We’d be lying if we said it has been a massively busy week here at the Towers - it’s been a little like the calm before the proverbial storm with massive records in next week from Godspeed You Black Emperor and Sufjan Stevens and a tonne of others. But there are still plenty of things to choose from, have no fear my friends.
This week's biggest things came from Lonelady with her Madonna meets Liquid Liquid pop funk, the deconstructionist indie pop of Aussie prankster Courtney Barnett, a new Deep Distance release from Sula Bassana (Electric Moon’s Dave Schmidt) and we were going to tell you about new The Declining Winter album but it has sold out completely now so we’d better tell you about some things you stand a chance of buying instead…
- Canadian pianist, entertainer and writer of the ditty for the Apple iPad campaign Chilly Gonzales has a new one out which comes with a bonus 5 track CD.
- There’s some emotive anthemic dream pop from Glaswegians Errors.
- Yorkshire lads The Cribs have more of their perky pop up for sale.
- Nisennenmondai. Try asking for that in your local Our Price. This Tokyo-based all-female instrumental trio have a new live record out.
- Carlisle’s finest The Lucid Dream unleash their second batch of trance-like drone and feedback-drenched psychedelia on The Great Pop Supplement.
- Ridiculous, obnoxious and quite often naked psych-sters Of Montreal are back in the game.
- Got the new one in from underground hip-hop legends Cannibal Ox.
- The ever-changing hair of folkie Laura Marling has unleashed some new luxury strumming.
- Soko collabs with Ariel Pink on new album of reverby 80s indie.
- Our idiot staff couldn’t ruin M. Ostermeier’s beautiful album of piano compositions for Laurie.
- Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) teams up with Ride’s Mark Gardener on an album made in Ian’s wettest dreams.
- Jam City’s new record kind of inserts smooth ‘80’s pop into post dubstep then chops it all up.
- Aloa Input make euphoric backpacker indie which borrows from Animal Collective and Postal Service.
- I never thought I’d see the day when I could tell you that we have a new Blancmange album in stock.
- Former Beach Boys sidekick/Modest Mouse producer and now waste-of-space bluesman Seasick Steve has a new one out.
- More predatory blues from Jon (Frank) Spencer Blues Explosion who pay tribute to their native New Yoik.
- Eluvium and Explosions in the Sky folks hook up for some second wave post-rock as Inventions.
- The Sidekicks nail the nasal glee of Built to Spill to the everywhere sadness of Snow Patrol, and the rugged guitar faultlines of Superchunk.
- You wouldn’t think it from the sleeve but Uffe have provided us with jazzy late-night pleasure trove of seductive beats.
- Charles Howl make some Brian Jonestown influenced psych.
- The Staves have a new one out. Excited.
- Warp (now) veteran Clark has a new EP out.
- Jlin is a US beatstress with a penchant for alluring rhythms. Her new album is out on Planet Mu.
- Tim Hecker-level fizzy undulating melody on Tegh & Kamyar Tavakoli’s ‘Through the Winmter Woods’ on Hibernate.
- Slabs of rhythmic ambient melancholy from Yamaoka.
- Seamless drones for synth, field recordings and creaking instruments from Federico Durand.
- Scuba’s straight along the line techno is anything but boring says Laurie.
- Oake’s perfectly crafted death ambient is a feast for dark ears.
- Legowelt continues to toy with the house/technoheads on a new 12”
- Wick Blaze re-shapes house music from his Baltic Sea hideaway.
- Prolific disco/house champion Dauwd releases the latest in a series of must-have 12”s.
- Two fabbo Alex G re-issues out of his previous albums to ‘DSU‘ which, unless you got in on the ground floor, you won’t already have.
- Ariel Kalma eases you into a warm bath next to a series of differently scented candles.
- Join the avant-tinged disco party by buying Arthur Russell’s Dinosaur L re-issue with legit NY disco hits.
- Delia Derbyshire has her quite terrifying ‘Inventions For Radio: The Dreams’ LP re-issued.
- Fabio Frizzi’s soundtrack to ‘Zombie Flesh Eaters’ is out on Death Waltz and there’s more scariness with Christopher Lee’s dracula re-issued for the first time since 1972 when I was the cutest 2 year old you ever saw.
- You can’t turn your nose up at an 11CD Hawkwind box set for £28.89 can you?
The main news is that there are three new releases on the ever collectible The Great Pop Supplement from Snails, Hanging Stars and Mike and Cara Ganglolff (formerly of Pelt). You know you want them all. We have the new single from Slaves in (lucky old us, eh?) and for people with hair longer at the sides than it is at the front or back we have the rare mod of The Ossie Layne Show. And to round everything up nicely we have a new single from...yup...Faith No More.
Just the one this week but it’s a good ‘un. Two Boys Alright contain members of the marvellous EIAFUAWN and make similarly ‘90’s influenced mystery lo-fi pop.
Weekend weather outlook: err..not looked yet
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Best records this week
According to our review team at least...
9/10 from Robin