Another grey week flies by at the Towers. Brian has risked his sanity by undertaking the first ever Norman Records stocktake and has already uncovered loads of gems. We’ll be posting them up on the site each Friday. The first lot are here if you want a scrat through. Also, as we spend all our time telling you what we think of things, we think it’s your turn to tell us what you think of us. Fill it in and you could win £50 in vouchers -- it should just take you a few minutes:
Lots of new releases to get your teeth into, including a wonderful album from Dutch Uncles, which led a crazed Clint to award it 9 out of 10. This is really amazing stuff if you like Kate Bush, Wild Beasts and Field Music. On the other side of the musical spectrum are Public Service Broadcasting. Robin caused a Twitter furore with his review of their latest effort. We’ve kept discreetly quiet about it since but I think you can guess that it’s not our favourite record of the week. Many of you disagree and that’s the marvellous thing about the world we live in. We can agree to disagree and still be friends... right? Anyway, their new album ‘The Waste of Space’ is out now but unfortunately the vinyl came with split spines so it’s not available at the moment. Back early March we’re told.
Also out this week
- Travis Bretzer momentarily threatens to be the new Mac Demarco on his album of sunshine pop.
- New shoegaze kings Cheatahs have an excellent new 12” out.
- Grim record sleeve of the week comes from noise-gazers Spectres. Terrifying. And it’s called ‘Dying’... but it’s full accessible-ish noise-pop.
- Petite Noir come from South Africa and sound rather a lot like the Wild Beasts. Their debut is full of their “Hadley and Somerville” (copyright Phil) vocal contrasts.
- Mark Lanegan has a new remixes project out. He’s literally got everyone involved. Everyone who has ever made music is involved.
- Steve Gunn teams up with the Black Twig Pickers for an album of pastoral, hand-plucked Americana.
- Grooms have made a beautiful record somewhere between Real Estate, Radiohead and Unwound.
- Indie pop mainstays Comet Gain are back with a 5 track 12” EP thingy.
- Krill make gorgeous, heart-on-sleeve garage rock. And why not?
- Electro-hippie exuberance and multi-coloured dance jams from Lord Dan of Deacon.
- Errors are back with a new album of dance-pop on Rock Action.
- There’s plenty of post-metal bloodletting on Pelican’s new EP with remix from Jesu lad.
- One of the best albums of the week is a surprise return from ‘90s lost boy Dominic Waxing Lyrical.
- Nzumbe make eerie sound collages with murky vocals. Truly original.
- Romare lives up to the hype with a superb album, full of yet more sound collages. Early contender for album of the year, says Andy.
- Loads more stuff just in from H Burns, Hot Sugar, The Black Ryder, TheeSatisfaction...on and on it goes.
Loads of the bloody stuff… here’s just a surface scratch:
- Planet Mu return to form with an album of inexplicable but fascinating DIY electronica by John T Gast.
- Bleak industrial techno doom-monger Kerridge produces his gloomiest output on the inaugural release on his new imprint Contort.
- Abstract digital sound sourcery by NHK and electro-acoustic frequencies by Koenraad Ecker both on Line.
- Ryan Teague has called in big shot pals Plaid, Errors and The Field for new remix thing.
- Strong ‘90s rave feel on Missqulater 12” on the ever consistent Central Processing Unit.
- Scanner, Dru$s, Ran Slavin and Greg Fox collide on limited double 12” inspired by train travel.
- There’s some self destructive tape mastery from Aaron Dilloway & Jason Lescalleet.
- Sea and Cake man Sam Prekop uses kraut-y synths and soft as soup chords on cat homage.
Not a re-issue as such -- well maybe it is -- but The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s ‘Tepid Peppermint Wonderland Volume 2’ is now out on gatefold vinyl. Now-dead cut-up pioneer William Burroughs’ ‘Nothing Here Now But the Recordings’ gets the re-issue treatment, there’s dingy Italian cold-wave from 2+2=5, warped psych bliss comes on a 250 edition of the debut LP from Thelightshines and German pop tinkerers the Notwist get their ‘Shrink’ album re-issued on vinyl...and finally just in this exact second is an expens-a-vinyl re-issue of John Williams’ soundtrack to the dinosaur film ‘Jurassic Park’.
We thought the humble 7” was dying a death but there’s loads in this week. You can choose from 2 new things on Ghostbox’s ‘Other Voices’ series from The Pattern Forms (featuring Advisory Circle man Jon Brooks and a couple of Friendly Fires) and synth prodder Steve Moore. There’s a fab pop ditty from slacker scousers Hooton Tennis Club, a limited taster of the forthcoming LP from Calexico, warped soul pop from K15, naughty weep-tronics from 18+, a couple of singles from Hard Left (members of Boyracer & Black Tambourine in a punk stylee), noisy psych racket from Yak and skiffle from Severed Limb. Or buy them all, yes that’s a good idea… buy ‘em all.
No Tapes this week. Some would say "yay". Pesky critters, cassettes.
That’s it for now. Wishing you a wonderful weekend and the very best of luck getting through next week.
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