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Weekly Update Veronica Falls, Mind Over Mirrors, John Harrison, Coachwhips, The Devil, and more...

Hi everyone! It’s time for another of my Friday afternoon runs through our favourite releases of the week. It’s been a busy few days and time is running short so without further ado I will get started!

Our Brian has been all over the debut album from former Country Teasers/The Rebel madheads The Devil, whose maddening album of outsider lo-fi indie is hurtling inevitably into our top album slot, although it’s had some competition from Seattle surf-pop ladies La Luz, whose debut album of slinky ‘60s grooves has been brightening up our office as the weather contines to colden.

There’s some really amazing reissues this week too. The one everyone has been waiting for, of course, is the return to vinyl of the first three Boards of Canada albums, which can now be picked up for reasonable prices right until they sell out again. Not only that but Waxwork have done a gorgeous deluxe coloured vinyl 2LP pressing of John Harrison’s score to Romero’s zombie classic ‘Day of the Dead’ featuring previously unreleased material, and Castle Face have issued the amazing debut Coachwhips album of stomping distorto-garage fuzz on vinyl for the first time ever, with six bonus tracks thrown in to sweeten the deal.

Omar Souleyman has finally made a proper album with Fourtet on production duties which is predictably a total riot, Swearin’ have an undeniably charmin’ album of earnest late ‘90s style indie rock, Brazilian teenagers Boogarins have crafted a magical and surprisingly mature album of homemade psychedelic pop, Mind Over Mirrors returns with another stirring collection of earthy harmonium drones, Gnod dude Dwellings has a smoky-coloured LP of pummelling bunker techno and Ariel Kalma injects some chopped up vocals into his synthkraut to come up with something quite unusual and delicious.

Littlebow are also back this week with another magical CD of flute-laden krauty grooves which will whisk you away somewhere nicer, Dominick “Prurient” Furnow finally does a whole album as Vatican Shadow which got our Brian so excited he wrote a massive essay about it, while Ian was swooning over supergroup Black Hearted Brother’s mature and varied debut featuring Slowdive and Seefeel types.

There’s been some really strong singles and EPs this week too. The Belbury Poly and Spacedog’s new 7”, or more specifically its B-side, closes Ghost Box’s Study Series in style and wins our coveted Single of the Week trophy, Veronica Falls have made their catchiest 7” of earworming indie pop to date, Richard Bone returns to vinyl for the first time in 35 years with a 12” ep of fizzy retro-futurist electronica, while Jungle impress with a 7” of super enjoyable leftfield r’n’b.

There’s loads more, of course, but you’ll have to go to our website to look at that.

Lots of love,

Mike Rotch and the Normstinks


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Coachwhips

Hands On The Controls

10/10 from Mike

Garage rock fans will be happy about this one - Castle Face have just pressed the first Coachwhips album ‘Hands On The Controls’ onto vinyl for the first time ever...read on »

400ppm

AVN011

9/10 from Ant

The consistently on-point Avian label further establish their fine contribution to modern techno, reaching across the pond for their eleventh release. This plastic weapon come...read on »

Perc & Einstürzende Neubauten

Interpretations

9/10 from Ant

Ginger scouser Cilla black sung “Life is full of surprises”. Well there are no surprise surprises here - when you read the names Perc and Einstürzende Neubaut...read on »

94 East

If You See Me

9/10 from Ian

Here we have one of a collection of singles taken from the forthcoming Numero Group album ‘Purple Snow’ which features tracks associated with and including the ama...read on »

Parquet Courts

Tally All the Things That You Broke

9/10 from Brian

Our Mike was one of countless indie yank-rock aficionados who couldn't get enough of their smash hit second album 'Light Up Gold', the first to ignite hefty interest beyond th...read on »

The Stranger

Watching Dead Empires In Decay

9/10 from Brian

I've something to admit. I don't really dig a massive amount of the Leyland Kirby/Caretaker material as it appears there is now such vast swathes of it in existence that it qu...read on »

Rene Hell

Vanilla Call Option

9/10 from Ant

‘Vanilla Call Option’ is another glimpse into the restless creative mind of Jeff Witscher. His third full album as Rene Hell, not taking into account split albums ...read on »

Belbury Poly and Spacedog

The Study Series 10: Message and Method

9/10 from Mike

Phil just told me this is the last of the Ghost Box ‘Study Series’ 7”s. What will they do now? They’ll be at a loose end. “They’ll just hav...read on »

Ariel Kalma

Osmose

9/10 from Mike

Are you ready to get cosmic? Black Sweat are reissuing Ariel Kalma’s 1978 new age classic ‘Osmose’ on LP so I hope you’re prepared to sit motionless fo...read on »

Boogarins

As Plantas Que Curam

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Brazilian psych-pop duo Boogarins are new to me but I’m immediately quite taken by this debut album. Apparently Fernando Almeida and Benke Ferraz are school friends from...read on »

Jungle

The Heat

9/10 from Mike

This single has one of the best sleeve images I’ve ever seen. The duo chill in matching green Adidas tracksuits in a room full of amazing, cryptic and often inexplicable...read on »

John Harrison

Day Of The Dead (Original Score)

9/10 from Mike

What a treat! The 2LP soundtracks to George Romero’s ‘Day Of The Dead’ just hit our office, with one LP on lurid yellow and the other on a spooky green marbl...read on »

La Luz

It's Alive

9/10 from ReviewBot300

I’ve been enjoying this album ever since the promo arrived in our office a few weeks ago. La Luz are playing the kind of blurry, wistful ‘60s inspired pop that you...read on »

Swearin'

Swearin'

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Here on Wichita are the latest power-popsters out for your hearts, the endearingly monikered Swearin’. They’re playing a determinedly late-’90s brand of indi...read on »

Omar Souleyman

Wenu Wenu

9/10 from Mike

Can you believe that this is Omar Souleyman’s first proper studio album? We were surprised too, but it turns out all the ones he’s released to date have been compi...read on »

Piotr Kurek

Edena

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Piotr Kurek is described in the press release to this LP as a “composer and multi-instrumentalist with a penchant for vintage sound equipment”. It’s an album...read on »

Black Hearted Brother

Stars Are Our Home

9/10 from Ian

Even though I have a head full of cold today I’m still pretty excited about this release, being an old shoegazer since the early nineties (showing my age now!), Black He...read on »

Vatican Shadow

Remember Your Black Day

9/10 from Brian

Don't know why I grabbed the latest transmission from uber-dark noise puppy Dominick Fearn Cotton? NO! His general "furious hamster" demeanour and perpetual exploration of the...read on »

Talulah Gosh

Was It Just A Dream?

9/10 from Brian

Well half an hour before Jeff Bus, better listen to this cracking anthology of premier tweedom known as the best of TG. I bet TG loved the bus. A good vehicle for singing song...read on »

Boards of Canada

Music Has The Right To Children

9/10 from Clinton

Here we have a vinyl re-press of one of the most lauded electronic albums of all time and certainly one that could be considered a ‘game changer’. Their particular...read on »

The Devil

The Devil

9/10 from Brian

Right bloody rigmarole getting round to reviewing this today. It's been on the back-burner stewing away in my mind all week like the evil delightful little cretin it...read on »

Various

Trevor Jackson Presents - Metal Dance 2: Industrial New Wave EBM Classics & Rarities 79-88

8/10 from Ian

Strut Records bring you the second instalment in the 'Metal Dance' series, a great compilation of classic and rare industrial dance and new wave EBM. Compiled by Trevor Jackso...read on »

The Dismemberment Plan

Uncanney Valley

8/10 from Mike

I always feel a certain sense of ambivalence and trepidation when much loved bands dust off their equipment and reunite several years after their initial success, although the...read on »

Cave

Threace

8/10 from Mike

Cave’s last album ‘Neverendless’ was an instant classic here at Norman Towers, a rare case of a record coming out that pretty much everyone in the office buy...read on »

Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura

Striiide

8/10 from ReviewBot300

This is a bit of a departure for GPS’s cosmic little sister Deep Distance - usually relied upon to provide the deepest and most spaciest neo-kosmische on the scene - as ...read on »

Sons Of The Morning

Speak Soon: Volume One

8/10 from Clinton

It’s been many years since I last enjoyed a record by Scott Heron (AKA Prefuse 73) but this collaboration with Teebs immediately takes me back to the days when I played ...read on »

The See See

Featherman

8/10 from Clinton

Sometimes I think I’d have been better off living in the ‘60s. I’d have been one groovy guy, until of course I grew the moustache but we’ll not talk ab...read on »

Vessel

Misery Is A Communicable Disease

8/10 from Clinton

Phil has handed me a slew of 12” releases, too many to write about and many of them are annexes to recently released records. So in lieu of me telling you about Darkstar...read on »

Cheatahs

Cut The Grass

8/10 from Clinton

I had my finger in the slit for ages but it turns out I was trying to open the side of the record where there is no hole. Now, finally, it's open and spinning on the black rou...read on »

T.R.A.S.E

Tape Recorder And Synthesiser Ensemble

8/10 from Clinton

Remember the recent 7” by TRASE? The lost music electronics wizard Andy Popplewell recorded when he was 16? Well, following on from that ace 7” we have this much a...read on »

Sebastian Palomar

The Physical and Emotional Benefits of Swimming

8/10 from Clinton

Having given swimming a miss since getting fished out of the pool aged 10 after an aborted attempt at gaining my 25 metres badge,  I’m not the best person to sing i...read on »

Embryo

Message From Era Ora

8/10 from Mike

Sound of Cobra and Black Sweat Records this week unveil this unreleased gem from 1976 by krautrock mavericks Embryo, capturing jams with Italian saxophonist Massimo Urbani whi...read on »

James Ferraro

NYC, HELL 3:00AM

8/10 from ReviewBot300

James Ferraro is back with this new CD ‘NYC, HELL, 3:00AM’, and it’s one of his darker efforts, mixing up cracked, blackened digital ambience, flickering sam...read on »

Richard Bone

Cranium Fizz

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s an EP of bubbly electronica from Richard Bone, apparently his first vinyl release in 35 years (although he’s made a mind-boggling 25 CDs since then). This 1...read on »

Matthew E. White

Outer Face

8/10 from Mike

Matthew E White’s debut LP ‘Big Inner’ was a big favourite of mine last year, creeping up on me slowly with his silky mumble and understated yet expansive an...read on »

Virginia Wing

Extended Play

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I heard a tape from Virginia Wing a while back and wasn’t all that taken by them, but I’m giving them another go today in order to tell you what their new EP sound...read on »

The Angling Loser

Author Of The Twilight

8/10 from ReviewBot300

It’s Time Released Sound time again, this time they’ve gone all out with a massive 2CD offering with an album by The Angling Loser (Lee Anthony Norris and buddies)...read on »

Littlebow

Pi Magpie

8/10 from Mike

Littlebow’s previous CD on Second Language, ‘The Edge Blown Aerophone’, impressed our Phil and Brian so much a couple of years ago that they bestowed our cov...read on »

The Beets

Play Silver Nickels & Golden Dimes

8/10 from Mike

Garage rock savants The Beets are back once again this week with another 7”. You probably already know what to expect here; snotty and shambolic pop songs with reverby g...read on »

Dwellings

Dont Say Nothing

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Those of you with an ear to the stoner rock ground will be aware that Gnod have evolved from the basic stoner riff machine they once were into some kind of blackened cosmic te...read on »

Veronica Falls

Broken Toy

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Veronica Falls have another single out this week. You’ve probably figured out if you like them or not by now. It’s upbeat indie pop style business with girl/boy vo...read on »

Simon Fisher Turner

The Epic Of Everest

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s an expansive soundtrack from Simon Fisher Turner; once Derek Jarman’s score guy and now go-to soundtracker for the BFI, having already written music for the...read on »

DJ Rashad

Double Cup

8/10 from Ant

Chicago footwork master DJ Rashad gets busy on his MPC for his third Hyperdub emission and first full length album proper with ‘Double Cup’. If you’re famili...read on »

Prostitutes

Shatter and Lose

8/10 from Ant

Prostitutes is James Donadio, a man whose super limited edition LP ‘Psychedelic Black’ turned heads last year with his gritty, raw take on techno. He's since had a...read on »

Rezzett

EP

8/10 from Ant

Little is known about this artist other than the stuff he/she/ they have posted on Youtube, collected here on wax and sounding so utterly filthy and distorted that they could ...read on »

Mind Over Mirrors

When The Rest Are Up At Four

8/10 from Ian

With so many ambient composers out there at the moment it must be hard for someone to create something special and unique in the vast sea of endless drone artists, Jaime &ldqu...read on »

Ballet School

Boys Again

8/10 from Ian

Berlin-based three piece Ballet School have released this great little four track EP on Simon Raymonde and Robin Guthrie’s (Cocteau Twins) Bella Union. They make perfect...read on »

Au Revoir Simone

Crazy / Somebody Who

8/10 from Clinton

The '80s fixation continues with this slab of goodness from the New York trio. I’ve done that listen-to-the-B-side-first thing again and have had to completely rewrite t...read on »

Various

Live At Death By Audio 2012

8/10 from Clinton

It’s amazing the kind of things people do. Here, the good people at Famous Class have not only recorded a selection of acts who have taken the stage at the Death By Audi...read on »

King Champion Sounds

Different Drummer

8/10 from Clinton

Never judge a book by its cover, apparently. From appearance only, I would seem a middle-aged bookish fop which completely belies the roaring sex machine that lies beneath. Si...read on »

Snapline

Phenomena

8/10 from Clinton

This is the first of a series of records from China that we have somehow got into stock. I had no idea what to expect, having previously no clue what kind of music people from...read on »

Featured albums

Veronica Falls
Littlebow
The Devil
Richard Bone
Belbury Poly and Spacedog
Jungle
La Luz
Black Hearted Brother
Swearin'
Boogarins
John Harrison
Mind Over Mirrors
Vatican Shadow
Dwellings
Coachwhips
Omar Souleyman
Ariel Kalma