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May 11th 2015 Nightingales 'Mind Over Matter' cd/lp/dd - Louder Than War - Southern 
The "misfits' misfits" the Nightingales new album 'Mind Over Matter' is released on CD and as a limited edition 180g vinyl, gatefold sleeve LP by John Robb's Louder Than War label on Monday11 May. Like the band's last three albums 'Mind Over Matter' was recorded in Germany at Hans-Joachim Irmler's Faust Studio and produced by the 'Gales bassist and Faust Studio house engineer Andreas Schmid. 'Mind Over Matter' is a short, sharp blast of melody, rhythm, irritation and humour. The group might play around but does not fuck about. They may indulge themselves but do not waste your time. They could be mad but are most certainly diligent.

May 11th  Tender Prey  - 'Organ Calzone' cd/lp/dd - Bird Records 
The latest long playing release to emerge from Jane Weaver's fertile Bird Records (via Finders Keepers) comes from tantrum-pop super hero Tender Prey - personally known amongst Cardiff watering holes and DIY studios as Laura Bryon or Le B.  This long anticipated feature-length offering entitled Organ Calzone captures the inimitable drummy saccharine tinged pow-wow punk heard at her celebrated live shows (including repeat invites to Festival No 6 and Green Man) thanks to the recordings skills of Stephen "Sweet Baboo" Black and the unanimous gushing encouragement of virtually anyone who meets her. As the latest enfant terrible to come out of the Welsh capital's intertwined dysfunctional family tree Laura has racked up countless road miles on tour with bezzy mates H.Hawkline and Cate Le Bon (another Bird school alumni) whilst filling secret diary pages with warm-ups for Chicago's Ezra Furman and as support-act-in-residence for Jane Weaver. But where others might nurse post-tour hangovers dissolving Beroccas Laura's recent anti-downtime has been spent constructing further walls of noise to the beat of Emma Daman Thomas (drummer in Islet) and layering her own breed of distorted guitar, close enough chord changes and affectionate sarcastic sweetness all of which form the this collection of vari-speed compositions.

April 27th 2015  A Projection cd/lp/dd - Tapete
A PROJECTION is an indie rock/post-punk band from Stockholm due to release their debut single 'Young Days' on Tapete Records on February 23rd. With dark textures of effect-driven guitars, lush synthesizers, and heartfelt, introspective lyrics, their music has frequently been compared to that of Interpol, New Order, The Cure, and The Chameleons.

April 13th  2015 The Late Call 'Golden' cd/lp/dd - Tapete 
With its sounds of glory, this album captures a golden era; when Hunter S. Thompson was writing Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Bob Dylan was riding on horseback with Kris Kristofferson through New Mexico, the time of the first Indie-songwriters flourishing either side of the big pond, here Townes van Zandt and Tim Hardin, there Nick Drake and John Martyn. But this music also breathes a totally different air, that of the Here and Now! While the songs undoubtedly evoke folk and americana, early nineties independent brit pop also shimmers between the lines. And yet this eclecticism has never been the ultimate goal of their music. Most of all, THE LATE CALL have their own distinct sound - of Johannes Mayer and his band.

April 6th 2015 The Lilac Time 'No Sad Songs' cd/lp/dd - Tapete 
A lot has happened since the young boy kept his Praktica camera trained on street scenes in the Birmingham of the Cold War. Back in 1979, an 18-year-old Stephen Duffy was founding member of Duran Duran. Yet he did not board the train to superstardom. The visionary instinct of the young artist had other intentions. He might have had Bob DylanNick Drake and The Incredible String Band in mind, but he himself was not allergic to success. He quickly understood that a songwriter with an acoustic guitar had little access to the merry-go-round of the charts in the early eighties. Instead, he emerged as Stephen "Tintin" Duffy, trading his guitar for a synthesizer and making chic, clever and sparkling POP music in capital letters. The young man with the melancholy expression even landed two international hits with Kiss Me and Icing on the Cake. But before the record company was able to put their plan into action and turn Duffy into the next Rick Astley, he took flight. He mothballed his pop persona and founded a band with his brother: The Lilac Time.

April 6th 2015 White Noise Sound - ‘Like A Pyramid of Fire’ LP, CD and digital download – Rocket Girl Records
'LAPOF' sees the band take their trademark wall of sound – at once relentlessly pulsating and blissed-out – and conjure from it a sonic palette with range and depth. WNS worked closely with producer / DJ Phil Kieran and with Cian Ciaran (Super Furry Animals) and the result is a metronomic and hypnotic onslaught of melody, groove and exploration which goes beyond the standard tropes of psychedelia.

March 30th 2015 Camouflage  cd/lp/dd - Tapete Records
Their music brilliantly combined the icy coolness of Kraftwerk, the pop of OMD and the melancholy gloom of Depeche Mode. Yet the temptation to indulge in nostalgia has always remained very feint with this band. So it's no surprise that Camouflage now emerge with “Greyscale” – a strikingly current and compelling album, both musically and lyrically. Plenty of time has passed since this band caused a sensation with songs like "The Great Commandment" or "Love Is A Shield". Camouflage have earned a worldwide following in their now 30-year career. Their albums, singles and concerts have proven time and again that they are among the most important representatives of electronic pop music. Now, with "Greyscale", they release their eighth studio album. 

March 23rd 2015  The Elwins 'Play For Keeps' cd/lp/dd - Affairs of the Heart
The Elwins are a pop band from the lakeside town of Keswick, Ontario that specialize in writing bright infectious songs. Formed in 2008 by high school friends Matthew Sweeney and Travis Stokl, they were soon joined by Feurd Moore and Frankie Figliomeni. With a strong pop sensibility, their music has garnered an impressive amount of attention and support of their peers. The release of the band's debut And I Thank You introduced the band to audiences worldwide and the approval of taste makers Exclaim!, Rolling Stone and CBC. It also received some praise here in the UK; "Funny, sad and romantic, The Elwins make sitting in a park and basking in lovelorn melancholy seem like a glorious pastime." - CLASH - "Not perhaps since the Shins' 2001 debut Oh, Inverted World has a group arrived sounding so wide-eyed and perky. [...] Infectiously upbeat, tightly edited and appealingly lo-fi." - Q Magazine

March 16th 2015  The Monochrome Set 'Spaces Everywhere' - lp/cd/dd - Tapete 
"On one hand, the music is very melodic and cheerful. The lyrics, however, deal with death, decay, change ... no wonder we are rather popular with the undead," says singer, guitarist and songwriter Bid. A very particular humor. And a very unique sound: although this time banjos, Hammond organ, female backing vocals and even flutes can be heard on the new album, experts and laymen alike will recognize: This is THE MONOCHROME SET. Undistorted, nervous guitars, like the soundtrack to a Nouvelle Vague film ... but one featuring Michael Caine, Louis de Funès and Belmondo (directed by Andy Warhol). Peculiarly timeless, it is a sound that can not be categorized. Although rooted in the 1950s and 60s (the guitar sound, for example, is a hybrid of Duane Eddy and Sterling Morrison), it still feels oddly modern. Then there is Bid's voice, which this time is more reminiscent of the great American crooners than of Lou Reed. Bid wrote most of the songs in May and June of 2014. Perhaps the band's popularity among the undead will diminish upon hearing the springtime air that can thus be detected in this music? The influence of THE MONOCHROME SET on bands like Felt, Franz Ferdinand, Belle and Sebastian or the Strokes can hardly be ignored. 

March 2nd 2015 Axis: Sova 'Early Surf' cd/lp/dd - God?
the second full-length trip into the Axis -- a journey that’s also landed on a couple 7”s (one via Richie Records) and, most recently, a gnarled and groovy cassette made just in time for a tour supporting God? Label head, Ty Segall. Sova’s been playing and recording for awhile now; thus, the issue of getting sounds from within his head all the way out of there and into the mix is a way of life. To go the farthest out or the deepest within at any given phase, Chicago-based Axis: Sova was brought home, and to a variety of locales, where recording and re-recording and mixing and remixing to 8-track cassette could potentially reach the infinite. It’s within those cosmic walls he collaged riffs and inspirations, scraped and scrapped the blown-out waves from his amps, and tweaked the minutia with headphones to get a slice of weirdo bedroom vibe-cake-- with a mega-bent guitar focus-- to make Early Surf.

February 23rd 2015  Kollektion 03: Populäre Mechanik Compiled By Holger Hiller - lp/cd/dd - Bureau B
Populäre Mechanik was a post-punk, jazz bastard project created by Wolfgang Seidel, friend and sometime musical partner of Conrad Schnitzler and founder member of Ton Steine Scherben. This collection has been curated by Holger Hiller, best known as vocalist for Palais Schaumburg. Hiller presents tracks from two cassette productions which Seidel released in the early 1980s. The booklet features an interview which Hiller conducted with Seidel in which they discussed the function of rock and pop music over the past 45 years. All tracks released for the first time on CD and vinyl.

January 26th 2015  Jessica Pratt 'On Your Own Love Again'- lp/cd/dd  - Drag City 
We all want the world to be beautiful. We want scribes and songbirds to tell us so and sometimes they do and then it is. They point their pens and focus their lens where they will and surprise us to our soul. On Your Own Love Again is a record that does it to us, with songs from a spine-thrilling new place and a gifted young singer with her own musical logic.

January 26th 2015  Alasdair Roberts 'S/T'  - lp/cd/dd - Drag City 
Alasdair Roberts has had a remarkable career to date, starting his music-making in the mid-90s under the band name Appendix Out and collaborating widely with many musicians from within and without the traditional music tradition over the intervening twenty years. Alasdair has toured incessantly far and wide during this time, working as well with artists from other disciplines such as film makers, poets and puppeteers. The resulting performances, expressions and actions are his life's work, and his new album Alasdair Roberts is a new phase in an essential and ever- evolving discography; it will please long-term followers and new listeners alike, and stand with his other records as testaments in time to as pure a talent as this era has seen and heard from.

January 19th 2015 Schneider Kacirek 'Shadowsdicuments' lp/cd/dd - Bureau B 
Schneider and Kacirek graft their acoustically gleaned impressions of Kenya onto pure electronic templates (with analogue accents). Field recordings as such cannot be heard. A central role is played by the repetitive, hypnotic element which is so integral to tribal music with its complex rhythms. Both musicians share a fascination with these very rhythms, a recurring theme in their careers to date: clearly audible in Stefan Schneider’s work with Kreidler and To Rococo Rot, as well as on his albums with Hans-Joachim Roedelius. In Kacirek’s case we can look to his solo albums for evidence, in particular on the much lauded “Kenya Sessions”.

from the desk of mutante 2014…

December 1st The Wolfhounds - 'Unseen Ripples From A Pebble' cd/lp/dd -Optic Nerve Recordings

Originally released in May 1987, after their appearance on the now-legendary ‘’C86’’ cassette given away by the NME in spring 1986, this well-anticipated reissue of the long deleted debut album by The Wolfhounds sees its first ever appearance on CD, as well as a deluxe vinyl edition featuring all the original material they recorded for The Pink Label in 1985-1987, as well as the re-recording of the song ‘’Me’’, released as a 12’’ single on Idea Records in 1987, along with a previously unissued outtake (‘’Boy Racers RM1’’) from the same sessions.This reissue of some of the very best underground pop music of the 1980s can only add to The Wolfhounds’ reputation as one of the great lost bands of the decade, while their current activity ensures that today’s record buyers, downloaders and gig-goers will be getting a good idea of what they’ve been missing.

December 1st Villalog 'Spacetrash' cd/lp/dd - Klangbad

December 1st The Kuhls - 'Holy Rollin' - Vinyl and Digital Download - Tip Top Recordings
Holy Rollin' is an independent release featuring nine songs that span the Kuhls' diverse sonic influences... 90s grunge/70s rock n roll/country western/girl pop all find meeting places in the songwriting of sisters Renee and Grace Kuhl. 

December 1st  Movie Star Junkies - 'Evil Moods' cd/lp/dd - Voodoo Rhythm
Movie Star Junkies are back with a grudge. The new album, “Evil Moods”, sets things clear right from the title. Lyrically inspired by the pioneers of noir/hardboiled fiction like Dashiell Hammett, James Cain and Jim Thompson (whom the eponimous song is dedicated to) as well as by autobiographic experiences, the music also sees a return to the grittier, sleazier mood of their first two records, after “Son Of The Dust” (Outside Inside/Wild Honey, 2012) had seen the band walking paths that led them across the sun-scorched territories of folk and americana. The sound is more sombre and dry than before, managing to put on soulful, almost funky moves on tales of desperation and coming away with it like the Pop Group were raised on moonshine while bathing in a swamp.

December 1st Faust ' Just Us' cd/lp/dd - bureau b
Founder members Jean-Hervé Peron and Zappi Diermaier have laid down twelve musical foundations, inviting the whole world to use them as a base on which to build their own music. The tracks presented by Peron and Diermaier are clearly, intrinsically typical of Faust in their own right, yet offer enough space for completely different works to develop. Which is exactly what they hope will happen.

November 24th  Firestations - 'Never Closer' cd/lp/dd  - Waltz Time Records
Firestations is a London five-piece that includes members of Astronauts, Dark Captain, Quickspace and Left With Pictures and this is their debut full length record of woozy, fuzzy dreampop and harmony-led psychedelic folk. At times recalling the scuzzy indiepop hooks of Veronica Falls meshed with the spacey folk of Pentangle or Tunng, the music beckons you in lightheartedly but keeps a dark underbelly of suburban angst and modern mistrust primed and ready beneath the surface. There is a well-defined pop songwriting core, with a marked sense of deadpan Britishness in the wry lyrics, but this is absorbed within a joyous surge of collective noise-making and bursts of electronic sound from synth and guitar. At the quieter end of the spectrum the songs hint at a sense of bruised purity and repetitive minimalism that can be found in the sounds of Sparklehorse, Yo La Tengo, Low or American Analog Set.

November 24th Lee Ranaldo And The Dust - 'Acoustic Dust' cd/lp/dd - El Segell del Primavera

Lee Ranaldo needs no introduction: founding member of Sonic Youth, collaborator of artists such Glenn Branca or William Hooker, Lee is considered one of the greatest guitar players of the last 30 years.Just after the hiatus of Sonic Youth Lee started a new adventure together with The Dust, as a result they already released two critically aclaimed records through Matador and have toured for the last three years around the world.

November 17th DJ Marcelle/Another Nice Mess - Double Vinyl only - Klangbad

November 10th   Cool Ghouls - 'A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye' cd/lp/dd- Empty Cellar Records
Providing the real-life soundtrack to a new generation of young, loud and gritty San Franciscans that wake up everyday with a beautiful feeling just knowing that these guys won’t let this city’s culture burn to the ground. Their loud guitars, acid riffs, party screams, and stacked-as-f*ck three-part vocal harmonies are echoing down the alleys and shaking foundations. A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye is their sophomore full-length album, and it rules.  Recorded live to tape by San Francisco’s Sonny Smith (Sonny and the Sunsets) and mixed and mastered by Mikey Young (Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring), this record elevates Cool Ghouls psychedelic garage jams to a whole new level.  So it is, that Empty Cellar Records is very stoked to present to you ten new delectable Cool Ghouls songs brimming with infectious creative energy.

November 3rd  KOLLEKTION IV - ROEDELIUS // ELECTRONIC MUSIC by LLOYD COLE CD / vinyl / download 
14 synthesizer and organ pieces by Hans-Joachim Roedelius
About this KOLLEKTION: British songwriter Lloyd Cole has long since been a fan of Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Cluster. For convincing evidence, one need look no further than his 2001 album “Plastic Wood”, a purely electronic opus which was an unambiguous homage to his musical idols. In 2013 Cole and Roedelius actually joined forces to release their “Selected Studies Vol. 1” album (BB 124). Cole has now listened through the Hans-Joachim Roedelius solo archives to present his favourite synthesizer or organ pieces in our KOLLEKTION series. 

November 3rd  Tarwater - 'Adrift' CD / Vinyl (incl. CD) / Download - bureau b
The Berlin-based electronic duo Tarwater (Ronald Lippok and Bernd Jestram) formed in 1995. They have produced eleven regular studio albums and various collaborations (eg with Piano Magic, Tuxedomoon, B. Fleischmann), as well as numerous film and theater scores. Lippok also plays in the band To Rococo Rot.

November 3rd Junkboy - 'Sovereign Sky' lp/dd - Enraptured Records

Southend on Sea born, Brighton and Hove dwelling brothers Mik and Rich Hanscomb have been quietly going about the business of releasing critically acclaimed records under their non de plum, Junkboy since 1999. From analogue synth soundtracks to woozy post-rock and electronica and, more recently, a song based pastoraldelica, theirs is a sound born of the home studio and a shared brotherly love of the soft-focus, bucolic and just-so-psychedelic.

November 3rd Aldous Harding 'Aldous Harding' cd/lp/dd - Spunk Records
Aldous is a Christchurch local, whose records are released in New Zealand by Lyttleton records (home of the mighty Marlon Williams and Delaney Davidson). Lyttelton is a gorgeous port town to the north of Christchurch. A home for Māori for about 700 years, Lyttelton Harbour was discovered  by European voyagers passing by on 16 February 1770 during the Endeavour's first voyage to New Zealand. Today it is one of New Zealand’s busiest ports. In popular culture it is best known as the location for most of the exterior scenes in Peter Jackson's 1996 horror movie The Frighteners. It is also a town surrounded by many historic buildings, many of which have been turned into bars.  Aldous Harding’s music has been the best thing that has ever happened to these bars, where wayfaring loners shuffle in at the wrong times of day. She has been the saviour of those falling in home-cooked opium furrows. She has kept sailors in check with cheek and a strong-songed tongue.  And now she will be all yours for an album length period of time, and you may have your picnic and feast upon the music. So lucky one, close your eyes. Turn your nose towards river water. Twitch your ears as rabbits do. Settle in. Listen to this one closely. 

October 27th   Bell Gardens - ‘Slow Dawns For Lost Conclusions’ cd/lp/dd - Rocket Girl
Bell Gardens combines the musical visions of Kenneth James Gibson (formerly of Furry Things, now recording as [a]pendics.shuffle, dubLoner and Eight Frozen Modules) and Brian McBride (one half of Stars of the Lid). This will be the bands second full length release combining McBride’s drone and string-laden ambient symphonies, and Gibson’s ventures in dub and minimalist techno – as they sought to manifest their mutual reverence for folk, psychedelia and chamber pop in a traditional band structure without cannibalising any particular past genre - laying bare vocals and live instruments with emotional sincerity, and presenting songs imbued with an almost pastoral or gospel simplicity and timelessness.

October 27th Hans-Joachim Roedelius - Tape Archive 1973-1978 Boxset ltd. 500 units only!: 3 LP (180g) + 3 CDs -  - bureau b Booklet with Linernotes by Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Asmus Tietchens & Gunther Buskies
During the legendary Forst years Roedelius had a private workspace with a Farfisa organ, a Revox-A77 tape machine, an echo device and a synthesizer which he borrowed from the Cluster studio next door now and again. Here he experimented, practised, allowed his imagination to flow, at any hour of the day or night, whenever he was not in the studio with Dieter Moebius and/or Michael Rother at work on new Cluster or Harmonia material. Roedelius always let the tape run, in order to analyze the ideas thus captured more effectively on repeated listening. With “Roedelius Tape Archive 1972-1978” for the first time ever this Roedelius audio sketchbook has been digitalised and available to the public. The boxset offers us a deep insight into the creative process of his music. Fleeting notes, slivers of ideas, so to speak, moments of inspiration. Finger exercises, experiments in harmony, studies in rhythm are also preserved on these magnetic tapes.

October 6th  Vashti Bunyan 'Heartleap' cd/lp/dd  - Fatcat Records - RADIO PROMO ONLY
Nine years after ‘Lookaftering’, her last album of new material, legendary British singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan returns with a breathtaking new LP - a unique and entrancing collection. Vashti’s third album follows her rediscovery - after thirty years in the wilderness - with the 2000 re-release of ‘Just Another Diamond Day’ (a bona fide cult classic) and the critical success of 2005’s ‘Lookaftering. Vashti will be on tour in October.

October 20th Elisia Ambrogio 'The Immoralist' cd/lp/dd - Drag City 
Elisa Ambrogio, Magik Marker's power front, lyric intelligence, guitar g’rilla, and awkward weirdo, is back, and forth too, to deposit her first full length solo outing on yer doorstep. A Cleopatra of records, viper bitten breast, bathing in milk, under hot sun, curdling and murdering and occasionally whistling in triumph, just like a milk bathed demagogue might, The Immoralist lies at the wicked crossroads of the electric wail of Wilson Pickett and the sweetest harmony of Wilson Phillips. A pox on the venal mind too workaday and SEO oriented to pick up the x/y axis what she’s putting down!

October 6th V.A - Kollektion 01; Sky Records compiled by Tim Gane - cd and 2 x vinyl/dd - bureau b
No less a figure than Tim Gane, the man behind Stereolab, has delved into the Sky Records archives for our KOLLEKTION series. Gane has never hidden his love of Krautrock; many a Sterolab song has its foundations in the typical "motorik" beat, whilst his latest band, Cavern Of Anti-Matter wallows in Klaus Dinger rhythms. Experimental sounds hold no fear for him, as early noise cassette releases under his Un- Kommuniti alias testify. His selection of tracks fits the pattern seamlessly: Asmus Tietchens, Cluster, Moebius, Roedelius, Michael Rother, Riechmann, Guünter Schickert etc. All names writ large in the avant-garde scene of German progressive music, as well as underlining Günter Körber’s audacity in offering such music a forum with his label.

October 6th NLF3 - 'Pink Renaissance' cd/lp/dd - Prohibited Records
Each new album from NLF3 holds the promise of some “cinema for your ears”, banishing any impressions of having heard it all before, and Pink Renaissance is no exception to the rule, with its vow of a “new start”, a synthetic synthesis where the electronic melts into the organic. A psychedelic epiphany? A blessing from Geronimo? Jungian anima? It matters not - Nicolas Laureau, Fabrice Laureau and Mitch Pires continue their pursuit of new horizons, reaching wider (and higher) without losing any of their constructive rigor. 

September 29th  Martin Carr ' The Breaks' cd/lp/dd - Tapete Records 
"A theme running through my work is not fitting in,” says Martin Carr. “Whether it was at school, work, in a band and even now, a 46-year-old with two small
children – I always feel slightly alienated from the process. I think everybody knows what’s going on except me.” Welcome to the human condition. We’re all a bit lost inside, trying to put on a brave face and front out through the days, doing whatever it takes to make sense of the mind and body’s tangled lines of communication. Martin Carr does it with music; has been for 25 years now, via a string of acclaimed records with The Boo Radleys, then his Brave Captain alias, and latterly under his own name. Hearing his new album, The Breaks, you’re bound to think he’s never done it any better than this, right here and now.

September 29th  Mark Fry 'South Wind, Clear Sky' cd/lp/dd - Second Language
Perhaps still most widely recognised for Dreaming With Alice, his 1972 psych-folk debut for RCA Italy as a 19-year-old art student-troubadour, Mark Fry has been turning his creative gaze on the world, and alchemising its elements into shimmering, quietly visionary works of art, ever since. Certainly not an artist who dances to the music of time in any conventional sense, Mark, a respected, and collected, painter, most often to be found holed up in his Normandy farmhouse studio, allowed more than three decades to glide by before recording Alice’s follow up, 2008’s Shooting The Moon. His subsequent musical activity has been frenetic by comparison. South Wind, Clear Sky most exquisitely realised musical offering to dateSung with that now familiar alloy of cool restraint and wondering innocence, and passingly reminiscent of the kind of English pastoralism associated with the likes of Kevin Ayers or Bill Fay, the album’s leanly arranged yet immersive songs are propelled by Mark’s glinting, plangent guitars and deliciously embroidered by John Parker’s double bass, Angèle David-Guillou’s piano and backing vocals and Katie Lang’s French horn, all bound together by producer Guy Fixsen (My Bloody Valentine, Stereolab) into a delightfully iridescent whole.

September 22nd  Laetitia Sadier 'Something Shines' cd/lp/dd - Drag City
Laetitia Sadier's new album has just been delivered and it;s a joy! 'Something Shines' was recorded and matured more slowly than either Silencio or The Trip. It took nine months and you know what that means, baby! New Life...

September 22nd  Purling Hiss 'Weirdon' cd/lp/dd - Drag City
Full-tilt with tunes, aggro riffs, feedback peals, stoned soul-searching, pop turnarounds and magisterial portraits of the go-nowhere lifestyle in abstract, Weirdon is also a new-phase Purling Hiss album, using the songwriting and guitar style of Mike Polizze to come up with a quicksilver sound touched on only briefly on previous records. Replete with handclaps, pounding pianos, tambourines and vocal effects, but steeped in guitar roar, Purling Hiss streamlines up nicely, serving the new songs and directions of Weirdon while still slamming down hard on your ears like they like to do.

September 15th  Red Snapper – 'Hyena' cd/lp/dd  – Lo Recordings

Inspired by their recent soundtrack for cult 70s Senegalese road movie "Touki Bouki", the first independent African film which was recently restored by Martin Scorcese, 'Hyena' is an afro-funk odyssey. Red Snapper have toured with the film for a year, playing the soundtrack live to audiences across Europe, developing and extending the themes of the score. Hitting the studio at the end of this long haul on the road has delivered a super-tight energized performance, the way bands used to do things back in the 70's and the 70's are all over this soundtrack, from the opening cut Card Trick there's a strong evocation of electric Miles Davis. Ali Friend's bass leaves all the space intact for David Ayers' driving wah wah chops and Tom Challenger's ring-mod keyboards. Rich Thair's drums blend the rhythms of blaxploitation and afro-beat effortlessly. But the real game changer has to be the addition of Tom Challenger (sax and keys) who has played with Snapper since 2007. He's brought out the musicality in the group - the album is packed with strong melodic ideas from the whole band. This album is a sum of Red Snapper's work over the last two decades. The references are all there from 90's Bristol (Walking Man), Weatherall darkness (Blue Chest), psyche-disco (Village Tap), 70's fusion style cop themes (Dock Running) and afro-dub (Lassoo). They don't just pull it off, they make it sound easy, and that must be the results of touring hard before putting the tracks to tape. Sometimes doing things the old way turns out to be the best way.

September 15th  The Free Fall Band 'The Münster Sights' - cd/lp/dd  - El Segell del Primavera
The Free Fall Band are five very young timeless pop creators bursting with melody and sublime choruses hailing from Mataro - a village north of Barcelona. Their debut album, 'Elefants Never Forget', was produced by Miqui Puig and released on LAV Tecords. The record sums up TFFB perfectly; echoes of The Beatles, Jonathan Richman, The Shins, The Zombies... fun and emotion in equal measure, carefully assembled arrangements and a youthful image. With their second album the band have arrived at a different level. The sings are a reflection of a band that has been [playing and growing as musicians. The record has been produced by Darren Hayman (Hefner/The French et al) and engineered by Giles Barrett (Tigercats) to produced richer and fatter sound than previously and containing stand out pop moments such as 'Fontana' and 'I Want To Know'.

September 8th Silver Servants 'Silver Servants' cd/lp/dd - Second Language
Debut album by Silver Servants, a "supergroup" of artists from the Second Language label roster (plus guests), improvised and recorded in sporadic sessions between 2010 - 2014. Includes contributions from Mark Fry, Oliver Cherer (Dollboy), Anna Brønsted (Our Broken Garden), Robin Saville (ISAN), Sharron Kraus, Áine O'Dwyer, Nick Palmer (Directorsound), Glen Johnson (Piano Magic), Katie English (Isnaj Dui/littlebow), Angèle David-Guillou (Klima/Piano Magic), David Sheppard (Ellis Island Sound), Jerome Tcherneyan (Piano Magic), Zizi Kanaan (The Eyes In The Heat) Roxy Fry, Frances Castle (The Hardy Tree), Keiron Phelan (littlebow) and Nick Franglen (Lemon Jelly). 

September 8th  Gudran Gut und Joachim Irmler - '500m' - bureau b
Both approaches to music - the Krautrock-informed, epic willingness to explore on the part of Irmler; the structured and technoid Berliner discipline (which is practically a contradiction in itself) of Gut - are conjoined in glistening beauty on this collaborative album "500m“, recorded at the Faust studio in Scheer in Autumn of 2013.

September 1st Little Tornadoes 'We Are Devine' cd/lp/dd - Rio Bogota 
Augmenting the band’s core of David Thayer (guitars and keys) and Laetitia Sadier (bass and voice) are a rich tapestry of futes, horns, vibes, and brushed drums. The album was produced by Emmanuel Mario (drummer of Holden, and co-producer of other Laetita Sadier releases including the recent Silencio LP.

September 1st  Jennifer Castle 'Pink City' cd/lp/dd - No Quarter
New LP from Toronto songwriter Jennifer Castle. Recorded throughout 2013 with longtime producing partners Jeff McMurrich and David Clarke, Castle spent the previous year touring North America behind her 2012 LP Castlemusic (including shows with Kurt VileCass McCombs and Lower Dens). Owen Pallet provides string arrangements and folk-singer Kath Bloom contributes wistful harmonica on the pining “Down River”.

September 1st  Oso Leone 'Mokragora' - cd/lp/dd - El Segell del Primavera
An ode to eloquence and refinement: With its lucid structure and spotless sound, 'Mokragora' speaks about equilibrium and harmony. About the fabulous reconciliation of the organic with the synthetic and the dynamic balance of opposites. This is a supreme blend of the mellow power of the most melodic rock & roll with the exploration of the cutting edge of electronic music. From beginning to end, 'Mokragora' is a perfectly composed, brilliantly evocative auditory massage. Its like a sequence of doors opening up to a magic world of undeniable reality. A world that speaks from the depths of the oceans and the eternity of the mountains.

August 26th Asteroid # 4 - 'S/T' - cd/dd/lp Bad Vibrations Records 
Formed as a quartet in Philadelphia Asteroid #4 have since become a permanent five piece and now call Northern California their home. Thier sound is a hypnotic hybrid of several different genres filtered through the kaleidoscope of all things psychedelic, krautrock, 'shoegaze, folk and even 70s cosmic country rock and despite never shying away from wearing their influences squarely on their sleeves. Named after Vesta, the brightest asteroid in our solar system, the moniker is an obvious nod to Spacemen 3, the classic UK band which the Asteroid #4 repeatedly drops as an influence... with this their 8th album in 15 years their story continues to unfold...

August 26th Ty Segall 'Manipulator' cd/lp/dd/cass - Drag City
THE SEGALL HAS LANDED. And it's fully loaded with everything that Ty Segall (and you and me) are gonna need in the world to come. Sticking his hand deeper into the machines all around him, Ty is reaching ever further to the outer limits of inner space orbited throughout Twins and Sleeper. And now more than ever, the chunks of the world that came before are like asteroids formed in his image, picking up speed. Still fighting the power with all the energy that a determined mind-patriot can conjure, Ty's a fighter who loves, a surfer, a spaceman, and yeah, a casualty - like you, he'll never be free. But unlike you, he knows it - and when he goes down and his head cracks in two, out pour the multi-colored manias that make up Manipulator. Sour-sweet declarations featuring freaks and creeps alike: "The Singer," "The Faker," "Mister Main," "Susie Thumb," the "Connection Man," and "The Crawler," to name but a mutant fistful. To see these peeps, to realize their dreams and visions, Ty kept working, kept writing, laying down more tracks than ever. New musical expressions pop and surprise relentlessly throughout all the knockout tunes of Manipulator which feature Ty's helium-cooled vocals, sounding more powerful and dynamic than ever, and many sounds in the mix, but most of all, SO many guitars! Strangled-neck solos recalling the good old days down by the river with Neil, numbed-and-unplugged discursions, three-quarter quartets raising their din in a few key places, waves of sparkling acoustics with ominous, Love-ly undertones - and then, torrents of filthy git-grunge, exploding into the chorus, washing everything away, fusing the blackness of Sabbath with the grime and grab-ass of the Stooges and the sweet swinging tones of the Stones. All in the name of getting higher on the music. Why have one guitar solo when you can have a few in the same space? There's so little time, and a LOT to say.

July 28th ZIGURI - 'S/T' cd/lp/dd - bureau b

Ziguri is a project comprising Krautrock legend Günter Schickert, Udo Erdenreich and Dieter Kölsch. Active from 1987 to 1997, they reformed in 2011 and now, some 27 years later to be exact, present us with their first album. The music: hypnotic trance/Motorik/psychic rock-driving, monotonous beats and bass lines, overlain by floating patterns from Schickert’s inimitable Echodrive guitar.

July 21st  Paus – 'Clarao' cd/lp/dd - El Segell del Primavera 
A record that finds four friends who grew up on the hardcore /punk scene but want people to dance - and record as complex as it is powerful, full of percussion and rage. Formed in 2009 in Lisbon, the Portuguese band breaks all moulds: a siamese drum that acts as the motor of the band, a bass that doesn't sound like a bass, a guitar and an arsenal of keyboards that create the multiple textures of their sound, that moves between experimental and pop with tropical influences, psychedelia and hints of the hardcore past of some of its members. 

July 21st Jaki Liebezeit/Hans Joachim Irmler - 'Flut'  - cd/lp/dd - Klangbad
A special energy is released through the clash between Jochen Irmler, one of Krautrock’s main driving forces as a founding member of Faust, and his sparring partner here Jaki Liebezeit, the living legend from Can, whose unrivaled hypnotic drumming has earned him a reputation as one of the most avant-garde percussionists, and as a human drum machine. FLUT adds another chapter to Irmler’s recent collaborations that all explore the sonic possibilites of prepared organ and drums. The series includes previous releases with Gudrun Gut, FM Einheit’s and with Christian Wolfarth. Here Irmler and Liebzeit have recorded a hypnotic maelstrom of an album.

July 21st  White Fence ' For the Recently Found Innocent' cd/lp/dd - Drag City What a record-making machine! Pop songs cut and strung up, aired out and pasted down into new perfect pop songs blown dry in today’s new air! Old-school psyike digitally re-imaged in 21st century stripes and polka-dots (and others)! Lyrics to make us laugh in reverie, lines from the private libraries of the nobility of old, fucked. From the moment their records hit our eyes and ears, we are entranced. And guilty, wondering who we had to disenfranchise to make the pleasure of working with them ours. Phase-reversed White Fence, bringing their altered air into the “real” world, with Tim’s moody blues and righteous tunes intact! Such great songs, one after one, and produced quite naturally so, in their service, by Ty Segall – bringing White Fence at last to a plot in Drag City and making them ever so much more so their selves. 

July 21st  Astronauts 'Hollow Ponds' cd/lp/dd - Lo Recordings
A collection that revisits the bleepy folkish melancholy so beloved by Dan Carney in his former incarnation - critically acclaimed East London alt-folkers Dark Captain - while also taking in some new and unfamiliar territories. While the open-tuned acoustic guitars and bubbling electronic textures are firmly in evidence on tracks such as the cascading opener ‘Skydive’ and ‘Flame Exchange’, it’s the spiky, psyched-out ‘Try To Put It Out Of Your Mind’, and the good ol'fashioned guitar abuse of ‘Vampires’ and the anthemic 'Openside' which serve to launch Astronauts into galaxies previously uncharted.

July 14th  Cardiacs ‘Sing to God’ - Double Gatefold Double Vinyl - The Alphabet Business Concern
Whatever superlatives previously applied to Cardiacs music: psychedelic, epic, strange, otherworldly,terrifying, magnificent, spectral, progressive, weird; were expanded into technicolour, re-imagined in four dimensions and attached to the tail of a rocket with the release of this magnum opus. Sing to God was the realisation of everything that had been inside Tim Smith's head since birth. And what a realisation. Sing to God was devastating. Nearly 20 years since this CD was originally released it is time to realise this beauty on double gatefold heavy vinyl. And so it has been done.

June 23rd Black Bananas - 'Electric Brick Wall' cd/lp/dd - Drag City
With eyes and ears out for the phases and strains of rock past and present, Black Bananas are on the lookout for a sound that mainly exists in their mind, an idea of sound to wrap around the tunes, a cattle-prod sneaking around the backside of your aural cortex. To jolt you into magical thinking. And to make you jump, and make your hair stand up. Yeah, Black Bananas' production pays forward the psychotropic effect with ultimate line blur, but Electric Brick Wall is solidly composed of time-tested elements - the beat, the groove, licks, builds and bridges, fused together for projection as a new musical shred-spress to the stars. On Electric Brick Wall, Black Bananas are in total control. They've stood up next to the mountain and they're electric; they're splayed out in front of the brick wall, an iconic backdrop for rock and rollers of infinite ages - but this time, it's a wall with a switch, a wall that you can turn on and off. Black Bananas are a band with the tools in their hand, hotwiring the concept of what they can be and not needing to be anything else.    

June 23rd  Poino 'Bon Ick Voyeur' cd/lp/dd - Horse Arm
Hot on the heels of four years ago, Poino are back with a bracing dose of mercurial music delivered in the form of their new long player ‘Bon Ick Voyeur’. Building on and refining the primal, angular mania of 2010’s ‘Moan Loose’, their second record clearly demonstrates a more cultivated and varied palette, without compromising on intensity. Recorded and produced by the band, the album displays their ability to not only channel the force of their pounded and clawed instruments, but more importantly control what charges toward the listener or is held back, what screams, whispers or hisses. Wrestling melody from dark, powerful mayhem or twisting further into elegant strains when a new dimension is desired, they occasionally create both beautiful and unsettling arrangements as on the closing track which stirs piano, vibes and strings into the mixture.Dense with idiosyncrasies and warped imaginings the music is laced with unpredictability. Gaverick de Vis strangles abnormal chords out of his guitar’s neck and all manner of disturbing utterances from his own, while the rhythm section of John Greenhorn’s drums and Ross Blake’s bass explores a love-hate relationship that threatens, at times, to be almost danceable, but then spins off into unexpected realms before things get overly cosy. Too heavy to be jazz, too fractured to be rock ‘n’ roll, too stubborn to be anything else…Poino.

16th June Stars In Battledress - 'In Droplet Form' cd/dd (Believers Roast BR015)
Stars In Battledress is a British duo. Brothers Richard and James Larcombe write and perform delicate, otherworldly songs for harmony voices, piano and electric guitar. They've performed and recorded together and individually with William D Drake and the North Sea Radio Orchestra, but they began creating music together in childhood, ploughing an isolated furrow with hundreds of private cassette recordings. Initially they created collages from classical, folk and film and television music, crudely re-edited, reversed or slowed down, then learnt to perform and re record the results, adding vocals and removing recognisable elements of the sources. In their twenties they rediscovered these "songs" and began to write new material in the style of what they heard. "In Droplet Form" is the second collection of this material. The music of Stars In Battledress is uniquely English but never whimsical, poetic but never pretentious, defiantly unusual but never contrived, complex but never flash, trippy and dreamlike but with hardly a whiff of the sixties. Contradictions all, but in their precise, delicate music everything is where it should be. There are hints of Erik Satie, Syd Barrett, The Incredible String Band, Cardiacs and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, but their style is truly theirs alone. There's something lonely and distant about it, but there's warmth and charm in their fragile world, and a gentle humour in the lyrics.

9th June Moebius, Story and Leidecker 'Snowghost Pieces' - cd/lp/dd - Bureau B 
Dieter Moebius charted new "Krautronik" ground as one half of Cluster (with Hans-Joachim Roedelius) for many years. The Americans Tim Story and Jon Leidecker are two electronic musicians who could not be more different to one another. Story is known for his warm soundscapes whilst Leidecker has made an name for himself, or rather for his "Wobbly" pseudonym, with experimental adventures in sound. "Snowghost pieces" features harmonious, electronic improvisations of the highest order. Hypnotic rhythms embellished with sometimes bizarre, always surprising sounds and noises.

June 2nd Uma 'S/T' cd/lp/dd - Enraptured Records
Electronic duo, Ella and Florian (Flo) Zwietnig create floating experimental electronic pop, mixing deep rhythms, bass sounds and hauntingly beautiful choir like vocal chants. 2012 saw the release of their well received debut EP, ‘Drop Your Soul’.  The stunning five track debut dwelling between melodic sound-tinkering avant-garde and soothing catchiness. Written in Berlin and Los Angeles, it featured notable guest musicians including the legendary Silver Apples and acclaimed Japanese field recording artist Yosi Horikawa. 2013 was spent mostly recording the debut album but occasionally escaping to do what they love best, playing live shows and Festivals, such as Sonar. 2014 will see them promoting the album playing shows and festivals across the UK and Europe. UMA’s self-titled debut album showcases an array of unusual, infectious melodies and off-the-wall electronic soundscapes. 

May 19th Eat Lights Become Lights – 'Into Forever' cd/lp/dd – Rocket Girl Records
Eat Lights Become Lights (ELBL) were formed in London in the winter of 2007 by Neil Rudd. The ELBL sound orbits around those of late 1970’s German electronica artists and more contemporary sonic explorers. Citing minimalist composers such as Steve Reich and Moondog as big influences on the new long player Neil has produced a set of tunes that will have you accelerating to attack speed before easing back into Moog led melodic passages that are sure to please any sonic adventurer.

May 19th Chris Stroffolino - ' The Griffith Park Sessions' cd/lp/dd - Broken Horse
A testament to the poetry of distance and reason -- that keen ability of the true poet to be contemplative and philosophical in the present, even when it’s fucked. In a world where a poet with a command of Shakespeare is homeless. In a world that would rather have an invisible underclass than ponder its real-life tragic figures.  The Griffith Park Sessions was recorded in a van – just Stroffolino and his piano. Not because this is one of those remote mobile recording studios you might see parked outside of some arena. You see, this van has been everything to Stroffolino for 18 months. It’s a home studio because, well, it’s home, because he’s homeless – and he has a beaten-up upright piano bolted to the chassis in the middle of the van. Stroffolino is a Shakespearean scholar with a Ph.D. A published author of eight books of poetry. A former member of popular indie rock band Silver Jews. 

May 19th  Arch Garrison ' I Will Be Pilgrim' cd/dd - Household Mark
Having garnered much critical acclaim for his larger scale compositions and songs with the last North Sea Radio Orchestra album (2011's 'I A Moon'), Craig Fortnam returns in singer-songwriter mode with the second Arch Garrison album, 'I Will Be A Pilgrim'. 'Pilgrim' details Fortnam's attachment to the chalk downland of Southern England; a landscape criss-crossed with ancient trackways, droves and green lanes, and dotted with Neolithic mounds and barrows, evidence of the Great Stone Culture – all calling him to pull on his walking boots, whistle for the dogs and hit the road, to undertake a pilgrimage to nowhere. He walks the ancient paths as an act of connecting to something intangible but present in the marks left by man, be they burial mounds or pylons – it's all the same really - all grist to the songwriting mill - walk walk hum sing walk.....

May 12th The Monkey Puzzle – '' cd/dd - Slowfoot Records
Walking a tightrope between song, improvisation and sound-as-sound, Monkey Puzzle Trio is an ongoing project which features drummer Charles Hayward [This Heat, About Group, Massacre], bassist Nick Doyne-Ditmas [Pinski Zoo, Crackle] and the words, voice and textures of singer and sound artist Viv Corringham. Their music is driven by the restless energy, invention and power of Hayward’s drumming underpinned by the lan

 

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