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CDs. Handy aren't they? Pop one in your pocket....or use it in the CD player in your car to make music come out. Everyone goes on about vinyl these days but CDs are ok too.  With the help of our pals at Cargo, we are pleased to bring you some of 2017s best releases on CD at knock down prices.  
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Allison Crutchfield
Tourist in This Town

Swearin’s Allison Crutchfield returns with a solo debut full-length in tow. “Tourist in This Town” re-introduces Crutchfield with a more complete realisation of her skill in songwriting, arranging and instrumentation. Bringing synths into the mix, the album was recorded with Jeff Zeigler and shows off its sheen through the anthemic lead single “Dean’s Room”. The CD is a 4-panel digipak and the LP includes a download code.

Angelo Badalamenti
Blue Velvet (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

The soundtrack to David Lynch’s 1986 movie ‘Blue Velvet’ perfectly suits the edgy film noir feel of the now classic film. It mixes original compositions from long term Lynch collaborator Angelo Badalamenti with the sort of originals that would suit the jukebox of any any shadowy dive bar. 

Anne Briggs
The Time Has Come

The Time Has Come by Anne Briggs is apparently Ryley Walker's favourite ever record. Deeply affecting and sweetly melodic, Briggs' writing was steeped in the ages-old tradition of story telling. The music may mutate but these are tales from the human heart. Some of her earliest works are on this record, her crystal-clear voice matched by plucked strings. LP and CD on Earth Recordings.

Antwood
Sponsored Content

Canadian producer Antwood had several releases on netlabels such as B.YRSLF Division and Cocobass before being snatched up by Planet Mu. Returning with his second full length album, Sponsored Content pulls back on the footwork flurries leaving spacious delicate compositions with equal punch. FFO Arca.

AUTOBAHN
The Moral Crossing

The third album from Leeds post punk kraut lot Autobahn manages to be both blistering and explore less brutal concepts such as love and emotion. The bands gruesome, pulverising sound should appease any fans of Bauhaus and Joy Division still lurking about.  *We have copies of the limited GREY vinyl edition - EXCLUSIVE to shops in Leeds* 

Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche
Pas pire pop, I Love You So Much

Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche want to play! Their new album Pas pire pop, I Love You So Much is a vibrant brew of ecstatic dance rock via psychedelic deserts: wordless vocals, sharp and clean guitars, irresistibly flowing rhythms. Properly trance-inducing stuff. The album is released by Constellation: the vinyl version includes a poster and a download code.

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.

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.     

Beach Fossils
Somersault

Beach Fossils present their first recorded work since 2013. Somersault is a heartfelt indie album from Brooklyn, notable for featuring guest vocals from Cities Aviv and Rachel Goswell of Slowdive! Elsewhere, the band’s guitars etc. line-up is bolstered by strings, harpsichord and other lovely chamber instruments. CD and LP editions on Bayonet.

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.

Chelsea Wolfe
Hiss Spun

Over her five previous LPs, California’s Chelsea Wolfe has won many plaudits for her grand, gothic take on the classic singer-songwriter tradition. If Hiss Spun’s lead single ‘16 Psyche’ is anything to go by, all of the parts remain in good working order. If anything, Hiss Spun will probably up the doom-rock ante - Queens of the Stone Age axeman Troy Van Leeuwen appears frequently on the album, and it was recorded by Converge’s Kurt Ballou.

Claude Speeed
Infinity Ultra

Claude Speeed has returned, and he's turning up the heat. For Infinity Ultra, his second LP, he has channelled an impressive array of musical and psycho-geographical influences. Children's cartoons, grand artworks and vacant, deserted spaces all played their parts in the conception of this record. All the better for him to process the madness and contradictions of modern living. On Planet Mu.

Compton & Batteau
In California

Compton & Batteau recorded their one and only album, In California in 1971, in California. It’s a classic-feeling suite of laid-back West Coast rock that instantly recalls a certain kind of troubador. The duo quickly vanished into obscurity, but In California has stuck around being quietly wonderful ever since. Now reissued by Earth Recordings!

Cowbell
Haunted Heart

Cowbell are a reliable source of southern-fried garage-blues rock action, with all the soul and grit of your classic favourites. New album Haunted Heart delivers on all those fronts, plus features actual use of a cowbell, apparently for the first time ever for Cowbell. And this most American of records was all recorded in London too! CD / LP on Damaged Goods.

CTMF
Brand New Cage

Wild Billy Childish with yet another album here, more specifically his fifth in as many years with CTMF. While his work rate remains astonishing, what’s perhaps more impressive is that most of the stuff he comes up with is still pretty damn good. Cuts like ‘Are You Better Than Me?’ and ‘The Punk Was In Me (And It Had to Come Out)’ are delightfully pig-headed garage rock. New bassist Nurse Julie contributes two tracks to Childish’s ten. Out on Damaged Goods.

Curanderos
Curanderos

Bardo Pond always keep themselves busy and continually seek the other limits of the music they play. Curanderos is the supergroup formed by Bardo plus the ensemble Kohoutek, who help push things into extra avant territory. Two side-long pieces of sweet experimental jamming make up Curanderos, which is released on vinyl by Fire.

CYMBALS
Light In Your Mind

London based CYMBALS return to Tough Love for their third full length and follow up to 2013’s The Age Of Fracture. Light In Your Mind is a testament to the band’s solid synth-indie-pop as well as a mark of growth - moving into more expansive pieces and instrumentals alongside the catchy pop songs. Features a guest appearance from saxophonist Alabaster DePlume.

David West with Teardrops
Cherry On Willow

David West started out in distant Perth before working his way up through various cities (Melbourne, San Francisco) and bands (Rat Columns, Liberation) before reaching New York and this solo album with backing group Teardrops. Cherry On Willow is nice and poppy, feeling like a cheery stroll through some classic tuneful genres. Out on Tough Love.

Deadboy
Earth Body

As a nine-track expedition, Local Action label present Earth Body - a full-length that contributes to the modern evolutions of UK post-dubstep. Deadboy's latest release is influenced by spheres of R&B, house and dance - which fuse exciting new elements to the producer's trademark style.

Deerhoof
Mountain Moves

Jittery art rockers Deerhoof normally make their splintered music in isolation but here on their new album they have opened the door to the outside world and collaborated with the likes of Matana Roberts,Lætitia Sadier and Juana Molina. They also have a go at a Bob Marley song. Human contact = good. 
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Do Make Say Think
Stubborn Persistent Illusions

The first album in eight years from this long running Toronto collective. Now in their third decade, the group have created a critically acclaimed back catalogue and have become one of the most venerated names in the post rock canon. Stubborn Persistent Illusions is another example of the bands DIY ethos all recorded and produced themselves balancing guitar based compositions with electronic influenced production.

Ekoplekz
Bioprodukt

After several albums and EPs on Mordant, Perc Trax, Punch Drunk and Further Records, Nick Edwards’ Ekoplekz project has found a good home at Planet Mu and is returning with his fourth album for them. Rolling through Aphex Twin and lof-fi 90s acid and techno territories with a fuzzy cassette warmth, it’s imperfect and glorious.

El Michels Affair
Return To The 37th Chamber

El Michels Affair, who have worked directly alongside members of The Wu Tang Clan, follow up their 2009 album Enter The 37th Chamber with (what else?) Return To The 37th Chamber, another album of live-band Wu Tang reinterpretations. But this isn’t an ersatz middle-class novelty project: no, it's an inventive, funky and soulful new creation! LP and CD editions on Big Crown.

Escape-ism
Introduction to Escape-ism

Like Jon Spencer, Ian Svenonius is one of the hardest working men in contemporary rock 'n' roll. Over the years he's amassed an awesome discography with The Nation Of Ulysses The Make-Up, Chain & the Gang, XYZ, Weird War etc. but hasn't stepped out on his own. Until Now. Here he is, but naked and armed with a guitar, drum box and cassette player.

ESG
Keep On Moving

ESG have reissued a new wave funk compilation of nine tracks entitled Keep On Moving. Described as being the product of a studio that was left to run itself, this record is the all consuming sound of the techno dance floor. Solid beats and slightly distorted cymbal sounds compliment the youthful vocals in this release. Available on blue vinyl LP, black vinyl LP and CD.

Esmerine
Mechanics Of Dominion

Esmerine are one of the finest of the several acts that have grown out of the peripheries of godspeed you! black emperor. New album Mechanics Of Dominion is a diverse collection, with marimbas, amplified music boxes and horns all appearing in both brand new recordings and unheard material restored from the archives. Released by Constellations in CD and lovely LP-with-art-prints editions.

Ex People
Bird

London based stoner sludge four-piece Ex People bring the heaviness of Electric Wizard and Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard with and up beat groove of Kylesa and Raging Speedhorn. After a few self released outings they have been snapped up by New Heavy Sounds for a their debut full length. In good company.

Fake Laugh
Fake Laugh

Tuneful indie-pop from London/Berlin based Kamran Khan who has worked tirelessly to create his take on the ever popular jangle-pop genre.  There sure are some lovely sounds in here and this sensitive literate pop cold appeal to fans of the likes of Wild Nothing, Hoops and further back to Belle and Sebastien. 

GNOD
Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine

The mighty Mancunian GNOD juggernaut rolls ever onwards with a fierce five-strack statement, potently titled Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine. The music bites as hard as the righteous title, with repeato-riffs pushing the dense psych monoliths along. It’s out on Rocket Recordings.

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.   

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.

Gold Class
Drum

A record built on heartbreak, on the feelings left behind and on the sofa in the house of a friend of a friend. Drum is the ten-track record from Gold Class. The release highlights the struggle that we go through in the time of relationship breakups with hints of Morrissey-esque vocals throughout. Available on limited edition white vinyl LP and CD.

Graham Reynolds
A Scanner Darkly (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

It's an all-out cult classic brawl as the legendary soundtrack to A Scanner Darkly hits our shelves. Composed by Graham Reynolds, the soundtrack introduces a myriad of disparate sounds, each bitesize and extreme, moving between horror soundscapes, surfy instrumentals and twanging country hints. Considering Philip K. Dick's esoteric vision of a paranoid dystopia in the throes of drug addiction, Reynolds' ever-shifting soundtrack feels fitting, refusing to embrace the world it's wrapped up in.

Grails
Chalice Hymnal

The mega Grails return! Whilst this project may have seemed quiet for the last 5 years, the members have been busy writing Chalice Hymnal whilst working with their other projects OM, Watter and Lilacs & Champagne. Chalice Hymnal manages to throw them all together like a worldly-psych-drone hotpot filled with spacey near distance guitars, washy brass ensembles and crisp heavy drums.

Gun Outfit
Out of Range

The cover of Gun Outfit’s fifth long-player, Out Of Range, instantly gives you the feel of this album. Think guitars, think dust, think Steve Gunn, think Lee Ranaldo and perhaps even Lee Hazlewood and you’ll be getting pretty close. The guitars fiddle and intertwine while the vocals brood. CD and 140g Vinyl on Paradise Of Bachelors.

Herva
Hyper Flux

The glitch-haven named Hyper Flux doesn't promise to be so slick in its opening bars, but only when this Italian, named Herve Atsi Courti, gets in to his stride, the true quality of Hyper Flux is revealed. Herve Atsi Courti, who basks in the countryside surrounding Florence, steps out of the norm with this bizarre fusion of techno and wonky house.

Hey Colossus
The Guillotine

Some bands begin to edge out of the shadows, allowing the brightness of accessible production and relatable lyricism to evolve their work, while others sink deeper into darker and insular innovation. Hey Colossus are a group that are doing the latter, as proven by immersive and razor-sharp The Guillotine.

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. 

Hiss Golden Messenger
Hallelujah Anyhow

Imagine having the self confidence to have that as your album sleeve. MC Taylor certainly isn't lacking in a belief in his own ability something that must have been even further boosted when David Bowie once said he liked him. This new album is a rather quick follow up to 'Heart Like a Levee' and comes with his own impenetrable sleeve notes. Check press release to see if you can make head nor tail.   

Ibibio Sound Machine
Uyai

Ibibio Sound Machine is an excellent bit of Afro-electro, forged in London via Nigeria and combining funky highlife rhythms and horns with brash electro-synths. And you know what? It sounds addictively good and irresistibly groovy: supreme good time music! Uyai is the group’s second full-length album, and it’s released by Merge.

IDLES
Brutalism

Brutalism is the latest thirteen-track release from Idles. A powerfully written and politically driven collection of music that packs a punch aimed at the current political climate in the UK. It is hardcore and punk, so what do you expect? Described as ‘ a deadly serious indictment on popular culture’ that is available Vinyl LP and CD.

Ikonika
Distractions

Several years in the making, the new album from Ikonika is another A-grade suite of future music from one of the most reliable producers in the dubstep / bass music / etc. world. Distractions is full of shining synths and rhythm patterns from R&B and hip-hop, as well as guest appearances from Jessy Lanza and MC Jammz. Out on Hyperdub.

Jack Cooper
Sandgrown

As his debut solo record, comprised of 9 gorgeous tracks, Sandgrown is the hometown-inspired creation of British experimentalist Jack Cooper. Whilst Blackpool provided the specific inspiration for this evocative piece, the nostalgia is universal and is designed to move individuals from any corner of the world.

James Brandon Lewis Trio
No Filter

James Brandon Lewis and his trio make their full-length debut with No Filter, an album that starts out from a jazz place and then takes it some other places: from smooth and sexy R&B to funky hip-hop. With guests on board like P.SO The Earth Tone King and Nicholas Ryan Gant, No Filter is a great example of where forward-looking jazz can go these days. On BNS Sessions.

James Elkington
Wintres Woma

James Elkington returns with his latest album for the Paradise Of Bachelors label this time going it alone (his 2015 collaboration with Nathan Salsburg 'Ambsace' was superb), his gentle fingerpicking folk textures are reminiscent of Nick Drake and Tim Buckley but have a certain virtuoso mathy quality, now a full time member of Chicago americana legends Brokeback alongside Doug McCombs James is starting to make a lasting impact on the american alt-folk scene. 

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.  

Jlin
Black Origami

Juke and footwork producer Jlin builds on her unique sound with her second full length for Planet Mu. Skittish and direct percussive trills come at you from all directions with feverish energy and underlying groove. Black Origami features collaborations with Holly Herndon, William Basinski, Fawkes and Dope Saint Jude.

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. 

Julie's Haircut
Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon Twin

Experimental sound explorers from northern Italy have been pushing the unknown sonic weirdness since the mid 90s, heavily influenced by the soundscape freedoms of Spacemen 3 and My Bloody Valentine, whilst holding onto a constant and enticingly repetitive kraut groove back bone. Get lost, good and proper.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
The Kid

Winner of our Album of the Year competition in 2016 with EARS, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith now serves up a new selection which is nothing if not ambitious. She has now produced a four part album which chronicles the for defining segments of life exemplifying Smith's deep thinking ability to delve further than the average composer. 

Koyo
Koyo

In our very own city of Leeds, come the five piece indie rock group Koyo and their self-titled debut record. A ten track album that almost brings together that melancholic sound of the 80's but with a modern and contemporary twist. Available on double black Vinyl LP, a limited red and blue coloured double Vinyl LP or CD, and is released on 88 Watt. 

Laurel Halo
Dust

Oh good: a new full-length album from Laurel Halo! Dust started out with recordings made by Halo along with Eli Keszler and Lafawndah, which were then cut-up and augmented by Halo’s genius electronic processes into the sleekly experimental digital pop we hear here. Additional guest appearances from Diamond Terrifier, Julia Holter and more! Out on Hyperdub.

Lean Year
Lean Year

Album the first from Lean Year, the pairing of Emilie Rex and Rick Alverson. The two bring substantial individual histories into the project, giving these minimal songs a very real sense of emotional weight and lived experience. Well suited to fans of Low. Oh, and one of the songs is named after Elem Klimov’s Come And See, which is one of the greatest (and most horribly intense) films you could ever see. On Western Vinyl.

Lee Gamble
Mnestic Pressure

Lee Gamble’s first full-length in three years is a record of nuanced edge-of-the-dancefloor music that finds a fitting home on Hyperdub. Gamble describes Mnestic Pressure as a record that seeks to find order in an increasingly chaotic world and regain a sense of self separate from the images one is constantly subject to in 2017. This manifests itself as an album of aquatic electronica and Burial-esque post-rave stylings.

LIFE
Popular Music

Hull-based band LIFE present their first album-length-statement of accurate and focused anger. The cannily titled Popular Music is a little like Sleaford Mods if they were also a Fall-ish band with guitars and all. This debut album is bristling with all the brutality of 2017, and it makes for a righteous listen. Released on the Afghan Moon label.

Little Barrie
Death Express

Nottingham’s Little Barrie are the main band of Barrie Cadogan, who is also a regular guest guitarist for the likes of Paul Weller and Primal Scream. That gives you a hint at the kind of guitar antics he gets up to on Death Express, the fifth Little Barrie album: hard rocking with a vintage 60’s flavour to it. Out on Non-Delux.

Martin Hannett
Homage to Delia Derbyshire

Martin Hannett is the producer who did all your favourite Manchester post-punk records, but check this out: he also created his own work. Homage to Delia Derbyshire is unreleased material from 1982, made with various synths and electronics. This music feels very intimate and personal, partly because it was not made with public release in mind. Really interesting stuff, released at last by Ozit Dandelion.

Michael Chapman
50

Yorkshire folk guitarist Michael Chapman is one of those musicians who is just simply extremely good at his job: his finger-picking style is endlessly engaging. New album 50, commemorating five decades of career, is his ‘American record’, on which he is joined by US allies like Steve Gunn and Jason Meagher (No-Neck Blues Band). Old songs and new songs, played American style. Released by Paradise Of Bachelors.

Mikael Tariverdiev
Olga Sergeevna

Mikael Tariverdiev’s score to the highly regarded 1975 Soviet TV series Olga Sergeevna has never before been released outside of Russia, but change is afoot… Earth Recordings have masterminded this release, which showcases Tariverdiev’s talent for building grand cinematic gestures out of improvised components. CD and double LP reissue editions.

Mind Over Mirrors
Undying Color

Jaime Fennelly is an electronic shape-shifter, working in a huge array of projects over the years, most notably Peeesseye, Acid Birds, and Phantom Limb. His expansive solo project Mind Over Mirrors has constantly evolved and on his latest brings members of Iron & Wine, Freakwater, and Volcano Choir together as a meditative ensemble mixing analog synthesis, harmonium, fiddles and percussion.

Modern Studies
Swell to Great

Modern Studies have knack for creating haunting, doomed landscapes that retain a sense of beauty, with lo-fi and dated instrumentation. If you ever wanted to watch The Wicker Man, mute the final damning scene and play something above it, then nothing would be more fitting then Swell to Great. 

Moon Diagrams
Lifetime of Love

Finally, Deerhunter's sticks-man Moses John Archuleta is releasing his first solo album, as Moon Diagrams. It took Archuleta 10 years to assemble Lifetime of Love. The record sees him reassemble the processes of love and grief in his life, through his unique filter of ambient techno and crafty pop nous. Some hopeful and widescreen sounds on show here. Coloured double-vinyl or CD on Sonic Cathedral.

Mr. Mitch
Devout

Mr. Mitch’s new album is a careful and conscious exploration of fatherhood and relationships; so much so that his son Milo features at one point. Devout also features guest spots from Duval Timothy, Palmistry, P Money and more, all contributing to Mr. Mitch’s vision of minimalist R&B and electronic pop. CD / double LP release on Planet Mu.

Omni
Multi-task

Omni's debut 'Deluxe' was one of those records which seeped rather than marched into your consciousness. The fact that we sell a copy seemingly on a daily basis exemplifies it's popularity. The band have the nimble fleet fingered sound of fellow Athens group Pylon and in guitarist Frankie Broyles they have an ex Deerhunter nimble on the fretwork.  This second LP expands their musical palette whilst keeping their minimalist agit-pop sound intact.   

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.

Peter Oren
Anthropocene

Peter Oren identifies one of his major influences as Bill Callahan, which is a good way to get interested attention round here. Oren does have a whole lot of baritone character in his voice, and he uses it to sketch out songs about our present era, the Anthropocene. Also on board are a crack group of Nashville session musicians. Released by Western Vinyl.

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs
Feed The Rats

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs are the extra-dense grouping of members of such heavy North-East bands as Khunnt and Blown Out. They play sludged-up psych-rock that just hammers and hammers away at the listener with noisy riffs until you fall over. Feed The Rats is a full-length album with just three tracks, allowing the jams to expand to vast proportions. On Rocket Recordings.

Professor Rhythm
Bafana Bafana

Awesome Tapes From Africa’s unceasing quest to widely circulate gems of African music continues with Professor Rhythm’s 1990’s house album Bafana Bafana. This material was a hit in South Africa, channelling bubblegum pop and kwaito styles along with Chicago-esque house. Good times! LP and CD editions.

Proper Ornaments
Foxhole

One of them is in Ultimate Painting and Veronica Falls, another is in Toy and Pink Flames. Thus have we Foxhole, a record that abounds in sweet harmonies, clever songwriting and jangles galore that was put together between bouts of work with their other projects. Lead track ‘Memories’ is Lennon-pastiche par excellence. Vinyl and CD from perennially-good Tough Love (Let’s Wrestle, Cymbals Eat Guitars etc.).

Psychic Temple
IV

Chris Schlarb’s band Psychic Temple recorded IV, their fourth record (apart from their full-length cover of Brian Eno’s Music For Airports) in an LA studio in the old way, with big grand sessions. Guests like Terry Reid and Nedelle Torrisi help Schlarb craft his classic smooth-rock visions into reality. Out on Joyful Noise.

Rays
Rays

Rays are an Antipodean garage post-punk outfit making their debut with this self-titled full-length. They have the thrusting heft of Australian punk rock, but also the indie-pop-melodic sensibility of the New Zealand Flying Nun guys, and boy, what a combination it makes. Rays is released by Trouble In Mind.

Rebekka Karijord
Mother Tongue

If anything could stir and unlock unfounded emotions, then it would be the surprise and traumatic three-month-early arrival of a child. Rebekka Karijord had to face just that, and her ordeal has inspired and shaped her latest release - Mother Tongue. Though in an epic straddle between dystopia and utopia, she proves this is much more than an album about childbirth.

Sextile
Albeit Living

LA gang Sextile give us their second album, Albeit Living. These ten tracks take the gnarly debut album’s sound and makes pretty much everything a bit better, from the production to the songwriting and composition. But don’t worry, these synth-driven post-punks still have plenty of bite and bile to them. Albeit Living is out on Felte.

Sheer Mag
Need To Feel Your Love

Sheer Mag’s debut full-length album has arrived. Need To Feel Your Love is dressed in the guitars, production and sleeve design of a bunch of vintage 70’s rockers (just look at that band logo!), but with a thoroughly modern anti-bullshit approach and a garage-punkish twist to the vocals. Out on Static Shock Records.

Sivu
Sweet Sweet Silent

'Sweet Sweet Silent' by Sivu is a sad but interesting story of singer James Page's struggle with something called Meniere’s syndrome, a disease of the inner ear which causes vertigo and eventual permanent loss of hearing, on this the follow up to 2014's ‘Something on High’ he faces the challenges of this head on with detuned instrumentation and experimentalism with a standard melodic song form, comparisons have been made to Amnesiac era Radiohead and Wild Beasts which makes for a dark but sweet style of indie rock/pop. 

Sleep Party People
Lingering

Sleep Party People started out as the solo home recording project of Brian Batz, and although he’s picked up some bandmate assistants for touring, he still writes, performs and produces everything you hear on Lingering. Quite the feat when you hear how fully-formed these bright-eyed epic-pop miniatures are. Lingering is released by Joyful Noise.

Spacemen 3
For All The Fucked-up Children Of This World We Give You Spacemen 3

Before going on to forming Spiritualized, Jason Pierce worked with Peter Kember (Sonic Boom/Spectrum) as Spacemen 3. Here we have a the first reissue since it’s original release in 1995. This album is of the first recording session they did together in 1984, over a decade before it’s release and shows their sparse, psychedelic rock in its formative years.

Spectres
Condition

Disappearing further down the rabbit hole of noise and feedback, Spectres here lift as much from their recent remix album Dead as they do from any of their own releases. The swaying-at-the-edge-of-the-room dirges here will woo fans of Girl Band, Daughters, Sonic Youth et al. Out via Sonic Cathedral which is also home to Xam Duo and Remover.

Surfer Blood
Snowdonia

Snowdonia is the fourth album by Floridian indie band Surfer Blood. It’s the band’s first album since the tragic death of guitarist Thomas Feteke. Bassist Kevin Williams also left the band, prompting high school friends Michael McCleary and Lindsay Mills to be recruited on guitar and bass respectively. As with previous Surfer Blood albums the hooks are in place, however, Snowdonia boasts bigger and more complex songs. Frontman John Paul Pitts returned to a formula that he used on the band’s debut album Astro Coast by writing and mixing the album alone. Overcoming the tragedy has strengthened the band. This could be their best yet….

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.

Television Personalities
And Don't The Kids Just Love It

Originally released in 1981, And Don’t The Kids Just Love It was the influential debut album from Television Personalities. The record was made by Dan Treacy, Ed Ball and Mark Sheppard following a four-year period of singles recorded under a variety of monikers, including Teenage Filmstars. Lo-fi sounds inspired by cool 60s pop and late-70s post-punk. CD and vinyl LP reissue on Fire records.

Television Personalities
Mummy You're Not Watching Me

Eighties underground post-punk group Television Personalities were a key part of the scene, lead by Dan Treacy’s smart lyrics and songcraft. Mummy You’re Not Watching Me is their second record, released in 1982 and packed full of special little indie pop songs. It’s getting a very handsome black / marbled white vinyl reissue here, courtesy of the Fire label.

Television Personalities
The Painted Word

Eighties underground post-punk group Television Personalities were a key part of the scene, lead by Dan Treacy’s smart lyrics and songcraft. 1984’s The Painted Word is their fourth record and one of their finest, winning much love for its slightly darker and more psychedelic sound. It receives a very handsome black / marbled white vinyl reissue here, courtesy of the Fire label.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Don’t Get Lost

After several enticing preview singles, the world now gets to enjoy the sixteenth album by The Brian Jonestown Massacre in full. Don’t Get Lost is the band’s Berlin album, and it mixes their classic psych-clatter sound with elements of jazz and post-punk, with help from guests like Tim Burgess from The Charlatans and Emil Nikolaisen from Serena-Maneesh. CD and double yellow vinyl LP editions on Anton Newcombe’s own ‘a’ Recordings imprint.
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The Mountain Goats
Goths

Wordy and literate storyteller John Darnielle (and his Mountain Goats) has this time turned his attention to goth, both the music and the movement. Keenly eyed observations on those bands that didn't quite make it or what it meant to be goth all delivered nasally over Mountain Goats regular brand of strum-a-long folk -- or not, in this case, since they've ditched the guitars in favour of a synth-athon.

The Paperhead
Chew

Nashville trio The Paperhead craft a deliciously off-centre brew of familiar acoustic backings, over which a rich palette of instrumental splashings lean in and out. This, their latest in a neat handful of albums, is reminiscent of Van Morrison’s more direct offerings, with a slightly melancholic Moody Blues swagger.

The Weather Station
The Weather Station

Self-titled and self-produced, The Weather Station is a collection of softly sung tracks that open your eyes to a fair few different genres. On her fourth record, Tamara Lindeman is able to bring together country with pop, and indie with rock and manages to do it well. This eleven-track record is available on Vinyl LP and CD.

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.

Those Who Walk Away
The Infected Mass

Those Who Walk Away is a contemporary music project helmed by composer Matthew Patton, also incorporating members of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. New piece The Infected Mass mixes classical instrumentation with sinister drones and, remarkably, recordings from the black boxes of aircraft in distress, which certainly makes this a powerful listen. Released by Constellation.

Tom Mcrae
Ah, The World! Oh, The World!

Tom McRae’s eighth studio album Ah, The World! Oh, The World! Finds the English singer-songwriter, perhaps understandably, in rather a melancholic mood. The album title is a phrase taken from McRae’s favourite novel, Moby Dick, but it gets across perfectly McRae’s state of perplexity and dissatisfaction following Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. He’s poured his feelings out on this album.

Tubular Brass
Tubular Bells

Well why not: a version of Mike Oldfield’s classic progscape Tubular Bells, re-scored for a twenty-eight piece brass ensemble! They have in fact done a great job, using different aspects of the brass repertoire to bring out nuanced variations on the piece. Tubular Brass also features a synth solo from Hannah Peel.

Ulrika Spacek
Modern English Decoration

They formed when they were 14, two fifths of them are called Rhys and they live in a house called Ken. Ulrika Spacek are truly a unique proposition amongst the glut of Women/Viet Cong influenced tangle rock bands. Their debut self titled record was a hero here at the towers and this follow up record promises to be a collection of woozy and druggy avant rock.   

Virginia Wing / XAM Duo
Tomorrow’s Gift

London indie band Virginia Wing and electronic experimentalists XAM Duo, who are comprised from members of Hookworms and Deadwall, got together in Bradford on freezing January day and did a little bit of improvising. Tomorrow’s Gift is the exciting, tweaked and refined result of those sessions.

Wavves
You’re Welcome

Ten tears into the Wavves project, Nathan Williams has gone from super lo-fi DIY to major-label-signed and now back to some sort of midpoint. You’re Welcome, the sixth Wavves record, is released on Williams’ own Ghostramp label, but features all the production and songwriting lessons that he’s learned along the way. Good times!

Waxahatchee
Out In The Storm

Waxahatchee presents her fourth album Out In The Storm, which is borne out of the ashes of a relationship collapse. As ever, music and songwriting provide a vehicle to self-love and renewal. With a mostly live-in-the-room production, Out In The Storm is a strong indie-rock record with a real personal punch behind it. Out on Merge.

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