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The clocks go back this weekend, which means you have a whole extra hour at your disposal. What are we suggesting? That you use the time wisely, pore through this newsletter and read every word? That you get real pedantic and send us back critique on our typos, misinformation and bad opinions? Maybe. Or you could listen to some music. I don’t know. Time is a construct. But music is sound through time, so what does that make music? My head hurts. Let’s go.

New

Bonus paragraph of equally good content? Sure thing. There’s a new EP from cosmos counselor Jane Waver; The Delta Bell make post-country, whatever the hell that is; Charles Howl are still devilishly dulcet; Max Hall went ‘round the world recording in the shadows; hard rock and harmonies fills up the Dirty Fences tank; and waiter, there’s a comma in Jake Ewald’s new band. Also: Baxter Dury is the prince of tears (not Texas, as I initially may have thought) and Adrian Crowley is the dark eyed messenger.

Old

  • “You gotta have Beck, Beck, Beck” - George Michael [citation needed].
  • This compilation of Japanese folk and crying trees is in.
  • Jason Williamson’s book of filth. I’m shocked and appalled.
  • A reissue trilogy of Billy Childish’s Buff Medways antics.
  • Saint Etienne. Always worth talking about.
  • Superior Viaduct release these electroacoustic wonders from Franco Battiato.
  • A reissue, with all exclamation marks in tact, of this Atmosphere classic.
  • U.F.Orb”. Genius.
  • The wild west’s second best Alessandro Alessandroni deserves your love.

Ant’s Electronic Round-up

Have we done the “Resident Dadvisor” joke yet?

7”s

Can someone explain how they make them so small? Cigarettes After Sex have this week’s best one, while Luna did even more covers on this one. Hansun’s Paul Draper downsized his untimely Britpop and two people called John merged cunningly into JOHN.

Welp. That’s all the records. M’kay bye!

Words:

Robin and Ant.

Work:

Kim, Daoud, Laurence, Philip, Benn and Porg.

Robot:

Nathon

Customer Compliment of the Week:

“Great communication!”

No, you hang up (and go read our Feefo reviews).


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

NHK yx Koyxen

Exit Entrance

9/10 from Laurie

Hey look it’s that one-man duo NHK yx Koyxen doing one of the Norman office’s favourite electronic thingies of the year. The latest record from Kohei Matsunaga&rsq...read on »

Margo Price

All American Made

9/10 from Robin

A country newcomer who shot her way to acclaim real quick, Margo Price is one of Nashville’s finest artists right now, and is somehow able to communicate country music f...read on »

Sharplines / Nathaniel

Out of Control

9/10 from Ant

Nathaniel and Sharplines are both aliases of Nicola Cimmino so this split EP on Ancient Methods Persephonic Sirens label is actually the same producer on all tracks.  If...read on »

Emra Grid

Shay’s Vacation House

9/10 from Ant

Emra Grid’s ‘Shays Vacation House’ is a work that feels suspended in time - both ancient and modern -- a microcosm that ceases to exist in any particula...read on »

Julien Baker

Turn Out The Lights

9/10 from Robin

Julien Baker played her last album, ‘Sprained Ankle’, with an aimless intensity. Largely solo and sombre, the record’s guitarwork would hasten or wander, mov...read on »

Nicola Ratti

The Collection

8/10 from Jamie

It sounds like there are mice dancing in the gutter between downpours here in Leeds at the moment. That’s the impression I get from the polyrhythmic drips and pitter-pat...read on »

William Ryan Fritch

Behind The Pale

8/10 from Jamie

Hey, everybody, it’s Fritchy time! So yeah, I’m excited but any more than two exclamation marks would’ve been excessive. So we come to another in a long line...read on »

Rafael Toral

Moon Field

8/10 from Jamie

Well, what have we here? It’s only the second today of a double bill of releases from Lawrence English’s Room40 label out of Brisbane! I’m genuinely excited....read on »

Anna Meredith

Nautilus

8/10 from Robin

The best and incidentally first song from Anna Meredith’s miasma catastrophe ‘Varmints’, this 12” celebrates “Nautilus” the way it deserves...read on »

Hvide Sejl, Varg & F. Valentin

Brazil

8/10 from Robin

Welcome to “Brazil”. I “hope” you have a nice “time”. With all the air-quotes in the world, Posh Isolation reissue this gorgeous collection...read on »

Hogni

Two Trains

8/10 from Robin

Icelandic experimentalist Hogni already has projects as GusGus and Hjaltalin but his newest and haughtiest work deserves its own alias, eh? Mixing deep, choral vocals that fee...read on »

Jaye Bartell

In A Time Of Trouble, A Wild Exultation

8/10 from Robin

Slow, sleeping country music is Jaye Bartell’s game plan here: fill your empty room with nice strums and let the band fill in around the corners, creating something emot...read on »

Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts

Milano

8/10 from Robin

This week’s “sure, why not” of record releases is a collaborative effort by Italian composer Daniele Luppi and ingenious layabouts Parquet Courts, who occasi...read on »

Lucinda Williams

This Sweet Old World

8/10 from Robin

She’s really re-releasing an album called ‘This Sweet Old World’ in this pure garbage year. Lucinda Williams is going out on a limb, folks. Good on her, thou...read on »

Cigarettes After Sex

Affection

8/10 from Robin

Their name is still a hilarious mistake to me, but as an office we’re fated to really enjoying Cigarettes After Sex and their dreams of disaffection. With their lovely, ...read on »

Grooms

Exit Index

8/10 from Jamie

Continuing their trend of releasing a full-length record every two years are Grooms -- ostensibly a highly melodic indie band featuring Jay Heiselmann (array of guitars, bass ...read on »

Mariam The Believer

Love Everything

8/10 from Jamie

Mariam The Believer, it turns out, is Mariam Wallentin and also the Mariam who impresses everyone who hears her over and above the theatrics of her bandmates in Wildbirds &...read on »

Aparde

Glass

8/10 from Laurie

Exciting debut album times for Paul Schroder / Paul Camillo Rachel (I’m not sure which is preferred). Whatever the name, it’s Aparde that you’ll know him by,...read on »

Scattered Purgatory

Sua-Hiam-Zun

8/10 from Robin

It might give you a little clue itself, but the term “Scattered Purgatory” actually refers to what the band describe as a “Taoist ritual which expiates the s...read on »

Laura Baird

I Wish I Were A Sparrow

8/10 from Robin

One half of the Baird sisters, Americana picker Laura Baird is striking out on her own solo project with ‘I Wish I Were A Sparrow’, a record of floaty Appalachian ...read on »

Unsane

Sterilize

8/10 from Robin

Not really sure how we missed this one. I’ll go ahead and say it: it’s foolhardiness on our part, considering headache rockers Unsane are fond favourites amongst t...read on »

Out Lines

Conflats

8/10 from Robin

Rock Action is releasing the build-a-bear of melancholy indie pop bands here, or so you’d think -- with Twilight Sad members Kathryn Joseph and James Graham joining forc...read on »

John Maus

Screen Memories

8/10 from Robin

Keyboard goth and bud to Ariel Pink (sigh), John Maus has been gone for a long time, no doubt perfecting his brand of philosophy-seminar synth pop. His last record, ‘We ...read on »

Erik Enocksson

Farval Falkenberg

8/10 from Ant

Posh Isolation present a remastered vinyl edition, in celebration of the 10 year anniversary of Erik Enocksson’s ‘Farval Falkenberg’. If you never copped thi...read on »

Jane Weaver

The Architect EP

8/10 from Robin

She keeps putting out your favie psych transmissions and ‘The Architect’ is solid proof that she doesn’t actually know how to stop. Jane Weaver gave us &lsqu...read on »

The Stroppies

The Stroppies

8/10 from Robin

This here is a lovely discovery. Lovers of doing music quick, the Stroppies apparently took their logistical influence from Guided by Voices and the Great Unwashed, aiming to ...read on »

Errorsmith

Superlative Fatigue

8/10 from Ant

Erik Wiegand aka Errorsmith is back with his highly anticipated first album in thirteen years. The man has been responsible for some total classic cuts over the years, namely ...read on »

Ibeyi

Ash

8/10 from Robin

Sisterly duo Ibeyi made something truly fantastic with their self-titled debut for XL, a record of deeply personal and perplexingly filtered electro-pop that revelled in its m...read on »

Helena Hauff

Have You Been There, Have You Seen It

8/10 from Ant

German DJ and producer Helena Hauff is back on Ninja Tune with a tidy 4-track EP of analogue tracks, apparently improvised and recorded at her studio in Hamburg. There’s...read on »

Chafik Chennouf

Dual Aspect

8/10 from Ant

6-track EP from Chafik Chennouf (previously spotted on Leyla Records) featuring 3 original cuts plus remixes from Lucy, Mondkopf and Katsunori Sawa. ‘Ferroequinologie&rs...read on »

Featured albums

Om Unit
Moritz von Oswald & Ordo Sakhna
Gust De Meyer
Dr. C. Stein
DJ Qu
Isnaj Dui
Novo Line
Max Hall
Invisible Church & Marie Davidson
Keith Berry
DJJ
Alessandro Alessandroni
Sharplines / Nathaniel
Mark Seven
Lady Chann
West 2 West
Tzusing
The Delta Bell
Brockmann // Bargmann
Becker & Mukai
Holy Fuck
Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts
Maria Rita Stumpf
Zazou / Bikaye / Cy 1
Vermont
Dave Clarke
Atmosphere
Paul Draper
LUNA
Dirty Fences
Slaughter Beach, Dog
Anna Meredith
Moebius Schneider
Cigarettes After Sex
Margo Price
Lucinda Williams
Laura Baird
AMOR
Helena Hauff
JOHN
S. English
Errorsmith
Pierre Bastien
Hvide Sejl, Varg & F. Valentin
Giant Swan
Aathens
Jaye Bartell
Charles Howl
Luna
Grooms
Kjetil Mulelid Trio
Islandman
Fantastic Twins
Hyetal
Nicola Ratti
2-BMW
Rafael Toral
Scattered Purgatory
Coil
Hogni
Baxter Dury
Modula
John Maus
Various
Various
Adrian Crowley
Philip Selway
Manu Dibango
Julien Baker
Jane Weaver
Maryam Saleh, Maurice Louca & Tamer Abu Ghazaleh
Unsane
Out Lines
William Ryan Fritch
Max Cooper
Milan W
Unknown
Jason Williamson
Saint Etienne
The Orb
The Orb
Erik Enocksson
Beck