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Summer Pre-orders Special.

Without banging on about the freaking weather again it's hot. Hot as a sausage on a hot tin roof. But you'll need records in the autumn and winter so please use this opportunity to stock up. Here are the best/most important things forthcoming.

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Bernard Parmegiani
Les Soleils de L’île de Pâques / La Brûlure de Mille Soleils (Original Soundtracks)

Apparently this record is for fans of 'explorations of the galaxy and of unexplored territories of the human mind' . . . how grand.  La Brûlure de Mille Soleils (1965) and Les Soleils de l’Île de Pâques (1972) are two previously unheard soundtracks from the acclaimed French composer Bernard Parmegiani. F...view item »

Big Red Machine
Big Red Machine

Ahh these minstrels will soothe my jangled nerves. Big Red Machine is a collaborative record between Bon Iver Sadboy 2.0 Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner, songwriter and guitarist in The National. Dessner seems to be at the desk on this one, while Vernon's doubling ...view item »

Capital Punishment
Roadkill

Capital Punishment were a teenage band who formed in New York City in 1979. They took their influences from Throbbing Gristle, Brian Eno, Chrome and Cabaret Voltaire. Roadkill was their only album and was self-released. The interesting thing about them is their ...view item »

Celer
Shima

Will Long is an American artist living in Tokyo who has been releasing music for over a decade and also runs the Two Acorns label. 'Shima', his latest release as Celer, is comprised of two long-form analogue ambient/drone tracks constructed from B-side loops created around the same period as Celer's 'J...view item »

Christine and The Queens
Chris

Héloïse Letissier is back with a new album as Christine and The Queens! The French singer-songwriter now gives us 'Chris' as the follow-up album to 2014's 'Chaleur Humaine' which took France by storm and sold shedloads (millions, actually) just about everywhere else; including here at your humble Norman, in an expand...view item »

Correlations
Aftermath

Dense and foreboding electronica from Correlations. On Aftermath, Neil Hale, with the help of Toydrum's Pablo Clements, and The Simonsound's Simon James, creates volatile and jagged walls of noise that are channelled into something cinematic. Only the second ever ...view item »

Craven Faults
Springhead Works

Like kraut rock made on the Yorkshire Moors. Thats what I personally said about the first Craven Faults record 'Netherfield Works'. This time these mysterious Yorkshire people are back with new works which will again appeal to fans of old dusty northern synths. Certainly the likes of Kieran Hebden, Dan Snaith and Gold Pa...view item »

David Axelrod
Songs Of Experience

Wait! Come back! This isn't a reissue of that U2 album, I promise! This is David Axelrod's second album first release in 1969, and the sequel to Songs of Innocence. Like his first album, this is a lushly orchestrated interpretations of the poetry of one William Blake. As the name ...view item »

Dean Wareham
Luna Demos

Luna Demos by Dean Wareham doesn’t require much explaining. Here we have 7 demo versions of tracks from his band, Luna’s well regarded 1992 album Lunapark. There are two versions of I Can’t Wait, one with a drum machine and one presumably without. No doubt this will give you an insight into War...view item »

Dennis Young
Quest

After Liquid Liquid disbanded in 1983, percussionist/marimba player Dennis Young started working on a series of New Age-y solo records. Some of these were released as small cassette runs in South Korea. Now the archivists at Daehan Electronics have dusted off the original tapes and are planning ...view item »

Doris Norton
Artificial Intelligence

Not in any way shape or form anything to do with veteran blooper show anchor Denis Norden but a re-issue of a 1985 album from this legendary electronic producer. Due to it's beats laden nature, Norton has been compared with Kraftwerk and Yellow Magic Orchestra but Artificial Intelligence was an astonishing ...view item »

Ekin Fil
Maps

When Ekin Fil moved from the centre of Istanbul to an island in the Sea of Marmara she found herself experiencing a very different kind of isolation. You get a sense of this on Maps, her whispered vocals find themselves alone in midst of a gentle whirl of ambient piano, organs and guitars.&nb...view item »

Gazelle Twin
Pastoral

Gazelle Twin is an artist, musician, and uh.. Adidas model? Her new album Pastoral continues the fascination the current wave of English psychedelic musicians has with the English countryside and the rot within. These tales are told through twisted electronics and Gazelle Twin's own mangled vocals. ...view item »

Genesis
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway

The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway was the sixth album by Genesis and was originally released in November 1974. It was a concept album telling the story of a boy who lived on the streets. Whilst the concept wasn’t that far-reaching, the six-month long tour that followed was one of the most ostentatious in rock history - ...view item »

Ghostface Killah
Twelve Reasons To Die

We’re not getting the LP of vocal versions in until next week but I’ve got this platter of Adrian Younge’s instrumentals for Ghostface Killah’s latest, ‘12 Reasons To Die’, here renamed ‘Dodici Ragioni Per Morire’ and given a Giallo-style sleeve design...view item »

GNOD
Chapel Perilous

Working out in Eindhoven, shapeshifting Salford racket warriors Gnod had time and space to construct two pulverising tracks that they had already been playing on the road, plus sculpted further material more abstract in nature. The result is an invigorating album of furious riffs and bleak dubbed out soundsca...view item »

Gorgoroth
Under The Sign Of Hell

Under The Sign Of Hell was the third album by black metal’s answer to The Beatles/Rolling Stones/Smiths/Pixies/Nirvana/Derrick May/Nile Rodgers/Public Enemy (delete as appropriate), Gorgoroth. The Norwegian band had already laid down the genre’s blueprint with their debut and by now were coasting and continuing to de...view item »

Ital Tek
Bodied

Ital Tek’s sixth LP for Planet Mu might be the Brighton producer’s most full-realised work to date. There is barely a whisper of the frenetic dubstep and footwork rhythms that formed the bedrock of his early releases. While the sense of dystopian unease that has always been part of the Ital Tek sound...view item »

JK Flesh
New Horizon

Brand new album from grinding sonic alchemist JK Flesh also known as Justin K Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu). With this project he's making dark and porous dub influenced techno packed to the brim with the same forms of sonic nihilism that pervades his more guitar orientated work. Be very afrai...view item »

John Grant
Love Is Magic

John Grant feels that album-by-album his music is becoming a truer reflection of who he is. Judging by the cover of his 4th solo album, Love Is Magic, he’s really coming out of his shell. The former Czars frontman debuted with Queen Of Denmark, an album of sublime soft rock with unflinching and, at times, ...view item »

Kiran Leonard
Western Culture

The prolific Kiran Leonard returns to Moshi Moshi with a new LP. Western Culture sees him striking a balance between the home-taped maximalism of Bowler Hat Soup and Grapefruit and the emotive chamber-pop that characterised the more recent Derevaun Seraun. The record is given ...view item »

Lucy
Tarkomania

Electronic bod Luca Mortellaro aka Lucy aka label head of Stroboscopic Artefacts unleashes this three tracker onto 10" wax. Expect dark-hued angular dancefloor that is both mysterious and succinct. A small glimpse into the world of this famously nuanced electronic composer.  A unique object and the latest in a lin...view item »

Mac-Talla Nan Creag
The Sorrow Of Derdriu

We were a massive fan of Firecracker's first Mac-Talla Nan Craeg release, a record that curve-balled our expectations on the label to release good house bangers via an archaeological dig of Scotland's ancient landscape. One can only assume that participating artists Hoch Ma Toch, Other Lands and Lord Of The Isles have ...view item »

Melody As Truth (Jonny Nash & Suzanne Kraft)
Framed Space: Selected works 2014-2017

Melody As Truth AKA Amsterdam based producers Jonny Nash (not the I Can See Clearly Now guy!) and Suzanne Kraft (AKA Diego Herrera) have had their first three years work on the Melody As Truth label collected together as Framed Space: Selected Works 2014-2017. Disc one features Nash, disc two fe...view item »

Misfits
Famous Monsters

Misfits had been around for over two decades by the time their fifth LP Famous Monsters came out, but despite their age the east coast crew still knew how to write a slamming tune better than many of their imitators. They display that ability time and again here. Michale Graves, on vocal duties for the ...view item »

Mudhoney
Digital Garbage

Apparently, Mark Arm wanted to write an album with lyrics akin to early Beach Boys records - a more holiday-ish vibe. The leader of Seattle grunge….can we still use the word grunge?....okay, garage rock legends, Mudhoney has instead decided that powerful social commentary suits their music better for new album Digital Gar...view item »

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Distant Sky (Live In Copenhagen)

Distant Sky (Live In Copenhagen) contains four tracks from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' sublime Danish gig in October 2017. One track is from their most recent Skeleton Tree album whilst the other three come from elsewhere in the band’s illustrious back catalogue. 12” single on Bad Seeds Ltd....view item »

Nothing
Dance On The Blacktop

Third album from New York shoegazers Nothing. Built on a hardcore foundation, the band have a bit more bite than you'd usually expect from the genre. Dance On The Blacktop celebrates the band's love for 90s anglophone guitar music so who better to produce it then John Agnello who's worked with&nbs...view item »

Parquet Courts
Wide Awake Remixes

Parquet Courts album Wide Awake has been a big favourite of Norman staff and customers this year so Wide Awake Remixes should be of interest in our little world. This 12” features three tracks - one remixed by Danny Krivit who has remixed and re-edited for the likes of James Brown and ...view item »

Paul Weller
True Meanings

Paul Weller wants the truth, dammit! No faking here. A sign hangs above the door to the former Jam bloke’s fourteenth solo full-length - ‘True Meanings Only’. Weller’s quest for the real has, according to the press release for this album, pushed him to make an LP ‘unlike an...view item »

Pere Ubu
Cloudland

Prior to Cloudland being released in 1989, Pere Ubu had been silent for seven years. In the intervening years the band’s only constant member, the ‘out-there’ vocalist David Thomas, had kept his hand in by releasing a solo album. Cloudland was a critical success and contained the single Waiting...view item »

Still Corners
Slow Air

Fourth album from Americanophile Brits Still Corners. Slow Air represents the band exploring the vastness of America, a vastness that finds itself on this album's songs. The instrumentation is intense and sparse, built from plucked guitars, minimal drums and synths, and of course Tessa Murray...view item »

The Chills
Snow Bound

I've just danced around the room and celebrated as if I'd won the World Cup as there's a new the Chills album due. The legendary New Zealand group returned in 2015 with the excellent Silver Bullets which was as good as anything they recorded in their heyday. Their precise yet emotional economic pop is certainly wel...view item »

The Declining Winter
Belmont Slope

No one evokes the emotional atmospheres of the North quite like Richard Adams, so thank god he's made Belmont Slope, a musical fable about the M62. Mysterious and muffled, he returns with his Declining Winter moniker to detail further secrets hiding in the Yorkshire soil. If it's anything l...view item »

The Goon Sax
We're Not Talking

The junior to The Go-Betweens' senior, this very good band features Louis Forster, son of Robert, probably none too happy about this endless comparison, but I just really like the word junior so was compelled to namedrop. They released a real Norman beloved record in Up t...view item »

The House Of Love
The House Of Love

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, it's time once again to delve back into the House of Love's self titled debut which remains a high water mark of their career. In 2012 we got a 3CD set but now Cherry Red have managed to swell it out to a 5CD set with even more non album, session and live tracks. But it's the original album you ...view item »

The Lemon Twigs
Go To School

The Lemon Twigs debut album Do Hollywood was loved by Norman customers despite what the staff thought, so you’d probably like to know about it’s follow-up, huh? Go To School is a concept album telling the life story of a chimp called Shane whose dad just happens to be Todd Rundgren. Jody Stephens fro...view item »

Throbbing Gristle
Journey Through A Body

Why does the name of this band hurt my teeth?  Journey Through A Body is a purposely recorded piece of art by Throbbing Gristle for an Italian radio way back in the good ol' days. What were previously unavailable on the formats offered here are now available . . . on the following formats . . . offered...view item »


The Shildam Hall Tapes

The Shildam Hall Tapes come with a backstory that I haven’t the time to investigate the veracity of, but suffice to say that what is presented here is a set of fragments from multiple artists(?) such as Sproatly Smith...view item »


C89

C89 is a celebration of indie bands from the late ‘80s, generously spread over 3 CDs. Bands who made records on small labels without much money, and not much hope of hitting the big time. Following on from the NME’s classic C86 compilation and further unofficial sequels C87 and C88, C89 gave early exposure to bands such as Ca...view item »

Why?
Alopecia (10 Year Anniversary Edition)

Ah 2008.... when we nodded to the sounds of 'Alopecia', the Brudenell Social Club full to bursting with backpacks. All those guys are dads now so it's time to squirrel away bits of the childcare money on a lavish re-treatment of the album featuring a bonus demos LP and Boards of Canada and Dntel remixes. It's the 'star' record, the 'road' r...view item »

Wild Nothing
Gemini

Now after a slew of curious 7"s by little-heard-of types, this boutique retro-indie label is chucking full-lengthers at us now! The initial impact of this CD is reminding me of the gentler wing of early 80's alternative pop, such as feyer Scouse acts Wild Swans, China Crisis & The Lotus Eaters - well blended with some class shambling shoegaz...view item »

Xander Harris
Villains of Romance

After a run of releases that has included turns on 100% Silk and Not Not Fun, Louisiana synth fiend Xander Harris heads to Burning Witches for his latest LP. The label makes a good home for the intense, brooding and cinematic cuts that make up Villains Of Romance. ...view item »

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