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Weekly Update True Widow, Arnold Steiner, LVL UP, Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, ASUNA + Stijn Hüwels + Dudal + James Murray + Hybernation, and more...

First up:

Bit nippier out isn’t it? We crawl towards the bleak sweep of winter with a pile of records under our arms for you to check out. Here’s our pick of the Top 50 records due in early Autumn…..hope it gets you through.

As usual though there’s stuff out this week. Let’s meet and greet.


All new records. Untouched by human.

  • Shouty punkers Beach Slang have title-described their new record. We could call it a lot worse.
  • Hamilton Leithauser and the guy from Vampire Weekend do a really good song.
  • Quite enjoyed bits of the new Warpaint. Robin didn’t.
  • The North Sea Radio Orchestra album has sold in droves. So many that we still haven’t heard it.
  • American guitar picker Marisa Anderson has made a really nice album of shimmering pickin’.
  • Flock of Dimes. 45% better than a Flock Of Seagulls.
  • Really sultry singer Hope Sandoval hooks up with the not at all sultry Kurt Vile.
  • Merchandise have to be congratulated in producing this year’s 54000th post-punk influenced release.
  • How To Dress Well spotted googling Savage Garden chords on phone.
  • One time Brit-poppers Spearmint unleash a new one. Shirley this is a good thing (in-joke).
  • Freak-folk mainstay and large beard Devendra Banhart is back!
  • The Early Years mix together our four most used words: shoegaze, kraut and vintage electronics.
  • Lvl Up is the new slacker American lo-fi hero.
  • “DECCA today announces a brand new album entitled ‘Rosetta’ by Vangelis”. Is it 1976?
  • Hannah Peel soundtracks the descent into dementia.
  • Tanya Donelly is the lady who used to be in the Throwing Muses and the Breeders and she’s collected all her recent recordings together on 3LPs.
  • We shouldn’t dismiss shoegaze-y psych kids Dead Rabbits just because they are half-asleep.

No bullet points for this lot:

Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, A real hard rock unit, this lot says Laurie. Boxed In - what are they all about? Netherlands is the guy from Cibo Matto doing metal stuff. Not a country as we previously thought, True Widow also do metal but better, Billie Marten is a nice lass from Ripon doing sweet songwriting and Dawes are those American guys who aren’t the Doors.

STOP PRESS! A lot of stuff is arriving late today so check our NEW IN page for everything we’ve got.

Our Daily Deal

We virtually give away one record per day. Here is today’s.

Older lads

Not many this week so you could have a look at these Beck re-issues instead.

  • There’s a comprehensive review of the music of Eyeless In Gaza out.
  • Frank Turner’s first official solo outing ‘Campfire Punk Songs’ is back out.
  • Loads of records by 70’s Radiohead types Pink Floyd are in for our Ian to enjoy again.
  • John Williams latest Star War thing for Ian.

Ant’s Electronic Roundup:

Listening to Laurie Spiegel in the bath.

  • Manuel Göttsching’s seminal, eternal classic ‘E2-E4’ has officially been reissued. Warning: contains (forgivable) guitar widdling.
  • Lush oceanic synth-scapes from Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani on RVNG Intl.
  • Elegantly packaged ASUNA + Stijn Hüwels + Dudal + James Murray + Hybernation limited edition CDr of avant-ambient > exclusive to us outside of Japan.
  • Ambient double trouble from Å Asher-Yates and Dimitar Dodovski on Shimmering Moods.
  • Proper electro-futurism for the dancefloor from Arnold Steiner in vintage Metroplex mode. Model 500/ Drexciya heads should so cop this.
  • Ace raw Dutch electro alert: Coupla Electronome’s sought after Viewlexx classics now reissued on Murder Capital. Used to be my secret DJ weapons back in’t day.
  • Alessandro Adriani 12” with superb, sleazy, narcotic remix from Mick Wills.
  • The Smoke Clears = John Daly in melodic ambient mode. LP on Dublin’s All City.
  • 33.10.3402 not our IP address but the handle of Nenad Marković who has his second 12” out on L.I.E.S. and may or may not be the Bosnian former professional basketball player turned coach.
  • Bleepy and acidic deep techno cuts from Wata Igarashi on New York’s The Bunker.
  • In demand Volcov repress 7” on Sounds Familiar. The Kai Alice 7” vanished in a flash. Soz.
  • Rock Action slowly mutate into Not Not Fun (see Umberto) with an album from 80’s horror synth fetishist Xander Harris.
  • Murcof x Wagner rework John Cage, Aphex Twin, Erik Satie etc. Note: Pianist Vanessa Wagner, not Hitler’s favourite composer.
  • Smashing breakbeat techno, electro and broken house from that man J. Albert on Black Opal.

7” Records

Loads this week - are they making a comeback like Bros?

Now that we’ve got to the end of all that we might as well confess that it’s not exactly been the best week for music has it. But next week will be much better with new records due from Pixies, Ultimate Painting, Bon Iver and more. We promise.

Words by Clint and Ant with some strains of Robin going on.

The Normanites this week were Phil, Laurie, Nathon, Jamie and the bard of Croydon House, Ian.

Customer Compliment of the Week:
“As brilliant as bacon”.

Read our Feefo reviews to see how generally good we are.

Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Ryuichi Sakamoto

Nagasaki: Memories Of My Son

9/10 from Jamie

As soon as the elegantly, sorrowfully swooping strains emerge from my headphones, listening to Ryuichi Sakamoto’s latest work reminds me how much he is a master of emoti...read on »

Jason Sharp

A Boat Upon Its Blood

9/10 from Robin

God, it’s been so fucking long since I’ve been able to type-yell a review to the theme of “This new Constellation release is amazing!!!”. All year, the...read on »

Arnold Steiner

Mood Sequence

9/10 from Ant

Miami electro institution Transient Force label founder Arnold Steiner must be over the moon to score a release on Juan Atkins legendary Metroplex imprint. Is there any higher...read on »

Alessandro Adriani

Crow / White Swan

9/10 from Ant

Apparently this is the first release in Mannequin’s Death Of The Machines 12” series of dancefloor weapons, but is actually released after the excellent ‘Mot...read on »

Manuel Göttsching


9/10 from Ant

At last the official 180g vinyl reissue of this eternal classic has landed in celebration of its 35th anniversary. I was 3 years old when this was released and had never even ...read on »


Christophe Lemaire Presents: Can’t You Hear Me – African Nuggets & Garage Rock from Nigeria, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

9/10 from Ant

You'd have to actually be some kind of nugget to glance at the title of this record and not know what you're getting - so my work here has been done for me. In a sense so has ...read on »

El Perro Del Mar


8/10 from Jamie

El Perro del Mar is Gothenburg’s Sarah Assbring. Yup. KoKoro is already her fifth album and a bit of the departure from the melancholic indie-pop she started making just...read on »


The Exit Papers

8/10 from Clinton

You'd think that Low would be the perfect band to write film soundtracks so it's quite remarkable to find out that that they haven't done any to date. They did try betwee...read on »

Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam

I Had A Dream That You Were Mine

8/10 from Robin

Here lies a record with an opening tune so unbelievably brilliant I worry for everything that comes after it. “A 1000 Times”, the first glimpse of a collaboration ...read on »



8/10 from Robin

We’re very good, you know. We really wanted to let this Tangents record sink in, so we decided to forget it existed for a couple of months and then review it -- kinda li...read on »

Off World


8/10 from Robin

With a very apt name and a lot of synth-twiddling, Off World unleash ‘1’, one of the year’s most peculiar electronic records and by the way it includes a ban...read on »

The Early Years


8/10 from Clinton

2008 seems a long time ago but that is in fact the last time the Early Years dipped their heads above the precipice. This is their first album in ages and they burst out of th...read on »

Marisa Anderson

Into The Light

8/10 from Clinton

Yet another imaginary film album but don't let that put you off as this is a very pleasant listen indeed. Marisa Anderson is a guitar slinger from Portland who I imagine has l...read on »



8/10 from Robin

I’ve eaten a lot of vegetarian scotch eggs today and I’m ready to do it: I’m ready to make one of Phil’s coveted Music Is A Lot Like Food analogies. Fo...read on »

Featured albums

The Pineapples
Kai Alice
ASUNA + Stijn Hüwels + Dudal + James Murray + Hybernation
Devendra Banhart
Billie Marten
John Williams
Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
Hope Sandoval and The Warm Inventions
Dimitar Dodovski
Giraffe Tongue Orchestra
Eyeless In Gaza
Å Asher-Yates
Brando's Island
Boxed In
True Widow
Murcof x Wagner
Frank Turner
How To Dress Well
St. Francis Hotel
Xander Harris
Flock of Dimes
Wata Igarashi
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani
Marisa Anderson
Ulrika Spacek
Hannah Peel
Dead Rabbits
The Early Years
Bon Iver
The Smoke Clears
North Sea Radio Orchestra
J. Albert
Soft Candy
Beach Slang
Ultimate Painting
Alessandro Adriani
Arnold Steiner
Tanya Donelly
Manuel Göttsching