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Weekly Update True Believers, Ex-Easter Island Head, EIAFUAWN, Morgan Delt, Marsen Jules, and more...

What a week. What a massive week! I’ll dispense with my opening chit and chat and just get straight to the chase. We have lots of brand new things in stock and here they are...

There’s wibbly wobbly psychedelic delirium from Morgan Delt on his brand new long player on Time Released sound. Fans of Tame Impala and Unknown Mortal Orchestra should lap this stuff up. The EIAFUAWN album took us all by surprise: a fantastic collection of experimental acoustic pop coming in somewhere between Three Mile Pilot, early Sebadoh and Elliott Smith. A terrific record, start to finish. Meanwhile, three of Phil’s favorite things are pies, corners and audio therefore he loved Pye Corner Audioeven before he heard a note. Luckily their vintage-flavoured electronics sizzle his ears lovingly, and now you can check out their brand new Black Mill Tapes Vol 3 and 4 LP too.

Otto A Totland is one half of Deaf Center and produces lovely, twinkly piano prettiness which is simply flying off our shelves. Bong are back, and their new album is called ‘Stoner Rock’ - very much a case of 'does what it says on the tin'. Actress release their final album before apparently retiring: I’m not sure our Ant was entirely convinced even after five listens, but was still intrigued enough by its distinctive, genre-defying blend of techno, house, hip-hop and warped soul to wax lyrical and lament their demise. Yong Yong release a further album of warped Dean Blunt-style wooziness, whilst ex Rodan lady Tara Jane O'Neil re-appears after a number of years with a lovely album of blurred melodic songscapes.

Fans of Cocteau Twins should enjoy the Snowbird album on Bella Union, in which Simon Raymonde and cohorts do their best to exactly replicate the sound of the legendary group. A couple of good ambient records too this week, chief amongst them the Marsen Jules album on Oktaf which has 12 slabs of dark textured ambience to soothe your tired soul. Jules also appears on the Pop Ambient 2014 compilation which is another intriguing listen, with great tracks from Simon Scott, Wolfgang Voigt and a fantastic Gas mix of The Field amongst the highlights.

The Field also regale us with a remix 12” featuring Vatican Shadow on Kompakt. Pontiak bring us a new album of their axe grindery on Thrill Jockey, whilst we were all extremely impressed by the hypnotic and soothing compositions of the Ex-Easter Island Head guitar orchestra.

There are a few decent re-issues this week. First up the Jacaszek’s ‘Treny’ album is an bona fide classic - a haunting coagulation of neo-classical loveliness and textured dark ambience. Really has to be heard. There’s some cracking The Verlaines re-issues on Captured Tracks, certainly one of the best and distinctive bands of the 80’s Flying Nun scene. There are curious re-issues from Michael Yonkers (performing his more song-based material) and a relic from the 1960’s French avant garde by Francois Tusques on Finders Keepers.

Finally, a few 7”s to finish off with. Noisy shoegazer types Winkie’s latest 7” is pouring off the shelves, and deservedly so; we have a lovely, snow-bound 7” from Mary Epworth (despite the current lack of snow underfoot); an oddball 7” from Plank! which mixes a Neu-ish groove with John Carpenter-style synthscapes; and a couple of wierd and wonderful 7” re-issues on Hozac Archival by True Believers and The Brats.

And (as they say) there’s more. Please check our website for a full rundown of all the new stuff. I’ve probably forgotten about a million things we wanted to tell you about but my typing finger is losing the will to live and it's bedtime for us all.

Have a great weekend!

Clint and the workforce
xx


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

EIAFUAWN

Birds In The Ground

10/10 from Clinton

The joy….the utter joy of this job is picking up a record not having the faintest clue of what it might be then from the moment the needle hits the record just knowing ...read on »

Morgan Delt

Morgan Delt

10/10 from Mike

Morgan Delt's debut 7" 'Barbarian Kings' was an absolute feast of broken-sounding psychedelic weirdness so it's exciting and daunting to finally have his debut full-length on ...read on »

Optimo

Dark Was The Night

10/10 from Brian

I recently got told to give records only ten out of ten unless they're "perfect, like "future classics". I retorted that to my ears on 2-3 listens they often were. I take thin...read on »

Balduin

The Glamour Forest EP

9/10 from Mike

This is ace! When this 7" was handed to me I eyed it with suspicion. A funny-looking guy stands next to some kind of gnome house, proudly clutching a large stick he has found....read on »

Gold Panda

Quitters Raga

9/10 from Mike

Gold Panda is back with a new 7" featuring not one but two brand new cuts! Now before I get started let's recap some facts we know about Gold Panda. Firstly, his most recent a...read on »

POW!

Hi-tech Boom

9/10 from Mike

Castle Face time! Here's the debut LP by San Francisco's POW!, a short but sweet 45rpm statement of intent. The formula is simple - scrappy lo-fi garage tones and a primitivis...read on »

Marijuana Deathsquads

Oh My Sexy Lord

9/10 from Brian

Mad assed album this, loved it for the last two weeks. The main thing that captures you is the brooding apocalyptic nature of their music which weighs in some place between Cr...read on »

The Verlaines

Juvenilia

9/10 from Clinton

Right then. If Captured Tracks isn’t already one of my favourite labels with a slew of re-issues from bands I either used to worship or have since come to worship they n...read on »

Helm

The Hollow Organ

9/10 from Ant

One thing I’ve learned over all these years of buying, listening to and collecting records is to try not to have any expectations because on so many occasions I find mys...read on »

The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Miami Pop Festival

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Oh! Here's a double LP of previously unreleased Hendrix live jams from the Miami Pop Festival of May 1968. These sound desk recordings have long been sought-after and it's gre...read on »

Ex-Easter Island Head

Large Electric Ensemble

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Those who know me well, or indeed have just been reading our site closely over the past couple of years, will know that I have an incredible fondness for the large electric gu...read on »

Yong Yong

Greatest It's

9/10 from ReviewBot300

I very much enjoyed Yong Yong's debut cassette (now available on LP on Night School), really trippy and minimal but thoroughly melodic with it. It's a pleasure, then, to have ...read on »

Snowbird

Moon

9/10 from Ian

I guess you could call this a supergroup of sorts and one that has got me all of a quiver to be honest, led by former Cocteau Twins multi instrumentalist Simon Raymonde a...read on »

Winkie

My Eyes Are Closed When The Sun Comes Up

9/10 from Ian

Here is the first single to be taken from New York band Winkie’s debut album ‘One Day We Pretended To Be Ghosts’, already making waves on the underground sce...read on »

Otto A Totland

Pino

9/10 from ReviewBot300

On Wednesday when I came into the office to pick up the week's reviewvalanche, Phil told me this CD was by a guy from Deaf Center, who I like. I promptly got confused and wrot...read on »

Various

Killed By Deathrock Vol. 1

9/10 from Mike

I've been looking forward to this LP. I've always thought the good folks at Sacred Bones must know their shit, and almost everything on that label has something to do with dea...read on »

Jacaszek

Treny

9/10 from Clinton

The press release hype “one of the most important records of electronic and experimental music recorded in Poland in the last 10 years” is possibly understating it...read on »

Bong

Stoner Rock

9/10 from Mike

To be so audacious as to name it 'Stoner Rock' you know that Bong mean business with this new album, and indeed this latest from the prolific stoner-doom ritualists is indeed ...read on »

Tara Jane O' Neil

Where Shine New Lights

9/10 from Mike

I'm in the home stretch of this week's reviewing marathon but time is running very short so you'll have to excuse my hurried review of this new Tara Jane O'Neil album, a recor...read on »

Muslimgauze

Drugsherpa

9/10 from Mike

The Muslimgauze reissue series shows no sign of abating, with the late Bryn Jones's massive back catalogue being pored over in more detail than ever before it seems. One of th...read on »

Lumisokea

Apophenia

9/10 from Mike

Belgian-Italian duo Lumisokea have an LP out this week on Opal Tapes for you to scratch your head at. The pair concoct baffling passages of dark cerebral techno with skitterin...read on »

Pontiak

Innocence

9/10 from Mike

Finally, I have reached the conclusion of today's gruelly review-a-thon, and it's a bit of a treat. Virginia's Pontiak are three brothers with a love for heavily distorted gui...read on »

Seesselberg

Synthetik 1

8/10 from Mike

Here's an absolutely fascinating and beautifully reproduced reissue of an LP of early modular synth experiments by two German brothers, Eckart and Wolf Seesselberg. This maver...read on »

Warpaint

Warpaint

8/10 from Brian

This man was initially unsure about what to make of the new Warpaint album. Then either my cluttered house or our chaotic office "ate" the promo, my computer with the MP3 brok...read on »

The New Mendicants

Into The Lime

8/10 from Clinton

Featuring a heartwarming backstory of middle-aged man-bonding, The New Mendicants is the result of Normal Bloke (Teenage Fanclub) and Joe Pernice (Pernice Brothers/Scud Mounta...read on »

Jacobites

Robespierre's Velvet Basement

8/10 from Clinton

A slew of Nikki Sudden related re-issues this week. I’ve picked this, his second album with Dave Kushworth as Jacobites for review for no other reason than it was first ...read on »

No Neck Blues Band

Furamingo Josei

8/10 from Mike

The mighty Holidays Records have already pressed LPs by No-Neck Blues Band's Pat Murano's Decimus and Key Of Shame projects, and now here's an offering from NNCK themselves, r...read on »

Hakobune

Looping Around The Forest I Thought I Remembered

8/10 from Clinton

Aaaaahhh. Soothing. We all need a bit of soothing. Writing reviews about such gentle music is hard enough when sat alone in near silence, in this case I have the added distrac...read on »

Frank Fairfield

Duncan & Brady

8/10 from Clinton

Resplendent with phenomenal moustache, Frank Fairfield is an old fashioned 25 year old passionate about music from a long long time ago. He plays all sorts of instruments and ...read on »

Bibio

In The Green EP

8/10 from Clinton

Although previous album ‘Silver Wilkinson’ wasn’t quite what I’d been hoping for, I still found myself lost in its foggy tangle of folky acoustics for ...read on »

Vereker

Slain EP

8/10 from Ant

I remember the days when techno and house producers used to strive for a pristine production sound, but things were kept raw through necessity and lack of budget. It almost se...read on »

Container

Adhesive

8/10 from Ant

There are not many certainties in life. One is that we will all eventually die, another is that at the time of writing the A&R at Liberation Technologies know their shit. ...read on »

Virile Games

Wounded Laurel

8/10 from Ant

Having been a follower of the Hospital Productions label for some years I’ve always found it frustrating not being able to obtain the ultra limited cassette releases. Th...read on »

Pulse Emitter

Equinox

8/10 from Ant

My respite from the darkness of my self inflicted review choices this week comes in the form of a sweet tape from Pulse Emitter, better known to his chums as Daryl Groetsch. T...read on »

Actress

Ghettoville

8/10 from Ant

Perhaps Darren Cunningham should have reserved the title of his previous album (R.I.P) for his latest sprawling opus ‘Ghettoville’. The word on the streets of the ...read on »

Pye Corner Audio

Black Mill Tapes Volumes 3+4

8/10 from Ant

Our Head Technician as he’s known completes his ‘Black Mill Tapes’ series with the premiere of Volume 4. Volume 3 has previously been available digitally but...read on »

Jack Name

Light Show

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here's something by the anonymously-monikered Jack Name on Drag City subsidiary God?. If I've heard him before I don't remember it. Apparently he uses a laptop and a guitar an...read on »

Kaumwald

Hantasive

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Aha! I knew it was only a matter of time before I stumbled upon something truly weird in this week's review mountain. This LP from Kaumwald has five tracks of creeping, gratin...read on »

Holly Herndon

Chorus

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Some months ago, a friend of mine insisted I check out Holly Herndon because she's right up my street, what with my fondness for the likes of Julia Holter and Ela Orleans. Wel...read on »

Tomorrow The Rain Will Fall Upwards

How Great A Fame Has Departed

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Blackest Ever Black always put out reliably interesting records and I'm always happy to see they've got a new one out. This week's offering is this 10" single from Tomorrow Th...read on »

Matthew P. Hopkins

Nocturnes

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Matthew P Hopkins is not one half of Deaf Center but I could swear that when Phil was handing over my stack of reviewables yesterday he said he was, so I thought this LP ...read on »

Various

There Is No Such Thing As Society. Get a Job, Get a Car, Get a Bed, Get Drunk! - Underground Punk and Post Punk in the UK, 1977-1981, Vol. 2.

8/10 from Ian

Hot on the heels of last years Soul Jazz Records Punk 45 compilation is Volume 2 in the same series, here we have the same kind of quality punk and new-wave gems that the firs...read on »

The Field

Cupid's Head Remixe 1

8/10 from Ant

Being the absolute techno freak that I am you may be surprised to hear that I’ve never really been much of a fan of the output of the Kompakt label, with the exception o...read on »

Michael Yonkers

Michael Lee Yonkers

8/10 from Mike

Here's a side to Michael Yonkers I hadn't heard before. You may have heard his fuzzy '60s proto-post-punk weirdness that has been unearthed on labels like De Stijl and hotly l...read on »

Francois Tusques

La Reine Des Vampires 1967

8/10 from Mike

Finders Keepers offshoot Cacophonic have something highly rare and unusual for us this week; an unreleased session from '60s France which was part of a collaboration between t...read on »

Millie & Andrea

Stage 2

8/10 from Clinton

Demdike Stare's Miles Whitaker (Millie) and minimal techno expert Andy Stott (Andrea) collaborate on a teaser 12” for their long awaited album for Modern Love due later ...read on »

Plank!

Aphidelity

8/10 from Clinton

With a sleeve resembling the poster for some 80’s horror movie its not surprising Plank! have been lumped in with the space soundtrack brigade. They produce a kraut-y fu...read on »

Various

Pop Ambient 2014

8/10 from Clinton

Another year, another Pop Ambient compilation. Always a good place to start if you are looking for an all in one place to discover the latest great and good in the ambient gen...read on »

Marsen Jules

Beautyfear

8/10 from Clinton

If this weeks Pop Ambient compilation has whetted your appetite for some drifting bliss out then you may want to invest in this companion piece. Here Marsen Jules creates twel...read on »

Jaye Jayle

Pull Me Back To Hell / Evil Windows

8/10 from Mike

It's singles time! First up from my grab-bag of 7"s this week is the latest from my favourite buddies at Louisville's Sophomore Lounge, some fevered primal mumbly Americana ra...read on »

Mary Epworth

Snow Queen

8/10 from Mike

It's the middle of winter, so it's only appropriate that our favourite psych-pop pin-up Mary Epworth brings out a 7" of snow-themed delights. On the A side there's 'Snow Queen...read on »

The Brats

Be A Man / Quaalude Queen

8/10 from Mike

Among the singles hitting my desk this week are the two latest reissues in the ever-reliable HoZac's 'Archival Series'. This one right here is a bit of snotty proto-punk glam ...read on »

James Ruskin

Slit

8/10 from Ant

Up on the A-side is ‘Slit’ - a straight up dancefloor banger with a very “classic” late 90’s Blueprint sound to begin with but just when you thin...read on »

Positive Centre

Hiding Knives

8/10 from Ant

Here we have the follow up EP to ‘An Assembly’ from Positive Centre AKA Mike Jefford on Sigha’s Our Circula Sound label. ‘Hiding Knives’ ope...read on »

Prostitutes

Truncheon Cadence (Part One)

8/10 from Ant

The latest transmission from the mind and machines of Prostitutes (Digitalis, Opal Tapes, Diagonal) is the sixth 10” on Avian sub-label Mira and the first half a two par...read on »

Ike Yard

Remix EP 3

8/10 from Ant

Early 80’s minimal electro post-punk outfit Ike Yard receive further remix treatment from a wicked selection of current players. This set follows remixes from Regis, Tro...read on »

Gap Dream

Shine Your Light

8/10 from Mike

This latest Gap Dream LP on Burger Records comes in lavish but difficult-to-access packaging, with a beautiful shiny sleeve along with an obi-strip type thing that wraps aroun...read on »

Guardian Alien

Spiritual Emergency

8/10 from Mike

I'm finally reaching the end of a protracted and panicky review marathon as I race against time to get all this week's significant releases written up before our weekly update...read on »

Featured albums

The Field
EIAFUAWN
Otto A Totland
Pye Corner Audio
Ex-Easter Island Head
Winkie
Plank!
Pontiak
Actress
Morgan Delt
Yong Yong
Mary Epworth
Bong
Tara Jane O' Neil
Various
Marsen Jules
Snowbird
True Believers
The Brats