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Weekly Update (Sandy) Alex G, Jenny Hval, Tindersticks, Neil Young, Thurston Moore.

Gruff Rhys, Belle and Sebastian, Stereolab, Pixies, Lee Hazelwood, Chelsea Wolfe, Alex Cameron, The Telescopes, The Utopia Strong, Boris, Barry Gray.

We were informed of the very sad news that outsider music and lo-fi indie legend Daniel Johnston died yesterday, so we’re listening to ‘1990’ in tribute. RIP Daniel!

Headlines

  • Album of the Week. Indie songwriter (Sandy) Alex G takes this week’s crown with his best album yet!
  • Neil Young invites the legendary Crazy Horse back into the fold for their first in seven years.
  • Tindersticks. The chamber pop legends return, armed with gorgeous clear vinyl.
  • Thurston Moore. Three singles on coloured vinyl, featuring a cover of one of New Order’s best tracks.
  • Boris. Japan’s reigning psychedelia/experimental group announce a new album and reissue two classics!
  • Weekly Playlist. Your weekly fix of staff selected tunes has arrived once again.

New music

  • Metronomy’s homage to the radio lands, complete with a ‘secret’ vinyl…
  • The Utopia Strong. Who would’ve thought that snookerist Steve Davis loves krautrock as much as us!
  • Chelsea Wolfe. Folk which touches on goth, doom, post-punk, industrial; you get the picture..
  • Jenny Hval merges electronic sounds with synthpop, goth and dream pop. A gorgeous album!
  • Belle and Sebastian soundtrack a film about a Metallica obsessed teen.
  • Gruff Rhys. The Super Furry man is back with a fresh solo record. Cool cover too!
  • Barry Gray. The ‘UFO’ soundtrack lands. Cult sci-fi at its quirkiest.
  • Alex Cameron. High-concept synth-pop from the enigmatic Australian.
  • Kazu. Solo album from the Blonde Redhead star featuring a variety of indie royalty.
  • Twin Peaks. Summery garage rock jams with a hint of psychedelia. 
  • Infinity Forms Of Yellow Remember. Great name, great album art. Cardiff psych on Cardinal Fuzz.
  • The Telescopes. Their debut’s been remastered and they’ve got two fresh singles out!
  • Charli XCX. First album proper in five years from the alt. pop sensation. 
  • Sampa The Great. Ambitious debut from the alt. soul and hip hop musician.
  • Mike Patton & Jean-Claude Vannier. Mr. Bungle himself teams up with a French musical great.
  • Pixies. Third post-reunion album from Frank Black and company.
  • The League of Gentlemen soundtracks have landed! Strictly for locals only.
  • Brutal Africa. Compilation celebrating Africa’s rich and varied metal scene.
  • Spectra Ex Machina. Occult recordings featuring seances of Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle.
  • Jarvis Cocker’s excellent single under JARV IS goes on general sale.
  • Eye Flys. Noise rock supergroup featuring hardcore punk royalty.
  • Oliver Coates / S P A T I A L. He spaced out the spaces in spatial, clever!
  • Tiny Moving Parts. Emo mixed with math rock, influenced by American Football of course!
  • Electronic Sound’s latest issue includes a Japan 7’’. Keeping print journalism interesting in 2019!

Re-issues

  • Stereolab. We had a mix up of dates last week, but fear not as the reissues have landed!
  • Múm. More copies of one of their classics have arrived!
  • The Cult. A corker of a hard rock record which has been out of print for donkey’s. 
  • Indian Summer. Cult classic 90s emo.
  • Prince. A tonne of reissues from The Purple One.
  • Fu Manchu. Reissue from the devilish desert stoner rockers.
  • Boo Radleys when the shoegazers went full-on pop.
  • The Distillers. A compelling mix of alternative rock and hardcore punk.
  • Catherine Wheel. The shoegaze group reissue their alt. rock/art rock outing.
  • Lealani. Modern coldwave and synthpop on red wax.
  • Richard Hawley.’Coles Corner’ gets reissued on a rather bright colour variant.
  • Lee Hazlewood. The baroque pop/country star gets reissued on the ever-reliable Light In The Attic.
  • Run DMC get two rap classics reissued.
  • Operating Theatre. New wave, synthpop and electronica combine.
  • Piano Magic. We heard this in the office today and it’s a true beauty of dream pop/post-rock.

Ant’s Electronic Round Up

Ant’s back, reporting on all this week’s top-tier electronic releases. Some of these will get you on the dancefloor, whilst others will haunt you in your living room...

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Words: Tom and Ant

Work: Ian Love-Comes In Spurts, Nathon, Phil, Benn, Jamie, Will and Daoud.

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

(Sandy) Alex G

House of Sugar

9/10 from Thomas

‘Hansel and Gretel’, I'm sure you're aware, is a German fable in which a pair of children are enticed by a house constructed from gingerbread and are subsequently ...read on »

Metronomy

Metronomy Forever

9/10 from Will

I was informed that my contract would be terminated immediately if I failed to write about the song 'Sex Emoji' from Metronomy's new album 'Metronomy Forever' so for fear of n...read on »

The Telescopes

Strange Waves

8/10 from Daoud

My usual approach to writing about things on Fuzz Club record is to review them on their own terms. What I’m looking for you see, is whether or not the music can be said...read on »

The Paranoyds

Carnage Bargain

8/10 from Will

'Carnage Bargain' is an exuberant and arty take on classic garage rock. Dissonant chord changes, snotty vocals, and the constant air of gentle parody bely the solid songwritin...read on »

Sequoyah Murray

Before You Begin

8/10 from Will

MMMMMyes. 'Before You Begin' is a gorgeously moody offering from Sequoyah Murray. Murray's voice is incredibly developed, mature, and complex. It can go from a broken moan li...read on »

Iona Fortune

Tao Of I Volume 2

8/10 from Ant

Iona Fortune’s music is soooo mesmerizing, isn’t it? I got to hear her playing live supporting Shellac a wee while ago. Through a big system, her deep sub-bass see...read on »

Erkki Veltheim

Ganzfeld Experiment

8/10 from Ant

Whoa! This one is really messing with my equilibrium and spatial awareness. It’s kinda freaky and wild yet totally enjoyable - not dissimilar to relentlessly spinning on...read on »

Todd Anderson-Kunert

Conjectures

8/10 from Ant

Conjectures is the result of Todd Anderson-Kunert's artist residency at Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio where he got his paws on their rare Moog System 55 Synthesizer. Probi...read on »

Jenny Hval

The Practice of Love

8/10 from Daoud

“Look at these trees, look at this grass”. This simple request (or is it a command?) opens Jenny Hval’s remarkable seventh album. Though it’s not Hval...read on »

MMMD

Egoismo

8/10 from Ant

‘Egoismo’ is the eleventh album from Greek chamber doom duo MMMΔ  aka MMMD fka Mohammad. They continue to pursue their path to harmony through sound her...read on »

Kazu

Adult Baby

8/10 from Daoud

First of all, I must commend Kazu Makino for her choice of title in  ‘Adult Baby’. What a wonderful phrase, and to stick it on the cover of your debut solo al...read on »

Future Pilot AKA

Orkestra Digitalis

8/10 from Will

There's always a scintillating feeling listening to an album that wasn't meant to be heard. Future Pilot AKA hid the nine songs that make up their final album all across Scotl...read on »

Suumhow

Secuund

8/10 from Will

Well Daniel Johnston has died and man, I feel down. I suppose one of the slight remedies is to either listen to DJ himself or listen to something so far removed from his music...read on »

Mzylkypop

Kiedy Wilki Zawyja​? ​/ ​When Will The Wolves Howl?

8/10 from Will

I find the concept of our political future deeply distressing. So when I heard the words intoned on the first track on Mzylkypop's 2018 record "it is the year 2030, one year a...read on »

The Souljazz Orchestra

Chaos Theories

8/10 from Jamie

Okay, so I wouldn’t have guessed this lot are Canadian. Channeling the spirit of Fela Kuti and Africa ‘70, and really riding those afrobeat rhythms with a phenomen...read on »

Sampa The Great

The Return

8/10 from Will

I always read Sampa The Great as Samphire The Great. Always. I don't know why I do this, the words aren't even that similar. I suppose both Sampa and samphire do share a zesty...read on »

Featured albums

Boris
Boris
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Tindersticks
Electronic Sound
Iona Fortune
Various
Èlg
Operating Theatre
JARV IS
Charli XCX
Oliver Coates / S P A T I A L
(Sandy) Alex G
Eye Flys
Tiny Moving Parts
Daniel Menche
Carl Oesterhelt
Erkki Veltheim
Todd Anderson-Kunert
Electric Capablanca
CZ Wang and Neo Image
Passarani
Basic Rhythm
Monster X
Fu Manchu
The Telescopes
Lealani
The Boo Radleys
Catherine Wheel
The Distillers
Proc Fiskal
Barry Gray
Infinity Forms Of Yellow Remember
Move D & Pete Namlook
Kazu
Indian Summer
Twin Peaks
Lee Hazlewood
Gruff Rhys
Jenny Hval
Sampa The Great
Various
The Cult
Belle and Sebastian
Helene Breschand / Eliane Radigue / Kasper T. Toeplitz
Ekin Fil
Metronomy
Alex Cameron
Various
Chelsea Wolfe
The Utopia Strong
Pixies
Various
Mike Patton & Jean-Claude Vannier
múm
Boris
Piano Magic
Richard Hawley