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February Pre-orders Part 2

And so they come. More and more new records  - will they ever stop? We don't think so. Let's take a look at a few of the best ones we put up on the side in the second half of February. Remember, pre-order now and they'll be delivered to you on or around release day. 
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Bardo Pond
Under The Pines

Bardo Pond are reliable staples in the world of spacey psychedelic experimental rock music, having been plying their riffy trade for twenty-six years now. Under The Pines is a concise new missive from the band, playing a Bardo Pond version of dream-pop. The kind of album you can really sink into. Released on CD and LP by the Fire label.

Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums
Better Friends

Bill Botting was the bass player of Allo Darlin’ until their recent dissolution, but he’s now back in action fronting The Two Drink Minimums, which also contains Darren Hayman and Jonny from The Wave Pictures, among others. Better Friends is some sweetly melodic indie-pop with country leanings, sounding very comforting. Out on Fika / Where It's At Is Where You Are.

Cindy Lee
Malenkost

Whilst Preoccupations have taken the pounding post punk side of Women and run with it, other Women member Patrick Flegel has charted a more splintered DIY path but one which showcases a stunning ability to carve brilliant melodies out of the ether. Cindy Lee has a talent for falling-apart-at-the-seams lo-fi, shards of noise welded onto exquisite ballads.  

Clark
Death Peak

England born, Berlin based producer Clark returns to Warp records with his 9th full length album with them. Remarkably difficult to pin down Clark offers an even further twist to his deconstructed and then pummelled pop leanings in electronica. With the occasional bow to melancholy but not to past extremes, there’s more of the glitchy joyous confusion.

Colin Stetson
All This I Do For Glory

Windblower and earch-scorcher Colin Stetson returns for a new record of original solo material, his first since the finale in the New History Warfare trilogy. The core of his sound, developed through bass and alto saxophones, is pushed through with his signature circular breathing and cracked vocals, with additional percussion coming by way of mics capturing his frenzied fingering movements. After a stunning Norman Records Album of The Year™ with violinist Sarah Neufeld and an ensemble black metal reinterpretation of Gorecki's Sorrow, this could be seen as a roots record. It's a no frills edition of Stetson, capturing his sparse, largely one-take approach at its most intense, and arguably its most rhythmic. Influenced by Aphex and Autechre -- which isn't that big of a jump, when you think about it -- we happen to think it's quite brilliant.

Crystal Fighters
Everything Is My Family

All the bands with ‘Crystal’ in their name always make me think of hazy fuzz-guitars, but Crystal Fighters have more than that up their sleeve on this new album (their third). Everything Is My Family is born out of the band members’ various gap-yearish global travels, and they all came back with a new understanding of ‘world’ musics and ‘world’ life. Released by Play It Again Sam.

Daniel Hope
For Seasons

After having assisted Max Richter in his bold ‘recomposing’ of Vivaldi’s essential classical heavyweight The Four Seasons, Daniel Hope now presents a bright new recording of the original piece. Rounding out the disc is a selection of contemporary pieces that align to months of the year, including Aphex Twin and Chilly Gonzales. For Seasons (geddit?) is out on Deutsche Grammophon.

Edgar Jones
The Song of Day and Night

Edgar Jones, who made his name in the world of cult underground Liverpudlian psychedelia  by fronting the band The Stairs, returns with his first new album in five years. Operating solo here, Edgar shows off his deep affection for Northern soul and 60’s beat sounds, with The Song Of Day And Night sounding almost like a lost Nugget. Out on Skeleton Key Records.

Eyelids
854

Eyelids is a band built around two fellows who have been involved in songwriting for some real greats (Elliott Smith! Steve Malkmus! Damien Jurado!). But this is them indulging their own personal loves: the lovely slackerish indie-rock sound of Flying Nun and the like. 854 is a fun-time listen, out on Jealous Butcher.

Feral Ohms
Feral Ohms

Feral Ohms is a trio with ferocious members drawn from bands like Comets On Fire, Drunk Horse and Nudity. This self-titled debut album is a dirty slab of rock music done right, e.g. overdriven to hell and blasted with feedback and distortion. It’s a wild ride and no mistake. Released by Silver Current Records.

Fucked Up
Year Of The Snake

Canadian epic-punks Fucked Up check in on their Zodiac series with instalment number eight, Year Of The Snake. The title track is a full twenty-four minutes long, using electronics and psychedelic weirdness alongside the band’s classic hardcore. Plus, the CD edition features a wild club-tastic remix from Container. Released by Tankcrimes.

GNOD
Live at Roadburn

Documentation of Manchester’s finest playing a potent live show at Tilburg’s Roadburn Festival, back in 2012. GNOD are in heavy-psych mode here, building up dense walls of forward-marching motorik sludge and riding the wave till it collapses. Excellent that this set is being circulated on vinyl! Edition of 300.

Grandaddy
Last Place

Rocking the beard look waaaaay before anyone else Grandaddy disappeared for far too long but are now back to remind us of their other worldly and grandiose take on Cosmic American Music. Lead track 'A Lost Machine' will whet your tastebuds if you think Mercury Rev never topped 'Deserters Songs' or if you wish ELO would come back...or indeed if you like Grandaddy.  

Growing
Disorder

As electronic weirdos Growing enter their fifteenth year, they offer up their ninth album, their first in a fair while. Disorder moves with sinister authority and simmering vibes. It is also almost impossible to google-search for an album named Disorder by a band named Growing, so this will surely only be found by those who know. Vinyl LP in a screen-printed sleeve on Important Records.

Hoops
Routines

If you can't get enough of that nostalgic and plaintive jangle pop sound as purveyed by the likes of Real Estate, Horsebeach and Wild Nothing then Hoops could be the band for you. After their excellent and swoonsome self titled 12" last year 'Routines' promises an album of perky pop and sweet treats for fans of the Smiths and Sarah Records.  

Jane Weaver
Modern Kosmology

Sometimes a change is as good as a rest. Jane Weaver's early records (including those by her excellent band Misty Dixon) were lovely under the radar folky affairs but it wasn't until she started to invoke in vogue kraut and psych influences on 'The Silver Globe' that some overground success came her way. Modern Kosmology threatens to continue down that cosmic path (just look at that title). Sure to be one of 2017's more anticipated releases.  

Kath Bloom
This Dream Of Life

The usual shuffle, cough and an 'oooh'. The sound of Phil finding something he terms as exciting on the new release lists....and yes Kath Blooms 19th album could be a cause of celebration. She's spent the last five winters making it and has roped in guests such as Avi Buffalo and label boss and verbal diarist Mark Kozelek.

Mark Lanegan Band
Gargoyle

The gravel-voiced ex-Screaming Trees frontfella Mark Lanegan created this new album with substantial help from ex-Exit Calm man Rob Marshall, who donated ten pieces for Lanegan to add to. The resulting Gargoyle album is a gothically moody epic of alternative rock, anchored by Lanegan’s rich vocals and some fierce guitars. On Heavenly.

Paul Haslinger
Halt and Catch Fire (Original Television Series Soundtrack)

Halt And Catch Fire is a TV series that looks back knowingly (longingly?) at the early days of the Internet in the 1980’s, so it is highly appropriate that Paul Haslinger’s original soundtrack engages with the era in much the same way. Of course, dramatic synthscapes are no problem for Haslinger, as he used to be in Tangerine Dream...! Released by Fire Soundtracks.

People Like Us
Abridged Too Far

People Like Us, the long-running cut-and-splice plunderphonic project of Vicki Bennett, celebrates its twenty-fifth year in 2017, and the Discrepant label are doing a few vinyl releases to celebrate. Abridged Too Far contains various radio sessions, including one for John Peel! Previously only available digitally.

Phantom Dog Beneath The Moon
The Statue of The Hunter is Lost at Sea

The third album by Phantom Dog Beneath The Moon arrives after seven years away, but it seems that time has only allowed the Irish group to sound more like themselves. Third album The Statue of The Hunter is Lost at Sea has a special feel to it: something in the way that folk songs become swathed in wisps of shoegaze and abstract drones is mysterious and ineffable. It’s special stuff! CD on the Rusted Rail label.

Pink Floyd
Germin/ation 1968

Fans of Pink Floyd who didn’t quite feel able to spring for their colossal recent The Early Years 1965 - 1972 box-set can rejoice: the six constituent parts of the set are now being released separately! Germin/ation 1968 includes a CDs, a DVDs and a Blu-Ray, featuring a wealth of rare and unreleased tracks from studio and radio sessions, plus lots of great video. Released via Pink Floyd Records.

Pixx
Age of Anxiety

Debut album released by 4AD. Put this one in your bag with Fever Ray, Grimes, FKA Twigs, Youth Lagoon, and maybe Sonic Youth. Dusty and warbled near psychedelic electronic production have a post punk charge, a dash of krautrock, and a message of self identity and substance. Empowering, meticulous, as well as damn good fun.

Raime
Notion 2 Notion

Here's a brand new standalone 12" from London based production duo Raime containing two tracks recorded after the sessions for last year's highly regarded 'Tooth' album. The duo match live playing with more electronic means of music creation incorporating the bleak atmospheres of garage, grime and dub techno. No re-press on this and no digital either so this is your only chance to get it.   

Teengirl Fantasy
8AM

Teengirl Fantasy’s new album is titled 8AM, and you’d better believe it isn’t about the kind of 8AMs where you’ve got up bright and early in order to get to work on time. No, this is post-rave all-nighter 8AM music, playing with the spaced bliss of that mode with chilled out grooves and bright melodies. Dreamy after-club electronics released by Planet Mu.

The Black Angels
Death Song

The Black Angels are so deep into the world(s) of modern psych-rock music that two of their members are the founders of Austin’s Levitation Festival, regarded the world over for his high calibre psychedelic music. Needless to say, their band are fantastic purveyors of the genre, and Death Song, their first album in four years, is a potent trip. Out on Partisan Records.

The Fall
The Marshall Suite

Remember when The Fall incorporated techno-ish beats into their eternally-rolling post-punk snarl sound? Well remember it now: 1999’s The Marshall Suite is back on vinyl for the first time in years! Mark E. Smith does his thing from within a dense mix of big-beat, and it works surprisingly well. The Marshall Suite has been reissued by Let Them Eat Vinyl.

The Orb
The Cow Remixes – Sin In Space Pt.3

Third offering in The Orb’s Sin In Space remix series offers up another three high quality remixes of Orb tracks. This time round instead of reinterpretations of the same track there are three different tracks revisited by The Field, Dave DK, and Jörg Burger. Ranging from the dance floor ready to insular and deep, to shuffling pop flirtation, The Cow Remixes shows how far The Orb’s influence has spread.

The Other People Place ft. Mystic Tribe AI
Sunday Night Live at the Laptop Cafe


The Shins
Heartworms

Once brilliant, the Shins have remained purveyors of literate twisty guitar pop headed up by James Mercer's elasticated voice.  Though recent records have been shinier and slicker than the charming first couple of records they can usually be relied upon to add a few more tuneful earworms to the world's supply.  

Theo Parrish
First Floor - Part 1

Theo Parrish’s 1998 album First Floor has been a staple in house music since it’s release. Nothing has changed. Now being reissued by Peacefrog, it is still fresh as hell and shows us new kids what’s right. If you want to hear how sample based house should be made, look no further, yeah that’s right, I said it.

Tod Dockstader
Eight Electronic Pieces

This 1961 debut album of Tod Dockstader (originally self-released) was recorded by cover of night, using the resources of Tod’s day-job radio station to explore the new and intriguing electronic sounds of the day. Eight Electronic Pieces has a wonderful exploratory feel, with tape music, pure oscillation and musique concréte all merging together. Reissued in an edition of 500 clear vinyl LPs on Étas-Unis.

Various
Unboxed Brain

De:Tuned released Brainbox in 2016 feature a huge array of artists, now they are revisiting a handful of those tracks and have remixes of B12 and Scanner tracks from The Black Dog, Future/Past, and Mark Broom. Plus an exclusive new track from The Future Sound Of London, all neatly tied together with artwork by DJ Food. Done and done.

Warp Transmission
Tamam Shud

Warp Transmission are a Finnish group who are deadly serious about fiercely-blasted dark psychedelia. Taman Shud, which was first released as a cassette, is so full of overdrive, effects and distortion that the textures start to mutate into something alien. Remastered for CD and vinyl and released by Creepy Crawl. Pow!