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A big week here particularly with a bunch of exciting pre-orders such as those twin regenerated shoegazers Ride and Slowdive and a just announced new Forest Swords album. Also we’ve managed to score some copies of the new Mount Eerie album which currently unavailable in the UK. Coming soon we have a series of exclusives and promotions throughout April so do keep watching. What else could possibly be happening in April? Nothing we can think of.

Brand new records - who’d have thought it?

  • Those Manchester noise tykes Gnod with a big sprawling beast.
  • Women’s erstwhile leader Pat Flegel returns as Cindy Lee.
  • Corkscrew-haired alternately electro-pop/folky duo Goldfrapp.
  • More meanderings from long running post punk foursome Wire.
  • My father’s favourites British Sea Power.
  • Toro Y Moi’s Chaz Bundick hooked up with the Mattson 2 for some psychedelic space jazz.
  • Zone 6 make fun time psych all recorded live.
  • Julia Holter and band played live in a room and someone recorded it.
  • Busy fingers Hauschka sends Jamie for a peppermint tea.
  • Fingers like worms and hellish noise blasts from Pharmakon.
  • Laurie’s favourite childhood metallers Mastodon get back on track.
  • Phantom Dog Beneath the Moon make nice folk on Rusted Rail.
  • Spluttering music legend Bob Dylan ‘re-interpretes’ the great American songbook.
  • R.Stevie Moore hooks up with Jason Falkner for a run through some his prime power-pop.
  • Richard Edwards had some really bad tummy troubles but got an album out of it.
  • Fiercely blasted dark psych from Warp Transmission.
  • Flute-wielding long running psych troupe Bardo Pond splurge another one out.
  • Coco Hames tries her best to recreate swinging ‘60s pop.
  • Where’s Robin? There’s a new thing on Constellation by A Silver Mt Zion cellist Saltland. He’ll need to know about it.
  • Cool rock music from 70’s inspired cat Jonny Velon (not actually a cat).
  • Jake Xerxes Fussell’s dark folk features three (count ‘em) musicians called Nathan.
  • Buy the Sneaks album and be in with the chance of winning a limited test pressing. At 18 minutes long you’ll need something to go with it.
  • Tall Ships do some ‘Impressions’. Their Frank Spencer is incredible.
  • Not one but two albums by Bill Baird albums. One for the morning and one for the evening. Like tea.

...and here’s the ‘New In’ pages as there’s too much this week as always.

Good for both your eyes and your ears…

  • The bleak film of the making of Nick Cave’s ‘Skeleton Tree’ is here.

Old records to whet your appetite for Record Store Day….

  • Duck-voiced post punk art crew Pere Ubu re-issue some of their later work.
  • West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band do what they say on the tin.
  • The Durutti Column ‘The Return of the Durutti Column is back in on the sandpaper vinyl thingy.
  • It’s been 15 years since Richard Buckner’s ace ‘Impasse’ so it’s now re-done with extra tracks.
  • The INXS it used to be ok to like….it’s the Doors.
  • Just remember Animal Collective they way they were next time you hear ‘Kinda Bonkers’.
  • A Panda Bear album from back when we used the word Mencap in reviews without being ashamed.

Ant’s Electronic Round-Up:
Chairman of the Wharfedale Mens Throbbing Gristle Appreciation Society.

  • Objekt returns with ‘Objekt #4’. A pair of nifty dancefloor pleasers. One per customer cuz greedy people tried to buy them all.
  • Repitch celebrate 5 years in the game with a 3x12” + CD set. Feat. Pinch, Ascion, Nuel, Galaxian, Drvg Cvltvre, Shapednoise, AnD, Gaja, The Exaltics, Sote, Mike Parker, Skudge, Zenker Brothers etc.
  • Drexciya’s ‘Grava 4’ aquatic electro/techno gem 2LP reissue - ships Friday.
  • Blurry ambient tranquilizers from Keith Berry.
  • Ghostly stuff from Orghanon on Time Released Sound. Peep the eye popping art edition!
  • Industrial backdrops, cavernous desolate environments and bass weight from Akatombo. Plus Air Cushion Finish & Lichens live hookup - both on alt.vinyl in editions of 250 copies.
  • Electropop on Polytechnic Youth from Vorderhaus - straight outta the early Mute/ Some Bizarre school.
  • Zillionth Merzbow album.
  • Party time 12” from Rome legend Passarani + limited 12” from MPC wielder Dukwa - 300 copies in screen-printed sleeve. Both on Numbers.
  • Person of Interest pops up on Brooklyn’s Exotic Dance label.
  • Glistening, polished electronica on Ghostly from Geotic aka Will Wiesenfeld of Baths.
  • Pharmakon brings the noise.
  • Equiknoxx ‘Bird Sound Power’ dancehall bombs now on CD via DDS.
  • Strange Culture and Sordid Sound System electro/disco/kraut plates on Invisible, Inc.
  • Richard Youngs, Luke Fowler and Co. do disco as AMOR on Night School.
  • Plunderphonics Queen Vicki Bennett aka People Like Us celebrates 25 years of making audiovisual collage records incl. Peel Sesh. Plus a peach from Yannick Dauby - both on Discrepant.
  • North Atlantic Drift floatbient CD on Polar Sea.
  • Theo Parrish ‘Parallel Dimensions’ 2LP reissued with new artwork on Sound Signature.
  • EP of Braindancing electro from Seoul producer Go Dam.
  • Plenty more action from Cologne Tape, Tillander, Max Cooper remixed, Maine, Jacques Greene, B12 ft. Yonii, Ron Trent, Vakula, J M S Khosah, Nomine repress etc.

Time for a tiddler?

  • Brilliant dreamy lo-fi songwriting from Jefferson on the always good Box Bedroom Rebels.
  • Estonian shoegazers Pia Fraus and West Coast indie -poppers Rocketship share wax.
  • Brooch are members of Ought and Yung getting together.
  • This Will Destroy You’s latest has a lovely Julianna Barwick mix in tow.
  • Hardcore punk and harsh noise from Greek rackateers Blank Veins.



Update coughed up by Clint with expert help from Ant (electronics) and Robin (sax).
Actual office work by Phil the fantastic, Kim, laughing boy, Jamie, Laurie, Nathon and Ian who is unwell and will probably die soon.

Customer Compliment of the Week:
'Phil is the best'.

Do the mashed potato with our Feefo reviews.

Best records this week

According to our review team at least...


What If

9/10 from Jamie

Volker Bertelmann has been churning out his prepared piano works as Hauschka for well over a decade now, and after a dozen or more solo albums (I’ve actually lost count)...read on »



9/10 from Laurie

Clinton handed this to me asking if I was about to have lunch, but after a cursory glance at that cover I doubt I’ll be eating for a few days. Slimy, writhing fingers on...read on »


Dys Functional Electronic Music

9/10 from Ant

I’m not gonna review ‘Dys Functional Electronic Music’ in full because by the time I’m done I’ll be dead. There’s sixteen tracks on here wh...read on »

Ash Borer

The Irrepassable Gate

9/10 from Robin

Hell! I was gonna start this review with a “hell yea!” but I think I’ll just go with hell. This record of furiously doomy, deathy black metal has gotta catch...read on »

R. Stevie Moore and Jason Falkner

Make It Be

8/10 from Clinton

Warning: I'm about to get on a rather large horse.  I read a review of this record recently in one of the free mags that come through our door and the writer didn't know...read on »

North Atlantic Drift

Departures, Vol. 1

8/10 from Jamie

Huge swathes of ambient drone to wash over your ears now, from North Atlantic Drift -- duo Mike and Brad -- with their fourth album for Polar Seas recordings. Music to splash ...read on »

Bardo Pond

Under The Pines

8/10 from Robin

In 2011 my high school’s history teacher handed me a certificate for the classroom’s Space Cadet Of the Year award. He is unfunny and I hate him. Now, with the ver...read on »

Pere Ubu

Drive He Said 1994 - 2002

8/10 from Clinton

If you think I'm going to review the whole thing then you are sadly mistaken - I'm not made of ears you know. Here is another box set from marvellous art punks Pere Ubu. This ...read on »


Rough Choir

8/10 from Clinton

I'm ashamed of myself. For a second...just a second I thought that the ever dependable Box Bedroom Rebels had released something less than brilliant as the standard 'Knocking ...read on »



8/10 from Jamie

Strange and slightly unsettling drone. All right, you want a few more words, I can understand that but I’m very close to the end of my week and there has been a lot of p...read on »

Kelly Moran


8/10 from Jamie

There seems to be very little information available about Kelly Moran, save that she is pianist, composer and electro-acoustic producer based in New York City. She also is app...read on »

Keith Berry


8/10 from Ant

British ambient/drone artist Keith Berry (last spotted on Infraction) offers up an enchanting medicinal potion comprised of twelve gulps, that once ingested induce something a...read on »

Phantom Dog Beneath The Moon

The Statue of The Hunter is Lost at Sea

8/10 from Clinton

I'm so sorry I forgot. No excuses. I was meant to review this last week along with the excellent A Lilac Decline tape also on Rusted Rail but perhaps I was so enamoured with t...read on »


Emperor Of Sand

8/10 from Laurie

‘I’m always searching for the perfect riff’ - Bill Kelliher, 200something Got to get this off my chest. I love Mastodon. Or at least, the Mastodon of old - ...read on »


A Common Truth

8/10 from Robin

Rebecca Foon is really the most Constellation of artists doing the most Constellation of things. Her many excellent projects have included doomslaying Godspeed alternates A Si...read on »

Air Cushion Finish & Lichens

Live in Biesenthal

8/10 from Robin

Loveliness exists and it is this record. Procured from a live session out to the north of Berlin (because things do indeed happen outside of city parameters), these tracks off...read on »

Mount Eerie

A Crow Looked At Me

8/10 from Robin

Phil Elverum’s newest record is heavy with tragedy. What else can I say? I don’t want to over-analyse or examine, partly because Elverum himself has closed this re...read on »


Short Fuse

8/10 from Laurie

OK, there’s a running theme this week that is us doing reviews that we should have done ages ago. This is the ‘new’ Akatombo album that actually came out in ...read on »

Featured albums

Forest Swords
Mount Eerie
Blank Veins
Air Cushion Finish & Lichens
Go Dam
North Atlantic Drift
Zone Six
British Sea Power
Person of Interest
Keith Berry
Max Cooper
Sordid Sound System
This Will Destroy You
Cologne Tape
J M S Khosah
Jacques Greene
Ron Trent
Cindy Lee
Jake Xerxes Fussell
Yannick Dauby
Coco Hames
Richard Edwards
People Like Us
B12 ft. Yonii
Warp Transmission
Phantom Dog Beneath The Moon
Jonny Velon
Bardo Pond
West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band
Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2
R. Stevie Moore and Jason Falkner
Pere Ubu
Bob Dylan
Pia Fraus / Rocketship
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
The Doors
Strange Culture
Julia Holter
Tall Ships
Theo Parrish
The Durutti Column
Animal Collective
Panda Bear
Richard Buckner