Weekly Update Bill Callahan, Here Lies Man, Tess Parks, The Quiet Temple.

Yeasayer, Laurence Pike, Melodien, Listening Center, Joy Division.


What’s with this weather ey? It’s meant to be June and it’s looking as grim as it was in January. Let’s hope it cheers up a bit before next Tuesday’s update...


New vinyl and CDs and tapes

Just manufactured. May contain unfamiliar material.  

  • Laurence Pike. Second album from the left-field songwriter.  
  • A Beacon School. Bedroom shoegaze jams à la Panda Bear and Deerhunter.
  • Peter Jørgensen. New from the Danish neo-classical composer.
  • Mumdance and James Kelly (Altar of Plagues) team up for a black metal/shoegaze/techno hybrid.
  • Sax experimentation courtesy of Ben Vince.
  • First album in a decade from Seattle post-rock project Unwed Sailor.
  • Glasgow brother/sister team Comfort release their first physical album.
  • Yeasayer engage in some Erotic Reruns.
  • Beautifully packaged, hand-crafted CD sets from Immigrant.  
  • Fenne Lily indulges us with contemplative indie rock.


Ant’s Electronic Round Up

Ant’s back on the scene with another tasty electronic pick ‘n’ mix.

  • Burial returns with a 12” in pining UKG and misty ambient mode.
  • Lush, organic, billowing ambient dub techno from Earthen Sea on Kranky.
  • Classy, hazy, warm, dubby, trippy house 2LP from NYC producer Anthony Naples.
  • Superb, cranium rattling, brain massaging drone works from Ellen Arkbro.
  • Joyous, sunkissed melodic electronica from Konx-om-Pax on Planet Mu.
  • Valuable Finders Keepers reissue of Suzanne Ciani's 1969 Buchla/Baudelaire work 'Flowers Of Evil'.
  • Polytechnic Youth double whammy from Listening Center and Melodien.
  • Killer, lean box jams from Delroy Edwards on Apron.
  • Scored some limited white label 12"s from The Quiet Temple featuring a fine remix from Leyland Kirby!!!
  • Wooden CD box sets of harsh noise mayhem from Vomir and The Rita on Urashima.
  • Renick Bell's tape on Segrave is hands down the best live coding stuff we’ve heard.
  • Classic understated minimalism from Robert Turman i.e 'Flux' now on green wax.
  • Fresh, optimised trax on another limited 12" on Novel Sound from Levon Vincent.
  • E.M.U. 2LP on Cold Blow / AVA. Records. Rare UK ambient techno from ’93-‘94.
  • Lowell's scarce 1985 Italo Disco tune 'No Matter' reissued incl. Ruf Dug remix.
  • Limited ‘Human Abstracts Vol. 1’ 12" on brokntoys / Endless Illusion incl. Vltra Delta Drive, Santoine, Outermost, Konsistent, Black Propaganda.
  • Dane Law / Beachers split a tape in half on Graham Dunning's Fractal Meat Cuts label. 50 copies.
  • LP of fabulous minimal/drone works for piano and pipe organ from Eva-Maria Houben on Second Editions.
  • New label from The Boats chaps launches with a CD of ethereal Icelandic ambient dream pop from Kira Kira.
  • Scored some more copies of Alessandro Adriani's ace 'Montagne Trasparenti' repress on Mannequin. Edition of 300.
  • Biosphere 2LP of tracks recorded on the island of Senja, Arctic Norway, between 2015 and 2018.
  • Maurizio Bianchi's 'T.P.T.M.B.T.D.' tape on Ascetic House (reworking of 1983 Broken Flag LP 'The Plain Truth') now on CD via Sachiko's Musik Atlach label.
  • Dark and cryptic new disk from the relentlessly prolific Francisco López.
  • Second peek inside Amsterdam’s MATstudio (Jonny Nash & SK U KNO).
  • Georgia’s singular rewiring of world music lands on Ekster - hot on the heels of that killer for Firecracker.

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Until next week, g’bye.

Words: Tom, Ant.

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Renick Bell

Turning Points

8/10 from Daoud

How often do you think about code? Unless you’re a software developer or under the age of 11 the answer is probably not very often. Luckily for us luddites, all of our on »

Ben Vince

Don’t Give Your Life

8/10 from Daoud

For those musicians who fancy themselves sonic explorers, the saxophone is handy ally. Playing an instrument where your hands are held in front of you, and which you can hold on »

The Murder Capital

Green & Blue

8/10 from Daoud

I must congratulate the Murder Capital for attaining buzz band status from so few actual releases. I’ve heard about them enough I assumed that Green & Blue couldn& on »

Bill Callahan

Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest

8/10 from Daoud

At what age did Bill Callahan realise his voice could do that? I guess (I hope?) he didn’t come out of the voice with a voice that oaken and sonorous. Callahan’s on »


Claustro / State Forest

8/10 from Ant

I think a huge part of Burial's success and appeal is very simple - communication. When you hear his music you feel what he feels. He found his unique voice through sound on »

Earthen Sea

Grass and Trees

8/10 from Daoud

Earthen Sea’s latest album from the venerable Kranky ends with a hand clap. It’s trying its best to hit each exact beat, but it’s just about failing. It on »



8/10 from Daoud

Remember when J. K. Rowling wrote that detective novel using the name Robert Galbraith and it only sold 500 copies? And then people found out it was her and now the BBC are on »

Featured albums

Here Lies Man
The Quiet Temple
Listening Center
Unwed Sailor
Stelvio Cipriani
Kira Kira
Fenne Lily
The Rita
Renick Bell
Delroy Edwards
Levon Vincent
Francisco Lopez
Peter Jørgensen
Ellen Arkbro
Suzanne Ciani
Maurizio Bianchi
Joy Division
Dane Law / Beachers
Ben Vince
Bill Callahan
MATstudio (Jonny Nash & SK U KNO)
A Beacon School
Eva-Maria Houben
Earthen Sea
Alessandro Adriani
Laurence Pike
Bliss Signal
Tess Parks
Robert Turman