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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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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.

Andrew Broder

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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

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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!

6000 km/h

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Croatian Amor
Caviar Glowing

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Mind Holding Pattern

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String Studies

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Luxury Part 2

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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

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Digital Tsunami

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Endless Melancholy

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Expo '70
July 18, 2004

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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

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Ghostwriter & Michael Paine

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Hanni El Khatib

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

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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.  

M Is A Shape

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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.

What Sound

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Lubomyr Melnyk

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.

Ninos Du Brasil
Aromobates NBD

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Odd Rumblings

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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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!

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. 

Finding The Floor

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Psychic TV
Dreams Less Sweet

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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

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Sinner DC
The Ambient Mixes

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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.
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Taylor Deupree
Lost & Compiled

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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

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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.
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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!.

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

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Thurston Moore & John Moloney
Caught On Tape Full Bleed

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Timmy's Organism
Singles & Unreleased Tracks

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Every Man And Woman Is A Star

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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

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