Welcome to our frozen update, brought to you this week by the power of the hot water bottle.
Nope, the weather doesn’t stop the exciting releases from hurtling down the release pipe y’know? Spare a thought for our delivery drivers, traversing the length and breadth of our snow-laden landscape just so you can check out the new Ricked Wicky album.
Speaking of checking out weird shit, just in case you’ve been burrowed under a blanket for the last two months we’ve highlighted 60 things you might have missed while Christmas and the New Year has been happening. Go and take a look.
Anyways, yes, this week has seen the first big release drench of the year with more than a smattering of new discs to tease you into parting with your hard-earned brass. Special mention must go to H Hawkline’s album on Heavenly - the first psych pop masterpiece of the year, forcing our Brian to award it a lesser-spotted 10 marks. We are also pleased to be the only place in the UK stocking this live performance by Throbbing Gristle/Coil legend Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson. Laurie’s soft young ears took a pounding… oh and before we start Warp’s Broadcast LP re-issue batch are available to pre-order.
- Mantana Roberts provides us with the third installment of her “sound quilting” project about civil rights and the history of creativity in America (mmmm, quilt).
- Legendary composer John Carpenter has released his first solo non soundtrack album. Who’d have thunk it?
- Desperate Journalist sound like a band who’ve listened to ‘The Dark Side of the ‘80s’ on repeat for the last year.
- Young Turks types swan about all cockily about last year's hits that they’ve compiled the best bits of onto vinyl.
- Luke Haines has made another record he’ll write about in a book one day. “And can you believe what I did next...?”
- Ever witnessed Ty Segall live? Well you can now pretend you were in San Francisco with him in vibrant new live album.
- Jessica Pratt has a voice so high that we had to call the dog catcher when we played her Karen Dalton-ish newie.
- Ricked Wicky (for it is he) is the new so-so album from Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices). We’ll miss him when he’s dead.
- Swooning psychedelia and storytelling shoegaze from Black Moth Super Rainbow + The Octopus Project.
- Sparse and sonorous Brighton recluses Boduf Songs release a new slow moving opus.
- All We Are sound like David Cameron’s answer to the Wild Beasts.
- Swami John Reis & The Bland Shake pay tribute to the classic 50s and 60s surf scene.
- Cornershop, for reasons best known to themselves, have chosen to rework their debut ‘Hold On It Hurts’ into ‘Hold On It’s Easy’.
- Jasmine Guffond makes Grouper-style looping drones.
- Vampiric post-punk gymnastics from Disappears.
- Welsh-gone-Leeds-gone-Welsh band Twisted make an irresponsibly fast garage-punk racket.
- Fictonian impress with one Beta Band-ish and one Mark Hollis-ish track on their exciting new 10”.
- A four way psych rock attack on ‘4 way split’ by Naam/White Hills/Black Rainbows/The Flying Eyes.
- Dan Melchior has a brand new record of two long psychedelic compositions on Siltbreeze.
- San Fran men The Dodos unleash a brand new album of pop things on Morr.
- At last, at last, at last bvdub releases his long awaited tribute to his cat and it contains some of his best work yet claims Brian.
- William Ryan Fritch swaps the neo-classical pastoralism of yore for cinematic grandiose modern classical compositions with terrifying conclusions.
- Midwest house meets left-thinking old school British politics and make strange bedfellows on new DJ Sprinkles and Mark Fell 12”
- Some real classy banging on things from Contact Field Orchestra.
- Variant make wonderful sprawling dub techno to zone out to.
We have a re-issue of ‘60s pop legend Del Shannon’s sank-without-trace opus ‘The Further Adventures of Charles Westover’ on Trouble in Mind. And...umm….ummm?? Nope, that's it for this week on the rehash front!
Phil loves this Beekeepers 7” so much that he temporarily suspended Clint for ‘only’ giving it 8 marks. Slanted avant pop weirdness. And again um…There’s an All We Are 7” if you want to test them out without committing to the album same deal going on with H Hawkline.
That’s it for now. Keep warm and safe.
Clinton and anyone not dropping like flies.
Best records this week
According to our review team at least...
9/10 from Laurie