This week's hand-picked preorders

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Car Seat Headrest
Making A Door Less Open

Making A Door Less Open is a convoluted way of saying “Close the door”. It is also the first album of new material by Car Seat Headrest since Teens of Denial in 2016. It’s been four years in the making, and here’s why: Car Seat Headrest man Will Toledo recorded the album twice, with the help of his friend and drummer Andrew Katz. It was recorded once with guitars, bass and drums, then with synths. The two versions were then combined to produce the final album. If the results are as good as Teens of Denial then we’re in for a cracker!
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Christine and The Queens
La vita nuova

After the success of her recent Chris opus, Christine and The Queens waste no time in following it up with this five track EP which contains the recent surprise single People, I've Been Sad. Written to accompany a short film of the same name it sees Chris and co explore themes of vulnerability and change. Clear Pink vinyl 12" on Because.  

Four Tet
Sixteen Oceans

Any new music from Kieran Hebden is a cause for celebration, particularly now that he’s in double figures for his albums as Four Tet. Set for release in a double-vinyl package via his own Text imprint, Sixteen Oceans includes the previously released singles ‘Teenage Birdsong’ and the Ellie Goulding-featuring ‘Baby’. 

HAIM
Women In Music Pt. III

Following a steady stream of teaser singles that began last summer, the mighty Haim announce their third studio album, boasting the tongue-in-cheek title of Women In Music Pt. III. The sisters Haim have been working on their new project for nearly two years, and it ought to be a highly melodic and stylish affair. 
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Jaga Jazzist
Pyramid

Norwegian eight-piece group Jaga Jazzist return with their first album in five years titled Pyramid, their ninth overall but their debut on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint. Recorded in just two weeks over intense recording sessions, the Lars Horntveth-led ensemble continue their cosmic excursions covering jazz, post-rock and psychedelia. 
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JARV IS
Beyond The Pale

Former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker unveils the debut album from his JARV IS project - a band formed with Serafina Steer, Emma Smith, Andrew McKinney, Jason Buckle and Adam Betts. Following the great reception last summer for its debut single ‘Must I Evolve’, Beyond The Pale marks a return to form for one of British indie’s most iconic figures.
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JARV IS
House Music All Night Long

Jarv Is is the new band Jarvis Cocker formed along with Serafina Steer, Andrew Mckinney from James Taylor Quartet, Jason Buckle from All Seeing I and Adam Betts from Three Trapped Tigers. When they first performed House Music All Night Long it caused Jarvis Cocker to crowdsurf for the first time in his life. This has now become a habit. Oh, and Jarvis Cocker used to be in a band called Pulp. 

Jóhann Jóhannsson & Yair Elazar Glotman
Last and First Men

Composer extraordinaire Jóhann Jóhannsson had been working on Last and First Men since 2010 but at the time of his untimely death in 2018 had yet to finish it. Berlin composer Yair Elazar Glotman helped to finish the piece which is a multimedia project with a film and narration by Tilda Swinton. An ambitious work which serves as a perfect epitaph.  

Katie Von Schleicher
Consummation

Consummation is the new album by Katie Von Schleicher, known as the keyboardist and vocalist from Brooklyn indie band Wilder Maker. It is an album that has depression, devotion, power, and anxiety as its core subjects. It is inspired by the oft-unanalysed subtext of abuse in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo and the books Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado, Outline trilogy by Rachel Cusk, and A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit.

Lorenzo Senni
Scacco Matto

Musical innovator and investigator, lord of the trance, Lorenzo Senni returns to Warp after four years with his album Scacco Matto. His last recording for the label was his legendary Persona EP. It was on that EP that he first made music from the point of view of a rave voyeur. Here, he continues and develops the theme.

Myrkur
Folkesange

Myrkur is what Danish singer / songwriter and actress Amalie Bruun calls herself when she makes black metal. 'Folksange' is her third album under this moniker although she has several releases under her own name. This album dials down the black metal somewhat in favour of her take on traditional folk music, channeling the Scandinavian culture that framed her childhood.

Perfume Genius
Set My Heart On Fire Immediately

Partnering up once again with Blake Mills on production, Mike Hadreas heads in a slightly different direction with his latest Perfume Genius album. Identifying and subverting traditional tropes of masculinity, Set My Heart On Fire Immediately playfully channels more American musical influences, from Elvis to Cyndi Lauper, into something distinctly his own. 

Randy Holden
Population II

Population II is a 1969 solo debut from Randy Holden of Blue Cheer that has been cited as one of the earliest examples of doom-metal. He used sixteen amps to create an album of leaden dirges and heavy riffs using the sounds and rhythms from machines to give the album its mechanical heart. Out of print for decades this is ripe for rediscovery particularly for fans of the likes of Sunn 0))) and other modern day practitioners of the genre. 
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Shabazz Palaces
The Don Of Diamond Dreams

Shabazz Palaces were the first hip-hop group to sign for renowned indie rock label Sub Pop, their debut album, Black Up (2011), was regarded by many as one of the best albums of the last decade. Ishmael Butler, once of Digable Planets is one half of this impressive duo. The Don of Diamond Dreams is their fifth album. It features contributions from Purple Tape Nate, Stas THEE Boss, Darrius Willrich, OCnotes and Carlos Overall.

Shit & Shine
Scenic Farm

Formed nearly two decades ago by Texan artist Craig Clouse, noise-rock/freaky whacked-out electronix outfit Shit & Shine return to the Rock Is Hell label for their 13th studio album, Scenic Farm. Spread over four sides of vinyl, it’s one of the band’s most exploratory and out-there releases to date, taking in snappy funk and acid-driven workouts on the first side alone. 
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Sleaford Mods
All That Glue

Sleaford Mods have been a firm favourite with Norman staff and customers over the last seven or so years. Their popularity outside of the Norman bubble has risen incredibly in that time too. All That Glue sticks together (get it?) the best bits of those years with fan favourites, b-sides, rarities and some unheard stuff. Go on...you know you want it.

Sonic Boom
All Things Being Equal

Sonic Boom is Peter Kember, formerly of Spacemen 3 and Spectrum, and if you’ve forgotten all about him, that’s probably understandable because he released his one and only album, Spectrum, as Sonic Boom in 1990. He is back, however, with All Things Being Equal, an album that he was encouraged to make by Stereolab’s Tim Gane. Well, I’m excited, what about you?

The Lemon Twigs
Songs For The General Public

Songs For The General Public is the third album from ‘70s obsessed sibling duo The Lemon Twigs. Their previous albums have been clearly influenced by Todd Rundgren. Their 2016 debut album earned them fans such as Elton John, The Roots drummer Questlove and American indie guitarist Jack Antonaoff. Foxygen, a similarly odd duo, also count themselves among their fans.
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The Magnetic Fields
Quickies

Stephin Merritt’s The Magnetic Fields has always been a project upon which to launch a good concept, and Quickies is no different. Consisting entirely of short, simple and sub-three-minute songs, it’s a 28-track collection which will be released physically over five 7” vinyls, available together as a box set. 

Thomas Köner
Motus

Not seen the name Mille Plateaux bandied about much of late (or am I not paying enough attention?). The latest album from Thomas Koner appears on the legendary imprint and as you may suspect is a collection of splintered and near undanceable electronic music. Koner experiments in producing music free of rhythm and timing and wonders aloud whether anyone could ever dance to this.