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We love music. Let us tell you about 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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Tangent
Approaching Complexity

The Netherlands duo of Ralph van Reijendam and Robbert Kok bring us their fourth album together as Tangent. Their sky-gazing ambience and gently unfurling beats have graced releases on Tympanik Audio and now n5MD (following 2016's "Collapsing Horizons" LP, a beautifully effective blend of dubby ambient and glitchy IDM styles) gi...view item »

The Last Hurrah!!
Los Angeles

Rune Grammofon present the ultimate results of The Last Hurrah!!’s Vossajazz Festival commission: an album of jazz-and-beyond music from Norway. Main man HP Gundersen marshalls the talents of multi instrumentalist and singer Maesa Pullman and engineer and co-producer Jason Hiller...view item »

MoE / Marhaug
Capsaicin

The MoE trio (Guro Skumsnes Moe, Håvard Skaset and Joakim Heibø Johansen) are here joined by fellow Norwegian sound murderer Lasse Marhaug for a scorching seventy-eight minutes of red-hot burning noise rock and molten electronics destruction. 'Capsaicin' builds from ominous bass and unfurls into a m...view item »

Hairband
Hairband

Very good Scottish shop Monorail put their money where their mouth is by releasing the debut LP from this Glasgow collective. Hairband (good that isn't it?) contain members of Spinning Coin and Breakfast Muff and play the sort of joyful, elastic music that you can imagine coming out of Glasgow p...view item »

Amnesia Scanner
Another Life

They took their sweet time about it, but four years on from their breakout mixtape AS Live [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] Berlin-based duo Amnesia Scanner have delivered their debut LP. Another Life is, of course, a record as brilliant as it is difficult to pin down. The pair’s sound has always been a helt...view item »

Hibernis
Middle Of The Meds

Hibernis drop an LP via Serein (Hauschka, Herzog). Middle Of The Meds is a record of ambient electronica that carries itself with a quiet intensity. John Hughes (son of John Hughes, director of Ferris Bueller's Day Off etc.) creates brooding instru...view item »

Francis Plagne
Moss Trumpet

Aside from inducing a pleasant image and being a delightful pairing of words, “moss trumpet” rather well describes much of the beguiling, timeless-sounding material of this release by genredextrous Melbourne artist Francis Plagne. Haunting, droning brass finds itself accompanied by all sorts of soft, ruffled textures...view item »

Patrick R. Pärk
Library Sounds

Not sure if you can make an album inspired by library music and then just call it Library Sounds, but hey, what does it matter when those sounds are so pleasant? Patrick R. Park ...view item »

Phillip Werren
Electronic Music

Early electronic music, noise and drone fiends; smash open your piggy banks and make some room on the shelf for this freakin' incredible 4LP reissue of Phillip Werren's Electronic Music. Yeah, I hear ya... we're swamped with reissues these days - endless supposed holy grail archive releases, but this... THIS is something else! Originally...view item »

Yves Tumor
Safe In The Hands of Love

Safe In the Hands of Love was first released in fragments; from the single ‘Noid’ being labelled Pitchfork’s Best New Track, to the release of a Daniel Sannwald-directed video ‘Licking An Orchid (ft James K)’ to Zane Lowe premiering ‘Lifetime’ on Beats 1. 24 hours later, the whole album is laid ...view item »

Sandro Perri
In Another Life

Sandro Perri's newest record sees the avant-folk musician bringing in new aesthetics previously explored in his electronic project Off World. Utilising gorgeous guitar meanderings alongside creaking, squelching, zapping synths, he offers a twenty-plus minute track made with the aim of sounding "infinite". V...view item »

Matthew Dear
Bunny

Dear Matthew, thanks for releasing a new album. I don't know what it sounds like yet. I'm told that it's kinda moody and ominous which would certainly offset the fact that it's named Bunny, because rabbits are incredibly cute. I've also heard that Tegan and Sara feature on a track, which is easily the...view item »

XTC
Skylarking

Now the stuff of legend, XTC were holed up with eccentric producer Todd Rundgren for this 1986 album in which band and producer battled, sniped and argued throughout. You'd never guess listening to the more pastoral parts of the record and despite what the band think, it's a really great album. This version is the reverse polari...view item »

Mount Eerie
(after)

Following the decision to release the most personal album ever made in A Crow Looked At Me Phil Elverum went out on tour as Mount Eerie playing these heartbroken songs in front of gasping audiences across the US and Europe. Though no recordings were allowed, someone taped one of the shows and here it is in all it's frag...view item »

Ian William Craig
Thresholder

Ian William Craig is always very welcome round these parts, and Thresholder, the man’s first album in eighteen months, demonstrates why. Those tape machines of his are put to work in the construction of an eleven-track, forty-minute sound environment. Deep and gorgeous smeared ambience, on FatCat sub-label 130701....view item »

Guttersnipe
My Mother The Vent

If your music needs a bit of weirdness then Guttersnipe are your people. The Leeds duo have been tantalising crowds far and near for the last few years with their blend of Aids Wolf-like racket and Whitehouse intensity. Theirs is a musical language not even invented yet so get this debut wax off...view item »

The KVB
Only Now Forever

While Invada have generally focused on soundtrack releases in the past couple of years they do still find time to plug new band fare every now and then. Their latest drop sees Berlin duo The KVB return to the label with new LP Only Now Forever. Mind you, the group’s mixture of Motorik grooves, psy...view item »

Valley Maker
Rhododendron

Valley Maker is the project of Seattle-based songwriter Austin Crane. On Rhododendron, taking inspiration from the likes of Gillian Welch, Bill Fay and Jason Molina, he sings about moving from one thing, place or belief to another. With all this m...view item »

Fucked Up
Dose Your Dreams

Fucked Up have pulled out all the stops to make, arguably, the album of their career with Dose Your Dreams. Whilst it kicks off in a familiar punk fashion, they then take unexpected turns into psychedelia, groove work-outs and even doo-wop before is brought to a close with a Krautrock epic. LP and CD on Merge....view item »

CHAI
PINK

London’s Heavenly Recordings reissue a long overdue j-pop classic by four-piece kawaii-overloaders CHAI. PINK was first released as long ago as February 2018 by Burger Records, so it’s great to see it available once again, uh, on this side of the pond. The band’s brief, energetic songs explore pop cult...view item »

Arek Gulbenkoglu
A gift like a hollow vessel

Penultimate Press presents another piece of unpredictable musique concrète from Melbourne’s Arek Gulbenkoglu, this time mastered by Guiseppi Ielasi. A gift like a hollow vessel comes one year after Three Days Afterwards and finds Arek with an unlikely assembly of manipulated elemen...view item »

Beneath
Cloudy

Happy to see Blackest Ever Black’s A14 sister label back in action with a plate from No Symbols/Mistry bossman Beneath. The first of two cyberdelic techno steppers is ‘Cloudy’ which has me imaging being on the dancefloor at a DMZ night, looking up at the DJ booth, only to discover the disc jockey is actually none other ...view item »

Rabit
Life After Death

The cut-up and collaged Mandala that adorns the sleeve of Rabit’s ‘Life After Death’ echoes the sonics within - probing at spiritual realms, metaphysics and worlds beyond the reality of here and now. It sounds like it could almost be a journal of entheogen induced psychedelic near-death experiences i.e Ayahuasca or DMT. Rabit&r...view item »

Marie Davidson
Working Class Woman

If you've yet to experience Marie Davidson's music as a solo artist then it's possible you may have encountered her on the Constellation label as a member of Essaie Pas, Land Of Kush or Les Momies de Palerme (amongst others). 'Working Class Woman', her fourth solo full-length, arrives on Ninja Tune and is the Montreal-based artist's most introsp...view item »

Max Ananyev
Water Atlas

Russian ambient instrumentalist Max Ananyev might just be one of those guys who will cite obscure philosophers at your dinner party. Luckily his music has the same qualities of endlessness, carried by meandering pianos and expansive soundscapes, without the dreariness. On 2018’s Water Atlas, you'll find nothing bu...view item »