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Weekly Update Gnod / Gammelfleisch, Various, Patricia, Tomorrow We Sail, Fabrizio Paterlini, and more...

22% chance of sleet round our way you know. Is January not over yet? It’s oh-so-close and then it will be summer - right? We certainly hope so.

Onto the main stuff you’ll want to know. As usual there has been a slew of new releases this week.

First up we have copies of the Gnod/Gammelfleisch split LP which previously was only available direct from the label. Mike was majorly impressed by the Black Dirt Oak ‘Wawayanda Patent’ LP which features members of Pelt, No Neck Blues Band, Desert Heat and more. A dusty, slinky collection of Americana meets Eastern folk he reckons. Sunn O have put out a collaborative album with Ulver which Mike describes as “a dense and terrifying plod” - how can you not love that? He also raves about the ‘Choubi Choubi Folk and Pop Sounds from Iraq Vol 2’ LP on Sublime Frequencies, garnishing it with one of his customary 10/10s.

Edinburgh’s Young Fathers drop their debut full lengther in our direction: it’s called ‘DEAD’, charmingly enough, and is full of their brand of raucous weird-hop. Johann Johannson releases his soundtrack to the ‘Prisoners’ film which is typically dark and minimal. There is horror-inspired synth worship from Cremator (members of Guapo), slick post rock from Tomorrow We Sail and the Welsh language meets Chinese traditional music (yes, really) of The Gentle Good. There is also a re-issue on red double vinyl for The Haxan Cloak’s most sought-after, self-titled debut.

What else. Well, big releases in from Maximo Park and Broken Bells (AKA Shins man and Dangermouse). Meh. But we do have a load of Orange Juice vinyl reissues from Domino in stock...

Do you want nice piano? If the answer is yes you may want to think about purchasing Fabrizio Paterlini’s ‘The Art of the Piano’ which contains some beautifully melancholic examples of what you can do with the thing if you put your mind to it. At the opposite end of the noise spectrum, Henry Blacker proves that there is nothing strange about grunge bands putting out debut albums in 2014 with the rumbling juggernaut that is the fantastically titled ‘Hungry Dogs Will Eat Dirty Puddings’.

Plenty on the techno/electronica tip this week. Mika Vainio returns with the outstanding ‘Konstellaatio’, there’s excellent lo-fi raw techno/house from Patricia on new Opal Tapes offshoot Black Opal, while Visonia et Dopplereffekt (a collaboration between the two) is described as “sensual, romantic and utterly mesmerising” by our equally sensual , romantic and utterly mesmerising Anthony.

For you noiseniks out there we have ‘Dragonfly’ by AM whose blazing noise sends Ant for a lie down. There’s also a re-issue by Sunroof called ‘Rock Power’ - a vinyl edition of their long sold-out live CDr. Finally on the noise front, there’s the impenetrable Glottalstop and a re-issue by Stefan Jaworzyn described as “making you feel like you’ve got your head on inside out”.

Best single of the week is The Soft Moon’s ‘Feel’ which is a mesmerising slab of wiry post punk eerieness and a career highlight so far we think. There weren’t too many 7”’s out this week - a decent horror movie soundtrack split on Finders Keepers notwithstanding. One 7” got what we think is the lowest score in the history of Norman Records though the reviewer was fuming that it’s not actually possible to give zero. We'll leave you to see if you can find it.

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Have great weekends y’all.

Clint and the happy lads and lassies
xxx


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

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 »

Various

Choubi Choubi! Folk & Pop Sounds from Iraq Vol. 2

10/10 from Mike

The first of these Choubi Choubi compilations on Sublime Frequencies is widely regarded as one of the label's best, so it's exciting to see that there's finally a second insta...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 »

The Soft Moon

Feel

9/10 from Clinton

Gosh I love this. This is the best thing I’ve heard from Luis Vasquez’s spindly, gothy post punk project. He has a knack of producing music that has that rain-lash...read on »

Prurient

Washed Against The Rocks

9/10 from Ant

Ouch! The price tag on this is a bit of a shocker but if you’re a Prurient fan and willing to shell out I’d be surprised if you were disappointed, as I think this ...read on »

Erika

RMXD 2.0

9/10 from Ant

This is the second set of remixes from Erika’s ‘Hexagon Cloud’ album, following versions from BMG, Orphx and Marcellus Pittman on the first volume. Erika is ...read on »

Eschaton (Ancient Methods & Orphx)

Eschaton EP

9/10 from Ant

I grinned like a lunatic when sales for this appeared in our inbox. I had no idea these guys had been working together for a release on Belgium’s Token label. Being a hu...read on »

Epicycle

You're Not Gonna Get It (1978-81)

9/10 from Mike

Chicago's Epicycle were much lauded in the late '70s scene they sprung from, but fizzled out before they made any significant impact on the musical landscape of the time. HoZa...read on »

Opitope

Physis

9/10 from Mike

Those two titans of Japambience, Chihei Hatakeyama and Tomoyoshi Date, have been putting their heads together once more for a new CD of transcendent peace drones and lightly c...read on »

Cremator

Clear Air Turbulence

9/10 from Mike

This is right up my street. Matt Thompson from Guapo and Zoltan has put together an album of horror-inspired synth worship. I like the photo-collages on the sleeve too, they h...read on »

Fumio Kosakai

Earth Calling

9/10 from Mike

Fumio Kosakai has been involved in all sorts of projects including Incapacitants and Tangerine Dream Syndicate, but not so many people know about his solo work. This reissue r...read on »

Gnod / Gammelfleisch

Mental Power - Phonographic Selfhypnosis

9/10 from Mike

The ever-popular deep space techno rock shapeshifters Gnod celebrate going on tour with noiseniks Gammelfleisch by dropping this hypnotism-themed split LP with pasted covers a...read on »

Black Dirt Oak

Wawayanda Patent

9/10 from Mike

Just as I was starting to fear that this week was throwing me a succession of stinkers, everything I've had to review so far today has been magical. This Black Dirt Oak LP is ...read on »

A.R.C. Soundtracks

Archive: Volume One

9/10 from Ian

The Little Crackd Rabbit label bring you this latest full length from A.R.C. Soundtracks, in the past they have remixed the likes of Aiden Baker and Fuzzy Lights, they produce...read on »

Ø (Mika Vainio)

Konstellaatio

9/10 from Ant

Mika Vainio follows up 2013’s tremendous ‘Kilo’ album and collaborations with Joachim Nordwall and Stephen O’Malley with a most welcome return to ...read on »

A.M.

Dragonfly

9/10 from Ant

Trensmat take a wee break from the outstanding industrial techno emissions of Dwellings and Stave with their second (I think?) release from A.M, better known to his buddi...read on »

Patricia

Body Issues

9/10 from Ant

Here is the inaugural release on Stephen Bishop’s (Basic House) Opal Tapes vinyl offshoot label Black Opal. Patricia’s ‘Body Issues’ was originally rel...read on »

Henry Blacker

Hungry Dogs Will Eat Dirty Puddings

9/10 from Mike

This is good. Phil told me I'd like it when he brought it round but when he said it was noise rock I was thinking it'd be some kind of coruscating racket like Divorce or somet...read on »

Sunroof!

Rock Power

9/10 from Mike

Here's the latest album from Sunroof! (well actually a vinyl reissue of a 2003 CDr on his Rural Electrification Program label), which is of course one of Matthew "Skullflower"...read on »

Fat White Family / Taman Shud

Split EP

9/10 from Mike

People keep telling me I would love the most recent Fat White Family LP 'Champagne Holocaust' but I still haven't got round to investigating it. I'm sorry, I expect I would lo...read on »

Bushman's Revenge

Thou Shalt Boogie!

9/10 from ReviewBot300

The Norwegian jazz/prog scene is a highly divisive topic at Norman Towers. On one side of the office there's me, Kim, Mike and Ian who will happily listen to Motorpsycho and E...read on »

Pierre Henry / Alex North

Malefices / The Bad Seed

9/10 from Mike

I've saved this double-header 7" on Finders Keepers for last this week so I can end on a high note. On side A we've got French concrete maverick Pierre Henry's score to 'Malef...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 »

Peter Gutteridge

Pure

8/10 from Clinton

Gutteridge is best known (to me anyway) for fronting the short lived but brilliant New Zealand outfit Snapper whose first album ‘Shotgun Blossom’ is one of the fin...read on »

Fabrizio Paterlini

The Art of the Piano

8/10 from Clinton

This is a series of melancholic piano solo pieces written by the composer in response to a request he put out to his friends asking them to define the word ‘melancholy&r...read on »

Keith Berry

Towards the Blue Peninsula

8/10 from Mike

Here's a rare treat from veteran ambient powerhouse Keith Berry, which the press release says he has "has moved away from the computer-based compositions of 'The Ear That was ...read on »

Various

15 Shades of White

8/10 from Mike

The excellent Dronarivm imprint have not only sent us two cassettes this week, but also this CD compiling their favourite artists of 2013, with 15 names each contributing a tr...read on »

The Gentle Good

Y Bardd Anfarwol

8/10 from Mike

I have reviewed a lot of records in my time here at Norman, but never before have I reviewed a Welsh-language record which fuses familiar folky sounds with elements of Chinese...read on »

First Base

First Base

8/10 from Mike

HoZac have some hot platters for us this week in the shape of a couple of new additions to their Archival series, resurrecting some overlooked power-pop by Chicago's Epicycle ...read on »

The Verlaines

Hallelujah All The Way Home

8/10 from Clinton

I blathered on long enough about The Verlaines ‘Juvenilia’ last week so if you want a full resume of their brilliance look here. This one was their first album pro...read on »

Various

The 78 Project Vol: 1

8/10 from Clinton

This looks interesting. These are recordings from various modern day artists, recorded using an authentic 1930’s direct to disc 78rpm recorder. They have been recorded i...read on »

Marquis Hawkes

Feed The Beast

8/10 from Ant

This is a real treat for followers of Marquis Hawkes and indeed the Dixon Avenue Basement Jams label, marking their tenth release with the fourth 12” for the imprint fro...read on »

Anodyne

Fractured

8/10 from Clinton

Its not like me to want to party.My usual music of choice would be a slow jam Sun Kil Moon or of late the Miracle Legion’sinsidious glistening guitar twinkles. So recen...read on »

Hatti Vatti

Worship Nothing

8/10 from Mike

It's taken me a couple of listens to get my head around this album, not so much because of what goes on as because of how little happens, but it happens in a very tasteful and...read on »

Jozef Van Wissem & SQURL

Only Lovers Left Alive

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here's a teaser 12" for Jim Jarmusch's new film 'Only Lovers Left Alive' - a "crypto-vampire love story" (quoth the press release). I see there's some kind of gig coming up in...read on »

Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell

Black Sheep

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell's now-long-gone LP on Rise Above never failed to raise a smile when I had to pack a copy for an order with its preposterous anthropomorphic parr...read on »

Forever Pavot

Miguel el Salam

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here's a lovely 7" of psychedelic pop on Sound of Salvation, the label that introduced you to Klaus Johann Grobe. This time it's a Parisian who records under the name Forever ...read on »

Stats

2 Minds

8/10 from ReviewBot300

This is the second consecutive single I've reviewed today that's an indiepop song with no guitar. What's happening to the world? This is very different from the psych-pop of F...read on »

The Traps

Boom Pow awesome Wow

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Something new from the ever-awesome Castleface this week, this time it's not something brand new but an album from ten years ago by The Traps. It's non-stop blown out lo-fi ga...read on »

Sunn O))) & Ulver

Terrestrials

8/10 from Mike

I'm coming to the home stretch of this week's review marathon and running out of time so I have to make the frankly jarring aesthetic leap from the earnest '80s tweepop of Hel...read on »

Featured albums

Fabrizio Paterlini
Jóhann Jóhannsson
Maximo Park
Gnod / Gammelfleisch
Patricia
The Soft Moon
Ø (Mika Vainio)
The Gentle Good
Tomorrow We Sail
Broken Bells
Henry Blacker
Young Fathers
Glottalstop
Cremator
Stefan Jaworzyn
Sunn O))) & Ulver
A.M.
Sunroof!
Black Dirt Oak
Visonia et Dopplereffekt
Various
The Haxan Cloak