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Weekly Update Parquet Courts, Great Ytene, Winter Family, Grails, Novella, and more...

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Proving that we aren’t in any way perfect we announced in the last update that you could expect a new Real Estate album this week. We we hopelessly wrong. It’s out on the 17th of next month. We are just terrible.

Hopefully when you see the amount of treats we’re ready to dish out this week you’ll forgive us. On the week that an astonished world heard that Sleeper had reformed and that Sun Kil Moon had streamed the Worst Album Ever™ we have loads of great releases in that have taken a terrible toll on our reviewing fingers.

Warning: Big update ahead. Lots of good things.

New:

Newer than the New Schmoo.

  • The new Tobin Sprout record contains a song so good I knelt down and wept.
  • Dutch Uncles get their 80’s funk on yet still charm a bit.
  • Enchanting and hypnotic neo-classical ambience from Bing & Ruth on 4AD.
  • 10000 Russos are bleak and from Portugal. The psych rock equivalent of Jose Mourinho,
  • Oh this Monster Rally album. You want something that sounds like Dilla relaxing on a Hawaiian beach don’t you?
  • Ought feller Tim Darcy releases his oddball debut that ranged from the Strokes-ish pop to someone banging an orange into a wall.
  • Wonderful and watery Dilla-ish hip-hop from Botany.
  • The Winter Family play dark and richly textured brand of synth-pop with whispered vox.
  • Tall Tall Trees is a man with a beard and some fingers living in a nice house.
  • Molly Burch sings music for evenings. We haven’t actually tested this.
  • Psych rock at a doomy pace from the Myrrors and Centralstodet.
  • Stoke On Trent’s answer to Guided by Voices Father get their brilliant lo-fi pop re-issued.
  • Beautifully crafted Australian indie from Broadway. For fans of the Goon Sax.
  • Easy going finger picker Joost Dijkema plays Six Organs style folk. Joost brilliant.
  • Deep Throat Choir. Please no sniggering at the back. They are a proper choir you know!
  • Bold and inventive Australians PVT make something to stretch your ears
  • Novella are not Noveller but are a nice krauty pop crew from Brighton….and anyway Noveller released their album last week and Novella this week. No confusion then.
  • The Underground Youth release yet another album. Sometimes I wish I was a fan of theirs rather than Prefab Sprout.
  • Julie’s Haircut make psych rock. So do a lot of people but it’s Julie’s Haircut we are talking about here.
  • Winsome folk people the Paperhead channel the ghosts of Arthur Lee and Van Morrison (the latter not actually dead).
  • Strand of Oaks dream life’s a highway.
  • Off kilter rock and roll from former Eighties Matchbox B Line Disaster folks Piano Wire. Simpler name now.
  • Post-apocalypse disorientation from Foudre! (their exclamation mark).
  • Grails disjointed prog jamble will take you on an elevator to the stars.
  • Once they were technicolour. Now just like the world Great Ytene are thoroughly miserable. Like Preoccupations.
  • Parquet Courts finally straddle every musical genre by hooking up with rapper B Bun.
  • Oliver Wilde is a lofi child making surprisingly palatable bedroom pop.
  • BACK IN! More copies of last weeks wonderful and popular Album of the Week from Philly collage-hop crew Mahatma X. On BLACK vinyl.

Label watch: Preserved Sound.

We’ve just taken on a bunch of titles by Hebden Bridge based imprint Preserved Sound. They specialise in handmade CDrs containing a dazzling array of wonderful neo-classical, ambience and electro acoustic from the likes of Visionary Hours, Endless Melancholy, Poppy Nogood and even a Richard Youngs album thrown in there. For fans of similarly minded labels like Hibernate, Home Normal and Sound In Silence.

Re-issues:

Old things re-hatched.

  • New Order present a compilation of productions and remixes for the likes of Section 25, A Certain Ratio and Factory Floor.
  • And yes here’s that cherry pie coloured ‘Twin Peaks - Fire Walk With Me’ soundtrack.
  • Someone spent ten years trying to find all the recordings from Big Star’s harrowing third record.
  • Magnetic Fields early opuses ‘The Wayward Bus / Distant Plastic Trees’ are merged and revitalised on vinyl.



Ant’s Electronic Round-Up:

8/10 for Wonderland. 9/10 for Diggerland.

7”s:

Stick your little finger in the middle and spin.

Surely there must be something amongst that you like and if not just listen to the sound of the wind in the trees. Re-issued on tree coloured vinyl next week.



Credits:

Words: Clint, Ant and a Robin splinter.
Work: ‘Smiler’, Kim, Robin’s remains, Jamie, Laurie, Nathon and the cat man. .
Mastered by Rashad Becker.

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Botany

Dimming Awe, The Light is Raw

9/10 from Jamie

You may have heard of Botany through such previous journeys as (Norman favourite) Deepak Verbera, back in the heady days we now call Autumn 2016. For that record, Spencer Step...read on »

Bing & Ruth

No Home Of The Mind

9/10 from Jamie

Previously on ‘(The Adventures of) Bing & Ruth’: City Lake set out minimalist ensemble blueprint manifesto, firing twinkling mini-melodies alongside jet-propel...read on »

Monster Rally

Mystery Cove

9/10 from Clinton

Oh to be in Hawaii now. I’d be sitting under a palm tree sipping a pina colada and listen to Jimmy Buffett. Bliss.    Instead I’m in the coldest place ...read on »

Moon Ate The Dark

I + II

9/10 from Clinton

Here are our two reviews for the original editions of 'I' and 'II' . These albums have been combined onto vinyl so maybe combine the reviews in your mind or something. . ...read on »

Wojciech Golczewski

Dark Souls (Complete Soundtrack)

8/10 from Jamie

Well, what do we have here? Wojciech Golczewski’s soundtrack to the 2010 Franco-Scandinavian horror film ‘Dark Souls’ is what. On very limited (100) cassette...read on »

Tobin Sprout

The Universe and Me

8/10 from Robin

Excuse me while I cackle ominous and witch-like in my triumph of managing to listen to and review this album before Clint could. Tobin Sprout has our eternal kudos as the man ...read on »

Novella

Change of State

8/10 from Clinton

I tell you who I’m worried about. James Hoare’s neighbours. So many records seem to be recorded in the Veronica Falls lad’s bedroom these days. Let’s h...read on »

Demian Castellanos

Ether

8/10 from Robin

Psych rock adversary Demian Castellanos has always wowed me more as a solo man than as prime minister of hypnorockers the Oscillation. Way back in mid ‘15 he released vo...read on »

PVT

New Spirit

8/10 from Clinton

I was listening a tune from this latest missive from ever mutating shapeshifting Australian crew PVT (formerly Pivot) and well…I just didn’t know what to think. B...read on »

Father

Pop Chops

8/10 from Clinton

Father were my favourite mid '90s lo-fi band who weren't Guided By Voices. They were three teenagers from Stoke On Trent who had an incredibly melodic if impossibly lo-fi...read on »

Centralstodet / The Myrrors

Ljudkamrater

8/10 from Robin

The Myrrors are of course that extremely psychedelic band you know and love beyond my existence as incumbent Norman psychedelic listener man. They’re the kind of band I ...read on »

Molly Burch

Please Be Mine

8/10 from Robin

This is about my sixth review of the day and it’s singer-songwriter tranquility like I’ve never needed it before. An honest-to-god halftime slice of pop music, Mol...read on »

Jimi Bazzouka

Edits Vol. 4

8/10 from Clinton

Jimi Bazzouka how’s she blowing?    As it’s a day with ‘day’ in its name there are saxophone squeaks from the other room. Our office saxoph...read on »

pHarmerz

20 Acid Clonk Greats

8/10 from Laurie

Oo arrr it’s the pHarmerz. Recorded in Yeovil, Somerset, not far from where this reviewer was born, 20 Acid Clonk Greats tracks the oddball mangled meeting of ex-Hacker ...read on »

Driftmachine

Radiations

8/10 from Laurie

Mmm, I’m still hazy with the memories of Driftmachine’s last one, Colliding Contours, whose dubbed out synth cave music propelled me into the early hours many a ti...read on »

Turinn

18 1/2 Minute Gaps

8/10 from Laurie

Here is the debut album of Manchester sound man Alex Lewis aka Turinn. Not bad having your debut double LP released on Modern Love - someone’s been getting around. In ty...read on »

Broadway

Debut

8/10 from Clinton

Right, this is great. This is an Australia indie pop supergroup featuring Art Rush, Claire O' Meara and the legendary David Nichols (the Cannanes, Crabstick) making the sort o...read on »

Michel Banabila

Sound Years

8/10 from Jamie

These are troubling times, or maybe it’s just because it’s the middle of the week, but fret not for Michel Banabila is here to bring the balm. This lovely guy has ...read on »

Various (DVA Damas, Autumns, Grebenstein & Seefried and Layne)

The Immortal Eye

8/10 from Ant

Here we have a tasty four track various artists 12” EP from ever reliable purveyors of electronic gloom, Downwards. ‘The Immortal Eye’ has been compiled by R...read on »

Tim Darcy

Saturday Night

8/10 from Robin

In any given Ought song, you can count on Tim Darcy to come to the party. He hates it, of course, and spends most of the time amusing himself by slicing the cake of social eti...read on »

Lawrence English

Cruel Optimism

8/10 from Robin

Can I use the term power ambient without getting fired? If I could I’d certainly be attaching it to this record by fogmeister Lawrence English. This week he unleashes hi...read on »

Hanni El Khatib

Savage Times

8/10 from Robin

Man, I wanted to be an asshole and start this review all “here is a garage rock man doing the thing with the chords and the bouncy drums and the overuse of the word baby...read on »

Grails

Chalice Hymnal

8/10 from Robin

This is that good prog. This is that prog for guitar soloed skylines and heavy metal churches. This is that prog for “Baker Street” enthusiasts and wannabe choir m...read on »

FOUDRE!

Earth

8/10 from Robin

A think-tank of droners and classical weepers join forces from tropes like Saåad, The Rustle Of The Stars, Extreme Precautions and I Pilot Dæmon to create a record...read on »

Featured albums

Colin Stetson
Endless Melancholy
Letherette
A/T/O/S
Bruce
Noumen
Various (DVA Damas, Autumns, Grebenstein & Seefried and Layne)
Turinn
Russell Haswell / Dungeon Acid
Xao Seffcheque
Belbury Poly & Moon Wiring Club
No UFO's
Winter Family
Justin Cudmore
Solar / C.L.A.W.S. / D.O.S.
Private Eyes
Jimi Bazzouka
Real Estate
pHarmerz
FOUDRE!
Great Ytene
Conrad Schnitzler
Various
Allah-Las
Angelo Badalamenti
10,000 Russos
The Magnetic Fields
Tim Darcy
Molly Burch
Parquet Courts
Tobin Sprout
Enderby’s Room
Centralstodet / The Myrrors
Oliver Wilde
Driftmachine
Marcus Fjellström
Piano Wire
Broadway
Helm
Novella
Multicast Dynamics
Batu
Julie's Haircut
Father
PVT
Michael Vallera
The Underground Youth
The Paperhead
Kirlian Camera
Mind Over Mirrors
Botany
Grails
Tall Tall Trees
Michel Banabila
Fatima Yamaha
Joshua Sabin
Person Of Interest
Joost Dijkema
KGIV
Various
Doubler
Various
Earthen Sea
Mahatma X
Deep Throat Choir
Strand of Oaks
Dutch Uncles
Demdike Stare
Bing & Ruth
Big Star
Jaquarius
Monster Rally
Visionary Hours
Richard Youngs
The Other People Place ft. Mystic Tribe AI