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Things you might have missed in the bleak midwinter

Christmas, the bit before Christmas, the bit after Christmas, New Year, snow, cold, more snow... We get it. All these are potential reasons why you might have missed some of the ultra-fine releases that have snuck out over the last few months. But never fear! We've trawled the archives to dig them all out for you, and popped them into an easy-to-read list. Have at it.
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Acolytes
Acolytes

Difficult to pin down debut album from Acolytes. With guest appearances from D. Aird (Vindicatrix) and D. Bolger (The Pheromoans), Acolytes mixes tribal rhythms with 8-bit bleeps and stop-start song structures to intriguing effect. If Ensemble Economique was born in London. Out on Vinyl LP from Alter.

Africa Express
Africa Express Presents...Terry Riley's In C Mali

Terry Riley's In C Mali by Africa Express is the first ever recording of Riley’s minimalist work by an African ensemble. In C Mali was originally written by Terry Riley in 1964. Upon hearing this new version the composer said that he was “overwhelmed and delighted”. The piece is conducted by Anton De Ridder who has lent his expertise to Max Richter, Jonny Greenwood and These New Puritans to name but a few. Terry Riley's In C Mali is available on limited edition vinyl LP (500 copies) and CD.

Andrew Broder
Visinvisible

Two spastic odyssey’s from Andrew Broder. Visinvisible both clock in at 20 minutes, and boy does he use all that time to the maximum. He appears to have a rather short attention span on these two, yet he develops themes through both tracks. Somewhere between FlyLo, Aphex, R&B and other noises. Out on cassette tape from BARO.

Andrew Liles
Wanton Wives, Monstrous Maidens and Wicked Witches

Andrew Liles' new work stands in thrall of horror films, conjuring all things macabre at the same time. Horrific vocals are smeared through 'Wanton Wives, Monstrous Maidens and Wicked Witches', evoking a siren song leading us to unwanted shores. Strings and harp play out of tune with one another in a cursed, disorientating swirl. Some other scary things manifest, too, into a droning, queasy affair that protests for Halloween all year long.

Arandel
Solarispellis

Arandel is seemingly influenced by ambient landmarks for Solarispellis, referencing the sustained master-works of Brian Eno and the recent futurist 3D decay of Oneohtrix Point Never, making electronic pieces that feel fragmented and sabotaged and yet quite whole. Arandel continues to traverse sounds that feel distant and yet interconnected, deciding upon techno in the midsts of an IDM wonderland.

Asgeir
Dýrð í dauðaþögn

Iceland, that place responsible for pretty much a one hundred percent return rate on excellent artists, offers up Asgeir along with all the rest, an indie pop songwriter working in more traditional conditions to create soulful, heartfelt songs we can all translate. His work is occasionally complemented with electronic flourishes that make for a crisp, intricate and occasionally surprising sound.

Baby Ghosts
Maybe Ghosts

Lo-fi punk rock from Salt Lake City of the less threatening kind, but don’t let that put you off. Baby Ghosts come from that marvellous place where punk meets indie with a splash of shoegaze. One for fans of Honeyblood and La Sera. Melodic, dynamic, twelve tracks of unique music. Not just your bog standard punk stuff. Splendid. Vinyl on Drunken Sailor.

BC Camplight
How To Die In The North

Unsettlingly serene synth pop returns under the cover of night as BC Camplight check back in to the twilit hotel. How To Die In The North is another night-time pantomime of sorrowful vocal performances, beats that sound like shoes dashing down the street, sparkling electronics and untraceable guitar riffs. Dream pop of the darkest variety. Good night, and good luck.

Broughton's Rules
Anechoic Horizon

A post-rock band with a bit of the Don Caballero in them (literally and figuratively), Broughton's Rules are ready to unleash their second record of emotive guitar signalling and climactic skyscraping. 'Anechoic Horizon' is a purely instrumental work that evokes the genre's blank and beautiful heydays. Post-rock, I want to believe.

Caribou Vibration Ensemble
CVE Live 2011

Caribou Vibration Ensemble is literally the Caribou big band: Dan Snaith gets a few of his many musical friends together to play enhanced and embellished versions of his tracks. On CVE Live 2011 the likes of James Holden and Four Tet get their hands on two tracks from Swim, plus an improvisation. Sounds as great as you’d imagine and it's all for a good cause. The only criticism is that there isn’t more!

Circle
6000 km/h

Finnish avant-garde New-wave heavy metallers Circle have released an ice-topped mountain of work over their two-decade career. With metal, jazz and easy listening moments, it’s an exploration of schizophrenia for those who fancy trying it. This live recording, taken from their 2014 European tour, is a treat for fans who rarely get a chance to see the Nordic rockers in the UK.

Crime
Crime

Crime were part of the San Francisco punk scene of the late 70s. This box set comprises their entire recorded output including four 7” singles featuring previously unreleased tracks from 1977-79. Their song, Hot wire My Heart was covered by Sonic Youth on their Sister LP. The box set includes seven 7” singles and a twenty page booklet featuring an in-depth interview with the band.

Croatian Amor
Caviar Glowing

Croation Amor is the work of industrial/ambient innovator Loke Rahbek, whose last work couldn't be bought with money -- only a naked selfie of yourself. This one focuses a little less on a multi-faceted concept and is all experienced in the music: 'Caviar Glowing' is a journey through tortured textures and urgent synth melodies, hoping to capture the outsider's view of nightclub life in its dark but urgent tones.

Cuticle
Mind Holding Pattern

Cuticle's techno is sliced into as many pieces as is humanely possible, creating tunes that metamorphose over their course, stuttering in and out with flourishes of silence and ambient haze. 'Mind Holding Pattern' has hints of a dated krautrock aesthetic as well as signs of Jason Urick's influence, while retaining a propulsive rhythm you'd only find in the world of Cuticle.

Deas
String Studies

Unlike previous works from guitarist Cameron Deas, String Studies is an all-electronic album. Recorded live using a 12 string guitar as a modular trigger, Deas explores unique structures and icily metallic sounds as the guitar is pushed through a digital kaleidoscope. An interesting foray into new territory for him. Out on vinyl LP from Alter.

DeepChord
Luxury Part 2

As the title implies, Deepchord releases another luxurious dub techno 12” of the sound he now basically defines. This second part foregrounds the often subdued Detroit element, pulling clicking high hats and jazz chords out of the swirling mix. Deepchord captures that crisp winter warmth, plus he has simply the nicest sounding kick drums you’ve ever heard.

Diagrams
Chromatics

Diagrams is a project by songwriter and producer Mr Sam Genders. His previous album was pretty good fun. Here on Chromatics Gender’s voice sounds a bit like that of an annoying priest who waters everything he says down a bit with a sickly smile and finishes his sentences with “God be with you and your family my dear”. The music is an equally cheery affair; twingle-twangle pop which is fun, gentle and makes you think the world is a bit nicer than you’d previously thought.  

Douglas Dare
Whelm - Nine Poems

Douglas Dare recently shared the poignant Whelm with all of Erased Tapes' friends and fans, a record focused around skeletal piano compositions that upended Dare's sparse and invigorating prose. Nine Poems is a supplementary work of poetry that shows Dare's talent as a writer in a number of different disciplines. It comes with a download of Whelm itself.

Drexciya
Digital Tsunami

Sadly ‘electro’ is now all too often synonymous with mostly terrible stuff -- electroclash, electro swing, etc. Well, Drexciya was electro at its best - hard, dark, and fast. As a new wave of young producers are obviously going back to these roots -- a quick listen to Objekt’s Flatland, one of the best records of 2014, is testament to this -- it’s nice to see Tresor reissuing this on 12”. Keep an eye out for Tresor’s upcoming reissue of Drexciya’s double-LP ‘Harness the Storm’, too.

Endless Melancholy
Fragile

So what can you expect from an artist called Endless Melancholy? Fragile, the third full length from Ukrainian Oleksiy Sakevych deals in exquisite ambient piano in the vein of Olafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm. Makes you want to dig out Attenborough’s latest nature docs, and that’s no bad thing. Out on vinyl LP from Hidden Vibes.

Expo '70
July 18, 2004

Tenth anniversary edition of July 18, 2004 by Expo ‘70. Heavily influenced by Kosmiche and the surrounding ambient music, it’s a journey into the potential of guitars and FX. Think the beatless excursions of Popol Vuh and Ash Ra Tempel. Out on Cassette and vinyl LP from Sonic Meditations.
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FaltyDL
///III\\

FaltyDL has never taken a day off; he is not sure what a Bank Holiday is. He released Into The Wild earlier this year, another sign of his new-found assurance in his place as one of electronic music's most prominent acts, and now he's back with the kind of hard to type out ///III\\, a record of versatile tricks that switches from aggressions to breakdowns in minutes. 

Faust
Just Us

Faust are back to scare the living shit out of us and follow up on the most pressing questions of their career -- like "Why don't you eat carrots?" - with a brand new record. The seasoned krautrock crew plotted, designed, built and tore down three new tracks for j U s t (also known as Just Us, in a confusing court ruling worthy of only this band). This will be weird, I should say.

Francois Tusques With Barney Wilen
Le Nouveau Jazz

An apprehensive black pudding comes from Francois Tusques With Barney Wilen. Le Nouveau was initially released when the Europeans were getting their teeth into the improvised avant-garde free jazz scene. This is densely packed with ideas and themes, all pretty dark. Think Cecil Taylor and Albert Ayler on Halloween. This was a mega rarity, but luckily for us it's been repressed on vinyl LP by Cacophonic.

Ghostwriter & Michael Paine
Morrow

Mark Brend, better known under his spooky alias of Ghostwriter, is joined by collaborator Michael Paine on a collection of compositions that evoke empty English houses where people once used to live but have since evacuated; sentimental piano is at the fore, along with flourishes of guitar, xylophone, abstract percussion, found sounds and other loose ends. Morrow is a chilling and melancholy work of art.

Hanni El Khatib
Moonlight

Stripped-back garage rock, with a dash of hypermasculine rock and roll and a touch of the blues from San Francisco-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Hanni El Khatib. On his third album and still heavily influenced by his work with Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. On both vinyl and CD.

Heidi Lord
English Electric

You know the feeling you get when you're slid down an MRI machine to get your knee, head or soul checked out, and the clicks and whirrs go on for 20 minutes while you lay still as best as you can? Now you can live the experience in the safe comfort of your own home! For those days when you wake up well-rested, without an itchy paranoia in the back of your head, Heidi Lord’s debut English Electric will help you out!

Jib Kidder
Teaspoon To The Ocean

First album from Jib Kidder for Weird World/ Domino Records. Coming from a myriad of disparate inspirations including Arthur Russell, Lindsay Buckingham, Meat Puppets and Gary Numan as well as the spangling of Vietnamese slide guitar, the New York-based multimedia artist describes himself as acid country pop. CD and vinyl.

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis The Third

Winsome middle class siblings Kitty, Daisy and Lewis reappear for a third album of laid back old timey organic grooves. If lead single "Baby Bye Bye" sounded just a little too close to Mike Read's "UKIP Calypso" then the lyrics chart a more lovelorn territory that should help get it onto an advert before the summers out. Produced by Mick Jones of The Clash.  

L/F/D/M
M Is A Shape

With M is a Shape, L/F/D/M will hopefully bring us more of the minimal acid house that we’ve grown to appreciate. Reminiscent of the warm, comfortable house we remember from the sadly defunct Basic Channel label, L/F/D/M has brought us artful, cozy masterpieces before and may well do so again!

Laibach
Nova Akropola

Nothing like a little bit of horrifying industrial bloodshed to get you out of bed in the morning. On 'Nova Akropola', Laibach's unsettling sound recalls eerie, long forgotten film scores and ferocious power electronics driven with inflamed percussion, along with completely vulnerable vocals that range from opera to death metal growls. All the while it delivers potent political messages -- not that they're all that decipherable in this abstract, constantly morphing work. It sure sounds like a dystopia, though.

Lamb
What Sound

This is a reissue of the Manchester veterans' third album put out by Music On Vinyl. Here Lamb enlisted a few collaborators (including Richard Dorfmeister, Jimi Goodwin, Arto Lindsay and Michael Franti) and consolidated their sound. It comes on two heavy slabs of blue vinyl and includes a bonus remix of Heaven on the D-side. A stocking-filler for the trip-hop generation.

Lubomyr Melnyk
Evertina

Known for pioneering a playing style he has coined "continuous music" -- in which he plays notes on the piano faster than a grindcore drummer gets through blastbeats, with as much seamlessness as wind on an autumn day -- Lubomyr Melnyk's name has become synonymous with the outer edges of avant-garde music. His new EP, Evertina, is a different bag entirely, though -- it shows what happens when he slows down and turns his mind to gentler pursuits. We've all got to take a day off at some point. I hope his fingers are okay.

Mahogany Brain
With (Junk-Saucepan) When (Spoon-Trigger)

A reissue of some underground French freaky psychedelia by Mahogany Brain. It’s got a free-jazz feel to it and is similar to the album The Feed-Back by the Italian avant-garde group, Il grupo di improvvisazione di nuova conosonanza which boasted Ennio Morricone as a member. It’s a shambles of guitar riffs, jumbled drums and disconcerting spoken vocals. It’s a bit like the Velvet Underground jam with Goat and it’s all produced by an off-his-face Syd Barrett. Limited to 300 copies on clear purple vinyl in a gatefold.

Ninos Du Brasil
Aromobates NBD

Ninos Du Brazil make admirably intense percussion-dominated music that isn’t afraid to hammer your mind unceasingly. Though this isn’t industrial techno, more a blend of techno and the music of Brazilian carnivals. The Aromobates NBD 12”, out in a limited edition from DFA, represents their powerful sound perfectly.

Odd Rumblings
Thieves

Pop music as refracted by glass, Odd Rumblings create a chilling atmosphere on their self-titled debut, only occasionally letting pop hooks pass through. These industrial-tinged songs rest on heavily effected soundscapes that echo outward for eternity, but are softened by emphatic vocal melodies that the duo find impossible to resist. It's DIY: Odd Rumblings brighten up their dystopia. 
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Oorutaichi
Drifting My Folklore

Well worth reading the press release for this one: two paragraphs and no sense whatsoever of what Drifting My Folklore might sound like. I highly approve of this, but should probably tell you a bit about the sound. It is difficult to be fair… Scrambling energetic electronic weirdo-pop sounds about right. Really good fun!

Panda Bear
Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper

Animal Collective's drummer, Beach Boys' drone aficionado and only living bear has a new record out to chew at the corners of. Panda Bear was last seen with Tomboy, a fittingly delayed and overdue record of slow, grey-scale jams, and returns now with the strobe-lit Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper, which puts his voice at the forefront for once but offers the same disorientating take on sunshine pop.

Perfect Pussy
I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling

I Have Lost Desire For All Feeling first gained attention when it was self-released as a demo EP back in 2013. Subsequently, Perfect Pussy's brand of urgent and febrile noise-punk continued to prevail with their 2014 debut LP Say Yes To Love being critically praised. And now, their debut release gets the attention it deserves with a vinyl and CD repress. 

Profligate
Finding The Floor

It's protocol to call it "industrial-strength" when you're talking about industrial work these days, but Noah Anthony makes crackly sounds that sound wonderfully fractured, as if he'd hunted down scraps and pieced them together the best he could. 'Finding The Floor' takes cues from pulsating genres with serious micro-aggressive tactics, from techno to dub at their most extreme and polarising.

Psychic TV
Dreams Less Sweet

An extremely conscientious reissue of Psychic TV’s ‘Dreams Less Sweet’, from the early period when they still wrote pop songs, albeit weirdly improvised ones. The artwork is all restored and great care has even been taken to preserve the eccentric holophonic audio format of the original. The synths, choral interludes and Sleazy’s pre-Coil sound experiments have never sounded so good.

R Stevie Moore
Ariel Pink's Picks: Volume One

Plenty of abstract feelings from R Stevie Moore. Ariel Pink's Picks: Volume One is the first in the series of releases from this pair. With most of the material being recorded between '73 & 84', Mr Pink chooses his favourites from this era of Moores output, which consists of his weirdo & bohemian art-folk-rock. Also got a few tunes with the pair playing together. Get it on vinyl double LP from Personal Injury.

Robert Coyne with Jaki Liebezeit
Golden Arc

An unexpected second collaboration between songwriter Robert Coyne and founding Can drummer Jaki Liebezeit. Liebezeit’s polyrhythms are as deft and ferocious as ever and Coyne’s understated lyrics and idyllic guitar playing make a strangely compelling partner. A rich and rewarding album on CD and vinyl.

Sinner DC
The Ambient Mixes

A longform collection of re-imaginings from 2012’s Future That Never Happened LP, The Ambient Mixes is an 80-minute minimalist trip. Geneva-based Sinner DC take cues from their relationship with Sonic Boom to transport the mixes to new psychedelic depths. Out on CD and 12” vinyl from Mental Groove.

Siskiyou
Nervous

Siskiyou use whispered lyrics, stacked acoustic guitars and stripped back minimal melody and drums to evoke a tightly-wound man haunted by something unknown. Inspired by lead singer Colin Huebert's year of illness and anxiety, the record captures the internal psychological terror and unease of his experiences. The deluxe 180g LP also contains Drebert’s 12 x 12 ink drawings inspired by the album.

Smashing Pumpkins
Monuments To An Elegy

Now that Billy Corgan is done composing and performing eight-hour tributes to Herman Hesse novels -- and making Oneohtrix Point Never laugh in the process -- he's decided to return to that little side project of his, also known as the Smashing Pumpkins. Monuments To An Elegy is their eighth record and hold the indie rock: we want it as pretentious as we know you can make it, Billy.

Swanox
Duskrunner

Not Not Fun delve further into new-age weird-loner America with this evocative LP from Swanox. Duskrunner marks the first vinyl transmission for Anthony Orion, and contains more heady, heavy, abstracted vibes. Only 299 copies pressed of this blissful Californian detritus exist. Sounds like another indispensable slab from this essential label.

Taylor Deupree
Lost & Compiled

Taylor Deupree's take on the lost-and-found compilation format is a little different: Lost & Compiled rests on the idea that each iteration of a Deupree composition is different based on when and how it was drafted, and so each song has older, more primitive counterparts -- call them test-runs, clones, mutations, whatever, this record offers ex-versions that are often better, sometimes worse, but always different.

TCF
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Not only did it break our website layout, TCF's new 12" vinyl will also break your mind while you try to break the code. Don't miss this opportunity to purchase your very own Norwegian puzzle of art. The record is not, as they say, a record. It is the key to the puzzle that is its ridiculous title. 

The Black Angels / Sonic Jesus
Fuzz Club Split Single No. 5

In this edition of the Fuzz Club split single series, both bands are given a side of 10 inch vinyl to loosen up with a single long song. The Black Angels psych it up with a mid-pace stomper, whilst Italians Sonic Jesus up the haze quotient. Fifth record in this limited series, with sleeves black, white and smelling of leather.

The Black Lamps
The Black Lamps

Another jumper across the chasm between digital release and physical record, The Black Lamps’ self-titled debut is now finally out on vinyl as well. Hitting massive sales since its digital release, we can only assume that the vinyl release has that much more depth, warmth and ‘realness’ to it to make it worth a second purchase.

The Chemistry Experiment
Gongs Played By Voice

Pastoral prog from Nottingham-based quintet The Chemistry Experiment. Rather than literally enacting its title, Gongs Played By Voices adheres to the British prog tradition of discussing nature and the seasons with liberal use of fantastical lyrics and surreal storytelling. Actual gongs played by voices would’ve been great too but considering the band’s troubled journey towards the difficult second album it’s certainly a fine effort. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Fortuna POP!.
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The Phantom Band
Fears Trending

Some big sounds from Scots The Phantom Band. Fear Trending is the next installment from the half-dozen bunch. It's full of rocky guitars, wacky electronics and sincere Celtic crooning. It's proggy, post-rockish and has simple melodies which act as a contrast to the raucous instrumental madness. Out on vinyl LP and CD from Chemikal Underground.

The Supreme Jubilees
It'll All Be Over

Sublime soul album reissued out of obscurity by Light In The Attic Records. The Supreme Jubilees came, made this album in 1980, and parted in 1981, leaving behind only this strikingly groovy, but also melancholy piece of work. The group’s brief lifespan, and their often morbid religious lyrical preoccupations, all points towards the veracity of that title: It’ll All Be Over.

Thurston Moore & John Moloney
Caught On Tape Full Bleed

A right old racket from Thurston Moore and John Maloney. Presumably improvised, this set of nine songs sounds like one long crescendo. At times visceral and never wholly predictable it’s worth a spin for fans of Sonic Youth at their gnarliest and Sunburned Hand Of The Man. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Northern Spy.

Timmy's Organism
Singles & Unreleased Tracks

Timmy's Organism consists of Detroit's Timmy Vulgar, a fellow who makes shivering punk rock out of riffs that bend and shriek around vocals that occasionally stick to time and sometimes just stutter around the parameters of songs. He's like a dude driving his car into a lake after a very quiet drive through the countryside. 'Singles & Unreleased' is a bizarrely thrown together selection of tracks that can go from full-on cosmic heaviness to acoustic crooning in the space of minutes. Where am I?

Ultramarine
Every Man And Woman Is A Star

Reissue of Ultramarine's seminal 1992 album Every Man and Woman is a Star. The Essex duo enjoyed great success - both critically and commerically - with their pioneering brand of electronica. They toured the US with Orbital and supported Bjork in Europe. This is the band's second studio album, released on triple vinyl with a bonus 12" featuring highlights from their Peel sessions.

Various
Dance Mania: Ghetto Madness

A lesson in all things electronic, dancing and grooving on Dance Mania: Ghetto Madness. It's a glimpse into the ghetto house scene in Illinois in the '90's, with hot tips from many of the big DJ's and producers who were kickin' it. Gritty, minimal and booty shaking as hell, this one will freak the dance floor out in the best way possible. Out on double vinyl LP and CD from Strut.

Veil of Light
Pale Eyes

Veil of Light is the solo side project of a Zurich-based goth-gazer simply known as M, who also fronts Swiss band Twilight Empire. Cold, shady, dark tones influenced by 1980s goth and early post-punk, with a shoe-gazing twist. Available on suitably ghostly white vinyl, limited edition of 350 copies. 

Zeitkratzer
Whitehouse

Spanning all the hertz is the collaboration between Zeitkratzer and William Bennett. Whitehouse is an expedition into the endless possibilities one could start to address using only acoustic instruments and voices. The 5 tracks contain a broad array of orchestral instruments, wrong'un vocals and strings. The low end is so impressive for an acoustic ensemble that I'm almost convinced that they are lying. Dark as fuck. Out on Karl Records on vinyl LP.