Weekly Update Mid-year Review, Tim Koh (Dinked), Julianna Barwick, Laura Marling.

Flaming Tunes, The Beths, NZCA Lines, Patricia, Jim O’Rourke, Omar S, The Home Current, Jason Williamson, Margo Price, The Streets, Bell Witch & Aerial Ruin.

Headlines

  • Julianna Barwick is our Album of the Week with her latest record of art pop influenced ambience, ft. guest spots from Sigur Rós’s Jónsi, Mary Lattimore & Nosaj Thing.
  • Our Best New Albums & Reissues of 2020 So Far feature is here!
  • The Dinked Edition from Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti member Tim Koh includes a signed print, tote bag & colour vinyl. Fans of psych-tinged art pop & indie rock will dig this.
  • Flaming Tunes’ sought-after debut is getting reissued on limited clear wax & black vinyl.
  • Weekly Playlist. If our Mid-year playlist isn’t enough, there’s always more on Spotify & YouTube.

New music

  • First record in over a decade from UKG legend Mike Skinner aka The Streets.
  • Gorgeous Dinked Edition with extras from indie folk/slowcore group Little Kid.
  • NZCA Lines. Order before midnight for your chance to win a giant credit card video prop. Yes really!
  • Purple Reign! US sludge/black metallers Inter Arma present a collection of heavy-hitting covers.
  • Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard. The avian equivalent of Pigs x7? Not quite…
  • Bell Witch & Aerial Ruin got a 9/10 for their doom with a splash of neo-folk pair-up.
  • With their mix of punk energy & twee pop melodicism, The Beths are back alright.
  • Bob Dylan returns with an acclaimed double album.
  • Laura Marling. Seventh album from one of the UK’s most celebrated singer-songwriters.
  • Three Queens In Mourning & Bonnie Prince Billy. Ever so slightly unsettling album art right there…
  • The Hanging Stars take on a Bert Jansch number & pair it with a newbie.
  • The Lovely Eggs. Grand Designs, but on Mars!
  • The Midnight must’ve got a Stranger Things box set for Christmas...
  • He’s been about the UK jazz scene for a while, now it’s time for Oscar Jerome to release his debut.
  • Tasty spiritual jazz debut from Asher Gamedze.
  • Dirty Three drummer Jim White joins forces with folk guitarist Marisa Anderson on ‘The Quickening’.
  • Mr Ben & The Bens. Once a fella called Ben came into the shop & bought one of their records. It made my day because I’m a loser like that.
  • Lightning Orchestra. Big, bold tunes from the psych-soul-funksters.
  • Inventions. Ambient piano man Eluvium is back with an Explosions In The Sky member, complete with a new sound.
  • Alt. country pioneers The Jayhawks return with their most wide-ranging work to date.
  • Speaking of country, the new Margo Price comes with a bonus, indies only single.
  • Not one, but two new records from Peter Broderick.
  • Sweet Spirit pair loads of unlikely influences together on their latest glam-pop offering.

Re-issues

Ant’s Electronic Round Up

  • Omar S flips the bird to RA on his new album feat. Detroit house / FXHE family; John FM, Rick Wilhite, Norm Talley, and OB Ignitt.
  • Generative compositions from NYZ as he busts out some cheap olde ROMplers and his MANIAC cellular automata sequencer. Certified mind fryers.
  • Coupla mongrel bass/breakbeat/house/techno plates on Hessle Audio from Pearson Sound and Pangaea.
  • Editions Mego kick off their Portraits GRM label with a split LP from Lucy Railton / Max Eilbacher and a spectral transmission from Jim O'Rourke.
  • Low End Activist re-wires Grime on Seagrave.
  • Delightful, subtly acidic album from Patricia on Ghostly.
  • Fossil Aerosol Mining Project / 400 Lonely Things mine and digitally degenerate a trashy early '80s Italian zombie flick. Tape w/ DL on The Helen Scarsdale Agency.
  • Thee Crossed Wires LP on LSD sold out in a flash. Coupla tapes if yer quick tho!
  • Soulful, sidereal techno/electro 2LP from Future Beat Alliance.
  • Quirky house/techno/electronica from The Home Current (Polytechnic Youth, Castles In Space). Grooves and wriggles along with elastic bass and chunky drums.
  • Yair Etziony constructs dramatic ambient works for an uncertain future.
  • Tape of lockdown sonic hallucinations from Baldruin on Lullabies For Insomniacs.
  • Francisco López USB memory card with 12 hours of uncompressed audio. Edition of 300 signed copies. A vast universe of Lopezian sonics.
  • Subtly melodic, crystalline icy minimalism from Nordvest aka Sleeparchive/Skanfrom.
  • Commodo bass pressure and skittering outernational electro-jazz/dub Clap! Clap!, both on Black Acre.
  • Dallas Acid shift perspectives from ‘The Spiral Arm’ to 'The Spiral Ambience'. CD on Brian Eno’s All Saints label.
  • Refreshing Vanessa Worm album on Optimo Music. File under: Dunno.
  • Album of shimmering, glittering twinklers from WOO.

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Words: Ant & Tom.

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Bell Witch and Aerial Ruin

Stygian Bough: Volume 1

9/10 from Daoud

Friends, I have missed you. It’s been a calendar month since I’ve last had the time and the energy to write one of Norman Records’ patented “reviews" a...read on »

Hania Rani

Home

8/10 from Tommy WM

Hania Rani states her second record is the second part of a book she started on her debut ‘Esja’, but ‘Home’ feels like a new series entirely. Whilst h...read on »

Low End Activist

Game Theory

8/10 from Fred MG

Much has been made, in recent times, of the second coming of rave. However, while the likes of Lone and Special Request have been retooling the high-energy styles of the first...read on »

Laura Marling

Song For Our Daughter

8/10 from Fred MG

The songs Laura Marling has written for her seventh studio LP address an imaginary daughter. Here Marling grows fully into the old-beyond-her-years worldliness that has always...read on »

Featured albums

Tim Koh
Pearson Sound
Pangaea
Fossil Aerosol Mining Project / 400 Lonely Things
The Home Current
Baldruin
Nordvest
Yair Etziony
Francisco Lopez
Crossed Wires
Carmine Coppola
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
Tangerine Dream
Thelonious Monk
NYZ
Inter Arma
The Gloria Record
The Hanging Stars
Vanessa Worm
Dallas Acid
Tangerine Dream
Vangelis
Barry Gray
Arvo Pärt & Vilnius Municipal Choir Jauna Muzika
Peter Broderick
Peter Broderick & Friends
Capcom Sound Team
Future Beat Alliance
Clap! Clap!
The Lovely Eggs
Omar S
Commodo
WOO
Lucy Railton / Max Eilbacher
Three Queens In Mourning & Bonnie Prince Billy
Jim O'Rourke
The Midnight
The Jayhawks
Little Kid
Julianna Barwick
Bob Dylan
Bell Witch and Aerial Ruin
NZCA Lines
Asher Gamedze
Laura Marling
Patricia
Oscar Jerome
Jim White and Marisa Anderson
The Streets
The Beths
Sweet Spirit
Low End Activist
Inventions
Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard
Margo Price
Mr Ben & The Bens
Lightning Orchestra
Caroline Polachek
Jason Williamson
Son Volt
Flaming Tunes
Spiritualized