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Weekly Update Leonard Charles, Mark Ernestus Vs. Obadikah, D∆WN, Maria W Horn, t e l e p a t h テレパシー能力者, and more...

Christmas babble:

These should help you choose…all in stock and ready to ship.

Things are getting tight now so just as a reminder today is the last posting date for Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA, tomorrow for all the rest of Europe and Monday for the UK. Don’t dither!


Other fairly exciting stuff still going on….


Romping through the drizzle…and up our wet stairs.

  • My Morning Jacket pyjama guy Jim James does the second album jig.
  • Robin-approved songstress Dawn.
  • “Extremely uptight post-punk band” Flasher.
  • Resident oddballs Makeness and Adult Jazz collaborate to try to be even weirder.
  • Half of Skaters Spencer Clark makes his grainy field recordings.
  • Very Scottish sounding man Lomond Campbell makes lovely King Creosote style folk pop.
  • Aidan Knight gets really sparse. Like the back of a Christmas tree.
  • Christmas heartwarmer: Whyte Horses re-did their psych pop album ‘Pop or Not’ but this time with school children singing. One for grandma.
  • Really innovative weird pop from Glad Hand for fans of Wild Beasts/Scott Walker.
  • Leonard Charles re-did J Dilla’s ‘Donuts’
  • Devonshire folk in a lovely package from Dean McPhee/Mary Arches.
  • Tape of an improvised show by Xam Duo at the wonderfully named Refreshment Centre.


Known quantities. No nasty surprises.

Ant’s Electronic Roundup:

“More sub bass!” he yells at the carol singers.

Small Records:

Small enough to stick up a stocking.

That’s it from us. We are back next week for the final trudge. Remember we close on Thursday 22nd December so this time next week we’ll be fairly excitable. Here’s all details of our festive opening hours.

Words: Clint
Squeaks: Ant
Good Vibes: Robin

Your Norman Records people this week were: Kim, Phil, Jamie, Nathon, Laurie and ‘santa’ Ian.

Customer Compliment of the Week:
“A bit like that shop from 'Open All Hours' but they don't sell jam”.

Check our Feefo reviews in bleak midwinter.

Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Basic House


9/10 from Ant

Holy fucking mother of God… Listening to this disc from Basic House aka Opal Tapes bossman Stephen Bishop, is like spending forty-odd minutes inside Gustave Dor&ea...read on »

Relay For Death

Natural Incapacity

9/10 from Ant

You may recall that Oakland’s Rachal and Roxann Spikula aka Relay For Death, released an awesome LP on Aaron Dilloway’s Hanson back in 2010 entitled ‘Birth O...read on »

Maurizio Abate & Matteo Uggeri

Beyond Time

9/10 from Jamie

If there’s one thing those lovely be-jumpered chaps at Time Released Sound know how to do, it’s pastorally evocative. This collaborative release I hold in my hand ...read on »



8/10 from Clinton

I don't know what to say. Phil describes this to me yesterday but he babbled on for far too long and I lost interest. What we seem to have here is a compilation of rather good...read on »

Glad Hand

Shape Your Fever Close

8/10 from Clinton

Since Hayden Thorpe came a wibbling out of Kendal with his Wild Beasts there have been an alarming number of bands and artists happy to ape his unusual screech. London four pi...read on »

Lomond Campbell

Black River Promise

8/10 from Clinton

We've all thought about running away from it all haven't we? About 15 million times this year for me to be precise-ish. Well FOUND frontman the very Scottishly named Lomond Ca...read on »

Maria W Horn

Diverted Units

8/10 from Ant

‘Diverted Units’ is the inaugural release on promising new label Holodisc, and marks the debut solo record by Swedish composer and electronic musician Maria W Horn...read on »



8/10 from Robin

D∆WN continues and completes a hot streak of pop records with ‘Redemption’, following up the phenomenal ‘Blackheart’ as far as is possible. Having re...read on »



8/10 from Robin

Make the pop music play forever in ways weird, nostalgic, haunting and confusing. Ruin the listener’s life by suggesting that pop music exists in the same natural state ...read on »


Neva Done This Before

8/10 from Ant

DJ Slyngshot drops some letters from his name for this stompin’ 4-track EP on Opal Tapes sister label Black Opal. A no-nonsense asses shakin’ guaranteed DJ weapon,...read on »

Bohren & Der Club Of Gore

Black Earth

8/10 from Robin

Chief architects of the whole doom jazz thing, Bohren and Der Club of Gore made ‘Black Earth’ back at the turn of the millennium, positing terrifying drone hymns w...read on »


...it's eternity, Ester

8/10 from Ant

A passing glimpse at this 12” and you’d be forgiven for thinking this was an EVOL record. That’ll be because the sleeve has been designed by said computer mu...read on »

Jim Haynes

Throttle & Calibration

8/10 from Ant

Bay Area artist Jim Haynes is a man after my own heart - someone that sees and appreciates the beauty in decay. An artist working in both the visual and sonic mediums, he rese...read on »

Paco Sala

Ko Yo

8/10 from Jamie

Yes! And other such cries of jubilation: My first review in what seems like weeks (because it is -- you know, Ch***mas and all that) is a little beauty of a mini LP from the L...read on »

Bruno Sanfilippo

Piano Textures 4

8/10 from Jamie

The humble, plain-speaking -- yet accurate -- title of Bruno Sanfilippo’s latest release seems to me to hardly do the collection justice. ‘Piano Textures 4’ ...read on »

Featured albums

Sleaford Mods
Dead Body Love / Atrax Morgue
Daddy Long Legs
Marta De Pascalis
The Rita
Lydia Lunch
Lomond Campbell
Seekers International & MX7
Baba Stiltz
Elmo Crumb
Mike Watt
The Selecter / The Beat
Little White Things
Glad Hand
Dean McPhee / Mary Arches
Spencer Clark
John Tejada
German Army
Basic House
Mark Ernestus Vs. Obadikah
Bat For Lashes
Maria W Horn
Whyte Horses & St. Barts Choir
t e l e p a t h テレパシー能力者
Relay For Death
Jim Haynes
Gross Net
Sunil Sharpe
Blue Hour
Paco Sala
Leonard Charles
Makeness & Adult Jazz
Jim James
Aidan Knight
Pye Corner Audio
Townes Van Zandt
Bohren & Der Club Of Gore