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Weekly Update Seahawks, DeepChord, Lorelei, Sera Cahoone, Errors, and more...

People just keep on bringing out records and sending them to us, and then we have to take them out of their boxes, listen to them, tell you what they’re like, and then pack them back into boxes to send all over the world, only for the same sorry cycle to be repeated ad infinitum. It’s a glamorous life, hey?

Some of the things coming out of boxes this week have been admittedly quite excellent, though, not least the welcome return of cosmic riff explorers Moon Duo with a brand new LP of their warm repeato-fuzz jams, while Jaki Leibezeit’s Magnetik North have a 2LP of rhythmic, hypnotic goodness and French loop magician Ghedalia Tazartes has an LP and DVD which draws heavily on a recent trip to India, Flying Lotus has a new long-player of good vibes direct from LA, and Ono/Moore/Gordon’s long-awaited collaborative album ‘Yokokimthurston’ is here too! Both your favourite Johns, Cale and Cage, have “new” albums, Charlatan Tim Burgess has a charming LP of gentle psychedelic pop, and prolific Brooklyn songstress Heidi Harris has another delightful CD of her gentle spooked-out weirdfolk. Wolf Eye Failing Lights has another LP of his bleak minimal cosmic synth-void jams, and Samantha Glass has an LP of lush bedroom space-synth adventures on Not Not Fun, Yoga have an LP of creeping, blurred dark ambient intensity, while split LPs have come our way from Os Ovni/Twins on the reliable Clan Destine and also fromExpo 70/Ancient Ocean on No Fi/Sound Of Cobra.

J Mascis’s stoner jammers Heavy Blanket’s rip-roaring self-titled album has finally been pressed on vinyl, and the Swans, Goat and Monoton LPs you’ve all been patiently waiting for have finally arrived (all at once!), and Sacred Bones’ essential but pricey deluxe vinyl pressing of theEraserhead OST is back in too...for now at least! Oh, and Natural Snow Buildings’ super-limited epic ‘Night Coercion Into The Company Of Witches’ has finally got a proper 3CD/4LP pressing from the good people at Ba Da Bing. There’s a great compilation of Country Soul Sisters - Women in Country Music 1952-74 on Soul Jazz, and Polyvinyl have a bargain-priced sampler LP with an exclusive Deerhoof track on it! There’s all manner of great tapes too! Bargain of the week is the epic ‘80 Minutes of Funk’ on Clan Destine which has 40 minutes of soundtracky weirdness each from Ela Orleans and Curt Crackrach for less than a fiver, while other tapes have arrived from CVLTS, TLAOTLON, Quiet Evenings/Former Selves, Legendary Hearts and a two-cassette fundraiser compilation for Tom Carter. Other albums this week have come fromThe Soft Pack, Sera Cahoone, A.R. Kane, Clark, Taken By Trees, Lorelei, Cerrone, Neil Halstead, Altar Eagle, Liz Christine, Darren Tate,Lawrence English, Castrovalva, Eli Keszler, Cross, Leisure Birds, Errors and Seahawks.

Also we’re doing a big sale this week on Static Caravan releases, so if that’s your bag then you might find some real bargains right here!

As for the singles, Great Pop Supplement have sent us a 7” of swirling and likeable psychedelia by The Soundcarriers featuring “narration” by Elijah ‘Frodo’ Wood himself, and one from By By The Sea with some drifty AOR-pop on tasty two-colour vinyl. Gravenhurst and Beach Fossils join forces to pay tribute to Slowdive’s aforementioned Neil Halstead, Deepchord has a pic 12” which sounds as good as it looks, and there’s other singles from Alt-J, The Jim Jones Revue, Drop Out Venus, North American War, Spider Bags and Christian Cosmos.

I’m afraid it’s hopeless, you might as well give up now.
xo


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

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 »

Heidi Harris

Storm Story

9/10 from ReviewBot300

We’ve had a couple of CDs in from this lady already which Brian and Mike were rather taken by so I’m quite curious to check this out and happily it looks like i...read on »

North American War

Ivory And Geraniums On A Spit

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Bit mysterious this one, there’s no press release and the sleeves are all hand-coloured and DIY-looking, and it’s whipping our Brian into a frenzy of curiosity, ...read on »

Magnetik North

Evolver

9/10 from ReviewBot300

This Magnetik North is of course not to be confused with Erland Cooper’s The Magnetic North. This is the handiwork of Jaki Liebezeit and Ian Tregoning, and the press rel...read on »

Gravenhurst / Beach Fossils

Neil Halstead Tribute

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Got a 7” here where two of indie’s brightest sparks, Gravenhurst and Beach Fossils, each pay tribute to Slowdive’s Neil Halstead, with the ‘Fossils tac...read on »

Altar Eagle

Nightrunners

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Digitalis honcho and North Sea dude Brad Rose spends his downtime on this Altar Eagle project with his wife Eden Hemming, where far from the challenging experimentalism you ...read on »

Moon Duo

Circles

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Moon Duo have long since shaken off the pesky “side-project” tag that plagues anybody who’s in another more famous band, and are here dropping their third ...read on »

Samantha Glass

Mysteries From The Palamino Skyliner

9/10 from Mike

Samantha Glass is in fact the pseudonym of Beau Devereaux (which seems like a pretty cool stage name in its own right if you ask me), who makes soft synthetic bedroom psych...read on »

Ghedalia Tazartes

Coda Lunga / Rushes of India

9/10 from ReviewBot300

This LP comes with a DVD which I don’t have the time or means to watch here so I’m just writing this review from the LP, which is a bit of a head-scratcher to be...read on »

Natural Snow Buildings

Night Coercion Into The Company Of Witches

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Natural Snow Buildings’ early limited DIY releases go for stupid money on eBay and Discogs nowadays so it’s nice to see that Ba Da Bing have been so kind as to p...read on »

The Soundcarriers

Boiling Point

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Great Pop Supplement have two singles for us this week, and this one here is by Nottingham’s The Soundcarriers, with three tracks of swirling ‘60s-influenced ps...read on »

Curt Crackrach/Ela Orleans

80 Minutes Of Funk

9/10 from Mike

How’s this for value? 40 minutes each of explorative lo-fi from the amusingly monikered Curt Crackrach (aka Nattymari, Netnanny, Ron Hardly...) and prolific citizen-of...read on »

DeepChord

Summer Night Versions

9/10 from Ant

With Rod Modell's Deepchord material there are pretty much two things you can rely on. The first is that there aren't gonna be any massive surprises or huge stylistic shifts a...read on »

Christian Cosmos

The Sharp Lines That Delineate His Robes

9/10 from Ant

Following 12"s from Vatican Shadow and Bronze Age Dominick Fernow's Bed Of Nails label hit's its third release with an outstanding 4 track EP from the man himself. This time u...read on »

DJ Stingray

Imping Is Easy

9/10 from Brian

This is a funky, furious beast of a 12” from old Drexciyan cohort/DJ erm...DJ Stingray. A stingray is a kind of vicious yet playful aquatic beast that tantalises, the...read on »

Quiet Evenings / Former Selves

Split

9/10 from Mike

Ooh, this is a very cool-looking tape. There’s little additional bits inside that makes it look like reel-to-reel spools! It’s a proper classy touch and I alread...read on »

Flying Lotus

Until The Quiet Comes

9/10 from Clinton

You know  - so many things go on these days that I somehow missed Flying Lotus’s last opus ‘Cosmogramma’. Just never got round to it. Shocking isn&rsquo...read on »

Fennesz

Fa 2012

9/10 from Phil

Here’s a rare sight. It’s a Fennesz 12”! I don’t think I’ve seen one of those before. ‘Fa 2012’ is a remix of ‘Fa’ which ...read on »

Legendary Hearts

Music from the Elevator

9/10 from Phil

I like listening to tapes at home (the office tape player is knacked again). I’m always pleasantly surprised that tapes sound ace (I forget...). The tape I’m liste...read on »

Various

Lunar Jams For Tom Carter

9/10 from Phil

You probably heard that Tom Carter aka Charalambides head honcho contracted pneumonia on his recent tour of Europe. He had to cancel the tour and also incurred some hefty medi...read on »

Dam Funk

I Don’t Wanna Be A Star!

9/10 from Li'l Biz

The ever impressive future_funk flag bearer Dam_Funk returns with a taster of what’s to come from his sophomore effort (the follow up to awesome ‘Toeachizown&rsquo...read on »

Liz Christine

Sweet Mellow Cat

9/10 from Phil

Here’s a newie on Flau by Liz Christine. There’s little for me to go on with the press release as it’s basically just a poem and a tracklisting, so I can&rsq...read on »

Expo 70/ Ancient Ocean

Split

9/10 from Phil

I do like a bit of Expo 70. He’s done some top records over the years! This beastie is a split with Ancient Ocean on the Sound Of Cobra/No Fi labels and they did only pr...read on »

Jessica Bailiff

At The Down-Turned Jagged Rim Of The Sky

9/10 from Brian

Well, if there's a label you can trust to be honest in their press releases it is the quite wonderful Kranky, one of the few internationally renowned labels of great stature t...read on »

Aleksi Perala

Mental Union

9/10 from Brian

I've delayed my trip to Wales this morning in order to fully digest this riveting and breathtakingly sculpted double set from the man formerly known as Ovuca, a Finnish man, a...read on »

Beak> / DD/MM/YY

Split EP

9/10 from Mike

Everyone here at Norman Towers was mightily impressed with Man of the Year Geoff Barrow’s BEAK>’s sophomore album a couple of months back, so it’s a tre...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 »

Leisure Birds

Globe Master

8/10 from ReviewBot300

First review of the week goes to Minneapolis “sci-fi garage” quartet Leisure Birds, who’ve got an album out with trusty cosmic adventurers Moon Glyph. The ...read on »

Cross

Die Forever

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Cross is the brainchild of Warmer Milks’ Ma Turner and visual artist R Clint Colburn, and this album here that they’ve done is full of quite ‘80s-sounding...read on »

Spiderbags

Papa Was A Shithead

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Fuck yeah! This is a lot of fun. Sophomore Lounge are on the button yet again with this 7” from the mysterious Spider Bags, who start out on the A-side with ‘Pap...read on »

Reizen

Untitled

8/10 from ReviewBot300

This CD is a reissue of Reizen’s second CD but in new packaging so intricate and elaborate it’s a good five minutes between attempting to unstick the plastic sle...read on »

Midland & Pariah

Sheworks003 (Works The Long Nights)

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Two heavyweights of the modern bass movement join forces for an exclusive vinyl only release on Works The Long Nights. This bad lad comes on 180g wax too. BUFF! Side A comes ...read on »

Castrovalva

You're Not In Hell, You're In Purgatory My Friend

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Hyperactive Leeds madheads Castrovalva are back with a second album of their irrepressible day-glo rawk idiocy. They peddle a Lightning Bolt-esque bass and drum attack with ...read on »

Eli Keszler

Catching Net

8/10 from ReviewBot300

My friend Rob is a devotee of Eli Keszler and his out-there putterings but to be honest I struggle with his brand of abstract percussive weirdness, much of which seems to be...read on »

Failing Lights

Afternoon Summer Sex

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Wolf Eye Mike Connelly has been peddling queasy cosmic dark ambient drone jams with his Failing Lights alter-ego for a while now, and this latest very limited LP on super-co...read on »

Yoga

Skinwalker

8/10 from Mike

It opens at night, in a graveyard presumably, the bone-rattling groans of the undead drifting in from every side over what might be a distant organ drone. Over the moans of...read on »

Lawrence English

For/Not For John Cage

8/10 from Mike

Here’s a CD on L-NE from renowned sound artist and blurry ambient master Lawrence English, this time an homage (or not?) to everyone’s favourite minimalist John ...read on »

TLAOTLON

Teeth Alphabets

8/10 from ReviewBot300

This tape here’s got Jeremy Coubrough, aka TLAOTLON, making weird electric boink-loops and bloop-scapes of hyperactive circuitry, lo-fi beats and shuddering drone-thro...read on »

Errors

New Relics

8/10 from Mike

The last Errors album ‘Have Some Faith In Magic’ was a pleasing step up for the Glasgow post-electro-pop rockers and I guess they’re just going with the mo...read on »

OS Ovni/ Twins

Votex To Void/Graphic Edition

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I’ve not heard either of these bands yet but I’m rarely disappointed by anything Carl Clandestine puts out on his excellent label. There was a wonderful four-way...read on »

Mark Stewart (featuring Factory Floor)

Stereotype

8/10 from Brian

Weird one this, I never heard Stewart’s latest album or much of his Mafia stuff at all. the guy is a top personality but should stop ligging with useless twats like Pr...read on »

Dark Dark Dark

Who Needs Who

8/10 from Clinton

Melodic started off as a dancey type label for the post-Fourtet brand of backpack knob twiddlers but you could say that these days their roster is pretty much ‘owt. &n...read on »

The Soft Pack (The Muslims)

Strapped

8/10 from Clinton

The Soft Pack were called The Muslims before they had to change their name for one reason or another. Whatever moniker they have traded under, they have always been a force ...read on »

Darren Tate

Calm In A Teacup

8/10 from Clinton

Being a York resident myself, it’s fascinating to learn that this kind of music was coming out of the city in 1986/87, it’s not all Minster peals and Shed 7 you ...read on »

Gary War

New Raytheonport

8/10 from Clinton

Now that Ariel Pink has pretty much screwed things up with that so-so hit and miss last album, it could be former bandmate War’s turn to shine. This, however, is a rei...read on »

Ultraista

Small Talk (Remixes)

8/10 from Clinton

Bloomin’ heck, this is a collab between heavyweights Nigel Godrich (Radiohead producer) and Joey Waronker (late period REM drummer, Beck etc). This is the first taste ...read on »

The Owl Service

Garland Sessions

8/10 from Phil

Clinton always seems to end up with Owl Service CDs to review. I thought he liked folk music but obviously not. I’ll do a brief one for this one as it’s essentiall...read on »

Mars

Live at Irving Plaza

8/10 from Phil

If you ain’t familiar with these guys then here’s a bit of info about ‘em. They’re a seminal New York no wave band, none of ‘em could play instru...read on »

A.R. Kane

The Complete Singles Collection

8/10 from Brian

Like everyone else from the era that sported similar taste in music to me, although I really dug large chunks of '69' by A.R. Kane, I loved 'Suicide Kiss' especially and sat a...read on »

Taken By Trees

Other Worlds

8/10 from Brian

Concretes chanteuse Vicky Bergsman has released an album with Panda Bear in the past that she recorded in an inspired mood following a trip to Pakistan. This time it's the Haw...read on »

Featured albums

OS Ovni/ Twins
By The Sea
Curt Crackrach/Ela Orleans
The Soundcarriers
Expo 70/ Ancient Ocean
Ghedalia Tazartes
Cerrone
Failing Lights
Liz Christine
Quiet Evenings / Former Selves
Darren Tate
Gravenhurst / Beach Fossils
Drop Out Venus
Spiderbags
Leisure Birds
Seahawks
Magnetik North
North American War
TLAOTLON
Cross
Legendary Hearts
Lawrence English
Heidi Harris
Eli Keszler
Altar Eagle
Christian Cosmos
Lorelei
Samantha Glass
alt-J
The Soft Pack (The Muslims)
A.R. Kane
Taken By Trees
The Jim Jones Revue
John Cale
Tim Burgess
Errors
Clark
John Cage
Castrovalva
Natural Snow Buildings
Yoko Ono / Thurston Moore / Kim Gordon
Yoga
Neil Halstead
Various
Various
Sera Cahoone
Flying Lotus
Moon Duo
Monoton
DeepChord
SWANS
Goat
David Lynch & Alan R. Splet
CVLTS
Heavy Blanket