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It's here! Wind, rain, leaves falling off trees, dark nights and loads of new releases to get you through. Let's take a look at the first batch of new things...... 
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Adrian Crowley
Dark Eyed Messenger

Sad songwriter Adrian Crowley's fourth album for Chemikal Underground (though he did plenty before this association) finds him disassociating himself with the instrument that has been a constant companion throughout his career. The humble guitar. Instead 'Dark Eyed Messenger' sits Crowley's chocolate brown voice above a combination of pianos, mellotron and strings. Stark.    

Baxter Dury
Prince of Tears

His first release on Heavenly Recordings, Baxter Dury continues his lo-fi pop forays with Prince of Tears. Dury’s fifth album is brimming with his usual downbeat musings on relationships and excess but this time includes an orchestral score which melds with Dury’s usual synth instrumentation to create a sublime album brimming with hints of Serge Gainsbourg but with a very English charm.  

Beck
Colors

After the downbeat but rather excellent 'Morning Phase' Beck is back in technicolour pop mode for the much anticipated 'Colors'. Expect a vibrant collection of psychedelic pop  - the sort perfectly exemplified on lively and inventive lead track 'Dear Life' which has some oddball Beatles-esque twists.  

Bonny Doon
Bonny Doon

The first forays into early Smog like songwriting for the former punks known as Bonny Doon (I think I once went on holiday there). They got sick of punk (haven't we all) and instead tried to play their songs as quietly as possible which has resulted in an album of quietly pressed pop melodies that should make you swoon and long. 

Carla dal Forno
The Garden

Following on from her excellent LP of sonic gothic architecture for Blackest Ever Black, Carla dal Forno returns with a 12" of dubby introspections. Haunted hallways and sonorous drone pop are to be expected on this You Know What It's Like sequel, with a song tributing the great industrial weirdings of Einsturzende Neubauten. 

Chain & The Gang
Experimental Music

Chain & the Gang is of course the latest musical trip of Ian Svenonius the idiot/genius behind such bands as the Make Up and Nation of Ulysees. The press release uses LOTS OF CAPITALISATION to highlight the importance of the man and claims that in one hundred years writers will still be trying to work out what this is all about. You've been warned. 

Charlotte Gainsbourg
Rest

Rest is the fifth album by singer/songwriter, actress and offspring of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, Charlotte Gainsbourg. The album was produced by Ed Banger fella SebAstian who has also lent his talents to Frank Ocean among others. Paul McCartney, Connan Mockasin, Owen Pallet and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo of Daft Punk make contributions too. Double LP and CD on Because.

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile
Lotta Sea Lice

Though they have a lot of hair in common this collaboration would have been hard to predict yet these two songwriters voices intertwine rather well. Neither opens their mouth properly so they both co-drawl over some rather lovely folk rock. Mick Harvey, Warpaint and Dirty Three folk help keep everything smooth. 

David Grubbs
Creep Mission

David Grubbs, one of the two masterminds behind Gastr Del Sol as well as a superb music writer, presents an album of explorative guitar pieces, sketched out with the assistance of boundary-pushers like Eli Keszler on drums and Nate Wooley on trumpet. Partially composed and partially improvised, but all fascinating and exciting. Creep Mission is released by Blue Chopsticks.

Diet Cig
Over Easy

People really enjoy having overblown opinions about the very chill band Diet Cig but they will essentially work for you if you like having feelings over decent chord progressions and enjoy the bridge built between indie rock and pop punk. Over Easy is five songs, an EP if you will, and it was initially released in 2015.

Dub Tractor
Hello Ambient Wash

Danish producer Anders Remmer has been active since the early 90's with releases under the aliases Cph Jet, Sølvpil and his most prolific and Cherished; Dub Tractor. A one-time regular on the City Center Offices label, it's been some 8 years since his last album. He now makes a welcome return with the brittle ambient, hazy loops and lo-fi textures of 'Hello Ambient Wash' which is apparently potent enough to induce altered states in those who fully submerge and immerse.

Even As We Speak
The Black Forest

Sarah Records stalwarts return older and more wizened but still with that happy-go-lucky charm intact. Their original singles were just perfect (see the Nothing Ever Happens 7") but it was their album Feral Pop Frenzy that almost crossed over with it's unabashed pop joy married with an oddball experimental bent. Will be interesting to see how they fare in 2017. 

Even As We Speak
Yellow Food: The Peel Sessions

It's remarkable to think that Even As We Speak were featured on four different radio sessions yet really at the height of their powers released one album  -the should-have-been hit 'Feral Pop Frenzy'. Well now that they've reformed and are releasing new music it's high time for a physical release of their various radio displays. Three John Peel sessions and a (yes) Mark Goodier session.    

Gilroy Mere
The Green Line

Debut album of Oliver Cherer’s (Dollboy, The Wrestler, Rhododendron) latest project Gilroy Mere. Mixing electronica, folk and the inspiration of the now gone green line buses in London, The Green Line is a joyous folk-tronica look back of the hustle and bustle of 50s and 60s london through a child’s eyes.

Howard Marks
Do Not Go Gentle : Howard Marks reads Dylan Thomas

Ah now this is going to be a sad one now that Mr Marks has passed away. This is a recording of the former ganja smuggler turned writer reading some Dylan Thomas poetry in his deep Welsh baritone. Originally released on Tim Burgess's O Genesis imprint as a limited edition Record Store Day release and now more widely available.

Hüsker Dü
Savage Young Dü

Something nice for fans of legendary post-punk racketeers Husker Du. 'Savage Young Du' is a journey through the young life of the band including early recordings, sessions and live performances as well as their classic early single 'Statues'/'Amusement'. All housed in deluxe set with book of photos and memorabilia. 
  • Vinyl Deluxe LP box set (NUM200LP)
  • £78.99 £59.99 (saving: £19.00)
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Jeff Russo
Fargo - Original Soundtrack: Season 3

Soundtrack to the third instalment of the Fargo TV series, which takes it roots from the Coen brothers’s film. Composed by Jeff Russo, who is also a member of American rock band Tonic and acoustic band Low Stars. Mirroring the pitch black comedy crime style of the show it shifts from playful, cheeky and desolated.

John Maus
Screen Memories

John Maus returns! Six years have passed since ‘We Must Become The Pitiless Censors’ -- during which time Maus has toured, released a rarities collection and finished his doctorate in Political Philosophy. He sounds as towering and stately as ever on Screen Memories; the record is another personal one which will haunt and invigorate. He even designed and built the modular synths he plays on it. Polyphony abounds! LP / CD on Ribbon music. 

Luke Haines
Luke Haines Is Alive And Well And Living In Buenos Aires: Heavy Frenz The Solo Anthology 2001-2017

He just can't help himself can he? Britain's greatest self mythologist returns with a collection of his solo works following his stints in excellent bands the Servants and the Auteurs. This spans two decades of his eccentric pop music and as well as cherry picking highlights from his catalogue, contains a raft of unissued tunes. 

Mark Kozelek with Ben Boye and Jim White
Mark Kozelek with Ben Boye and Jim White

What now? Leave us alone.  The latest in Mark Kozelek's endless parade of releases. This time he is alongside Ben Boye and The Dirty Three's Jim White. The credits contain the increasingly worrying credit of 'Mark Kozelek: Words'.  Therefore you sort of know what you are getting- vomit. The song I heard is all about a cat and I never ever want to hear it again. 

Marry Waterson & David A. Jaycock
Death Had Quicker Wings Than Love

The second team-up between Marry Waterson and David A. Jaycock is an obsidian-dark folk record for haunted winter nights: I’m pleased to say it lives up to the promise of its none-more-gothic title Death Had Quicker Wings Than Love. Guests include John Parish, Kathryn Williams and Romeo Stodart. On One Little Indian.

Max Richter
Henry May Long

Max Richter’s score to Randy Sharp’s 19th century drama Henry May Long (2008). Richter’s softly dramatic compositions match a tale of self-discovery and self-destruction. Originally only released digitally through Mute, Deutsche Grammophon have brought it into the physical realm on CD and LP.

Maximum Joy
I Can't Stand It Here On Quiet Nights: Singles 1981-82

Maximum Joy were a superb collective that haunted Bristol in the early '80s who combined a wide variety of influences  - hip-hop, soul, dub, jazz and Afrobeat -  to concoct a heady brew of sleek danceable pop. There's the same dub inflected atmospheres that would later be made successful by Massive Attack.  This 2x 12" re-issue comes on a new collaborative label between the folks who run Idle Hands and Blackest Ever Black. 

Medicine
2.0 Extraneous

Having last released an album in 2014, noise-rock and electronic band, Medicine return with an album of alternative dance tracks, ready for the dance floors of 2017 and the future. 2.0 Extraneous sounds experimental and in places, alienating, but there are dance hooks abound and distorted sounds come together to make an album of solid songs.

Memory Drawings
The Nearest Exit

Third album from the Anglo/American collective Memory Drawings, featuring members of Hood, Manyfingers, Brave Timbers and Movietone. Pushing their exquisite dulcimer/guitar/violin sound deeper into the heart of post-rock (with nods towards Bark Psychosis and Tortoise courtesy of the polyrhythmic playing of newly-joined drummer Chris Cole) these beautiful cinematic compositions perfectly soundtrack the onset of autumn. All versions include a bonus remix album featuring Isnaj Dui, Edward Ka-Spel, Robert Rich, Leaf Library, and more.

Milburn
Time

It's unbelievable but true. Milburn are back. The Sheffield band who sounded 'a bit like the Arctic Monkeys' have put ten years of differences behind them and reunited to the excitement of their adoring fan base. Not only have they reformed to play sell out shows but there's a new album too. Who next? The Beatles? 

Mouse On Mars
Synaptics

Never-ending sonic technicians Mouse On Mars recover from their 21st birthday celebrations in time to showcase this new tracker where they embrace their love of footwork, juke and chopped house music. During an open ended recording process loads of artists help them realise their dreams including Junior Boys and Sepalcure.  

OCS
Memory Of A Cut Off Head

What must it be like to make a record every week? Well John Dwyer is trying to find out with his various Thee Oh Sees, Oh Sees and OCS records simultaneously causing panic within our filing system. This latest release sees him reunite with vocal foil Brigid Dawson creating a hushed affair at odds with his recent energetic garage rock. Back to the roots. Quiet and sumptuous. 

Pere Ubu
20 Years In A Montana Missile Silo

Since 1976 Pere Ubu have been creating their own unique brand of art-rock and they show utterly no sign of stopping. The magnificently titled '20 Years in a Montana Missile Silo' once again sees them hunker down in a dark windowless room a create blasts of future music...this time with lots of synths.   

Pinkcourtesyphone
A Ravishment of Mirror

Originally released on CD in 2014, Pinkcourtesyphone’s Ambient, Drone masterpiece,  A Ravishment of Mirror, is now available on vinyl for the first time through the label Thoughtforms. Inspired by the city of Los Angeles in which Richard Chartier, the man behind Pinkcourtesyphone, lives, Chartier creates a sinister and seductive moodscape which creaks with David Lynch-like atmosphere.    

Seamus Fogarty
The Curious Hand

Some good news in a world full of dreadful news comes in the shape of the fact that Irish songwriter and electronic alchemist Seamus Fogarty has signed to Domino Records. His earlier albums were both very good and would be of particular interest to people who like the sea. Here he enjoys taking his lovely songs and adding odd bits of electronics etc to mess them up a bit. 

Simon Joyner
Step Into The Earthquake

We all know that Simon Joyner is one of the best American songwriters don't we? Don't we? Well Gillian Welch, Conor Oberst and Kevin Morby all sing his praises and this love of his peers is much deserved. The Omaha songwriter has a dark soul which has drawn comparisons with Townes Van Zandt and Lou Reed. Maybe in these dark days, now is his time. 

Spinning Coin
Permo

After a couple of excellent 7"s and some pretty sweet support slots Spinning Coin finally drop their big debut album. This Glasgow band have slowly honed their sound of luscious indie-pop that takes inspiration from the golden ages of indie (both C86 '80s and early '90s grunge) but crucially remembering to add in future classic melodies to the equation. 

Tenniscoats
Music Exists Disc 3

This is the third time now they've told us that music exists. We know it does; we just think it sucks. We don't think psychedelic, folksy and avant-rock duo Tenniscoats suck, though -- especially not on this collaboration with members of Swedish post-rock band Tape, who expand their songs to wonderful heights. This is the third in a series of their Music Exists reissues, by the way. Thanks Alien Transistor! 

The La's
1987

If not quite the holy grail, this looks like an essential release for all those frustrated the La's fans. It features sessions from 1987 (natch) recorded at the Flying Picket and at Echo & the Bunnymen's studio. There's also a few live tracks and rarities which may part satiate those still hoping for new material.   

The Orchids
Who Needs Tomorrow… A 30 Year Retrospective

Oh those lovely Orchids. This is a fantastic round up of the best bits of the Sarah Records mainstays career alongside a whole CD of demos and outtakes. The band have a unique and lovelorn take on Scottish indie pop which in a perfect world would have them cited alongside Orange Juice and Teenage Fanclub as Great Scottish Bands. Get on board.  

Throbbing Gristle
The Taste of TG (A Beginner's Guide to the Music of Throbbing Gristle)

Intrigued by these noise-industrial-experimental pioneers you keep hearing about but a bit intimidated by their spiky and confusing discography? Well worry no more, and come get a Taste of TG with this ‘Beginner’s Guide’ compilation, featuring highlights from throughout the Throbbing Gristle oeuvre. Not quite ‘greatest hits’, but all the big numbers are here. Reissued by Mute.

Throbbing Gristle
20 Jazz Funk Greats

For all their reputation as “wreckers of civilisation”, by 1979 the original industrial quartet had gotten some of the confrontation out of their system and were exploring a wider range of expression. Chris and Cosey were getting more into their electronics, evident on the pure electropop of Hot on the Heels of Love and Walkabout’s jolly sequenced synth. Of course, it wouldn’t be TG if it was all “very friendly”, so Persuasion and Six Six Sixties see Genesis P-Orridge letting in various shades of creepiness. Peter Christopherson must be responsible for some of the sleaziness too, of course. Double CD reissue, with a disc’s worth of live tracks from 1979.

Throbbing Gristle
The Second Annual Report Of Throbbing Gristle (40th Anniversary Edition)

Not in fact their second anything, The Second Annual Report Of Throbbing Gristle, is the band’s now four decade old debut. Though their impact on electronic and industrial music is undeniable, listening to these tracks I’m relieved their needlessly “transgressive” lyrics and imagery have not been so influential.