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Weekly Update The Faded Tapes, William Tyler, Hey Colossus, Neon Neon, Bong / Pyramidion, and more...

Well here we are again, back to Friday. We’ve managed to shift the bulk of our Record Store Day stock now but there’s still some good stuff left if you’ve not taken a peek yet. Either way that’s the last you’ll hear from me about RSD until next year because that’s been and gone and great records actually come out all year round!


For example, this week Deerhunter have released a new full-length of their fractured psychedelic pop genius, Still Corners have a second spellbinding album of their synth-laden dreampop on Sub Pop, some garage punkers have quietened down and made an LP of timeless and spooky Americana on HoZac as Georgiana Starlington, Californian psych-heads Lumerians are back with an exceptional LP of their sun-bleached repeato grooves, while all the way from New Zealand, and The DHDFD’s have melted our faces with their debut album of infectiously violent noise punk. Not only that but fresh-faced post-punky London ladies Savages unleash their heavily-hyped-but-actually-not-that-bad debut LP on the world, the last two Photodementia 12”s have been compiled onto a single CD, Gruff Rhys and Boom Bip return with another Neon Neon album, The Child Of Lov’s much trumpeted debut album of wonky alien soul-pop is out, and there’s best-ofs by Killing Joke and the Television Personalities which provide a handy intro to those two seminal bands.


There’s a beautifully presented 2LP in a wooden box from Atom Earth Mother containing some spooked out solitary ambience, Ekoplekz reverts to his Ensemble Skalectrik alter-ego for an LP of plunderphonics and tape dirt that has been arousing our Ant, Public Service Broadcasting have a full-length of their indie dance with archival samples, Hedvig Mollestad Trio are back with a second LP of their pummelling jazz-prog groove-riffs on Rune Grammofon (from whom we’ve also finally received the vinyl edition of the new Motorpsycho!), there’s some splay-fingered avant-guitarring from Alan Licht, there’s a split LP of psychedelic doom sludge from Bong/Pyramidion, Dan Higgs has contributed the latest episode to the Latitudes series, north-eastern troubadour Richard Dawson has an arresting new album of his inimitable outsider songraft, Hey Colossus’s most recent air-punching noise rock opus is finally on vinyl, as is OMD’s ‘English Electric’ and The Heliocentrics’ newie, and there’s a load of limited LP reissues from The Caretaker (‘An Empty Bliss Beyond This World’, ‘Persistent Repetition of Phrases’ and ‘Patience (After Sebald)’) and Oneohtrix Point Never (‘Drawn And Quartered’, ‘The Fall Into Time’, ‘Zones Without People’, ‘Russian Mind’ and ‘Betrayed In The Octagon’), Def Jam celebrate a quarter-century of Public Enemy with a mouthwatering 9LP box set of the band’s albums, Songs: Ohia’s classic ‘Hecla & Griper’ EP has been reissued as an LP with four extra tracks, and there’s some brilliant limited reissues on Music On Vinyl from the likes of Vangelis, Os Mundi and Group 1850! In addition, Kareem, Tailor And The Crow, The Veils, House Of Black Lanterns, Denison Witmer, Crayola Lectern, Ghostpoet, Van Dyke Parks, The Scaramanga Six, Noah And The Whale, William Tyler, Dalhous, Liberez, Switchblade, Ola Podrida, Dominic, Secret Circuit, Shout Out Louds, Ice Sea Dead People, Petrels, Darwin Deez, Benga and Mick Harvey all have new albums too! Like I said, it never stops.


It’s a bit of a singles-light week again, for some reason, so we’re having another of those two-albums-of-the-week weeks instead of awarding a SOTW, although that’s not to say you won’t be interested in the confrontational new Demdike Stare, the second in their “test pressing” series, or this weird lounge-soul business with off-kilter beats by Jono McCleery on Ninja Tune, or this Faded Tapes EP of twinkly post-rocky bedroom loveliness, or maybe this lively 7” of punk cabaret from four-drummered The London Dirthole Company, or these ones from Matthew E White, Kuroma, Rob St John, Las Flores No Lloran, Rhye, Jamie N Commons and Close!


That’s been this week, hope you’ve enjoyed it. See you next Friday for another one!


The Mikus & Normy Chain


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Keiji Haino / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi

Now While It's Still Warm Let Us Pour In All The Mystery

9/10 from Ant

These guys are now on their fourth album, I guess they really qualify now as a “proper” band i.e not just guys getting together sporadically for an improv session....read on »

Still Corners

Strange Pleasures

9/10 from ReviewBot300

London duo Still Corners’ 2011 debut ‘Creatures of an Hour’ was a real slinky dreampop gem which was very popular here at Norman Towers, so we’ve been ...read on »

Georgiana Starlington

Paper Moon

9/10 from ReviewBot300

When we get records with the HoZac label on I tend to expect some kind of grizzled outsider punk business, but this LP is anything but that, instead having musicians with punk...read on »

Deerhunter

Monomania

9/10 from ReviewBot300

It’s been a strong morning today. First I had the delights of the new Still Corners and Georgiana Starlington LPs to review, and now the new Deerhunter has turned up! Th...read on »

Lumerians

The High Frontier

9/10 from ReviewBot300

I was well into Oakland stoner quintet Lumerians’ previous album on Hands In The Dark, as was our boss man Phil, so my day of high quality releases to review continues a...read on »

The DHDFDs

French Fries

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand youngsters The DHDFD’s have, according to the press release of this record, been going since 2005 (when the youngest among them was on...read on »

Matthew E. White

One Of These Days

9/10 from Mike

This is a curious single. I’m not familiar with Matthew E White’s work but on this 7” he’s got a whispery soul/r’n’b number ‘One of T...read on »

Demdike Stare

Testpressing #002

9/10 from Ant

This Test Pressings series from Demdike Stare is proving to be pretty darn tasty. Like the first instalment in the series this 12" comprises two side long cuts. On top is 'Gro...read on »

Kareem

Porto Ronco (Vinyl Edits)

9/10 from Ant

Berlin-based artist and Zhark Recordings head Patrick Stottrop aka Kareem takes the controls for the third release from The Death Of Rave imprint. Known for his dark industria...read on »

Ghostpoet

Some Say I So I Say Light

9/10 from Clinton

I see Tricky is no longer on Domino. I wonder what happened there? Will they continue their policy of signing the odd mavericks/nutcase? At least with Clinic you know what you...read on »

Rudimentary Peni

Pope Adrian 37th Psychristiatric

9/10 from Mike

This hasn’t made it to the review pile but I feel compelled to say a few words about it because it’s a pretty momentous release. After years of their records going...read on »

Blawan

His He She & She

9/10 from Ant

After shifting over from Bass tunes to making techno with tracks on Clone Basement Series Black Sun and R&S, this is the tune that really got the techno scene talking abou...read on »

Ensemble Skalectrik

Trainwrekz

9/10 from Ant

This is Nick Edwards' second outing on Editions Mego following the ace 'Plekzationz' album back in summer 2012. It's the third appearance of Ensemble Skalectrik, coming after ...read on »

Vangelis

Sex Power

9/10 from Mike

Here’s an intriguing reissue, well timed to coincide with the deluxe new ‘Blade Runner’ pressing is a very limited repress of Vangelis’s debut ‘S...read on »

Os Mundi

43 Minuten

9/10 from Mike

Got three sweet reissues and about an hour to review them in. First two were Group 1850 and Vangelis (both excellent) and this is some bubbly kraut-jazz weirdness from Os Mund...read on »

Guided By Voices

English Little League

8/10 from Clinton

Due to their plethora of never ending releases surely GBV must now be our most reviewed band. I’ve been a little harsh on some of their recent singles, particularly the ...read on »

Dean Blunt

The Redeemer

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Being a reviewing machine, I don’t often have trouble figuring out what to say about a record. Much of the time it’s actually difficult to stop talking about thing...read on »

Wolf People

Fain

8/10 from Clinton

Whilst firing up the stove, putting the wood on the fire and tucking into my latest pot noodle I turned the wireless toward Marc Riley and a progressive, rambling folk inflect...read on »

Pieter Nooten

Haven

8/10 from Clinton

In an unusual twist, Phil arrived at work this morning to find a ‘man’ sleeping in our kitchen. On closer inspection it was the eccentric-bordering-on-lunatic Bria...read on »

Quicksails

Mayville Dream

8/10 from Clinton

I used to live on Mayville Terrace. Not the bleakest time in my life but certainly one of them. I wouldn’t describe my time there as a ‘dream’ exactly especi...read on »

Hannes Rasmus

Analog ist Besser

8/10 from Clinton

Roughly translating as ‘analogue is better’, this is made in Hamburg, mastered in Leeds, yet sounding like a warm take on Detroit techno. Thats three towns/cities ...read on »

Kode9

Xingfu Lu / Kan

8/10 from Clinton

Apologies to Kode9 and Hyperdub but I’m trying to get this review done before I go to the toilet. I’ve been wanting to go since about 8am - that’s about thre...read on »

Melvins

Everybody Loves Sausages

8/10 from ReviewBot300

You always know what to expect with the Melvins, if that thing is something totally bloody weird and obnoxious and surprising. This time around, just like last time around, th...read on »

Pan American

Cloud Room, Glass Room

8/10 from Clinton

Yo. Anyone out like sleeping? Know what I’m saying? Great isn’t it. Alas, it seems I don’t do it anymore. It’s a drag I guess and something that makes ...read on »

Micah Blue Smaldone

The Ring Of The Rise

8/10 from Clinton

I have to do this review in double quick time, not (as happened earlier today) that I urgently  require the lavatory but because we are quickly running out of time and be...read on »

Atom Earth Mother

Ancient Faith

8/10 from Mike

Well, this is one of the most extravagantly-packaged albums I’ve come across in a while! Enclosed within a branded wooden box from Alt. Vinyl we have two LPs (one of whi...read on »

Public Service Broadcasting

Inform - Educate - Entertain

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here, finally, is the debut full-length from the acclaimed duo Public Service Broadcasting, who build accessible post-rocky pop instrumentals around archival samples from wart...read on »

Jono McCleery

Fire In My Hands

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here on Ninja Tune is a peculiar 7” from up-and-coming singer Jono McCleery, where ‘Fire In My Hands’ sees him crooning soulfully over some tasteful lounge-j...read on »

The Faded Tapes

I Will Race You

8/10 from Mike

The last of these super-limited 7”s we got in from Box Bedroom Rebels was a beautifully packaged thing that came with a toy plane, and this one by The Faded Tapes has si...read on »

Hedvig Mollestad Trio

All Of Them Witches

8/10 from Mike

Norwegian lady Hedvig Mollestad and her trio’s debut album ‘Shoot’ was a favourite of mine from last year, as was the El Doom & The Born Electric album s...read on »

Savages

Silence Yourself

8/10 from Brian

These four wiry Londoners  have been experiencing some serious hype of late for their gritty post-punk pop posturings, looking to be the darlings of this summer’s f...read on »

The Child Of Lov

The Child Of Lov

8/10 from Clinton

He was the mysterious person of Prince-influenced pop-funk. Black/white/male/female? No-one knew. Now all of a sudden his disjointed mug appears in everything from the Harroga...read on »

Dalhous

An Ambassador For Laing

8/10 from Clinton

Dalhous is a duo of Marc Dall and Alex Ander straight out of Edinburgh, Scotland and this follows on from a recent 10” on the same label. They peddle a kind of percussio...read on »

Rob St. John

Charcoal Black and the Bonny Grey / Shallow Brown

8/10 from Clinton

Ah, Lancashire. As an honorary Yorkshireman I am supposed to detest the place. Okay, it’s not Yorkshire (but what is?) yet take a drive down the A59 heading towards the ...read on »

Tailor And The Crow

To This I Will Declare

8/10 from Clinton

Coventry. A nice place if you like concrete. It’s hard to imagine that this intricate banjo-led folk comes out of the place. It’s lovely lilting folk music made by...read on »

Richard Dawson

The Glass Trunk

8/10 from Clinton

Richard Dawson has changed in the many years since I heard a kind of singer-songwriter type album by him. He was probably about 12 at the time but has now grown to become a no...read on »

Group 1850

Agemo’s Trip To Mother Earth

8/10 from Mike

Once again this week some really great titles have turned up in the middle of Friday afternoon and now I have to try and rush off some reviews of them where I pretend I know w...read on »

Bong / Pyramidion

Split

8/10 from Mike

Those who like their psychedelia slow, mystical and doomy may be interested in this split LP between Bong and Pyramidion which turned up this week. Now Bong I’m already ...read on »

Alan Licht

Four Years Older

8/10 from Mike

Did anybody here have a ZX Spectrum in the house when you were growing up? Remember those tapes you used to load up the games, and the five minutes of maddening screeching you...read on »

Featured albums

Bong / Pyramidion
Las Flores No Lloran
Group 1850
Os Mundi
Songs: Ohia
Ensemble Skalectrik
Alan Licht
Kareem
Demdike Stare
Photodementia
Tailor And The Crow
Noah And The Whale
Kuroma
Jamie N Commons
The Scaramanga Six
The London Dirthole Company
Daniel (A.I.U.) Higgs
The Faded Tapes
House Of Black Lanterns
The Child Of Lov
Jono McCleery
Still Corners
Lumerians
Denison Witmer
Rob St. John
Rhye
The Television Personalities
Benga
Killing Joke
Van Dyke Parks
Oneohtrix Point Never
Oneohtrix Point Never
Mick Harvey
Vangelis
The Veils
Neon Neon
Ola Podrida
Secret Circuit
Ice, Sea, Dead People
Dalhous
Hedvig Mollestad Trio
Shout Out Louds
William Tyler
Matthew E. White
Close
Public Enemy
Deerhunter
Richard Dawson
Atom Earth Mother
The DHDFDs
Crayola Lectern
Hey Colossus
Ghostpoet
Georgiana Starlington
OMD
Savages
Motorpsycho
Switchblade
Dominic
Petrels
The Heliocentrics
Public Service Broadcasting
Darwin Deez
Liberez
The Caretaker
The Caretaker
Oneohtrix Point Never
Oneohtrix Point Never
Oneohtrix Point Never