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Best & Worst: March 2018 Saturday 31st March 2018

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Though it was dominated by return-to-form albums by the big-hitting likes of The Breeders and Yo La Tengo, dig deeper and there were some excellent records passing under the radar.

The likes of Soccer Mommy and Caroline Says struck similar chords of heartfelt, underground songwriting whilst Nap Eyes showed something of the lyrical dexterity of Lou Reed and Silver Jews with their lo-fi song stories. We had another strong album from Scottish hip-hop troupe Young Fathers and of course there was Mount Eerie's 'Now Only' - a follow-up to the much-loved Norman Records' Album of the Year 'A Crow Looked At Me'.

The Cavern of Anti-Matter LP was one of Phil's favourites of the month and you can hear plenty of Stereolab coming through in their kraut grooves for anyone missing Tim Gane's old band. Further beneath the radar you should try Young Jesus if you like 90s/00s American indie rock such as Modest Mouse or American Football, and there's no stopping The Ex who have been around for as long as time itself but sound extremely fresh on their new '27 Passports' LP.

On an electronic tip, the Rolando Simmons double LP was a catch-all blast through the kind of melodic, acid-influenced electronica once released on the Rephlex label, whilst Space Afrika expertly soundtracked late night Manchester with dub techno and evocative ambience. Pleasing too to have a re-press of the Huerco S album which has been out of print and sought-after for some time now, and there's a nice bunch of demos and reworks from James Plotkin.

Not so good? The Norman Records jury is still out on The Decemberists' and Mark Pritchard's latest records; Jonathan Wilson seemed a bit overblown and overworked; whilst the Superorganism album - though containing some thrills - seemed a bit of a one-trick pony to us. There were, though, some definitely awful things from Jack White and Go Kart Mozart - the latter of whom, despite our love of Felt and Lawrence in general, just seems like a joke too far.

We're not totally humourless though. We think Meadow House is some kind of odd pop genius. This opinion, we know, is shared by absolutely none of our customers but really you should check his 'This Should Not Be Happening' LP on Feeding Tube - a darkly comic tour de force of strange songwriting and bleak observations.

Anyway, take a look down at some of the best-reviewed records in March.  Maybe you'll find that perfect record you missed when we were too busy yakkin' about other stuff.

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