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Late summer pre-orders

One of the advantages of the nights darkening is that there'll be more time to listen to music rather than frolicking in the sunshine or whatever it is we do now. So here's a list of the sorts of thing you can play on your increasingly autumnal turntable. 
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A. Savage
Thawing Dawn

A.Savage is the new name for the Parquet Courts singer who here goes down the solo route inviting such friends as folks from Woods and Ultimate Painting to help him out. We're expecting an album which tries to get inside the heart of love by means of Leonard Cohen style musings and Smog influenced confessionals.  
  • Vinyl LP (DT020)
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Alvvays
Antisocialites

There’s a feeling that you get when you find out a great band is about to release another album, and it’s a good feeling. Just like Alvvays’ retrostyled artwork, soaked in the hazy colors of an 8mm film, never fails to invoke great associations. Antisocialites will follow up their excellent self-titled debut, with more crystal-clear high notes from singer Molly Rankins floating over the band's shoegazy pop.

Bark Psychosis
Hex

'Hex' formed part of the first wave of post-rock made whilst the likes of Mogwai were in short trousers but it has more in common with the splintered atmospheres of late period Talk Talk, a meticulously conceived masterpiece of mood and emotion. Now expertly re-mastered and re-pressed, this is an essential purchase for fans of exploratory, forward thinking music.     

Behind The Shadow Drops
Harmonic

This is the debut album from  Takaakira ‘Taka’ Goto of iconic Japanese rock explorers Mono. Here he stretches out into a myriad of styles from ambient to trip hop to industrial minimalism and modern classical  and takes members of Tortoise, Mono and the Sea & Cake along for the ride.   

Ben Frost
The Centre Cannot Hold

Behold! Ben Frost’s latest, fifth studio album is here. The Centre Cannot Hold took up 10 days of Chicago studio recording time, and ten days' wages for Steve Albini. Ben and Steve have created a chromatically dense record, glowing at the deep blue end of the spectrum. Expect submerged sounds to resurface in surprising places. CD, LP on Mute; the first pressing on blue vinyl. Of course.

Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker
SpiderBeetleBee

2015 saw the release of Land of Plenty, a collaboration between Bill MacKay and Ryley Walker and 2017 sees them joining together again with SpiderBeetleBee. The guitar duo continue with their impromptu style but this time with Celtic instrumentation and themes coming to the fore. It’s a stunning combination that truly blossoms upon listening. Available on vinyl LP, CD or Cassette Tape on Drag City.

Brainwaltzera
Poly-ana

Poly-ana is the debut LP from the critically acclaimed producer, Brainwaltzera. Gaining fans from the likes of Aphex Twin, Brainwaltzera’s Aescoba EP was an exploration of the possibilities of IDM, Ambient and Drone and this LP is no different. Shifting from heavy, clunky beats into shifting ambient synths is almost seamless for Brainwaltzera and makes for an album that is different with every listen. Double vinyl LP or CD on FILM.

Brix & The Extricated
Part 2

Brix Smith Start has rustled up several other past members of The Fall (including a pair of Hanleys) for her band The Extricated, who now present to us a post-punk pop-glam vision of post-Fall music. Part 2 is, of course, the group’s debut album, and it makes a great accompaniment to Brix’s book. Released by the Blang! label.

Cabbage
The Extended Play of Cruelty

Following on from their long sold out Record Store Day collection of early singles and *that* horrific assault allegation, Manchester lad punk outfit Cabbage return with a five track EP of their increasingly popular indie rock. Now signed to Infectious it looks like we are now in for the long haul. 

Coil
A Cold Cell In Bangkok

This particular version of A Cold Cell In Bangkok, remixed by Peter Christopherson himself, first surfaced on a JD Twitch-compiled compilation for Domino. It has never made it to vinyl in the past, but that oversight is being redressed here, with all profits to go to the Thai Children's Trust, in honour of the late Christopherson. Single-sided 12” with a silk-screened image on the B-side, released by Optimo 

Craig Armstrong
The Space Between Us

Craig Armstrong, masterful orchestrator for Massive Attack on their 'Protection' album. Perhaps surprisingly, the first vinyl -- 2LP -- version of his 1998 debut solo album, The Space Between Us is about to be released by Universal. There are luscious vocals from Cocteau Twins' Liz Fraser, and Paul Buchanan of The Blue Nile. 2 tracks -- "Io Canto" and "McKenzie" -- were only available on the long-deleted 2CD edition of the album. Download code included.

Curve
Cuckoo

Varying from ten to eleven tracks depending on which version you get, Cuckoo is the dark and almost gothic release from Curve. The record explores a completely different world from other release by them, an open book of new personal ideas. Available on Vinyl LP and CD and is released on 3 Loop Music. 

Curve
Doppelgänger

Doppleganger was the debut LP for this sandblasted shoegaze outfit who were a ton heavier and danceable than the wan indie strummers of the day. Then pulverising record has been re-issued on vinyl but it might be the double CD you want which collects all their earlier EPs and features an Aphex Twin remix! 

CYNE
Time Being - Deluxe Edition

Originally released in 2003 comes the record from CYNE entitled Time Being. The record pretty accurately reflects the political feeling of the time, with everything that was happening in the USA and everything that had just happened in the USA (remember it was 2003). Available on triple Vinyl LP and has been remastered and expanded on Project: Mooncircle.  

Destroyer
ken

Occasional New Pornographer and Swan Lake alumnus Dan Bejar has been turning his solo project from typical indie rock fare into an inventive, '80s-studded project over the last few years, employing synth 'n' sax on the verbose Kaputt and getting serene on Poison Season. Now he returns with ken, a record named in tribute to the original title of ballad "The Wild Ones". Dad as ever, it's likely to be a lyrical tongue-twister full of snarling wit.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Luciferian Towers

Post-rock collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor return to another world phase of political turmoil and humanitarian crisis, with a record of their usual oblique serenade. Following the format of the two records of their modern era, it features four songs in sum and continues to rebrand them as God's Pee (make it happen). Luciferian Towers is inspired by a long list of inequalities -- "an end to foreign invasions, borders, the dismantling of the prison-industrial complex, healthcare" -- and will likely factor in as much quiet meditation as it does grandiose rock action.

Hammock
Mysterium

Nashville, Tennessee’s Hammock returns. Mysterium is the duo’s eighth and latest album. The record serves as memorial to Clark Kern, son-like figure to Hammock, who died in 2016. An hour-long album of modern classical flavours, contemplative ambient and choral music from the Budapest Art Choir. For fans of Richter and Johannsson. 2LP + CD in gatefold on Hammock Music, insert with art by Pete Schulte.

Ian William Craig
Durbē

Ian William Craig is a long-time favourite of ours at Norman Records: who could resist his magical combination of gorgeous voice with sweetly-tweaked tape loops and drones? Durbe is a document of a live performance in a church, recorded last year, and it captures Ian developing his ideas in the flow of the moment. Limited edition of 200 CDs on the Recital label.

Jake Bugg
Hearts That Strain

Recorded in Nashville with some of the best players in the history of recorded music, lord knows what these veterans of Aretha Franklin and Dionne Warwick sessions felt about this nasal voiced Nottingham upstart. Still, Bugg is nothing if not ambitious and this latest soul influenced opus contains collaborations with Black Keys Dan Auerbach amongst others. 

John Foxx and The Maths
The Machine

This is a specially composed soundtrack for an adaptation of EM Forster's short story The Machine Stops which explores our increasingly complex relationship with technology. This eerie and evocative score was composed by electronic music veteran John Foxx working along side Benge. Artwork is by the people responsible for the sleeve design on David Bowie's Blackstar and The Next Day albums. 

John T. Gast
Inna Babalon

Slightly spooked electronic dancing tracks from John T. Gast, who might possibly have something to do with Dean Blunt / Inga Copeland / Hype Williams? Might not though, it’s genuinely unclear and murky, just like the quality tracks of Inna Babylon. Just 100 copies of this release out there, on hand-stamped cassette tape. Courtesy of 5 Gate Temple.

Lali Puna
Two Windows

Lali Puna are back after a seven year gap which saw the departure of founding member Markus Acher. The others seem to be continuing in a business-as-usual like manner though with an album of lush and focused electronica. There's guests too including DNTEL's Jimmy Tamborello and harpist Mary Lattimore. 

LCD Soundsystem
American Dream

You can have a strange relationship with LCD Soundsystem, a bit like Marmite - you either love them, or hate them. This ten track release, entitled American Dream, is no doubt a great collection of tracks for any LCD fan but might not be for everyone. Available on Vinyl LP and CD on DFA / Columbia.  
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  • CD (88985456102)
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Midori Takada & Masahiko Satoh
Lunar Cruise

The reissue of Midori Takada’s sublime minimal album, Through The Looking Glass earlier this year created quite a buzz with vinyl enthusiasts around the world. WRWTFWW Records are now releasing more from the Japanese master; Lunar Cruise. Released on vinyl for the first time, Lunar Cruise sees Takada working alongside Masahiko Satoh to create a minimal landscape imbued with jazz and spiritual elements.      

Morricone Youth
Sunrise: A Song Of Two Humans

Morricone Youth are a group from New York creating music for the screen. Obviously inspired by Il Maestro himself, the group’s soundtrack does have echoes of Morricone’s brooding and luscious style. Here we have a re-score to the 1927 silent film, Sunrise: A Song Of Two Humans.     
  • Vinyl LP (CCR010)
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  • Coloured vinyl
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Mt. Mountain
EP

Cardinal Fuzz bring you an older release from Perth’s Mt. Mountain: 2014’s EP. Over the course of five tracks the band manage to be heavy and psych-rock enough to sit next to Sleep et al on the shelf, but whilst maintaining an overall vibe of lazy sweetness. EP has been reissued on vinyl in a limited edition of 350.

Pearls Before Swine
One Nation Underground

We've had Sergeant Peppers and Their Satanic Majesties Request 50th anniversary specials but now it's time for something much more out there. It's a big re-issue of this legendary psychedelic folk group who in 1967 produced this almost impossible to characterise blend of Donovan style folk whimsy, repetitive minimalism and organ driven punk.       

Popol Vuh
For You And Me

Now 28 years old, For You and Me was the 17th LP from Popol Vuh, the German legends who helped define a sound in the ‘70s and worked closely with the director Werner Herzog on many of his films. This LP is from their New Age and Ambient phase; with strong influences from traditional music from Ireland, Greece and the Himalayas. Out of print since 1991, One Way Static deliver a deluxe vinyl edition.

Portico Quartet
Art in the Age of Automation

Rejoice! The trio that was once Portico have realised that their previous iteration sucked and have added the 'Quartet' again as well as past member Keir Vine on the hang. What's more, they've also done a U-turn on the sound of last album Living Fields, returning to the electronica / jazz fusion that they struck gold with on their 2012 self-titled.

Raymond Scott
Three Willow Park: Electronic Music from Inner Space, 1961–1971

This compilation will be an extreme treat for fans of the pioneering electronic musician Raymond Scott, as it rounds up a staggering sixty-one recordings that had previously gone unheard. Three Willow Park, which covers the years 1961 to 1971, also contains a great deal of information and imagery in booklet form. Double CD and triple LP editions on Basta.

Rome Is Not A Town
It's A Dare

Rome Is Not A Town have finally unleashed a full length album of their noisy indie rock following earlier 7" and 12" releases. The Gothenburg quartet have a fan in Sir Thurston Moore who rather accurately describes them as post riot grrrl, post no-wave experimental music. Good lad. Bound to be a lively one this.   

Superfood
Bambino

They may be almost impossible to google but Birmingham two piece Superfood produce lad-friendly indie tunes with sample-led dub leading to the sort of technicolour sound we once heard in the days of Brit pop. Generally tunes to bounce around to, they have their more reflective moments too and aren't afraid to feck with the formula. 

The Afghan Whigs
Uptown Avondale

Originally released in 1992, Uptown Avondale is a cover album by Afghan Whigs paying tribute to the soul and Motown songs that influenced their rock sound. Containing covers of the Holland/Dozier/Holland classic Come See About Me and Beware by the Rev. Al Green, this is the first time Uptown Avondale has been fully released on vinyl by Sub Pop.

The Necessaries
Event Horizon

A total rarity for over 35 years, even many Arthur Russell fans don't know about his involvement in this post punk band. He not only plays keyboard, cello and but contributed half the songs and sung in his unique style.  This is taut and muscular new wave though Russell's contributions sit weirdly at odds with the breezily melodic pop on offer.   

The Verve
Urban Hymns

20 years since this much loved album which spawned a handful of classic hits such as 'Bittersweet Symphony', 'The Drugs Don't Work' and 'Lucky Man' was issued and...you guessed it...it's time for the lavish remastered version in a series of formats including a super 6LP or 5CD box set with acres of live tracks and B sides. 

The Wedding Present
Marc Riley Sessions Volume 2

The time is nigh. For those who bought 'Volume One' last year the wait is over. Here we can present ageing indie strummers Wedding Present delivering a second volume of their Marc Riley sessions. This contains songs from no fewer than 8 of their studio albums plus the usual murder of a classic  - this time it's the turn of the Monkees 'Pleasant Valley Sunday'. 

The Wedding Present
George Best 30

An interesting exercise here from The Wedding Present: with a play-the-whole-album tour fresh in their recent past and a Steve Albini-manned studio to play with having wrapped on new album El Rey, the group decided to record a live-in-the-studio version of classic debut album George Best. And so they did! This new version is punchy and energetic, and arguably closer to the Present’s original vision… On Scopitones.

Unsane
Sterilize

It’s the eighth studio album from the NYC noise rockers Unsane and they don’t seem to be letting off steam. Sterilize sees the band still as fiery and gnarly as they were back in 1988, with their mix of punk, noise, metal and hardcore punching through on this release on Southern Lord.