It’s been a week of records here at t'Towers. The record coldest temperature has been recorded in our stockroom (-22C), Phil has reached a world record age (44), and we have been selling some records.
A notable one has been by that digi-rascal known as the Aphex Twin. “Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 EP” is released today and can be played on both 33rpm and 45rpm. You decide but you should check out Laurie’s expert analysis here. We’ve also had a Home Normal/Nomadic Kids Republic and Komu super sale with record low prices on a whole heap of ambient goodness and naughty Brian was sent into the stockroom to sort out the mess that is our tape shelves and he found a bunch of lost stuff much of which we’ve reduced for quick sale.
- Scottish folk maestro Alasdair Roberts has a new album out for those cold winter nights sat alone by the fire. His “most pure and beautiful work” says Robin.
- Blustery psych lunatics Zun Zun Egui start to learn the concept of “song” on striking new LP on Bella Union.
- American multi media guy Jib Kidder gets signed to Domino and his Panda Bear-ish debut showcases shards of brilliance.
- Tinderstick-a-likes The Chemistry Experiment release a new album of hushed acoustic pop.
- Ex Supergrass Gaz Coombes makes complex and histrionic Jeff Buckley type bluster.
- Elephant Micah, fine picker and a very compelling sad boy, moves as slowly as early Songs Ohia on new album.
- Oorutaichi reference AmCo circa ‘Sung Tongs’ on the freak folky ‘Drifting My Folklore’.
- 90’s baggy maestros The Charlatans are back with a brand new album of hits and misses.
- Caribou fans..you gotta check out this limited Caribou Vibration Ensemble LP Featuring Fourtet and James Holden. Proceeds to good cause and it comes with a psychedelic poster.
- Pinkshinyultrablast are the latest Europeans to jump on the shoegaze rollercoaster.
- Perfect Pussy have issued their first demo one one sided etched LP (or non-etched CD) and photo booklet.
- Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith impresses Robin with her intelligent sonic puzzle of an album referencing Grimes, Laurel Halo and Vampire Weekend.
- Noveller makes the record that saved January says Brian.
- Al Lover is kinda like J Dilla using fragments of Thirteenth Floor Elevators back catalogue to create another ‘Donuts’.
- Plastic Palace People is a collaboration between Christoph Heeman and be-cardiganed sound experimentalist Jim O’Rourke who also pops up on the latest impossi-listen collab with Oren Ambarchi and Keiji Haino.
- Restraint is a new fuzzy techno project of Vereker dude Oliver Vereker.
- Chihei Hatakeyama releases an album all about his favourite weather condition ‘Mist’.
- Arandel goes all over the place from near-cheesy synth washes to abstract sound collage to chiptune.
- Lawrence English recorded the antarctic wind at temperatures of -44. Similar conditions in fact to our stock room.
- L/F/D/M have made some sizzling squiggly downtempo acidy house.
- Two new things on DFA from Ninos Du Brasil and Marcus Marr.
- Claude Speeed adds that extra ‘e’ to be sure to certain zip to his hazy sunbathing synth sound.
- The words ‘poet’ and ‘experimental musician’ in the same sentence usually fill me with fear but Brian assures me Louise Landes Levi LP on Sloow Tapes is as transcendental and sublime as he says it is here.
- Brian blasted Demdike Stare’s latest ‘Testpressing 007’ at 8.30am Wednesday morning the insisted on playing it again as it was so gruesome, grimy and dark.
- Mouse on Mars lad Jan St Werner makes a dazzling concoction of electronic oddnes. Truly weird shit.
Actually…..not a lot. You could pick up an old Built to Spill album here or a Half Japanese box set there but the Sonic Youth and Primitives re-issues though well worth owning are CD only. There’s two items on the ever interesting Lights in the Attic - the smooth 80’s soul of Supreme Jubilees and the gentle ‘60’s psychedelic folk of Arthur. There’s two soundtracks for ya though...we have The Walking Dead OST with bumper poster and the jazz/orchestral fusion that is Marty Manning’s soundtrack to The Twilight Zone.
York’s noisiest people Fawn Spots unleash a new 7” complete with zine and Joy Division cover. Mark Fell and pal make music for cello and Linn drum and we welcome back Scarboroughs ‘80’s pop sensations The Crumplehorns who unleash a devastating Fall-esque racket. Nu-shoegaze purveyors Engineers release a cheap as chips 7” of their lush-gaze and bearded wonder Bonnie Prince Billy releases a new 7”.
So there you go. Hopefully there’ll be something you want in that little lot. Have a great weekend everyone and you can rest assured that we’ll be back next week.
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