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Good evening, Norm-pickers, and welcome to the latest in our nonstop steam of round-ups from the endless audio mountain, and what a week it’s been. As I write this on a chilly Thursday afternoon in Norm Towers, I’m just about to go out to see Johann Johannsson, Hildur Gudnadottir and Philip Jeck performing a live score to the classic German silent film ‘Pandora’s Box’ which I’ve been looking forward to for a while, so life ain’t all bad.


Also brightening up my life this week has been the new album from Cold Pumas; a hypnofuzz indie racket which I can’t wait to take home and get properly stuck into myself, the mighty Emeralds are back with a whole new album of their synth and guitar good vibes, It’s a strong week for dark synthpop; The Soft Moon has a dramatic new album of moody synth-led post-punk, NYC coldwavers Black Marble surprised us with their awesome LP of darkpop on Hardly Art, Featureless Ghost have a great album of dark techno-inflected synthpop on Night People too. Psych chooglers Eternal Tapestry have more sweet jams on a new CD, and another classic Suzanne Ciani LP has been reissued in the shape of her ‘82 “commercial debut” ‘Seven Waves’. If you’re feeling flush there’s a mammoth 45x45 (yes, 45 7” singles!) ‘Eccentric Soul’ box set, and there’s a massive book documenting the history of the infamous Ablaze! fanzine which features basically everybody involved in indie rock in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, and speaking of the early ‘90s, The Make Up’s flawless ‘I Want Some’ singles collection has had a long-overdue vinyl reissue from M’Lady’s.


As if that wasn’t enough, aTelecine have an excellent LP of ARP-heavy minimal soundtracking, Finders Keepers have plundered an excellent collection of rarities from Polish soundtrack composer Andrzej Korzynski’s vault, and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood has been busy at another OST as well. We’ve got an LP of Dinosaur Jr’s seminal ‘Bug’ album performed live in its entirety last year, we’ve got a couple of CDs of beautiful minimal piano and electronics in beautiful packaging from Kitchen by Pill-Oh and Szymon Kaliski, and an even more lushly-packaged Stray Ghost one from Time Released Sound and King Dude has an unsettling LP of bleak bedroom Americana. Other albums arriving this week include offerings from Chelsea Wolfe, Ital, Darren Hayman and the Long Parliament, David Tattersall, Michael Chapman, C Spencer Yeh, Egyptian Hip Hop, Regal Degal, Laibach, The Lotus Eaters, Mad Music, Inc., Jesse boykins III & MeLo-X, The Sea and Cake, Alessandro Bosetti, Naph, Good Weather For An Airstrike, Yellow6 & David Newlyn, Tony, Caro & John, Vindicatrix, Reso, Sounding The Deep, Inspired School of Astral Music, Goldendust, Scientist, Bell Gardens, Aaron Moore/Thierry Muller, Ruth Featuring Mushy and Talk Normal.


As for the singles, there’s an awesome limited 12” from live synth’n’drums mavericks Galaxians and Runners, who both deal out super sweet groove-laden cuts, there’s a bonkers new 7” from Scout Niblett with her kooky takes on TLC’s ‘No Scrubs’ and Janet Jackson’s ‘Nasty’, while Iggy Pop has teamed up with LA scuzz-rockers Zig Zags for a totally awesome stoner-fuzz take on Betty Davis’s sex-funk classic ‘If I’m In Luck I Might Get Picked Up’! Total Control have their first 7” since signing to Sub Pop, who’ve also got one from glam power-popsters King Tuff, Fruits De Mer have sent us new offerings from The Chemistry Set, Anton Barbeau and Permanent Clear Light, Jello Biafra’s entirely uncynical series of themed records on the occupy movement continues with his ‘Shock-u-py!’ EP, and there’s a split from the ever-prolific Sic Alps and Freakapuss, not to mention other singles from Sweet Apple, Swim Deep, BMB, Lindstrom, The Walkmen, Model 500, Dirty Projectors, Jack Dixon, Debruit, Ben Sims/Kirk Degiorgio, George Fitzgerald, Sic Defence, Windsor For The Derby, The Spook School and last but not least a new EP on Wayside & Woodland from Component#4 with remixes from all sorts of W&W bods on the accompanying download. Phew!


Measure twice, tattoo once.


Arty Mike and the Rats of Norm

Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Twinsistermoon

Bogyrealm Vessels

9/10 from Phil

Ooh, a new Twinsistermoon album! In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last while Natural Snow Buildings have been pouring out occasional releases since 1997...read on »

Michael Tanner

Witch Elder

9/10 from Phil

I knew this guy was quite prolific after recordings as Plinth and United Bible Studies but no-one told me he was half of the A Lords. No-one tells me anything anymore! I&rsq...read on »

Savage Pencil

Trip or Squeek's Big Amplifier

9/10 from Phil

I’ve been a big fan of Savage Pencil (or Sav X) for years now. Ever since I clocked those early Blast First record sleeves I’ve been hooked! He’s done artwor...read on »

Pye Corner Audio

Sleep Games

9/10 from Brian

A fresh selection of dilapidated sloth-techno and decaying witching-hour electronica from this new master of home-brewed analogue doom. His wonderful eerie sounds come replete...read on »

Horseback

Impale Golden Horn

9/10 from Mike

These guys are called Horseback, they have a black metal-style logo and the album is called ‘Impale Golden Horn’...this has to be an album of hissy, fuzzy, creak...read on »

Vatican Shadow

Ornamental Walls

9/10 from Ant

The recent splurge of Vatican Shadow vinyl is most welcome as most of the releases either appear on cassettes that vanish immediately or digital downloads. This collection for...read on »

HTRK / Tropic of Cancer

Part Time Punks Radio Sessions

9/10 from Clinton

This split features two sets of recordings from radio sessions but if blindfolded you wouldn’t know that they were anything else but studio recordings. The choice of b...read on »

The Boats

Our Small Ideas 2012 Edition

9/10 from Brian

This album is reportedly a favourite of the Boats boys themselves and to be honest I'm not surprised. As an expanded version of a sought-after CDr which kicked off the Our S...read on »

The Cults Percussion Ensemble

The Cults Percussion Ensemble

9/10 from Mike

Although it sounds somewhat sinister, Cults Percussion Ensemble are in fact named after the Aberdeen suburb of Cults where they were formed by percussion teacher Ron Forbes ...read on »

Spires That In the Sunset Rise

Ancient Patience Wills It Again Part II

9/10 from Brian

But I never heard Part 1 gawdammit!  Seriously, there's some very powerful and rather eerie stuff going on here throughout this second leg from our cult Illinois Fem-ps...read on »

aTelecine

Entkopplung

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s a soundtrack to a film which hasn’t been finished yet, which will apparently be “a highly esoteric science fiction labyrinth in the silhouette of Ph...read on »

Emeralds

Just to Feel Anything

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Emeralds seem to have slowed their once-prodigious work-rate down to a still-perfectly-reasonable two years since their last full-length ‘Does It Look Like I’m H...read on »

Pill-Oh

Vanishing Mirror

9/10 from Phil

I was a little confused by this one. It took me a while to work out it was by Pill Oh and not Vanishing Mirror (which is what it’s called). Doesn’t take me much ...read on »

Scientist

In The Kingdom Of Dub

9/10 from Ant

It seems like ages and ages since I added Scientist's 'In The Kingdom Of Dub' and 'The Best Dub Album In The World' to the site. Now finally they have arrived and it was ...read on »

BMB

Where Pail Limbs Lie

9/10 from Ant

This is only the second release on Mute’s Liberation Technologies label and follows a promising start for the label which kicked off with Laurel Halo as King Felix. It c...read on »

Andy Stott

Luxury Problems

9/10 from Brian

When I heard the Stottster was featuring guest vocals by his ex-piano teacher on his latest big record I gawped at the press release and re-read it about three times in disbel...read on »

Cold Pumas

Persistent Malaise

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Cold Pumas are one of a huge great crop of exceptional youthful DIY bands appearing in the UK lately with variously weighted mixes of ‘90s lo-fi indie, kraut-psych and...read on »

Sounding The Deep

Return to the Quiet

9/10 from Mike

While this is actually his fifth album, ‘Return To The Quiet’ is the first time Dave “Sounding The Deep” Williams has had his recordings committed to...read on »

Black Marble

A Different Arrangement

9/10 from Brian

I'm supposed to be reviewing other shit and doing a million different things right now but currently I'm at home, this is my time and place and I just accidentally put this ...read on »

Scout Niblett

No More Nasty Scrubs

9/10 from Brian

The only Nibbler record I actually own is her single of ‘Uptown Top ranking’, the only cover of a reggae song by a white person I’d consider ever playing i...read on »

Suzanne Ciani

Seven Waves

9/10 from Brian

Strike me down, this album sounds stunning through headphones. I was most taken with ‘Lixiviation’, a set that was more concerned with the sound-art/jingle/incid...read on »

Eternal Tapestry

A World Out Of Time

9/10 from Brian

I cannot recall when I last heard Eternal Tapestry but I’m sure they were a great deal heavier, sludge-droney and mind-churning than this latest for Thrill Jockey sugg...read on »

Andrzej Korzynski

Tajemnica Enigmy (Secret Enigma - 1968-1981)

9/10 from Brian

Well the previous two soundtracks released by this chap have evaded my ears although I have heard them in the context of their particular allocated celluloid journeys, the s...read on »

Ruth (featuring Mushy)

Far From Paradise

9/10 from Brian

I tried hard to review this last night but I was dog-tired and opted for an evening in bed watching Breaking Bad like just about the entire population has spent the last yea...read on »

Scientist

Introducing Scientist (The Best Dub Album In The World)

9/10 from Ant

It seems like ages and ages since I added Scientist's 'In The Kingdom Of Dub' and 'The Best Dub Album In The World' to the site. Now finally they have arrived and it was a mos...read on »

Jodey Kendrick

Steel Erector

9/10 from Ant

After Jodey’s ‘Plus Ten’ 2CD was hideously delayed you’d be forgiven for thinking Rephlex had fallen asleep on the job and then this cracking 2CD set a...read on »

Manual

Awash

9/10 from Phil

It’s been a while since the last Manual album. In the meantime Jonas Munk has been keeping himself busy rocking out out some more with Causa Sui (those Pewt’r Se...read on »

Galaxians / Runners

Split

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Oh, nice! I don’t know a lot about this Stargaze label but this mysterious and very limited (only 100 in the world!) 12” has some super-fresh cuts from two t...read on »

Iggy Pop & Zig Zags / Betty Davis

If Im In Luck I Might Get Picked Up

9/10 from Mike

Ha, what a brilliant combination. If you’re not familiar with Betty Davis I recommend you pick up her two recently-reissued LPs as they’re both superb - she play...read on »

Make Up

I Want Some

9/10 from Mike

Oh yeah! I’ve been wanting to get my hands on this baby on vinyl for a while. Of all the bands Ian Svenonius has played in over the years (and to this day they’v...read on »

Dark Horses

Black Music

8/10 from Brian

Clint liked Dark Horses’ last single and so do I on adopting a promo of their album for the night. There's more to them than that dreamy pulsating shoegaze/Spector psy...read on »

Tracey Thorn

Tinsel and Lights

8/10 from Clinton

In my youth it was the big pop stars of the day who released Christmas records and the indie underground who thought it was all a bit naff. The whole thing has turned right ...read on »

Strategy

Strategy

8/10 from Clinton

There are very few people producing dub/kraut/disco/techno/ambience with the consistency of Portland’s Paul Dickow AKA Strategy. All his releases seem to veer off int...read on »

Lotus Plaza / Nice Weekend

Split

8/10 from Clinton

I was a bit disgruntled with Lotus Plaza’s (Mr Deerhunter guitarist Lockett Pundt) last album. I loved the first one but despite the odd killer track it all went a bit...read on »

Harmonic 313

Lion

8/10 from Clinton

New on Warp a quick 10”-er featuring some skippy dubstep from Harmonic 313, weird little ticky noises are interspersed with sub-bass and snatches of vocals for a minimal...read on »

Angel Olsen

Half Way Home

8/10 from Clinton

First coming to attention via appearances with Bonnie Prince Billy, Olsen’s voice is initially disconcerting but by only the second track in I’ve decided that it...read on »

Sensate Focus

2.5

8/10 from Clinton

It always picks my mood up to hear a bit of a Chicago-style house type platter in my pile on a Friday morning. This came from the pen (okay they probably don’t use pen...read on »

Chelsea Wolfe

Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs

8/10 from Brian

Here we get to indulge in an atmosphere-drenched album of dusky American chamber-folk from a woman who is apparently a heavier sounding proposition on her previous recording...read on »

Pangaea

Release

8/10 from Ant

Super smart double pack right here from Kevin McAuly and the ever reliable Hessle Audio imprint who released the artists first 12” back in 2007. Six 12”s later and...read on »

King Dude

Burning Daylight

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I missed the boat on this awesomely-named fella’s first album but the single which preceded this new one was great so I’m pretty pleased to see that this LP&rsq...read on »

The Slate Pipe Banjo Draggers

Peeled Up For the Sake of Fruit Music 2012

8/10 from ReviewBot300

The first thing that strikes me about this album between putting the needle on the platter and having a look at the press release is that there don’t seem to be any ba...read on »

Component#4

Barbed Wire Sunday

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s the new EP from Component#4, aka Mike Rowley, a Wayside & Woodland regular cropping up on various people’s records and formerly drummer from The Arm. ...read on »

Pelt

Effigy

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Who would have thought that Pelt would dust themselves off after the devastating loss of Jack Rose and continue releasing records? Not I, and yet that is exactly what they ...read on »

Yellow6 & David Newlyn

O.S.

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Ambient bods Jon “Yellow6” Attwood and David “David Newlyn” Newlyn here collaborate on a CD of slow-paced guitar and keyboard, with the odd bit of comp...read on »

Naph

Autumn Of The Saroos

8/10 from Phil

Someone has just put Shellac on in the office and it’s kinda hard to hear this new Naph 2CD set properly. Hang on let me turn up the volume...Okay, I can hear it now....read on »

Alessandro Bosetti

Der Italianische Manierismus

8/10 from Phil

I’m a big fan of Alessandro Bosetti. ‘Zwolfzungen’ is one of my favourite experimental CDs. I’ve never really heard anything else like it (he travell...read on »

Good Weather for an Airstrike

Lights

8/10 from Phil

Finally someone has a good reason for making ambient music. Tom Honey (Mr Airstrike) wanted to make music but suffers from tinnitus so he decided to create a collection of r...read on »

Permanent Clear Light

Higher Than The Sun

8/10 from Phil

Like buses, Fruits De Mer singles all seem to arrive at the same time. There’s three in this week and the one I’m holding is by Finland’s Permanent Clear L...read on »

Szymon Kaliski

From Scattered Accidents

8/10 from Ant

Gosh, this is a super posh package. A CD housed in a textured card artbook with lots of monochrome photographs. It’s so pure looking I’m almost afraid to touch i...read on »

Aaron Moore / Thierry Muller

Today is Yesterday's Tomorrow

8/10 from Ant

These chaps apparently met at a gig and decided to work together out of mutual respect for each other’s music. Between them they get their mitts on a veritable arsenal...read on »

Lindstrom

Smalhans

8/10 from Ant

This chap’s been at the cosmic disco/techno/house thing for a fair while now and is well respected in such circles. I think he probably came to wider attention through...read on »

Inspired School Of Astral Music

Celestrial Stairway

8/10 from Ant

From the artist and title info it’s not difficult to work out what’s in store with this record. Yeah you got it new-age synthesizer musical meditations. It&rsquo...read on »

C. Spencer Yeh

Transitions

8/10 from Ant

Following that there 7” record that revealed another side to CS Yeh he’s here with a full length for De Stijl continuing his foray into more traditional song based...read on »

Vindicatrix

Mengamuk

8/10 from Ant

This is the third Vindicatrix release on Mordant Music following somewhat of a silence for a couple of years. This chaps stuff I would say is definitely an acquired taste. His...read on »

King Tuff

Screaming Skull

8/10 from Li'l Biz

So, Business Lady is back at NT’s ready to review the fresh crop of bands foolhardy enough to sign on the Sub Pop dotted line. King Tuff are good dudes. I liked their...read on »

Total Control

Scene from a Marriage

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Find it hard to believe that signing to Sub Pop is a good idea if you kick as much ass as Total Control, but hey what do I know? It’s certainly had an effect on their ...read on »

Dirty Projectors

About To Die

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Never found the time to check out Dirty Projectors. Felt well ignorant when some friends were kicking out in the van the other day. I thought to myself ‘these lot soun...read on »

Fold

Mr President

8/10 from Phil

Fold are a Leeds based downtempo bunch of lads factfans. I’m just listening to their debut 7” ‘Mr President’ right now and it’s light and breezey...read on »

Featureless Ghost

Personality Matrix

8/10 from ReviewBot300

We’ve got a particularly interesting one here from Shawn Reed’s ever-reliable Night People imprint, in the shape of the debut album by Atlanta duo Featureless Gh...read on »

Michael Chapman

Pachyderm

8/10 from Mike

I have a feeling our Clint’s a fan of veteran guitar picker Michael Chapman, I’m pretty sure I’ve heard his name mentioned in hushed tones around the ...read on »

Sic Defence

Iron in The Soul/ Maze

8/10 from Mike

On this single here, Londoners Sic Defence play some snotty post-punk music with snarling vocals, hi-gain guitar jangle and a mid-paced punky clatter from the rhythm section. ...read on »

Paul Corley

Disquiet

8/10 from Ant

This is the debut album from American composer, engineer and sound recordist. His CV looks pretty tidy as he’s previously appeared on records by Ben Frost, Valgeir Sigur...read on »

Mad Music, Inc.

Mad Music, Inc.

8/10 from Brian

Stunning sleeve art aside, this enigmatic record stems from the Boston area and is apparently rumoured to be the work of professional and amateur musicians collaborating. It...read on »

Sic Alps / Freakapuss

New Trawgs / Here Today Here Tomorrow

8/10 from Brian

I’m assuming this is the Sic Alps side? It’s a shambling piece of strum-along sixties melodic genius that trumps the majority of the songs on their last album, p...read on »

Kevin Drumm

Relief

8/10 from Phil

I’ve always been a little scared of Kevin Drumm records. When they’ve been played before in the office they’ve always either scared me or done my nut in s...read on »

Bell Gardens

Full Sundown Assembly

8/10 from Clinton

Kenneth Gibson (Furry Things) and Brian McBride (Stars of the Lid) have come together to produce this lovingly executed slab of orchestral pop. First things first, it sounds...read on »

The Soft Moon

Zeros

8/10 from Clinton

Sounding somewhat like an unearthing of lots of Bauhaus and Killing Joke demos, The Soft Moon is actually Oakland resident Luis Vasquez who, from the evidence of this, spend...read on »

Goldendust

Goldendust

8/10 from Clinton

If I hear another drum machine today I’m going to squeal. What we have here initially is something described by Mike as ‘well Schools documentary’. After l...read on »

Talk Normal

Sunshine

8/10 from Clinton

On vinyl that I can only describe as half red and half pink, this is a messy, scratchy take on New York cool by way of post punk. The usual influences are present, Sonic You...read on »

Mind Enterprises

Summer War / Sister

8/10 from Clinton

The back of the sleeve is upside down. Is that intentional? Who knows in this topsy-turvy world of pop music.  I’m also getting into my usual confusion with Itali...read on »

Jon DeRosa

A Wolf in Preacher's Clothes

8/10 from Clinton

Golly gosh, Jon DeRosa has been around a bit whether by making ambient/drone as Aarktika or doing his country thing as Pale Horse and Rider. It amazes me how artists can swa...read on »

Rone

Tohu Bohu

8/10 from Clinton

I’m on a deadline, it’s waaay after three o’clock but we must continue to bring to you our expert analysis. Here goes - it’s gonna be a quickie - thi...read on »

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Aaron Moore / Thierry Muller
Szymon Kaliski
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Pill-Oh
Alessandro Bosetti
Component#4
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Dirty Projectors
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