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Weekly Update

Afternoon all. It’s that time of the week again, and I’m back in the saddle after leaving you in Brian’s capable hands last week while I nipped off to Liverpool Anglican Cathedral to play in minimal legend Rhys Chatham’s 100-guitar orchestra. If you’re one of the many who played and attended thank you for contributing towards it being such an unforgettable week. Now I’m back in the office, listening to bands with significantly less guitars and experiencing the “post-Chatham comedown”, but we soldier on, don’t we.

On to the new records we’ve got this week, Low Point have a couple of excellent LPs out from The Horse Loom, which is Steve Malley from The Unit Ama going it alone with some trad folk-inspired songs and solo acoustic guitar invocations, and a beguiling LP of experimental minimalism from Ex-Easter Island Head full of shimmering open-tuned guitars and hypnotic polyrhythms. Another album that’s been tickling my ears is the long-awaited debut from Glasgow noise-rock banshees Divorce which is hard-grooving and deliciously vile, the mysterious S ND Y P RL RS have a magical LP of slow post-punk drowned in warm crackly dream-fuzz, while shoegaze revivalists Ringo Deathstarr have a new album of well-constructed MBV/JAMC worship, and Carlton Melton are back in town with their most accessible LP yet of their distinctive stoner slow jams, and slower still is the CD reissue of Newcastle psych-doom giants Bong’s debut LP. Valgeir Sigurdsson has a superb CD of epic neoclassicism which is both playful and emotional, workaholic Bob Pollard chips in with yet another solo album, and Terror Danjah’s got an album of bumping bass jamz on Hyperdub.

There’s some very cool and very limited reissues with lovely screened sleeves too - Gasoline Boost have revived Chicago noise-rock classics from Big’n and Shorty, and Sound of Salvation have done a run of just 50 copies of Paul Levinson’s cult private press soul-pop classic from ‘72 ‘Twice Upon A Rhyme’! We’ve got tapes from Soft Walls and Tank Battalion Attack/Roma Dune, and other albums have arrived from the likes of Ultrasound, Ricardo Villalobos, Tobias Hellkvist, Efterklang, Sunday Parlours, Mumford & Sons, Ike Yard, Banana & Louie, Tod Dockstader, Deadman’s Ghost, Sex Pistols reissue, and the Flaming Lips & Heady Fwends vinyl has finally showed up!

As for the singles and EPs, Talvihorros and Ekca Liena have teamed up for a limited double 3” release which comes in a sealed envelope so we couldn’t review it but I bet it’s lovely, Andrea Belfi’s done a screenprinted one-sided 12” where he tries to recreate skateboard noises with drums, and there’s a 7” of silky, soulful minimal techno-pop from the mysterious Mart Avi, as well as some wibbly slow folk-soulpop on the impressive debut from Champs. And that’s before I even get started on the new singles from Tim Burgess, Frightened Rabbit, MPIA3, Ruskin & Broom, Absolute Monarchs, Evans The Death, Marika Hackman, Michael Kiwanuka, V.I.V.E.K., Fixers, Dread Flimstone, Antibalas, Psychic Twin, Cygnus, Graveyard and Diamond Version.

Don’t trust the Pope.

Mikey the Cucumber and the rest of the Veggie-Norms.


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Thee Oh Sees

Putrifiers II

9/10 from Brian

This is more than an EP, it's knocking on 40 minutes long and sports a walloping ten tracks to its name! What it is without a shadow of doubt, is the sound of Dwyer and co. fl...read on »

Mark Eitzel /Sacri Cuori/Isobel Campbell

Split

9/10 from Phil

You know in all the time I’ve been doing this I’ve never really paid much attention to Mark Eitzel. I’ve no idea why so don’t ask. I just haven’t...read on »

Élg

Mil Pluton

9/10 from Phil

My word what is this? My ears are being both spoiled and destroyed by this bonkers Elg record which is officially the craziest thing I’ve heard all week! Elg is Laure...read on »

Josephine Foster

Blood Rushing

9/10 from Phil

I used to be obsessed about Josephine Foster. So much so that when it came to naming my daughter we settled on Josephine (guess whose idea that was!). There’s somethin...read on »

Shorty

Thumb Days

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s an interesting one - Chicago noise-punkers Shorty’s long-out-of-print genre classic ‘Thumb Days’ has got a very limited repress with pretty cool...read on »

Divorce

Divorce (Album)

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Glasgow mentalists Divorce have been doing the rounds for a bit now, teasing us with all manner of juicy singles full of scratchy, unhinged psychopunk clatterings, but only no...read on »

Ex-Easter Island Head

Mallet Guitars Two / Music For Moai Hava

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Liverpool’s Ex-Easter Island Head have an LP here with two fairly different pieces of their hypnotic, otherwordly experimental minimalism, starting on the A-side with &l...read on »

The Horse Loom

The Horse Loom

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Guitarist Steve Malley has been wowing people for years in bands like Crane, Kodiak and The Unit Ama, but on this album, as The Horse Loom, he’s going it alone with just...read on »

The Soft Walls

The Soft Walls

9/10 from Mike

Well this one’s getting off to a weird start. First we get a few moments of Spacemen 3/Moon Duo style repeato fuzz with buried field recordings and then suddenly the sam...read on »

S ND Y P RL RS (Sunday Parlours)

Rex

9/10 from Mike

We’ve got a beautiful LP here from the Berlin’s enigmatic S ND Y P RL RS (or Sunday Parlours) and it’s a very curious beast indeed. The dominant textures her...read on »

Russell Haswell

5 inch Vinyl LP Series

9/10 from Ant

Lord Haswell’s album for Downwards finally surfaces following that rather wicked remix 12”. Apparently these tracks were originally intended to be cut and pressed ...read on »

Ruskin & Broom

Bites

9/10 from Ant

This is (I think) the fourth EP these London Techno stalwarts have released together. Not taking into account the ace recent Fear Ratio records. Following the recent slight de...read on »

Ike Yard

Ike Yard

9/10 from Ant

This one has been a long time coming! Originally released in 1982 on the US branch of Factory Records. It was the only release on the label and the only LP by the band up unti...read on »

Tod Dockstader

Electronic Vol. 1

9/10 from Ant

I’ve had some secret knowledge of this release for like over a year or something and I’ve been waiting impatiently for it like an insomniac 5 year old on Christmas...read on »

Tod Dockstader

Bellstomp / Pond Dance / Boingo Background

9/10 from Ant

A massive double helping of scrumptious sonic candy from Mordant Music this week with the super ace ‘Electronic 1’ LP from Tod Dockstader and a delicious side-orde...read on »

Bong

Bong

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Newcastle doom bastards Bong have done us all a favour and reissued their self-titled debut LP on CD with an extra bonus jam for those of you who already got the album. For th...read on »

CHAMPS

St. Peters

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Slightly gothy, otherworldy croon-folk on this debut 7” from the Isle of Wight’s Champs, who notably feature members of The Shutes and The Bees. Determined guitar ...read on »

Valgeir Sigurdsson

Architecture Of Loss

9/10 from Clinton

So this guy has been around the block a bit...did the strings on Feist’s album, worked with Damon Albarn on his Dr Dee folly. This is apparently his third album, I&rsquo...read on »

Graveyard

Goliath

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Don’t know what the story is with Graveyard other than they’re from Sweden and they RAWK!! - the press release is non-existent and details online are scarce but we...read on »

Antibalas

Dirty Money / AWOL

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Antibalas recently surprised with their super solid self-titled debut on Daptone and here we have the first single. Kinda come the wrong way round but let’s not complain...read on »

Cygnus

Newmark Phase

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Central Processing Unit is a fantastic name for a label. Really wish I’d have thought of that one...not to worry. Let’s get on with it shall we. Cygnus is a Dalla...read on »

Diamond Version

EP

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Okay, this one has been selling pretty well without the need for words so I’ll keep it brief. Mute and Raster-Noton have teamed up to release this limited EP by Diamond ...read on »

Tobias Hellkvist

Everything Is Connected

9/10 from Li'l Biz

The following passage is nabbed directly from the press release... “This is not an album to rush. This is an album to savour and absorb for its perspective, enveloping ...read on »

Ricardo Villalobos

Dependent And Happy

9/10 from Brian

It's a very media-friendly catch-all phrase to blurt out but this guy really is like the Aphex Twin of minimal, in that his productions have this totally otherworldly impact y...read on »

Sic Alps

Sic Alps

8/10 from Brian

Never been completely enamoured of these Drag City mainstays, they're a difficult band to truly love. For the uninitiated they construct rattly, occasionally scrappy and sligh...read on »

John Carpenter & Alan Howarth

Prince Of Darkness

8/10 from Brian

I'm a bit cynical about all these expensive vinyl soundtracks hitting our racks all of a sudden but that's because I usually find that incidental music intended for a film,...read on »

Ringo Deathstarr

Mauve

8/10 from ReviewBot300

You know where you are with Ringo Deathstarr. This lot peddle a brand of unabashed shoegaze revivalism so well-observed you feel like you’re back in the ‘90s. It s...read on »

Carlton Melton

Photos of Photos

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Carlton Melton are a band whose releases I almost invariably enjoy, with a mixture of deep, dark riffing and detailed psychedelic chuntering creating an uniquely meditative st...read on »

Mart Avi

Vision / Noble Heart

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I’ve not happened upon this fellow before. I don’t even know if Mart Avi is his real name, but what he’s doing here is most tasty. It’s slow, sensual r...read on »

Absolute Monarchs

To Hell, Let’s Masquerade / Thinking Thieves

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Seattle’s Absolute Monarchs are new to me but apparently they’ve already got an album out and have been impressing the right people stateside. On this 7” the...read on »

Paul Levinson

Twice Upon A Rhyme

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s an incredibly limited (only 50 copies!) reissue of Paul Levinson’s sought-after pop rarity from 1972, Twice Upon A Rhyme, which comes lovingly packaged in a...read on »

Neil Halstead

Palindrome Hunches

8/10 from Clinton

Musing as I do late at night, with the help of a couple of Mark Kozelek videos I started pondering the art of the singer songwriter and how, sometimes, it just catches you bu...read on »

Night Shift

Trespassers Guide To Nowhere

8/10 from Clinton

We have two versions of this CD - a ”faux-rigami” pop up book of sorts, each hand-bound with unique antique book covers, and including hand printed/typed inserts, ...read on »

Pinkcourtesyphone

Elegant & Detached

8/10 from Clinton

More soundsourcery this time from from sound and installation artist Richard Chartier, lovely, dark, spooky electronic drifty stuff with intermittent blasts of unexpected soun...read on »

Andrea Belfi

Dubbing & Doubling

8/10 from Mike

We’ve got a peculiar and bewilderingly limited (just 50 as far as I can tell!) 12” here from maverick Berlin-based experimental percussionist Andrea Belfi with a p...read on »

MPIA3

AVN005

8/10 from Ant

Shifted’s excellent Avian label hits it’s fifth release with the second 12” from the mysterious MPIA3. A-side ‘Ely’ goes straight to work with an...read on »

Tim Burgess

A Case For Vinyl

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Tim Burgess may have been on the scene for years and years singing in the Charlatans and running his diverse and consistent O Genesis label and generally seeming like a pretty...read on »

Marika Hackman

You Come Down / Mountain Spines

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Marika Hackman is here with a 7” of dusky, mournful alt-country/neofolk songsmithery. Lead track ‘You Come Down’ is dark and bleak and packed with queasy ana...read on »

Robert Pollard

Jack Sells The Cow

8/10 from Clinton

After the surprisingly excellent second Guided By Voices comeback album ‘Class Clown Spots a UFO’, I wondered whether the newly discovered inspiration found throug...read on »

Peter Broderick

These Walls Of Mine

8/10 from Clinton

Ah, Peter Broderick. Instead of actually getting on with a proper album that might elevate him to the stratospheric class of the neoclassical-tinged folk musician he continues...read on »

Michael Kiwanuka

Bones

8/10 from Clinton

Michael Kiwanuka is one of those rare instances of a musician who has been heavily hyped, Jools Holland appearance under his belt before he’s even had a single out but c...read on »

Psychic Twin

Gonna Get Her

8/10 from Clinton

This is a duo of Erin Fein and Brett Sanderson (NOT him from Suede!). For some reason when Erin started writing these songs, she thought she was writing with her non-existent ...read on »

Evans The Death

Catch Your Cold

8/10 from Clinton

Thumbing through the book review section of my Saturday Guardian - I’m soooooo middle class you know - I was very surprised to see an article on Amelia Fletcher and the ...read on »

Park Avenue Music

For Your Home Or Office

8/10 from Clinton

Oh this is nice, wondrously sparkling electronica just like your Mum used to make (Mum geddit?). It’s full of soft-as-lace Rhodes piano-like trills with skittery micro-b...read on »

V.I.V.E.K

Against The Tide / Trinity

8/10 from Li'l Biz

I’m probably not the best lad to reviewing this (Brian! Where are you?) super deep V.I.V.E.K 12”. You see, I’m not all that keen the modern dub style and I s...read on »

Featured albums

Graveyard
Andrea Belfi
Marika Hackman
Ringo Deathstarr
Banana And Louie
Big 'n
Cygnus
Tod Dockstader
The Horse Loom
Deadman's Ghost
Paul Levinson
Tank Battalion Attack & Roma Dune
Ex-Easter Island Head
S ND Y P RL RS (Sunday Parlours)
Talvihorros / Ekca Liena
Mart Avi
The Soft Walls
Bong
Mumford & Sons
Frightened Rabbit
The Sex Pistols
Tim Burgess
MPIA3
Ruskin & Broom
Ultrasound
Antibalas
Carlton Melton
Michael Kiwanuka
CHAMPS
Efterklang
Ike Yard
Valgeir Sigurdsson
Psychic Twin
V.I.V.E.K
Terror Danjah
Fixers
Robert Pollard
Divorce
Ricardo Villalobos
Evans The Death
Tobias Hellkvist
Diamond Version
The Flaming Lips
Shorty
Dread Flimstone & The Modern Tone Age Family