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Weekly Update The Fleur De Lys, Pink And Brown, Herbcraft, Peace, Roedelius, and more...

Hiya Normskulls, it’s weekly round-up time again. I hope you’ve all had wonderful weeks going about your respective lives and are now ready to top up your physical audio vaults with a rash of new sounds. There’s certainly a bumper crop to choose from this week, whatever you’re into, so without further ado...


If you like those library synths then you need look no further than the long-overdue vinyl edition of Jon ‘Advisory Circle’ Brooks’s fantastical hauntological psychogeography of the town of Shapwick, while delving into the past the good people at Death Waltz have reissued John Carpenter’s future-western soundtrack to the iconic ‘They Live’, there’s a pioneering LP of healing new age cosmic synth bliss from ‘75 by Iasos, a CD of the score from some classic ‘80s Doctor Who from Roger Limb and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Roedelius’s intimate personal studies on his reissued ‘Selbstportrait Vol III/Reise Durch Arcadien’, and Roberto Cacciapaglia’s futurepop oddity ‘The Ann Steel Album’. There’s 3LPs of classic remastered Carl Craig in this essential and limited Psyche/BFC collection. Creature Breath offers her second Heidi Harris-produced collection of sparse neofolk, there’s a gorgeous debut of neoclassical-folktronic instrumentals from Haiku Salut, and something sparser, darker and slightly less instrumental in this fancily packaged and very limited Graveyard Tapes CD, and Woodsist have sent us some cosmic hippie jams by way of Herbcraft’s ‘The Astral Body Electric’, and also some peppy ‘80s-style power-pop fun on The Woolen Men’s debut LP. We’ve also got some heavy psychedelia from the past in a live Hawkwind 2LP, and the future in Glasgow bong-rock trio The Cosmic Dead’s epic 80-minute mind blaster on Cardinal Fuzz.


If you’re after something a bit more challenging, there’s more than two hours of delicate concrete drones on the first and definitive CD issue of Eliane Radigue’s ‘Ψ 847’, Taiga sent us the very limited new box from Eleh (already sold out, if you’re waiting for a copy it’s because some had damaged sleeves and we’re awaiting replacements) as well as an LP from Tatsuya Nakatani’s gong orchestra and Jon Mueller’s ‘Death Blues’. BBJr has a wonky LP of free guitar skronk and loose countryish songs, Dave Phillips has a 2CD collection of noise-mangling rarities, Aidan Baker & Plurals offer a deep and droney contribution to Southern’s ever-excellent Latitudes series, Donald Alexander’s sole album of spiritual jazz from ‘75 has been reissued, speaking of which Jazzman have compiled their fourth volume of Spiritual Jazz, and there’s a couple of live archive offerings from industrial legends SPK - one in San Francisco and one in London. If you’re feeling particularly brave you could even sample the collaborative 2LP from noise titans Merzbow/Mats Gustafsson/Balazs Pandi.


Indie-poppers will find themselves light-pocketed this week after they’re done picking up the brand new offering from tech-guitar pop genius Marnie Stern, dreamy Mexican post-punk psych-poppers Lorelle Meets The Obsolete follow up their appearance on the instant-sell-out ‘Psych For Sore Eyes’ 2x7” comp, The Horrors have some songs comprehensively reworked in an impressive and deluxe remix collection with contributions from the likes of Blanck Mass and Chris Watson, as well as albums by The Strokes, Peace and the return of veterans Tullycraft and survivor Edwyn Collins, plus a rake of vinyl reissues of modern classics such as the first (and best) three Thermals LPs, TV on the Radio’s ‘Escape From Cookie Mountain’, and the Black Lips’ self-titled debut, or if you’re after something a bit gnarlier there’s also three tasty-looking ltd LP reissues from legendary Canadian punks NoMeansNo. Wire, Depeche Mode and The House Of Love are back from the dead with new long-players, and we’ve got a few comps too - Castleface have a second brilliant to look at but difficult to listen to book of flexidiscs in their ‘Son Of Flex - Group Flex Vol. 2’, there’s a 5CD set of Brotzmann-curated free-skronk at the Long Story Short fest, there’s the self-explanatory ‘Drop on Down in Florida: Recent Field Recordings of Afro-American Traditional Music’ on Florida Folklife/Dust To Digital, all the best drone/minimal types team up for the very cool ‘Aquarius’ CD on Dronarivm, Lomax-recorded church madness from ‘59 in a one-time pressing of ‘The United Sacred Harp Convention’ on Mississippi. Not only that but there’s new albums from Sachiko, Crime & The City Solution, Terrorizer, Night Moves, Lapalux, HK119, Vector Lovers, The Sandman’s Orchestra, Ben Von Wildenhaus, The Feeling Of Love, Mmoths, Mathematiques Modernes, Gina X Performance, Dub Dynasty, The Fleur De Lys, Transept, US Christmas, Syclops, Lee Hazlewood, Barberos/Dispo, Barberos, Uton-Courtis, Heterotic, Damien Dubrovnik, Grand General, Niagara, The Primitives, H-Burns, Pink And Brown, William Ryan Fritch, Celer and Oliwa.


There’s some pretty cool singles. ‘70s-style hard rockers Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats are back on the block with a glam-stomping prelude to their forthcoming 2LP, tUnE-YaRdS has a 10” where she covers one Yoko Ono song and remixes another to bombastic and danceable effect, with an etching by Ono herself on the other side. Iron & Wine baffles with a 7” of whimsical soft pop, Guided By Voices continue their run of weekly 7”s with another 7”, there’s some particularly good 3” CDs from disemvoweled Listening Mirror fella jffstnhs as well as Black Unicorn and Tidal, Sleep/Om dude Al Cisneros has another solo 7”, Toro Y Moi’s done another 12” under his more dance-oriented Les Sins alias, and that’s not all because Las Robertas, Elephant, Peace, Everything Everything, Boys Noize, A/T/O/S, Om Unit & Sam Binga, Elgato, Kryptic Minds, Mark Ernestus Meets Ben Zabo, Zath, Coma, Emptyset, DJ Rashad, Monkey Marc and Tapes all have new singles too.


I told you it was a bumper week.


The Chro-Michael of Normia


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Anthony Child

The Space Between People And Things

9/10 from Ant

Anthony Child is better known to the techno and electronic music community as Surgeon (Dynamic Tension, Counterbalance, Downwards, Tresor etc.). With just a few previousl rele...read on »

Kosmonaut

Orange

9/10 from Mike

Shadowy Texan synthkraut practitioner Patrick “Kosmonaut” Park is back again after a busy couple of years of releases including the very first release on GPS&rsquo...read on »

Alex Calder

Time

9/10 from Clinton

Choosing an album of the week this week has been a bit of a nightmare, the one everyone liked was about to sell out, Low was a contender but I wasn’t totally convinced a...read on »

Natural Snow Buildings

Snowbringer Cult

9/10 from Ant

Here's what our Ant had to say about the original 2CD release back in 2009!: I've been somewhat blown away by the pure magic flowing from the speakers and into my ears. A dou...read on »

Isengrind

Snowbringer Cult

9/10 from Ant

Here's what our Ant had to say about the original 2CD release back in 2009!: I've been somewhat blown away by the pure magic flowing from the speakers and into my ears. A dou...read on »

Twinsistermoon

Snowbringer Cult

9/10 from Ant

Here's what our Ant had to say about the original 2CD release back in 2009!: I've been somewhat blown away by the pure magic flowing from the speakers and into my ears. A dou...read on »

The Black Dog

Darkhaus Vol. 01 EP

9/10 from Ant

Sheffield techno warriors The Black Dog make an appearance on Ostgut Ton's sub-label Unterton with what presumably is the first instalment in a series of 12"s. Kicking off wit...read on »

John Carpenter

They Live

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Well this is exciting. Death Waltz’s Carpenterpallooza continues with the soundtrack to his bleakly satirical dystopian sci-fi romp ‘They Live’, which you mi...read on »

Éliane Radigue

Ψ 847

9/10 from ReviewBot300

If there was ever an album which wasn’t designed to be reviewed in a busy office with people shouting and stomping around and packing parcels, it’s probably this o...read on »

The Horrors

Higher

9/10 from ReviewBot300

This is a fancy limited package from The Horrors, boasting a rash of remixes and reworks of their singles by a host of genuinely interesting characters; Blanck Mass, Connan Mo...read on »

Graveyard Tapes

Our Sound is Our Wound

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Please note this review is for the deluxe version which is now sold out. This new Graveyard Tapes CD has really fancy packaging - it’s bound in a hardback book-style co...read on »

White Fence

Pink Gorilla

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Prolific garage psych dude Tim “White Fence” Presley is back with another 7” to get us all warmed up for his forthcoming album ‘Cyclops Reap’. On...read on »

Iasos

Inter-dimensional Music

9/10 from ReviewBot300

The press release declares this to be “The first ‘New Age’ record” - if that’s true then it’s a pretty important musical document, and if i...read on »

Lorelle Meets The Obsolete

Corruptible Faces

9/10 from Mike

The 2011 debut LP of Guadalajara’s Lorelle Meets The Obsolete passed right under our radars here at Norman until their stellar contribution to the impossibly in-demand &...read on »

Dave Phillips

A Collection Of Hair

9/10 from Phil

I’ve never really heard much by this guy but I know he walks along the harsher path of what we sell. This 2CD set is a sequel to 'A Collection of Curses' and gathers har...read on »

Various

Aquarius

9/10 from Phil

It’s the age of Aquarius I believe. If it isn’t then I am an Aquarius and I have an age so it should be. Alas my birthday has come and gone this year but had it no...read on »

Marnie Stern

The Chronicles Of Marnia

9/10 from Mike

Ahh! Marnie Stern’s new album is finally in our office! It’s one of those times when we got sent the promo CD so early that I already know the thing inside out, ha...read on »

Psyche / BFC

Elements 1989 – 1990 [2013 Remastered Version]

9/10 from Ant

Essential newly remastered all-time classic compilation of timeless Detroit techno from the master Carl Craig. Kicking off with the future jazz of Psyche's 'Elements' and into...read on »

Emptyset

Material

9/10 from Ant

Watch your bass bins cuz James Ginzburg, Paul Purgas are on a mission to test them to the absolute limit with a triptych of experiments in the dynamics of low frequencies. And...read on »

Haiku Salut

Tricolore

9/10 from Ian

Derbyshire trio Haiku Salut hit us with this amazing debut ‘Tricolore’. There is a little favouritism going on here as I’m a Midlands lad myself but seriousl...read on »

Jon Brooks

Shapwick

9/10 from Ian

‘Shapwick’ is an album created by The Advisory Circle/Ghost Box Records composer Jon Brooks based on an imaginary impression of a quaint little village in Somerset...read on »

William Ryan Fritch

The Waiting Room (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

9/10 from Clinton

I first came across William Ryan Fritch through a remarkable track he contributed to the bonus CD on the recent Yuri Lugovskoy album. I had no previous idea that he made such ...read on »

Om

Advaitic Dubplate (Ababa Dub/Addis Ababa)

8/10 from Clinton

Oh it’s been a right moan-fest here today. I came in to my usual greeting. Namely everyone is either off ill or are here and ill. Everything is busy, everyone is stresse...read on »

Low

The Invisible Way

8/10 from Clinton

There is no such thing as a bad Low album, just good, very good and mediocre. Their last effort ‘C’mon‘ had a few killer songs but also a fair few forgettabl...read on »

Wild Smiles

Tangled Hair / Sweet Sixteen

8/10 from Clinton

‘Tangled Hair’ has already received plays on Zane Lowe as his ‘Next Hype’ record but despite that fact, this is actually pretty good. Geoff Barrow has ...read on »

The Black Keys & The RZA

The Baddest Man Alive

8/10 from Clinton

I just couldn’t imagine such a thing when I read of this collaboration, but here it is and it sorta works. The Black Keys churn the track along with fuzzed out bass and ...read on »

J.D. Emmanuel

Trance Formations II: Into Separate Realities

8/10 from Clinton

It’s Comic Relief!!! And your favorite zany Norman Records guys are doing their bit today. Li’l Biz is off sick with a bad back, MikeBot has dragged himself out of...read on »

Creature Breath

The Giveaway

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s the second CD from Brooklyn’s Shawn Marie Westendorf, aka Creature Breath, in another of those limited numbered editions from Reverb Worship. This one comes...read on »

The Cosmic Dead

The Cosmic Dead

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Leeds psych label Cardinal Fuzz seem to be making quite a name for themselves over the past few months with mega-limited releases from the likes of The Heads and Hookworms (an...read on »

Woolen Men

The Woolen Men

8/10 from ReviewBot300

We’ve got two very different new albums from Woodsist this week. One’s the new Herbcraft LP, and the other is this zesty album from post-punky power trio The Woole...read on »

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats

Poison Apple

8/10 from Mike

Here’s the new single from the elusive and heavily hyped Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats (are they just calling themselves Uncle Acid now?), ahead of next month’s n...read on »

Las Robertas

Dissected Affair

8/10 from Mike

Lovely 7” of loose and garagey lo-fi indie-pop here on Art Fag from Costa Rica’s Las Robertas, who chuck out two cuts of their own on the A side before covering Be...read on »

tUnE-YaRdS

tUnE-YaRdS As Yoko

8/10 from Mike

On this 10”, quirk-pop queen tUnE-YaRdS has her way with a couple of Yoko Ono originals, with a cover of ‘We’re All Water’ followed by a remix of &lsqu...read on »

Herbcraft

The Astral Body Electric

8/10 from ReviewBot300

We’ve got two records in from the reliable Woodsist imprint this week. One’s a taut bit of power-pop from The Woolen Men and the other is this languid honk on the ...read on »

Monsieur Jeffrey Evans & His C.C. Riders

C.C. Riders

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s a fun band I hadn’t heard of before. It’s a raucous garage blues troupe from Memphis, 2001, fronted by ‘68 Comeback and Gibson Bros’ Jeffr...read on »

Aidan Baker & Plurals

Glass Crocodile Medicine

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Aidan Baker is back with his second Latitudes session after 2010’s Nadja one, this time accompanied by tour-mates Plurals for two epic and very different passages of dri...read on »

jffstnhs

Broken

8/10 from Phil

You may think this artists name is crazy but when you realise it’s Jeff Stonehouse aka Listening Mirror’s new project and he’s removed the vowels from his na...read on »

Vector Lovers

iPhonica

8/10 from Ian

Martin Wheeler returns after a two-year hiatus with his Vector Lovers project, here we see him composing an entire album on his iPhone 4, pretty amazing as straight away iPhon...read on »

Edwyn Collins

Understated

8/10 from Clinton

As I noted on a previous Edwyn Collins review, it’s very hard to critically assess his music post illness as it’s such a major achievement that he’s actually...read on »

Lapalux

Nostalchic

8/10 from Clinton

This album is the masterwork of 22-year-old Brit Stewart Howard, the first UK resident on Brainfeeder and an album which really bodes well for the future. Yep some of the soun...read on »

Mike Dehnert

Roulement EP

8/10 from Clinton

On powder puff mauve vinyl, this is the latest offering from the consistently good Echocord label. We are all so tired here at Norman Records, Phil says he is suicidally tired...read on »

Jon Mueller

Death Blues

8/10 from Clinton

Oh god, not more death. Death here, death there...everyone is dying it seems. It certainly does give you the blues when you read about it but then someone tweets something abo...read on »

Les Sins

Grind / Prelims

8/10 from Clinton

Summer, come to me my lovely. Ah, days at the beach, late evenings strolling round the park...it’s not going to happen is it? It will probably still be snowing in June. ...read on »

Damien Dubrovnik

First Burning Attraction

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Copenhagen duo Damien Dubrovnik take no prisoners on the opening track of their new album, ‘Key Of Unesco’, a buzzing, ear-scouring wall of impenetrable robotic no...read on »

Roberto Cacciapaglia

Ann Steel Album

8/10 from ReviewBot300

‘The Ann Steel Album’ is seen as an “anomaly” in Roberto Cacciapaglia’s impressive canon, the Italian electronic composer joining forces with exp...read on »

Featured albums

Jon Brooks
Tatsuya Nakatani
Om Unit & Sam Binga
Barberos / Dispo
Kryptic Minds
Al Cisneros
Jon Mueller
A / T / O / S
Elgato
Barberos
Mark Ernestus Meets Ben Zabo
The Sandman's Orchestra
Various
Iasos
Various
Ben Von Wildenhaus
Various
H-Burns
The Cosmic Dead
Creature Breath
jffstnhs
Transept
Les Sins
Sachiko
Uton-Courtis
Black Unicorn
Tidal
Oliwa
Roberto Cacciapaglia
Dub Dynasty
Éliane Radigue
Celer
Terrorizer
Lapalux
Vector Lovers
Depeche Mode
Elephant
Everything Everything
Night Moves
HK119
Donald Alexander Strachan
Iron and Wine
The Primitives
The Horrors
Peace
Gina X Performance
COMA
The House Of Love
Mathematiques Modernes
BBJr
ZATH
Guided By Voices
Lorelle Meets The Obsolete
The Feeling Of Love
Pink And Brown
Syclops
MMOTHS
Aidan Baker & Plurals
tUnE-YaRdS
No Means No
Woolen Men
Herbcraft
Damien Dubrovnik
Niagara
Tullycraft
Heterotic
Wire
Haiku Salut
Emptyset
Monkey Marc
Grand General
DJ Rashad
Tapes
The Fleur De Lys
Roedelius
US Christmas
Lee Hazlewood
Dave Phillips
William Ryan Fritch
Graveyard Tapes
S.P.K.
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats
S.P.K.
John Carpenter
The Strokes
Various
Various
Various
Psyche / BFC
Eleh
Boys Noize
Marnie Stern
Crime & The City Solution
Edwyn Collins
Peace
Hawkwind
TV On The Radio
No Means No
Black Lips
No Means No
The Thermals
The Thermals
The Thermals