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Weekly Update Susan Justin, Stefano Guzzetti, Great Ytene, Vertical Scratchers, Eagulls, and more...

Well good afternoon and welcome to our latest missive informing you on the hottest things to slide down our release pipe. What are you waiting for? Come on in…….

It’s been a massive week of releases with some real colossal items in our midsts. Such as? Well, such as Real Estate with their wonderful third album ‘Atlas’, refining the sound of their stellar ‘Days’ and providing a myriad of new classics in tow. Shimmering stuff throughout, and if you are quick you can get the limited indies-only vinyl with its bonus 7”. It’s already nicely nestled by my stereo.

We also had/have a new re-issue from Ruth White entitled ‘7 Trumps From the Tarot Cards and Pinion‘: this proved so popular that we almost immediately sold out, but the good news is there should be more coming next week - so keep an eye on the site. One of the best releases of the week AFAIC was the debut album by Great Ytene on Bella Union, a masterpiece of hazy psych-pop that will appeal to fans of Tame Impala and early Deerhunter. Lushes also impressed us with a spectral album of Slint meets Dismemberment Plan indie-rock

Leeds noisy lads Eagulls have unleashed their spiky, wiry self titled debut which is jam-packed with aggressive taut post-punk; Vertical Scratchers contain ex-Brainiac and Enon folks and have made a taut brand of Devo-like quirk rock for all the family; whilst ex-Herman Dune bod Stanley Brinks teams up with London twiddlers The Wave Pictures for a fine album of casual guitar pop. There’s a new opus from Current 93 featuring a star-studded cast including Antony, Nick Cave, James Blackshaw and a These New Puritan. Talvihorros is ‘Eaten Alive’ by his synth based opus which will appeal to fans of synth/kosmiche and early electronica; Damaged Bug is the bloke from Thee Oh Sees gone kraut/synth wave; whilst Minibus Pimps feature the unusual combination of one of Deathprod and one of Led Zeppelin. Pyramid Vritra gave us a lovely album of Flying Lotus meets Dean Blunt wooziness, and if you want something nice and quiet try Stefano Guzzetti’s album of piano twinkles on Home Normal. Meanwhile ex-Geraldine Fibber Carla Bozulich turns up with a brand new album of dark, clanking mechanical grooves and windswept sweeping strings.

Quieter on the techno front this week but if you are having withdrawals symptoms you could invest in Donato Dozzy and Nuel’s mesmerising trancendental techno opus, or try well regarded tech-heads Lakker’s great debut 12” for the R&S label.

Some nice re-issues as ever. You may want the Survival album of psychedelic, soulful afro beat for home or garden; fans of C86 indie jangle won’t be disappointed by the mammoth Chesterfields re-issue; there’s another run of Gnod’s ‘A Somnambulists Tale’ (in case you didn’t secure it first time round); and Trunk unearth another soundtrack, this time for ‘The Small World of Sammy Lee’ (not the pint-sized ‘fat and round’ ex-Liverpool FC schemer). Death Waltz come up trumps again with an album of early ‘80’s sci-fi synth wanderings from Susan Justin whilst Low Point re-issue Kyle Bobby Dunn’s ‘Fragments and Collections Of’ album of delicious dronery on wax and the ever-reliable Soul Jazz make a nice compilation ‘Inner City Beat: Detective Themes, Spy Music and Imaginary Thrillers 1967-1975’ which does what it says on the tin.

There are some good 7”s in from folks such as Eyelids who make top notch slacker-indie in the style of The Posies, Darren Hayman’s singalong duet with Emma Kupa, supergroup Spectre Folk’s Crazy (Horse) jamming and Cheval Sombre drifty sadcore…...there’s loads more that we don’t have time to go into in this swift resume.

And for those who were disappointed about not getting the promptly sold out Beck album, do not fear, its going to be back in stock late March.

Have nice weekends everyone.

Team Norman
xxx


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Neneh Cherry

Blank Project

10/10 from Brian

Neneh Cherry's first solo album proper in 18 years, 'Blank Project' is a total blast from the word go. Ranging from the gorgeously stark 'Across the Water' to the intoxicating...read on »

Ruth White

7 Trumps From the Tarot Cards and Pinions

10/10 from Ant

Back in June 2013 I ended my review for Ruth White’s ‘Flowers of Evil’ reissue LP with this sentence “If her 'Seven Trumps From The Tarot Cards' LP als...read on »

Real Estate

Talking Backwards

9/10 from Li'l Biz

This is an easy one. ‘Talking Backwards’ is the lead off single from the group’s second album for Domino and, as you can imagine, it’s super chill. Rec...read on »

Super Djata De Bamako

Vol. 2 Blue

9/10 from Mike

Here's a record made in Mali in 1982 by the late Zani Diabate & Super Djata Band. I don't know a lot about Malian music but thankfully there's a lot of information in the ...read on »

Raum

Event Of Your Leaving

9/10 from Mike

With its completely anonymous-looking sleeve, this LP was the wildcard in this week's review mountain, so I'm pleasantly surprised to open it up and discover that it is in fac...read on »

The Notwist

Close To The Glass

9/10 from Brian

The Notwist's 'Close To The Glass' is another nice surprise this week, the seventh from this progressive and hugely admired German experimental outfit. Their post-millennial b...read on »

Whilst

Everything That Was Was There

9/10 from Mike

Contrary to the image on our site this 12" EP comes in a generic Optimo sleeve, so don't come complaining to me about the lack of image. The music in its grooves is still pret...read on »

Habibi

Habibi

9/10 from Brian

Cor, this is a real sweet platter. Habibi (apparently an Arabic term for “affection”) are four Brooklyn, NY-based lovelies making pure, simple stripped-back and de...read on »

Real Estate

Atlas

9/10 from Clinton

There is something very reassuring about knowing that there are some things in life you can rely on. In a recent interview, Real Estate guitarist/singer Martin Courtney said ...read on »

Donato Dozzy & Nuel

The Aquaplano Sessions

9/10 from Ant

As much as I love the music that’s emanated from Detroit, Chicago, New York, Belgium and so on over the years Italian techno has always been a passion of mine since the ...read on »

Great Ytene

Great Ytene

9/10 from Clinton

This lot first came to my attention back in ‘13 with a great single on Marshall Teller which almost....almost made me smile. This debut 6 track album again has my mouth ...read on »

Lushes

What Am I Doing?

9/10 from Mike

This record has been a nice surprise today. I've not come across Lushes before but this Brooklyn duo have come up with a fascinating debut LP in 'What Am I Doing'. The pair mi...read on »

Gallon Drunk

The Dumb Room

9/10 from Mike

Gallon Drunk were good in the '90s and they're still good now. Their last album 'The Road Gets Darker From Here' showed in no uncertain terms that they still mean business, an...read on »

Vertical Scratchers

Daughter of Everything

9/10 from Mike

Here's a very interesting new duo! Vertical Scratchers is the super-team of John Schmersal (Brainiac/Enon) and Christian Beaulieu (Triclops!/Anywhere) who've suddenly material...read on »

Eagulls

Eagulls

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Eagulls are a rare thing, a band that live up to it’s hype. Some of you may not agree, they weren’t an easy sell for me either, at first, but it’s hard to de...read on »

Lorelle Meets The Obsolete

Chambers

9/10 from Mike

Mexican psych-kraut sensations Lorelle Meets The Obsolete return this week with LP number three, and rather a treat it is too. They've got CAVE's Cooper Crain producing this t...read on »

Minibus Pimps

Cloud to Ground

9/10 from Mike

Weirdly enough, I was just wondering a couple of days ago what Deathprod was up to after spinning his 'Morals And Dogma' masterpiece for a couple of friends, and as if the cos...read on »

Bobsleigh Baby

Improved

9/10 from Mike

I've had a couple of records this week which, while they were perfectly competent bits of grungey rock, really didn't sound like they were recorded by a room full of people, i...read on »

Carla Bozulich

Boy

9/10 from Mike

Oh, Boy. Here's an album which really needs more than the perfunctory half-hour review I have time to give it, but that's how the release schedule works sometimes. So many rec...read on »

Current 93

I Am The Last Of All The Field That Fell: Å Channel

9/10 from Mike

I've got a challenge on my hands here. About half an hour to write about the new Current 93 album, which is nearly 70 minutes long. Of course you can look to the press release...read on »

Various

Inner City Beat: Detective Themes, Spy Music and Imaginary Thrillers 1967-1975

9/10 from Mike

This is great! The latest comp from Soul Jazz is full of spy themes from the '60s and '70s so as you'd expect there's lots of jazzy brass blasts and moody basslines and a very...read on »

Lucy

Churches, Schools and Guns

8/10 from Ant

It’s very almost midnight which feel like the appropriate hour to be consuming this album. This is the second solo album from Berlin based Italian producer Lucy (Mote Ev...read on »

B£AMS

Patches

8/10 from Mike

This split 12" has really colourful screenprinted sleeves, I like that. I'm starting with B£AMS's side. He's a producer from Canterbury and what's happening here is some...read on »

Cherry Glazerr

Haxel Princess

8/10 from Mike

I've been reviewing a lot of Very Serious Music lately so it's nice to have a few things on my pile that are actually fun. This one's by an LA band called Cherry Glazerr who a...read on »

Various

There Is No One - Louisville Is For Lovers Tribute To Palace Brothers

8/10 from Mike

It's been 20 years since the now ubiquitous Will Oldham burst onto the world's consciousness with the Palace Brothers' debut 'There Is No One What Will Take Care Of You' amids...read on »

Oval

Voa

8/10 from Mike

Electronic veteran Oval returns this week with this collaboration-heavy LP, with only a third of the 18 tracks on offer being solo efforts. The rest are collaborations with So...read on »

Guy Birkin

Tintinnabuli Mathematica Vol. I

8/10 from Mike

Guy Birkin is back with another album of process-oriented computer music which I'm finding just as baffling as his last one. Check out the press release if you want to know th...read on »

Jozef Van Wissem & SQURL

Only Lovers Left Alive OST

8/10 from Mike

After teasing us with a 12" sampler from this soundtrack, Jarmusch and co finally drop the whole thing on us, and it's just as tasty as anticipated. The tracks here are largel...read on »

D Charles Speer and the Helix

Doubled Exposure

8/10 from Mike

D Charles Speer is the alter-ego of Dave Shuford who you may also know for his more out-there work in Rhyton and NNCK, but D Charles Speer & The Helix showcases his more a...read on »

Various

Danse Sacrale

8/10 from Mike

Sadly I have reached the point in the week where I must rush out my reviews in order to get them done in time for the weekly update, so I don't get to spend as much time with ...read on »

Thalia Zedek

SIX

8/10 from Mike

Thalia Zedek is back again this week with this six-song mini album. I'm particularly enjoying the opening track, a moody trudge of dolefully ringing electric guitar, big drama...read on »

Let's Wrestle

Rain Ruins Revolution

8/10 from Mike

I struggled with the new Lets Wrestle album when it came around on my review pile last time round. There's no denying that they've sharpened up their chops but their bouncy Lo...read on »

Horsebeach

Faded Eyes

8/10 from Clinton

I’ve been wanting to write a little something about this shimmering 7” all week and finally, belatedly as I sit at home next to a partially open window with the fa...read on »

Ashlar

St James’ Gardens

8/10 from Clinton

Ah its about time I got an ambient album to get my head around. This is the second full length collaboration between Wil Bolton and Phil Edwards. Wil has had several solo rele...read on »

Stanley Brinks & The Wave Pictures

Gin

8/10 from Mike

First impression from the opener 'One Minute of Darkness' when I put this CD on is that this sounds almost identical to some of the early Herman Dune stuff from back when they...read on »

Bonnie "Prince" Billy & The Cairo Gang

The Wonder Show Of The World

8/10 from Brian

I got the beard. The finest beard in all of Northern America. The beard is sharing the stage here with positively unbearded country traveller Emmett Kelly, His "act" is called...read on »

Withered Hand

Horseshoe

8/10 from Mike

The new LP from The Men that I just reviewed left me feeling rather poorly about modern Neil Young influenced folk rock, and as if to reassure me that everything has its good ...read on »

Kenny Graham

The Small World Of Sammy Lee OST

8/10 from Mike

Our stockroom elf, who usually pulls no punches with his pithy post-it put-downs, left a note on this disc saying "Lovely cinematic jazz/soundtrack easy listening stuff class!...read on »

Eyelids

Seagulls Into Submission

8/10 from Clinton

These lads have been round the block a bit already, comprising of Robert Pollard’s backing band during the Boston Spaceships era, and have also worked with Stephen Malkm...read on »

Darren Hayman & Emma Kupa

Boy, Look At What You Can't Have Now

8/10 from Clinton

It makes me lose just a little bit sleep each night that Darren Hayman is a great supporter of our site and always nice to us, yet I’ve said a couple of horrid things ab...read on »

The Chesterfields

Electric Guitars In Their Hearts

8/10 from Clinton

More C86 era re-issues, this time from a band who onced amused the teenage me by titling their debut album ‘Kettle’. Yup I was really tickled by that back then.The...read on »

Orphan Fairytale

My Favourite Fairytale

8/10 from Ant

Here we have four epic side long tracks of lo-fi psychedelic/ new-age/ ambient from Belgium’s Eva Van Deuren. At the risk of sounding slightly sexist, what’s strik...read on »

Lakker

Containing A Thousand

8/10 from Clinton

This is Dublin duo Lakker’s debut on R&S after a decade of making well-regarded techno for a variety of imprints. From the sounds of opener ‘Containing a Thous...read on »

Cheval Sombre

It's Not Time

8/10 from Mike

Cheval Sombre, or "Serious Horse" as they call him in France, has a new 7" out and we've managed to score a few copies of the super-rare black vinyl edition! On the A side the...read on »

Rivulets

Stars In Aspic/ It's Here

8/10 from Mike

I'm not familiar with this band Rivulets but when Phil handed this 7" to me yesterday he said it was the first thing they'd done in ages and they were a bit like Low. He's rig...read on »

Damaged Bug

Hubba Bubba

8/10 from Li'l Biz

There’s plenty of reason to admire Mr. Dwyer. He’s smoking the best weed, has the best backing band (Thee Oh Sees), has an awesome label, the best guitars, all the...read on »

Paul Blackford

The League of Shadows

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Big fan of the Central Processing Unit label. Not massively familiar with all the artists but almost every new release has at least one or two beautiful electro/house/party ba...read on »

Post War Glamour Girls

Pink Fur

8/10 from Mike

I recently found myself playing at an unprecedentedly drunken all-dayer at which this band's Pixies tribute, which was headlining, found themselves roundly upstaged by all-les...read on »

Stefano Guzzetti

At Home - Piano Book (Volume One)

8/10 from Mike

Here we have the multi-talented Stefano Guzzetti doing some solo work outside of his Waves On Canvas alias, and it is as the title suggests an album of piano playing, and a ra...read on »

Andrew Bird

I Want To See Pulaski At Night

8/10 from Clinton

Now for something completely different. I had Andrew Bird down as a kind of Sufjan Stevens type character but here he eschews vocals (mostly) and conventional songwriting for ...read on »

Kyle Bobby Dunn

Fragments and Compositions Of

8/10 from Clinton

This is a vinyl re-issue of Dunn’s debut which originally drifted into consiousness back in 2008 and as you might expect, if you’ve heard his other work, it compri...read on »

Talvihorros

Eaten Alive

8/10 from Clinton

Here is a brand new record from the Scottish composer Ben Chatwin aka Talvihorros who has already released a series of well received records over the past half decade. Here h...read on »

Survive

Survive

8/10 from Mike

Austin's synth upstarts Survive are back this week, much to my delight, with this new EP on Monofonus Press featuring three quite lengthy tracks. On the first side they take a...read on »

Susan Justin

Forbidden World

8/10 from Mike

Here's an interesting score on the excellent Death Waltz label, whose classic horror reissues seem to be getting more and more elaborate as their releases progress. This one c...read on »

Laibach

Spectre

8/10 from Mike

Those wacky industrial avant-goths Laibach are, erm, back. When Phil handed me this CD he said "There's a new Laibach album, it's very funny." I wasn't sure what he meant. Now...read on »

Trin Tran

Far Reaches

8/10 from Mike

A sticker on the front of this new CD we've got from Castle Face describes it as "6 bizarre transmissions from the one man synth-tar drum band", and on the inside of the cover...read on »

Babe

Volery Flighty

8/10 from Mike

"A bit Wild Beasts" shouts the post-it note on the front of this promo. I'm listening to said promo right now and I see what the anonymous post-it donor meant, this is a moody...read on »

Pyramid Vritra

Indra

8/10 from Mike

The press release of Pyramid Vritra's 'The Story Of Marsha Lotus' three years ago describes it as his debut LP, so it's a surprise to me to see the press release for 'Indra' d...read on »

Bronze

World Arena

8/10 from Mike

Bronze impressed us a lot when they released 2011's 'Copper' LP but nobody else seemed to be paying much attention so they're back at you with another one, 'World Arena'. I'm ...read on »

Rooie Waas

Nu

8/10 from Mike

I haven't encountered Rooie Waas before and the press release offers precious little clues as to their identity or intentions so I'm going in cold on this one. What I'm disco...read on »

The Resource Centre

Low Fantasy EP

8/10 from Mike

This 12" EP/mini-album comes lavishly packaged with three postcards, an embroidered The Geography Trip patch that looks a bit like a cub scout badge, and a download and tea ca...read on »

Roy Montgomery

Music From the Film 'Hey Badfinger'

8/10 from Mike

Here's an album of solo guitar from Roy Montgomery. It's called 'Music From The Film Hey Badfinger' but I have my doubts as to whether 'Hey Badfinger' is even a real film and ...read on »

South London Ordnance

Dead Cell/ Portal II (Girl Talks About Acid)

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Oh blimey, who put a techno record in my pile? Muggins here doesn't know a lot about techno having snubbed my robot kin to live among the humans so I always feel like I'm maki...read on »

Jonas Reinhardt

Ganymede

8/10 from Mike

Cosmic synth explorer Jonas Reinhardt returns this week with an ambitious collaborative project titled 'Ganymede'. Here you get not only an LP but also a full length experimen...read on »

Featured albums

Kyle Bobby Dunn
Cheval Sombre
Spectre Folk
Ruth White
Stefano Guzzetti
Eagulls
Survival (Afro Rock)
Kenny Graham
Lushes
Real Estate
Great Ytene
Lakker
The Chesterfields
Susan Justin
Various
Stanley Brinks & The Wave Pictures
Minibus Pimps
Vertical Scratchers
Current 93
Darren Hayman & Emma Kupa
Pyramid Vritra
Carla Bozulich
Eyelids
Damaged Bug
GNOD
Donato Dozzy & Nuel
Talvihorros