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Weekly Update Girls Against Boys, Burma Camp, Hakobune, Carlton Melton, Totem, and more...

Good evening, Normodisiacs, it’s Friday again so I have to talk you through the week’s releases, and with a few things turning up quite late in the week I’m a little bit squashed for time so without further ado I’ll get going!

We’re handing our Album of the Week prize to Tropic Of Cancer, whose sensuously woozy debut album of post-goth atmospherics had our Brian getting all frothy with enjoyment, while Clint found his good times in the subtle atmospheres of the new Plinth LP and the long-awaited return of wistful dreampop icons Mazzy Star, and Ant went for a wander in the dusty hallucinogenic post-techno wasteland of Huerco S’s new offering and also investigated The KVB’s noisy 10” excursion as Burma Camp on Mira.

Those of a space rock persuasion will find themselves reaching for their wallets when they learn that not only are bong-happy chunterers Carlton Melton back for another helping but Dead Sea Apes drop their debut 2LP offering on the mighty Cardinal Fuzz after whetting our appetites with that excellent Black Tempest collab. While you’re at it I’d strongly recommend picking up a copy of this Psicomagia LP of action packed jazz-prog psychedelia...you’ll have to listen to the new Hakobune 2CD all the way through afterwards to get your heart rate back to normal though.

The most essential release for the indie rockers this week, particularly those who remember the 1990s, is in fact a reissue - yes, the mighty Unwound are having their back-catalogue unearthed by Numero Group in four parts. The first is a 3LP box covering their early years and it’s here right now. Oh, there’s an expanded 20th anniversary edition of a little album called ‘In Utero’ by some band called Nirvana on 2CD or 3LP or a super-deluxe 3CD/DVD package too. Also from the ‘90s, Girls Against Boys have a 12” EP of brand new material which is surprisingly among their best to date, well worth investigating!

There’s some new indie rock too, including Paddy Considine’s GBV-lovin’ troupe Riding The Low which our Ian really enjoyed, not one but two new LPs from Texan outsider folk dude Russell Hoke which he claims will be his last (and we hope won’t), some chiming ‘80s-influenced AOR pop from Dream Boys on Art Fag, and some unbelievably well-observed ‘60s style garage pop in a collection spanning all five Resonars albums on Trouble in Mind, who’ve also got some canny power pop stylings from The Wrong Words.

And while I’m on Trouble in Mind, they’ve also sent us some great singles including an utterly unique 7” by Morgan Delt of experimental psychpop which really has to be heard to be believed and comfortably beat also-excellent label-mates Jacco Gardner and People’s Temple to our SOTW crown. Other 7”s worth a shit this week include Mexican psychgazers Lorelle Meets The Obsolete and a really charming one on Moshi Moshi from Totem. There’s lots more too of course, but you’ll have to have a rummage through our site to see what.

Listen (shhh) to what the flower people say.

Speedy Mike & the Normy Bryants

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Lawrence

Films & Windows

10/10 from Brian

Been quite enamoured of this guy for a while, although his albums seem to be a little on the scarce side so I sadly don't own anything by him. However, this one is shaping up...read on »

Morgan Delt

Barbarian Kings / Black Tuna Gang

10/10 from Mike

This is deeply psychedelic. I’ve not come across Morgan Delt before today but I just put the needle down on this record and there’s all sorts of weirdness going on...read on »

Nirvana

In Utero - 20th Anniversary - Deluxe

10/10 from Mike

Once a grunge kid, always a grunge kid. Nirvana’s painfully prescient swansong ‘In Utero’ came out 20 years ago, which is making me feel old. I was only 11 w...read on »

Tropic of Cancer

Restless Idylls

10/10 from Brian

I don't really know whether Henry Miller was an influence insofar as their elegantly alluring moniker goes but this increasingly renowned LA-based artist Camella Lobo somehow ...read on »

Younghusband

Dromes

9/10 from Ian

The amazing Sonic Cathedral label release the debut album by Younghusband.   Produced by Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, Wild Nothing) ‘Dromes’ is a perfec...read on »

Sky Larkin

Motto

9/10 from Brian

I've been away from doing reviews for a wee while and to be honest it takes a strong, focused mind to tolerate the sheer influx of new music, both good and bad, that we r...read on »

M. Geddes Gengras

Collected Works Vol. 1, The Moog Years

9/10 from Ant

Finally our copies of this absolute heart melting LP have arrived. M. Geddes Gengras has serious underground credentials, playing in LA Vampires, Pocahaunted, and Robedoo...read on »

Astral Social Club

Electric Yep

9/10 from Ant

Taking the quality of the Astral Social Club catalogue into account, to say that this is probably my favourite record by Neil Campbell's alter ego is a bold statement. The man...read on »

The Wyrding Module

Subtemple Session II

9/10 from Ant

Chris Gladwin is best known as being half of Team Doyobi for about the past fifteen years or something as well as producing some superb spannered acid as Dr. Derek F. So I was...read on »

Joanna Gruesome

Weird Sister

9/10 from Brian

"Heard it all before blah blah blah". I'd like to be all "whatevers" about this album but it's so damn lovable and exuberant that I'd feel like some schoolyard shithead that's...read on »

Marginal Consort

INSTAL. Glasgow 2008

9/10 from Ant

If all of the records that arrived this week were prehistoric creatures then this gargantuan 4LP set would be the fucking badass T-Rex. There’s like 3 hours worth of aud...read on »

Carlton Melton

Always Even

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Cosmic rock’s prolific bong voyagers Carlton Melton are back once again this week with yet another full-length offering of hypno-drones deep space whooshes and bobbling ...read on »

Dead Sea Apes

Lupus

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Space rock, eh? It’s like stoner rock but set in space. “It’s the new drone,” says Phil. I know this one by Manchester's Dead Sea Apes is space r...read on »

Girls Against Boys

Ghost List

9/10 from Mike

It’s good to see that Girls Against Boys are still plugging away, their ‘House of GVSB’ and ‘Venus Lux...’ albums both got a lot of spins from te...read on »

The Peoples Temple

Brand New Thing / Twice Burned

9/10 from Mike

Here at Norm we’ve all been really impressed with the first couple of Peoples Temple LPs so I’m happy to see a new single of theirs drop this week. I’m spinn...read on »

Future Glue

Crooked EP

9/10 from Mike

When I first put this 7” on I thought I’d done my classic wrong-speed trick again and was ready to switch it to 33rpm when the vocals came in and proved me wrong. ...read on »

Psicomagia

Psicomagia

9/10 from Mike

Oh yes, the music gods are smiling on me this morning. Not everyone in this office is a fan of the ol’ psych-rock/jazz crossover business but I love this stuff. I’...read on »

Positive Centre

An Assembly

9/10 from Ant

Lucky number seven on Sigha’s Our Circula Sound label comes from a name that is new to me. Positive Centre is the handle of Mike Jefford, under which he produces deep su...read on »

Burma Camp

Repulsion

9/10 from Ant

Avian sub-label Mira is really coming into its own, with artists seemingly preferring to operate under new aliases for their contributions to the label; Shifted as Covered in ...read on »

Riding The Low

What Happened To The Get To Know Ya?

9/10 from Ian

I guess the first thing that is totally unavoidable to say about Riding The Low is that they feature Midlands born actor and Shane Meadows cohort Paddy Considine, and it&rsquo...read on »

Unwound

Kid Is Gone

9/10 from Ian

Numero bring you another beautiful box set, this is the first in a series of reissues by Washington post-hardcore legends Unwound. 'Kid Is Gone contains the band’s ...read on »

Dream Boys

Dream Boys

9/10 from Clinton

There was a piece on the excellent Danny Baker Saturday morning phone-in show on 5 Live where Baker admitted a man-crush on Dimitar Berbatov and invited male listeners to ring...read on »

Plinth

Music For Smalls Lighthouse

9/10 from Clinton

I utterly love the packaging on these Claypipe Records releases. This one comes in a lovely full colour sleeve with booklet complete with stories, illustrations, etc. Frances ...read on »

Sommet

Fugitive

9/10 from Mike

Ooh, I’m liking this a lot. I don’t know a lot about Sommet and the press release isn’t giving a lot away but the sleeve to this LP indicates that this is th...read on »

Roy Harper

Man And Myth

9/10 from Brian

My knowledge of this legendary British folkie extends to a couple of cursory listens to key albums over the years, the classic 'Flat Baroque and Berserk' being a particularly ...read on »

Nightmares On Wax

Feelin' Good

8/10 from Ian

Warp Records veteran Nightmares On Wax is back after a five year hiatus, we’re very proud of our homegrown talent here in Leeds so with George Evelyn now clocking in ove...read on »

J Dilla

Diamonds & Ice

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Big J Dee returns from the grave to deliver a second 12” of ultra reliable cuts on Pay Jay as part of J Dilla’s vocal album ‘The Diary’ campaign. &lsq...read on »

Sun Araw / Ralph White

Split

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Been looking forward to this one. Seems like a while since Sun Araw last put out any solo material but he’s easily forgiven with this bitchin’ cover of ‘Thra...read on »

The Boats

Nomenclature

8/10 from Ant

The cynic in me had my reservations when reading The Boats had made a techno record, with so many artists jumping on the techno bandwagon there are some weak interpretations o...read on »

Marcel Dettmann

Dettmann II

8/10 from Ant

As the title indicates this is the second album from one of the Resident DJ's at Berlin techno mecca Berghain, on their in house label Ostgut Ton. I think in a lot of ways his...read on »

Violetshaped

The Remixes Part 2

8/10 from Ant

Keith Fullerton Whitman, JK Flesh and Grischa Lichtenberger follow in the Footsteps of Roly Porter, Vatican Shadow and Kangding Ray to remix Violetpoison and artist Shapednois...read on »

TRAAMS

Grin

8/10 from Clinton

The latest in an increasingly long line of bands with Google-friendly spellings. ‘Trams’ just wouldn’t do as you will be lumped in with all those vehicles in...read on »

Various

Music & Migration III

8/10 from Clinton

Birds. Bloody brilliant aren’t they? I’m not sure I could live without them. It's nice having a lovely bird twittering away first thing in the morning. There was a...read on »

Dustin Wong

Mediation Of Ecstatic Energy

8/10 from Clinton

Dustin Wong is a lad who has been declared a ‘genius’ on these very pages. I wouldn’t go quite as far as that but what I would say is that he certainly knows...read on »

Juke & the All-Drunk Orchestra

Juke & the All-Drunk Orchestra

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Norwich six-piece Juke and the All Drunk Orchestra initially released this album as a limited CD last year, and it went down so well that it has now reappeared on fancy double...read on »

Russell Hoke

With an Aching Heart

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Outsider folk troubadour Russell Hoke has two new LPs out this week - ‘Sailor on the Blue’, which focuses on original pieces, and this one ‘With An Aching He...read on »

Hakobune

Nebulous Sequences

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Japan’s reigning monarch of the blurry guitar drone, Hakobune, returns with an epic 2CD dronework this week. You probably already know the score with this ambient vetera...read on »

Sub-tle

Leam

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I’ve just listened to the new Richard Youngs CD which has subtly but irrevocably warped my mind for the day, so it’s nice to have something a bit less demanding to...read on »

Cian Ciaran

They Are Nothing Without Us

8/10 from Mike

“Other Super Furry Animal” Cian Ciaran is back with his second solo album this week. I’ll be honest right off the bat and say I never heard the first one so ...read on »

Resonars

Greatest Songs Of The Resonars

8/10 from Mike

Psychedelic power-popsters The Resonars have been peddling an impeccably observed brand of ‘60s psychedelia since way before it resurged in recent years. If you rew...read on »

Totem

See-Saw Girl

8/10 from Mike

Andy Slaughter, MP for Hammersmith and Fulham, describes Totem as “the best band in West London”, and yet despite this fact I am immediately charmed by this curiou...read on »

Wrong Words

Everything Is Free

8/10 from Mike

We’ve got a big pile of psychedelia in this week from Trouble In Mind, including this sophomore album of ‘60s/'70s-flavoured power-pop from The Wrong Words, taking...read on »

Faint Wild Light

Faint Wild Light

8/10 from ReviewBot300

My first thought when I put this record on was “what’s this folky business doing on Digitalis?!”, but as I look into it a little deeper it turns out that Fai...read on »

Lorelle Meets The Obsolete

What’s Holding You?

8/10 from Mike

Guadalajaran psych-heads Lorelle Meets the Obsolete are riding high on a wave of popular opinion after a tasty contribution to the highly sought after ‘Psych For Sore Ey...read on »

Angele David-Guillou

Kourouma

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Ooh, this is lovely, it’s quite soundtracky piano-led stuff from someone I’ve never heard of, Angele David-Guillou, and it’s making me think of Yann Tiersen ...read on »

Huerco S.

Colonial Patterns

8/10 from Ant

Daniel Lopatin and Joel Ford’s Software Recording Co. score the debut full length from Huerco S. A chap who’s been making waves with his brand of lo-fi experimenta...read on »

Blank Realm

Go Easy (single)

8/10 from ReviewBot300

As you might expect from a 7” called ‘Go Easy’ by a band called Blank Realm, this is a slacker indie record, and really good it is too. There’s dual bo...read on »

Jesu

Everyday I Get Closer To The Light From Which I Came

8/10 from Ian

Justin Broadrick has been busy playing with the newly reformed Godflesh but has found time in his schedule to bring us this latest record for his Jesu project, mixed by James ...read on »

Mazzy Star

Seasons of Your Day

8/10 from Clinton

Flicking to the reviews pages of The Guardian this morning, I was curious to see what their take was of Mazzy Star’s long awaited return. Instead their feature album is ...read on »

Distant Correspondent

Shatter/ Badlands

8/10 from Clinton

The press blurb explains the way in this record was made; by several people in different parts of the world communicating over the internet. One of them is Edith Frost (Drag C...read on »

Jacco Gardner

The End Of August / Notus

8/10 from Clinton

‘Swallows leaving for the sun tell me September has begun’, pines Jacco in the opening verse. Round here it's usually freshers vomiting up the city that marks the ...read on »

Featured albums

Plinth
Hakobune
Riding The Low
Nirvana
Burma Camp
Lorelle Meets The Obsolete
Totem
Jacco Gardner
Russell Hoke
Huerco S.
Russell Hoke
Dream Boys
Wrong Words
Dead Sea Apes
Resonars
Morgan Delt
The Peoples Temple
Carlton Melton
Unwound
Girls Against Boys
Tropic of Cancer
Psicomagia
Mazzy Star