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Weekly Update TEEN, Y Niwl, Hark, Fluxion, Aaron Dilloway & Jason Lescalleet, and more...

Afternoon, you delightful Normodensians. I was off having a birthday last week, leaving you in the capable hands of my fellow dogsbodies, but now I’m back in business and another week of the endless slog that is audio retail has passed, leaving me with another mountain of records to tell you about, which myself, Brian, Clinton and of course our friendly office ReviewBot have been hard at work reviewing all week long. There has been laughter, there have been tears, there might even have been a little bit of fisticuffs, but now I’m ready to give you another “long-awaited” weekly round-up.

One thing I’ve been buzzing about this week is the arrival of a new package from our friends at Clan Destine Records, who’ve sent us a superb four-way split LP from Ela Orleans/Dirty Beaches/U.S. Girls/Slim Twig as well as three super-limited tapes; one of Ela Orleans’s distinctive haunted hazepop, one of blurred sensual r’n’b brilliance from Skylines and some awkward, mysterious loops from German Army. And while I’m on the tapes it’s worth mentioning that we’ve got the Ekoplekz/Wanda Group split cassette in as well one from krautronica guru Kosmonaut and a Kosmonaut/Adderall Canyonly split which will probably be of a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it nature if his previous releases are anything to go by. Other things I’m quite excited about this week include a brand new LP on HoZac from chaotic psych-punk heroes Puffy Areolas,Swans’ latest epic 3LP opus, and a reissue of The Birthday Party’s ‘Junkyard’ which comes with a bonus 7” and a CD!

The new Concern LP on Isounderscore has a tasty foil-stamped sleeve and half an hour of box-harp drones looped and decayed into ethereal shimmers, and also looking good on the same label is a newie fromNicholas Szczepanik where he demonstrates his feather-light drone subtlety to good effect. Emeralds/Inner Tube guitar hero Mark McGuire enlists Nate Scheible on drums for an LP of playful jams, while Andy Votel has a mini-album of soundtracky synth tinkerings under his Xian Orphic moniker. Unique Newcastle singer-songwriter Richard Dawson’s new LP has arrived, there’s some curious minimal synthpop on the new album from Mara Barenbaum, aka Group Rhoda, and there’s sleepy twinklings aplenty on the lovely new 2LP fromHallock Hill. French duo Liminanas are back with their second LP of shimmering bare-bones garage rock,Aaron Dilloway and Jason Lescalleet team up for an LP of spare synth drones and tape loops on Pan, theFeedtime box on Sub Pop finally turned up, and there’s other albums from Sontag Shogun, L’Roneous,Horisont, Ombre (Julianna Barwick & Helado Negro), Celer, Wild Nothing, Matthew Dear, Teen and Silent Harbour.

Moving on to the singles, I’m really into the new EP from Wales’s premier surf combo and Gruff Rhys backers Y Niwl, with six new tracks of their slinky good vibes to brighten up my turntable through what’s left of this dreary summer, while Rhys himself has been busy twiddling the knobs on fellow Welshman H. Hawkline’s new 12” EP of well-crafted indie-psych crooning. Trensmat have sent us a couple of churning bonged out new sevens from space-rockers Gnod and Whirling Hall of Knives. The People’s Temple’s new 7” on HoZac has a bouncy retro-garage cut and a totally sweet slacker pop gem on the flip, Jimbob from Taint’s new band Hark have a 7” of man-rock on Super-Fi, we’ve got a mysterious “Omaggio” 12” and7” where artists pay homage to classic Italian Zombie scores on splatter vinyl with giant picture stickers, and other offerings from Stubborn Heart, Pole, Fluxion, Freddie Gibbs, Woollen Kits, Ted Chippington,Gyratory System and Foy Vance. Phew.

Keep it sweet, keep it smoky!

Super Mikio, Dr ReviewBotnik and the Mushnorms


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Wild Nothing

Shadow

9/10 from Li'l Biz

That Jack Tatum kid sure knows how to craft a sweet little pop song. Now signed to Bella Union (for some odd reason - I thought Captured Tracks was a perfectly respectable hom...read on »

Stealing Sheep

Into The Diamond Sun

9/10 from Clinton

The opening track on this debut album ‘The Garden’ is immediately impressive and recalls a Warpaint raised solely on The Slits and The Raincoats. Production wise i...read on »

GNOD

5th Sun

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Ah, Gnod. We’re rather fond of these trans-Pennine bong riffers here at the ‘Towers. Here in my hand I’ve got their new 7” on the reliable psych-murk...read on »

Y Niwl

4

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Everyone’s favourite surf slackers are back with six brand new tracks of their trademark Welsh-language instrumental stylings. The 10” starts with a bang, with b...read on »

Ela Orleans / U.S Girls / Slim Twig / Dirty Beaches

The Statement

9/10 from ReviewBot300

On this LP, apparently the brainchild of Alex Dirty Beaches, we’ve got four top outsider weirdos each contributing ten minutes of sweet jams for your aural delight. It...read on »

Skylines

Skylines

9/10 from Mike

Skylines are entirely new to me and the press release gives scant information except that they’re members of Party Trash, Raw Moans and Top Girls and they “chann...read on »

Xian Orphic

Xian Orphic

9/10 from Mike

It would seem the character synthing around on this record here isn’t called Xian Orphic at all but is in fact Finder Keeper Andy Votel, getting all cosmic with shimme...read on »

People's Temple

Looter's Game / Highs And Lows

9/10 from Mike

This latest 7” from US garage mainstays HoZac sees Peoples Temple return with two tracks of retro garage pop that sounds like they’ve been raised on a diet of Nu...read on »

Ela Orleans

High Moon Low Sun

9/10 from Brian

Mike and I absolutely love Ela Orleans, she is a total outsider genius and these strange delightful things she continually makes keep creeping into this office like mischiev...read on »

The Liminanas

Crystal Anis

9/10 from Brian

Well, I totally adore it when I fall in love with a sleeve design yet also rabidly hanker for the music within too! See, that is what has happened on indulging in the th...read on »

Sontag Shogun

Absent Warrior, Abandoned Battlefield

9/10 from Brian

Cor, I really like this. A five track EP beginning with some very pretty piano playing all smothered in electrical feedback and fizzing, fluctuating tones, thunderous nois...read on »

Puffy Areolas

1982: Dishonorable Discharge

9/10 from ReviewBot300

I really like these Puffy Areolas. They’ve got a raw obnoxious loucheness to them which I immediately warmed to so I’m very happy to see a new full-length collec...read on »

The Birthday Party

Junkyard

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Well it’s good to see this back on vinyl! This deluxe reissue not only has the entire LP but also a bonus 7” and a CD with all the tracks from both records. Nice...read on »

Ombre

Believe You Me

9/10 from ReviewBot300

This band Ombre is a collaboration between Julianna Barwick and Helado Negro, so I have high hopes, and so far I’m not disappointed, with a beautifully balanced mix be...read on »

Woollen Kits

Shelley / Down Your Street

9/10 from Mike

Here’s a new 7” from antipodean garage popsters Woollen Kits, bashing out two new songs of their bright, earnest garage pop anthems with catchy unison vocals and...read on »

Mark Mcguire & Nate Scheible

Certain Circumstances

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Here we’ve got Emeralds and Inner Tube shredder Mark McGuire and Cleveland percussionist Nate Scheible teaming up to deliver five “super slowed down ambient seag...read on »

Holy Other

Held

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Holy Other return with their much-anticipated debut full length ‘Held’. After the uber-success of mini album ‘With U’ (a record tastefully described ...read on »

Wild Nothing

Nocturne

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Wild Nothing a.k.a Jack Tatum returns with his newie on Bella Union entitled ‘Nocturne’. With ‘Gemini’ being such an unexpected, out-of-nowhere styl...read on »

L roneous

Notes From The Righteous Outlaw

9/10 from Li'l Biz

‘Notes From The Righteous Outlaws’ first track begins with a take on Posdnous’s ‘Pease Porridge’ rap from ‘De La Soul Is Dead’. Thi...read on »

DeepChord

Sommer

9/10 from Clinton

Inundated. We’ve been inundated with Deepchord material of late.That ‘Silent World’ soundtrack thing Phil recently went nuts over, this fantastic new album...read on »

Pole

Waldgeschichten 3

9/10 from Clinton

Deepchord, Echocord and their ilk can try their very best but in this week of dub techno releases no-one can top the king - the wonderful, huggable Stefan Betke. Immediately...read on »

SWANS

The Seer

9/10 from Ant

SWANS return after their outstanding reformation album 'My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky'. While many bands have re-grouped to perform classic albums in their enti...read on »

Tropa Macaca

Ectoplasma

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Software venture deep into experimental purism with the co-release of the fourth rekkid from ambient noise makers and all round good lads Tropo Macaca. ‘Ectoplasm&rsquo...read on »

Cate Le Bon

CYRK II

8/10 from Clinton

After my initial disappointment that she is neither French nor Simon’s daughter, I’ve been reasonably impressed with our Cate’s output of late. Its the sort ...read on »

Dreamscape

La-Di-Da Recordings

8/10 from Clinton

Is this the point where surprise re-issues of long forgotten bands passes into complete and utter insanity? Dreamscape barely merited a blip even on the demo/tape scene of 198...read on »

Beautify Junkyards

From The Morning/Fuga No.2

8/10 from Clinton

Hands up who would like to hear a hitherto unheard of Portuguese band cover ‘From The Morning’ by Nick Drake? Hmmmm quite a few of you it seems. I’m baffled ...read on »

FIDLAR

Don't Try EP

8/10 from Clinton

The big new thing? Maybe. They have the amphetamine driven tunes, one part Syd Barrett, one part The White Stripes. It’s snotty garage punk that blasts along like a teen...read on »

Aaron Dilloway & Jason Lescalleet

Grapes and Snakes

8/10 from ReviewBot300

This new LP on Pan (in their trademark fancy packaging) sees former Wolf Eye Aaron Dilloway collaborating with fellow experimentalist Jason Lescalleet for a somewhat unsettl...read on »

Hark

Mythopoeia

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Ooooff! Got a right meaty bad boy here from Super Fi/Destructure by Hark, which is the new project of Taint frontman Jimbob Isaac, who has also designed and screenprinted s...read on »

H. Hawkline

Black Domino Box EP

8/10 from ReviewBot300

When I first clapped eyes on this EP I thought it was going to be some kind of dark experimental weirdpop, what with the impenetrable cut’n’paste front cover and...read on »

German Army

Cattle Border

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Apparently these guys have put out previous releases on the likes of Night People, Kill Shaman and Skrot Up but I’ve not encountered them before and this tape really d...read on »

Concern

Misfortune

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Ooh, there’s a very classy foil-stamped sleeve on this record here, with a simple design in metallic turquoise on black. Looks really cool. That’s probably not w...read on »

Alain Leonard & Alex Wank

Omaggio Lucio Fulci & Fabio Frizzi

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I’m fairly confused by this record from the outset. It’s got two shortish pieces (just over 15 minutes in total) on a 45rpm 12” which is on crazy-looking s...read on »

Group Rhoda

Out Of Time - Out Of Touch

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Group Rhoda is, somewhat confusingly, the solo project of Mara Barenbaum, who uses synthesisers, analogue effects and drum machines to craft brittle, precise minimal pop son...read on »

Nicholas Szczepanik

The Truth of Transience

8/10 from Mike

I remember that the Nicholas Szczepanik ‘We Make Life Sad’ LP I enjoyed very much, so I’m happy to put my drone slippers on and have another go at his drif...read on »

feedtime

the Aberrant years

8/10 from Brian

Now what the hell is going on here? First time I heard these guys I thought "what the fuck is this awful pub rock?" Now I like the frog logo so much I might get a tattoo of ...read on »

Gyratory System

John Frum / 1968

8/10 from ReviewBot300

This is just what I needed right now. Right from the outset on this EP we’re treated to a barrage of bright, bouncy melodic synth, building up in insistent looped lay...read on »

Stubborn Heart

Need Someone EP

8/10 from ReviewBot300

After a well-received white label debut 12” a year ago, Stubborn Heart are back with this new 12” EP on Kaya Kaya. The lead cut is ‘Need Someone’, a ...read on »

Whirling Hall Of Knives

Alternate Devil

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Trensmat have been pretty on the money with their singles lately, and this latest mini slab of psychedelia is from trio Whirling Hall of Knives, who churn their way through ...read on »

Hallock Hill

The Union / A Hem of Evening

8/10 from ReviewBot300

This is a lovely little package. It’s a gatefold 2LP with a sleek little book of pictures and poems and four sides of gently twisting guitar meditations from Tom &ldqu...read on »

Kosmonaut

Green

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Ah, Patrick “Kosmonaut” Park is back with more of his krautedelic experiments in electronics. I see that, much like Weezer before him, he has opted to go down th...read on »

The Bug

Can't Take This No More / Rise Up

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Big man on campus The Bug (aka Kevin Martin / King Midas Sound / Techno Animal / Razor X / Ladybug) returns with the first of a series of 7”s for Acid Ragga in the run...read on »

Airhead

Pyramid Lake / Black Ink

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Airhead returns with another slice for R&S and this time around he’s mixing in up! Not to be easily pigeonholed, the tracks on this impressive li’l 12&rdquo...read on »

Silent Harbour

Silent Harbour

8/10 from Clinton

With its elongated fade-in, booming sub bass and dubbed atmospherics, opener ‘Aquatic Movement’ is a dead ringer for this week’s other dub techno masterpie...read on »

Fluxion

Traces EP

8/10 from Clinton

More expertly produced dubby techno on Echocord. This has a underwater type vibe with deep bass throbbing away rhythmically whilst soft synths purr along. It’s all war...read on »

TEEN

In Limbo

8/10 from Clinton

Ah, I read summat about this lot in t’paper the other week. One of them is ex-Here We Go Magic (did well to get out of that particular sinking ship). Opener sounds lik...read on »

Foy Vance

Melrose EP

8/10 from Clinton

No relation to Tommy, I’d not previously heard of Foy Vance. Turns out he’s a Northern Irish singer songwriter with a very soft whispery voice. This is produced ...read on »

Ted Chippington

Blues Fan

8/10 from Clinton

An oddball release from an oddball comedian. Ted Chippington was a Peel favourite in the ‘80s with his distinctive Brummie charm. The A side is his ‘classic&rsqu...read on »

Celer

I, Anatomy

8/10 from Clinton

It must be ace being a fan of Celer. You get a new record pretty much every day. I should be a fan of theirs, instead I obsess about bands like The Blue Nile, Scritti Politt...read on »

Featured albums

Kosmonaut / Adderall Canyonly
Hallock Hill
Kosmonaut
Deak Ferance / Roger Conrad
Alain Leonard & Alex Wank
Horisont
Ela Orleans / U.S Girls / Slim Twig / Dirty Beaches
Skylines
Ted Chippington
Ela Orleans
German Army
Sontag Shogun
H. Hawkline
Stubborn Heart
Whirling Hall Of Knives
Hark
Ekoplekz / Wanda Group
L roneous
Concern
Mark Mcguire & Nate Scheible
GNOD
Aaron Dilloway & Jason Lescalleet
Gyratory System
Nicholas Szczepanik
Xian Orphic
Pole
Foy Vance
Ombre
Fluxion
Celer
Woollen Kits
Matthew Dear
Group Rhoda
The Liminanas
SWANS
TEEN
People's Temple
Puffy Areolas
Silent Harbour
Y Niwl
Wild Nothing
Freddie Gibbs
feedtime
Richard Dawson
The Birthday Party