Weekly Update Yo La Tengo, clipping., Ulver, Elliott Smith, Kelly Lee Owens

John Carpenter, Angel Olsen, The Heads, William Basinski, Pylon, White Manna, Pig Destroyer, Motorpsycho, My Morning Jacket, Mercury Rev, Juniore, Moon Duo, Special Interest, John Coletrane, Aidan Knight.

Headlines

  • Album of the Week. Throbbing techno meets ethereal pop brilliance on Kelly Lee Owens’ second album.

New music

  • The Heads play a mammoth set of heavy-psych on home water at Bristol’s Thekla venue.
  • Blue, blue Egyptian Blue. New EP of move & groove post-punk with two-vocalist & sweet guitars.
  • Music on ribs. First piece of non-score music in 4 years from the horror master John Carpenter.
  • Born Bad records present a couple of French music relation compilations - ‘Cha Cha’ & ‘Tchic Tchic’.
  • Motorpsycho. Features a 42-minute long track. ‘Echoes’ eat your heart out.
  • Angel Olsen. Not demo versions! Bare-bones acoustic reversions of ‘All Mirrors’ tracks.
  • Girls In Synthesis take the punk of Crass & Subhumans & mix it with some modern post-punk/alt.rock.
  • Widowspeak. Here's a single plum, floating in perfume & served in a man's hat…
  • Cardiff indie poppers Private World return to Dais with a synth-pop influenced new album.
  • Demo versions of Mac DeMarco’s most recent LP, featuring a bonus track.
  • Bluntly titled dark & droning psych offering from Der Blutharsch & Skullflower.
  • Psych-soul producer Adrian Younge & A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed unite with Brazilian legend Marcos Valle for a record spanning many a genre.
  • Norwegian extreme metallers turn genre-bending experimentalists Ulver are back with more doom-dance.
  • Psych-space rock group White Manna are back with a meditative new record. Peace.
  • Pig Destroyer. Can’t wait to give this a spin at half 8 in the morning tomorrow…
  • Marlowe. Wordy flows, beats, bars & bass. Impressive 90s flavoured hip hop right here.
  • Datblygu. New album from the Welsh cult favourite group.
  • My Morning Jacket. They’ll carry on through it all, it’s a glowing red waterfall.
  • Special Interest are back with more chaotic synth delights.
  • Disclosure. As if these two are playing Leeds’ underground techno club Wire next year.
  • Aidan Knight. First album in four years from the Canadian songwriter. He’s been busy since then mind you.
  • Dmitry Evgrafov expands his sound & craft by adding more instruments.
  • Tigran Hamasyan usually darts between lovely jazz & more raucous, out-there strains. This one has moments of both.
  • Unique Swiss poppers Yello return with a new’un.
  • Metallica. Thrash metal, now with added cellos & that.
  • Colter Wall sounds like he’s soaked up a century of country music yet he’s only 25.
  • International Teachers of Pop love pop & aren’t afraid to show it. On limited pink wax to match that super-bright sleeve.

Re-issues

  • Because two Heads are better than none. First time on wax for ‘Vertigo Swill’ compilation.
  • Moon Duo. Expanded reissue of the kraut-psych fave featuring three rare & raw extra tracks.
  • Venom. Eyy up gadgie dya fancy summoning a baphomet on the toon?
  • Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas. Here’s a blockbuster post-metal collab for you.
  • Record collector favourite from hard-prog & psych group Fuzzy Duck.
  • Icy & bleak songwriter affair from Have A Nice Life’s Giles Corey.
  • Having recently reformed, And Also The Trees decided to bring out some of their back catalogue. 
  • Ace psych-rock & folk mash-up from Japanese group Kikagaku Moyo.
  • Juniore. Does the album art reference ‘Holy Mountain’ or Homer Simpson’s huge camera hat? You decide.
  • King of reissues Light In The Attic sent us over these limited records from The Shaggs earlier.
  • You can’t deny that Fu Manchu have some bangers.
  • Bobby Hutcherson & Jackie McLean are next up in Blue Note’s ongoing reissue series.
  • The one where Mercury Rev furthered the orchestral sounds heard in ‘Deserter’s Songs’.
  • A. Kostis. Rare rebetika cut lands on wax for the first time.
  • There’s two corkers from sax man John Coletrane right here.

Ant’s Electronic Round Up

  • Order the 'Both Of Us / Are U Down' 12" EP on Ninja Tune for a chance to win one of five copies signed by Jayda G. Older orders will automatically enter the draw.
  • The walls are closing in, bad vibes as Peter Rehberg (Pita) and Stephen O’Malley (Sunn O))) return with a scorcher as KTL on Editions Mego.
  • Ultra-deeeep avant-ambient from Giuseppe Ielasi and Nicola Ratti as Bellows on Oren Ambarchi's unstoppable Black Truffle imprint.
  • Correlations get busy on Castles In Space with the obscure Oxford Synthesizer Company's 1983 OSCar synth.
  • Warm, lo-fi, chilled ambient/house/acid from PG Sounds (SVN & PG) on SUED.
  • Heavyweight digi-dub stepper and demented Spongebob style rave wobbler from Coki and a gnarly one from Bukez Finezt on Deep Medi Musik.
  • Hypnotic LP from Harmonious Thelonious reconfiguring international rhythms.
  • Michael Vallera (COiN, Cleared) and Ricardo Donoso gear on Denovali.
  • Harbinger Sound vinyl reissue of R.J.F. grubby '80s industrial underground bleak-fest ‘Greater Success in Apprehensions & Convictions’.
  • Houndstooth ‘Alterity’ comp surveying global purveyors of twisted electronix with plenty of SVBKVLT artists: 33EMYBW, Gooooose, Hyph11E, Osheyack, Slikback etc.
  • Intricate 3D binaural electronica EP from Max Cooper.
  • Kompakt’s Total series reaches nummer zwanzing with trax from Jürgen Paape, Jörg Burger, Michael Mayer, Sascha Funke, Voigt & Voigt etc.

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Best records this week

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Kelly Lee Owens

Inner Song

9/10 from Tommy WM

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J. Zunz

Hibiscus

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Featured albums

William Basinski
Elliott Smith
Field Lines Cartographer
Yo La Tengo
clipping.
Coki
Correlations
Bukez Finezt
Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas
Marlowe
Colter Wall
Various
Pig Destroyer
Various
Max Cooper
Angel Olsen
Datblygu
Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Marcos Valle
And Also The Trees
Motorpsycho
PG Sounds
White Manna
The Heads
Metallica
Giles Corey
Various
Bellows
KTL
Various
My Morning Jacket
Special Interest
John Carpenter
Venom
Ricardo Donoso
Michael Vallera
Fuzzy Duck
Widowspeak
Private World
Ulver
Dmitry Evgrafov
Yello
The Shaggs
Moon Duo
R.J.F.
Harmonious Thelonious
Egyptian Blue
Tigran Hamasyan
Jayda G
Disclosure
Aidan Knight
Jackie McLean
Bobby Hutcherson
International Teachers of Pop
Mac DeMarco
Girls In Synthesis
Kelly Lee Owens
Der Blutharsch / Skullflower
Juniore
Fu Manchu
A. Kostis
Kikagaku Moyo
John Coltrane
The Heads
John Coltrane
Mercury Rev