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65daysofstatic
No Man's Sky: Music For An Infinite Universe

Epic game No Man's Sky is moving so slowly towards its release date that its soundtrack is coming out before it. The RPG is part space opera, part galactic filibuster, offering an endlessly generative online universe for you to travel around -- in which the designers have claimed you will never meet a fellow traveller. Supplying the soundtrack to this infinite labour of love? 65daysofstatic, of course. The Sheffield post-rockers used new programmes to create a supplementary generative soundtrack for the game, and while it'll be a while 'til we'll be able to hear every inch of it (maybe we never will), the official soundtrack offers ten original tracks from the score, plus six of the game's soundscapes. It's just like the old saying goes: in space... there are post-rock bands.

Biffy Clyro
Balance Not Symmetry (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Grief is the central theme to Jamie Adams’ film, Balance Not Symmetry. Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil found a connection with the director and the film’s theme. This led to a certain amount of introspection in the emotionally charged soundtrack. The Scottish alt-rockers also find time for their usual stadium-ready anthems and a little experimentation.
  • Vinyl Double LP (0190295460822)
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black midi
Schlagenheim

black midi are one of the most exciting acts to come out of...um....we presume London in some time (actually the Brit School  - disappointed ed) . Signed to Rough Trade and fond of creating a enigmatic image,  this is their much anticipated debut. We at least have their names now (there's at last one double-barrelled in there) and we've been given the slither of info that this was recorded with Speedy Wunderground's Dan Carey. Could be one of the year's biggest new things.  

Coil
Live At The London Conway Hall, October 12, 2002

When the legendary experimental group Coil began performing live for the first time in 15 years back in 1999, they performed many pieces that never even got released on their albums in the first place. Live At The London Conway Hall captures just one of these, a massive LP-length version of ‘The Universe is a Haunted House’ performed in October 2002. 

Coil
Theme From The Gay Man's Guide To Safer Sex

The fact that this is Coil might lead you to assume that the title of Theme From The Gay Man’s Guide To Safer Sex is a joke of some sort, but it isn’t: this is music that Coil produced to accompany a VHS sex-ed documentary by that name. Ambient house, new age balearic vibes and slinking jazz are the order of the day. Presented here as a standalone soundtrack for the very first time, working from the original masters, On Musique Pour La Danse.

Coil
Threshold Archives Series 2 (Bundle)

Second instalment of the Coil vault-emptying Threshold Archives series begun by the band’s Peter Christopherson (a.k.a. Sleazy) before his death in 2010. These are eight CDs’ worth of out-of-print material from the experimental music legends available altogether in one bundle - not separately. 

Dalham
Heat Death

Dalham, as you may know, released his first two records on our magnificent Public House Recordings label - and very popular they were too. For his third he's stepped on up to Castles In Space - a label getting a pretty decent reputation if you ask me. For the uninitiated, this is excellent electronic music with nods to Boards of Canada, Plaid and Concretism. Melodic, accessible but also slightly unsettling. Time to get on board if you haven't already.

Dressy Bessy
Fast Faster Disaster

20 years into their career, Denver, Colorado indie-rockers Dressy Bessy release their eighth album, Fast Faster Disaster. The band follow an if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it philosophy. For fans this means more sharp lyrical content, earworming melodies and some rockin’ tunes. The band have connections with the Elephant 6 collective in that guitarist, John Hill, also plays for Apples In Stereo.

Ellen Arkbro
Chords

A new slice of explorative minimalism from Ellen Arkbro, one of the most exciting young voices in this area of music. Chords is a simple title for a complex work, with Arkbro working with precise intervals and harmonics to create remarkable sonics. Two versions of the piece are here, one for guitar and one for the organ at Malmo’s St. John’s Church. Out on Subtext.

Ezra Furman
Twelve Nudes

Ezra Furman, whilst always sounding like Ezra Furman, tends to dabble in different rock sub-genres. With new album Twelve Nudes, he claims it is a punk record. He hurt his throat through singing so hard whilst making it, so there is blood on the tracks here. It was recorded in Oakland, CA under the influence of booze and cigarettes. The title refers to the songs on the album being there with nothing to hide.
  • Vinyl LP (BELLA943V)
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Föllakzoid
I

Chilean band Föllakzoid deliver their fourth studio album a very long four years after their last one. I (confusingly following 2015’s III) differs from their previous albums in that it was constructed painstakingly from dozens of musical stems, rather than done in single live takes with the band in the studio. 

Gong
Rejoice! I'm Dead!

28 albums. 28 albums! Rejoice! I'm Dead! is the 28th album from that there prog rock institution Gong. The album was first released in 2016, and was their first after the passing of co-founder Daevid Allen. The band, formed of new and old members, did justice to their friend's legacy with an album as assuredly Gong as the 27 others.

IDER
Emotional Education

There’s been a buzz about Ider for a while now. Their debut album, Emotional Education, arrives amongst great anticipation. The electro pop duo are flatmates Lily Sommerville and Megan Markwick from London. Their album, as you might guess from the title, explores different aspects of our emotions whilst asking a few questions as well as coming up with a few answers.

Membranes
What Nature Gives… Nature Takes Away

The reformation of journalist John Robb’s beloved post-punk band Membranes continues afoot in 2019 with another new album. What Nature Gives… Nature Takes Away was inspired by conversations with environmentalist and presenter Chris Packham, and covers 16 tracks over four sides of vinyl. 

Mika Vainio
M.T.V. 15.05.63 – 12.04.2017

This release is a book, an album, and a whole multimedia memorial to the wonderful late Mika Vainio. M.T.V. 15.05.63 - 12.04.2017 features exclusive family photographs, writings by Mika’s collaborators, a discography, Mika’s Wire Invisible Jukebox in full, and a CD of unreleased Pansonic live recordings. All housed in a hardback book, from Blast First Petite.

Mike Patton & Jean-Claude Vannier
Corpse Flower

Recorded in between Paris and Los Angeles as a result of a meeting between acclaimed French composer Jean-Claude Vannier and Faith No More’s frontman Mike Patton eight years ago, new collaboration album Corpse Flower is alive with invention and professional simpatico. Lyrics for the first track are lovingly borrowed from one Oscar Wilde.

Modern Nature
How To Live

Modern Nature took their name from a phrase in filmmaker Derek Jarman’s diaries. Group leader, Jack Cooper, wanted new album How To Live to reflect the point where town and country meet - their mix of Can, Caravan and Talk Talk influences allows the music to flow between motorik beats, pastoral folk rock and experimentalism.
  • Vinyl LP (BELLA870V)
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Neil Young & Stray Gators
Tuscaloosa (Live)

More goodies from the Neil Young archives: Tuscaloosa, a 1973 concert recorded in Alabama with handy backing band The Stray Gators (who you heard on Harvest). The eleven-song tracklist features lots of treats from those golden early seventies Young albums. High-grade material, never released before until this day.

New Order
∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes..

Well, New Order have already released live albums with titles like In Concert and Live at _____, so I guess they had no choice but to go with ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) for this one. This set found the band collaborating with Liam Gillick’s 12-piece ‘synthesiser orchestra’, making it something of a unique collection, with favourites and rarities all re-imagined here.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (STUMM450)
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Pink Floyd
The Division Bell (25th Anniversary Edition)

This 1994 album by these moody rock monsters shows the remaining trio of Rick Wright, Dave Gilmour and Nick Mason concentrating on serious music with lyrics all about communication. Musically they have settled into their adult rock niche pretty nicely.

Purple Mountains
Purple Mountains

Here it is then. Purple Mountains. The new name for David Berman. The new name for Silver Jews. This is his first music in ten years and the loss of his voice has been sad for indie rock. We are promised hand crafted country rock full of wit and wisdom and his most bare record to date. Good to have the old bugger back.   

Sarah Davachi & Ariel Kalma
Intemporel

Intemporel is an album of almost mythological grace. Between them Sarah Davachi and Ariel Kalma have created a work that bleeds beyond the world itself. Moving drones made from Tibetan bells and harmoniums that hint towards new age but somehow feel more substantial. A seamless collaboration. On Black Sweat Records.

Scorn
Feather

Mick Harris hasn’t recorded under the Scorn moniker for 7 long years. The heavy bass/dub/delay pioneer is now back with some incredibly deep and dark tones on the, perhaps confusingly titled, Feather EP. The darkness on offer here harks back to the early days of Scorn - a time when music like this was just for those in the know.

The Flaming Lips
King's Mouth

King’s Mouth is The Flaming Lips fifteenth album. It is named after, and based on, Wayne Coyne’s mind-bending art installation. According to Coyne, it comes from the same nucleus as the band’s live performances. Needless to say, it’s a typically odd/beautiful mix of sounds and words. Mick Jones of The Clash keeps popping up and narrating bits of it too.

The Gentleman Losers
Make We Here Our Camp Of Winter

It must be something about the dark days of winter that these guys want to capitalize on, with their quiet, melancholy, and perfectly fine-tuned electronic music. Finnish ambient post-rockers The Gentleman Losers already put out one of our favorite albums of 2018. Make We Here Our Camp of Winter continues in the same vein but, not unlike my personal life, is a bit emptier, bleaker, and slower.
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The Murder Capital
When I Have Fears

The Murder Capital are a punk/post-punk/art punk band from Dublin. Their lives shows are becoming the talk of the town for their dark, brutal, edge-of-the-seat thrill ride. Their sound will draw comparisons to classic bands such as Joy Division as well as newer bands like Shame and Savages. When I Have Fears is their debut album and was produced by Flood, who is just the person you’d want to produce an album like this.
  • Vinyl LP (0850007715175)
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Yeasayer
Erotic Reruns

New album from Yeasayer, arriving in the midst of the wild world that is 2019 and very much reflecting on this context. Erotic Reruns has all the groove of the band’s previous albums and more, with most of the band’s earlier hipster trappings eased off somewhat to let Yeasayer get on with the possibility of bringing some real good times into your life. Released by Planetworks and Yeasayer Records.

Ø (Mika Vainio)
ARC 1

A bittersweet release here: the first in a new series of archival releases from the unreleased vaults of Mika Vainio, sadly no longer with us. ARC 1 initiates the series with extracts from a long 1994 ambient piece created for an art-museum-related radio project, under his Ø alias. It’s a 12”, released by Sähkö Recordings, the keepers of the flame.