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Weekly Update Hessien, The Memories, The Dead Sea Apes & Black Tempest, Burning Tree, The Stargazers Assistant, and more...

Afternoon, Norms and Normettes! It’s Friday, which means another of our trademark weekly updates is hitting your eyes so we can hopefully help you set your ears up with some nice sounds. It’s been an insanely busy week for the nice sounds too, I’ll only be skimming the surface here so you should peruse our site if you want to know about everything rather than just our hastily selected highlights!

It’ll have been decided by the time you read this, but at the time of writing there’s fierce competition for our album of the week slot. My personal favourite (although probably not “Norman” enough to win) is the new Heavy Times LP on HoZac where they blast through 18 songs of high octane post-punk power-pop in about half an hour. Quite invigorating. Another contender is this ‘The Outer Church’ 2CD comp, limited to just 300 copies and laden with contributions from Pye Corner Audio, Ekoplekz, Baron Mordant, Hacker Farm and lots of other office faves.

Also in the running are Action Beater Peter James Taylor with his ecstatic new LP of Branca/Chatham-esque guitarmy noise rock, and Dead Sea Apes & Black Tempest with their collaborative album of trance-inducing hypno-doom psychedelia on Cardinal Fuzz which will slowly turn your head inside out. If it wasn’t half a century old this Har-You Percussion Group LP of infectiously energetic Latin jazz/funk performed by ‘60s Harlem teenagers would be in with a chance of grabbing the coveted title too.

Those aren’t the only good records this week though. We’ve got an exciting package from Glasgow’s Clan Destine Records with two brand new LPs of throbbing atmospheric darkness by (pronounced I†† “eyedoublecross”, ltd to 100) and Yves/Son/Ace, as well as exciting restocks of the Curt Crackrach LP (also ltd to 100), Dark Acid vol. 1 and The KVB’s ‘Always Then’ (final pressings of both of these. Earlier pressings sold out quicksharp). Sound In Silence also sent us a couple of their lovely limited CDs from Hessien (feat Tim Diagram) and Tokyo’s Miaou.

Gunn and Truscinsky join forces with Cian Nugent for an LP of lengthy desert jams on MIE Music as Desert Heat, Molly Nilsson has a great album of lo-fi synths and soaring vocals, and Clinton is rather pleased about reissues from ‘80s favourites The Dentists and pre-Stereolab Marxists McCarthy.

Slacker pop idiot savants The Memories follow up their ace Underwater Peoples debut with a sophomore LP on Burger Records, there’s stomach-churning noise on Urashima from SSHE Retina Stimulants, Atrax Morgue, Murder Corporation and Dead Body Love, there’s impenetrable darkness on Utech courtesy of The Stargazer’s Assistant, Burning Tree, Away and K11, and there’s Mike Shinoda & Joseph Trapanese’s soundtrack to ultraviolent Indonesian cult flick ‘The Raid’ on 2LP from the mighty Mondo. And on the subject of soundtracks, Edward Artemiev’s ‘90s re-recordings of his classic scores to Tarkovsky’s ‘Solaris’ and ‘Stalker/The Mirror’ are both in our shop right now.

It’s a really strong week for singles too. We’ve got a 7” by glammy proto-punkers (and recent AOTWers) Lantern which comes in three different sleeves, each limited to just 80! There’s three sevens on HoZac which are all good - kraut-goth-gaze from Verma, devolved pop from Cop City/Chill Pillars and girl group inspired garage fun from Winter Bear. Conceptual popster Luke Haines indulges his anthropomorphic fantasies on his new ‘Rock’n’Roll Animals’ seven, the reliable Faux Discx have a cool single of clatter’n’jangle by Shudder Pulps, there’s some Pavementy slacker pop from Clearance and perhaps most exciting of all is this split 7” from hot new indie weirdos Triptides and Laser Background - both tracks on this are superb. Oh, and another split that’s good is this one from Scott & Charlene’s Wedding/Fawn Spots.

There’s more I could talk about but I’ve already gone on for too long. Well done if you made it this far!

Mike Blinko & the Rudimentary Pee-Norms


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Lantern

Mr Mars / Rock 'n' Roll Music

10/10 from ReviewBot300

Oh yeah! Lantern’s recent LP on Sophomore Lounge (soon to get a UK pressing on Cardinal Fuzz) was a revelation, like a stoned, glammed up take on Stooges proto-punk with...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 »

Triptides / Laser Background

Set You Free / Disappearing Ink

9/10 from ReviewBot300

We’ve got this split 7” this week from office favourites Triptides and Laser Background, who I’ve never heard of. I’m listening to the Laser Background...read on »

Heavy Times

Fix It Alone

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Chicago’s Heavy Times are back this week with their third album on HoZac, squeezing 18 songs into just over half an hour - only seven of these cuts even pass the two-min...read on »

Various

The Outer Church

9/10 from ReviewBot300

The Outer Church is, according to the press release, “the UK’s foremost uncanny audiovisual event” run in Brighton by Joseph Stannard, who has curated this e...read on »

Winter Bear

Jump In The Fire / Should I Leave

9/10 from Mike

It’s HoZac day for me, I think. Here’s the new 7” from Winter Bear which has two tracks of brilliant girl group-influenced strident garage pop. The combinati...read on »

The Memories

Love is the Law

9/10 from ReviewBot300

After a solid debut LP on Underwater Peoples, The Memories are back with a “sequel” to that album on Burger Records. These lads are well connected. Apparently some...read on »

Har-You Percussion Group

Har-You Percussion Group

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s a very special album. It is not, as the band name suggests, an all-percussion ensemble but in fact a Latin jazz/funk ensemble (although they boast five percussion...read on »

The Dead Sea Apes & Black Tempest

The Sun Behind The Sun

9/10 from ReviewBot300

At first I thought this record was a split between soundtracky doom-mongers Dead Sea Apes and cosmic tinkerer Black Tempest, but actually it’s a collaborative LP where e...read on »

Peter James Taylor

Vilification

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Peter James Taylor was in Action Beat, I’m not sure if he still is. On this record he’s going under his own name but he’s certainly not alone. In fact he&rsq...read on »

Miaou

Bring The Lights EP

9/10 from Ian

The great thing about these Sound In Silence CDs is that they have a real personal feel to them, with each cover featuring a polaroid style picture, usually of something nice ...read on »

Yves De Mey

Metrics

9/10 from Ant

It's a crime that this is only the third solo release from Yves De Mey as this guy is an excellent producer. Last heard on the now defunct Sandwell District label with the bri...read on »

Rashad Becker

Traditional Music of Notional Species Vol. I

9/10 from Ant

I've been wildly curious about hearing this album after hearing Rashad Becker perform live at Islington Mill in Salford a few months ago. It was one of the strangest sounding ...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 »

Clearance

Dixie Motel Two​-​Step

8/10 from Mike

Do you miss proper indie rock like they made in the ‘90s, with guitars and choruses and all that don’t-give-a-fuck slacker sentimentality that bands like Pavement ...read on »

Various

MUTAZIONE - Italian Electronic & New Wave Underground 1980-1988

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Walls’ Alessio Natalizia has put together this exceptional compilation of tracks from the Italian Electronic & New Wave Underground 1980-1988 and now I’m liste...read on »

Shocked Minds

Shocked Minds

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Two new LPs in on HoZac this week - a new one from Heavy Times and this debut from Humans/Testors dude Josh Martin’s new outfit Shocked Minds. Our Parcelforce guy just c...read on »

Cop City / Chill Pillars

Gift Shop / Brand New Neighbour Blues

8/10 from Mike

HoZac keep bringing the goodness this week. Here’s a 7” from the bizarrely monikered Cop City / Chill Pillars (it’s not a split, that is the name of the band...read on »

Verma

Ragnaraak / Chrome

8/10 from Mike

More HoZac goodness on this here 7”, this time from Verma, who I hadn’t heard before. It’s kind of got a kraut-goth thing going on with echoed and muffled Zo...read on »

Luke Haines

Rock N Roll Animals

8/10 from Mike

Venom-spitting Auteur Luke Haines is either Britain’s finest storytelling songwriter of his generation or a pompous bastard depending on who you ask. Having read his boo...read on »

Shudder Pulps

Housebound EP

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Faux Discx consistently bring out good records, having brought us offerings from the likes of Hookworms, Cold Pumas and Vision Fortune over the last couple of years, so even w...read on »

Mike Shinoda And Joseph Trapanese

The Raid

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Lately Mondo have been turning their attention from classic soundtrack reissues like ‘The Deadly Spawn’ and ‘The Beyond’ to some more recent material, ...read on »

I†† (eyedoublecross)

Vitriol

8/10 from ReviewBot300

We got a load of stuff back in from Glasgow’s Clan Destine Records today that I thought wouldn’t be coming back in (Curt Crackrach, The KVB, Dark Acid Vol. 1) as w...read on »

Yves/ Son/ Ace

Dead Life

8/10 from ReviewBot300

We’ve got a new parcel from Clan Destine in today so no sooner have I got my head around the crumbling darkness of the new “eyedoublecross” album than I&rsqu...read on »

Marnie

The Hunter

8/10 from Mike

Here’s a 7” from the latest synthpop hopeful Marnie on Soft Power Records. She’s from Ladytron so I’m told. It’s nice stuff this, ‘The Hunt...read on »

Sonicbrat

Stranger To My Room

8/10 from Ian

This latest release by Sonicbrat (aka Darren Ng) for the Kitchen label proves that CDs can be just as appealing as vinyl when it comes to packaging. Lavishly housed in a ...read on »

The Stargazers Assistant

Mirrors & Tides, Shivers & Voids

8/10 from Mike

“Eyes closed, ears wide open, we are given freedom to dream the void.” So begins the press release to this new Stargazer’s Assistant offering on the ever ble...read on »

The Dentists

Some People Are On The Pitch

8/10 from Clinton

Another day, another re-issue of a long forgotten ‘80s could-have-been classic seemingly out of nowhere. The Dentists were a super little band who emerged from the same ...read on »

McCarthy

Banking, Violence & The Inner Life Today

8/10 from Clinton

There is a track on an upcoming album by A New Line (related) entitled ‘Vote Malcolm Eden’. The protagonist is obviously a McCarthy fan as you were often unsure wh...read on »

Scott & Charlene’s Wedding / Fawn Spots

Split

8/10 from Clinton

So much has been made of Scott & Charlene’s Wedding and the fact that I have yet to hear them is a weight that has been bearing down on my neck for quite a while now...read on »

T.R.A.S.E

Electronic Rock

8/10 from Clinton

The teenage pet project of Andy Popplewell (who has since gone on become on of the UK’s leading independent tape engineers/editors/archivists) is a quite unique record b...read on »

These Hidden Hands

Ivy (Vatican Shadow / Lakker Mixes)

8/10 from Ant

These Hidden Hands are Berlin’s Tommy Four Seven and One Million Mangos Studio engineer and producer Alain. This is their debut release and the first for new label Hidde...read on »

The Bug

Filthy

8/10 from Ant

'Freakshow' is an apt title for the opening cut on this double 10" set. When I first heard this tune I wasn't so sure about it, it sounded kinda chaotic and messy but Danny Br...read on »

Marcel Dettmann / Lucy

Ride / Slaves' March

8/10 from Ant

The fourth instalment in Bleep's Green Series comes from a pair of Berlin dwelling producers. Marcel Dettmann of course being resident at the infamous Berghain club and also r...read on »

Merzbow

Grand Owl Habitat

8/10 from Ant

Masami Akita's output has been created digitally for many years now but I've not read of it as being “techno compatible” until now. The techno and noise scenes hav...read on »

Desert Heat

Cat Mask at Huggie Temple

8/10 from Clinton

This is a collaboration between Steve Gunn, Cian Nugent and John Truscinski. The trio jammed together for the first time after a festival in Newcastle Upon Tyne and it all wor...read on »

Featured albums

Yves/ Son/ Ace
I†† (eyedoublecross)
Peter James Taylor
Har-You Percussion Group
Triptides / Laser Background
Lantern
The Stargazers Assistant
Away
Burning Tree
K11
Edward Artemiev
Edward Artemiev
Hessien
Miaou
Sshe Retina Stimulants
Murder Corporation
Atrax Morgue
Dead Body Love
Shudder Pulps
Clearance
Mike Shinoda And Joseph Trapanese
Scott & Charlene’s Wedding / Fawn Spots
Desert Heat
The Memories
Various
McCarthy
Heavy Times
Verma
The Dentists
Winter Bear
Cop City / Chill Pillars
Luke Haines
Molly Nilsson
Various
The Dead Sea Apes & Black Tempest
Curt Crackrach
The KVB