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March pre-orders (part 2)

We dare not call it spring yet but there's light at the end of the long dark tunnel we call the English Winter. Here's a bunch of pre-orders to get snapped up before everything grinds to a Record Store Day style halt. 

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77:78
Jellies

In a bid to outdo their previous moniker the Bees and make it something even more inconsequential this Isle of Wight collective have now renamed themselves 77:78. Remember it if you dare. The Bees were always great and this promises to be too with influences ranging from 'Smiley Smile' era Beach Boy...view item »

A Hawk and A Hacksaw
Forest Bathing

Forest Bathing is a form of healing by basically hanging out in a forest. Nice. Can't see a forest out the window but next time I'm in one I'll bath in it and see if it sorts out my problems. A Hawk and a Hacksaw have long found inspiration through travel and this is no different on this their 7th LP. They seem to take bits and bats of inspirati...view item »

Alexis Taylor
Beautiful Thing

You really have to hand it to him. Alexis Taylor really has some chutzpah. His last album was a disc of him singing solo piano songs endlessly whilst he managed to ingratiate himself with Charles Hayward resulting in the About Group's blot on the latter's otherwise ...view item »

All Of Them Witches
Hunters Moon

Not to be confused with rockers All Them Witches, this is Gary Dimes' project fascinated with 70s and 80s horror synth soundtracks. Here he provides an album of dark-as-the-night synth electronica with the obligatory John Carpenter influences running through. Very, very limited this so move fast if you want one. ...view item »

Beach House
7

As if this band needed to get any more content. Naming their record with a shrug, Beach House have ditched the sonically driving, well-sequenced widescreen of recent records ‘Bloom’ and ‘Depression Cherry’, offering something of a sound-sample primer for a band that now does what it wants from within its liminal aesthetic...view item »

Bicep
Opal (Four Tet Remix) / Helix

My God look at this thing. Bicep's slithery piece of electronic brilliance remixed by none other than Four Tet. The original is a cracker but you don't get that here. Instead you get the 'Tet mix and an original (I Presume) called 'Helix'. Not actually sure as I can't find anything on the whole wide internet.&nb...view item »

Blueboy
The Bank Of England

The Sarah revival continues with a re-issue of this the final record by 'second wave' Sarah records band Blueboy. The group are much loved for their literate and whip smart indie-pop and here create a beautiful work to rival the best releases on the label. First time on vinyl for this and remastered from the original tapes. ...view item »

Bombino
Deran

With admirers including Stevie Wonder and Robert Plant, the Niger guitarist Bombino clearly has some serious chops. His pioneering ‘Tuareggae’ sound remains in good nick on his latest LP, and his wide travels and range of influences lead to plenty of unusual songwriting choices on ...view item »

Brian Eno
Music For Installations

New and unreleased works from the dome headed genius behind such albums as Coldplay's 'Mylo Xyloto'. This is a collection of original recordings from 1986 to date of music recorded for use in installations. Various versions available including super 6CD box set that you will only be able to afford if you are Jacob Rees-Mogg.&nbs...view item »

Christina Vantzou
No. 4

Thank you, hell. Having booted us out of the soul-sucking eternity that was ‘No. 3’, Christina Vantzou returns with another startling record in her ambient classical series, offering a more focused meditation performed by herself and collaborators Angel Deradoorian, ...view item »

Damien Jurado
The Horizon Just Laughed

Damien Jurado’s thirteenth LP - and the first one he’s produced all by himself - doesn’t see the Seattle-based artist messing with the formula too much. The Horizon Just Laughed is a record of lovely singer-songwriter stuff from a man with a tale or two to tell. Fans of his previous work, as well as th...view item »

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 initial...view item »

Disco Inferno
Technicolour

By the time 1995 rolled round Disco Inferno had probably had enough. Not only had their stunning run of forward thinking records been ignored by all but the most discerning music listener but they'd had all their gear nicked resulting in most of an album having to be thrown in the bin and they'd been hawked round on ill considered support slots ...view item »

Grouper
Grid Of Points

Grouper -- or ‘Ghostly’ Liz Harris, as I sometimes call her (although this sentence is the first time I’ve done that, in writing anyway) -- is back with another exceedingly beautiful record. On Grid Of Points, Portland Liz follows up one of my favourite albums of 2014, ‘Ruins’; a record that was born of a d...view item »

Jeffrey Lewis
Works By Tuli Kupferberg (1923​-​2010)

What is he up to now? Well, Jeffrey Lewis has been putting on a tribute concert for Tuli Kupferberg (Fugs) every year since the latter's death in 2010. He keeps meaning to get round to recording an album of Kupferberg songs and at last he's done it including some unreleased poems he's set to m...view item »

Jon Hopkins
Singularity

Jon Hopkins’ last album started with a recording of him closing the door of his East London studio. His latest, ‘Singularity’, opens with a single beam of light. It slowly grows in intensity, it distorts, and finally a rhythm. ‘Immunity’ was grounded, for all the euphoria on the record there was something muted abou...view item »

Juliana Hatfield
Sings Olivia Newton-John

Ok this is actually a thing. Juliana Hatfield trawls the archives of her hero Olivia Newton John and has hand selected a load of her favourite songs to sing including 'Physical' and 'Xanadu'. But there's actually an important side to this too.... a dollar from the sale of each record will go to the Olivia N...view item »

Karen Dalton
The Karen Dalton Archives Box

Loads and loads of Karen Dalton here in this handsome box, which is attractively designed to look like an old studio tape box. Three LPs and four CDs contain beautifully remastered versions of the live album Cotton Eyed Joe, the home recordings of Green Rocky Road, and a tantalising collection of previously unr...view item »

Liz Phair
Girly-Sound To Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Box Set

It seems we reference Exit to Guyville in every review we write of the new breed of American singer songwriter which makes us either incredibly lazy or that it really is a true landmark album. Bit of both probably. After being out of print for almost ever we now get it back in on a 7 (!) LP box set or 3CD with the bonus of her previously un...view item »

Mark Peters
Innerland

First things first. Mark Peters isn't toilet brush haired former the Alarm rocker Mike Peters.  This is Mark Peters who used to be in Engineers, might still be for all we know. Here he steps out solo for the first time and you can only get it on tape. It's a series of g...view item »

Mary Lattimore
Hundreds of Days

Bless the sky and the sun and all the people I’ve ever known because there’s a new Mary Lattimore record. Things are never quite as good as they are when this drone harpist puts out a new record of strums, arpeggios and loops, and ‘Hundreds of Days’ counts among the best crop of her work, a startling but subtle record tha...view item »

Michal Turtle
Return To Jeka

The delightfully named Michal Turtle is one of Music from Memory’s prized gems, a British synth artist making often unfathomable sounds from remote dream regions. His time as a writer of jingles seems worth noting; not only can you hear the playful, anthemic side of his writing, but you can also hear him eschewing it, offering instead the ...view item »

Mr. Fingers
Cerebral Hemispheres

It's happening! It's finally happening: Larry 'Mr. Fingers' Heard is about to bless us with his first long-player since 1994! The record includes a remixed version of 'Qwazars' from the well-received 'Outer Acid' EP, plus 14 brand new tracks; Cerebral Hemispheres features 18 tracks in total, on triple vinyl LP. Lush, so...view item »

N*E*R*D
No_One Ever Really Dies

Pharrell Williams has had a pretty massive time of it in the last couple of years, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to stop anytime soon now that he’s bringing back his classic group N*E*R*D. This comeback record featur...view item »

Neil Young + Promise of the Real
Paradox

If you weren’t excited enough about the fact that you can soon Netflix & chill with the ‘Godfather of Grunge’, he’s got a new album out too. Neil Young & The Promise Of The Real have soundtracked Paradox - the aforementioned Netflix film in which Young stars - and the LP features Neil You...view item »

Retep Folo
Galactic Sounds

Actually it doesn't matter what I say about this you are going to buy it well lots of you are anyway. It's beautifully presented (as Clay Pipe records always are) and the music pretty much fits exactly into the music bought by demographic of people who grew up listening to early electronic compositions and music for schools. They use anc...view item »

Rolando Simmons
World Building

Rolando Simmons (real name Mattias Östling) was trotting about doing his own thing when Aphex Twin dropped one of his tracks at some live thing or other then suddenly his little analogue world turns upside down.  This is his debut full length following the earlier sold out 'Yuo're Life' EP and h...view item »

Sarah Mary Chadwick
Sugar Still Melts In The Rain

It does. Nothing has changed there. Sarah Mary Chadwick likes telling us stuff. Last time out she told us 'Roses Always Die' which is also true. Her splintered, confessional folk music is bare and autobiographical and influenced by the reams of oddball New Zealand musicians who have carved careers doing their own thing amid worl...view item »

Soft as Snow
Deep Wave

They may be called Soft as Snow (cue My Bloody Valentine comparisons) but in fact this Norwegian band are more in tune with the industrial and coldwave groups of the early 80s. Think Cabaret Voltaire and Throbbing Gristle-influenced clank matched with IDM, techno and something of ...view item »

Speedy Ortiz
Twerp Verse

It’s really quite nice that Sting and Shaggy are friends isn’t it? Just real nice. Also Speedy Ortiz have a new record out, but I can’t think of a charming lede to describe it by. Sadie Dupuis’ band are indie rock’s most consistently excellent, and you probabl...view item »

Steven Julien
Bloodline

Bloodline is a concise 6-track mini-album from Steven Julien AKA FunkinEven. Hmmm... perhaps that should be FKA as it’s been a few years since he released a record under that name. It follows his well-received ‘Fallen’ album from 2016, also released via his own Apron Records label. The ominous chiming ambient of ‘...view item »

The Amazing
In Transit

Being a glass half full kind of guy I'm going straight for the jugular in stating that the Amazing have made one of this years best albums and interrupted it with one of this year's most horrible tracks. After a near perfect example after near perfect example of their lovely atmospheric shoegaze rock they decide to break things up a bit with a s...view item »

The Saxophones
Songs of the Saxophones

The Saxophones started as the solo project of Alex Erenkov. He wanted to incorporate some basic percussion into his sound so recruited his wife, Alison Alderdice, which also meant he could take her on tour with him. As you can probably tell from the cover of Songs Of The Saxaphones, he’s quite fond of her. Their influences...view item »

The Vaccines
Combat Sport

The Vaccines are a band of my childhood (which, granted, wasn't that long ago). Where to begin with this one. It's a difficult one to review because from the very first track, it's very different from a lot of their previous stuff. It's still very indie, but much more pop, especially if you c...view item »

The Wave Pictures
Brushes With Happiness

The new album from the The Wave Pictures, Brushes With Happiness, has a name inspired by the drummer, Jonny Helm’s positive way with the trap set. Content-wise, the album follows a similar to path to their laid-back 2016 effort, A Season In Hull, and like that album it was recorded live in one day. Violet sparkle coloured ...view item »


Deutsche Elektronische Musik: Experimental German Rock and Electronic Musik 1972-83

Soul Jazz waltz over to Germany now for their next exploration into all things interesting with their look at the Krautrock scene from 1972 to 1983. I thought this was gonna be a doddle doing this one. I thought I'd be able to do it without even listening to it but looking at the track listing it's a reasonably varied and unusual selection of track...view item »

Virginia Wing
Ecstatic Arrow

I dunno if you know, but it’s pretty hard to do what Virginia Wing do. Maybe it sounds like it, sometimes, and maybe at others it doesn’t: in that conflict is the charm of their sound, as widescreen and blissed out as it is tinkered on a whim in someone’s bedroom. On “Be Released”, the intro to their new record &lsq...view item »

Warmduscher
Whale City

Obviously it goes without saying that there's nothing I detest more than confident, cocaine-addled London bands. The sorts championed by those fellow snorting music press people still left hanging about since the decline of their 90s heyday. Initially Warmduscher are the very worst example. I mean look at t...view item »

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