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Here's our last round up of future records before we get totally embroiled in the Christmas thing. Imagine, when these come out it will probably be 2018. Yup, that late. 
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Anna Burch
Quit The Curse

Detroit’s Anna Birch writes beautifully crafted, melodic songs with glorious harmonies then adds lyrics that cover the plethora of dark subject matter synonymous with rock ‘n’ roll. Failed relationships and drug abuse. The songs on Quit The Curse come via a childhood love of Carole King and Disney, filtered through a later fascination with Bright Eyes and Fiona Apple. An assured debut, for sure. LP and CD on Heavenly.

Anna von Hausswolff
Dead Magic

Anna Von Hausswolff’s discography is an intense collection by anyone’s standards, but on her fourth album, Dead Magic, she ramps up the intensity even more. 5 tracks over 47 minutes gives her time to suck you into her world and feel every second, every note and every word. Hausswolf uses the organ from Marmorkirken church in Copenhagen which only adds to the mystery and intensity. Swans, Nils Frahm, Sunn 0))), Gyorgi Ligeti and Yma Sumac have influenced the making of the album so from that you can guess that there will power and darkness tempered with subtlety and grace.

Cornelius
Mellow Waves

Been awhile since we heard from Cornelius but this album of his smooth, exploratory pop has been knocking about the office for some time and we can confirm that it's pretty good. His part cover here of Prefab Sprout's 'Appetite' points the way on an an album of intricate, soft and masterful compositions  
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Deaf School
Let’s Do This Again Next Week…

Deaf School emerged in the mid-70s, featuring guitarist / producer Clive Langer (Madness, Morrissey, The Teardrop Explodes), and reformed a decade ago. They specialise in an art rock / new wave style with similarities to XTC, Split Enz, and Sparks. The album title might be an ironic play on the fact that this their first album of new material in 39 years, yet it sounds impressively timeless and undimmed by the passage of time. On LP or CD.

Echo & The Bunnymen
The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon

Ian McCulloch and co. have never been timid or averse to grand gestures, so this album of “improved” studio re-recordings of past highlights is well within character. The track list hasn’t been disclosed at the time of writing, but is said to include some new songs alongside the reworked hits. It seems safe to say that if you’re in the market for something new by legendarily mouthy and self-confident northerners you could very easily do a lot worse. Available on double vinyl, CD and cassette.

Efrim Manuel Menuck
Pissing Stars

Extremely exciting news! It's onwards and upwards with the rebrand of Godspeed to God's Pee, the post-rock stalwarts here giving their frontman leave to make Pissing Stars. It's the second solo record from Efrim Manuel Menuck, following the meandering chamber stipulations of Plays High Gospel, and sees him writing a concept album about the romance of television presenter Mary Hat and son of an arms dealer Mohammed Khashoggi. Fans of Godspeed and their younger, more rebellious Silver Mt. Zion sibling take note.
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Fever Ray
Plunge

Well I don’t know about you, but this is very exciting. Karin Dreijer has of course been busy making magic with The Knife for much of the intervening period, but it’s been absolutely years since she stepped out as her solo project Fever Ray. But now we have a whole new album, Plunge, to get lost in! Released by Rabid Records.

First Aid Kit
Ruins

Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit return with their fourth album, Ruins. Previous albums have been increasingly more confident but their first album, with tracks like "Ghost Town", will be hard to beat for many early adopters of their music. They still have it though, so expect more assured songwriting, beautiful harmonies and foot-tapping sing-a-longs.

Go-Kart Mozart
Mozart's Mini-Mart

Although he's not made a great record since the '80s,  Felt's Lawrence is one of those music industry figures that it's easy to get obsessed about. A complete eccentric in a world of stodge, over the last ten years he's followed his muse into cheesy electro-pop with Go Kart Mozart (Bruce Springsteen lyric  - true). 'Mozart's Mini Mart' is another collection of oddball songs that could only come from his warped mind. Catchy too. 

Gwenno
Le Kov

Gwenno Saunders’s award-winning 2015 debut Y Dydd Olaf was comprised of songs in Welsh, with one in Cornish. This follow-up is exclusively dedicated to the latter language, which is spoken fluently by the artist. The lyrics are partly based on local legends of sunken cities, which have particular metaphorical weight when considering the implications of a dying language, set to suitably melancholy, sub-aquatic piano and synth arrangements. . There’s also a cover of local hero Aphex Twin’s Hy a Scullyas Lyf a Dhagrow, and a guest rap from Super Furry Animal Gruff Rhys. 

Jessica Curry
So Let Us Melt

When BAFTA-winning composers release vinyl, they don’t do it by halves. Jessica Curry is no exception, with this remastered blue-and-orange pressing of the soundtrack to Google Daydream VR game So Let Us Melt. Swelling with lush, magical orchestration, it sounds like the score to a fairytale, in all the right ways.

Jonathan Wilson
Rare Birds

Super-producer, maker of very long albums and friend to the stars Jonathan Wilson is back with his third full length album. Though his previous two records harked back to the Laurel Canyon scene of the late 60s, this his third full length is enamoured by 80's production of the likes of Peter Gabriel and Talk Talk. Thus making his widescreen music sound a lot like that of War on Drugs.   

Laraaji
Vision Songs Vol. 1

Laraaji is best known for his blissfully ambient instrumental new age works. This reissue of an obscure cassette release from 1984 see him adding soulful vocals to his hammered dulcimer, keyboard and rhythm machine. At times it’s a little reminiscent of Alice Coltrane’s recently reissued ashram recordings, though with a somewhat more secular vibe. Gently joyful songs with a lovely lo-fi home production, balmy and chilled out to an extreme degree. Available on LP and CD.

Montero
Performer

This new LP from Australian ditty-spinner Montero was recorded with Tame Impala’s Jay Watson and Riccardo Damian, a man who has worked on records for Drake and Sampha. As one might expect from that cast list, Performer fronts cut after cut of expensive-sounding, vaguely psychedelic soft-rock. Tracks like ‘Vibrations’ sound like a lost collaboration between Burt Bacharach and Ariel Pink. Lush.

Mudhoney
LiE

Live album that documents Mudhoney’s 2016 European tour. LiE's release coincides with the 30th anniversary of the band and features eleven tracks from across those three decades. After all that time the superfuzz is still super, the bigmuff is still big and the riffs... hoo-boy the riffs. 

Nils Frahm
All Melody

Master of the aching, delicate phrase, and enrapturing melodious pulse, Nils Frahm is back with an album of wide instrumental scope. Born out of his newly constructed studio, this work represents a fresh approach, a glorious attempt to depict the mysterious and inherently beautiful music one hears from within.

No Age
Snares Like a Haircut

Been a while, hasn't it? Fuzz punks No Age have been dwelling in slumber since they released An Object, their last and most thoughtful record in a back catalogue full of discarding and distorting. Here comes the shred: they're back with Snares Like a Haircut and it sounds like they're gonna make one of their famous, churning rackets.

Richard Youngs
Belief

Richard Youngs started recording Belief (which really is his 140-somethingth album) by capturing field recordings and turning them into programmed beats. I say ‘field recordings’ but it seems he may not have left his house - radio interference, extractor fan, old cymbal etc. What began as an art project turned into a proper album when his friend Daniel O’Sullivan of Grumbling Fur passed the recordings on to Tim Burgess. An excited Burgess couldn’t wait to put them out on his O Genesis label. Uncategorisable and compelling. Comedian Stewart Lee counts himself among Richard Youngs fans.

The Courtneys
The Courtneys

The Courtneys are from Vancouver, but it’s immediately obvious that they’ve found a fitting home on New Zealand’s Flying Nun. Their 2013 debut, reissued here on black or limited blue vinyl, showcases an unfussy garage indie style that doesn’t slavishly ape the Dunedin Sound, but can be filed neatly next to the likes of The Clean and The Chills.

The Darkside
Complete Studio Masters

The Darkside emerged in Rugby from the ashes of Spacemen 3, led by Pete "Bassman" Bain. They weren't a million miles away from their parent band, though more upbeat and conventional, less minimal and monomaniacal, with more reflections of sixties psychedelia. They released a pair of albums and a smattering of singles and EPs In the early nineties. All of these are contained on this five-disc box, rounded out with various stray tracks and rarities. 

The Sufis
After Hours

The Sufis take their influences from the Elephant 6 collective (Apples In Stereo, Neutral Milk Hotel, Olivia Tremor Control etc), modern classical music, outsider artists such as The Shaggs and Wesley Willis and Bach They have been lauded by everyone from Rolling Stone magazine’s David Fricke to Shindig! Magazine and compared to The Velvet Underground and Faust. After a four year break and relocation Brooklyn, their third album, After Hours is an interesting soup inspired by what Brooklyn can offer when the lights go out. It's on Burger Records too, so that's a good recommendation, right? (Yes, it is).

They Might Be Giants
I Like Fun

I love They Might Be Giants but with every album they release I worry that it won't be very good. For every terrible album they've made there'll be a good one right after .....and even on the bad albums there's a great track or two. But wouldn't it be nice to have a really great all the way through They Might Be Giants LP? Here's hoping. Still brilliant live though. 

U.S. Girls
In A Poem Unlimited

Canada-based noise-popper Meg Remy – AKA U.S. Girls – is set to release her 6th studio album on 4AD, her second for the London-based label, in February 2018, and in true Remy fashion, it's packed with personality. Exploring spiritualism, religion, violence and power, she weaves together evocative samples, slow-burning funk and emotionally charged synths into a railing political vision, even using disco as a rallying cry for pacifism (Mad As Hell).