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Thanks for reading down this far. Does anyone actually get to the end of these missives? You should try, it is packed with information about all this week’s releases as well as ‘hilarious asides’ and is completely Guy Garvey-free.

On we go…...

New Things

Spanking new records that in time will either be forgotten or remembered…

  • Twisty turny clever clogs Field Music are at it again. They say they are the best thing to come out of Sunderland since Steve Cram.
  • They have big trousers and baggy tunes (or is it the other way around?). They are DIIV. They are brilliantly dreamy.
  • You will like this Eagle/Deer album. You will, You will. Think a dusty Joanna Newsom or Kate Bush left out in the sun for too long.
  • Epic and chill and woozy and Deerhunter-ish stuff from Ulrika Spacek.
  • Brooklyn’s Sunflower Bean are liked by Robin even more than he thought he could.
  • Sad electro poppers Porches win this week’s most moribund name.
  • Nap Eyes are quite possibly the new Lou Reed.
  • Summer Twins make the kind of sunny fuzzy pop that is simply unthinkable if you live in Pudsey.
  • Working For a Nuclear Free City mix up Beta Band style lop-pop, kraut-rock, 90’s dance into a sonic Angel Delight.
  • Spouter of worryingly right wing rhetoric and singer of sad songs Micah P Hinson is here alongside Nick Phelps for a ‘psych western’.
  • Three new things on Rocket from Mamuthones, Oneida and Capra Informis.
  • Blood Sport’s ‘Axe To The Root’ is an impossi-open but we are informed that it contains music which is “loud, hard and groovy”.
  • Josephine Foster wonders why there aren’t any lamps in the morning. Me neither.
  • Mass Gothic confirm Robin’s suspicions that indie pop albums are getting weirder.
  • Sad lads Junior Boys continue getting upset over electronic beats. Cue teary synths.
  • Look at this Terrascope compilation. Unreleased tracks from Ben Chasny, Bardo Pond, Nick Nicely and even more.
  • The Prettiots don’t worry about death and war and stuff. ‘Fun’s Cool’ they say.
  • High Highs are as sparkly ‘80’s as a China Crisis LP left on the dash of a Ford Orion. ‘Cascades’ = lovely tune.
  • Deux Filles finds Simon Fisher Turner and Colin Lloyd Tucker posing unconvincingly as French girls but making woozy, ethereal soundtracks.
  • Fingers on chins, jazz-tronica clever boys GoGo Penguin release their ‘Man Made Object’.
  • Bjork ambient sheen and Colleen-styled loops on hubby and mrs duo Cross Record

Re-issues

Watch elderly records getting slathered with youth salve.

  • Some of the most challenging music ever committed to tape - not ‘Wonderful Crazy Night’ by Elton John but AMM ‘AMMMUSIC’ (capitalisation theirs).
  • Crooked Fingers were Archers of Loaf singer Eric Bachmann (NOT of Bachmann Turner Overdrive) solo thang. Now re-vamped.
  • Folk picker Bert Jansch gets his gorgeous ‘Avocet’ re-issued with lithograph prints if you snaffle the vinyl.
  • Early Moog dabblings from Mort Garson adapting tunes from the musical Hair.
  • Traditional music of some unknown culture (actually early ‘80’s LA) from Anna Homler and Steve Moshier.


Ant’s Electronic Roundup:

He still be dancin’. Top hat and tails.

  • Superb compilation 2LP of fresh, new, dark electronic dance music from South Africa: Gqom Oh! The Sound of Durban.
  • Hard, fuzzy edged, raw electronic hip-hop compatible beats from Hanz on Tri Angle.
  • 12” on Lee Gamble’s UIQ label from Cairo’s ZULI. It’s not all pyramids and camels in Egypt, man.
  • Subtext bossman Paul Jebanasam drops his second album.
  • LP of kooky, broken/ mangled electronica from Joane Skyler.
  • Epic Celer meditative bliss-out.
  • Seven inches of rude rave hybrids from House of Daggers.
  • Trippy ambient action from Italian Manuel Fogliata as Nuel on Further Records. Who needs drugs?
  • Posthumous LP of noiser gear from Joel Brindefalk aka Ü as Dionysian on iDEAL Recordings.
  • Dutch techno legend/ pioneer/ DJ wizard Orlando Voorn has an ace album of his hi-tech funk on Rush Hour.
  • Maoupa Mazzocchetti resuscitates electro-industrial plus also on Mannequin a dark Italo wave reissue from Effetto Joule with Flemming Dalum disco mix.
  • Byron The Aquarius lands on Sound Signature along with a bunch of Theo Parrish represses
  • House music from Palms Trax on Dekmantel, Lethrette on Ninja Tune and Jordan GCZ on No ‘Label’ in screen-printed sleeve.
  • Toresch bring some neo-industrial electronic jams to Offen Music.
  • Nest and Brambles CD’s redux on Serein.
  • Two things (count ‘em) on Denovali from Saffronkeira and Subheim.
  • Mathematical composition (God, it’s like being back at school) collides with studio experimentation on A Pleasure’s LP on Nicolas Jaar’s Other People label.

7”s

Just because they are small we shouldn’t ignore them...

  • Back in 1995 we were nobbut a twinkle in Phil’s eye. Had we existed we’d have probably stocked this Hood 7” which has now been released after a 21 year wait.
  • Palehound release some wiry, scratchy indie called ‘Molly’. My mum’s dog is called Molly. Not quite so wiry.
  • Juliet and the Raging Romeos are a leather clad garage rock ensemble.


There you go. We’re all off to have a wonderful, crazy night.

Words by Clint with Ant and things stolen from Robin.

The Normanites this week were: Phil, Kim, Laurie, Ian and Nathon. Where’s the new guy?

Staff hero of the week: Ian

Staff dunce of the week: Robin


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

eagle/deer

The Summer Of Sepia

9/10 from Clinton

It’s not often I like country-ish things these days (I had a 'phase' back in the early 2000's) but this snagged my ear as soon as it started playing in the office. ...read on »

Vic Mars

The Land and The Garden

9/10 from Laurie

Land and gardens. Can you get any more pastoral than that combination? Possibly with the addition of a disgruntled farmer and flagons of ale, and suddenly we’ve landed i...read on »

Various

Gqom Oh! The Sound of Durban Vol.1

9/10 from Ant

Had someone asked me three weeks ago what I thought Gqom was, I probably would have assumed it was the latest internet available legal high the kids are all getting buzzed up ...read on »

Anna Homler and Steve Moshier

Breadwoman & Other Tales

9/10 from Robin

If you can believe it, this record dates back to the early ‘80s, when Anna Homler and Steve Moshier were deep into their own isolated avant-garde pursuits. Homler, a voc...read on »

Ulrika Spacek

The Album Paranoia

9/10 from Robin

It’s a brave new world we live in when I’m reviewing a record off of an NME stream, but here we are -- I’m pretty sure Chris Moyles orchestrated this in coll...read on »

DIIV

Is The Is Are

8/10 from Clinton

Sometimes you just have to separate the stories you hear about an band from the sound of the music. From recent press reports DIIV are enormo-trousered, heroin gulping fuck up...read on »

Cross Record

Wabi Sabi

8/10 from Robin

Ba Da Bing! almost accidentally release a pop album but it’s okay because Cross Record are aware of the dilemma and spin in and out of hooks, not straight through them. ...read on »

Josephine Foster

No More Lamps In The Morning

8/10 from Robin

Let’s do an anecdotal review, shall we? I’ve heard ‘No More Lamps In The Morning’ delicately swamping its way through our office speakers three or four...read on »

Working For A Nuclear Free City

What Do People Do All Day?

8/10 from Clinton

When you work in an office which is just one bit of DNA away from being that of Nathan Barley it’s a question I often ask myself. Playing and shouting seems to be the an...read on »

Nuel

Hyperboreal

8/10 from Laurie

Nuel is Manuel Fogliata, an Italian DJ, ambienter, and Donato Dozzy collaborator (he was partially responsible for those now mega-rare Aquaplano releases) who makes ambitious ...read on »

Letherette

Refresh

8/10 from Clinton

Not that I was ever a '90's house guy but this is gorgeous. You can throw all the DJ Sneak comparisons you like at me and I'll not know what you are talking about but caress m...read on »

ZULI

Bionic Ahmed EP

8/10 from Ant

The second offering on Lee Gamble’s UIQ label comes from Cairo dwelling producer Ahmed El Ghazoly aka ZULI with the ‘Bionic Ahmed EP’. Opening with the heav...read on »

Hanz

Reducer

8/10 from Laurie

Having just released Roly Porter’s destructive LP Third Law, Tri Angle decide that they haven’t provided enough of an audio battering to the ears of their follower...read on »

C Joynes / Nick Jonah Davis

Split Electric

8/10 from Robin

Norman Records Sitcom Scenario #32: what if two improv guitarists lived together and had to split an electricity bill? You’d have ‘Split Electric’, a charmin...read on »

Micah P. Hinson & Nick Phelps

Broken Arrows

8/10 from Robin

Also known as ‘You Think You’re Fucking Ennio Morricone’, the new collaboration between Micah P. Hinson and Nick Phelps tries to muster up the spirit of a te...read on »

Featured albums

Joane Skyler
Juliet and The Raging Romeos
Maoupa Mazzocchetti
Oneida
Lush
Mamuthones
Capra Informis
Dionysian
Palms Trax
ZULI
House of Daggers
Various
High Highs
GoGo Penguin
Various
Byron The Aquarius
A Pleasure
Anna Homler and Steve Moshier
Porches
Hanz
Mass Gothic
Palehound
Letherette
Celer
Toresch
Josephine Foster
eagle/deer
The Prettiots
Bert Jansch
Nap Eyes
AMM
Paul Jebanasam
Nuel
Cross Record
Micah P. Hinson & Nick Phelps
Blood Sport
Deux Filles
Working For A Nuclear Free City
Mort Garson
DIIV
Ulrika Spacek
Orlando Voorn
Sunflower Bean
Jordan GCZ
Hood
Junior Boys
Subheim
Saffronkeira
Field Music
Summer Twins
Brambles
Nest