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Stuff you might have missed in 2017

You must've been distracted by all the re-issues. It's the only reason we can think of for the masses of interesting new music lying on our shelves. Here are 50 of the best for you to spend your Christmas pennies on.
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A Lilac Decline
The Mountain Rages

A Lilac Decline is the solo project of Cecilia Danell, of both Cubs and Loner Deluxe. The Mountain Rages is an atmospheric suite of intuitive folk music recorded with a brace of traditional instruments, field recordings, wine glasses, shortwave radios etc. for a intimate and individual DIY sound. Cassette release on Rusted Rail.

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.    

Al Chem
Weird Fiction

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Aritomo
El Ala De Mi Homunculo

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Balduin
Bohemian Garden

Balduin of Switzerland continues to study his favourite two decades at leisure, apparently heedless of all current pop fashions. From the title onwards, his new LP Bohemian Garden is a deceptively clever piece of work. Most of the sense of pastiche lies in the vintage production. Balduin’s straight-faced psychedelic songwriting and composition, on the other hand, are hybrids of so many diverse influences from the 1960s and 1970s that specific comparisons leave an incomplete grasp of what’s going on. Friendly and surprisingly varied stuff here.

City
A Goal is an Image

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Crown Larks
Population

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Croww
Prosthetics

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Dalham
Waves

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dbh
Mass

Though recorded in bustling Manchester, dbh’s (who has performed live with Julie Byrne) third album is much more reminiscent of where it was mastered, in the Outer Hebrides. Instrumental folk guitar tracks with a deftness of touch, Mass is for exploring big empty spaces on the back of a donkey rather than trying to get the Christmas shopping done at the Arndale.

DJ Richard
Path Of Ruin

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DJ Spider & Franklin De Costa
F Planet

Spacious and claustrophobic at the same time, DJ Spider & Franklin De Costa's 'F Planet' gives us grumbling, percussive techno, rising and dipping in sonic height. The free manipulations lend the tracks a unique sense of life, patches of noise here, wild frequency and filter shifts there, evolving in two directions at once. Includes a killer remix by the mighty Shifted (Avian, Mote-Evolver, Hospital Productions).
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Emptyset
Skin

What’s this?! Emptyset presenting material that was produced using only acoustic methods of production rather than racks of hardware electronics? Well I never. Of course, mini-album Skin’s four tracks still sound remarkably like Emptyset, despite the different textures at play: hammered zithers, voices and the like. LP on Thrill Jockey.

Emra Grid
Shay’s Vacation House

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Erskine Lynas
Lease of Youth

This is the debut record from Erskine Lynas and is called Lease of Youth. This ten-track record has similarities to many bands from the 70/80/90's but with a more contemporary twist - very mellow synth-pop if you will. Available on vinyl LP and released on Local Action (who are apparently VERY proud to announce this one). 

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. 

Fieldhead
We’ve All Been Swimming

Having lived in the icy cold wastelands of Canada and the possibly even colder Newcastle Upon Tyne it comes as no surprise that Paul Elam (AKA Fieldhead) knows how to create chilling cinematic atmospheres. On his third full length album the now London based artist wraps his icy electronica in the sort of warm synth patterns that will be familiar to fans of the early day synth pioneers and ‘70s kosmische rhythm makers. Its patterns and shifts evoke recent work by the likes of Clark, Pye Corner Audio those on the Ghost Box label. 

hemisfär
hemisfar

Hemisfär is one of many small or single use aliases of South African jazz and electronic producer Alex van Heerden, who also performed in groups Pinkfield$ and RockArt. Recorded 14 years ago, 6 years before his death, van Heerden travelled to Sweden to record and got swept up in minimalism. These six songs mix South African warmth and tunings with that stark minimalism, creating some truly soul stirring music.

Ian Hawgood
Love Retained

Incredibly bare piano pieces, presented with thanks, love and admiration for those around him. Battling with depression for decades Ian Hawgood found a release, but also a trigger in composing, these unfinished and unmastered piano sketches serve up as a mirror to that fragility, and mark his departure from his own label (Home Normal) and possibly music itself.

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 Murray
Killing Ghosts

James Murray makes music that sometimes sounds like the ghosts of techno: tracks that might once have moved bodies on a dancefloor have been diffused and reduced so thoroughly that they now inhabit a wholly different space. Killing Ghosts is a suite of those ambient remnants. Released by Home Normal in an edition of 500.

Joey Agresta
Let's Not Talk About Music

Joey Agresta is a veteran of doing it his own way, with a stack of AKAs behind him: Son Of Salami, Joey Pizza Slice etc. Let’s Not Talk About Music, which includes upbeat songs like ‘I Feel Like Shit And I Want To Die’, was recorded in Joey’s bedroom studio over a period of three years, using tape machines all the way baby. Let’s Not Talk About Music is out on Wharf Cat Records.
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Jon Collin
The Nature

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Jung Body
Real Eternal Bliss

An 8-song 10” mini-album by this German-based singer-songwriter. Before you run screaming from the latter characterisation, this is engaging, wordy stuff, with a free-flowing delivery over backing that incorporates jazzy and ambient twists and turns. In the same ballpark as Brigid Mae Power or Peter Broderick, who Mr. Body shared a compilation with.
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kj
spells

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Les Marquises
A Night Full Of Collapses

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Lomond Campbell
Black River Promise

Lomond Campbell put together his debut album Black River Promise in the manner of several lonely-eyed young men before him: by decamping to somewhere remote (in this case, an abandoned school in the Scottish Highlands) to be alone with his thoughts and his music. The pop-folk results are deep and remarkable, augmented with a ten-piece string ensemble. Clear LP on Triassic Tusk.

Loner Deluxe
Songs I Taped Off The Radio

Heavily bearded man about town and Rusted Rail head honcho Keith Wallace returns with the first album in ages from his folk/electronic/sci fi project Loner Deluxe.  This promises to be a varied opus which is said to play like a mixtape from the artist himself. Wild and wondrous creativity plus you get a bit of his shirt with each copy. Buy the lot and clothe yourself. 

Martin Jenkins
Dance Cave

Martyn Jenkins needs no introduction but I'm going to do so anyway as we want to sell some of these. Ok so it's the Pye Corner Audio bloke. Hopefully that's shifted a few. Normally known for his hugely sought after nostalgic synth work, this is his first foray into techno. US import so it's very pricey but a must have for completists. 

Matt Christensen
I know What The Fight Is

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Meatbingo
The Error of My WAVs

ALERT! ALERT! This is not Meatraffle. This is rather, an entirely different meat gambling proposition, Meatbingo. Ridiculous electronic-funk that has every much the sense of humour it's title, The Error of My WAVs would suggest. Contains a truly improbably amount of funk, probably to do with the fact it has bass guitar on it.

Northcape
Exploration and Ascent

Northcape’s new album Exploration And Ascent is reportedly the result of an inspiring trip around the Himalayas, undertaken by Northcape main man Alastair Brown. Appropriately, this is a record of sweet electronics rising toward the light: bright and brave ambient melodicism. CD release on Sun Sea Sky Productions.

Odd Nosdam
LIF

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Panoptique Electrical
Quiet Ecology

Australian composer Panoptique Electrical (one Jason Sweeney) elists cellist Zoë Barry to accompany some of his gentle trips across the ivories for this limited Sound in Silence release. Inspired by his search for quiet spaces in several cities down under, Sweeney & Barry mirror the peacefulness of these few spots of respite. They do so, however, not without an obvious touch of mournful disdain for the ceaseless noise of civilisation.

pOrch
Walking Boss

pOrch hail from Oakland, California and like to subversively put their capital letters in the wrong place. The band play experimental, noisy, math punk. Walking Boss, which now sees a 180g blue vinyl pressing, was originally released in 2013. It was recorded by Tim Green whose CV boasts such recording and engineering credits as The Melvins and The Fucking Champs. He was the natural choice for this record.

Porter Ray
Watercolor

If Porter Ray's debut single is anything to go by, then his full length - Watercolor - is to be highly anticipated. Sacred Geometry is a promising and deep electronic expedition, layered amongst a reel of candid lyrics - keep an eye out for this burgeoning Seattle-based innovator.

Saltland
A Common Truth

Saltland is Rebecca Foon, a core cello-playing member of Esmerine and Thee Silver Mount Zion. This epic solo album builds up luscious walls of strings and vocals over the course of four long tracks that take the most interesting and beautiful parts of post-rock and apply them to a non-guitar framework. A Common Truth also features Warren Ellis! On Constellation.

Sana Obruent
August

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Scuba Death
The Worm At The Core

The name Scuba Death sounds like it belongs to some psych-rock group, but actually the name refers to a nearly-fatal experience that Brazilian composer Ricardo Donoso had while scuba diving. The brush with doom pushed him to express himself creatively: The Worm At The Core, an album centred around thunderstorm field recordings, is the latest chapter of the project. On Further Records.

Sophie Hutchings
Yonder

Australian composer Sophie Hutchings stays with the Preserved label for her fifth full length album Yonder. Easily placed in the shelf with Dustin O'Hallaron, Max Richter and Nils Frahm, Hutchings crafts delicate and solitary pieces that tilt the modern classical genre into ambience and cinematic solemnity.

The Doomed Bird of Providence
Burrowed Into The Soft Sky

The Doomed Bird of Providence is a project devoted to highlighting the darkness of Australian colonial history, and third album Burrowed into the Soft Sky is no exception. It does however break away from the previous two albums by leaving lyrics and vocals by the wayside in favour of two side-long instrumentals, each heavy with the weight of past atrocity. On Front & Follow.

The Physics House Band
Mercury Fountain

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The Remote Viewer
Us. In Happier Times

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The Workhouse
Now I Am On Fire

The Workhouse present their brooding new album Now I Am On Fire, five years after their last full-length effort. Now I Am On Fire is released in both CD and vinyl LP editions, as well as a special combined double format bundle. And all editions come with a big old thirty page booklet. Released by the oscarson label

Tongue
How Nice It Is

Don't Delay, bringers of the excellent AEVA 12" from earlier this year, are back for a second round of wax disc pressing. This time, it's courtesy of Tongue, a combo of 2 trombones, vocals and electronics, bringing the elephant sound, delicate drones and choral-electronic duets to your ears. Anything could happen.
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Waterpark
SpeedLine Connect / Sun Runner

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Waveform Transmission (Rod Modell & Chris Troy)
V 2.0-2.9

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Widowspeak
Expect The Best

As if Widowspeak have been around for seven years? Life, it would seem, really does come at you fast, and this band of hybrid folk rock and dream pop continue to make strides in their sound, now coming a long way from their Fleetwood Mac inspired debut. A record of patient deliberation and the usual watery arrangement, it sees songwriter Molly Hamilton examine and revisit her hometown.

Yair Yona
Sword

Yair Yona self-releases Sword, a delicate and dynamic instrumental album constructed from desert-blues and dusty overheard samples. The album was envisioned as a soundtrack to the 1973 Yom Kippur war and can be as quietly devastating as that concept implies. It is beautifully packaged on vinyl LP or CD.