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Weekly Update Ectoplasm Girls, Matteo Vallicelli, The Bats, Covariant, Julian Cope, and more...

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Has anyone noticed that our site has a new font? It’s probably not the biggest news of the week so has perhaps slipped you by but go on, take a look. You may be surprised. Letters of complaint to phil@normanrecords.com. Thanks. Also we’ve been selling records. Some of them we compiled into a small month end SALE to help you (and us) out in this bleak time of year. Otherwise it’s business as usual with records being carried up the steps by beaten looking men to be carefully folded into parcels by bored youth and carried to their destination by harrassed post people.

All that might be of interest has been typed below:-


Drink them straight out of the spout.

  • Ever ready-psych drone people Moon Duo have worked the same shift as long as Robin.
  • New Zealand legends The Bats jangle and strum like R.E.M on a day off.
  • Enormous haired druid Julian Cope sings his ‘Drinking Songs’.
  • Canadian serious people the Dears celebrate the time they asked Deers to change their name.
  • Still in recovery from touring with Mac De Marco Homeshake stays chilled.
  • London dream-poppers Coldharbourstores creep back after eight years.
  • Snails sing something whimsical.
  • Folky collective Modern Studies do indeed wear matching outfits.
  • Adorably monikered synth ‘n’ sing experts Cuddle Magic.
  • Soulful experimenter Sampha gets a few things right on his debut.
  • Indie pop pickers Surfer Blood remain cheery despite everything.
  • Peter Gabriel mentioned not once but twice in Robin’s Ed Dowie review.
  • Fufanu. Eranu! Uvavu!
  • Painfully monikered shoegazers Cigarettes After Sex do their Mazzy Star thing.
  • Ten Fe. When Bruce Springsteen failed.
  • Communions are maybe like an X Factor-friendly Placebo.
  • Improv icons the Necks continue their genre mangling.
  • One Eyed Wayne are angry elders sounding like a young Madness.
  • And finally I am contractually obliged to advise you of the existence of a new Elbow album.


Milk, three sugars.

  • English pastoral pop people July Skies get re-issued gracefully.
  • Ghostly mysteriousness from Ectoplasm Girls.
  • Texan noiseniks Lift to Experience re-release post rock’s ultimate behemoth.
  • Dynamic hardcore from Baltimore youths Behind Closed Doors.
  • The Moomins soundtrack made for dads to get emotional and play to their uninterested children.
  • This the Clean re-issue came out ages ago but we forgot to mention it and it’s so good.
  • Grandiose folk poppers Plants and Animals were awarded Band of the Year 2009.
  • BACK IN! More copies of that Twin Peaks soundtrack.

Ant’s Electronic Round-Up:

Unsuccessfully trying to put Necro Deathmort on at Wacky Warehouse.

  • Skull Defekt Joachim Nordwall unleashes some gargantuan, room rattling sounds and records the room rattling. Will twat you up good and proper.
  • If Charles Bronson made techno, it would probably sound like the new Manni Dee 12" on Perc Trax - A right hard bastard of an EP.
  • Heavenly Music Corporation’s mid 90’s ambient odyssey ‘Lunar Phase’ has been vinylized by the ever reliable Astral Industries.
  • Super woozy tape of cinematic soundscapes from Ly Tumnus - like a lost relic from England’s Hidden Reverse.
  • Ghostly electronics, weeping strings and sorrowful choirs from Jordan Ireland with Purple Orchestra.
  • Egyptrixx get this year’s most brilliantly elaborate bollocks of a press release.
  • Limited to 300 copies hand-stamped white label 12” of sizzling acid and techno crunch from mystery artist Covariant on Poverty Is Paradise.
  • Sweet ambient tape on Low Point from Thet Liturgiske Owäsendet and one from Kleefstra | Bakker | Kleefstra featuring spoken word/poetry from one of the aforementioned brothers.
  • A cracker from Lawrence English that came and went before any review paws could clutch it. More copies on their way though...
  • Lovely ‘Giraffe’ LP On Editions Mego from Simon Fisher Turner, blurring the lines between sound design and song. I love giraffes, me.
  • Limited hand-stamped white label 12" EP on Different Circles. Edition of 400 copies incl. Mumdance & Logos, FiS, Inkke, Sharp Veins, Shapednoise and Yamaneko.
  • Because everything that only ever existed on CD must now exist on vinyl: Eluvium’s ‘Talk Amongst The Trees’ just got bigger.
  • The Soft Moon’s drummer Matteo Vallicelli likes to twiddle knobs when he’s not bangin’ skins.
  • Meatbingo aka Phono Ghosts gets his 2010 sample/mashup-fest digital release ‘Cynically For You’ dubbed onto tape spools in an edition of 50 copies. Like MTV in the 80’s vomiting into your ears.
  • Blackdown’s ‘Keysound Sessions Anthem’ in four different flavours.
  • Intense peaktime techno bangers from Tinfoil aka DeFeKT and Ireland’s finest turntable demon Sunil Sharpe.


They’re round, they cost a few pounds. Play them and you’ll hear sound.

That’s yer lot til next time. Some good cloud promised this weekend so have fun!

Words: Clint, Ant and a Robin segment.

Work: Phil, Kim, the remaining shred of Robin, Jamie, Laurie, Nathon and Ian (Mr Cats).

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Featured albums

Jessica Curry
Ly Tumnus
One Eyed Wayne
Kleefstra | Bakker | Kleefstra
Thet Liturgiske Owäsendet
Joachim Nordwall
The Sherlocks
Heavenly Music Corporation
Modern Studies
Ed Dowie
Manni Dee
Plants and Animals
The Dears
Matteo Vallicelli
Ten Fé
Cuddle Magic
Cigarettes After Sex
Julian Cope
Behind Closed Doors
Jordan Ireland with Purple Orchestra
Simon Fisher Turner
The Necks
Lawrence English
Graeme Miller & Steve Shill
Surfer Blood
Moon Duo
The Bats
Cold Meat
Ectoplasm Girls
Angelo Badalamenti
Karen Gwyer
Lift To Experience
July Skies
The Clean