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Aldous Harding
Designer

Aldous Harding’s critical and commercial acclaim really picked up following her last album, Party. She’s following it up with Designer. She recorded the album between Wales and Bristol with John Parish (PJ Harvey) and it includes guest appearances from H Hawkline and Sweet Baboo. LP and CD on 4AD.

Andrew Bird
My Finest Work Yet

Andrew Bird’s modestly-entitled My Finest Work Yet is also the album with which he celebrates hitting a dozen studio LPs. This is, of course, another collection of bespoke Baroque/folk/leftfield pop from the artist you put on when you haven’t got a Sufjan Stevens record to hand. My Finest Work Yet features, among other things, a biography written by Dave Eggers.

Avey Tare
Cows On Hourglass Pond

Clearly unwilling to be upstaged by Panda Bear, Avey Tare is going toe to toe with his Animal Collective buddy by also releasing a solo LP in early 2019. As with Tare’s 2017 album Eucalyptus, Cows On Hourglass Pond finds him drawing once more on AnCo’s golden mid-period. There’s plenty of Feels and Sung Tongs to this, and that’s something we should always be grateful for.

Bernard Herrmann
Marnie

The late, great Bernard Herrmann was inexorably linked to Alfred Hitchcock. Herrmann scored nearly all of Hitchcock’s classic films, from Psycho to Vertigo to North By Northwest. His music for 1964’s Marnie may not be quite as well-known as those other soundtracks, but it’s still a fine example of all the things that made Herrmann great. Seasick strings, spiralling cells of melody and nervous harmony all play a big part in the Marnie score. Now remastered from the original tapes, this Stylotone edition includes an outtakes-heavy CD and a bonus 7” of Nat King Cole singing Marnie’s title piece.

Beth Gibbons & The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs)

Been wondering what Gibbons has been up to? Well nothing we can tell you from the last four years but in 2014 she performed Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs) alongside the Polish National Radio Symphony conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki one of Poland's leading composers. Now several years later you can get the whole performance on audio and with the special LP version and the CD you get a visual DVD.    

Bob Stanley / Pete Wiggs present
Three Day Week

Three Day Week is the fourth compilation album curated by Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs. This time they’re concentrating their efforts on 1973-1975 when Britain was a bloody miserable place to be (Apparently, I was a carefree baby). There were some lovely sounds though, and this eclectic mix exists to show you just that. Features tracks from Mungo Jerry, The Kinks, Hawkwind, The Strawbs, Adam Faith, David Essex, The Troggs and more. LP and CD on Ace.

Cocteau Twins
Milk & Kisses

Milk and Kisses was the final album made by the legendary Scottish band Cocteau Twins before their split in 1997. Milk and Kisses streamlined their dream pop template further showcasing the tremendous operatic vocals of Liz Frazer. Much copied, never matched,  the band's status and influence has only grown in their absence.  

Cocteau Twins
Four-Calendar Café

Originally released in 1993, Four Calendar Cafe was Cocteau Twins most pop orientated album to date with Liz Frazer's distinctive vocals more to the front of the mix with her lyrics marginally more comprehensible. A gorgeous work, it showed Cocteau Twins could emerge out of their dreamy world and still be truly affecting.   

Damien Jurado
In The Shape Of A Storm

Damien Jurado is pretty prolific recording more-or-less and album a year since 1997. He may have just hit on a formula to make them more quickly, however. His new album In The Shape Of A Storm took just two hours to complete. Stripped of the hefty production of recent albums and the atmospherics of his early work, this is just Jurado’s voice and guitar. Should be good, then! 

Daniel O'Sullivan
Folly

Daniel O’Sullivan, often spotted in Grumbling Fur but also recently as part of This Is Not This Heat, presents his second solo album of songs. The songwriting is at the core of Folly, though there is still plenty of textural intrigue in here, don’t worry about that O’Sullivan fans. Birth and death, family and love are all here in this highly personal and accomplished record.

Ezra Collective
You Can't Steal My Joy

I see saxophones, I see dreadlocks... I hear jazz. This is the debut album from this London five piece who also blend afrobeat, hip-hop and grime into their concoction of sound. They've been doing pretty well for themselves (even playing at Quincy Jones birthday) and there's always room for one jazz album in the Mercury Prize. This will probably have a good a shout as any.  

Foals
Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 1

Oxford's second biggest band return with more stadium-sized teeth gnashing. It's part one of a two part extravaganza of new music that is said to be their most ambitious work yet with prog structures ambient interludes, the kitchen sink and lots of pontificating on the state of the world. You'll get this one first then once you've recovered, part 2 will follow later in the year.    

Fontaines D.C.
Dogrel

I've never heard of them. Seriously, I've never heard of them. They made four hotly received double A-side singles last year which I never knew about and got airplay on Steve Lamacq (which I never heard) and have played sold out shows across Europe which I never attended. Turns out they play snotty indie/post-punk with vocals that seem to sit somewhere between Mark E. Smith and Cathal Coughlan. But what do I know?  

Hannah Cohen
Welcome Home

Welcome Home is the third album from Woodstock, NY singer/songwriter Hannah Cohen. It follows Child Bride (2012) and Pleasure Boy (2015). It would seem that this is maybe her most dynamic album to date. Her usual slow-burning, hazy style is augmented by soulful swells and dramatic turns. Light blue coloured vinyl and CD on Bella Union.

Henge
Nothing Head

God Unknown Records (Sly & The Family Drone, The Blind Shake) drop the sophomore LP from London band Henge. Nothing Head sticks to the formula that worked so well for Henge on their eponymous debut record. This means psychedelic doom metal is the order of the day on Nothing Head - Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, Arabrot, that sort of thing. Nice work.

Honeyblood
In Plain Sight

Third album from Honeyblood, the powerful band of Stina Tweeddale and pals. That big Glasgow attitude is very much still present here, but we also get the benefit of John Congleton’s premium production talents. Crunchy guitar textures and no-bullshit lyricism, this is In Plain Sight. On Marathon Artists.

Idlewild
Interview Music

One of the very few bands with not one but two members named Rod, Idlewild have come a long way since their punk rock beginnings. The Scottish band are very adept and marrying their highlands heritage with a kind of widescreen poetic rock music that has garnered lots of comparisons to R.E.M. Here they are with their first since 2015's Everything Ever Written and shows them still as inspired as ever.     

Iron and Wine
Our Endless Numbered Days (Deluxe Edition)

He was oh so quiet then as if the beard was somehow muffling the sound of his voice and guitar. 15 years later and we are granted a deluxe edition with new artwork, a booklet and crucially 8 previously unreleased demos. A classic of its kind this was the first album Sam Beam used musicians other than himself but it still remains the quietest of journeys.   

John Carpenter
Halloween (Art Edition)

The vinyl buyers love a bit of John Carpenter, and this item in particular is bound to be highly desirable. This beautiful art edition of John Carpenter’s (new) soundtrack to the (new) Halloween film was previously only available as a special mail order option. The soundtrack naturally touches on Carpenter’s original, but with lots of new twists. On Sacred Bones.

Laurel Halo
DJ-Kicks

"Laurel Halo's done a DJ Kicks" was the excited talk in the office the other day to which I considered doing that Alan Partridge shrug thing. Anyway it sounds like it could be an adventurous mix with seven exclusives, including two of her own tracks plus further exclusives from the likes of Rrose, Machinewoman, FIT Siegel, Nick León and Ikonika.

MALK
WMAIDIT

We all know that MALK is the guy who, in the future, you'll wish you'd got on board with. We gave his 2018 LP Death From A Love our Album of the Year and deservedly so. Music spouts out of him at a rate of knots it's hard to keep up with so it's pleasing to see some of it come out on this Lost Tribe Sound cassette. The disorientating chaos of Death From A Love is still there but this is more like early Beck and Sentridoh experiments in acoustic rattling yet with plenty of sonic scree placed on top.   

Maps
Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss.

At no point does the press release tell us that Maps is James Chapman’s stage name. It would be great if he’d been born Maps. He’d have to face school bullies saying stuff like, “Hey Maps, give us yer dinner money”. Anyway, the Northampton-born producer and musician has been doing this for 13 years now. Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss. is his fourth album and first for six years. The album took three years to make and sees Maps pushing the limits of his studio and his creativity. He even plays the violin on it. White vinyl LP and CD on Mute.

Marina
LOVE + FEAR

Here we find Marina ditching The Diamonds and going it alone. Mind you, the shift doesn't cause Marina to shake up her sound too much on LOVE + FEAR. This is another LP of ambitious, big-beat pop from the Charli XCX that it’s ok to introduce to your mum. The Clean Bandit- and Luis Fonsi-featuring single ‘Baby’ sounds quite a bit like Shakira’s ‘Whenever, Wherever’, which is always welcome.

Morton Subotnick
Silver Apples of the Moon (50th-Anniversary Edition)

Many records get labelled as pioneering, but there are few that deserve it quite as much as Morton Subotnick's 1967 debut. Notable as both the first piece of electronic music commissioned by a record company and as the first piece of both classical and electronic music written for an album format, 'Silver Apples of the Moon' is a true milestone in the history of the electronic genre.

Odd Nosdam
Mirrors

Is 2019 the year when everyone finally gives in and accepts that Odd Nosdam is one of the finest producers on the planet? His latest record sees the Anticon co-founder and clOUDDEAD alumni release MIRRORS  - an album he made entirely out of found sounds and samples from rare and private press vinyl. Sure to be an important addition to his already impressive canon of work. 

Sophie Hutchings
Wide Asleep

Originally issued in 2016 via Preservation, Australian pianist/composer Sophie Hutchings’ fourth LP Wide Asleep now gets its first vinyl pressing courtesy of Hobbledehoy (Owen, Luke Howard). It’s been given some nice new artwork to commemorate the occasion, but the music’s not changed. Hutchings’ contemporary chamber compositions show off a strong influence of Max Richter and Angèle David-Guillou.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Revelation

Led by the infamous Anton Newcombe, Brian Jonestown Massacre recorded their 14th album, Revelation in Newcombe’s Berlin studio over 18 months between 2012 and 2014. Eastern influences had started to make their way into the band’s psychedelic groove. The band are a swirling collective helmed by Newcombe, and this time the musicians were Joachim Ahlund of Les Big Byrds, Constantine Karlis from Dimmer and Asteroid #4’s Ryan Van Kriedt.

The Fall
Bend Sinister / The 'Domesday' Pay-Off Triad-Plus!

We're still literally scratching the surface with the Fall re-issues, Beggars have been first off the mark and here re-issue 1986's semi forgotten Bend Sinister alongside a bunch of extra tracks culled from various singles. The CD has even more bonus stuff from peel sessions and even some unreleased takes. LP comes with replica program for the Riverside production of ‘Hey Luciani!’   

The Leisure Society
Arrivals & Departures

A word of warning to anyone in middle brow folk collectives. Never go out with your flautist. This is what happened to the Leisure Society's Nick Hemming and following their split he was unceremoniously turfed out of his Brighton home. This upheaval all feeds in to their fifth album which marks ten years since they debut single 'Last of the Melting Snow' which was, if you remember a quite wondrous thing. 

These New Puritans
Inside The Rose

The twin brothers Barnett are back: it’s These New Puritans, joined by Graham Sutton (Bark Psychosis) David Tibet (Current 93) and a sizeable list of other chums. In the bobbing, neoclassical wave wake of 2014’s Field of Reeds, the band seem to have found their way into a more energetic, seething post-punk for this one.

Tim Hecker
Anoyo

Here is another chance to Hecker. Anoyo emerges from the same sessions as his previous album Konoyo which means it is in collaboration with members of Tokyo Gakuso. Anoyo, however, is a starker album that is described as barren, desolate and skeletal. Music for solitude, a place which is increasingly required in order to get away from this hustle bustle world. 

Various
Rocket Girl 20

Oooh - haven't they done well? Rocket Girl label is 20 so we're getting this lush 70 page book outlining their achievement alongside a a 16-track CD compilation a collectable 7” and flexi disc. It will be a fascinating read for anyone with an interest in 80s/90s independent labels as owner Vinita Joshi steered the label through tragedy, triumph and the odd Top of the Pops appearance. As well as the book and CD you also get a Mogwai flexi and a Bardo Pond/Azuza Plane split 7". 

Various
THESIS SET 04

A set of 4 limited edition ten-inch vinyl records from Minnesota's THESIS imprint. All beautifully packaged with gorgeous artwork. The set includes the following: THESIS 14 - Chris Adams (Hood/Bracken) & Oliver Doerell (Dictaphone) THESIS 15 - Simon Scott & Mike Weis PRINT/TRACK 03 - Rauelsson & Derek Hunter Wilson PRINT/TRACK 05 - Endless Melancholy & Hotel Neon Handmade packaging includes: JACKET: Unique illustration using airbrush & cut paper - Laser cut with project title and songs. SLEEVE: Unique sleeve with pen/airbrush illustration of artist's hands and states of origin - Laser cut with credits. VINYL: Black 10" record pressed at Record Industry in The Netherlands - Poly storage sleeve PRINT/TRACK: Releases come with two signed art prints by artist Gregory Euclide.

Weyes Blood
Titanic Rising

Winning the award for most confusing, convoluted press release of the decade is the new album from Weyes Blood. It turns out her fourth album is influenced by things as disparate as Bob Seger, madrigal choirs, Hoagy Carmichael and scholar Joseph Campbell. It's also influenced by the Titanic -  a boat which sunk once. Her last album was just great so here's hoping those array of influences allow something equally magical here.  

Yazoo
Upstairs At Eric's

Upstairs At Eric’s was the debut album by pop duo, Yazoo. The band featured ex-Depeche Mode synth guy Vince Clarke and singer Alison Moyet, very much the Adele of her day. The album included the hits Only You and Don’t Go. The duo made one more album before Vince Clarke formed Erasure with Andy Bell and Alison Moyet embarked on a successful solo career. This album  was originally released in 1982. Their influence has rumbled through the world of pop ever since.