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Weekly Update The Caretaker, Goat, Rival Consoles, Public House Recordings

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I work all day, and get half-drunk at night.
Waking at four to soundless dark, I stare.
In time the curtain-edges will grow light.
Till then I see what's really always there:
Unresting death, a whole day nearer now,
Making all thought impossible but how
And where and when I shall myself die.

It’s bleak here in Holbeck so please bear with us if your order hasn’t shipped as we’re probably in a corner crying. But hark! The sound of new records to get us through the week. Again. Let’s see what bundles of joy have floated up the concrete stairwell.

New:

Stepping forward into the breach….

  • Sarah Davachi dares to drone again.
  • Local punks Beta-Blockers rouse a rabble.
  • A Place to Bury Strangers is called a graveyard.
  • This week’s Trump Record comes from Laura Veirs.
  • The Damned. Originally named The Darned.
  • Who is this Josh T. Person?
  • Ashley Paul delivers a new record of spooky soliloquy.
  • Wrekmeister Harmonies finally pens his Nick Cave fanfic.
  • Light piano drippage from Goldmund.
  • Chaines are scary. Stay away.
  • A Hawk and a Hacksaw riff on the tradition of hanging out in a forest.
  • Field Report yell their pop music at you.
  • Slug play quirk pop just like their fellow musos Field Music.
  • King Tuff is normally in Ty Segal’s backing band and he’s got a great hat.
  • Oly Ralfe of the Ralfe Band makes some crystalline piano stuff.
  • D A Stern is good at soft pop and crosswords.
  • The Moondoggies do dusty Americana with heart firmly plonked on sleeve.
  • Firestations are lovely and play soft kraut pop like Teleman.
  • Supergroup MIEN feature a Horror, a Black Angel and an Early.
  • Makeness has a temper tantrum. Get him off the dancefloor!
  • Nest Egg force Robin to type the word ‘motorik’ just one more time.
  • Wrong are a series of noise bands teaming up to make a churn.
  • Triptides are still happy enough making 60’s jangle and strum…
  • Nice to see ambient lot Hibernate back with this 3” CD by Map165.

Reissues:

Not many this week. But don’t panic! Record Store Day is just around the corner.

Ant’s Electronic Round-up:

Spending half-term educating his kids about the history of Kompakt.

  • Good, new/old ‘Royal Astronomy’ vibes µ-Ziq album possibly rescued from lost DAT lurking in the bottom of his undies drawer for the last 20 years.
  • Opal Tapes action with a CD from Bálint Szabó aka Gosheven delving further into non-standard tunings. Plus class tapes from Acre - pushing the Grime template forward via sci-fi sound design and the AnD boys bring the pain as Shadows.
  • mmph channels heartbreak and loss into a promising debut EP on Tri Angle.
  • Thembi Soddell creates intense, abyss-like soundworlds on Room40.
  • Edition of 300 copies LP on Collapsing Market from Ssaliva. Check if you dig Arca, Lorenzo Senni, Ash Koosha etc.
  • The Caretaker's chronology reaches stage 4 and things are getting bluuuury.
  • Legendary dutch electro producer Frank De Groodt aka Sonar Base gets his ‘Dark Matter’ mini album vinylized.
  • Re-recorded, re-mixed at EMS and expanded edition of John Duncan's 1984 face shredder 'Riot'.
  • Cinematic electronica from Rival Consoles on Erased Tapes.
  • Worth risking a ram-raid on your local Happy Shopper to fund the incredible batch of vinyl reissues on États-Unis from Jean Dubuffet, John Duncan, Warner Jepson, Remko Scha, Annea Lockwood.
  • Psychedelic Dungeon Disco from Sordid Sound System on Invisible Inc.
  • Noise tinged doomsday electronics from African Ghost Valley conjuring images of corroded future-scapes.
  • Baffling, cryptic, oddball avant-pop from Élg with an LP of musique concreÌ€te and chanson mutations.
  • Ben Galyas, Terre Thaemlitz and Robin Rimbaud EP on Premature Recordings.
  • Neil Scrivin aka Phono Ghosts and Meatbingo get his 2007 'Geek Umanship' digital release dubbed onto tape.
  • Eleventh album from German sound messers Mouse On Mars - roping in the like of Spank Rock, Beirut and that fella from The National.
  • SCB aka Scuba’s future dystopia record.
  • Peacefrog repress Moodymann's Silence In The Secret Garden 2LP.
  • Hypnotic 'drum & drone’ from Arikon on Portals Editions.

More stuff:

Epilogue:

We’re finally getting a proper internet connection.

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

µ-Ziq

Challenge Me Foolish

9/10 from Jamie

Michael ‘Robert’ Paradinas (thank you discogs; so formal, so polite) releases some of his µ-Ziq material previously untouched by mortal hand, collects it and...read on »

Rival Consoles

Persona

9/10 from Clinton

Have you ever been followed down a dark alley by someone wielding an axe? Well If you have and don't want that part of your life soundtracked then best not listen to Rival Con...read on »

Ashley Paul

Lost In Shadows

9/10 from Robin

The much lauded Ashley Paul continues to make ghosts a tangible reality on ‘Lost In the Shadows’, her latest concoction of song and stress. A multi-instrumentalist...read on »

Map165

Of Adam Sleeping in the Lap of God

9/10 from Jamie

Brought to us here at Norman this week is the latest word in crystalline drone tones from Rural Colours -- the label run from an old woollen mill in deepest, most mythical Wes...read on »

Thembi Soddell

Love Songs

9/10 from Ant

Oh my goodness, what have I done? Hitting play on this album has been something akin to opening Pandora's box and unleashing a dark force into my home. I think I had better go...read on »

Sarah Davachi

Let Night Come On Bells End The Day

9/10 from Robin

Those of you who frequently scroll through the hallowed halls of Norman Records dot com may know that I am a fan of Sarah Davachi. Initially proving herself to be one of the b...read on »

Oly Ralfe

Notes From Another Sea

8/10 from Jamie

Oly Ralfe (of Ralfe Band) is truly showing himself off in a bright light here, on his debut solo album. That light is reflected and refracted in the clear composition and crys...read on »

The Caretaker

Everywhere At The End Of Time - Stage 4

8/10 from Jamie

Feeling dizzy and confused? Disorientated and discombobulated? No, well you clearly haven’t navigated a Leeds dual carriageway in today’s torrents and flooding but...read on »

A Place To Bury Strangers

Pinned

8/10 from Clinton

They may well be ahem...'borrowing' the bassline from Joy Division's 'Transmission' on 'Never Coming Back' but A Place To Bury Strangers make a right old racket that certainly...read on »

Morgan Fisher

Inside Satie

8/10 from Jamie

Born 1866. Died 1925. Reborn 1985: so states the back cover of the sleeve to this interesting and at times wondrous record. Thus incomparably sweetly-born of Morgan Fisher in ...read on »

mmph

Dear God

8/10 from Jamie

Hello. So, this mmph seems like an intense, deep and reflective chap. Seoul-born, Boston resident Sae Heum Han was classically trained as a child and as a cellist went on to s...read on »

Chaines

The King

8/10 from Robin

I’ll just start with “For Your Own Good”, because describing this record in one breath is a nightmare task. That opener, though, should just about take your ...read on »

No Joy / Sonic Boom

No Joy / Sonic Boom

8/10 from Robin

We’ll start with a proud affirmation of the biases that make me unfit to review this album. It involves Sonic Boom, who is the closest thing I have to a nemesis: he once...read on »

Wrong

Feel Great

8/10 from Robin

Relapse supergroup hour! At this point in history you kinda just have to accept that every noisy band is prepared to team up with another one to create the biggest, baddest ch...read on »

Beta Blockers

Stiff Prescription

8/10 from Robin

Extremely good noisy psych-punk by people who are both running away from you and running right for you. Thrashing at a distance, Beta Blockers make a racket real fast and with...read on »

Nest Egg

Nothingness Is Not A Curse

8/10 from Robin

I actually almost can’t  bring myself to type “motorik” for the millionth time in my existence but phew, there you have it, I pulled it out of the bag. ...read on »

Firestations

The Year Dot

8/10 from Clinton

Firestations reckon they write nice songs then mess them up but on opener 'Build a Building' I can't hear much messing up. In fact it's a rather lovely slice of harmonic kraut...read on »

Goldmund

Occasus

8/10 from Jamie

Hello! It’s Jamie here, again. Time for my Top 5 Nouveau Classical Records of the Week rundown. Only joking, it’s really time for my review of ‘Occasus&rsquo...read on »

A Hawk and A Hacksaw

Forest Bathing

8/10 from Clinton

Forest Bathing is a form of healing by basically hanging out in a forest. Nice. Can't see a forest out the window but next time I'm in one I'll bath in it and see if it sorts ...read on »

Élg

Vu Du Dôme

8/10 from Robin

Heard you’re all in the mood for some sound poetry? Yeah, I heard right. This review is not the sound poem; it is the mere conduit for it, with me as the messenger-boy f...read on »

Ssaliva

WYIN

8/10 from Ant

Gorgeous mini album of elegiac, crystalline ambient electronics from Ssaliva aka Belgian producer François Boulanger - previously spotted on Ekster, Leaving Records, Vl...read on »

Sordid Sound System

Psychedelic Dungeon Disco Vol. IV

8/10 from Daoud

Look, the best measure of whether or not a bit of dance music is any good is how much I wish I were in a club while listening to it. And good as the Official Norman Records Re...read on »

Featured albums

The Heads
Goat
Map165
Élg
Firestations
The Caretaker
Ashley Paul
Triptides
D.A. Stern
Field Report
Metallica
Diana Ross and the Supremes
Ben Galyas, Terre Thaemlitz and Robin Rimbaud
Thembi Soddell
John Duncan
Sarah Davachi
Wrekmeister Harmonies
Mouse On Mars
mmph
Chaines
Gosheven
Shadows
Jean Dubuffet
Warner Jepson
Annea Lockwood
Acre
John Duncan
Remko Scha
Arikon
Moodymann
Wrong
Neil Scrivin
Nest Egg
Goldmund
SCB
The Moondoggies
A Hawk and A Hacksaw
MIEN
Oly Ralfe
African Ghost Valley
Beta Blockers
Rival Consoles
David Bowie
Sordid Sound System
µ-Ziq
Makeness
King Tuff
Laura Veirs
A Place To Bury Strangers
Slug
Sonar Base
The Damned
Josh T. Pearson
Kaleidoscope