Thursday, 24 October
"‘Full Circle’, is the third and much anticipated album from Jon Chamber’s SUNRAY and kicks off with the 11-minute cosmic grind of ‘Here To Go’, followed by the driving instrumental ‘Revelation’, both owing a debt to Krautrock innovators such as La Dusseldorf and Neu! ‘Take Me There’, A-side from the preceding single, brings the band back into more familiar territory, delicious psych-pop utilising a swaggering bassline and West Coast harmonies, before bringing it to a close on a sea of distorted guitars and a droning sitar groove. The rest of the album is a more eclectic affair, exploring everything… Read more
Thursday, 17 October
"Three guys hailing from New Weird Bavaria are on a musical mission to fight the ever-advancing forces of entropy and monotony: Calling themselves Aloa Input for a reason - it’s also the band’s collective motto -, Cico Beck (aka Joasihno), Marcus Grassl (formerly part of Missent To Denmark) and Florian Kreier (aka Angela Aux) obviously love all kinds of input; the further apart the sources and inspirations, the better. Always on point when it comes to picking the best bits and pieces of so much input, Anysome, the band’s debut full-length, essentially resembles a huge map that covers most of the… Read more
*CD version in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package with CD in a printed innersleeve* "“There’s heaviness. There’s brutality. Then there’s The Body.” - Metal Sucks. ‘Christs, Redeemers’ is the brand new album from the avantmetal duo The Body. It has been said by more than a few intrepid listeners that The Body are the most brutal band on the planet. With ravishing grimness and impenetrable walls of noise, the duo of Chip King and Lee Buford create music that goes beyond what is normally considered harsh and violent, advocating a doctrine of misanthropy to those brave enough to take the plu… Read more
"Specially expanded version of Matthew E. White’s debut album ‘Big Inner, featuring brand new 5 song mini album ‘Outer Face’· ‘Big Inner’, Matthew E. White’s first album, was universally lauded by critics. Compared to the likes of Amy Winehouse, Beta Band, Cat Power, Spiritualized, Lambchop and Randy Newman, it blends vintage soul-pop with blues, funk and gospel to create a soulful masterpiece soaked in a bygone age. The expanded 2CD ‘Outer Face Edition’ features ‘Outer Face’ as a bonus CD that sees Matthew experimenting with certain recording limitations, giving the record… Read more
“Fugitive Air” definitely has that old school anthemic feel to it with its driving guitars and Barnes’ ragged vocals taking the forefront. The genius of Lousy with Sylvianbriar is that it was created on a 24-track tape machine without the crutch of computer aided pitch correction, effects plug-ins and editing capabilities. With no computer tricks to fall back on, Kevin Barnes and the band recorded most of the songs live in the same room together. “I wanted the process to be more in line with the way people used to make albums in the late 60s and early 70s,” reveals Barnes. “I wanted… Read more
Tuesday, 15 October
Thursday, 10 October
*10 new versions of classic Tindersticks tracks to celebrate their 21st birthday* "2013 is a landmark year for Tindersticks who turn 21 this year. In this time they have recorded nine studio albums, composed music for films, museums, fashion shows and installations, have toured the world, played with various orchestras, dueted and collaborated with many great singers and musicians, lost their desire, split up, rearranged, reformed, re-kindled their musical passion and in 2012 made what they, and many critics consider to be one of their finest albums The Something Rain. Tindersticks w… Read more
"Sounds" series part two: Electric guitar explorations Dirk Dresselhaus a.k.a. Schneider TM turned building site noise into music on "Construction Sounds", the album which preceded "Guitar Sounds". On his latest offering, he explores the full potential of the electric guitar and an array of effects. Dresselhaus is no stranger to the instrument, it is fair to say. He played guitar in the 1990s for several experimental indie combos and has made liberal, idiosyncratic use of the instrument over the past couple of decades as Schneider TM in electronic music, film, radio plays and various other s… Read more
*Instrumental rock/metal for followers of of Explosions in the Sky, Mono, Russian Circles, Don Caballero* "After four years of silence, instrumental metal standard-bearers Pelican have come thundering back, with 'Forever Becoming' , an eight-song album destined to be considered one of the most punishingly rewarding albums of the year. PITCHFORK: On this alternate version of "Deny The Absolute", a song that appears on their new album the band's latest, Forever Becoming (out October 14 via Southern Lord) , they hit one of the most fevered churns they've managed in years, with maligned drummer La… Read more
"Other Music release ‘As Plantas Que Curam’, the debut album from Brazilian duo, Boogarins. Fernando Almeida and Benke Ferraz met in high school in the central Brazilian city of Goiânia, far from the thriving cultural metropolises of São Paulo and Rio, yet still in the shadow of the icons of their homeland’s great musical heritage - not bossa nova and samba, however, but psychedelic pop. While the band sing in Portugese, there is the same universal appeal to their music as that of Tame Impala, Dungen, or Tropicalia legends Os Mutantes. Still in their late teens, the music they make toget… Read more
"‘Big Wheel & Others’ is Cass McCombs’ seventh and- a-half album. The new double album follows the landmark albums ‘Dropping The Writ’, ‘Catacombs’, ‘Wit’s End’ and ‘Humour Risk’, among other releases, and is further proof of McCombs’ status as one of his generation’s most defiant and inspirational songwriters - as uncompromising, radical and genuinely countercultural as any other artist working today. Brimming with evocative storytelling, discerning introspection and heart-rending melody…"
Thursday, 03 October
*Remastered from original sources, CD housed in a deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket with 48-pg book* "The South Africa of the late 1970s was neither the right place nor time to launch a mixed-race punk band. Yet, following the student-inspired Soweto Uprising of 1976, it was also exactly the right conditions to foster a band like National Wake, one formed in an underground commune, and one whose very name exists in protest at the divisive, racist apartheid regime. Never before collected together, Light In The Attic is set to release National Wake’s full body of work as Walk In Africa 1979-81. … Read more
Ambitiously scoped third album from London-based psych band, Teeth Of The Sea. Their first album in three years is a riotous collision of Goblin and Carpenter-esque cinematic themes factored by Prurient-like darkwave assimilations and nods to the driving rhythms of Powell or the heroic might of Moroder's disco templates and Wire's crafty rock muscle. Eight songs (plus intro) oscillate between hi-NRG charge and crashing stadium drums on 'TReaper', to Wire-like rock experimentation on 'The Servant', to the bleakly epic synth-scape 'Siren Spectre, Phase I, Phase II', a churning piece of Pete Swans… Read more
"Following her hugely successful run as curator of London’s Meltdown Festival, this album continues an astonishing bout of creativity for Ono, who is celebrating her 80th birthday with major museum retrospectives around the world, her 10th #1 hit on the Billboard Dance charts, a sequel to her instruction book Grapefruit, winning "Digital Genius" MTV O Award, and spearheading the activist effort against fracking in her home state of New York. A career retrospective book will be published by Genesis in Autumn followed by reissues of her '60s-80s albums in 2014. “My … Read more
Thursday, 26 September
"To say there’s excitement for ‘Girls Like Us’, the storming debut album by fiery Manchester fourpiece PINS, would be an understatement. Even before the rousing reception to their oscillating, reverb-drenched EP ‘LuvU4Lyf’, on Bella Union last Autumn, audiences at the first shows in disused office blocks and hotel basements were left with barely an inch of elbow room…"
"Now in their 20th year as a band, two-piece Quasi return with a veritable Quasi songbook featuring 24 shinning examples of shakin’ blues, percussion freak-outs, chiming minor seventh chords and rock & roll."
Remastered reissue of the debut solo album by Tuxedomoon's Blaine L Reininger, backed with five rare bonus live and demo tracks. 'Broken Fingers' was recorded in Brussels in February 1982 with assistance from fellow Tuxedomoon members Peter Principle and Steven Brown and veers with brilliant vision between gloomy, Bowie-esque balladeering on the title track to skulking darkwave shuffler, 'Uptown' via the skittish orientalist oddity, 'Nur Al Hajj', thru the gothic splendour of 'Magic Time' and the kinky latin wave stepper 'Gigolo Grasiento' to the horror flick motifs of 'Spiny Doughboy… Read more
Thursday, 19 September
**This iconic experimental album is now available on CD after last year's Blackest Ever Black vinyl re-issue** It's funny, we always thought that Flaming Tunes was one of those albums that nobody knew, our own little secret. Then a beautifully executed reissue arrived on CD in 2009, and now, for the first time ever, Blackest Ever Black deliver a vinyl edition of what must surely register as one of the most intimately beautiful, perfectly-imperfect home-made albums ever recorded. Flaming Tunes was recorded by Gareth Williams (ex of This Heat) and his childhood friend Mary Curr… Read more
"Evolution is a tricky word when discussing current trends in music, especially when it comes to sophomore albums. The critically lauded BLOUSE, the 2011 debut from the Portland band of the same name was a lush, melodic and dreamy affair spiked with whoozy synths and delicate vocals. For Imperium, their 2nd LP for Captured Tracks, Blouse have shed the synths, done away with drum machines and wrote and recorded with “instruments that don’t plug into the wall,” as enforced by bandmember/producer Jacob Portrait. Sonically speaking, that comes through on the LP immediately. Perhaps bolstered by the ongoing… Read more
"Brooklyn, NY’s Au Revoir Simone release ‘Move In Spectrums’, their first album in four years, produced by Violens’ Jorge Elbrecht, ‘Move In Spectrums’ is the follow up to 2009’s ‘Still Night, Still Light’. Au Revoir Simone are three talented, keyboard-wielding women - Heather D’Angelo, Erika Forster, and Annie Hart. ‘Move In Spectrums’ is an album that creates different melodic textures and aural colors via the finest songs Au Revoir Simone have ever recorded. "
"The album was produced by Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, Wild Nothing) and features 12 tracks, including ‘Comets Crossed’, new single ‘Silver Sisters’ and rerecorded versions of EP tracks ‘Reunion Message’ and ‘Constantly In Love’. The band namecheck The Velvet Underground, Yo La Tengo, Television, The Modern Lovers, Pavement, Dinosaur Jr, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Broadcast, Wire, Otis Redding, Thee Oh Sees, Can, Electrelane, Stereolab, Delia Derbyshire and Talking Heads among many, many others into something that is at once experimental and accessible."
*CD housed in deluxe gatefold “tip-on” jackets with liner notes by Joe Nick Patoski in an 18 page booklet featuring rare / unseen archive photos and ephemera* "If The Evil One was the album that broke Erickson out of the indie ghetto and brought him to a worldwide audience, the follow-up, 1986’s Don’t Slander Me was the one that showcased his rock and roll sensibilities like no recording before. Losing the more out-there and exotic elements of earlier and future albums, it presents us with Erickson the rocker, playing punk, rockabilly, blues and – in ‘Burn The Flames’, later found on the… Read more
**CD housed in gatefold "tip-on" jacket** "By 1986, Roky Erickson’s career had endured twists, turns and a late-period purple patch marked by incredible music and self-destructive behavior. 'The Evil One' broke him out of the indie underground and Don’t Slander Me showed off his rock ‘n’ roll sensibilities. But Erickson was difficult to manage – and patience was running out. "I‘d given up after the second album,” Erickson’s then-manager, Craig Luckin, has said. “I had enough.” Yet a third album – arguably his best – was to be found, if not created. Gremlins Have Pictures is an anth… Read more
The label says: "Often when you're in your mid-20's heavy realities start to settle in. Relationships that seemed like they'd last forever lose their spark, your aspirations and self-perception shift, you marvel at friends your age getting married and having babies, and you feel powerless and small, realizing that people you've known and loved for a lifetime can suddenly die. It's a serious psychological shakeup, made even more difficult if your frontal cortex hasn't fully matured yet. It's a beast, a mountain, a wall, or as in Kubrick's 2001 A Space Odyssey, a mysterious obelisk th… Read more
Thursday, 12 September
"Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Bill Nace (X.O.4, Vampire Belt, Ceylon Mange, etc.) are Body/Head. The pair began working together in various loose formats a few years ago, but the Body/Head concept evolved more specifically in early 2012. Initially their approach was almost entirely instrumental — lattices of interwoven feedback rainbows, with bits recalling everyone from Heldon to Keiji Haino. They usually performed against a backdrop of slow-motion film projection, creating a dream narrative of undeniable power and visionary reach. Kim’s voice began creeping into the mix soon after, and the voc… Read more
"Nature Noir sees The Stilts bridging and expanding their intensive tastes in soul, folk, psych, country, proto-punk and onward. Like any creation worth loving, it’s the quality of the ingredients and the unique perspective of the creators that produce a marvel such as this. Pleasingly distilled in celestial darkness, floating in a sea of color drenched dreams, and grounded in protean mythology, Crystal Stilts third LP sounds refreshingly bold and deep rooted within the current musical climate. With lyrical themes probing the dark connections between the individual and its environment, along… Read more
"In the song world of Bill Callahan, the present realities tumble ecstatically like cloth in the wind - sheets and flags and clothes. These things borne aloft are not simply physical details in the landscape, but the contours of an emotional one as well. Bill’s a cartographer way out there, tracing the coastlines, telling the tales he has discovered along the way. Some seen in life and others in mind’s eye, they float down ‘Dream River’ with humble eminence. The river that was once deemed not too much to love, that once freed convicts and their guard in a still and silent moment, is now a ‘Dr… Read more
"‘Return Of The Silkie’, 1983’s third chapter in the as-yet unfinished saga of the nomadic West Coast harpist Carol Kleyn, offers a slice of the wild and free utopian dream that changed so many lives in the 60s and 70s. Pure and simple, harp and vocals, accompanied only by scatterings of harbor seals and sea lions, this loosely woven concept album includes gentle reminders that life is short - take it in while you can and, along the way, try to preserve the magnificence of this world for the next generation. Sentiments and music as hauntingly true today as the day they were first sung … Read more
*CD version packaged in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.* "'Mediation Of Ecstatic Energy' is the third album from Dustin Wong, and the conclusion of a trilogy that began with 'Infinite Love' (2010) and continued with 'Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads' (2012). Dustin will be touring the US extensively in the Autumn, including a run of dates with The Dodos. He will be joined by Takako Minekawa on select dates, and possibly other collaborators as well. Mediation' follows the limited vinyl release 'Toropical Circle', a collaborative album with Japanese singer Takako Minekawa."