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Weekly Update Dumb Numbers, Alberich, Medicine, Blondes, Various, and more...

Afternoon, Norman regulars and newcomers alike, it’s that time of the week when we talk you through the ripest of the week’s releases so you can decide which ones you want to buy. Without further ado, I’m going to dive straight in.

One thing that’s been satisfying me pretty hard this week is Eric Copeland’s pulsating new 2LP on DFA, ‘Joke In The Hole’, which mixes massive danceable beats with frantically babbling psychedelia and chopped’n’screwed wibble for some intoxicatingly weird party times. Also pushing those enjoyment buttons is the new Food Pyramid LP of head-nodding cosmic energy, and a superb 2LP of sought after music from 1968-78 Burkina Faso, ‘Voltaique Panoramique’.

There’s a couple of superb and very different split 12”s in too - one of British repeato-rock and drone featuring The Oscillation/Mugstar/Listening Mirror/Ben Nash, and another of American noise rock on the reliable Sophomore Lounge from Guerilla Toss/Sediment Club.

Lovers of all things antipodean will be excited to learn that same label has also reissued The Clean’s 1990 comeback album ‘Vehicle’ and ‘80s legends Bird Nest Roys’ complete discography (in conjunction with Flying Nun), and the jewel in the crown of this week’s releases from down under according to our resident expert Clint is from The Cannanes, who have their first LP in over a decade on Chapter Music! Oh yes. Those born more recently may be more eager to get their teeth into the fifth album from Perth’s Pond, who contain members of Tame Impala and are rocking a chunky ‘60s-meets-’90s powerpop sound.

Montreal’s Horror Inc has a superb debut album of genre-defying coffee table spook-outs on Perlon which is well worth investigating and seemed like an AOTW contender until I heard the Eric Copeland record, man-of-many-names Dalglish finally goes to vinyl with a 12” EP of his clever electronica which snags our Single of the Week title.

Those who like things dark and trippy might want to investigate the first Black Rain 12” in ruddy ages on Blackest Ever Black, who also sent us some Tropic of Cancer stuff that sold out overnight. Plus there’s a 12” of hallucinatory weirdness from Wanda Group, there’s something post-apocalyptic from Violet Poison and a rare vinyl appearance from Alberich on Hospital Productions which both pleased our Lord of Darkness Ant, who was also into something unsettling on Digitalis by Basic House and some less scary (but no less good) business by Blondes and Sean McCann.

The flannel-shirt brigade will be excited that Medicine are back with a brand new album and also about this star-studded Dumb Numbers effort. As well as that, The Sufis have a second album of ‘60s-style pastoral psych-pop, Woods bid farewell to Rear House with a lovely 7” with a Kinks cover on it, Celer & Miko team up again as Oh, Yoko for a full-length album, Explosions In The Sky & David Wingo score David Gordon Green’s new film ‘Prince Avalanche’, Pop. 1280 continue to disturb with another LP of menacing noise rock on Sacred Bones, and those who like their records a little less musical can delve into the recent sounds of London on a delightful LP of field recordings from the London Sound Survey.

Okay I’m stopping now, but it’s been a ridiculously busy week so go and peruse our New In page to see what else arrived that I didn’t have time to talk about!

Until next week, behave yourselves. We’ll be watching.

Captain Mikelet and the Mysternorms.


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Eric Copeland

Joke In The Hole

10/10 from ReviewBot300

Black Dice’s Eric Copeland’s new album is here and it sees him return to DFA, with 11 tracks of woozy bugged out party weirdness with big, booming beats and cut an...read on »

WOO

Whichever Way You Are Going, You Are Going Wrong

9/10 from Clinton

Woo are one of those bands who, from the sound that they make, and their longevity, I should know about. But I didn’t...until very recently. They came to my attention vi...read on »

Horror Inc.

Briefly Eternal

9/10 from Mike

Wow, this one has taken me by surprise a little. To be honest I’d never even heard of Horror Inc, or indeed his alias Akufen or his real-life personage Marc Leclair, unt...read on »

Thomas Dinger

Für Mich

9/10 from ReviewBot300

The late Dinger brothers made a significant impact on music in the latter part of the 20th century, with the timeless music they made in Klaus’s Neu and Thomas’s L...read on »

Nath Family

Sounds Of The Indian Snake Charmer Vol. Two

9/10 from Ant

Aaron Dilloway's time spent in India during 2005 would prove to be sonically fruitful. Not only did we get the excellent ‘Rotting Nepal’ album but I suspect record...read on »

Violet Poison

Awakening Messiah

9/10 from Ant

Finally another EP drops on Hospital Productions techno sub-label Bed Of Nails. Following superb 12"s from Christian Cosmos, Bronze Age and Vatican Shadow, Violet Poison hits ...read on »

Tropic of Cancer

More Alone

9/10 from Ant

I've been longing for a studio version of this track to emerge since I completely and hopelessly fell in love with it when I first heard the version on the Tropic Of Cancer / ...read on »

Woods

Be All, Be Easy

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s a new 7” which sees Woods bid farewell to Rear House, the “home, recording studio, creative refuge and beloved shithole” from which they (and se...read on »

Food Pyramid

Ecstasy and Refreshment

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Food Pyramid have been at it again! Actually this album came in a couple of weeks ago on CD but arrived too late in the week to get a review, but the vinyl’s in this wee...read on »

Alberich

Machine Gun Nest: Cassette Works, Vol. 0

9/10 from Ant

Prayers have been answered, finally some relatively speaking widely available vinyl from Alberich. ‘Machine Gun Nest: Cassette Works, Vol. 0LP’ cherry picks tracks...read on »

Pond

Hobo Rocket

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Perth, Australia, the “end of the earth” so I’m told, hasn’t been responsible for too many musical legends [EDIT: after writing this review Pendulum du...read on »

Blondes

Swisher

9/10 from Ant

High quality consistent deep techno albums seem to be few and far between these days. The heydey of the 90’s a distant memory or flashback. Thank goodness for Voices Of ...read on »

Sean McCann

Music For Private Ensemble

9/10 from Ant

When I found out this record was coming out I totally wrongly assumed it was gonna be Sean cranking out his expertly produced cosmic synth shit. How wrong was I? My first intr...read on »

Various

Voltaique Panoramique Vol. 1

9/10 from Mike

Here is a compilation of sought-after Voltaic music from 1968-78, hailing from what was then the Upper Volta and is now Burkina Faso. A remote country in West Africa which at ...read on »

The Cannanes

Howling At All Hours

9/10 from Clinton

It’s 11:15am and I’m yet to write about a record that isn’t by a band from the southern hemisphere. A situation on any occasion I’d be fairly happy wit...read on »

Dalglish

Venoyn

9/10 from Ant

Chris Douglas makes a welcome return to his Dalglish handle with the first new material under the alias since 2011’s ‘Benacah Drann Deachd’ also on the Fluor...read on »

The Young Sinclairs

New Day

9/10 from Clinton

I think this is the third Young Sinclairs record I have reviewed in as many months, maybe someone else should get them as I’m running out of things to say. Thats not to ...read on »

Cut Hands

Madwoman

9/10 from Ant

Former Whitehouse speaker shredder William Bennett returns as Cut Hands following last years 12" for Blackest Ever Black and album for Very Friendly with the scorching Madwoma...read on »

Luke Wyatt

Teen Hawk

8/10 from Clinton

Luke Wyatt is a rising star of the electronic world with his Torn Hawk alter ego. This is his first full length album under his own name and a nod is given to his other work i...read on »

Edward Artemiev

Solaris - Original Soundtrack

8/10 from Mike

It’s fair to say we love our old film soundtracks here at Norman, so I’m delighted to get my teeth into this new vinyl pressing (for the first time ever) of Edward...read on »

Fuxa

Sun Is Shining

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I’m not one to go on about coloured vinyl, but I have to say this new 7” from Fuxa looks well sexy. It’s on transparent yellow vinyl with a blue-green opaque...read on »

Various

Travel Expop Series #2 Great Britain

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Some time ago we received a ‘Travel Expop’ LP highlighting some artists from over the pond in France, and now it’s the turn of our very own Great Britain, an...read on »

Guerilla Toss / Sediment Club

Kicked Back into the Crypt

8/10 from Mike

More records in on Sophomore Lounge this week! These guys are fast becoming one of my favourite labels, in fact the Lantern LP they put out is our album of the week at the tim...read on »

Black Rain

Protoplasm

8/10 from Mike

Here’s a Black Rain 12” on Blackest Ever Black, featuring Stuart Argabright’s (Ike Yard, Dominatrix, Death Comet Crew) first new material under his Black Rai...read on »

Family Fodder

Variety

8/10 from Mike

I just reviewed Black Rain’s first new 12” in about 17 years, and now I’ve another artist to write about who I was too young for first time round - Family Fo...read on »

The Octopus Project

Sharpteeth

8/10 from Mike

The Octopus Project’s first album ‘Hello Avalanche’ got quite a few spins in my house but I’ve shamefully paid little attention to anything that they&r...read on »

WANDA GROUP

Masculinity is a Wonderful Thing

8/10 from Ant

I’ve been enjoying the output of Louis Johnstone’s Wanda Group alter-ego a fair bit recently - specifically the split tape on Further with Ekoplekz, the ‘Pis...read on »

Oh, Yoko

I Love You

8/10 from Ian

Oh, Yoko is none other than Will Long of Celer fame along with Rie Mitsutake aka Miko, on this their debut album out on Normal Cookie Records, we experience a pleasant mix of ...read on »

Explosions In The Sky & David Wingo

Prince Avalanche

8/10 from Ian

Explosions In The Sky team up with fellow Texan David Wingo to produce this soundtrack to David Gordon Green’s latest film project ‘Prince Avalanche’, starri...read on »

Myron & E With The Soul Investigators

Broadway

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Soul music, hey. Who doesn’t like soul music? If they exist they certainly don’t work at Norman Records. If you think it’s one of those sounds which is releg...read on »

Causa Sui

Euporie Tide

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Causa Sui’s most recent album, the double LP excursion into heavy cosmic psych moods that was 'Pewt’r Sessions', was a bit of a favourite around these parts, and n...read on »

London Sound Survey

These Are The Good Times

8/10 from Ian

British Library sound archive man Ian Rawes has collected these field recordings here from the early 21st century, Vittelli Records brings you a slice of real life in short re...read on »

The Clean

Vehicle

8/10 from Clinton

Christ on a sausage, I remember this album from my penny pinched youth when I would veer into Newcastle Our Price and raid the cheap cassette section. Everything for a pound w...read on »

Basic House

Caim In Bird Form

8/10 from Ant

‘Caim In Bird Form’ was previously issued on cassette by Digitalis and is the work of Stephen Bishop who runs the Opal Tapes label. The pitched down dialogue samp...read on »

Dumb Numbers

Dumb Numbers

8/10 from Clinton

‘Have You Ever Seen Such Name Droppage?’ screams the nicely self-aware blurb on the front of this cd and its true, we may not have even noticed this record if it d...read on »

Great Ytene

Happy Scenes

8/10 from Clinton

Happy? ...Yep, I remember that. This nice little 7” has made my mouth moved marginally upwards from its steadfast position of an unrelenting thin line. What we have is a...read on »

Featured albums

Dalglish
Black Rain
Guerilla Toss / Sediment Club
Basic House
London Sound Survey
Alberich
Violet Poison
Oh, Yoko
The Cannanes
Horror Inc.
WANDA GROUP
Various
Pond
Sean McCann
The Clean
Dumb Numbers
Bird Nest Roys
Explosions In The Sky & David Wingo
Blondes
Medicine
The Sufis
Pop. 1280
Eric Copeland
Woods
Food Pyramid
Various