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"There are just too many records!!!" wailed Phil this morning as he perused the new release pages. Indeed there are...... millions of the things. So let's gather up some of the best that are due out in the next couple of months. Plenty out  - let's take a look at what we can look forward to. 
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Seconds Are Acorns

You might know Adem from his work with Kieran Hebden as Fridge, or with The Pictish Trail as Silver Columns. Only some of you may remember him from his solo work, as this is his first solitary record in quite some years. He mixes heartfelt songcraft with the kind of creative textures you’d expect from that background. Out on Drawing Board.

Multifunktionsebene, Tttrial and Eror, Duplex

Are you an Apparat fan? Yes? Well then check this out: the first three Apparat albums, from over a decade ago, re-pressed and packed up together in a stylishly minimal sleeve. Multifunktionsebene, Ttrial and Eror and Duplex all have plenty to recommend them, both as early glimpses and as stand-out work in their own right. Out on Shitkatapult.

Beach Slang
The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us

First full-length album from Beach Slang, building off the success of a bunch of singles. Summer-tinged punk-pop indie-rock is the name of the game, the overlaid and oversaturated photography on the sleeve maybe giving a clue to the bright blastedness of the music. The Things We Do To Find People Like Us is on Big Scary Monsters.

Beat Happening
Look Around

DIY pop at its politically charged best, Beat Happening were highly influential in the North West of the states. Fronted by Calvin Johnson founder of K records and later Dub Narcotic, it's now an incredible thirty years since their debut album. This double album anthology chronicles the band perfectly, offering a timely springboard for fans old and new. Out on indies-only coloured vinyl 2LP + bonus 7" as well as your standard CD, Cassette and 2LP vinyl. On Domino.

Bill Mackay & Ryley Walker
Land of Plenty

Land Of Planty is an instrumental collaboration between Bill Mackay and Ryley Walker. The two guitarists from Chicago bring their own sound to this album making it a mix between Walker’s folk/rock/jazz triumphant Primrose Green album and Mackay’s improvised and melodic work with Darts & Arrows. Fingerpicked ballads, psychedelic meanderings and raga infused blues workouts all feature here.

Vulnicura Strings (The Acoustic Version: Strings, Voice and Viola Organista Only)

Bjork is really treating her fans with this album round: following on from the marvellous original and the recent remix series, we now have a version of Vulcinara that strips everything back to just vocals and strings, with several new parts being recorded especially. Naturally the results are gorgeous. On One Little Indian.

Black Moth Super Rainbow
Dandelion Gum

Black Moth Super Rainbow are a experimental psychedelic band from Pennsylvania. Their music has always taken precedence over any image and they hide their real selves behind aliases such as Tobacco (Vocals) and Power Pill Fist (Bass, Atari). Their third album Dandelion Gum was originally released in 2007. The songs are themed around tales that have been passed down through a tradition of family storytelling. Whilst being categorised as an electronic band, that pigeon-holing really doesn’t tell the full story. Their music could be described as being like the weirder end of The Flaming Lips output and therefore, pretty damn good.

British Sea Power
Sea Of Brass

Last year British Sea Power were given access to a full-size brass orchestra with which to tour the country, and here are the impressive results. The band and the brass move around each other sensitively and, at times, with overwhelming power as they move through choice cuts from BSP’s back catalogue. Available as regular CD, and expanded double LP, and a triple CD with DVD! Fantastic!

Built To Spill
There's Nothing Wrong With Love

Built To Spill’s second record here, first released in 1994. Their gorgeously slackerish indie sound is pretty much at its peak here, with favourites like ‘Distopian Dream Girl’ and ‘Car’ included. This reissue, on Up Records, is the very first time There’s Nothing Wrong With Love has been re-pressed to vinyl since the original run.


The sophomore release from international band Cheatahs gleans its name from Roland Barthes’ collection of essays. Mythologies follows a diverse touring schedule accompanying the likes of No Age, Metz and Wavves - absorbing a little influence from each along the way. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Wichita and Sonic Fun!.

Chris Walla
Tape Loops

You don’t expect an album named Tape Loops to come from a former member of Death Cab For Cutie, but here it is! Chris Walla, who founded that band, has taken things a lot more abstract: not quite full Lescalleet / Dilloway, but a pretty strong set of pieces that use analogue technology with skill. On Trans-Records.

Courtney Love
Miss Narcissist

Miss Narcissist is the new single from ex-Hole frontwoman Courtney Love. The song is a typically snarling piece of grunge-pop that will delight fans. The single is released on Wavves Ghost Ramp label and is backed with the track Radio Killer. The cover art features a self-portrait of Love viewing her reflection in a cracked mirror.

Dave Gahan & Soulsavers
Angels & Ghosts

Hardcore Depeche Mode fans! We know you are out there, and in great numbers too. Your spiritual leader Dave Gahan has a new record out, collaborating with Soulsavers for the second time. They provide a dramatic backdrop for his studied drawl: Angels & Ghosts sounds nice and fresh, no mean feat for a veteran like Gahan.

Fading Frontier

At last, new Deerhunter! With their seventh album, the band have taken a fairly accessible approach, crafting songs with a strong melodic thrust and clear production. Lovely stuff. But they can’t hide their inherent weirdnesses entirely: Fading Frontiers is full of the odd little touches that make this band so special. On 4AD.

Ellen Fullman
The Long String Instrument

Ellen Fullman has been crafting long weaves of sound with her Long String Instrument for almost 35 years now, and this LP from 1985 was the first recorded document of her work. By long, we are talking in the region of 70 feet, so these string drones sound like little else. LP reissued by Superior Viaduct.

Epic Soundtracks
Rise Above

Rise Above by Epic Soundtracks was originally released in 1992 and features guest performances from J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr), Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Roland S. Howard (The Birthday Party) and Martyn Casey (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds). It was the first solo album by the former Swell Maps founder who also played drums for Crime & the City Solution and These Immortal Souls. This reissue, which has been unavailable for over 15 years, includes 8 bonus tracks and a second disc of early demos. Epic Soundtracks died in 1997 aged just 38.

Eugene Mirman
I'm Sorry (You're Welcome)

Eugene Mirman is a stand-up comedian who you also might know from parts in various American sitcoms. Amazingly, he has committed himself to a whole 7 LP box-set, which contains a recording of a live stand-up set, but also a massive ton of other oddities, supposedly including Russian lessons, crying, and a ‘fuckscape’. Remarkable box set on Sub Pop.

Guided By Voices
Suitcase 4: Captain Kangaroo Won The War

You would think, due to Guided By Voices' prolific release schedule, that they wouldn’t have held anything back. However, they have: Suitcase 4: Captain Kangaroo Won The War is the fourth instalment of 100 rarities and previously unreleased tracks spread over 4 CDs. Limited edition too…..don’t miss out! There is also a vinyl version available

J Dilla
Dillatronic Vol. 3

Premium-grade beat action from the archives of the beloved J Dilla, this time with totally unheard material! The material on Dillatronic Vol. 3 is especially heavy on electronic synth lines, supported by breaks that have that perennially funky Dilla quality. A vinyl treat for Dilla-heads, out on Vintage Vibes / Ma Dukes Official.

Jamie xx
Loud Places: Remixes

Enjoyed Loud Places from Jamie xx’s latest album? Well then you’re in luck, as it’s been remixed by four illustrious producers, including Herbert and John Talabot. This in addition to the vocals already present on the original, from The xx’s Romy. 12” sleeved in a typically Jamie xx design, on Young Turks.

Jane Weaver / Tender Prey
Mission Desire / Pleasure Pain Principle

Mission Desire is the second single to be taken from Jane Weaver’s critically acclaimed album The Silver Globe. Weaver mixes spacey analogue synths and krautrock with classic singer/songwriting to make an original and compelling sound. This 7” is shared with Weaver’s labelmates and noisey Cardiffian three-piece, Tender Prey who bring Pleasure Pain Principle to the party - a burst of noise with intelligent lyrics.

John Cooper Clarke

John Cooper Clarke has been referred to as The Bard Of Manchester and a punk poet. Whatever you wish to call him his performance poetry has become legendary in his near 40 year career since early days amid Manchester’s punk and new wave scene. Anthologia is the first anthology of his work and is available as a 3 CD and DVD box set or double vinyl LP.

Johnny Marr
Adrenalin Baby – Johnny Marr Live

Adrenalin Baby by Johnny Marr is a collection of live recordings from the past three years. The songs come from his two solo albums The Messenger and Playland with the addition of a few classics from his halcyon days with The Smiths and Electronic. Marr’s intentions were to capture on record what happened on stage.

Recollected Ambient Works Vol. 1: Bored of Excitement

This is not Kid606 as you would probably know him. Don’t expect any kind of glitched out beat madness here. And even as the Ambient works esque title would suggest, it’s not Aphex Twin esque either. During a mentally tough time for Miguel De Pedro he decided to strip everything back to literally just piano. A bigger challenge than he thought, taking 3 years to completion and release. Intriguing to say the least, and a good warm up for his new album next year.

Killing Joke

Pylon is the latest album from proto-industrial trailblazers Killing Joke. Intermittently since ‘78 Killing Joke have been spitting out scorching metal that has influenced everyone from Metallica to My Bloody Valentine. It's as doomy, gloomy and fill the roomy as ever. Out on CD, deluxe 2CD and 180g vinyl gatefold 2LP on Spinefarm.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Paper Mâché Dream Balloon

For their new record, titled Paper Maché Dream, King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard have cast aside the electricity that previously drove their massive psych-rock tracks. Instead, they present a suite of acoustic numbers, still thoroughly psychedelic but this time more reminiscent of a 70’s children’s TV show theme than a blasted jam. A nice change, on Heavenly.

Meanwhile Gardens

Much to the band’s evident dismay (see the press release), Levitation’s second record Meanwhile Gardens was never released in 1993 when it was recorded. It has taken until now for the album to receive the full, proper release it was meant to: now, we can all hear the alt-guitar sound the band crafted back then. On Flashback.
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Mark Kozelek and Nicolas Pauls
Dreams of Childhood: A Spoken Word Album

La Casa de la Cultura de la Calle is a non-profit organisation that works on behalf of homeless Argentine children. In a novel piece of awareness-raising, they have commissioned some of the children to write poems, and had these poems performed by Mark Kozelek and Nicolas Pauls. All proceeds of Dreams Of Childhood will fund the organisation’s work.

Mark McGuire
Beyond Belief

Former Emeralds guitar supremo Mark McGuire stretches out his range here on Beyond Belief, throwing in wild synth and drum machine patterns, piano, and even vocals as well as his guitar. This is a major piece of work, an all-consuming epic that stretches near to 80 minutes. The vinyl is limited to independent stores and pressed to lovely orange swirl wax.

Martin Courtney
Many Moons

Martin Courtney is the frontman of indie dudes Real Estate, but for Many Moons he has stepped aside to do some solo work. The songs he performs here are a little more inward-looking, and are produced with a slightly psychedelic haze: very pleasing. Additional parts by James Taveniere of Woods. On Domino.

My Autumn Empire
Dreams of Death and Other Favourites

My Autumn Empire is a spin-off project from little-known but much-loved ambient electronic folk project epic45. Dreams of Death and Other Favourites will satisfy fans of that group, with a lo-fi approach to songwriting and an eerie approach to production. Released by Wayside & Woodland Recordings.

Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm
Collaborative Works

Olafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm are each highly regarded as indie-classical melodic experimentalists, and with good cause. They’ve also been working together for years, and this Collaborative Works set gathers up all their past EPs, along with Trance Frendz, a new set of studio improvisations. Double CD on Erased Tapes.

Insomniac / Should’ve Been A Drummer

This, by the way, is the Powell track that samples Big Black, prompting that needlessly aggressive email from Steve Albini that ended up on a billboard. Powell fits the sample in pretty nicely, surrounding it with a pretty experimental heavy dance brew: acidic crackle all over the mix. Insomniac / Should’ve Been A Drummer is on XL Recordings. 

Public Service Broadcasting
Sputnik / Korolev

Everyone’s favourite modern history sample duo, Public Service Broadcasting are back with a new EP, Sputnik/Korolev. Sputnik is taken from their successful second album, The Race For Space. Korolev is a brand new track, propulsive and built around a muscular riff. On CD and 12” Vinyl both formats feature remixes by Blond:ish, Petar Dundov, Eagles & Butterflies and Plugger.

Night Thoughts

Something that a lot of people thought impossible at one point is soon to come to pass: a totally new album by Suede. Night Thoughts seems to be very much the late-period, grandiose work, featuring a full string section for most of the record and accompanied by a full-on film exploring the same themes, available as a DVD with half the four formats available.

The Billy Childish
The 1982 Cassetes

Billy Childish is a notoriously prolific character, but M’Lady’s Records have managed to follow the trail all the way back to the source. The 1982 Cassettes is the man’s first ever solo album, and shows that he arrived fully-formed: his blues-punk songcraft is just a little more close-up here. First reissue of this record, in a limited edition of 500.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Mini Album Thingy Wingy

Mini Album Thingy Wingy features seven new tracks by The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Anton Newcombe recorded the songs over the last year in his Berlin studio. Initially influenced by The Rolling Stones’ psychedelic phase, Newcombe has been incorporating ‘90s shoegaze, middle eastern and Brazilian influences into later recordings. On 10” red double vinyl with exclusive artwork (for the fans!), Clear vinyl 12” LP and CD.

The Chap
The Show Must Go

The Chap (not to be confused with the neo-Victorian-gentleman magazine) have been making slightly unusual rock music for quite some time. The Show Must Go On is their 6th album, and boasts an even more political perspective than ever before (understandably, given their clearly-stated European outlook). On Lo Recordings.

The Chills
Silver Bullets

Silver Bullets is The Chills first new record since Sunburnt in 1996. Their distinctive, complicated and smart guitar pop mixes lyrics of desolation with memorable, bright melodies. The Chills, along with bands such as The Clean and The Verlaines were part of The Dunedin Sound - a style of indie-pop from New Zealand with a jangly guitar sound.
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The Drink

Second full-length album from The Drink, an ethereal indie-pop band whose members also play / have played in groups like The Wharves and Shield Your Eyes. The latter band might surprise you, as nothing on Capital sounds much like them, but The Drink do have similarly dead-on chemistry. Out on Melodic.

The Heads
Time In Space

The Heads is pretty much the purest possible distillation of a psych-rock band name isn’t it? Time In Space collects together tracks from three tour-only CDr releases: they span live recordings, studio outtakes and rehearsal tapes, forming a nice miscellany of the band’s heavy jams. Double LP (with each disc pressed to a different colour of splatter vinyl) on Rooster, in an edition of only 600 copies!

The Leaf Library
Daylight Versions

Daylight Versions is the debut album by London four-piece The Leaf Library. They’ve stepped away slightly from the Stereolab influenced sound of their early singles to incorporate the fuzzy warmth of Yo La Tengo, the intelligent meanderings of Talk Talk and the melancholic post-rock of Movietone. Members of Hot Chip, The Drink, The Clientele and The Left Outsides make guest appearances.

The Mantles
All Odds End

The Mantles rose from the Bay Area’s garagey folk-rock scene citing Nuggets and The Velvet Underground as their influences. Their sound has progressed from being fairly loose and noisy to ploughing a more mellow, melodic furrow. All Odds End is a beautifully made guitar pop album that recalls Paisely Underground bands such as The Rain Parade and the legendary Dunedin Sound of 80’s New Zealand.

Then Thickens

Colic is the new album by Then Thickens. The indie band from Chorley, Lancashire began as solo project of Jon-Lee Martin before expanding to the five-piece we have here. Their debut album, Death Cap at Anglezarke was critically acclaimed with a whole host of DJs from Radio 1 and 6 Music praising their efforts. The band describe themselves as having ‘60s production, ‘70s melody and ‘90s lyrics. After successful support slots with Biffy Clyro, Echo & The Bunnymen and Nine Black Alps, Then Thickens could well be the next big thing..
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The Waiting Room

The Waiting Room, Tindersticks’ latest full-length, comes accompanied by a full brace of short films, one for each of the album’s eleven tracks. These songs are thus suitably cinematic, grandly arranged but on an intimate scale. Also includes a guest vocal from Jenny Beth of Savages. Four different format options, on City Slang.

This Record Belongs To ___

This Record Belongs To _____ is a children’s record for parents who think it extremely important that their young ones start appreciating vinyl as soon as possible (no surprise then, that Jack White’s Third Man Records is behind it). However, the tracklisting, including Carole King, Nina Simone and Jerry Garcia (!) will entice adults too.

Pop Ambient 2016

The latest installment of Kompakt’s annual celebration of all things warm and repetitive. Pop Ambient 2016 contains veterans such as Stephen Matheiu and The Orb along with newer names like Thore Pfeiffer, who boldly takes on the canonical work of Wolfgang Voigt with a ‘megamix’ of one of his albums. As lush as ever.

Victories At Sea
Everything Forever

Enjoying increasing exposure from the likes of the NME, Clash and The Guardian, Birmingham’s Victories At Sea step out of the concrete jungle with their debut album Everything Forever. Adding indie rock swagger to their love for New Order electronics it’s a confident blend of 80’s and 00’s for the teens. Out on limited vinyl LP from Static Caravan.

Wolf Eyes
I Am A Problem: Mind In Pieces

Weird, a Wolf Eyes album on Jack White’s Third Man Records… I Am A Problem: Mind In Pieces is the first ‘proper’ Wolf Eyes album to showcase their late-period Trip Metal (sorry John Olson, I mean TR1p Met@L!!1!) style, and while it is pretty damn gnarly, it sticks pretty close to actual song forms. Intriguing...

Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts

New record from Jeffrey Lewis, with backing band Los Bolts (which seems to contain most of the usual Lewis regulars). Manhattan has more intimately observed stories about interesting New York characters, sung and played with his usual upbeat bounce. Lewis’ own beautiful comic-style illustrations provide the artwork. On Rough Trade.