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2014's 'Should Be Bigger Hitters'

Here's a list of stuff that caught our attention in 2014 but that doesn't seem to have caught your attention in the same way. We can only shake our head in bemusement and wonder why it is that the likes of Warm Widow, Stephen Steinbrink and Subtle Turnhips are still not gracing the front pages of the NME or whatever.
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(Sandy) Alex G
DSU

Right, people. We've been listening to this in the office for what seems like the last 6 months and we think it's going to take you by storm. Think of all the '90's lo-fi greats (but particularly Pavement) rolled up into a one man slacker-pop songwriting machine and you are in the ballpark.  Get in on the ground floor. 

A New Line (Related)
A New Line (Related)

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Cheatahs
Cheatahs

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Concretism
Town Planning

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Dalglish
Dorcha Aigeann

Here's something that will sell out quickly. Chris Douglas's Dalglish project has long been a go to for visionary future thinking electronics and as our Ant says in a previous review "Just reading the words Dalglish and vinyl in the same sentence is enough to make hardcore electronic music fans salivate". The label describes this release as  "a web of splintering percussive patterns, arrhythmic textures and amorphous forms, titled in an asymmetrical variant of Scots Gaelic". Run of 300 copies. -On clear vinyl with white label. Enclosed in silkscreened PVC cover containing thumb cut slit.-Includes transparent film insert. -Contains two locked grooves at the conclusion of Side A and Side B. 
  • Vinyl 12" (Ge-stell 01)
  • In stock and ready to ship

Death Blues
Ensemble

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Donato Dozzy & Nuel
The Aquaplano Sessions

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Eastlink
Eastlink

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EIAFUAWN
Birds In The Ground

Probably the best alt/lo-fi guitar album of the last ten years. Yet unheard by probably 99.9% of the population. Yeah these descriptions aren't supposed to be too opinionated but despite the awkward name and barely there profile, EIAFUAWN have made an album that surely will be adored by those who heard it. Think something between Tortoise, Elliot Smith, and Modest Mouse and will brilliant inventive songs throughout. Don't say we didn't tell you. 

Ex-Easter Island Head
Large Electric Ensemble

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Gareth Dickson
Invisible String

Gareth Dickson makes slow-moving acoustic songs and releases them as homespun records. He's performed guitar duties for Vashti Bunyan's live band now and then, suggesting a modest songwriter with a patient mind. There are also hints of an ambient influence in Dickson's work, as he brings in synthwork and manipulates his guitar notes. 'Invisible String' collects together the finest moments in Dickson's tour of Europe from two years ago.

Great Ytene
Great Ytene

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Hands (Axel Willner)
The Soul Is Quick

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Horsebeach
Horsebeach

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HTRK
Psychic 9-5 Club

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Ian William Craig
A Turn Of Breath

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Isnaj Dui
Euplexia

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Jo Johnson
Weaving

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K. Leimer
A Period of Review (1975-1983)

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Machinedrum
Vapor City Archives

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Mazes
Wooden Aquarium

It's been a year since 2013's triumphant 'Ores & Minerals' and London based trio Mazes hone in on the best of their craft with 'Wooden Aquarium'; here, the hypnotic motorik rhythms and infectious pop melodies remain firmly intact. Though defying tradition and recording the album completely live in a studio, Mazes have not compromised their lo-fi sensibility as evidenced on their previous two efforts. With the help of Parquet Courts' producer Jonathan Schenke, 'Wooden Aquarium' is probably their most accomplished record to date. 

Melvins
Hold It In

Their first full-length as a quartet since 2010’s 'The Bride Screams Murder', ‘Hold It In’ marks yet another return for Washington’s ever-prolific Melvins, this time with the addition of guitar-proficient Paul Leary and JD Pinkus (Butthole Surfers), joining originals and sole constants Buzz Osbourne and Dale Crover. Recorded between Washington and Austin earlier this year, ‘Hold It In’ promises to be a “refreshing piece of fiction in a boring world of fact and bullshit” according to Osborne. Sounds about right! 

Memory Drawings
There Is No Perfect Place

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Mohammad
Lamnè Gastama

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Nick Nicely
Space Of A Second

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Nope
Walker


  • Vinyl LP (LOT012 / AUD028)
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Ought
More Than Any Other Day

First LP from Canadian post-punkers Ought here. ‘Today More Than Any Other Day’ laces a poetic, urgent style ala Parquet Courts with caustic jank in the Nation Of Ulysses vein. Surely one of the best debut records to emerge from the Western rock underground in the 2010s, ‘Today More Than Any Other Day’ contains fan favourites ‘The Weather Song’ and ‘Habit’.

People's Temple
Musical Garden

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Subtle Turnhips
Redhair With Some

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The Young Sinclairs
This is The Young Sinclairs

We all like a bit of The Young Sinclairs here at the towers. Like Allah Las they have echewed the hard rockin' sounds of a lot of modern day garage bands for the jangly West Coast blueprint as purveyed by The Byrds, Love and assorted 60's folk-rock types. They form part of the Magic Twig Community, a group of like-minded musicians operating their own studio in the woods where they have produced and engineered their records. Sounds idyllic and certainly you can't argue that their output is both prolific and of high quality. Not much further info on what this actually is except for it being a collection of compositions that demonstrate the spectrum of their sound. Look forward to giving it a spin.  

Tom Carter and Pat Murano
Four Infernal Rivers

This is a second collaboration between Charalambides man Tom Carter and No Neck Blues Band feller Pat Murano. The pair had already made an eponymous LP back in 2012 but have now colklaborated again, this time at Carter's place, passing musical ideas back and forth, forth and back. There are four lengthy improvisations using Carter's piercing, acid-lead guitars against Murano’s sympathetic synthesizer lines, the sounds of guitar, synthesizer and drum machine to dissolve into one another, often to the point where they seem to come from the same source. 

Ultimate Painting
Ultimate Painting

A collaboration between Jack Cooper & James Hoare of Mazes & Veronica Falls fame, respectively. Sharing the songwriting evenly between the pair, they craft some fine, Velvet Underground-esque indie rock ranging from the chilled to the pumping. A great combination of the lads intertwining vocals and jangling guitars.

Virginia Wing
Measures Of Joy

South London four piece Virginia Wing's debut album promises some slinky and dream-like electronic pop which owes debts to early Krautrock, revered Brum legends Broadcast and the Radiophonic pioneers of wibbly otherworldly electronics. Also see the trance-like post-punk rhythmic drive of, say, This Heat. 'Measures of Joy' is certainly a hazy montage of moody electronics, dreamily sung and sometimes spoken vocals, with subtle musique concrete influences. Indespensible, one of the best 43 minutes of the year. Proper full review to follow shortly but this crystalline beauty could creep onto a couple of end-of-year lists.

Warm Widow
Childless


  • CD (FHCD0301)
  • £8.99 £4.50 (saving: £4.49)
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Wildbirds & Peacedrums
Rhythm

An office favourite and the promo has only been in the place a week. It has since disappeared into various homes for night listening which is as good a recommendation as you can get. Therefore I'm the wrong person to write the press blurb as I was the only one to spit the words "experimental Winehouse" in it's direction. It certainly sounds like the career defining record that the press release talks about, based around the primal rhythms and soulful vocals of the Swedish husband and wife team it hold no punches whatsoever. Certainly fans of Neneh Cherry's last album, or the 80's pounding of Pigbag or ESG are going to find much to enjoy.