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New in: Friday 30th September 2016

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.

Legiac
The Voynich Manuscript

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

Roel Funcken and Cor Bolten’ Legiac project paints places with ambient sonic textures, field samples and modular synthesis. Sounding at times like a great hall or religious/historic place, you’re taken somewhere akin to Jacaszek or Deaf Center, swamped in reverb until a deep, organ like tone appears.…view full details.

New in: Thursday 29th September 2016

Bon Iver
22, A Million

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8/10 according to our Clinton

Here are the three things Justin Vernon recently discovered: witch house, Ian William Craig, and counting. Since releasing a masterful folk rock record that flowed through state borders and into the landscape, seamlessly bridging each ripple, he’s been largely silent on himself, doing for and unto others. He’s been in Kanye’s tun…view full details.

Ultimate Painting
Dusk

8 people love me. Be the 9th...

8/10 according to our Clinton

Ultimate Painting are an example of one of those times where the side project becomes the main band. These members of Veronica Falls and Mazes would be hard pressed to find time for any other musical projects these days with the runaway success of this prolific thing. If stuck think of them somewhere between an English …view full details.

Pixies
Head Carrier

6 people love me. Be the 7th...

6/10 according to our Clinton

It probably would have been better had these last two ‘Pixies’ albums come out under a completely different moniker then at least their legacy as one of the greatest and most innovative rock bands on the planet would not be as tarnished. Here on their second 'comeback' LP they play a form of reasonable alt rock that had it come out in the late ‘80s/early '90s been confine…view full details.

Thurston Moore & Tom Surgal
Not Me

2 people love me. Be the 3rd...

Erstwhile guitar-noise practitioner and former Sonic Youth guy Thurston Moore teams up with Tom Surgal and his drum kit for this 1996 free-improv session. The two duck and weave around each other, generating sizzling electro-crackle atmospheres for all the family. This reissue of Not Me comes with new liner notes in a replica of the original LP sleeve, and is limited to 500 copies. On Fourth Dimension.…view full details.

Danny Brown
Atrocity Exhibition

5 people love me. Be the 6th...

9/10 according to our Robin

On ‘Atrocity Exhibition’, Danny Brown’s a fucking mess. “Kubrick with two bricks”, he says, and his album makes it so: his tunes are shot through an existentialism so plain you could hear Tony Soprano listening to it as his whole world cuts to black, so real Ballard should come back to life and name his novel after this album. “Never know&rd…view full details.

Aukai
Aukai

4 people love me. Be the 5th...

8/10 according to our Jamie

First off: Wow. What a beauty. This guy! This record! So Markus Sieber has a back story (as most people but not all top-notch musicians do, but I digress). He spent the ‘90s in rock bands in East Germany, dropped his guitar for acting, then travelled to Mexico and ‘found’ music, again. Now he rolls out his leaf-strewn carpet with its amber-brown hues and invites us to share hi…view full details.

Midori Hirano
Minor Planet

6 people love me. Be the 7th...

9/10 according to our Jamie

Sonic Pieces, for their 24th release, have erected their velvet-covered stage for Midori Hirano. On her first record for Berlin’s modern classical / ambient boutiquers, Kyoto-born Hirano has taken her reliable chair at her piano and set her banks of electronics to gentle spin. Delicates only. Oh, but these soundscapes she has crafted are stunningly super-soft and seductive. And they come …view full details.

Yann Tiersen
Eusa

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

"Ten tracks. Ten locations. Ten field recordings. One piano". So begins the press release as if previewing some BBC proms experiment. But it neatly sums up what this LP is all about. French composing maestro Tiersen has written pieces for ten locations and made field recordings of the actual places then later on dubbed his piano twinklings atop. Could this be a return to his 'Amerie' style sounds? We wait with bated breath.   …view full details.

Gruff Rhys
Set Fire To The Stars

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

6/10 according to our Clinton

This is typical soundtrack fayre from the ever talented Super Furry Animals lad in that it veers across a number of styles that I'm sure make more sense alongside the film it's set to accompany rather than a standalone album.  The title track is a delicious slab of soft pop that recalls Burt Bacharach in his heyday with those lovely soft trumpets and meticulous string arrangements. This th…view full details.

New in: Wednesday 28th September 2016

A Year In The Country
No More Unto The Dance

2 people love me. Be the 3rd...

Deep memory music from A Year In The Country here on their new electronics-focused album No More Unto The Dance. Take your pick between the Dawn Edition, which comes in a recycled sleeve with some inserts and badges, or the Night Edition, which is a box-set with a booklet, a sticker set, a unique print, and a makeup mirror. And some more badges. Both packages contain the album on CDr.…view full details.

Various
Plankton - A Fruits de Mer Collection

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

A collection of tracks from experimental psych labels Fruits de Mer’s first 12 or so releases, all remastered and put on one CD. Covers of works by Pink Floyd, Brian Eno, and The Bee Gees, by the likes of Vibravoid, Hausfrauen Experiment, and Sidewalk Society. Plus an exclusive live track from The Pretty Things.…view full details.

North Sea Radio Orchestra
Dronne

11 people love me. Be the 12th...

8/10 according to Robbyboy (customer) on

Almost as good as 'I a moon', but not quite, in my opinion. Standout tracks are 'Vishnu schist' and the lovely 'Alsace Lorraine' which is up there with NSRO's best. There's even a hint of Spiritualized in the instrumental title track. Lovely stuff. Superb cover artwork deserves a mention too.…view full details.

Ian Sweet
Shapeshifter

1 person loves me. Be the 2nd...

Ian Sweet (which is a band by the way, not an individual man) release their full-length debut in the form of Shapeshifter. Brooklyn-based Jilian Medford drives the group with her self-inquisitive lyrics and unusual singing style, with the rest of the Sweet outfit weaving strange instrumental structures around her. Curious stuff! Out on Hardly Art.…view full details.

The Wytches
All Your Happy Life

4 people love me. Be the 5th...

Second album from The Wytches, the darkly psychedelic English rock and roll band. All Your Happy Life manages to sound groovy and guitar-gnarly even while the band seem lashed with despair. All Your Happy Life was recorded and mixed by a Grinderman (in the form of Jim Sclavunos, also a Bad Seed), so it has that dark rock power nailed down. Out on Heavenly.…view full details.

Arab Strap
Arab Strap

2 people love me. Be the 3rd...

Look at them there on the sleeve. They look a lot older than that now and to the delight of their fans have reformed for a few shows this October. To tie in with this comes this compilation of some of their best bits as well as rarities and B sides etc.  Arab Strap were always a lot more than their pished up image suggested with lots of gorgeous music backing Aidan Moffatt's slurred tales.  …view full details.

Nadia Sirota & Nico Muhly
Keep In Touch

1 person loves me. Be the 2nd...

Modern classical wunderkind Nico Muhly has written a full-blown viola concerto, recorded here by violist Nadia Sirota with the backing of The Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Apparently Keep In Touch was designed to challenge the performer into engaging with their weaknesses (mean Mr Muhly), but Sirota’s performance of the piece sounds perfect to these ears. On Bedroom Community.…view full details.

New in: Tuesday 27th September 2016

Chihei Hatakeyama + Hakobune
The Fall Rises

Nobody loves me. Be the 1st...

Dual guitar drone sessions from Japanese ambient masters Chihei Hatakeyama and Hakobune. Chords that are so drawn out and sustained through waves of reverb that the records title is spot on, glacial chords seem to constantly be falling, or building around but never meet an end. There are tones of The Stranger and Barn Owl in there. Stunning and infinite.…view full details.

Supersilent
13

5 people love me. Be the 6th...

7/10 according to our Robin

Uh oh: Supersilent just turned teens. They celebrate their thirteenth release with the same old improvisational growing pains and some grumpy drones that may or may not suggest that parents just don’t understand, I don’t know. Having released a slew of detaching band swirl for Rune Grammofon, their newest for Smalltown Supersound has that same mix of silence and disorganised sound, …view full details.

Bendith
Bendith

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

8/10 according to our Jamie

Bendith are made up of two bands. Slight correction, two Welsh bands: Colorama, and the harmonious trio of Elan, Marged and Gwilym Rhys of Plu, from Bethel. That cover design -- an unfolding panoramic view of verdure and village in watercolours -- gives the game away: gloriously pastoral and just slightly twee folksiness. Like a Welsh version of Ambrosia custard. Mmm, creamy and cold custard.…view full details.

Alien Ensemble
Alien Ensemble 2

Nobody loves me. Be the 1st...

Micha Archer of The Notwist (along with drummer Andreas Harberl) set up Alien Ensemble to explore instrumental arrangement, to take it down a gear, and strip things back. Their second album is further stripped back with it sounding like a backing band to jazz pieces without the soloing madman upfront. Sometimes krauty sometimes lounge-appropriate, but really quite serene.…view full details.

Folk Devils
Beautiful Monsters (Singles and Demo Recordings 1984-86)

1 person loves me. Be the 2nd...

Folk Devils shone briefly in the mid-1980’s: Beautiful Monsters gathers together all of their singles and throws in a bundle of previously unheard demo recordings. Post-punk with an aggressive and political edge. This is the first release of these singles in quite some time, and the very first time on CD. All remastered. On Optic Nerve.…view full details.

Syndrome
Forever And A Day

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Mathieu Vandekerckhove plays in the group Amenra, but he also has a lonely and intimate solo project: Syndrome. Forever And A Day is like post-rock music with the grand climaxes taken out and replaced with an uneasy droning ambient aesthetic. It feels bleak, but deep down it could be somewhat comforting. Out on Consouling Sounds.…view full details.

The Lucid Dream
Compulsion Songs

9 people love me. Be the 10th...

8/10 according to our Robin

Once accused, by me, of being the Lake District’s banner psych rock fixture, the Lucid Dream are in fact from Carlisle and make music to wash away the dreariness of it all (subtext: life). ‘Compulsion Songs’ continues to prove the a psych-y garage band cut above the rest: rather than submit to a roundabout of hypnotic riffs and sonorously thorough rhythms, they make often furi…view full details.

S U R V I V E
RR7349

7 people love me. Be the 8th...

7/10 according to our Jamie

So… you liked ‘Stranger Things’, right? We did. Well, those of us that watched it enjoyed it. That soundtrack was great. You might have bought it from us. Turns out the guys that made the music to the early-80s-set TV series are one half of this group, S U R V I V E. Yes, four people got together and removed the dust-sheets from their vintage synths one more time. There&rsquo…view full details.

Jenny Hval
Blood Bitch

10 people love me. Be the 11th...

8/10 according to our Robin

Some use prolificacy for evil. You know what I’m talking about. Buckethead will make thirty records in October in the build-up to Halloween; Robert Pollard can make ten awful songs in ten awful minutes; Mark Kozelek exists. Thank God Jenny Hval does too. Her steady artistic approach ha…view full details.

Blonde Redhead
Masculin Feminin

6 people love me. Be the 7th...

9/10 according to our Jamie

There’s gritty and then there’s New York’s Blonde Redhead gritty. These early recordings from the band have been let loose from the ‘90s dungeon and are fair bursting with barely pent-up energy. This vital set brings together their first two albums for Smells Like records, plus singles, demos and radio spots from the era. So we have tracks from their self-titled debut al…view full details.

New in: Monday 26th September 2016

Å Asher-Yates
Mothers Garden

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

7/10 according to our Jamie

The second of the latest brace of releases from the dependable, ever-translucent Shimmering Moods imprint is the debut release from Anthony Asher-Yates. It’s an album of reflective ambience that sits / sways woozily at the bucolic end of the electro-acoustic spectrum. I mean, there’s an acoustic guitar in here for crying-out-loud! And very prettily picked it is too. Asher-Ya…view full details.

Resina
Resina

2 people love me. Be the 3rd...

Rehydrated FatCat imprint 130701 continue to rain down new classical treats with the debut record from Resina, alias of cellist and general sound artist Karolina Rec. Resina emerged from an impressive demo tape and suggests an interpretation of the Polish underground scene -- as with most 130701 releases, it's a medley of both gorgeous and intense sounds.…view full details.

Dimitar Dodovski
Dérive

9 people love me. Be the 10th...

8/10 according to our Jamie

Dimitar Dodovski approaches his craft of granular synthesis from a melodic perspective at most definitely the warmer end of the drone spectrum. Opening track ‘I’ introduces, of all things, mallet-struck chimes amongst the digital layers. The mallets recur on the following track (‘II’), but only when you least expect them. Staccato synth rises from a mist-draped…view full details.

Regina Spektor
Remember Us To Life

2 people love me. Be the 3rd...

A pop pianist from back when the genre tag anti-folk was still in rotation, Regina Spektor's been at the songwriting game for a long time, making records with the very same winking, critical poignancy that endeared folks to 500 Days of Summer (a film in which her music starred). Her last record proper was What We Saw From The Cheap Seats, which both looked forward to a smootehr and more lush sound (while looking back with a self-c…view full details.

New in: Friday 23rd September 2016

Lustmord
Dark Matter

1 person loves me. Be the 2nd...

Dark Matter is an album of the darkest dark ambient from dark ambient expert Lustmord. In fact, the album was actually constructed using audio data derived from deep space: blackest ever black indeed. Lustmord has done a great job of summoning the infinitely isolated feel of dark energy in the far cosmos, so give Dark Matter a spin! Out on Touch.…view full details.

King Tubby's
Two Big Bull In A One Pen Dubwise

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This 1986 LP forms part of King Tubby’s mighty dub crown, with ten tracks of his intuitive soundmaster dubbing. Two Big Bull In A One Pen Dubwise was initially issued on the Firehouse label, and has been a real rare one for years now. Dub Store have put it back in circulation now though, on CD and LP.…view full details.

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

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

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

FIS
From Patterns to Details

2 people love me. Be the 3rd...

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

4 people love me. Be the 5th...

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.

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

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

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

8 people love me. Be the 9th...

10/10 according to Craig Fee (customer) on

Brilliant experience with Norman Records, from ringing up with my enquiry to delivery of my product, helped every step of the way. Id recommend using them every time. Thankyou. oh and the album is amazing too.…view full details.

How To Dress Well
Care

1 person loves me. Be the 2nd...

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

4 people love me. Be the 5th...

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.

Dead Rabbits
Everything Is A Lie

1 person loves me. Be the 2nd...

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

6 people love me. Be the 7th...

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

2 people love me. Be the 3rd...

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

4 people love me. Be the 5th...

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

8 people love me. Be the 9th...

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.


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