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I don’t know what it is with Cass McCombs. I own and enjoy several of his records yet when he releases a new one I’m not all that bothered and as I place the needle on his latest opus I am somehow surprised that it sounds really good. I should know this by now to trust him but there’s something about Cass that I just take for granted. Th…view full details.
A smattering of twinkling guitar teardrops and that overwrought Kinsella coo... American Football are surely back. Long after worrying he'd accidentally made the emo revival happen, our fearless leader steps back in, releasing the third record the band have titled American Football in their career. Tough one, this. Just as beautiful as ever, the music sounds emotive and mathy, feeling but showy, and of course, the lyrics are teenage as hell. "Doctor: it hur…view full details.
A full 29 tracks taken from an array of adaptations of DC comics. Batman, Superman, The Flash and many more heroes, as soundtracked by artists as wild and varied as Hans Zimmer, Junkie XL and the one and only Sun Ra. The Music Of DC Comics - Volume 2 is a double LP pressed to 180g wax, with a bonus poster thrown in. Out on Music On Vinyl.…view full details.
Just what is the mood of Wata Igarashi's machines, exactly? Judging by the sound clips I’ve just heard, I’d say it’s unstable going on psychotic; screaming, Carpenter-esque synths build in intensity over four quarters, each with a twitching, restless bass pulse to match. 12” on The Bunker New York.…view full details.
Split 7” with two different takings on ambient electronica. Jonny Nash plucks his guitar in such a way I could imagine it being prescribed or labelled “do not operate heavy machinery…”, Suzanne Kraft is equally sublime, and sounds almost Lynchian, Not so much twisted, but setting a completely new landscape for you. …view full details.
I love records like this, when they can still truly proclaim that 12 minutes is nothing more than a “teaser”. Having already worked with 12k and Type with this EP on Echovolt Ikin seems less techno locked, with each track taking on life of it’s own, not painting from the same palette each time. As downright clichéd as I know it is, It’s a film score to an imaginary film, sci-fi meets Drive. …view full details.
Roberto Musci collected the source field recordings for the music presented here on a wide array of international travels many decade ago. When he got home, he built on those sounds with synthesisers to make curious new hybrid musics. Very exploratory. Tower Of Silence is a double LP on Music From Memory.…view full details.
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Ron Trent and Chez Damier, Chi-Town house masters, launched the vaunted and sought-after Prescription Records imprint two decades ago. It cemented their place at the forefront of deep house. A timely collection marks the occasion and the classic 'Prescription Underground' EP with its funky cuts 'The Choice' and 'Morning Factory' is now available as a limited 12" sampler on Rush Hour.…view full details.
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Debut from a new project featuring Ayse Hassan of Savages fame. Teaming up with fellow bass player Kendra Frost to create some darkened electronic pop songs under the new Kite Base guise. With glimpses of Electrelane sombre pop sensibility, the organic depth of PJ Harvey, and some truly stunning vocal harmonies. …view full details.
Sankt Otten are a krautrock duo who have reached the dizzy heights of their tenth full-length album. Every piece on Männerfreundschaften und Metaphysik grew out of in-depth studio improvisations with guitarist friend N on hand, and the results are pretty damn droney. CD / double LP release on Denovali.…view full details.
New album from Petrels, aka Oliver Barrett. Jör∂ drags the listener in straight away with a swooning choral arrangement that rises up out of a windy drone, and it carries on from that point with woodwinds, pop songs, electronics and all sorts, all swirling cinematically. Released by Denovali.…view full details.
Mick Harvey has had an up-close-and-personal view of some of the last few decades’ finest songwriters, as veteran sideman to PJ Harvey and Nick Cave. For Intoxicated Women, he takes on the oeuvre of another legend of song: Serge Gainsbourg. Several guest vocalists help him out, such as Andrea Schroeder on the notable German cover of ‘Je T’aime’. On Mute.…view full details.
Hailing from fair Dublin, Benedict Schlepper-Connolly composes music for many mediums and in many forms. His new nature-oriented collection The Weathered Stone contains sung songs and soaring string quartets alike, with a thick harmonic core running through the middle of each of these four pieces. The LP is released on Ergodos.…view full details.
Man-named producerman Bruce ups the manliness with a heavy dose of masculinity rivalled only by Bicep for his latest 12" on Timedance. Despite the fact that both tracks are named after testosterone-fuelled sayings and frivolities, they aren't actually bro house - 'I'm Alright Mate' tracks a path through glitchy searing noises in order to make that sweet pumping techno music.…view full details.
Wild punk action from New Orleans. Mystic Inane sound like they’ve got themselves wasted on some homemade hooch and felt the need to flail around in a studio shouting at the walls. Needless to say, that means they are good. EPs of M/I LP is a collection of three previous 7”s, upgraded to full LP status. On La Vida Es Un Mus.…view full details.
8/10 according to our Ant
Puce Mary has been accused of diluting the original formula of noise/ industrial music with “weedy synth”. I can see the point, although I don’t see it as strictly following the same lineage. I just see it as something different. Had the groundwork not been layed, someone surely would have eventually arrived at this music, weedy synth or not. An…view full details.
Croatian Amor is one of many projects helmed by Loke Rahbek of Posh Isolation. It leans away from the sharp noise he often dabbles in, instead presenting some pretty shimmery synth songs. Love Means Taking Action is a joint release between Posh Isolation and Luke Younger’s Alter label: one handles the LP, the other the CD.…view full details.
Melbourne band Exek have their first full-length album to show off. Their sound is not a sunny one: this music feels like it was made in some shady garage, late at night. The production on these post-punk songs is laced with dub, with a coldly groovy effect. Biased Advice is out on Another Dark Age.…view full details.
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Constellation's fall batch includes a new signing in Jason Sharp, whose music feels both quintessentially out-Montreal and also incredibly fresh: a saxophonist and sound artist, his music absorbs drone, techno and musique concrete, weaving together instrumental anthologies that cross all three paths. There are horrendous noise blasts, gorgeous pieces a la a Godspeed ballad and plenty more. A short but extremely vast record, is A Boat U…view full details.
Review this item for us? Best review each week wins a £10 voucher!180g vinyl audiophile pressing LP + pull-out poster on Constellation
Jazz folk song-warper Sandro Perri is no stranger to thee Constellation record releasing orchestra, though with new band Off World he takes a different tack. On 1 this fledgling band of musicians contribute to the label's triple-bill of instrumental Autumn releases, using a mix of electronics and acoustics to create short-form tracks that feel alien and mountainous, establishing patterns and them examining them on an ins…view full details.
The Bevis Frond are the indie rock outfit led by Nick Saloman, who have been working away at the edges of the British music scene for decades now. The Fire label are reissuing a number of key Frond releases, including It Just Is, which is actually a Saloman solo release: he plays every single instrument here. CD / 2LP reissue.…view full details.
The Bevis Frond are the indie rock outfit led by Nick Saloman, who have been working away at the edges of the British music scene for decades now. The Fire label are now reissuing a number of key Frond releases. Sprawl is one of the group’s most psychy outings, with some lengthy tracks and a David Tibet guest vocal. Lots of rare material is included on the bonus CD!…view full details.
The Bevis Frond are the indie rock outfit led by Nick Saloman, who have been working away at the edges of the British music scene for decades now. The Fire label are now reissuing a number of key Frond releases to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the group. 1995’s Superseeder has a fair bit of garage-rock and even quasi-Indian sounds as well as the indie. CD / 2LP reissue.…view full details.
There is plenty of drama in Emma Ruth Rundle’s music, as there probably should be on an album named Marked For Death. I mean drama in the classical sense: these songs trace out the movements of human emotion with remarkable clarity. Rundle’s voice and her ear for smoothly dark rock composition make this a strong solo effort. On Sargent House.…view full details.
Are these stoner doom bands just having us on now? At least you won’t mistake a band called Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard for anything else… That said, Y Proffwyd Dwyll has other tricks up its sleeve, with more than the usually mandated quantity of synth. New Heavy Sounds are releasing this on CD and two different kinds of limited edition coloured vinyl.…view full details.
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David Gordon Green’s new film Matterhorn comes with a soundtrack from a band often described as cinematic in their own right: Explosions In The Sky. With the help of film composer David Wingo, they have created some really shimmering atmospheres, using a lot of percussive textures. The LP version is limited to 2,500 copies, so don’t delay! On Temporary Residence.…view full details.
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Slim Cessna’s Auto Club really really like the dark gothic underside of American life, and The Commandments According To Scac was apparently written with Flannery O’Connor and William Faulkner in mind. The music is a good match, with a soulful old-timey folk-American feel. Released by Glitterhouse.…view full details.
The Vin Du Select Qualitite label’s Solo Acoustic series continues to showcase the inventive talents of fine guitarists. Their next batch of limited edition LPs has now arrived! For Volume 13, Tashi Dorji performs on a nylon-string guitar, which he guides through fourteen tracks recorded in the US and in Bhutan.…view full details.
The Vin Du Select Qualitite label’s Solo Acoustic series continues to showcase the inventive talents of fine guitarists. Their next batch of limited edition LPs has now arrived! Volume 12 features Sarah Louise, making her first appearance on vinyl as it happens. Her style melds classic American Appalachian guitar with some modern tricks: sounds wonderful.…view full details.
The Vin Du Select Qualitite label’s Solo Acoustic series continues to showcase the inventive talents of fine guitarists. Their next batch of limited edition LPs has now arrived! Kristin Thora Haraldsdottir takes Volume 14, and her approach to the instrument combines her classical training with minimalism and modern moves.…view full details.
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Avant-garde music lovers from all over the spectrum will raise their eyebrows at this record: Merzbow and Sun Ra are two of the most prolific sound-weirdos out there, but this is the first time their paths have crossed. Of course, Sun Ra returned to Saturn decades ago, but Masami Akita got his hands on some unheard Ra recordings and fed them through his Merz-blender. The results make for a …view full details.
‘Three’ is, of course, the third album by littlebow. Katie English (Isnaj Dui, The Sly and Unseen) and Keiron Phelan (Orla Wren) ply their ceaselessly shapeshifting musical melange, now with added vocals and harp from Brona McVittie. Joyous times for the summer and beyond. Only 100 of these sweet CDrs in handmade, screen-printed sleeve, designed as ever by Katie English. On Rural Colours.…view full details.
Obsolete is a great slice of counter-cultural French poetry delivered in the form of psych-tinged rock by Dashiell Hedayat. Of course, this album is also an essential listen for fans of Gong, as they were Hedayat’s backing band for this recording. Reissued on Replica: the CD edition comes a with a booklet.…view full details.
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It’s been over ten years since I first heard In a Safe Place, The Album Leaf’s sophomore album. It wasn’t hard to lose track of Jimmy LaValle’s instrumental ambient post-rock project, as he hasn’t treated us to a full length album since 2010. But now he’s back with Between Waves, once again creating mesmerizing tracks that peacefully surround you and then suck you in deeply as soon as you pay pro…view full details.
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.
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Hell hath no fury like a chilled out psych rock album. Or... hell just hath no fury. There’s no fury. As far as escapism goes, Morgan Delt makes ‘Phase Zero’ the best in town, flying into a fantastical pop paradise on his fluorescent blimp to make sure everything’s okay, no one’s sad, nothing’s real. It’s like Tame Impala…view full details.
Originally released in 1986 on the Grabaciones Accidentales label - original copies of this LP are sought after. Long cherished by the likes of Trevor Jackson and JD Twitch (Optimo), this cult 80's album finally, sees a most welcome official reissue - the inaugural release on new imprint Equilibrio. Produced by Eugenio Muñoz who was one-half of outfit Mecánica Popular whose ¿Qué Sucede Con El Tiempo? LP was reissued on Andy Votel, Sean C…view full details.
Wreckmeister Harmonies mix drone, neo-classical, outrock and extreme metal. They are led by JR Robinson. Essentially a duo, Esther Robinson makes up the other half. Their new album Light Falls features a bunch of interesting guests including Thierry Amar, Sophie Trudeau and Gregory Herzog from Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Ryley Walker and Cooper Crain from Bitchin’ Bajas. Light Falls is their fourth al…view full details.
The Owl And The Pussycat is the first vinyl release for Rob Magill, a resident of Southern California who seems to be able to turn his hand to most arty things - musical composition, playing every instrument under the sun, poetry, painting and even owning his own label. He began recording in 2010 and has since made 50 albums with many more in the pipeline. He makes Robert Pollard look like The Blue Nile. In the past Magill has …view full details.
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