intended to be a double album became a tight set of 13 songs and a high quality, all-killer, no filler-type single album. Welcome to the world of one of Wales’ best kept secrets.
Jack White’s Third Man label unearths yet another treat for fans of rock history - Live at Goose Lake: August 8th 1970 is the final show that The Stooges performed with their original line-up. This is the fabled gig at which they played Fun House in its entirety before it was even out, and where bassist Dave Alexander was allegedly so out of it that he couldn’t play a single note, after which Iggy Pop summarily fired him. This restoration of the original soundboard recording, found buried at the bottom of a pile in a Michigan farmhouse recently, proves otherwise.
Following a recent lockdown live show broadcast on YouTube, during which DiN label head Ian Boddy reached out to Scanner’s Robin Rimbaud, An Ascent is adapted from the improvised modular synth set that he performed. These nine new tracks showcase a uniquely talented British artist at his very best.
Perhaps indicated by its availability on a more limited ‘purple royalty’ coloured vinyl, Video Age have been mining their classic Eighties pop influences even more thoroughly than ever before on third studio album Pleasure Line. Perhaps motivated by Ross Farbe and Ray Micarelli’s upcoming weddings, bright, optimistic pop melodies shine hard here.
Created and recorded during a time of personal and societal upheaval (new parenthood and lockdown respectively), Duke Spirit frontwoman Liela Moss delivers her second solo album Who The Power, more strident, dramatic and outward-looking than its intensely personal predecessor My Name Is Safe In Your Mouth.
Norwegian eight-piece group Jaga Jazzist return with their first album in five years titled Pyramid, their ninth overall but their debut on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint. Recorded in just two weeks over intense recording sessions, the Lars Horntveth-led ensemble continue their cosmic excursions covering jazz, post-rock and psychedelia.
BRONSON is the new project from US electronic duo ODESZA and Golden Features, a producer from Sydney. Their self-titled debut is filled with instrumental tracks that flow with emotional power alongside cathartic vocal tunes. This is a departure from the norm for both acts. Includes guest appearances from British producer/DJ Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and R&B singer Gallant.
Ernest Greene brings his Washed Out project back to Sub Pop for the project’s fourth studio album. On Purple Noon, the chillwave pioneer teams up once again with producer Ben H. Allen and ventures even further into hip-hop and R&B territory, with bright, sharply-defined sounds the order of the day.
Wah Wah Wino affiliated Morgan Buckley and Ben Donohue from Dublin make up electronic duo Little Movies. They play improvised music so a live set is probably the best way to listen to them. This set was recorded Live at Cafe Oto - the East London venue famed for the acts it puts on stage, who, at the very least dabble in the avant-garde end of jazz, electronics and psychedelia.
Flaming Pie by Paul McCartney was his 10th solo album, originally released in 1997. It came at a time when Macca had been involved in The Beatles Anthology series. It caused him to remember the way he worked with the fab four and reevaluate his solo work. He often gets a bad rap for his later solo career, but there are some genuinely good songs on here. This was ultimately regarded as a return to a form for an artist who deserves a whole lotta love. It was produced by George Martin and Jeff Lynne and features musical contributions from Steve Miller and Ringo Starr.
We Are The Plague is the debut album by Suzie Stapleton. If you can imagine Patti Smith being backed by Killing Joke and then soundtracking the apocalypse then you’d be somewhere close to describing her music. However, the range is quite wide - from gentler Elliott Smith-style compositions to Sonic Youth-meets-Soundgarden sonic assault. Her backing band features members of The Stranglers and Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind.
On&On is the sublime new studio album from London-based musician and visual artist Daniel Blumberg. Retaining the same cast of backing musicians that helped him create his debut for Mute back in 2018 titled Minus, Blumberg creates a nine-track suite that pushes his artistry into new sonic territory.
British-based noise-rock outfit Sly & The Family Drone release their latest studio album. Walk It Dry was actually recorded before their last album, Gentle Persuaders, following a year-long hiatus brought on by a post-car-crash recovery, and is characterised more by shorter, more immediate tracks.
Peckham’s Kamaal Williams returns with his second album, Wu Hen. Williams’ refers to his own music as Wu Funk - a mix of jazz, rap, R&B and funk underpinned by jungle, grime, garage and house beats. This time out he’s added an expansive widescreen feel with strings arranged by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (Ray Charles, Dr. Dre, Flying Lotus, Mary J. Blige etc) and some sax from virtuoso player Quinn Mason.
An assemblage of alternative country icon Will Oldham (a.k.a. Bonnie “Prince” Billy) with the trio of Scottish artists Alasdair Roberts (of Appendix Out), Jill O' Sullivan (a.k.a. Jill Lorean) and Alex Neilson (of Trembling Bells) collectively known as Three Queens In Mourning, the superb Hello Sorrow Hello Joy consists largely of immaculate Oldham covers but a small handful of original material as well.
Indistinct Conversations is the fourth album by Canadian indie band Land of Talk. They are led by singer, guitarist and keyboard player Elizabeth Powell. This album is fuelled by her bad experiences at the hands of men. Judging by the melodic yet melancholy first single, Weight of That Weekend, their sound is more acoustic pop / rock, but I’m assured they make a bit of racket, just like in their early days, on the album too.
Named after some graffiti in the toilets of a bar in Glasgow, Push Barman To Open Old Wounds was originally released in 2005 and housed all of the EPs and singles released up to that point by Belle And Sebastian, arranged chronologically. It now gets re-issued as a beautiful 3xLP coloured vinyl set.
Hiroshi Yoshimura was an ambient music pioneer but sadly his music barely made it out of his native Japan in his lifetime. His debut album, Music For Nine Postcards, was reissued in 2017 and, along with him being discovered on YouTube, his popularity grew some 14 years after his death. Now we have his groundbreaking ambient masterpiece Green, reissued through Light In The Attic.
The Shaggs - a band comprising four sisters from New Hampshire who absolutely could not play their instruments or sing in tune - were largely misunderstood when they arrived on the scene in the late ‘60s. However, their ‘outsider music’ was loved by the likes of Frank Zappa, NRBQ and later Kurt Cobain. The Shaggs Own Thing was their second album which saw their sound develop and mature somewhat from their ramshackle, yet beautiful beginnings. Here, they try their hand at covering The Carpenters’ Yesterday Once More and re-record their classic, My Pal Foot Foot.
Who’da thunk it? Legends of the post punk scene and the '80s in general, Psychedelic Furs, are back with Made of Rain, their first new album in 29 years. The band released 7 albums in 11 years between 1980 and 1991 before they split up, or as we can now refer to it, went on hiatus. They had hits with Pretty In Pink and Love My Way.
Kingmaker came from Hull. They formed in 1990 and released three albums before splitting in 1995. They frequently adorned the pages of the NME during their time, carving out a English indie niche in a pre-Britpop world. Everything Changed is a career-spanning 5CD box set featuring all of their albums: Eat Yourself Whole, Sleepwalking and In The Best Possible Taste, alongside a load of bonus tracks in the shape of live cuts, remixes and b-sides.
Hail is the debut album by New Zealand indie-rock band Straitjacket Fits. It was originally released, on Rough Trade in the UK, in 1988, two years after the band had formed. The band were part of New Zealand’s celebrated Dunedin Sound scene along with The Chills, The Clean, The Bats, The Verlaines and Tall Dwarfs, and released their records through the classic Flying Nun label in their homeland.
Romare is a DJ and producer with a moustache and a knack for making the kind of Giles Peterson-approved mixture of cut and paste soul, jazz and dancefloor that would naturally get him signed to Ninja Tune. Home is his third album and sees him leaning further towards dancefloor but retaining the melodic textures that saw his earlier Projections album win Album of the Year in DJ mag.
Alain Johannes was a founding member of Los Angeles alt. rockers Eleven way back in 1990. Since then he has contributed to recordings by Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, Mark Lanegan, Chris Cornell and many, many others. His latest solo album, Hum, comes following recovery from loss and battles with his health.
Ultimate Success Today is the fifth album by Detroit rock band Protomartyr. It is their second album for Domino Records. The album was inspired by the reissue of their debut album, making singer Joe Casey think about the way they felt first time out. He was reminded of how that could have been the band’s only album and the urgency to make it that spurred them on. He realises that they are in it for the long haul now, but he still wanted to make sure he said what he wanted say while he has the chance.
It's fair to say that a few Neil Young fans have been waiting a very long time for this. Homegrown was originally supposed to be released in 1975. For some reason, that never happened. This is a 12 track album including 7 songs that have never been released in any form and 5 songs whose alternate versions have appeared on other albums. It features musicians such as Levon Helm and Robbie Robertson of The Band, Emmylou Harris and more.
Samira Winter delivers the third album of heady psychedelic shoegaze by her eponymous, bi-lingual indie band Winter via the Bar-None label. With lyrics as ever in both Portuguese and English, Endless Space (Between You & I) ought to see the talented songwriter and singer build up her profile even further.
You can always trust a Soul Jazz compilation and Kaleidoscope – New Spirits Known and Unknown is no different. You may be forgiven for think that jazz was invented in London in about 2017 such is the excitement over a treasure trove of new artists in recent years. This compilation seeks to present to you the best bits from deep jazz cuts to wilful experimentation to deep soul. Comes with extensive liner notes and photos. A good as any a place to begin your discovery.
Trees Outside the Academy was Sonic Youth founder Thurston Moore’s second solo album. It was originally released in 2007. His only previous solo album, Psychic Hearts, came 13 years earlier. The songs on this album are mainly based on acoustic guitar, backed by fellow Sonic Youth member Steve Shelley on drums and Samara Lubelski, who has played with MV/EE, on violin.
Telefono is the debut album by US indie band Spoon. It was originally released in 1996...in most places. It has been unavailable for years and was never even released in some places. Finally getting a deserved reissue. Includes the Spoon classics All The Negatives Have Been Destroyed and Not Turning Off.
Seeing Through Sound by US Trumpeter John Hassell is the follow-up to Listening To Pictures, released in 2018, and is the second part in his Pentimento series. More that 40 years after his first album as a band leader and coining the term Fourth World Music, he is still finding ways to mutate sound. Here we have future blues, effervescent beauty, electronic clicks and motorik beats, but not as you might know them.
Jesse Lanza is a Canadian, singer, songwriter who has gained traction with her previous albums Pull My Hair Back and Oh No. On All The Time, she collaborates with writing partner Jeremy Greenspan on perhaps her strongest set yet. The production is both modern and retro-leaning but allows Lanza space to create a more lyrically ambitious work inspired by heartbreak and personal change.
With a new backing band of long-term collaborator Ben Edwards (a.k.a. producer Benge), Robin Simon (formerly of Ultravox) and Hannah Peel, John Foxx and The Maths release their fifth studio album Howl. Dark, expressive and synth-leaning, it’s a subtly different proposition to the outfit’s previous releases.
Sonic Boom is Peter Kember, formerly of Spacemen 3 and Spectrum, and if you’ve forgotten all about him, that’s probably understandable because he released his one and only album, Spectrum, as Sonic Boom in 1990. He is back, however, with All Things Being Equal, an album that he was encouraged to make by Stereolab’s Tim Gane. Well, I’m excited, what about you?
Arriving a little over a year after their well-received sophomore LP Water, Chicago-based art-rock trio Dehd release a new album titled Flower of Devotion. Based around themes of holding your head high through difficult times, according to lead singer Emily Kempf, it’s their most buoyant and confident record yet.
Arguably the most legendary figure in all of rock history, Bob Dylan presents his first new album of new material in eight years, and his 39th altogether. Spanning 70 minutes and containing the 17-minute long single ‘Murder Most Foul’, Rough And Rowdy Ways sees an artist approaching his 79th birthday in some of his best lyrical form in recent memory.
Formed in 2015 but taking three years to perform live together for the first time, and a further two to release this self-titled debut album, Washington D.C. outfit Coriky is formed of iconic underground figure Ian MacKaye on guitar, his old Fugazi bandmate Joe Lally on bass and Amy Farina on drums, with all sharing vocals.
Their name deriving from a mis-heard Rolling Stones lyric, London neo-psychedelic band Green Seagull return with their second album Cloud Cover. Expanding on their songwriting team since their 2016 debut Scarlet Fever, they bring in mellow Seventies Laurel Canyon vibes into the mix this time around.
Hideki Matsutake was a busy man in 1981. He was in high demand in the Tokyo music scene for his keyboard programming skills which led him to work with Akiko Yano, YMO, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Mkwaju Ensemble. He also managed to record a couple of albums himself under the name Logic System. Venus was the second of those albums and saw Matsuake exploring funkier and more organic sounds than he did on its techno predecessor, Logic.
The brilliant word 'sleazalogue' is used to describe Psychedelic Sex Kicks - a motion picture documenting the drugs, sex and high jinks of 1967 era San Fransisco. The soundtrack is a psychedelic sound experience full of all those familiar sounds of the era such as tabla, flute, sitar and things going backwards. An aptly mind bending listen. Comes on coloured vinyl with a DVD of the film.
Celestial Love by Sun Ra was originally released in 1982. It was his 60th album, and whilst he has been making records for thirty years by this point, that’s still damn good going. Despite it being recorded in the ‘80s it still featured original members of his Arkestra and was recorded in the same studio as many of his other classics. This is the only place you’ll get a recording of the title track. This Sundazed reissue features Blue Intensity and a bonus track not featured on the original LP.
Chicago band Ratboys return with their third album, Printer’s Devil. They also have a new line up, which sees them growing from a duo to a four piece. They are essentially an indie rock band but are prone to throwing in some stripped back folk and alt. Country tunes along the way. The song's themes reflect what the band have been through in the three years since their last LP, with upheaval and change being at the forefront.
Kikagaku Moyo improvise like they're falling through a black hole and can jam forever, and so Forest of Lost Children is just a snippet of their work together, a record that explores their meandering psych and folk workouts and picks out the best bits. This record buoys an Eastern influence and favours a frenetic clash of sounds over particular arrangements. They still sound tight, though.
Bis be back! Again! After having broken up and reformed a couple times since they started out in 1994, the Glaswegian band look like they've stuck with a bit longer this time with Slight Disconnects, their second album in five years. After all this time Bis remain masters of the indie pop chorus, and have even managed to fit in a bit of reflection on the last 25 years.
Discovered at a talent contest, ESG were the group of New York sisters who took soul and funk and stripped everything away so you were left with spindly and skeletal compositions heavy on the bass and minimal guitar. Factory Records saw the power in them and were involved in its initial release with legendary producer Martin Hannett doing some exploratory recordings with the band. The album has passed into legend being an influence on house and hip-hop and being sampled all over the place.
Emma Tricca’s first LP since 2014’s Relic is another record of delicate, dreamy folk-rock. Devendra Banhart and Jane Weaver spring to mind on tracks like the gorgeous, feathery ‘Julian’s Wings’. St. Peter also features a pretty star-studded credit reel - members of Sonic Youth, The Dream Syndicate and Paper Dollhouse all make appearances.
'Bossanova' is the third proper full length album from indie outfit Pixies, the legendary band from Boston who made some great records back when I was a lad. To try and follow up the triple whammy of 'Come On Pilgrim', 'Surfer Rosa' and 'Doolittle' is quite a daunting and challenging task, but they managed to shape a great record which stands out with its sci-fi themes and surf rock guitars. Features 'Dig For Fire', 'Allison' and 'Velouria'.
This is the third album of true Norwegian black metallers Emperor, reissued at last. As one of the founding fathers of the symphonic wing of the genre, Emperor have a highly dramatic sound, although IX Equilibrium focuses a bit more on direct fierceness than previous records.
This is the very first album released by true Norwegian black metallers Emperor. As one of the founding fathers of the symphonic wing of the genre, Emperor have a highly dramatic sound, balancing melodic dark synth melodies with ferocious howling forward movement. In The Nightside Eclipse is reissued on CD and transparent blue vinyl by the Spinefarm and Candlelight labels.