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Weekly Update The Besnard Lakes, Sciahri, Gesloten Cirkel, John Cale, Ulver, and more...

A strong early contender for update of the year. Warning: contains lots of Tortoise, Tindersticks, Sun Kil Moon/Jesu, Bonnie Prince Billy, Ty Segall, Savages, Fat White Family, Tricky and loads more.

New Things

Too many records…

  • Oldham’s top boy Kiran Leonard unleashes a 16 minute avant rock epic ahead of his new album ’Grapefruit’.
  • Ulver release the catchily monikered ATGCLVLSSCAP where they edit together live performances purportedly for your enjoyment.
  • Self knighter and Sun City Girls alumni Sir Richard Bishop teams up with Ava Mendoza for some fast-fingered fretwork.
  • Tortoise. David Essex. Together at last.
  • Robin writes the best review since we started writing reviews.
  • Like me, High Llamas sound tired. Maybe in their case that could be a good thing.
  • Shearwater reference the two Men(s) - Without Hats and At Work.
  • The Besnard Lakes looks kinda like the Barenaked Ladies doesn’t it?
  • Fat White Family -the Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown of sleazy rock and roll - are back.
  • Savages are less Siouxie and the Banshees than ever on strident second album.
  • Ty Segall releases yet another album. Can’t he see we have work to do?
  • King of the croak Bonnie Prince Billy has all his Peel Sessions collected onto one nice package.
  • Tindersticks aptly titled ‘The Waiting Room’ unfurls itself slowly.
  • Dylan LeBlanc reminds us of what it’s like to be fog bound in Laurel Canyon.
  • Leeds ambienteers Marta Mist release a gorgeous Stars of the Lid-ish two tracker on Time Released Sound.
  • Free jazz explosion The Thing unleash a new full blown (ha...blown...they blow horns) studio thing.
  • She once crunched the car on gravel, now she’s exploring ‘The Ghosts of Highway 20’. It’s Lucinda Williams.
  • Who knew that there was a new Half Japanese album in town. As wild as ever it seems.
  • Pop 1280 have become synth scaped.
  • Tricky releases a “very good” new album. Has he? We think he has.
  • The Duke St Workshop work with actual horror actor Laurence R Harvey on ‘Tales of HP Lovecraft’.
  • Joe McPhee Survival Unit III playing really good free-form jazz in order to save the planet
  • Konstrukt and Peter Brötzmann: “Listen to the difficult jazz sounds, please”.
  • If you like the idea of Jethro Tull playing ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ try nu-prog-psych rockers Pauw.
  • Woozy, motoriked folky indie from very good Scottish people De Rosa.
  • Frenetic, pastoral fingerpicking from Jim Ghedi.
  • You got the ace Odd Nosdam ‘Trish’ EP...right. Right?

Re-issues

All-old records re-badged for the modern age.

  • Hey they’re the Replacements and they play in a rock and roll band.
  • Eye-friendly chanteuse Francoise Hardy gets a load of albums re-revealed.
  • John Cale gets his masterful ‘Music For a New Society’ re-issued but also re-makes it as ‘M:Fans’ for a new generation.
  • Deep dub dabbling psychsters African Head Charge are like the bus. You wait years for them to be re-issued and four come along at once. Something like that.
  • Destroyer get all the albums that are supposedly good re-vamped for listeners new and old.
  • Not content with a new Tortoise album? Then get all their old (good) ones.

Ant’s Electronic Roundup:

How can he still be dancin’?

7”s

Don’t me forget about them…


Oh, and in case you ordered (or were thinking of ordering) those L* M***** Young re-issues we were advertising a while back, his lawyers have stopped them from existing. In fact, we are legally obliged to asterisk out most of his name.

That’s it from us. Before we go we’d like to say Happy Birthday to our Phil who is now 45 years of age. As Placebo once almost said ‘Without Him We’re Nothing’.

Words by Clint with Ant and things stolen from Robin.

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


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Kiran Leonard

Pink Fruit

9/10 from Clinton

Ah the one sided etched 12”. This time  it is justified as it contains the whole 16 minutes of this centrepiece from the upcoming album ‘Grapefruit’ fro...read on »

Sciahri

Behind The Line

9/10 from Ant

This is the second solo EP from Italian DJ/ producer Sciahri - the first came out in 2014 on the Zenker Brothers Ilian Tape label. He’s also half of UNKNOT&nbs...read on »

Lumisokea

Transmissions from Revarsavr

9/10 from Ant

The duo of Andrea Taeggi and Koenraad Ecker follow up their excellent ‘Apophenia’ EP for Opal Tapes (and an LP on Alter) with an absolute stonker of an album. Pay...read on »

Sleeparchive

A Wounded Worker

9/10 from Ant

Other than the fact that eventually we are all going to die, there are very few guarantees in this world. When we go to sleep; we cannot guarantee that when we wake up, the pe...read on »

Odd Nosdam

T r i s h EP

9/10 from Clinton

'Name's Clinton and I'm a Nosdam old jack. 'Member this guy in his cLOUDDEAD days making the rhythms for those twin wordsmiths Why? and Dose to holler over. Now he does his ow...read on »

Silk Saw

Imaginary Landscapes

9/10 from Ant

‘Imaginary Landscapes’ is the first album from Belgian duo Gabriel Séverin and Marc Mœdea in nine years. The majority of their previous output has com...read on »

Roly Porter

Third Law

9/10 from Robin

Considering the sheer fucking unpredictability of Roly Porter’s work I feel I should live review this so you can get a real feel for my blood, sweat and tears, each subs...read on »

John Cale

Music For A New Society

8/10 from Clinton

I’m the sort of idiot who thinks that ‘Paris 1919’ was the only good moment of John Cale’s solo career. I know what will happen  - he’l...read on »

Jim Ghedi

Home is Where I Exist, Now to Live and Die

8/10 from Robin

Sheffield’s heralded primitivist Jim Ghedi will probably be familiar to local experimentalists, and I’ll forever know him as the dude who strummed ‘n’ ...read on »

Konstrukt and Peter Brötzmann

The Message: Live at Kargart

8/10 from Robin

“Listen to the difficult jazz sounds, please” instructed Clinton atop his cushy throne of indie pop darlings. Thankfully, the Konstrukt quartet have here joined fo...read on »

Joe McPhee Survival Unit III

Barrow Street Blues

8/10 from Robin

Introducing Joe McPhee Survival Unit III, the finale in a trilogy of disaster movies about McPhee playing really good free-form jazz in order to save all of our souls. Alterna...read on »

Pop. 1280

Paradise

8/10 from Robin

Sacred Bones are pretty much the Digimon of record labels. Traversing the ruins of whatever ancient city (or, you know, doing the indie rock thing in Brooklyn), they let artis...read on »

Howes

3.5 Degrees

8/10 from Laurie

A modular album that doesn’t sound like total sonic garbage. That’s a great prospect for a record in this day of gratuitous and tiresome synth miscellany, where id...read on »

Qasim Naqvi

Preamble

8/10 from Laurie

This one here is that man that is responsible for the mechanical drumming on Dawn of Midi’s debut record Dysnomia out last year. If you haven’t heard it already, o...read on »

Alex Smoke

Love Over Will

8/10 from Laurie

First off Alex, what the hell is that? You know, that thing on the cover? Kim thinks it’s a mythical being, like a masturbatory medusa but without any snakes. Dicks sell...read on »

Dylan Leblanc

Cautionary Tale

8/10 from Clinton

Dylan Le Blanc’s previous two records were released on a major label and he has been touted as the next Neil Young or something. Presumably something has gone terri...read on »

Aidan Knight

Each Other

8/10 from Robin

I’ve always dreamt of Boduf Songs having the arena rock scope of Coldplay, and Aidan Knight has kindly obliged my subconscious with ‘Each Other’. This record...read on »

Eleh / Tara Jane O'Neil

Split

8/10 from Robin

Briefly passing by with a carton of cardboard for record-packing duties, Laurie stole my headphones, listened to the gong-slapped first side of this record and murmured &ldquo...read on »

Sir Richard Bishop / Ava Mendoza

Ivory Tower (Hanuman)

8/10 from Robin

Sir Richard Bishop, the Sun City Girls alum and innovator behind the phenomenon known as Knighting Yourself, is feeling breezy. Is that a thing? Does Sir Richard Bishop’...read on »

Ty Segall

Emotional Mugger

8/10 from Robin

Ty Segall constitutes one of those gaping failings in my understanding of garage rock ‘n’ psychedelia, mostly because I’m daunted by his triumphant back cata...read on »

Nils Frahm

Screws Reworked

8/10 from Laurie

On Screws Reworked, Nils Frahm gives to charity, that is, the musical anonymity of some of his fans. That’s right, this one has been remixed by none other than people li...read on »

Marta Mist

Scavengers

8/10 from Clinton

Straight out of the foothills of Leeds, Marta Mist are a trio so mysterious that even we don't know who they are. We'd like to get to know them well though as this stands head...read on »

Marcello Napoletano presents Ra Toth And The Brigantes Orchestra

Introspettivo EP

8/10 from Ant

This fine 12” slipped under the review radar during the Christmas carnage but I thought it more than worthy of bringing to folks attention. Italian producer/ DJ Marcello...read on »

Savage Grounds

Unpleasant Music For Unpleasant People

8/10 from Ant

Despite the potentially misleading title - I’m finding this EP most pleasant indeed. A quick glance at the artist and title and you’d be forgiven for thinking this...read on »

Ritual Malmo

Ritual Malmo 01

8/10 from Ant

Debut vinyl offering from this collective of DJs and producers from Malmö and Copenhagen who by all accounts throw some wild parties. Judging by the tracks on this 12&rdq...read on »

Tricky

Skilled Mechanics

8/10 from Clinton

Imagine how anticipated this would be if Tricky hadn't made a record since 'Maxinquaye'? As it is it has almost completely under the radar this week and only got noticed when ...read on »

Tortoise

The Catastrophist

8/10 from Robin

If you listen to ‘Beacons of Ancestorship’ now, with your older, sillier and less expectant ears, I think you’ll find it Tortoise’s most delightful alb...read on »

MV Carbon

The Sun Will Turn on You

8/10 from Laurie

The New York underbelly does sometimes bear children that are both interesting and weird it seems. Robin and perhaps nobody else will recognise Kayo Dot, a strange creature bo...read on »

Featured albums

Tinfoil
Joe McPhee Survival Unit III
Konstrukt and Peter Brötzmann
Yves De Mey
Monolake
Sleeparchive
Abbott / Buxton
Leif Elggren
Ken Ikeda + Chihei Hatakeyama
Jim Ghedi
Bonnie Prince Billy
Ulver
Marta Mist
Sciahri
MV Carbon
FvRTvR
Blue Hour
Jesu / Sun Kil Moon
Unknown
Rommek
Sir Richard Bishop / Ava Mendoza
Christian Loffler
Fort Romeau
Alex Smoke
Alan Vega, Alex Chilton, Ben Vaughn
Lord RAJA
Francesco Cavaliere
JT The Goon
Half Japanese
The Duke St Workshop with Laurence R Harvey
Lumisokea
Joy Again
Lucinda Williams
Joey LaBeija
Odd Nosdam
John Cale
Shearwater
Roly Porter
The High Llamas
John Cale
Pop. 1280
Leon Vynehall
Tricky
Kiran Leonard
Howes
Necro Deathmort
Dylan Leblanc
De Rosa
Ty Segall
Ricardo Donoso
Savages
The Fat White Family
Tortoise
Arca
The Besnard Lakes
PAUW
The Thing
Gesloten Cirkel
Tindersticks