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We’re passionate about music and are always eager to tell you about our latest recommendations and the new releases that have taken the Norman Records office by storm. Our endorsements cover every format we carry, across vinyl, tape and CD. But we don't just put lists together. Read our in-house staff reviews for honest opinions: shouting about great music is at the core of what we do, and hopefully our recommendations will help you pick up a few unexpected gems.

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Spotlights
Hanging By Faith

When reviewing this five track release from the ever-so dark and deep Spotlights, it is very important to have had a fresh listen to the track the EP is based on: Faith by The Cure. Anyone who is a fan of The Cure will understand that, like Sp...view item »

Blawan
Wet Will Always Dry

Blawan’s productions have always stood out in the ultra-saturated world of generic banging techno tracks. Since he launched his Ternsec label and started fully embracing modular gear, he’s been relentlessly forging a very distinctive sound that’s truly his own. Of course, machines/computers/synths are just a means to an end - w...view item »

Tangents
New Bodies

Lovely Tangents started their band a little too late: if post-rock was still having the renaissance it enjoyed back in the day, we’d all be fans of their Aussie meanderings, loving the jittery stillness they perform with all our hearts. At Norman, we’re huge fans: there’s something in the way they move their jazz fusion element...view item »

Mika Vainio
Lydspor One & Two (Blue TB7 Series)

Never thought I’d be writing about another posthumous Mika Vainio record after the world sadly lost him in 2017. I so wasn’t expecting more material after ‘Reat’ but here we are with a record in the Moog Recordings Library series. You all know by now I’m a massive Vainio fan, so this one’s a bit special. There...view item »

Nadine Byrne
Dreaming Remembering

‘Dreaming Remembering’ is an album of freeform, explorative electronics and the soundtrack to a short film of the same name (peep the video) from Ectoplasm Girl Nadine Byrne. I was supposed to write about this album last week, but despite having heard it about five times now, I’ve had real difficulty summoning the words. Like t...view item »

Stuart A. Staples
Arrhythmia

Though Tindersticks' Stuart Staples second full length album under his own name has references to his parent band, this is a bold move away into to new territories. It consists of four long form songs - opener 'A New Real' is fairly straightforward and begins with his distinctive voice over a slow moving drum machine and dub effects before lovel...view item »

Alanis Obomsawin
Bush Lady

Constellation’s latest record is an essential find and arguably a massive political artefact. Alanis Obomsawin was a filmmaker and artist who devoted much of her life to telling the stories of Canada’s First Nation families. Before taking on directorial duties, however, she was a songwriter, and after a series of tireless excursions ...view item »

Dos Santos
Logos

Blending the Colombian dance sound of Cumbia with a frenetic and well-calibrated post-rock, Dos Santos will offer shades of recognition before departing for an entirely different sound. On “Arc Bame”, the opener to their new record ‘Logos’, their tapping rhythms mix with the kind of sleep-then-wake guitars of Tortoise; on...view item »

Mourn
Sorpresa Familia

Okay this is fun. “Barcelona City Tour” is how I would like all the quasy-gnarly noise rock boy bands of the past to actually sound: angular but driving with gang vocal chants that come completely out of leftfield instead of languishing through the whole thing. Despite its brash punky feel, Mourn’s opener for ‘Sopresa Fam...view item »

Witch Mountain
Witch Mountain

Herein I will give props to Witch Mountain, a band I expected myself to not at all like. My doom preference is the stuff with the indecipherable skramz vocals, where the cleaner, more Sabbath-invoking material usually leaves me wanting more grit and pummel. Witch Mountain have come to kick my ass and tell me to grow up, and I appreciate it: thei...view item »

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Hope Downs

That moment when we say "if you only buy one guitar pop album all year ...." .  Every summer needs a guitar based album we all can enjoy and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have more than delivered here. They are a rough hewn project and much dirtier and grungier than your usual summer fayre of bands like ...view item »

serpentwithfeet
soil

This is an all-caps debut for a lower-case lover. serpentwithfeet has made a record of ruinous torch songs on ‘soil’, exploding his humility with a startling record of future-bound gospel, enveloping boisterous vocal performances and melodic laments in contributions from producers and MCs like Katie Gately, A$AP Rocky and Clams Casin...view item »

Aukai
Branches of Sun

Ah, Aukai -- I liked his debut, self-titled LP which was I can clearly recall reviewing just under two years ago. Beautiful acoustic ambience which evoked late-afternoon strolls in the Autumn, watery rays of sunshine filtering through the branches as golden leaves softly tumble in the crisp air. Well, here’s Mar...view item »

YOB
Our Raw Heart

What you gonna do with this Yob? You gonna get the head banging and the hair swaying? You gonna send several hundred devil-horn emojis to unsuspecting friends? You gonna just say “Yob” over and over again because it’s a purely satisfying act? Yes, all that and more in praise and celebration of ‘Our Raw Heart’, the l...view item »

Snail Mail
Lush

Norman Records website editor Clint is absolutely obsessed with the fact that Snail Mail have a bassist called Alex Bass. He’s so obsessed with it that I’ve been left to pick up the pieces and actually tell you what it is that Snail Mail do. Bolstered by the canny and intuitive songwriting prowess of Lindsey Jordan, the band offer th...view item »

Virginia Wing
Ecstatic Arrow

I dunno if you know, but it’s pretty hard to do what Virginia Wing do. Maybe it sounds like it, sometimes, and maybe at others it doesn’t: in that conflict is the charm of their sound, as widescreen and blissed out as it is tinkered on a whim in someone’s bedroom. On “Be Released”, the intro to their new record &lsq...view item »

Hilary Woods
Colt

With a record from doom metal legends Thou on the horizon, I’m starting to think Sacred Bones are entering a troublesome teens era where they’re gonna start releasing beyond the remit of their embryonic goth rock. Ever glum, but in different shades, they’re continuing to confuse me with this gorgeous ...view item »

Dave Evans
The Words Inbetween

You wouldn't think that there was anything else to be mined from the fertile breeding ground of folk music that was the early 70's but this obscurity from this unassumingly-named minstrel Dave Evans is certainly ripe for re-issue. His guitar playing is sparkling. He has a wonderful lightness of touch that is comparable and often betters greats l...view item »

Flasher
Constant Image

I saw a rather sniffy Uncut review of this the other day but presumably because they are not called Drive-By-Truckers then this won't appeal to their world view. We found this rather catchy when we played it in the office the other day. Well no-one turned it off so that is a start. There's elements of the Breeders...view item »

Rauelsson
Mirall

Sometimes I feel I’m lucky doing this job; I often think this, in fact… The latest person to remind me how fortunate I am -- bearing in mind it’s still only Tuesday -- wasn’t Phil (surprisingly) but this man called Rauelsson who makes beautiful neoclassical sounds concocted from electronic...view item »

My Home, Sinking
King of Corns

Enrico Coniglio is a Venetian, a guitarist, a sound recordist and a human with a particular sensitivity to the beauty in the landscape around him. As a sound artist and multi-disciplined musician through his My Home, Sinking guise, he seems to have a definite ability ...view item »

Jamie Lenman
Devolver

For any Reuben fans out there, you'll know Jamie Lenman all too well. The charismatic and quirky looking front man has been conjuring his own music for quite a while, but there is something even more special about this record. Lenman has taken everything brilliant about Reuben but given himself full artistic ...view item »

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