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March pre-orders (part 2)

Just sneaking in before the chaos of Record Store Day ensues, here is another list of the best bits of what we now have up for pre-order on the site. Remember, if you pre-order now you will have your items shipped in time for the release date (probably). So let's take a look at what is battling against that all important RSD Thompson Twins LP.
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Adam Green
Aladdin

Adam Green has, it would appear, taken it upon himself to produce a film version of Aladdin, giving it his own, fairly radical spin (the lamp is replaced with a 3D printer) and bringing in his New York associates to assist. This is his soundtrack to the project, a decadent song suite full to the brim with Adam Green. On Revolver.

Amber Arcades
Fading Lines

Heavenly records release Fading Lines, the dreamy debut from Amber Arcades. Beach House’s slow melancholy is an obvious reference for the group, but they add enough unique instrumental touches and electronic textures to stand out. This inventive indie-pop is perfect to drift asleep too. Available on CD and vinyl LP.

Andrew Bird
Are You Serious

Andrew Bird is one of those reasonably popular singer songwriter types who just sits under most peoples radar. Maybe all this will change with this new record which has been scrubbed a little more than previous discs for potential mass appeal. Expect stories in song and dusty Americana that is not afraid of being rootsy. 

Anohni
Hopelessness

Anohni of Antony And The Johnsons presents her solo project. Production assistance from big-guns Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never make this a kaleidoscopic electronic experience, her ever-soaring vocals above a busy dance-swirl. Ecstatic and experimental. Hopelessness is released by Rough Trade.

Arthur Russell
Tower of Meaning

An incredible treat right here for Arthur Russell fans! Everyone knows the man was eclectic, flitting from disco to avant-disco to synth-pop to echo-ballads… But few are familiar with Tower Of Meaning, Russell’s composition for orchestra. It is a beautiful, minimal work, originally released in a very slender edition. But now we have it remastered and reissued by Audika! Enjoy.

Ash Koosha
I AKA I

The consistently reliable Ninja Tune label unveil the debut from Ash Koosha. The Iranian born and London based artist makes a dense, and purposefully inhuman electronica that is rooted in sound design, as well as drone and widescreen techno. The unique compositions on | AKA | are striking in their complexity, but emotionally powerful too.

Bernard Herrmann
Twisted Nerve: Super Deluxe Edition

The complete soundtrack to the 1968 film Twisted Nerve, as composed by the majestic Bernard Herrmann himself. That includes the captivating ‘whistle theme’ later used in Tarantino’s Kill Bill Vol. 1. As well as the full OST on vinyl and CD and a bonus 7”, these box-set editions include high-def audio downloads of the complete original recording sessions! On Stylotone.

Cate Le Bon
Mug Museum

With a new album in the works and her oddball collaboration as the Drink bringing her to new listeners it's a decent enough time for Cate Le Bon's earlier work to be re-issued. This is her third album and it showcases her way with a wandering and winsome melody. Duran Duran fans should note that her real name is Cate Timothy. 

Cluster
1971-1981

Something of a motherload has landed for fans of classic komische music: Cluster 1971-1981 provides the whole of Cluster’s output during that period, which adds up to 9 albums. Included are the 2 LPs they made with Brian Eno, as well as some never-previously-released live recordings! 9CD or 9LP box-sets available, each with a comprehensive booklet. Lord. On Bureau B.

Death And Vanilla
Death And Vanilla

The year was 2012 when we first got offered copies of this, the first album from Death and Vanilla. It was a Normans favourite but like all good things disappeared very quickly. Fire Records have since helped take the band to new levels of popularity by unleashing the band's second album 'Where the Wild Things Are' and now that they are playing enormo-dromes have kindly re-issued their earlier hard-to-find work including this album that according to his review seemed to cause Phil immense personal hygiene problems on first listening.  

Death And Vanilla
EP

Oh kind people at Fire Records, fresh from issuing Death and Vanilla's much loved second album 'Where the Wild Things Are' have now embarked on a re-issue programme of the bands earlier work including this now impossi-find debut EP. This was the record that first informed us that there could indeed be life after Broadcast. It now re-unleashed on blue vinyl for those who missed out first time round.  

Death And Vanilla
From Above

Fire Records have kindly re-issued this two track 7" from everybody's favourite post-Broadcast swirling dream-poppers Death and Vanilla. Originally released on the Great Pop Supplement it has already been re-pressed twice selling out quickly each time. Comes on blue vinyl and is re-issued alongside Death And Vanilla’s debut self-titled album and EP.

Elliott Smith
Heaven Adores You Soundtrack

Heaven Adores You is a new documentary on the beloved Elliott Smith, and this release contains the soundtrack. Interestingly the filmmakers didn’t just use Smith’s ‘Greatest Hits’: instead, this collection is full of rare treats, such as Smith’s first TV appearance and some ‘Untitled Guitar Finger Picking’ recorded when he was just 14. Will prove fascinating to any Smith fans.

Erik Satie
Erik Satie & Friends

Celebrating his 150th birthday (dude is getting on) this marvellously expansive collection brings together all the best known work from the legendary piano man from France, though as I read on the press blurb he was actually half Scottish. Within you'll hear all the prototypes for the minimalism we enjoy today as well as music he recorded for adverts, ballets and pretty much everything.  

Fear of Men
Fall Forever

Fear Of Men present their second full-length record, Fall Forever. The sleeve are offers a guide to their sound: sensual, intimate and close, yet also abstracted, made strange by unusual textures. That darkness is very welcome, as it casts an interesting light on the group’s highly capable modern pop. Out on Kanine.

Future of The Left
The Peace & Truce of Future of The Left

Future of The Left return with their fifth album, another set of grinding, noisy, shouty rock music. From Wales. The Peace & Truce of Future of The Left finds Andy Falkous using his sardonic lyrics and throaty howl to lead his troops into 13 fairly hardy songs. CD and LP release on the Prescriptions label.

Hawkwind
The Machine Stops

Hawkwind have been labeled with every type of forward-thinking rock music, from prog and space-rock, to krautrock and psych. On The Machine Stops, the band expand even further, incorporating more electronic elements for a grand concept album retelling a sci-fi classic. It’s nice and heavy too.

John Carpenter
Dark Star - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Dark Star was the first feature film that John Carpenter directed: he also, naturally, provided the soundtrack, a smorgasbord of synthy bleeps, bloops and tones. This reissue on we release whatever the fuck we want comes as a 12” with the OST and a 7” featuring an Alan Howarth rework and a locked groove of sound effects.
  • Vinyl LP (WRWTFWW007)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

John Congleton and The Nighty Nite
Until The Horror Goes

John Congleton has made a name for himself producing for eccentric indie artists such as St. Vincent and David Byrne. With Until The Horror Goes he and his band The Nighty Nite show that they can be just as playful and witty. Congleton’s strained and deadpan vocals hold together a dense pop rock collage with everything from theremin to rap breakdowns.

Kettel
Wingtip

Kettel has kept his music to the world of computer games and adverts for the last few years, but now he’s back on wax with a new double LP on Dub / Clone. His game soundtrack acumen shines through though, with most of Wingtip sparkling with bright melodic energy, delivered via a tasteful electronic pallette. 15 tracks.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Nonagon Infinity

Not only is Nonagon Infinity a berserk, psychedelic piece of prog-metal, but it is the fourth album this Australian band have released in a year and a half. This vinyl LP or CD from King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard borrows the sound of 70s hard-rock but connects it with their distinctive improvisational sound.

Legowelt
Pimpshifter

Due to popular demand the Bunker label repress Legowelt’s 2000 vinyl 12” Pimpshifter. As is to be expected the sound is ever raw and strange; drum machines mingle with bongos and surreal samples are mashed up with stunning synthesizer tones borrowed from Legowelt’s legendary collection.

M83
Junk

The new album from Anthony Gonzalez’ blockbuster synth-pop project M83 is packed to the gills with fluorescent sounds, with influences taken from all Gonzalez’ favourite genres. Junk features some of the deepest 80’s worship we’ve yet heard from M83, as on ‘Do It, Try It’: just listen out for the slap-bass! CD or double vinyl editions available, on Naive.

Matt Elliott
The Calm Before

Matt Elliott launched his career with ferocious albums of experimental drum and bass under his The Third Eye Foundation alias, but on his subsequent solo work he’s focused that energy on inventive folk and acoustic music. The Calm Before continues this approach with six pieces of delicate and rich songwriting.  

Odd Nosdam
Sisters

Veteran of the world of outsider beatmaking Odd Nosdam returns with a new full-length, Sisters. LA’s Low End Theory nights have been a big part of the Nosdam world for a while now, and that is reflected here both in the overall dreamy-woozy vibe and in the presence of Teebs on one track. LP on Leaving Records.

Richmond Fontaine
You Can't Go Back If There's Nothing To Go Back To

Richmond Fontaine have a name that sounds like a solo artist, but don’t be fooled: this is a band through and through. You Can’t Go Back If There’s Nothing To Go Back To, their tenth album, is another gorgeous, heavily-laden alt-country sprawl. The band is accompanied for the first time by members of The Delines and The Decemberists. Available in regular editions, and in a deluxe LP version with exclusive bonus CD.

September Girls
Age of Indignation

Dublin band September Girls make a jittery art-rock built from ghostly vocals and atmospheric guitar playing. Age of Indignation is their second studio album and channels their interest in Irish politics and feminism into a wall of distortion and effects. Fortuna POP! release the album on CD and vinyl LP.

Sufjan Stevens
Illinois: Special 10th Anniversary Blue Marvel Edition

Sufjan Stevens’ crucial Illinois album is a landmark of ornate indie chamber-pop, one that elevated our Sufjan to superstar status. The record is a decade old, and so here is a reissued edition to celebrate, fully decked out with new Blue Marvel-featuring artwork and one blue, one white LP. The album is essential, the edition is beautiful. On Sufjan’s own Asthmatic Kitty imprint.

The Kills
Ash & Ice

The Kills return after significant (surgery-recovery-related) time away with their fifth album, Ash & Ice. The duo have found a way to squeeze their tense vibe into a tightly restrained sound, though the old sharp blues-rock pokes out of the edges here and there. Released by Domino on CD or as a double LP.

The Monochrome Set
Volume, Contrast, Brilliance... Vol.2

The Monochrome Set are a lesser-known troupe of indie / post-punkers, although their influence was later visible in bands like Franz Ferdinand and The Divine Comedy. Volume, Contrast, Brilliance… Vol. 2 compiles a bundle of demos (home and studio) that span their 1978-1991 existence. On Tapete, with some informative liner notes.

The Range
Potential

The Range is James Hinton’s project, in which he dives into the infinite space of YouTube, dragging out vocal samples and repurposing them as the centre of his euphoric electronic tracks. But don’t worry, the vocalists will get due recognition in an upcoming documentary, Superimpose. Potential is released by Domino.

The Replacements
The Sire Years

For almost thirty years The Replacements have tirelessly been producing exciting, noisy and inventive punk and hardcore. This very limited four LP vinyl box set collects all the albums the band recorded for label Twin/Tone Records. The Sire Years capture the band’s most creative and high energy recordings.

Ulver
Perdition City (Music to an Interior Film)

The fifth album from experimental collective and frequent SunnO))) collaborators Ulver gets the reissue treatment. 2000’s Perdition City (Music to an Interior Film) incorporates industrial and trip hop elements (there’s even some saxophone!) and pushes Ulver’s sound into diverse and unusual territory.

Underworld
Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future

UK dance music originals Underworld return with Barbara, Barbara We Face A Shining Future their first release in six years. The band’s tight synth pop dynamics and heavy, house percussion still feel fresh, as does their commitment to bringing some wit and silliness to electronic music. Available as vinyl LP and CD.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra / SILICON
Phone

Unknown Mortal Orchestra and SILICON are two solo projects from brothers Ruban and Kody Nielson. On the Phone vinyl 7” the pair remix each other’s work for the Jajaguwar label. Some brotherly competition definitely motivates these playful tracks, but the brothers also share eclectic influences. Both tunes are funky electro-pop with jittery vocals and a general air of sultriness and fun.

White Denim
Stiff

White Denim’s high-energy garage/indie hybrid has always been built on loops developed in extensive jams. Stiff pushes this even further, in fact, making the songs looser than ever before. There’s bluesy riffing, weird little rockabilly breakdowns and a general experimental motivation to include whatever sounds good.

Woods
City Sun Eater In The River of Light

City Sun Eater In The River of Light is the ninth LP by Woods, the American alt-folk-rock troupe with a psychedelic, even jazzy approach to their sound. As only their second recording made in a ‘proper’ studio, the sound is crisp and clear, but not lacking in the oddness either. The album is available on whatever format best takes your fancy: CD, cassette tape, or gatefold-packaged LP. On Woodsist.