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Weekly Update Tindersticks, Lamps, Soom T & Disrupt, Olan Mill, Offthesky & Man Watching The Stars, and more...

Here we go, Normbiscuits, barrelling on through yet another week with scant regard for our own well-being, trying to listen to all the records and embarking on an epic game of pack-the-Godspeed-album (it’s early days but I think you’re winning). It’s been tense around the office this week, what with all this work to do and so few people to do it, but we try our best so we do.


The obvious record to mention this week is the one I’ve mentioned already, the return to vinyl of Montreal’s legendary post-rock daddies Godspeed You! Black Emperor with their first album in almost exactly a decade! You’ve no doubt read countless paragraphs about that one already though, and probably already bought it, so I won’t dwell. Another exciting release this week is the split 12” from repeato bastards Gnod and Shit & Shine on Rocket which is pretty limited so I wouldn’t hang about if you want that one on your psych shelf. For those of you who like your rock music, the new Metz album on Sub Pop has some noisy neo-grunge fun, In The Red have an excellent third LP of fuzzy garage action from Lamps, Goner have some wacky theatrical once-thought-lost Reatard-produced recordings of garage-twee weirdness from The Barbaras, and Fire have put together a greatest hits of Bob Pollard’s Boston Spaceships. If you like things harsh there’s treats for you too, as Urashima continue their limited reissues of classic noise with a couple of rare ‘80s gems from Maurizio Bianchi and Mauthausen Orchestra, and renowned Welsh harpist Rhodri Davies delivers a curious LP of dense, high-pitched hypno-fuzz.


If you’re on the lookout for something a bit more relaxing, the excellent Preservation have sent us new CDs of drifty melodic calm from Padna and Olan Mill, Sylvain Chauveau & Stephan Mathieu have teamed up for an album of Smog reinterpretations delivered to a backdrop of blurry ambient drone, the excellent Bee Mask has a new album of his detailed ambience, this time playing incorporating vocal loops, Creature Breath has an intoxicating CD of Heidi Harris-produced ethereal neofolk weirdness, and Pearls & Brass’s Daughn Gibson has a gorgeous solo album of silky songwriting on White Denim. Not only that, but Pyramids have their first album in a massive 35 years(!), the synth tones of Toronto's Parry Music Library 1978-86 have been collected onto an album, and there are other new albums from Drape, Christ., Melody’s Echo Chamber, Offthesky & Man Watching the Stars, Josh Mason, Vessel, New War


As for the singles and EPs, the mighty Fourtet has another of his surprise 12”s, always a treat, Matmos have an intriguing new EP with a killer lead track and a special edition version that comes with fancy headphones, there’s a new screenprinted one-sided 12” from hypno-psych ritual rock from Dead Skeletons, Olafur Arnalds has a 7” of his own and a 12” EP with his Kiasmos duo (featuring FaltyDL and 65dos remixes), Peaches is back with one of her lurid pop bangers, Ancient Methods and Kareem drop some deep dark techno goodness, and there’s even a new Tindersticks 7”! Plus Pete Swanson, Lapalux, Making Marks, Soom T, BBBlood/Umez, Trimbal, Making Marks and Tokolosh.


And if that doesn’t work I suggest you just eat until you feel better again.


Lotsaluv,

Mike and the Normuffins



Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Willie Burns

The Overlord

9/10 from Ant

Super smart four track EP on The Trilogy Tapes from NYC’s Willie Burns, real name William Thomas Burnett who also records under the pseudonyms, Grackle and Speculator an...read on »

Ike Yard

Remix EP 1

9/10 from Ant

The icing on the Ike Yard and Monoton LP reissue cake comes in the form of this superb remix 12” courtesy of Desire Records and Blackest Ever Black with none other than ...read on »

Ekoplekz

Intrusive Incidentalz Vol 2

9/10 from Ant

I honestly can’t think of an artist right now who’s output is so prolific and yet is consistently of the highest quality. I try to keep up with every Ekoplekz rele...read on »

Lorenzo Senni

Quantum Jelly

9/10 from Ant

90’s trance music and I never really got along. It’s like kryptonite to me. When I hear it I begin to bleed from every orifice. Bearing that in mind when I read th...read on »

Ty Segall

Twins

9/10 from Brian

How can a band be so damn prolific but also responsible for so many consistently great records? Segall is kinda like The Stones to fellow travellers Thee Oh Sees’ Beat...read on »

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

ALLELUJAH! DON'T BEND! ASCEND!

9/10 from Mike

It was a genuine surprise to all of us earlier this week when the mighty Godspeed You! Black Emperor announced the near-instantaneous release of this new album after a full de...read on »

Bardo Pond

Yntra

9/10 from Brian

Hehehe, we used to have a mad picture of Bardo Pond on our wall at the old place which was the cause of much celebration and mirth, I’ve never seen a bunch of less ph...read on »

Tame Impala

Lonerism

9/10 from Phil

I’ve got a massive soft spot for these lads. I was a bit late getting to the first album and I only heard it about a year or so after it came out. I saw loads of folk...read on »

Ancient Methods Vs. Kareem

Exstinctio Conscientia

9/10 from ReviewBot300

I’ve got to admit all this techno business really isn’t my area of expertise since I don’t really get on with other robots but it’s what we’ve ...read on »

Lamps

Under The Water Under The Ground

9/10 from Mike

The endless review slog (on the back of a heavy session of Godspeed-packing) for today is brightened a little for me by the inclusion of a couple of garagey rock records, in...read on »

METZ

METZ

9/10 from Mike

Canada’s Metz are the first band on Sub Pop to sound like they’re on Sub Pop in some time, clocking in at under half an hour for 11 frantic tracks of demented ne...read on »

Maurizio Bianchi / M.B

Neuro Habitat

9/10 from Phil

I was a little scared by this one. Mainly ‘cause of the full frontal brain shot (still in head) on the cover. Don’t get me wrong. I like brains. I’d be almos...read on »

Brambles

Charcoal

9/10 from Phil

Ooh, a new release on Serein which is undoubtedly a label of quality! I’m feeling a little hyper after my peanut butter Kit Kat chunky so you’ll have to excuse my ...read on »

Vessel

Order Of Noise

9/10 from Phil

We got a new thing in on Tri Angle this week by new signing Vessel (not to be confused by Leeds angular rockers Vessels and old electronica dude Vessel on Expanding!) Unlike t...read on »

BBBlood / Umez

Split

9/10 from Phil

Here’s some more experimentalness for you! This is a split CD by Bbblood and Umez released in an edition of 100 on the So I Buried label. BBBlood are from London and th...read on »

Scott & Charlene's Wedding

Para Vista Social Club

9/10 from Nathon

Craig Dermody, head dude of the Neighbourstastic Scott and Charlene's Wedding, should probably try to cheer the fuck up a little.  Because for all the woes of small-town...read on »

Gnod / Shit & Shine

Collisions 03

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Here we have a very limited and slightly confusing split LP from repeato-psych bastards Gnod and Shit & Shine, who each deliver their own side-long track, ‘Shitti...read on »

Creature Breath

I Am Creature Breath

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Creature Breath is the alter-ego of Shawn Marie Westendorf, who has eight songs of dreamily-paced ethereal neofolk on this super-limited new CD for Reverb Worship. She acco...read on »

Matmos

The Ganzfeld EP

9/10 from Brian

This is possibly the strangest multi-media package we’ve ever had in by anyone. On a baffling array of formats, you also have a difficult choice to make with two differe...read on »

Pete Swanson

Pro Style

9/10 from Ant

Pete Swanson continues his foray into uncharted techno waters with this superb three track EP for Type. Immediately the title track takes the plunge into icy waters with the c...read on »

Laurie Spiegel

The Expanding Universe

9/10 from Ant

A very weird coincidence occurred a couple of months back that sorta freaked me out a little. I'd been recently listening to a compilation called ‘Women In Electronic Mu...read on »

Oneohtrix Point Never / Rene Hell

Split

9/10 from Ant

Two heavyweight underground electronic music hitters here on this excellent split LP. Daniel Lopatin is first up, his side contributes “sonic reworkings” from an a...read on »

Dead Skeletons

Ord

9/10 from Brian

I can’t give Dead Skeletons any less than full marks as they’re such a bunch of total dudes I’d be seriously doing their genius take on relentless “man...read on »

Bee Mask

Vaporware / Scanops

9/10 from Brian

Wow, this initially reminds me of Global Communication’s languid astral grace but even more lush and cinematic. Not what I was expecting, I imagined Bee Mask to be a lit...read on »

Soom T & Disrupt

Summer Days

9/10 from Brian

I never listened to the ‘Ode to a Carrot’ album Soom T did with Disrupt because just the presence of it near her face made Business Lady want to get her Uzi out an...read on »

Alexander Turnquist

Like Sunburned Snowflakes

9/10 from Phil

Woo. A new Turnquist! I loved this guy’s last album so much that I’d say it was my favourite album of last year. I’ve played it to death. I’ve practica...read on »

Emptyset

Collapsed

9/10 from Phil

This guy has been kicking about for a few years after releases on Caravan and Subtext and now the Bristolian has a newie on das Raster Noton. There’s a reasonably comple...read on »

Various

Indonesia Pop Nostalgia

9/10 from Phil

Here’s a fun record! The subtitle of the record is ‘Pan-Indonesian Pop, Folk, Instrumentals & Children's Songs, 1970s-1980s’ but that’s a right gob...read on »

Four Tet (Fourtet)

Lion / Peace For Earth

9/10 from Clinton

“Maybe tomorrow, he’'ll want to settle down,/Until tomorrow, he’ll just keep moving on./Down this road that never seems to end,/Where new adventure lies just...read on »

Various

Tomorrow’s Achievements: Parry Music Library 1976-86 Public Information

9/10 from Clinton

Oh you’ll like it, you’ll love it! you’ll play it again and again. You’ll wallow in the nostalgia of the synth experiments of 1970s Canada. This is a c...read on »

Daughn Gibson

All Hell

9/10 from Brian

This man is so bizarre, not only is his name new to me but his truly idiosyncratic sound-world is too. Pegged by the London media as something quite retarded or crassly thou...read on »

New War

New War

9/10 from Brian

The eponymously-titled album by this Melbourne quartet is a real blast. It's one of those multi-faceted treats that come out of nowhere and begin to persistently beg to be p...read on »

eMMplekz

IZOD Days

9/10 from Ant

This dream team collaboration finally sees the light of day, and I'm pleased to report it has been worth the wait. This is of course a collaboration between Mordant Music and ...read on »

Chris Cohen

Overgrown Path

8/10 from Brian

Cohen is, according to the press release, “the child of a former music business executive and a former Broadway actress”. Nice genes if you can get ‘em. &l...read on »

Daphni

JIAOLONG

8/10 from Brian

There’s something I don’t like in dance music and that’s heavily looped samples of soul singers (bar Pangaea’s Gladys Knight-filching ‘Memories...read on »

The Telephone Man

Anthology

8/10 from Brian

I really, really love a great portion of this CD, The TM were a famous Louisville KY act from the early-mid ‘90s. There was another band from the same area who they m...read on »

Tweak Bird

Undercover Crops

8/10 from Brian

First time for me, not really heard the Tweak Birds [sic] at any great length. They seem to have a female singer but no, they’re just comprised of two brothers but in ...read on »

This Many Boyfriends

This Many Boyfriends

8/10 from Brian

Hmmmm. This is the kind of indie I’d have adored as kid. TMB are apparently from Leeds and do the scratchy tub-thumping jangle pop of old, late ‘80s style, Malco...read on »

My Carapace Is Leaking / Astral Social Club

Split Cassette

8/10 from Phil

Nice packaging this ‘un. It comes in a tasty lino print oversized cardboard box thingy with artwork by Jake Blanchard, which comes as no surprise as Torpress is his la...read on »

Ergo Phizmiz

It's A Sin

8/10 from Phil

Someone else I have a soft spot for...Ergo Phizmiz! I picked up this single and wondered if it was a cover of the classic Pet Shop Boys tune and it was. I was expecting some k...read on »

Arc In Round

Arc In Round

8/10 from Clinton

I’d heard bits and pieces about this lot from various sources and that name caught my eye being a quite obvious Disco Inferno reference. I had, however been useless en...read on »

Daughter

Smother

8/10 from Clinton

I’m launching a one man campaign to cut down on our unneccessary reviews, hence I’ve just tossed the new Bonnie Prince Billy CD in the bin, what is the point of ...read on »

Woo / Nite Jewel

Intensity / P.S.

8/10 from Clinton

A lovely split 7” from Drag City. Nite Jewel has been around a while, polishing a brand of electronic pop that initially wasn’t too far removed from the hypnagog...read on »

Sweater Girls

Sweater Girls Were Here...

8/10 from Clinton

Okay, tweeness overload. This is the type of thing that makes Camera Obscura sound like Sunn O))). It’s full of sparkly jangly guitars, prozac-fuelled female vocals an...read on »

Echologist

Buzz Factory EP

8/10 from Clinton

Coming in on ‘butterscotch angel delight’ coloured vinyl, I’ve already played the whole thing through once at what I now suspect was the wrong speed. I&rsq...read on »

Sylvain Chauveau & Stephan Mathieu

Palimpsest

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Having talked about collaborating for a while, Stephan Mathieu and Sylvain Chauveau finally got around to doing so on this here LP, which is a Smog tribute of sorts, althoug...read on »

Rhodri Davies

Wound Response

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Phil has handed this to me telling me that The Wire like it, so by my educated guesswork it’s probably the least unpalatable thing on the little stack of morbid bum-ou...read on »

Kiasmos

Thrown EP

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Kiasmos is a collaboration between Olafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen, and on this EP they’ve got a couple of their own silky melodic techno cuts and high calibre remi...read on »

Olafur Arnalds

Two Songs For Dance

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Olafur Arnalds from Fighting Shit is back with a second record in a row on my review pile, aren’t I a lucky boy. Anyway, this 7” has a couple of pieces he creat...read on »

Offthesky & Man Watching The Stars

Afar, Farewell

8/10 from Phil

Here’s a new collaborative CD by Offthesky with Man Watching The Stars! I’ve not heard of Man Watching The Stars before but it is in fact Brendan Paxton shuffling ...read on »

Josh Mason

Jeremiad

8/10 from Phil

I can’t find any info out about this dude anywhere. I’m guessing he’s American as this was recorded in Florida and it’s a personal lament about US TV b...read on »

The Barbaras

2006 - 2008

8/10 from Mike

More garage rock fun this morning, this time from The Barbaras on the reliable Goner Records. There’s a bit of history behind this. The Barbaras were a short-lived ban...read on »

Padna

Burnt Offerings

8/10 from Mike

This latest burnt offering from the frequently impressive Preservation imprint comes from Brooklyn’s Padna, who creates haunting melodic soundscapes with gentle drones...read on »

Tindersticks

This Fire Of Autumn

8/10 from Brian

I go through so many phases with this band that I’m not sure who I actually am anymore, never mind them. The last album I largely hated but it was also the first one to ...read on »

Tamaryn

Tender New Signs

8/10 from Phil

I feel an almost instant affinity with this band because a tamarin monkey (okay, it’s spelt slightly differently but it’s near enough) once pissed on my ex-wife in...read on »

Bat For Lashes

The Haunted Man

8/10 from Clinton

When people tell me they like Florence and the Machine, rather than tell them my true feelings on the subject, I have started to say, yes but have you heard Bat For Lashes? &n...read on »

Children of The Wave

The Electric Sounds Of Far Away Choirs

8/10 from Clinton

It’s a double-edged sword for us reviewers when finding a band who sound like no-one else. On one hand in this day and age of homogenised music (within all genres) it&rs...read on »

Melody's Echo Chamber

Melody's Echo Chamber

8/10 from Clinton

Tame Impala are everywhere at the moment. The Guardian last week told me they were the best band I’d never heard. But I had heard them and so had loads of other people. ...read on »

Christ

Cathexis Motion Picture Soundtrack

8/10 from Clinton

Phil is chuntering away in the corner saying Boards of Canada over and over again.  Okay then I’ll put him out of his misery. Christ. do, indeed sound a lot like Bo...read on »

The Pyramids

Otherworldy

8/10 from Clinton

Founded 40 years ago in 1972, “Otherworldly” is the first Pyramids’ album in over 35 years. They released three albums before splitting up in 1977. I guess l...read on »

Trimbal

Confidence Boost / Saying

8/10 from Clinton

Proving once again that James Blake is a lot better than his later solo soul-lite ‘work’ would suggest, this collaboration between himself and ex-Roll Deep member ...read on »

Olan Mill

Home

8/10 from Brian

This, believe it or not, is my first serious listen to Olan Mill whom we have formerly had two previous best-selling releases in by. While I'm not getting distracted by my u...read on »

Drape

An Idea And Its Map

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Ambient craftsmen Ryan Gracey and Spencer Williams a.k.a Drape follow up their mental split tape collaboration with Odd Nosdam with an epic full length on Infraction. As with ...read on »

Tokolosh

The Hollow / TokoHorse

8/10 from Mike

Good ol’ Static Caravan have sent us a new 7” this week from this five-piece Tokolosh, about whom I know nothing. Put the needle on the groove and you’re tre...read on »

Featured albums

BBBlood / Umez
Olan Mill
Daughn Gibson
Padna
Offthesky & Man Watching The Stars
Four Tet (Fourtet)
Dead Skeletons
Melody's Echo Chamber
Josh Mason
New War
Creature Breath
Maurizio Bianchi / M.B
Rhodri Davies
Ancient Methods Vs. Kareem
Drape
Mauthausen Orchestra
Sylvain Chauveau & Stephan Mathieu
Various
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Bee Mask
Pete Swanson
METZ
Vessel
Tindersticks
The Barbaras
Lamps
Making Marks
Gnod / Shit & Shine
Matmos
Trimbal
Boston Spaceships
Kiasmos
Peaches
Tokolosh
Christ
Olafur Arnalds
Soom T & Disrupt