It was a tumultuous night here at the Towers as we waited to find out the future of our country (actually some of us just went to sleep and prayed). So as we deal with the fallout of what should forever be known as Black Friday by making jokes on Twitter to try to cheer ourselves up, let’s bury our heads and see if music can get us through eh? Certainly something we’ll be needing to get us through the next few months is a new album from Sleaford Mods and you can now pre-order it as some kind of outlet for any seething anger.
Onto this weeks things and there’s plenty of good things in to ease you through the weekend such as a squelchy new albums by Prefuse 73, Blanck Mass, Manyfingers and The Fall (actually they aren’t all squelchy but it’s a great word).
- Former Movietone guy Manyfingers release a wonderful album of neo-classical compositions with added grit. Well recommended….even by Phil.
- Ben Chatwin was born Ben Chatwin but professionally known as Talvihorros but he is now again called Ben Chatwin. His solo debut is a lovely thing of dark atmospheric neo classical.
- Delicate and twangy, loudly amped and carelessly played. This is Dead Ghosts.
- The Fall’s 31st album ‘Sublingual Tablet’ is brilliantly (and sometimes dreadfully) uncompromising.
- Nu-gazers Fever Dream release their much anticipated ‘Moyamoya’.
- Blanck Mass is one of the guys from Feck Buttons with a marvellously intense, glitched out LP.
- Winchester’s finest Rozi Plain returns with some simple yet potent folk rock.
- Bonnie Stillwater is Bonnie Prince Billy alongside Watter doing some brooding post rock.
- That Prefuse 73 new album is a return to ‘One Word Extinguisher’ type form we reckon. Perfect summer listening.
- Novella make ‘90’s ish krauty indie pop for fans of Electrelane and Lush.
- The Holydrug Couple make some home-made summery pop vibes a la Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
- Image what the Merzbow and Xiu Xiu collaborative albums sounds like. Yes, that’s right a relentless barrage of loud and abrasive sound textures. Thank you.
- O V Davey plays interesting bedroom pop with a disasterous voice.
- ‘60’s legends The Sonics now sounds totally silly and gleefully dated.
- Improv minimal dance from Dans Dans.
- Surfer Blood make Weezer-like indie rock with quirky bits
- Lilting country folk from Canadians The Weather Station.
- Bernard and Edith on Bella Union make some haunting late night soultronica.
- The new album by The Tallest Man On Earth has a touch of the songs of David Brent about it.
- 80’s post punk legends the Nightingales are back with a brand new album.
- Lovelorn duck-voiced crooner Patrick Watson mopes about and wonders about stuff.
- Charlemagne Palestine and Grumbling Fur make a vinyl document of a mind-blowing collaborative set called ‘Ggrrreeebbbaaammmnnnuuuccckkkaaallloooww!!!’ Imagine asking for that in your local Our Price.
- The dude from MONO it says in enormous letters on the front, Takaakira 'Taka' Goto for it is he, brings us some gloriously morbid post-rock, you’ll love it if you like Godspeed.
- Unexpected collab of the week is Scots 808 dance lot Golden Teacher meeting Dennis Bovell.
- Now out on vinyl are the James Blackshaw and Death albums.
- “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here” bloke Shaun Ryder has a new 12” out.
- Les Sorciers Du Theil are a psych rock band obsessed with repetition of patterns and ever-so-slight modulations over a long period of time.
- Our Jim is rarely one to give top marks but he’s been knocked off his Anglesey perch by the new record from Mark Fell and Gabor Lazer which he describes as the most rhythmically radical and seizure-inducing futurist electronica being made on planet Earth right now.
- On a slightly less esoteric note Jamie xx releases the first taster of him summer festival-aiming LP.
- Controlled noise and insistent beats on Lakker’s intense new album on R & S.
- The Green Kingdom perfectly fuse the atmospheric drift of ambient electronica with crystalline guitar melodies
- There’s some delicious home-made techno by Antenes on L.I.E.S
- Barbarossa was a folkie, now he’s an electronica-ie.
- The iDEAL label won’t be ideal for everyone but iDEALISM showcases their particularly disturbing brand of harsh experimental music full of withered voices and pissed off drones.
- Oren Ambarchi brings to town solid example of his more modern classical slant.
- Low-end and vintage drum machine clap’n’clatter from Zed Bias.
- One of the most interesting re-issues this week is David Kauffman and Eric Caboor’s ‘Songs from the Suicide Bridge’ a kind of minimal dark folk that predates Red House Painters/American Music Club.
- Incredible Public Enemy meets My Bloody Valentine noise-niks Dalek have two of their finest albums re-issued on Ici D'ailleurs.
- There’s a seven LP Johnny Cash deluxe box set of all his American Recordings.
- ‘Live at L'Étrange Festival 2004’ by Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson has been re-pressed on white vinyl with a bonus CD.
- All the out of print Eleh albums have been collected into a luxury box….just for you.
- Maybe Pan Sonic bloke I-LP-O IN DUB is onto something with his exhilarating ‘Communist Dub.
- 'Keep Calm and Carry On' tea towels Public Service Broadcasting get remixed by Errors on a new 7”.
- Keroscene sound like a shoegaze Smashing Pumpkins channeling Kurt Cobain.
- Tauchsieder have a Wire guesting on their nicely packaged 7” of hazy soundscapes.
- ‘Legendary’ “long at the sides, short on top” modfathers Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher unleash exciting new singles for a seachange in British politics.
- Cornerstone of early English psychedelia Kaleidoscope have their delayed Record Store Day 7” finally released.
A quite unusual release from Ben Chasny of Six Organs of Admittance, a book, detailing a mystical-sounding new approach to compositional craft that involves use of a deck of cards.
That’s it from us. Keep your chins up.
Words by Clinton.
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