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Weekly Update DeepChord, The Oscillation, Clint Mansell, Bruno Nicolai, Papernut Cambridge, and more...

Friday again, Normparticulars! Time for another of my weekly rambles through the fertile release schedule pointing out the things we’ve liked. Without further ado, I will get on and do that.

The competition is pretty tight for our album of the week slot and at the time of writing I’m still not sure what it’ll be. My favourite contender would have to be the debut Fuzz LP which sees Ty Segall and his cohorts rocking out with some bludgeoning garage rock splatter, although the latest Oneohtrix Point Never offering isn’t far behind with Lopatin’s soulful, restless electronics blowing minds in the office and raising the bar for electronic music in general. Fair to say they’re two of the finest albums of the year so far.

Snapping at their heels, though, are Vision Fortune, who have a new “mixtape” LP of eccentric hypno-loop trip-outs on Italian Beach Babes while Cardinal Fuzz have pressed a welcome vinyl edition of their first cassette, and both Phil and Clinton are rather taken with Machinedrum’s new effort so I’m not ruling that one out either! Not that it matters since we’ll have decided by the time you read this...

Those four are just the tip of the iceberg though. Soundtrack fans will want to snap up Clint Mansell’s bold and cheeky score to the much-anticipated film adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s ‘Filth’, while the trusty Finders Keepers have unearthed a couple of classic Czech sountracks from ‘69 and ‘72 - Lubos Fiser’s ‘Morgiana’ and Zdenek Liska’s ‘The Cremator’, and also a slice of quirky Eurotica in Bruno Nicolai’s amazing ‘Marquis De Sade’ score which is my pick of the bunch.

Spiky indie rockers Polvo prove there’s still life in them yet with a cracking new LP which our Brian was digging, as indeed he was The Oscillation’s latest slab of hypnotic psych rock, loopy Swede The Field returns with a new 2LP of his hypnotic dreamscapery, the ever-reliable Deepchord are back with some more ambient dub techno.

If you’re after something darker, this Skullflower/Mastery split LP of chilling atmospherics and blown-out noise might scratch that itch, or maybe this Daniel Bjarnason collection of swooping avant-classical grandeur or Francois Bayle’s mammoth sound experiment ‘L’Experience Acoustique’ which is now available on 3LP thanks to Recollections GRM.

I’m still not finished! Bill Orcutt has put his unique style to use in a collection of brain-shredding covers, the mysterious Papernut Cambridge have a quirky album of folksy psychedelia, and Arthur Russell’s heartbreaking posthumous ‘Another Thought’ collection is on vinyl for the first time ever!

There’s loads more albums I haven’t had time to talk about too, and interesting singles have also hit our shop from the likes of White Haus, The Space Lady and three different ones from ace Italian label Goodbye Boozy including Sick Thoughts, Drags, and my personal pick of the sevens from enigmatic German garage rockers Bikes.

Keep on doing that thing you do.

Mikey Jones and the People’s Normple


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

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 »

Oneohtrix Point Never

R Plus Seven

10/10 from ReviewBot300

The prolific Daniel Lopatin is back this week with another Oneohtrix album, and this time he’s on Warp and I find myself in the difficult position of trying to describe ...read on »

Fuzz

Fuzz

10/10 from Mike

Those of you who were a little put off by Ty Segall’s recent slow-down on the dreamy ‘Sleeper’ can put away your tissues and put on your air guitar shoes bec...read on »

Bikes

Ocean Penis / Can't Wait

10/10 from Mike

Oh lordy, look what just arrived. It’s the latest haul from Goodbye Boozy! There’s three singles from them this week by Drags, Sick Thoughts and this one by Bikes....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 »

Vision Fortune

Titanic Part II 'The Legend Goes On... (2000)'

9/10 from ReviewBot300

There’s something about Vision Fortune that I find very difficult to review. I put their records on, I nod my head for what feels like a minute or two, and then they&rsq...read on »

White Haus

White Haus EP

9/10 from ReviewBot300

White Haus is the alter-ego of ex X-Wife chappie Joao Vieira, who’s pulling no punches on this debut EP of hard-hitting post-punk house action. The obvious comparison he...read on »

Arthur Russell

Another Thought

9/10 from Mike

Here’s the first ever vinyl pressing of Arthur Russell’s ‘Another Thought’, a posthumous collection compiled from 800 tape reels recorded between 1982 ...read on »

The Field

Cupid's Head

9/10 from Brian

Over the summer we went to a festival in North Lancs and after setting up stall in the bustling, excited campsite, we chilled with the customary beers in the sun and unwound f...read on »

Vision Fortune

Night Jukes

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Here's Li'l Biz's review of the original cassette release from June 2012!   Not heard Vision Fortune before but they’ve got the approval of the increasi...read on »

DeepChord

20 Electrostatic Soundfields

9/10 from Phil

Man you gotta love a bit of Deepchord. When a new album pops up it’s like Christmas without the arguing and mass disappointment. Somewhat bizarrely there are two CD form...read on »

Polvo

Siberia

9/10 from Brian

There's hardly any American rock bands I've heard over the years with a sound as utterly unique as Polvo's. I was greatly touched by something a member of Mogwai once said in ...read on »

The Oscillation

From Tomorrow

9/10 from Brian

There's so much psychedelia and spacerock around these days I constantly feel like I'm on drugs man. Now Loop have reformed there's no escape, The Heads were once the un-coole...read on »

Skullflower/ Mastery

Split

9/10 from Ant

Have I enough room on the shelf for another Skullflower record? YES! Always. Anyone that attended the recent Skullflower show in Leeds perhaps won’t be surprised to hear...read on »

Machinedrum

Vapor City

9/10 from Clinton

Machinedrum has a long and varied history, initially pricking our then soft Norman ears years back with a kind of Prefuse 73 like avant-hop style that won him some of our very...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 »

Cosmonauts

Persona Non Grata

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Californian post-punkers Cosmonauts release their third album this week, mixing the chiming coldness of ‘80s post-punk with ‘60s and ‘90s psychedelia like th...read on »

The Spook School

I'll Be Honest / Will You Always Be My Friend?

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I haven’t heard the Spook School before but I have to admit this record doesn’t sound quite as spooky as I had hoped. It’s actually some kind of ramshackle C...read on »

Dim Peaks

Time of Joy

8/10 from ReviewBot300

It’s a strange contrast going from reviewing the mind-bending new Oneohtrix Point Never offering to this thoroughly pleasant bit of twinkly Americana-pop by Dim Peaks. I...read on »

Azure Blue

Beyond The Dreams There’s Infinite Doubt

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s some widescreen Swedish synthpop on Fika courtesy of Azure Blue, aka Tobias Isaksson. This is his second album, a polished collection of smooth romantic synthpop ...read on »

Senking

Capsize Recovery

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s a CD of creepy electronics from Senking, comprising eight tracks of slow paced electro chills like a slow stomping destructobot from your dystopian nightmares. On...read on »

Scotti Brains

Keep Your Eyes Open Boy

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Speedy Wunderground honcho Dan Carey and pals Oli Bayston and Beth Buxton make up this curious babbling psych trio Scotti Brains, caught here spreading a single track over two...read on »

The Space Lady

Major Tom / Radar Love

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I haven’t encountered The Space Lady before but apparently she played on the streets of America since the late ‘70s, starting out in Boston and later moving to San...read on »

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib

Deeper EP

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Two vocals, two instrumentals and two bonus beats on this super-fresh EP from the hip-hop superteam of Madlib and Freddie Gibbs. The two are brilliantly paired, with ‘Li...read on »

Cuushe

Butterfly Case

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Kyoto’s Cuushe has taken her time conjuring up this sequel to 2009’s ‘Red Rocket Telepathy’ debut, but good things come to those who wait as they say, ...read on »

King Tuff

Live At Third Man Records

8/10 from Mike

This Live at Third Man series seems to quickly be becoming the jewel in the label’s crown, knocking out functional live discs from the likes of The Peoples Temple and Bl...read on »

Daniel Bjarnason

Over Light Earth

8/10 from Mike

Here’s the second solo album from Daniel Bjarnason, the Icelandic composer who you may know from his collaborations with the likes of Ben Frost, Sigur Ros and Valgeir Si...read on »

Francois Bayle

L'Experience Acoustique

8/10 from Mike

Here’s a mammoth triple LP, beautifully packaged as always from Recollection GRM, which brings Francois Bayle’s two-hour-long ‘L’Experience Acoustique&...read on »

PINS

Girls Like Us

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Manchester post-punkers Pins caused a rare moment of Norman controversy when their last 7” came out and our Mikey may have inferred that he thought they were like a less...read on »

Clint Mansell

Filth - Original Music

8/10 from Mike

Many people are waiting with bated breath to see Jon S Baird’s celluloid adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s book ‘Filth’. Will the film be filthy enough to l...read on »

Lubos Fiser / Zdenek Liska

Morgiana / The Cremator

8/10 from Mike

Those lovely people at Finders Keepers have a double portion of cult Czech cinema for you this week in the form of these soundtracks to 1969/72 films by “Czech New Wave ...read on »

Lubos Fiser

Morgiana

8/10 from Mike

Those lovely people at Finders Keepers have a double portion of cult Czech cinema for you this week in the form of these soundtracks to 1969/72 films by “Czech...read on »

Zdenek Liska

The Cremator

8/10 from Mike

Those lovely people at Finders Keepers have a double portion of cult Czech cinema for you this week in the form of these soundtracks to 1969/72 films by “Czech...read on »

Agnes Obel

Aventine

8/10 from Phil

I’ve never heard Agnes Obel before. She’s one of those many artists that come in that we just never get chance to hear, there’s too many records and not enou...read on »

Yuck

Glow & Behold

8/10 from Ian

After the shock departure of singer/guitarist Daniel Blumberg Yuck finally release their second album ‘Glow And Behold’, it seems that the change in line-up has cr...read on »

Basia Bulat

Tall Tall Shadow

8/10 from Ian

This is Basia Bulat’s third album and first for Secret City Records, this Canadian girl has been touring like crazy of recent years since her debut ‘Oh, My Darling...read on »

Bill Orcutt

A History Of Every One

8/10 from Ant

Following an explosive collaborative LP with Chris Corsano for his own Palilalia imprint, ex- Harry Pussy shredder Bill Orcutt returns to Editions Mego with twelve singular in...read on »

Papernut Cambridge

Cambridge Nutflake

8/10 from Ian

Papernut Cambridge is the project of Ian Button together with a few friends based on an imaginary band he had a dream about, a bit of a strange idea but an interesting one all...read on »

D'Arcangelo

Audiovisual Designs

8/10 from Clinton

I’m going to be hard pressed to find a record I enjoy this week more than Machinedrum but this D’Arcangelo release is certainly following on the mood of dark melan...read on »

Kikagaku Moyo

Kikagaku Moyo

8/10 from Mike

Here’s some proper old school psychedelic rock from Japan’s Kikagaku Moyo. I had this and the new Seven That Spells LP to choose from - that one has a nude lady on...read on »

Drags

Sense / Sticks & Stones

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s an interesting single from Drags on Goodbye Boozy, a label I’m very quickly warming to. This lot are from Oakland and they play a kind of thunderous pop pun...read on »

Featured albums

Papernut Cambridge
Francois Bayle
Bill Orcutt
Sick Thoughts
Bikes
Drags
Vision Fortune
Clint Mansell
Arthur Russell
Polvo
Machinedrum
Lubos Fiser
Bruno Nicolai
DeepChord
Zdenek Liska
White Haus
Fuzz
The Oscillation
The Space Lady
Daniel Bjarnason
The Field
Vision Fortune
Skullflower/ Mastery
Oneohtrix Point Never