Aaaah sunshine, blue skies, being trapped inside a concrete tower block with the blinds drawn…it’s been a wonderful week here at the Towers what with the exhaust fumes through the open windows and jolly lunches overlooking the ring road. Bliss. It’s been a pretty fine week for music too, we’ve been enjoying new sounds from The Mountain Goats, Ava Luna, Prefuse 73, Slug, Sleep, James Blackshaw and tonnes more. We’ll take you through the best bits if you just scroll down a little further...we know you can do it.
Meanwhile there’s just seven shopping days left until Record Store Day. Are you with us? If so here’s all the information you could possibly need and if you want to join in the social space-face fun then here’s our Facebook Event page. We’ll have cake and coffee, records and ample parking. Join us.
- Ava Luna have come up with one of the week’s most striking releases - all over the shop pop somewhere between Dirty Projectors, Grizzly Bear and Sun City Girls.
- Slug feature touring members of Field Music and their aesthetic is almost identical. Sunderland based slanted jerk-pop.
- Veterans Wire release another album which has its moments of gloomy understated art rock.
- Nasal and wordy whiner Mountain Goats release more folky oddness - subject matter this time? Pro wrestling.
- The Leisure Society return with more folky goodness perfect for eating an ice cream to at the summer festivals but dark enough for cold winter nights.
- Ian and Robin rejoice! Your heroes Idlewild are back.
- Bop English is the solo effort from the White Denim frontman and according to Robin, deserves a small round of applause.
- Black Moon Circle play tripped-out psych of weaving linear narrative as if they were in a suave, hair metal David Attenborough nature doc.
- Michael Price plays tear jerking neo-classical pieces so nice that Robin has forgiven him for his involvement in Sherlock.
- Tout Croche are Huddersfield’s leading practitioners of tactile drone and noise.
- Villagers have one amazing song on their new album and a bunch of fairly pleasant ones.
- Oh dear. Stealing Sheep’s reliance on in vogue ‘80s synths has got Clint (..er.. that’s me - hello) all angry and stuff.
- Moth Effect have krauty synths and wobbly soundscapes gained from a lifetime listening to Stereolab and MBV records.
- Death and the Maiden make dark minimal wave electronica and ‘80s dream pop.
- James Blackshaw is back with a new album. He sings this time - Robin’s heart is won over.
- Suuns and Jerusalem In My Heart collab’d for seven days….this is the result.
- I Am Kloot are responsible for healing many warring middle-aged couples. Listen to them do it live in front of a studio audience who have escaped from the kids for a night.
- Toro Y Moi’s new one is a bit of a disappointment. Disagree? Then tell us by reviewing it if you like. We think it’s an unfocused mess.
- None of us are old enough yet to enjoy Calexico’s music. Maybe in 20 years time it will click. Anyway their new album is out.
- Ramin Djawadi’s blood splattered vinyl soundtrack for ‘Game of Thrones 3’ is in.
- Stearica’s ferocious, frenetic post rock will make you do things at 500x speed.
- Drizzly found-sound by Gareth Hardwick who gives us ‘Two Songs’ on a 10”.
- Who likes hexagons? We like hexagons. Richard Neale releases a hexagonal CD full of rich electronica.
- Irresistible bass music from Also aka Appleblim and another bloke.
- Drawing Virtual Gardens album on the ever lavish Time Released Sound was made whilst his wife was in labour. Stress-tronics.
- Japanese melancholy pianist Akira Kosemura has two new albums out ‘Embers’ and ‘Trio’ performed live with cello and violin.
- We have two limited CDs in as part of Temporary Residences ‘Travels in Constants’ series ADW is Stars of the Lid’s Adam Witzie aka maker of the warmest and grandest nap music of the last couple decades. The second is by moist beats practitioner Prefuse 73 - an excellent release marrying five full compositions to a series of loops.
- Literally every new electronic record is called ‘Whorl’ these days. Here’s another - ‘Whorls’ by Tim Catlin and Machinefabriek.
- “It drifts,it tinkles, it twinkles”....Cass makes soft mini-tronica on Home Normal. On the same label come Fifto with delightful ambience inspired by drone and woodland techno.
- Robert Hood’s Floorplan returns with some aggressive remixes of some of his classic trax.
- There’s some raw early material from Brutalist Techno practitioner Surgeon.
- Swans affiliates and people we sold a lot of records by a few years ago, Big Blood re-release ‘Double Days I’ and ‘Double Days II’ on limited cdrs
- Phil likes rap now so we’ve got re-issues from Ghostface Killah, Ice Cube, NWA and Mos Def. Big up to the Pudsey massive.
- The Apartments were an Australian band from the early ‘80s who sounded a lot like the Go-Betweens. Captured Tracks have lovingly re-issued their recordings.
- The self same Captured Tracks have also given us the dubious thrills of Dinner’s ‘Three EP’s’. This will be one Dinner we won’t be enjoying.
- The collector’s bespoke edition of Popul Vuh’s ‘Kailash’ is here and is as thick as a big sandwich.
- Lords of weed chords and bong metal trailblazers Sleep get their Sleep’s Holy Mountain’ re-issued (finally!)
- Teleman release a super 7” of catchy electronic pop on the highly collectible Speedy Wunderground imprint.
- Ala.ni knows where to put her dots and knows how to make quaint vintage sounding music - one for the grandmas.
- Ethereal folkish pop from Flo Morrissey who has very long hair.
- I feel full of regret regret that I wasn’t totally nice to Tigercats last week. I was in a bad mood, ok? To make it up to them I am going to publicise their new 7” on Fortuna Pop which I quite enjoyed!
- Also on Fortuna Pop, indie poppers Evans the Death make a right old racket on a 7” to promote their new album ‘Expect Delays’....the title of which also could serve as a warning for anyone who has ordered vinyl around the time of Record Store Day.
That’s it for now. We hope your weekends are totally skill and expect to see us back on Monday for Record Store Day week. Yikes!
Words by Clinton.
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