It's been the biggest week of releases since the autumn equinox, so whereas last week we started with a joke we shamelessly nicked off a customer this week we have been far too busy to even consider stealing jokes. Sad times. Still, it's not all bad. We must have played the new Julia Holter album a thousand times over the last few weeks, therefore it now soundtracks the office more than cardboard does. Not sure if we can live without it. Meanwhile, there’s enough new records for everyone in the world. We’d better start somewhere so here goes:
This week’s all important Things That We Have™:
- In 1980 Joy Division wrote a song called ‘Atrocity Exhibition’ which predicted a description of the 2015 New Order album a good 25 years early.
- Sexwitch is a sexy sandwich -- like Wensleydale cheese and carrot chutney. It’s also the name of Natasha Khan (Bat for Lashes)’s new project.
- Why and how is the Julia Holter album so good? We don’t know -- let’s just accept it eh?
- Chill guy Kurt Vile releases a new album of cosy guitar twiddles. This week’s laziest album.
- Girl Band. They take the chunky parts of Shellac and the Jesus Lizard. Men band; don’t go to their gig thinking they are girls. They are men.
- Blue Daisy is a guy from Camden making wild experimental Ghostpoet type hip h(r)ock. (Apologies).
- Shelf Life is the drummer from Alex G doing kinda the same thing.
- Virgin/EMI have unleashed the new Chvrches album. Swift-ian in its execution.
- Mouse on the Keys kind of do sound like a mouse running up and down some keys… and a drum kit… and a sax. They release this week’s twiddliest album. Also in the jazzy stakes: a new one from the Necks.
- Post-rock corner. So much of it that we are going to group it together. Your choices are To Destroy A City, Caspian and metal variants Svalbard.
- Jeff Stonehouse has written an album about his late mother. It would be terrible if we hated it; luckily it’s lovely. Also in ambient news: Hakobune teams up with the magnificently named Dirk Serries in an album that way tops his ‘Sometimes We Left the Window Open’ album for thrilling excitement and Wil Bolton in in permanent crackly fog.
- Darkstar get northern people to speak in between melancholic neo-danceable pop on their new one.
- Real life angry MC Guilty Simpson spews out another on Stones Throw.
- Yung make Wedding Present-y sounds and rock like it’s 1995.
- Roseau prove that there are some synthy albums I like with a mixture of modern soul-pop and Grizzly Bear experimentalism.
- Majeure is not the guy from Ultravox.
- Eyelids OR have done an album of Velvet Crush style power pop on mushroom-headed tweet lord Tim Charlatan label. Comes with bonus CD of covers from obvious influences.
- Joke: How does a Noel Gallagher remix album sound? Awful!
- Menace Beach make more ‘90s scuzz rock.
- Complex psych twiddlers Wand release their third album in as many hours.
- Vaadat Charigim are an Israeli post punk band who make overcast day in Stockport like swirls.
- Telekinesis used to do power pop but now does power pop with synths. The world is evolving.
- Chantal Acda collaborated with a Star of the Lid which should send a large proportion of you scurrying towards the ‘buy’ button.
- More albums out from psych pop madcaps Fever the Ghost, the squeaky Youth Lagoon, slow and deep Elliot Moss, post punkers Cruising and Cilla Black tribute US Girls.
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- Sylvain Chauveau once covered Depeche Mode in acoustic style. Not sure why. It’s now been reissued. Not sure why.
- Sarah Records fans: put your lollipops in the waste paper basket and swoon to the shoegaze sounds of Secret Shine.
- Loads of Popul Vuh re-issues, including ‘Nosferatu’.
- Top Sheffield bontempi lord John Shuttleworth gets his ‘The Yamaha Years’ re-issued on long player.
- Gil Scott-Heron’s classic ‘72 era ‘Small Talk At 125th & Lenox’ gets a nice vinyl re-press.
- So many Ennio Morricone reissues, so little time.
- There’s a massive great Creation box set of early stuff on the label including more Meat Whiplash songs than you’ll ever need in your life.
- The Birthday Party’s ‘Prayers on Fire’ gets a reissue.
- Jerky new wavers Suburban Lawns get their Oingo Boingo style weird pop re-issued on either ‘green sprinkler’ or ‘silver flying saucer’ vinyl. Your choice.
- Vintage sound sourceror Joe Meek’s influential ‘I Hear a New World’ gets the vinyl re-issue treatment.
- There’s the biggest Dir Bavid Sowie bos set ever of his early work out and his pals Placebo have their ‘Without Nothing I’m You’ LP re-unleashed on wax.
- Bikini Kill’s ‘Revolution Girl Style Now!’ early work gets on the vinyl tip.
Ant’s Electronic Roundup:
- Frank Riggio’s second part of a trilogy ‘Psychexcess II - Futurism’ is bursting with imaginative pulsating dub, melodic ambience and beat driven electronica. 2LP/ CD on Hymen.
- Sleaford Mod Andrew Fearn’s EXTNDDNTWRK 10” on Fourth Dimension is finally in and soon to be going out of the door.
- As Sure As Night Follows Day Russell “Racket” Haswell is up to his techno noise shenanigans again on Diagonal. Plus limited to 300 copies one-sided job ‘Tongue Dancer ’85’ 12” on Editions Mego recorded at EMS.
- Brazilian producer MYMK has an album of magical, minimalist, deeply textured ambient, drone and eerie soundscapes the rotate on an axis of melody, dissonance and noise. On berlin’s Low Kick High Punch label.
- John Baker’s soundtrack from the BBC’s ‘Vendetta’ has BBC Radiophonic Workshop tricks collide with some jazz action.
- Surgeon ‘Balance Remakes’ is a banger from 1998 repressed on Tresor with Mick Harris Remix.
- 180g wax junglist plate from Benton on Benton Beats. Badass bassline included. I almost wrote Beatz then.
- Jana Winderen, JG Thirlwell, Petteri Nisunen, Tommi Grönlund, Franz Pomassl, BJ Nilsen, Jacob Kirkegaard, Carl Michael von Hausswolff + tons more sound art gear LP on Ash International.
- Better late than never we scored copies of Saliva’s vibrant jungle of electronic sound-- ‘Be Me’ 180g wax on Ekster.
- The Wizard Jeff Mills will make you feel like a failure as a disc jockey if you watch his ‘Exhibitionist 2’ 2DVD on Axis. Includes a CD if you haven’t got a telly. Weep.
- Zomby got to make beats for one of his influences - Wiley. Who apparently until fairly recently didn’t know they had square sausages in Scotland. It’s called “Slice” man.
- Minimal ambient discs on LINE from Richard Garet and Asmus Tietchens. I tried to keep that line minimal. I’ve wrecked it now.
- The Hague electro bossman DJ Overdose (Viewlexx/ Creme Organization) makes a surprise appearance on L.I.E.S.
- Sweet/ chill/ lo-fi/ deep/ psychedelic housey gear on Antinote from Inoue Shirabe recommended for fans of Patricia and that.
- Plus step inside our Beats Emporium for vinyl records by Kowton, Jimmy Edgar, Lando, FaltyDL, Swindle , Luke Abbot & Jake Wyllie.
- Is it fair to compare everything with oozy-woozy synths to Boards of Canada asks Laurie? No probably not but it’s easier. High Tides make wobbly hazy synth
7 inches of desperation:
They are as small as Phil and as round as his head:
- Arcade Fire. This is the first release of a song that didn’t appear on their last album.
- Shopping are good. We have a pre-album single to whet your appetite.
- The Optic Nerve single is called ‘Penelope Tuesday’. What do you think it sounds like?
I’ll finish with a revelation that will send shockwaves through the music industry: I quite like the new Paul Weller single.
Words by Clint with Ant with some stuff nicked from Robin.
The Normanites this week were: Phil, Laurie, Kim, Ian and Nathon.
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