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February Pre-orders

Ah the second month of the year and we are still here so let's take a look at records due later in the year but you can pre-order right now. ...and to save you time, we've picked out some of the best. 
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Anjou
Epithymia

Anjou are of course two thirds of legendary ambient post-rockers Labradford and under this unassuming moniker are free to tinker with their vaporous soundscapes consisting of the two 's's - synths and space. This is their second album following on from their well received self titled debut. Expect lots of sonorous, liquid compositions from these masters at work.  

Anohni
Paradise

Is there any artist more needed in the world right now than Anohni? If anyone has access to Donald Trump's ears then please play '4 Degrees' over and over again into them until they bleed sanity. This follow up EP was obviously written before all the recent lunacy but couldn't be better timed. Lead track 'Paradise' is an excellent vibrant call to arms and with Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never back on production this is a superb mix of angry dirge and electronic banger. The remainder is a mixture of new songs and material performed live. Essential.      

Bob Dylan
Triplicate

Bob Dylan turns to the great American songbook in grand style with Triplicate, which contains a whole thirty reinterpretations of familiar favourites, spread over three discs. Each disc is a carefully arranged ten-track suite, and Dylan offers some laudably subtle insight into these standards. 3CD and 3LP editions, on Columbia.

Brokeback
Illinois River Valley Blues

Brokeback are an American music band deeply rooted in the Chicago music scene. The band features members of Tortoise, Exit Verse and The Eternals (among others), and part of Illinois River Valley Blues includes them playing a Rob Mazurek piece. This is like old-timey music put through a post-rock prism by some experts in the field. On Thrill Jockey.

Causa Sui
Live in Copenhagen

Oh how I bet our Ian wishes he could have been there. Two performances from the approaching legendary Euro-kraut group Causa Sui at release parties for albums in 2013 and 2016. As they rarely play live this is the opportunity to catch them in their element, stretching and twisting their songs out of all recognition. 

Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2
Star Stuff

Hang on, this back story is so complicated I lost my way at a point way before the record actually got made. Anyway by way of a lost drum stool, a dog and some coffee Chaz Bundick (Toro Y Moi) etc hooked up with psychedelic groove guys Mattson 2 for an album of exploratory pop and psych-tinged jazz moves which on the tune I'm listening to sounds like the Zombies as played by Shuggie Otis. This could be really good.  

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
The Tourist

Whilst you might ruminate whether Clap Your Hands Say Yeah might now be residing in the 'where are they now?' files, they have in fact been producing music at pretty regular intervals over the last decade. This latest is an effort to pack lyrics into folk based compositions and so there's a heavy nod to Paul Simon in the intense delivery. That said it's Amer-indie sound should appeal to fans of literate bands such as Modest Mouse. 

Conor Oberst
Salutations

Bright Eyes' lead quiverer Conor Oberst's last album Ruminations was a a home produced, stark work featuring just his own voice, guitar and piano. He still wanted to record with a band though and so headed down to Malibu to record Salutations with a full rocking band in tow. This includes band versions of all the Ruminations tracks plus seven additional songs.  

Dag Rosenqvist & Matthew Collings
Hello Darkness

The occasionally-recurring team-up of Matthew Collings and Dag Rosenqvist present the results of five years of work, chopping and processing audio from studio sessions until finally satisfied with the results. Hello Darkness is deep and dark and heavy, but also not lacking in a sense of humour: just look at the cover. Out on Denovali.

David Bowie
No Plan EP

So it turns out you didn't have to buy the Lazarus soundtrack to get these final recordings of David Bowie. It would be foolish not to release them in their own right as they are not only an important document of his last work but they are absolutely superb. The fact that they sound somewhat unfinished only increases their brilliance. Bowie sounds totally unhinged at times and totally inspired.  

Dustin O'Halloran & Hauschka
Lion (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

The new Saroo Brierly film Lion has Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel in central roles and Hauschka and Dustin O'Halloran on the soundtrack. O'Halloran is an experienced film soundtrack composer, whereas melodic prepared-piano tinkerer Hauschka is more often sighted in experimental music contexts, but the pairs different angles intersect wonderfully here. CD release on Sony Classical.

Father John Misty
Pure Comedy

Here he comes again 'The Dancing Man' whose varied folk stylings on 'I Love You Honeybear' sent him from folk also-ran to beard of a generation. That album's mix of confessional songwriting, daring lyricism and evocative and diverse production made it more than just another folk album. I wonder how many songs on this much anticipated follow up are about his wife?  

FOUDRE!
Earth

FOUDRE!, a remarkable quartet including members of Saåad, The Rustle Of The Stars, Extreme Precautions and I Pilot Dæmon, performed this piece (in a Gothic church!) as a live accompaniment to Ho Tzu Nyen’s film Earth. Deep and rich drone pieces that really go some places. Edition of 300 blue vinyl LPs on Gizeh.

Four Tet
Morning / Evening

On 12” vinyl or CD on Text. In perfect indemnible style, Four Tet releases his new album on his own imprint shrouded in mystery and intrigue. Only info in this is via his bareboned tweets, giving us the front cover and the fact that there are only two songs, each around 20 minute mark in length, one entitled Morning Side, the other (shockingly) Evening Side. I’ve already bought it, my friends have already bought it, and so should YOU!?!

Francois & The Atlas Mountains
Solide Mirage

Winsome French collective Francois and the Atlas Mountains get down and dirty with their most direct offering yet. Solide Mirage was recorded by the guy who did Christine and the Queens and Owen Pallet takes care of all the violinning. Lead track 'Grange Dereglemen't sees them going all Riverdance on our asses with celtic melodies and men with scarves dancing about.  

Future Islands
The Far Field

Remember that funny dancing man off the telly? Well he's back with with 1980s era backing band for another album of emotional synth pop. 'The Far Field' was recorded at the legendary Sunset Studios with John Congleton yet still manages to sound like it was recorded on a state of the art digi-studio in 1985.  

Gnoomes
Tschak!

Russian psych rockers Gnoomes had access to a bank of presumably indestructible vintage Russian synths when making this record. Experimenting with these beasts has allowed them to marry their stargazing pulsating kraut rock with the sort of brave new world synth exploration found in the back tunnels of the War records back catalogue.   

Great Ytene
Locus

It's very good (great in fact) to have Great Ytene back. Their debut self titled record was one of 2014's best. Here they pursue darker textures perhaps taking their cure from the concrete grey rock of the likes of Preoccupations. This one was mixed by MJ at Suburban Home who has added his trademark tape delay to the voice. Expect dark billowing avant-rock for bleak times. 

Hills
Alive at Roadburn

Hills are alive with the sound of psych rock. With four songs they have sung for many years.  Hills may fill your heart with primal hypnotic rhythms. They'll make you want to sing every song you hear. Their songs beat with the rhythm of the Byrds. Playing 'Eight Miles High' forever up in the trees. 

Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales
Room 29

How about this for a team-up: witty Pulp man Jarvis Cocker and multi-faceted German entertainer Chilly Gonzales (and on Serious-Proper-Classical-Music-Label Deutsche Grammophon too!). Room 29 is a theatre piece the two devised about a certain famous Hollywood hotel room, complete with spoken word, piano interludes and showtunes. CD / LP release.

Jessica Curry
Dear Esther (Original Game Soundtrack)

This is the first ever pressing of Jessica Curry's soundtrack to genre defining video game Dear Esther released to coincide with it's 5th anniversary. Dear Esther is an award winning first person exploration game with a stunning specially commissioned soundtrack by Curry.   The vinyl comes with a free Steam key that enables the you to download the game for free. 

Kitchens Of Distinction
Watch Our Planet Circle

If you like crucial 80’s indie act Kitchens Of Distinction, how about everything they ever did in their original incarnation in one box-set? That what Watch Our Planet Circle delivers, adding B-sides and BBC radio sessions to the four studio albums of the period. In addition to all of that music, the six CDs are packaged within a hardcover book of sleeve notes and other Kitchens memorabilia. Out on One Little Indian.

Mac DeMarco
This Old Dog

Here he comes again, wearer of North America's filthiest dungarees, that gap toothed smile presumably still intact. Last year's 'Another One' had him a little more measured and melancholy and certainly the first two tracks teased from this have a similar hushed vibe but with that twanging jangling guitar and warm mid fi pop sound intact. 

Max Richter
Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works

Busy old Max Richter’s latest musical project is the accompaniment to a ballet production that adapts and re-contextualises various works of Virginia Woolf. Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works is the first opportunity to hear this new Richter outside of the Royal Ballet, and the standard of composition is typically high. CD on Deutsche Grammophon.

Methyl Ethel
Everything Is Forgotten

Methyl Ethel are an Australian indie outfit with a keen interest in dream pop. Everything Is Forgotten also has the advantage of James Ford (of Simian Mobile Disco)  at the production desk, adding electronic flair to the guitary pallette. Available in CD and black vinyl editions, plus a special exclusive magenta vinyl edition if you hurry. On 4AD.

Midori Takada
Through The Looking Glass (2017 Re-Edition)

Midori Takada’s 1983 record Through The Looking Glass is an album much loved by minimal ambient fans and international percussion fans alike. Takada’s marimba is delicately caressed and manipulated, while an array of other instruments gently surround it. Reissued by we release whatever the fuck we want, on CD and two different vinyl editions, cut at different speeds.

Modern English
Take Me To The Trees

One for all old school 4AD enthusiasts as Modern English return with a record that sounds, looks and probably smells like a classic '80s 4AD record. The fact that this is their first record in 30 years doesn't seem to have prevented it from having the dark, wiry sound you associate with records of the era. The fact that it was produced by Colourboxx's Martin Young and Vaughan Oliver is on artwork duties certainly helps with the authenticity.  

Nathan Fake
Providence

Nathan Fake’s new album, his fourth, is the first time he has ever worked with vocalists; and what a pair of vocalists they are. Raphaelle from Braids contributes some swooning dramatism to ‘RVK’, while Prurient / Dominick Fernow contributes some sinister muttering to ‘DEGREELESSNESS’. These big-hitter tracks are supported by a brace of lively electronic instrumentals in classic Fake style. Providence is out on Ninja Tune.

Neutral Milk Hotel
On Avery Island

Jeff Mangum's band of rainy-day folk weirdos have another record that isn't 'In The Aeroplane Over The Sea', by the way. The proudly lo-fi 'On Avery Island' was Neutral Milk Hotel's debut record, full of similarly creepy and endearing love songs, as well as ten minute noise experiments. This is an old times indie rock record that is secretly quite essential. 

Nicolai Abrahamsen, Jakob Thorkild, Messer Quartet
Nox Tenebrae - Part I & II

Nox Tenebrae is a piece in two parts for the uncommon combination of heavy drone-metal electric guitars and string quartet. Nicolai Abrahamsen and Jakob Thorkild obviously know their way around the Sunn O))) catalogue, but the inventive use of the Messer Quartet makes this a work that stands on its own. LP release on Kontentum.

Orange Alabaster Mushroom
Space and Time: A Compendium of The Orange Alabaster Mushroom

Feral Child have repressed, on very limited vinyl LP, the Orange Alabaster Mushroom’s psych classic, Space and Time: A Compendium of The Orange Alabaster Mushroom. If ever a titled reflected the music within, this is it...Fuzzy guitars, heavy riffs and spaced out drones blend into a psychedelic pop soup.

Paul Weller
Jawbone (Music From The Film)

A surprising move from an old hand here, as Paul Weller produces a film soundtrack for the first time ever. Better still, the old mod rocker manages to overcome old habits for Jawbone’s OST: the key track is a twenty-one minute abstract collage of weird guitars and synths! Along with some more traditional songs, it’s an exciting move from Mr Weller, and a great fit for the film. Out on Parlophone.

Pere Ubu
Drive He Said 1994 - 2002

The Fire label have repressed three of experimental art-punks Pere Ubu’s underappreciated later albums, and included some rare bonus material as well. Drive He Said includes Raygun Suitcase, Pennsylvania and St Arkansas, albums which capture the band’s freeform intensity and their complete refusal to conform to genre. This four LP box-set also comes with a download code.

Phil X Milstein & Thurston Moore
Songs We Taught the Lord Volume Two

Here’s the tapes of a 1996 live performance by Phil X Milstein (on tape loops and musical saw) and Thurston Moore (on guitar and feedbacks, obviously), supporting none other than John Fahey. Songs We Taught The Lord Volume Two was initially released in 1997 by Chris Corsano, but it’s been in the void since then, plus this vinyl release has remastered audio. On Feeding Tube Records.

Pinback
Some Offcell Voices

Before they were the touring behemoth they later became, Pinback was simply a project for members of Three Mile Pilot and Heavy Vegetable to hone their songwriting craft. Early on they produced two distinctive EPs which have now been collected together onto one slab of vinyl. Pinback have always made super soft super literate guitar pop and here their beginnings have been remastered and presented in a way that stands up as a full album and not the collection of outtakes EPs can sometimes become. 

R. Stevie Moore and Jason Falkner
Make It Be

DIY outsider legend R. Stevie Moore got together with Jason Falkner, veteran of stacks of bands and projects (including The Three O Clock and The Grays) to produce Make It Be. Stevie’s music is famously lo-fi, but this record applies Falkner’s production talents to Stevie’s songs, bringing them into full focus. Good-times alternative weird-rock to enjoy! Out on Bar-None.

Real Estate
In Mind

Here they come again those nice jangling lads. But there's been a change in the comfy world of Real Estate as guitar twiner no 2 Matt Mondanile has quit to concentrate on his own Ducktails. Though this destroys my Monkees-esque view of the band it will be interesting to see how this affects their sound. Lead track 'Darling' shows that besides getting a horse in on the act not much has changed their summery jangle-rock.   

Ryan Adams
Prisoner

It seems a long long way from Whiskeytown now but David Ryan Adams is still at it veering somewhere between alt country troubadour and balls out rocker. This album follows his ill-advised attempt at covering Taylor Swift's '1989' and showcases a prolific period of writing. Indeed 'Do You Still Love Me?' is brash stadium rock worthy of his near namesake Bryan.    

Sarah Davachi
All My Circles Run

The vast soundworld of Sarah Davachi expands a little further with All My Circles Run, her second LP of the year after the stunning modular portraits of Dominions. While that record continued to investigate Davachi's juxtaposition of straight-up tone drone and rippling, Radigue inspired movement, All My Circles Run sees her depart from modular synthesis for a record of instrumental experiments, with separate excursions taking place on strings, organ, piano and vocals. She's one of the best drone artists out there, both in practice and presentation, so dig on this, please.

Shed
The Final Experiment

Shed has been producing stern but smart techno music for many years, though it’s been half a decade since his previous full-length.The Final Experiment masterfully toes the line between four-to-the-floor club workout music and spacier atmospheres. CD and double LP release on Modeselektor’s Monkeytown label.

Sonic Jesus
Grace

As we know too easily psych rock will never die. Labels like Fuzz Club and Rocket are bringing all kinds of shades of it to our attention. Take Sonic Jesus for example. The brain child of one Tiziano Veronese out of Italy. On his second album he matches the earlier barrage of gruesome psych with a newfound pop sensibility with pounding beats and the dark heart still intact. 

Sun Kil Moon
Common As Light And Love Are Red Valleys Of Blood

If after the ..um...verbose 'Universal Themes' you can cope with any more of Kozelek's ramblings then here is a new double album of the stuff. This one covers events in Kozelek's life from March to October 2016 so if you want to know his thoughts on mass murders or the passing of heroes like David Bowie or Muhammad Ali then this is the place to come.  

Synkro
Memories (2008-2011)

Synkro's 2015 debut 'Changes' was an excellent slab of evocative electronica that no Burial loving household should be without. While Joe McBride does all he can to live up to this claim with a new record it's time to have a retrospective of his earlier work. These tracks show his formative years spent weaving warm sonics and emotional melodies into a satisfactory whole. 

The Pigeon Detectives
Broken Glances

Dance to the Radio returns in order to release the new album from Leeds platinum selling (sorry this must be a mistake.....no...it's true) rockers the Pigeon Detectives. They've previously been known for their meat and potatoes non-threatening rock but with Wild Beasts, Ghost Poet and local tape delay enthusiast Richard Formby in the production chair this could be a lot more interesting. 

The Workhouse
Now I Am On Fire

The Workhouse present their brooding new album Now I Am On Fire, five years after their last full-length effort. Now I Am On Fire is released in both CD and vinyl LP editions, as well as a special combined double format bundle. And all editions come with a big old thirty page booklet. Released by the oscarson label

Thundercat
Drunk

If you move in certain areas of music (the LA Brainfeeder / cosmic jazz axis and surrounds), you will appreciate Thundercat as a god-like figure. The man plays electric bass like nobody’s business, but he is also a mighty songwriter, and Drunk is his own record. It features an amazing cast of collaborators (Kendrick Lamar! Kamasi Washington!), and is presented on one CD or four 10” vinyl records.

Various
A Harbinger Sound Sampler

The fearsome Harbinger Sound label put together a compilation that captures the diversity and intensity of their current roster. A Harbinger Sound Sampler contains unheard tracks from Sleaford Mods, Consumer Electronics and Pain Jerk, as well as an astonishing array of angry, noisy and political tunes only available on double vinyl LP.
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William Ryan Fritch
Birkitshi: Eagle Hunters In A New World

William Ryan Fritch is the in-house music maker for action-camera manufacturers GoPro. Birkitshi: Eagle Hunters is a new project of theirs, focusing on the epic landscapes of Mongolia. Fritch’s soundtrack draws on the traditional instruments and the ever astonishing throat singing techniques of the region, as well as on his own sweeping compositional skills. This bold music comes with a download code for a PDF booklet and some bonus tracks. On Lost Tribe Sound.

Wire
Silver / Lead

The fifteenth Wire album, released in the year of their fortieth anniversary, finds the group still sounding spritely and fresh. Most importantly of all, Silver / Lead finds them still sounding highly creative! CD and LP versions available, plus a deluxe CD-in-80-page-book edition that features stacks of exclusive text and imagery. Out on the band’s Pink Flag imprint.

Wolf Eyes
Undertow

New audioz from erstwhile American weirdos Wolf Eyes. Scuzzy electronics and silt-dredged vibes, just the way you like it. Undertow is released as a CD and as an LP, both of which come with a bonus CD called Right In Front Of You! The vinyl has a newsprint zine with it too. Out on the gang’s own new imprint, Lower Floor Music.