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Good weather does strange things to people. I’ve been tending to an office-wide infestation of ladybugs; Kim’s been eating lunch out of ice cream containers; Phil’s been playing genuinely pleasant music on the stereo. It’s all too weird; however grateful I am for the chance to wear my one pair of shorts, I’d like it to be cold again so we can all go back to our characteristic miseries. Thanks in advance.

Here’s the music:

New:

There’s time still to talk about other things, like how Aidan Moffat’s got some new pals to grumble with, or how the Magic Numbers are still the nicest people on earth, or how Fruits de Mer are celebrating ten years of not shutting up. Plus this Malena Zavala record, my dudes!

Reissues:

The after party.

Ant’s Electronic Round-up:

His kids are grounded for listening to Jamie XX.

  • Limited clear vinyl EP from Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith scoring Harry Smith film ‘Abstractions’ using Make Noise modules. Already sold out at source.
  • Lo-fi funk from Delroy Edwards on his own L.A. Club Resource label. 5 cherry picked cuts from his ‘Rio Grande’ album.
  • Superb tape of signature generative music from NYZ on Fractal Meat Cuts.
  • Rian Treanor style, metallic ‘floor thunkers from Gábor Lázár.
  • Pair of Opal Tapes from finest familial noise duo Yeah You, and intense rhythmic noise, nightmare drone and cathartic vox from AJA.
  • Weightless grime action from Blackdown.
  • Lavish CD + photobook combo from Fabio Orsi and Alessandra Guttagliere.
  • Utter filth from Raw Ambassador on Mannequin’s 'Death Of The Machines' series.
  • Intricate album of densely layered, haunting ambient, Musique Concrète and captivating, arresting vocals from CECILIA. On Rabit’s consistently great Halcyon Veil label.
  • What do you call a German electronic music producer with a floppy head? Jan Jelinek.
  • rRoxymore / Bruce / Chekov share a 12” of skewed rump shakers on Batu’s Timedance label.

Other stuff

Epilogue:

So there you have it. The newsletter. Tune in next week for: the newsletter. Clint edition.

Team Norman:

Words: Robin and Ant. Work: Kim, Jamie, Benn, Daoud, Phil, Nathon and the Auditor.

On tour: Clint

Customer Compliment of the Week: “They're lovely at Norman, aren't they? ”Who are you talking to? Here are our Feefo reviews.


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Peter Brötzmann Octet

Machine Gun

9/10 from Robin

Machine Gun is the ship that launched a thousand skronks. A collection recorded live in 1968, it is considered by a great many as the formative touchstone in European improv, ...read on »

Tess Roby

Beacon

9/10 from Robin

Huh. This… is exceptional. Tess Roby is releasing a fascinating record that exists like the synth-pop version of a classic novel about windswept countryside. Using the ...read on »

NYZ

RLD GLD ET AL

9/10 from Ant

Here’s another peach from our man down under. Sixty minutes of bold, vibrant and hyper-dynamic electronic music from the Noyzelab of generative music/ chaos/cellular a...read on »

Dustin Wong + Takako Minekawa + Good Willsmith

Exit Future Heart

9/10 from Robin

This is the dream team. Meet them: Dustin Wong made music with the fevered math noise group Ponytail before going on to make more cerebral solo records based around convoluted...read on »

The Body

I Have Fought Against It, But I Can't Any Longer

9/10 from Daoud

As someone who’s favourite Fugazi song is the the least Fugazi-like Fugazi song ('Instrument Soundtrack'’s ‘I’m So Tired’ for the record) maybe i...read on »

Carla Bozulich

Quieter

9/10 from Daoud

We rarely think about the physical toll music extracts from its adepts. Touring in particular is incredibly fraught - long days spent on the road in cramped vans, carrying hea...read on »

Beach House

7

8/10 from Robin

As if this band needed to get any more content. Naming their record with a shrug, Beach House have ditched the sonically driving, well-sequenced widescreen of recent records &...read on »

Girl Sweat Pleasure Temple Ritual Band

Hyper Rituals

8/10 from Robin

Leeds’ own cultish scam Girl Sweat deliver more of their mischievous noising. Veiling their psychedelic whims in the mythos of ritual, they make sleazy hypno-rock that o...read on »

Pali Mersault

Stridulations

8/10 from Robin

Rich in concept and context, ‘Stridulations’ is the kind of record that will make precisely zero sense to anyone who hasn’t read up on it, but speaks with ab...read on »

Holm

Dappled

8/10 from Robin

Attention people who own guitar rock records and an overflowing bucket of feelings: this one is for you. The four earth-scorched guitar songs contained within this EP belong t...read on »

Erland Cooper

Solan Goose

8/10 from Robin

Who needs the acerbic wit of a Norman Records review when you can just image search a Scottish landscape and live in peace forever? I strongly advise you shut this off right n...read on »

The Razerbills

La Tombe

8/10 from Jamie

Here’s a confusing record. Released on a label named similarly after us chez Norman, only in French, the front cover depicts the band in a grainy black and white photo c...read on »

Fabio Orsi | Alessandra Guttagliere

Giardino Forico n° 1 - Napoli

8/10 from Jamie

“La citta ci ha attraversato come una grande onda di polvere portata dal vento” / The city has passed through us like a big wave of dust carried by the wind. And s...read on »

The Dwarfs of East Agouza

Rats Don’t Eat Synthesizers

8/10 from Jamie

Emerging magically from deep within the hot, dusty confines of -- no, not Holbeck -- the Agouza district of Cairo, are The Dwarfs Of East Agouza. The band are fully worthy of ...read on »

CECILIA

Adoration

8/10 from Jamie

OK, so here we have a densely layered and intricately constructed record. ‘Adoration’ comes from CECILIA -- the artist guise of Rome resident Mélissa Gagné -- ...read on »

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids

An Angel Fell

8/10 from Daoud

For better or for worse (actually just for worse), jazz is a genre that many people don’t get on with too well, and other than the occasional crossover (*cough* Kamasi W...read on »

Gabor Lazar

Unfold

8/10 from Daoud

Sound design is a dark art as far as I’m concerned. The idea of creating sounds, whether drawing on real ones, or creating news ones, kind of terrifies me? I’ve ha...read on »

Michal Turtle

Return To Jeka

8/10 from Robin

The delightfully named Michal Turtle is one of Music from Memory’s prized gems, a British synth artist making often unfathomable sounds from remote dream regions. His ti...read on »

Mary Lattimore

Hundreds of Days

8/10 from Robin

Bless the sky and the sun and all the people I’ve ever known because there’s a new Mary Lattimore record. Things are never quite as good as they are when this dron...read on »

Arctic Monkeys

Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino

8/10 from Daoud

Who the Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys? Those are the words that preceded the world’s introduction to one of Sheffield’s great institutions. 12 years ago, the band were ...read on »

Featured albums

Yeah You
AJA
Girl Sweat Pleasure Temple Ritual Band
Delroy Edwards
Gabor Lazar
CECILIA
Peter Brötzmann Octet
Peter Brötzmann Octet
NYZ
The Magic Numbers
Various
Max Richter
The Body
Prophet
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
Tess Roby
Mark Kozelek
Arctic Monkeys
ILL
Steve Roach
rRoxymore / Bruce / Chekov
Worldservice Project
Good Morning
Raw Ambassador
Holm
Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids
Fabio Orsi | Alessandra Guttagliere
Newaxeyes
Malena Zavala
Sarah Mary Chadwick
Various
Beach House
Michal Turtle
Erland Cooper
Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert
Bambara
Ilyas Ahmed
Blackdown
Hookworms
Earth