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More pre-orders for bleak mid winter

Like the wind whipping through the rafters on a winters day, the array of pre-orders never ends. Here is the latest batch of soon-to-be-favourites, 
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Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto
The Revenant

Erstwhile film soundtrack composer Ryuichi Sakamoto is joined by strict digital minimalist Alva Noto, a frequent collaborator in Sakamoto’s non-soundtrack work. For the Leonardo DiCaprio film The Revenant, the pair fold together dramatic orchestral themes and cold electronic ambience: from listening, I feel like The Revenant might be a tense watch.

AMM
AMMMusic

Oren Ambarchi’s label Black Truffle reissues a genuine avant-landmark: the first album from AMM. AMMMUSIC landed in the 1960’s like a slab of alien matter, sounding almost entirely unlike anything else. Keith Rowe, Cornelius Cardew and the rest broke out of all the musical norms, and the world is still reeling to this day. Remastered and presented in a replica sleeve. First ever vinyl reissue!

Bob Mould
Patch The Sky

Now that Husker Du aren't reforming (good), Bob can get on with making his solo albums. This latest one is a result of him spending six months in solitude (a long time to not see a human) and promises to be his darkest record in some time. I'd be interested to see a return to the 'Workbook' sound but who knows with Bob. His latter day albums always have moments of great so this will be well worth keeping an eye on.     

Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine
Hello, Good Evening, Welcome. And Goodbye: Live At Maida Vale

An hour long live session from the late 80’s indie rockers, recorded at Maida Vale for Steve Lamacq. This was the last radio session and Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine would stop playing as a group two weeks later. Features 14 songs from across their back catalogue and covers of The Pet Shop Boys and Inspiral Carpets.

Clint Mansell
Black Swan - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Clint Mansell’s soundtrack to the 2010 Darren Aronofsky film Black Swan is a remarkable thing, taking key elements of Tchaikovsky’s original Swan Lake and recontextualising them, just as the film does. Familiar themes rise and fall, surrounded by more modern orchestral drama. Double gatefold LP on heavyweight vinyl, out on Mondo.

Dakota Suite & Emanuele Errante
The North Green Down

The North Green Down from Dakota Suite & Emanuele Errante is a graceful blend of solo piano, cello and ambient electronic elements. The artists came together after a personal loss, which themes the album, but the gorgeous arrangements and subtle electronic processing strike an uplifting tone. This limited double vinyl LP on Karaoke Kalk is for fans of minimal, neo-classical music.

Dick Diver
New Start Again

New Start Again is the debut full-length album of Australians Dick Diver. First released in 2011 by Melbourne’s Chapter Music, it’s now being reissued on Trouble In Mind. The sound is a sunny, rambling kind of indie pop: touches of 90’s slackerism but fronted by distinctly Australian-accented vocals. CD and LP editions.

Freakwater
Scheherazade

Freakwater do make country music, but they only do it on their own terms. So that means subtle harmonies from the two singers, delicate bass playing from Dave Grey and a blend of bluegrass, folk and blues. Scheherazade is their first album in a decade and has been put out by Bloodshot on vinyl LP and CD.

Golden Teacher
First Three EPs

The first three EPs from Glaswegian 6 piece Golden Teacher are compiled on vinyl LP and CD for the very first time. Those original 12” pressings are long out of print, so it’s a thrill to hear the group’s rough-edged and raw-as-hell disco again. By making no-wave synths rub alongside sensuous hand claps and distant vocals this group prove themselves to be the true heirs to Arthur Russell.

Mass Gothic
Mass Gothic

The pressure of being the creative force behind New York band Hooray For Earth had gotten to Noel Heroux. Ten years down the line he had found himself being depressed and frustrated, being slap-dash and not giving his all. The only way to halt the decline was to break-up the band and start again. Mass Gothic is his new project for Sub Pop. Working alone, Heroux has found that the creative juices flow resulting in a sweeping and thrilling set of guitar-driven pop songs. Available on indies only banana yellow ‘Loser Edition’ vinyl, standard vinyl, CD and Cassette.

Miranda Lee Richards
Echoes of the Dreamtime

Produced by Rick Parker (Dandy Warhols, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) ‘Echoes Of The Dreamtime’ is the third studio album by American psyche-folk, singer songwriter Miranda Lee Richards. Having picked up a few songs on guitar from Kirk Hammett, Richards went on to work with the likes of Joe Firstman, Suzanne Vega, Tim Burgess, Tricky, Good Listeners and the Jesus and Mary Chain as well as being a member of the Brian Jonestown Massacre.

Mothers
When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired

Mothers are an indie-folk-rock four piece from Athens,GA who have been making waves in the online and printed music press as well as on mainstream radio stations. Their debut long-player When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired explores the big questions: what is our value, what is our place in the universe, mortality and how these questions affect our relationships. The music is, in places, gorgeous, elegant and spacious, whilst in others elements of post rock and math rock are introduced. Vinyl LP and CD on Wichita.

Motorpsycho
Here Be Monsters

Motorpsycho have been plying their trade in progressive, psychedelic heavy rock for the past 25 years, give or take. Over that time they have gathered a tribe of loyal fans and had the odd line-up change. Founding members Magnus ‘Snah’ Ryan and Bent Saether have remained at the core of everything they do. Their new album Here Be Monsters was originally commissioned for the 100 year anniversary of the Norwegian Technical Museum in 2014. The band realised they could take their original one-off performance further and went into the studio at the start of 2015. Lyrically, the original version studied time and history, for the recorded version, the themes have been expanded to explore the human condition.

Mr. Fingers
Outer Acid

Chicago house legend Larry Heard is breathing life into his classic alias Mr. Fingers after a decade long hiatus. On this vinyl 12”, simply titled Mr. Fingers 2016, Heard re-imagines the sounds he helped pioneer. Heard always produced the deepest of deep house, calling back to disco and funk. This element is still present, but combined with kosmische synths and sharper percussion. It’s like he never went away.

Nevermen
Nevermen

Oooof! Now here’s a line-up for you. Tunde Adebimpe (TV On The Radio), Adam "Doseone" Drucker (Anticon, cLOUDDEAD), and Mike Patton (Faith No More, Fantomas) have been working on the Nevermen project for a while apparently and within it each member taken on all roles creating an experimental and explorative setup. It’s as bizarre, head-noddingly catchy and nuts-with an experimental pop sensibility as you would expect.

Pinkshinyultrablast
Grandfeathered

Grandfeathered is Pinkshinyultrablast follow up album on Club AC30, a more experimental pop affair than their debut, a more expansive and layered fuzzy pop sound. Warm swathes of fuzz peeling back to playful Foals esq beats and picks. Chuck in some of Braids’ beauty and some of Boris’ power and you’s got some bizarre, and brilliantly coined “Thunderpop”.

Quilt
Plaza

Quilt craft a careful, sensitive set of tracks here on Plaza, working in the mould of luscious, string-section-augmented, folk-pop-rock. It sounds like the output of some relaxed 1970’s Californians, in the best way possible. The band’s third album, Plaza is released by Mexican Summer, with an indie-store-exclusive option of clear vinyl.

Robert Hood
Paradygm Shift - Volume I

Founding member of Underground Resistance and minimal techno originator Robert Hood returns on Dekmantel. Paradygm Shift - Volume 1 is the debut of a new project from Hood, one that involves the Detroit icon updating and refining his sound, without losing his raw edge. This is hard and metallic machine music, powered by beautiful melodies.

Robert Pollard
Of Course You Are

Guided By Voices’ leader Robert Pollard is back with another solo outing (his twenty-fourth(!)), a suite of classically rock-based tunes and dextrous songwriting.. One track even has an appearance from that deliciously proggy instrument, the mellotron. Of Course You Are is released on the Fire America label.

Saul Williams
MartyrLoserKing

On MartyrLoserKing Saul Williams continues to pursue his unique blend of hip-hop, global sounds, spoken word and dense political rock. He borrows from a diverse range of genres, but joins the dots with his urgent vocals. On this vinyl LP and CD from Fader Label he also brings a range of guests, including Emily Kokal from Warpaint.

Sennen
First Light

Sennen’s First Light is a sharp burst of shoegazing electro-pop on Indelabel. This vinyl LP showcases their power to create ornate, almost math-rock, guitar and drum arrangements that still never lose sight of emotive pop hooks. The dual harmonies from Laurence Holmes and Rich Kelleway complete their graceful and uplifting sound.

Steve Mason
Meet The Humans

Steve Mason of the Beta Band recorded this album with Craig Potter, best known as the producer and chap on the keyboards for Elbow. The follow up to Mason's ‘double political concept album’ ‘Monkey Minds In The Devil’s Time’ this is a more straightforward and accessible undertaking. Taking in influences from the re-invigorated deep house scene, pop, dub as well as folk it's central themes are optimism, joy and hope. Released on 180g Vinyl or digipak CD versions.

Surgeon
From Farthest Known Objects

A brand-new, full-length album from Anthony Child, aka Surgeon. This time, the conceit is that Child’s vintage equipment ended up spitting out such strange-sounding results that they could only conceivably emit from another galaxy: hence From Farthest Known Objects. These tracks are indeed a fresh, wild-sounding trip, though they still keep hold of that essential Surgeon rhythm. On Dynamic Tension.

Telegram
Operator

Debut full-length from new Londoners Telegram. Punkish indie with little touches of glam and psych garnishing the edges. The CD and vinyl versions of Operator have slight variations in tracklisting; what’s more, one of the vinyl editions is both coloured and signed! Released on the Gram Gram label.
  • CD (GMGM4CD)
  • £10.49 £6.29 (saving: £4.20)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Teleman
Brilliant Sanity

Seeking out the art of the perfect pop song, Teleman’s second album Brilliant Sanity captures some of the joy that went into the creation of the music. Well honed and impeccably played, featuring the four piece, with brothers Tommy and Johnny on vocals, guitar and synth  drummer Hiro Amamiya and Pete Cattermoul on bass. On vinyl and CD.

The Big Eyes Family Players
'Oh!'

Following a series of albums veering from instrumental soundtrack work to folk songs in collaboration with the likes of James Yorkston and Adrian Crowley, the Big Eyes Family players are set to release their first album of new material in over six years. 'Oh!' is a lush and melancholic take on the type of space age batchelor pad pop previously peddled by the likes of Broadcast and United States of America. They don't veer too far from their folky roots though with a lilting cover of Lal Waterson's 'Song For Thirza an album highlight. Sharron Kraus and Aby Vulliamy (Trembling Bells/Aidan Moffat) guest.   
  • Vinyl LP (HAM013)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

The Jazz Butcher
Last Of The Gentlemen Adventurers

Celebrating the 30th birthday of this long running British indie collective, this begins a series of re-issues from their long and varied back catalogue. Led by the wonderfully monikered Pat Fish, the Jazz Butcher took elements of the Velvet Underground and Syd Barrett and took it in idiosyncratic, whimsical directions. As well as Pat there's some future big names on here including super producer Richard Formby and Spacemen 3 legend Sonic Boom.  

Venetian Snares
Traditional Synthesizer Music

Venetian Snares is well known for his ludicrous break mashing at insane tempos and bizarre musical structures. Never shying away from a different approach Traditional Synthesizer Music is his take on the modular synth. Each track made from scratch and each element synthesized, and recorded in one take, then delete, move on to the next. It’s a different approach, but still the Venetian Snares chaos we all love.

Violent Femmes
We Can Do Anything

We Can Do Anything is the ninth album from The Violent Femmes and the first new material from the dauntless three-piece in 15 years. The album finds the band in an alluring and exuberant mood mixing their own takes on folk, jazz, blues, punk and rock ‘n’ roll which stretch from the minimal to the cosmic. Gordon Gano plundered his stash of unreleased and unfinished songs searching for the perfect blend for this album, unearthing some gems in the process.

White Hills
No Game To Play

300mics re-press the debut of psychedelic rockers White Hills. No Game To Play is an essential introduction to the hypnotic and transcendental hard rock they have pioneered since the early 2000s. Their rough and repetitive sound is equal parts NYC scuzz and krautrock minimalism. Limited to 1000 copies; 200 in milky clear and blood red wax (which are sold out at source) and 800 in black.
  • Vinyl LP (DOS-002)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

Winkie
Come to My Party

Winkie are a New York based shoegaze-pop group, but with a twist: they don’t use any guitars! Nevertheless, the fuzz haze is strong with this one, cloaking the innocent vocals to just the right degree. Come To My Party is their second full-length, and is released in a screen-printed sleeve by America Primitive.