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Alela Diane
Cusp

Cusp is The 5th solo album by singer/songwriter Alela Diane and follows on from her 2013 album, About Farewell, written and recorded after her marriage to musical partner Tom Bevitori ended. Accidentally inspired by breaking a thumbnail and writing on the piano instead of finger picking her way on the guitar, Diane did a ‘Justin Vernon’ and shut herself away in a snow-covered cabin to write the album. Thematically it  concentrates on Motherhood, falling in love with your child, rather than  the lost love of its predecessor.

Amen Dunes
Freedom

In making ‘Freedom’, Amen Dunes shifts from whimsical guitars and warbly melancholic vocals to a darker electronic sound. Frontman Damen McMahon calls upon his usual star-studded collaborators; drummer Parker Kindred (Antony & The Johnsons, Jeff Buckley), Chris Coady (Beach House) and let them work their magic in Electric Lady Studios. Three years later, the resulting LP is an ode to coming-of-age and understanding oneself despite rigid societal expectations of masculinity. Or, as McMahon calls it, “mythical heroic maleness”. I guess this one’s for the intellectually minded music fan.

Angèle David-Guillou
Mouvements Organiques

Angele David-Guillou here does what more artists should do: she takes selections from her most recent album, En Mouvement and rearranges them altogether, in this case for organ. The resulting Mouvements Organiques are excellent and ambient, working perfectly as complements to the original recordings or as a suite in their own right. On Village Green.

Anne Briggs
An Introduction to Anne Briggs

If you haven’t yet been introduced to Anne Briggs, then you really need to be, and Weatherbox have got your back. An Introduction To Anne Briggs summarises her extraordinarily stark and powerful style of British folk music, with many of the recordings simply for her unaccompanied voice. Vinyl compilation release.

Bradford
Thirty Years Of Shouting Quietly

Bradford were a band from Blackburn (I know, it's confusing) who were once saddled with the 'new Smiths' tag that plenty of 80's bands had to endure. Sadly for Bradford the collapse of Rough Trade and the emergence of the more uplifting 'Madchester' scene did for their brand of mopey jangle. Oh yeah they also had a song called 'In Liverpool' just so they could squeeze another northern city into their history.     

Buffalo Tom
Quiet and Peace

Boston, MA indie rock trio Buffalo Tom return with their 9th studio album, Quiet and Peace. It’s their first outing since 2011’s Skins and comes a full 30 years after their cracking J. Mascis produced self titled debut. The band have retained the same line-up for the entirety of their career and their sound has been tweaked slightly for each new album whilst still staying true to their gutsy indie-rock. Quiet and Peace sees the band digging more deeply into their emotional core. LP and CD on Schoolkids Records.

Daniel Avery
Song For Alpha

It’s taken five years but Daniel Avery’s follow-up to the well-received Drone Logic is finally here. Song For Alpha mixes techno and rave-inspired tunes with gentle ambient soundscapes effortlessly. It recalls the avant-garde ambient of William Basinski, Warp’s early ‘90s Artificial Intelligence compilations and some Brian Eno. Double LP and CD on Phantasy Sound.

David Bowie
Low

You’d be a fool to try and pick out a ‘most classic’ album from the hefty David Bowie discography, but it you did, Low would be a very good shout. The 1977 album, which began the Berlin-based Brian Eno and Tony Visconti collaboration trilogy, is notable for having a more experimental second side, but is fabulous all the way through. CD and LP reissue editions.

David Bowie
Lodger

Lodger is the third and final entry in David Bowie’s late 70’s ‘Berlin’ trilogy, featuring his continued Brian Eno and Tony Visconti collaboration. Lodger is generally reckoned to be an underrated art-pop gem in the Bowie catalogue, so if you’ve not lodged yet, this reissue from Parlophone would be a perfect opportunity.

Deepchord & Fluxion present Transformations
Bonafide EP

Join dubtech vets Deepchord and Chain Reaction/Echocord staple Fluxion, here bonded into one entity called Transformations, for a pair of trots through the sleepless sighs of The City on Bona Fide. This is the second Transformation transmission, following last year’s Accumulations Pt. 1 & 2. In comparison, Bona Fide is rather slower and warmer, with lighter beats and lounging guitar drifting about through the samplescapes.
  • Vinyl 12" (VMR002)
  • £13.49 £10.79 (saving: £2.70)
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  • Last copy

Dita Von Teese
Dita Von Teese

Quite a collaboration here, between legendary US burlesque revivalist, model and occasional actor Dita Von Teese and naughty French synth-romancer Sébastian Tellier. Mutual admiration brought about this collaboration, with Tellier and his wife Amandine de La Richardière respectively handling music and lyrics while Von Teese performs vocals. The music is familiar Tellier-territory - all engorged, liquid synths and seductive motifs, to which Von Teese’s suggestive voice is, unsurprisingly, an ideal match.

Echo Collective
Echo Collective Plays Amnesiac

Brussels-based Echo Collective have worked with the likes of Dustin O’ Halloran and Jóhann Jóhannsson, and are keen on bridging the gap between classical and non-classical. Here, they undertake this task by applying their beautiful orchestral instrumentation to Radiohead’s Amnesiac. On 7K!.

Eels
The Deconstruction

Gravel voiced troubadour E and his Eels return for a new album that is described as long awaited but it's only been four years which doesn't really seem that long ago. That said the world is very different these days and I'm sure E has a lot to growl out on the matter as he talks of finding beauty in a world full of hate. Wise words indeed. 

Everything Is Recorded
Everything Is Recorded by Richard Russell

Richard Russell may have made his name as the boss of XL Records, but he has some production pedigree too - among others, he’s helmed LPs for Bobby Womack and Ibeyi. The cosmopolitan, soulful production style he displayed on those records translates nicely to Everything Is Recorded By Richard Russell. It features a slew of big-name guests - Giggs, Kamasi Washington, Wiki, Sampha and more. The album basically ends up being an enjoyable synthesis of all facets of the XL sound.

Graham Coxon
The End Of The F***ing World (Original Songs and Score)

The End Of The F***ing World (Original Songs and Score) by Graham Coxon marks the Blur guitarist’s first foray into the world of soundtracks. Graham was inspired by the Channel 4/Netflix production’s dark comedy and found himself working at uncharacteristically fast pace with the final tracks selected from around 40 pieces he’d written. Look out for the single Walking All Day, which will be lifted from the album. LP on Graham Coxon Records.
  • Vinyl LP (0190296957925)
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Hinds
I Don't Run

Sophomore effort from formidable Spanish four-piece Hinds, following up 2016’s successful Leave Me Alone. Their playful garage-pop benefits this time from the input of The Strokes’ producer Gordon Raphael. I Don't Run is inspired by their life-altering last couple of years. Out on Lucky Number and available on indies-only clear vinyl.
  • Vinyl LP (LUCKY116LPX)
  • £17.49 £13.99 (saving: £3.50)
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  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only

Hot Snakes
Jericho Sirens

After fourteen whole years with no new Hot Snakes recordings, the drought is finally over! Hot Snakes got back in the studio to blast out some more of their righteous post-hardcore, with a line-up that now includes both of their notable past drummers. Jericho Sirens sounds precisely as rad as the cover image would suggest. Out on Sub Pop.

Ilyas Ahmed
Closer to Stranger

Ilyas Ahmed does business with the excellent MIE once again regarding his new LP Closer to Stranger. A distinctive guitarist associated with American primitive as well as ‘New Weird America’ when it prevailed in the 2000s, this new offering finds Ahmed’s sound a tad cleaner and his style a little closer to Americana and indie. Hearing his eminently expressive voice and instrumentation under these conditions is all sorts of fab.

Jackie-O Motherfucker
Bloom

Tom Greenwood and Michael Whitaker, the constant that Jackie-O Mothetfucker revolves around take their time over things these days. Both living in rural corners of California, the pair made their first album in seven years, Bloom slowly. It took three years to record, with Greenwood and Whitaker assembling a cast of new musicians to work on the project. The reverb drenched, delicately structured songs reflect the time taken and the locations the band mates now call home. LP and CD on Textile.
  • Vinyl LP (TLP27)
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Jóhann Jóhannsson
The Mercy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Aside from his solo output and numerous collaborations, Jóhann Jóhannsson has been growing a long list of film scores, including Arrival, Prisoners, and The Theory Of Everything. His latest is this score for James Marsh’s The Mercy, about the infamous sailing voyage of Donald Crowhurst. Released on Deutsche Grammophon.

Josh T. Pearson
The Straight Hits!

I’m sure I’ll be forgiven, upon seeing the cover and title of Josh T. Pearson’s new album The Straight Hits, for thinking that it was a perfectly observed satire on the American country music scene. It turns out that the once bearded, long-haired gent actually looks like that now. Don’t worry though, the music’s still good. Following two intense and cathartic albums (one with his band Lift To Experience, one solo) released a decade apart, he’s exorcised his demons. He decided he needed to be more positive and spread peace and love by the disastrous result of the last US presidential election. The Straight Hits is a billowing rock record that sounds kinda like a less punk version of L.A. punks X.

Klaus Schulze
La Vie Electronique Volume 1.0

Klaus Schulze’s 70s work is an innovative and immersive as Kosmische synth gets. La Vie Electronique is a series of outtake compilations that has run to 15 multi-disc CD volumes. This double LP brings half of the first volume to vinyl for the first time. It captures Schulze, fresh from drumming duties with Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel, at the ground-breaking start of his solo career, as he quickly developed a signature style of symphonic, long-form, semi-improvised pieces. These tracks were recorded alongside albums like Irrlicht, Cyborg and Blackdance, and are of a similar high standard. Essential for fans, and a good starting point for the curious. 

Manic Street Preachers
Resistance Is Futile

Everybody’s favourite Welsh radical-chic indie heroes are back with their thirteenth full-length album, grandly titled Resistance Is Futile. This one sits at the grander end of the Manic Street Preachers’ sound, with songs precision-tooled for maximum widescreen arena impact. Available in CD and vinyl editions, plus a 2CD version with lots of extra tracks and demos.

Meat Beat Manifesto
Impossible Star

Big Beater is watching you!  The world is in a strange, disturbing way these days, but international man of mystery Jack Dangers, Manifesto in hand, is here to weigh in. Meat Beat Manifesto has been going for over three decades now, and these new offerings show Dangers’ long-honed proficiency. His production is thick and uneasy, but the tone of most of these very lively and rich, drawing on all sorts - acid, breakbeat, IDM, lounge, electro, and even snowstorm’d ambient brick walls.

MGMT
Little Dark Age

MGMT’s new one, Little Dark Age, is being dubbed their gothy album, with an all-round Curetastic presentation of moods, looks and sounds. Really, this is the ideal MGMT album for you if all that technicolour fun just made you want to curl up in the dark and, well, listen to The Cure. On Columbia.
  • Vinyl Double LP (88985476061)
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  • Last copy

Micah P. Hinson
Micah P. Hinson at The British Broadcasting Corporation

This record, which comes presented within a pleasingly vintage-style Ghost Box-esque sleeve design, documents various performances given by Micah P. Hinson for Marc Riley at the BBC, over the course of fifteen years. These eleven recordings, presented chronologically, allow the listener to track Micah’s development and enjoy alternate versions of favourite songs. On Full Time Hobby.

múm
Menschen am Sonntag - Live in Berlin

As mum return to Berlin for their third time soundtracking the seminal German silent movie Menschen am Sonntag, the band’s Morr Music label has seen fit to release recordings taken from the previous two performances of their score. This 10" features exactly the sort of glitchy-yet-chest-swelling cinematic ambiences that one would expect mum to contribute to such a project.

NYZ
XNOTNL

NYZ aka Noyzelab mastermind and Aphex Twin pal David Burraston with another dose of head-scratching, logic-defying synthesis. Past releases from the mad scientist have seen him delve deep into forgotten gear and arcane processes, emerging with sonic oddities that inspire baffled cries of “how?” and sometimes “why?”. This Tapeworm cassette promises more puzzling thrills, limited to 100 copies that won’t hang around for long.

Pete Astor
One For The Ghost

I just don't like wine but I can understand what Pete Astor is doing here. The extra glass is to mourn people and times past. I'll do the same next time I have a flapjack. Anyway 'One For the Ghost' is the latest solo LP from the former the Loft and Weather Prophets chap and here he is joined by the rhythm section from the Wave Pictures.   

Preoccupations
New Material

Sisters of Mercy fans rejoice as ominous people Preoccupations delve further into the bowels of the early '80s goth-rock scene. Their previous album was the worst thing we've ever heard and after struggling to sit through lead track 'Espionage' hopes for this are low. However these are people who were once very great indeed so you never know. 

Richard Pinhas
Rhizosphere

Interest in modular synthesisers is at an all-time high, so it’s as good a time as can be for reissues of early standard-setting works. Reenter Richard Pinhas, who bought himself some Moog racks and released Rhizosphere in 1977. Looking for all-new sounds and timbres on each of the five pieces, Pinhas’ results range from sci-fi soundscapes and warm sequences to quite abstract sound design.

The Art of Noise
In Visible Silence

This is the first Art of Noise record that didn't feature producer Trevor Horn and motormouth Paul Morley yet it did still feature a top ten hit in 'Peter Gunn'. Though the sound was perhaps watered down from the adventurous early recordings, the album still showed enough invention to maintain Art of Noise as being one of the 80's most unique acts. 

The Decemberists
I'll Be Your Girl

Uh oh. The Decemberists have sought fit to drag in 'super' producer John Congleton and embrace influences such as Roxy Music and New Order on their eighth album. Safe to say that my dad's not going to like this one little bit. Lead single "Severed" though expertly showcases Congleton's ability to add distortion onto even the whiniest of vocal. Bold or misguided? Looking forward to finding out.   

The Hanging Stars
Songs For Somewhere Else

The Hanging Stars are from grim old London but make the sort of sun dappled 60's and '70s influenced psychedelic folk and cosmic country that you usually find emanating from the other side of the atlantic. Here they follow up their much loved debut 'Over the Silvery Lake' with another batch of timeless, hazi Americana (but from England).    

The Longcut
Arrows

The Longcut have certainly changed from when I last heard them. Their brooding the Cure stylings seem to have been replaced by a form of brash indie/dance crossover. They certainly have some bold ideas. The fact that I'm not sure as yet what to make of lead track 'Deathmask' is surely a good thing in these days of easi-pigeonhole.   
  • Vinyl Double LP (DSR17LP10)
  • Limited edition

The Low Anthem
The Salt Doll Went to Measure the Depths of the Sea

The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depths Of The Sea is the fifth album by The Low Anthem. From their origins as folk revivalists through to their last album, Eyeland (2016), being wildly experimental, this is a subtle yet resolute effort that reins in the experiments. Here, they combine the folky sound of their early days with electronic instruments to produce a work that is as natural as it is visionary.

The Monochrome Set
Maisieworld

London’s Monochrome Set were post-punk before the genre was even defined, falling into stylistic territory somewhere between Magazine, Orange Juice and Blue Orchids. Their influence was evident in the more arch corners of Britpop and, arguably, the Dunedin Sound groups. Their fifth album since their reunion a decade ago retains all their breezy and spiky melodicism.

The Times
Go! With The Times

The Times were a post-punk/indie band from London. They were led by Ed Ball who had a stint in Television Personalities with school friend Dan Treacy before forming Teenage Filmstars, a band that eventually morphed into The Times. Go! With The Times was the album that they recorded first but didn’t release until 1985 as their 5th album. Ball seemingly picking up a recording and releasing trick from his beloved Beatles. Classic stuff.

Titus Andronicus
A Productive Cough

Pretty much the world's most preposterous band 'A Productive Cough' could well be seen as the album Titus Andronicus went too far. These haughty singalongs sound something like the Pogues channeled through Bruce Springsteen but even more rambunctious than that sounds. Features an extremely pointless cover of Bob Dylan's 'Like a Rolling Stone' which was the moment we (finally) switched off.  

Tracey Thorn
Record

Tracey Thorn’s first album of original material in seven years, Record, sees her surrounding a 9-minute dub/disco epic centrepiece with more concise and vigorous electro-pop. The lyrics ar of a personal and political subject matter, focusing on themes close to her heart such as feminism. There are guest performances from Jenny Lee Lindberg and Stella Mozgawa of Warpaint and Corinne Bailey Rae. 

Various
Revolutionary Spirit - The Sound Of Liverpool 1976-1988

An extensive 5-disc overview of Scouserock, if you will, from the punk and post-punk era through to the more polished pleasures of the late 80s. It kicks off with the art rock theatrics of Deaf School, and the more heard about than heard (retrospective) supergroup Big In Japan. The Bunnymen, Teardrop Explodes, FGTH, OMD, Dead Or Alive, China Crisis and The La’s are among the more obvious inclusions, but the real fun is in digging through the dozens of obscurities.

Wetware
Automatic Drawing

Norman website visitor, meet Automatic Drawing. It’s the debut LP by Wetware (Roxy Farman & Matthew Morandi). The pair first appeared on the New York industrial scene in 2015, hamming it up with intense and provocative live shows. Distilling such live energy to record can’t be easy, but they’ve nailed the production of these compelling, clattering rhythms and discomforting vocals. There’s even a whiff of vintage industrial pastiche.

Wild Beasts
Last Night All My Dreams Came True

Wild Beasts, who’ve been bringing perverse arty falsetto weirdness to indie rock for more than a decade, are calling it a day. As part of their farewells they present Last Night All My Dreams Came True, a sort-of greatest hits that features new recordings of old material, recorded under live-in-the-studio conditions. They will be missed. On Domino.

Willy Vlautin
Northline

Northline was the second novel by Willy Vlautin, frontman with Richmond Fontaine and The Delines. Vlautin recorded a soundtrack for the book, which was included with it on CD format. Now it is being issued on vinyl for the first time. This coincides with the release of his fifth novel and Soundtrack, Don’t Skip Out On Me and his third novel, Lean On Pete, being made into a film. Willy Vlautin is a busy man. Limited to 500 copies.

Yo La Tengo
There’s A Riot Going On

I think this is as good a time as any for a new Yo La Tengo record. The world could do with a little bit of the soothing balm they put into their music. Unlike many other bands of their vintage who rely on collaboration and guest stars to ice their records, Yo La Tengo did this all themselves....and that's the way we like it.   
  • Vinyl Double LP (OLE11668)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Indies-only
  • Last copy

Young Fathers
Cocoa Sugar

Cocoa Sugar is the third album by Edinburgh hip-hop threesome Young Fathers. It follows on from the critically acclaimed second album White Men Are Black Men Too and the single Only God Knows which featured on the soundtrack to Trainspotting 2. It’s available on CD and two vinyl versions - coloured, indies only limited edition (for which you will have to be quick!) and black vinyl.