Weekly Update My Disco, Silkworm, Blanck Mass, Majical Cloudz, Tommy Guerrero, and more...

JUST IN! Absolutely mind-feckingly essential Ian William Craig album. Might be sold out by the time you read this.

Looks like we picked a bad week to make the update shorter. It’s absolutely rampant out there, hazardous browsing conditions with a billion new things to catch your ear. I’ll stop talking then - let’s update!

This week’s all important Things That We Have™:

  • There’s a new Brian Jonestown Massacre Mini Album Thingy Wingy. Now, what to call it?
  • On any other week a nice new My Autumn Empire record would be big news. Let’s pastoral.
  • King Gizzard etc make the most tuneful record ever made. Loads of flutes.
  • Chris Tenz’s bleak, late-night folk should help with the winter stuff.
  • We didn’t even get chance to review the new Alex Bleeker (Real Estate) album.
  • The Drink make wandering indie like they got lost on the way to Indietracks.
  • Mark McGuire (of Emeralds) prompts this unusual review.
  • AnCo starlet Panda Bear completes a good year with daft-gaze new mini album.
  • Who wants an album of bits of the tapes Kurt Cobain put in the bin? Oh, and have this picture on us.
  • Majical Cloudz’s melancholic electronic indie comes in three weeks late due to an administrative catastrophe.
  • Traams like Ought so much they bought the template.
  • Inventions feature the Eluvium bloke and the hilariously named Mark T. Smith of Explosions in the Sky.
  • Ornament is the one out of Growing. You like Growing don’t you?
  • The Bing and Ruth album is full of fabulous neo-classical melodramas.
  • My Disco channel the disciplined brutalism of early Swans.
  • Melodien are on Deep Distance. They do electronic kraut.
  • Also new records from Wimps, Lanterns on the Lake, Early Mammal, Verma, Venera 4, Tommy Guerrero, Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch and for reasons I don’t understand, I’ve written down the word ‘pigpen’.
  • Things go and they come back. This week back in is be-dungareed slack man Mac De Marco and the album for which he slaved over the title ‘2’ is back, Blanck Mass ‘Dumb Flesh’ is back on clear vinyl. Also: more Gurgles.


The closer to Christmas the more they’ll escape…...

  • Scuzzy indie rock tracks of 11 year old vintage from Silkworm.
  • Bombay Bike Club get a few of their albums re-badged.
  • Ugly Casanova was a thing the Modest Mouse guy did with pals.
  • Goldfrapp re-do ‘Felt Mountain’.
  • Garbage’s self titled debut gets expanded with tracks deemed not good enough at the time.

Ant’s Electronic Roundup:

He moves his feet to the beat….

  • ‘The Acid Documents’ CDr of raw jams from Hieroglyphic Being gets vinylized on coloured wax through Soul Jazz.
  • Frank Bretschneider ‘Isolation’ disc of minimalist electronics on LINE. Nowt to do with Joy Division.
  • Step inside Oneohtrix Point Never’s ‘Garden of Delete’. You might not come back out though.
  • Word on the street is that Prequel Tapes ‘Inner Systems’ is a work of “deep synthesis”.
  • Just imagine having a tug with a Power Glove! Sorry.
  • ‘Jungle Revolution in Dub’ is that Congo Natty album he did. But ‘in Dub’ like.
  • King Midas Sound / Fennesz ‘Edition 1 (Instrumentals)’. Yeah no singing.
  • Kompakt’s Pop Ambient 2016 is here. Bit early for that innit?
  • The Locust / Seefeel chap Mark Van Hoen’s still at it.
  • Peverelist ‘Undulate / Grit’ 12” on Livity Sound. First tunes he’s released without his mates in ages.
  • Phork urges us to ‘Disappear In Raveland’. No thanks mate I’m still crawling back out.
  • Reissue of Bernd Kistenmacher’s 1987 album ‘Wake Up In The Sun’. Well German.
  • Modern ambient action from non buddy cop duo Bing & Ruth.
  • Anton Klint inaugurates iDEAL Recordings offshoot Folk Disc with a right squiggly 7”.
  • Electroacoustic / modern composition collision from Andre Bratten on Smalltown Supersound.
  • Scousers say Robot Koch.
  • 7” EP job from “purveyor of hallucinogenic wonky funk infused off-kilter glitch house” DNCN mmmmmkay.
  • Steven Stapleton & Christoph Heemann old live recording ‘Playing With Priests’ got committed to wax.

7 inches of utter desperation:

Just in as we go to press new albums from Molly Nilsson, The Naturals, Housewives have just landed, As always there is not time for everything so please view our site to find your favourites.

Words by Clint with Ant and things stolen from Robin

The Normanites this week were: Phil, Laurie, Kim, Ian and Nathon.


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Ian William Craig

Cradle for the Wanting

10/10 from Robin

You might think that Ian William Craig’s work sounds sacred. An erudite opera singer in love with a rich lineage of drone music that stretches back to his on »

Chris Tenz

Nails Through Bird Feet

9/10 from Clinton

We all know that the world moves far too fast. We flick from thing to thing at the click of the sort of button we struggle to control. 'Nails Through Bird Feet' however on »

Bing & Ruth

City Lake

9/10 from Robin

In my mind, Bing & Ruth are a buddy cop duo whose ambient music is dichotomised by their good/bad interrogations: in one corner, there’s Bing, hammering home on »

Oneohtrix Point Never

Garden of Delete

9/10 from Laurie

Welcome to Daniel Lopatin’s garden. To your left, you will see discarded cigarettes, and to your right, audio detritus. If you would be so kind as to look up, you’ on »

Anthony Child

Electronic Recordings from Maui Jungle, Vol. 1

9/10 from Ant

Anthony Child aka Surgeon once again dispenses with the beats as he did on his brilliant 2013 ‘The Space Between People and Things’ LP on NNA Tapes. Here on »


Protest Music

8/10 from Robin

Usually a component of drone triforce Growing, who’ve done things with all the appropriate labels (Kranky, Rock Action, etc), Joe DeNardo is now totally stoked on doing on »

Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch

Like Water Through The Sand

8/10 from Robin

There’s been plenty of contemporary classical for y’all to chew on this year, whether you’ve been on a minimalist hype for Nils Frahm or chasing a symphony on »

Tommy Guerrero


8/10 from Robin

I don’t seem to recall there being a referendum titled “Should every album now be made by an ex pro-skater?” but apparently such a law has passed onto our on »



8/10 from Robin

The first song on Wimps’ new LP ‘Suitcase’ carries the mantra “I’m a vampire, I’m a vampire”, which is obviously one of the greatest on »

Tropic of Cancer

Archive: The Downwards Singles

8/10 from Clinton

Here are our original reviews of the two 12"'s from back in that little ol' thing we call the past.... The Dull Age by Brian 8/10 God, the atmosphere on the 'A' of this on »

My Autumn Empire

Dreams of Death and Other Favourites

8/10 from Clinton

Ben Holton has somehow managed to make our Ian’s favourite record. This is a world that combines folky dream-pop with (and especially on the first few tracks) the slow on »



8/10 from Ant

Joe McBride (aka Synkro) and Liam Blackburn (aka Indigo / Ancestral Voices) drop a 2-track 10” plate of pure dread on Houndstooth. First up is the stripped back, on »



8/10 from Ant

I think this 10” on Firecracker Recordings sister label Unthank was actually supposed to come out before Firecracker vinylized the ‘Much Less Normal’ tape on »



8/10 from Robin

Space rock is cool and/or overdone and you know it. Worrying about the ocean of stars this week is Verma, some sort of no frills space crew who have a strong focus on psych on »


Mouth Mantra (The Haxan Cloak)

8/10 from Ant

There are twelve (count ‘em) planet destroying limited edition single-sided, etched, translucent vinyl ‘Vulnicura’ remix 12”s that Bjork has on »


Atmospherica Vol. 1

8/10 from Ant

Pure Detroit dub techno magic in full mesmerising effect on this coloured wax 12” that precedes DeepChord’s ‘Ultraviolet’ 2CD on Soma. DeepChord have on »

Power Glove


8/10 from Laurie

You guessed it, it’s the 2nd EP from Power Glove! I don’t actually know who they are, was just spelling out the title for you. Apparently, they’re the on »


World Music / Perception

8/10 from Laurie

Ahnnu is an LA-based beatmaker / texturizer who dabbles with high concept electronic music, releasing mostly on Stones Throw child label Leaving Records. Leaving have done on »

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

Paper Mâché Dream Balloon

8/10 from Clinton

I spent at least five minutes yesterday thinking about why and how Seals and Crofts ‘Summer Breeze’ is so damn good. Try this one over the Isley Brothers on »

Frank Bretschneider


8/10 from Jim

Some ascetic abstraction of the highest order here as Frank Bretschnider steps out (again) of the inner-circle of über-minimalist electronic music label raster-noton for on »



8/10 from Clinton

Housed in a wooden box and coming on four different EPs which you then put in the box, this is one of this week’s most convoluted releases. From the looks of it any on »

Hieroglyphic Being

The Acid Documents

8/10 from Ant

‘Acid Documents’ was originally issued as a limited edition CDr back in 2013 and has now been vinylized on coloured wax in an edition of 1000 copies. Plus there& on »

Le Berger

Music For Guitar & Patience

8/10 from Laurie

To write this in the style of Phil or not to write this in the style of Phil? Will I talk endlessly about burgers and how they’re delicious and how I had one last night on »



8/10 from Robin

I can’t wait for the Deep Distance Christmas party. Kosmische Santa is gonna be there Ho Ho Hoing into the void over a finely tweaked bass groove; the lights are gonna on »

Featured albums

Ian William Craig
Frank Bretschneider
Anton Klint
Steven Stapleton & Christoph Heemann
Bernd Kistenmacher
Chris Tenz
Kurt Cobain
Mark Van Hoen
Prequel Tapes
King Midas Sound / Fennesz
Panda Bear
Venera 4
Hieroglyphic Being
Robot Koch
Tommy Guerrero
The Lovely Eggs
Public Image Limited
Power Glove
Mark McGuire
Ugly Casanova
The Drink
Andre Bratten
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
My Autumn Empire
Bing & Ruth
My Disco
Majical Cloudz
Alex Bleeker and The Freaks
Oneohtrix Point Never
Lanterns On The Lake
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Diet Cig
Molly Nilsson
Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch
Blanck Mass
Mac DeMarco