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  1. Blue Music: Angelic Architecture (3:53)
  2. Yellow Music: Chemical Wedding (3:02)
  3. Red Music: Fire In The Breath (7:05)
Review: The Colour of Entropy (In Three Stages) is a collaboration between Belgium's Sleeperhold Publications and multi-instrumentalist?/?composer Daniel O'Sullivan (DOS) with imagery by French artist Felicia Atkinson. The title of this upcoming release might not unreasonably suggest decay and decomposition. The first few bars of Entropy instantly dispel any such forebodings. You find yourself, instead, transported to some ineffably gorgeous but nevertheless very earthly paradise. Entropy is over fourteen-minutes long, staged in three parts and, as anyone who knows and loves Daniel O'Sullivan will tell you, he is nothing if not mercurial.
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Alben
The Sound Of Indifference (reissue) (cassette limited to 300 copies)
Cat: MW 071. Rel: 03 Apr 20
  1. AI Theme (3:08)
  2. Funky Party (3:47)
  3. Bohemianinst (2:25)
  4. Man Am I Progressive (3:03)
  5. D&Z (part 3) (2:09)
  6. Are You Worried? (2:10)
  7. Conceptual Car Crash (2:01)
  8. Secretary Chick (2:27)
  9. God (2:52)
  10. Transit (1:18)
  11. We Will Go To The Beach (3:07)
  12. Park (3:46)
  13. Curious Ways Of Dying (4:19)
Review: Minimal Wave is proud to present The Sound of Indifference, a rare cassette released in 1981 by Aural Indifference. Aural Indifference was a post-punk studio collective from Sydney, Australia. The two principal members were Brian Spencer Hall (the M Squared in house producer) and Kevin Purdy. The cassette album, The Sound of Indifference, was released in 1981, featuring tracks such as "Theme", "Park, and "Man Am I Progressive". Their sound ranges from minimal synth, to post-punk to quirky guitar-driven electronic folk music, some of it resembling John Maus. "Theme" appeared as the closing track on The Minimal Wave Tapes: Volume Two compilation and "Park" appeared on The Bedroom Tapes compilation. Here for the first time, we are offering a reissue of the original cassette, remastered from the master tapes and complete with original artwork, limited to 300 copies.
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Batteaux (heavyweight vinyl LP + insert)
Cat: BEWITH 027LP. Rel: 15 Mar 18
  1. Tell Her She's Lovely (2:38)
  2. Living's Worth Loving (3:11)
  3. Wake Me In The Morning (2:41)
  4. Mirror (2:59)
  5. Joe Arnold (3:13)
  6. Dig Up The Love (2:49)
  7. Katy (2:01)
  8. Lady Of The Lake (2:23)
  9. Treat Me Right, Treat Me Wrong (2:49)
  10. High Tide (3:50)
  11. Wishing My Father (1:15)
  12. Maybe I'll Run Away (3:01)
Review: Cult folk funk opus from two Hawaiian sons of a dolphin whisperer, this self-titled album was written and released 45 years ago but still sounds just as calming, alluring and mystical as ever. The dreamy flutes and staggered tempo of "Wake Me In The Morning", the gutsy ballad and soaring strings of "Joe Arnold", the staccato bluesy pop of "Katy" and the positively Balearic classic "High Tide"... Moments like this will always resonate. The only album the Batteaux brothers ever released, relatively rare and prone to bootlegs, this is the first official re-release in over five years and a great chance to catch up.
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I Made A Place (heavyweight vinyl LP + insert)
Cat: WIGLP 465. Rel: 15 Nov 19
  1. New Memory Box (3:01)
  2. Dream Awhile (3:31)
  3. The Devil's Throat (3:31)
  4. Look Backward On Your Future, Look Forward To Your Past (3:54)
  5. I Have Made A Place (3:38)
  6. Squid Eye (2:45)
  7. You Know The One (3:35)
  8. This Is Far From Over (2:45)
  9. Nothing Is Busted (4:30)
  10. Mama Mama (2:31)
  11. The Glow (part 3) (3:21)
  12. Thick Air (2:38)
  13. Building A Fire (3:36)
Review: It's always nice when an album comes with a backstory so genuinely absurd it renders the project a surrealist work of art. Welcome to "I Made A Place", the first fresh material from Bonnie "Prince" Billy in time, dedicated to life's simple and most instinctive pleasures. Because in the face of real adversity overthinking is wasting time. So here's the yarn - Hawaii, January 2018, Will and Elsa, the creatives at work here, are in the midst of an artistic residency when a warning goes off about an impending missile attack. A song is written, "Blueberry Jam"; whimsical flight of fancy laughing in the face of impending Armageddon. Thankfully the "attack" was a false alarm, but it catalysed further work resulting in this album. Complex song craft and enchanting folk instrumentation rooted in what we feel when all is about to be lost.
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I Made A Place (heavyweight coloured vinyl LP)
Cat: WIGLP 465X. Rel: 15 Nov 19
  1. New Memory Box (3:01)
  2. Dream Awhile (3:31)
  3. The Devil's Throat (3:32)
  4. Look Backward On Your Future, Look Forward To Your Past (3:54)
  5. I Have Made A Place (3:38)
  6. Squid Eye (2:45)
  7. You Know The One (3:37)
  8. This Is Far From Over (2:47)
  9. Nothing Is Busted (4:33)
  10. Mama Mama (2:32)
  11. The Glow (part 3) (3:22)
  12. Thick Air (2:39)
  13. Building A Fire (3:36)
Review: It's always nice when an album comes with a backstory so genuinely absurd it renders the project a surrealist work of art. Welcome to "I Made A Place", the first fresh material from Bonnie "Prince" Billy in time, dedicated to life's simple and most instinctive pleasures. Because in the face of real adversity overthinking is wasting time. So here's the yarn - Hawaii, January 2018, Will and Elsa, the creatives at work here, are in the midst of an artistic residency when a warning goes off about an impending missile attack. A song is written, "Blueberry Jam"; whimsical flight of fancy laughing in the face of impending Armageddon. Thankfully the "attack" was a false alarm, but it catalysed further work resulting in this album. Complex song craft and enchanting folk instrumentation rooted in what we feel when all is about to be lost.
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Are You In Love? (coloured vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: SCR 94LPX. Rel: 27 Mar 20
  1. Electric Roses (4:29)
  2. Your Girl (4:33)
  3. Light Years (2:46)
  4. Homesick (3:42)
  5. Hall Of Mirrors (2:44)
  6. I Believe It Now (4:04)
  7. No Control (4:02)
  8. Pale Blue (3:07)
  9. Already Forgiven (3:20)
  10. The Last Time (2:54)
  11. Fables (3:06)
  12. Love Is At The End Of The World (4:18)
Review: A tour de force of instrumentation, to say the least, Basia Bulat returns with another fine display of incredible talent, displaying deft handiwork (to say the least) on piano, organ, synths, harps and more to offer an album of stark contrasts - there are infinite highs and some low lows, reflecting two extremes from the gamut of human emotion. Jim James is again called in for production duties, and the neo-punk certainly delivers, not least on the two tracks he provides guitar work for. That doesn't detract from the sense of 'Are You In Love?' being a work entirely of Bulat's own - a sumptuous exploration of folk textures, from soaring and celebratory to more subdued and filled with yearning. Exquisite stuff you really do need to hear to fully grasp.
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  1. Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind
  2. I Want To Be Alone
  3. Train Song
  4. Love Song
  5. Winter Is Blue
  6. Coldest Night Of The Year
  7. Track 14
  8. Track 15
  9. Track 16
  10. Track 17
  11. I'd Like To Walk Around In Your Mind
  12. Winter Is Blue
  13. Girl's Song In Winter
  14. If In Winter (100 Lovers)
  15. Wishwanderer
  16. Don't Believe
  17. 17 Pink Sugar Elephants
  18. Autumn Leaves
  19. Leave Me
  20. If In Winter (100 Lovers)
  21. How Do I Know
  22. Find My Heart Again
  23. Go Before Dawn
  24. Girl's Song In Winter
  25. I Don't Know What Love Is
  26. Don't Believe What They Say
  27. Love You Now
  28. I Know
  29. Someday
Review: Following the amazing success story of Vashti Bunyan's recent re-emergence as an artist after an exile of over 30 years, we are proud and excited to release "Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind", a comprehensive compilation of early recordings dating from the period prior to Vashti's classic "Just another Diamond Day" album which was originally released 1970. Titled after Vashti's (Jagger/Richards-penned) debut single which opens the compilation, this double-album represents an attempt to both open out and draw a line under the past, and also to try to set the record straight about the disparity between how Vashti viewed (and still views) herself against the way she has been popularly perceived. Widely construed as a folk singer - a tag she fundamentally disagrees with - these recordings instead reveal Vashti as a pop singer, however 'fragile' and unique. A complete collection of Vashti's existing early recordings, the album is divided across two discs and features 25 tracks - mostly rescued from a number of old acetates and quarter-inch tapes Vashti's brother John had found in his attic a few years ago.
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Cat: HVNLP 177CD. Rel: 03 Apr 20
  1. Can't Sleep
  2. Party's Over
  3. Jacket
  4. So I Can See
  5. Ask Me To
  6. Keep It Warm
  7. Go It Alone
  8. Tell Me What's True
  9. Not So Bad
  10. Picture Show
  11. Every Feeling
  12. Here With You
Review: It's not often you can legitimately call a record brave. Most of the time, when we use that word it's to describe wildly experimental sonics, cutting edge arrangements and never-heard-before noises. Anna Burch doesn't quite fit those descriptions, not that her unarguably 90s-influenced, Gen X survivalist rock tones don't impress. Nevertheless, she's taking the biggest risk of all on 'If You're Dreaming'; turning to face herself head on, and analyse what she sees. There's catchiness, and a stoner-ish, downtrodden or at least lackadaisical air to the way in which she approaches guitar scuzz and this immediately jumps out and grabs the ears. However, that slightly retro leaning approach to arrangements is contrasted by a very 21st Century take on life's great lessons, losses and triumphs - guiding themes behind much of the songwriting.
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Wanderer (limited heavyweight clear vinyl LP + insert + MP3 download code in embossed sleeve)
Cat: WIGLP 435X. Rel: 05 Oct 18
  1. Wanderer (1:14)
  2. In Your Face (4:11)
  3. You Get (3:43)
  4. Woman (4:50)
  5. Horizon (4:25)
  6. Stay (3:48)
  7. Black (3:55)
  8. Robbin Hood (2:11)
  9. Nothing Really Matters (3:10)
  10. Me Voy (3:58)
  11. Wanderer/Exit (2:17)
Review: It seems everyone has their own story when it comes to Cat Power; from first albums purchased, to seeing her perform live on stage with a broken ankle, all the while never ceasing to maintain her blissful air of elegance and withdrawn charisma. Chan Marshall's latest album, six years from her last, provides her debut on Domino, bringing with it three defining aspects, most notably a collaboration with Lana Del Rey on title track "Woman". A Rihanna cover version of "Stay" also makes an appearance mid-way through while tinges of auto-tune inside "Horizon" only add to her continuous extension of folky, blues & roots Americana.
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Cat: WSD 37CD. Rel: 24 May 17
  1. Prelude
  2. Open Eyes
  3. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  4. Be On Your Way
  5. Nobody's Fool
  6. When The Night Comes
  7. Tired Of Love
  8. The House Where I Live
  9. City Lights
Review: Nev Cottee may hail from Manchester (his former band Proud Mary were the first signing to Noel Gallagher's Sour Mash label) yet his heart and muse seem firmly attached to some outpost in the southern states of America, and the sun-kissed atmosphere and narcotically-enhanced mellifluousness of 'Broken Flowers' will have it taking pride of place in the more enterprising head's collection. Something akin to a Ry Cooder platter enhanced by the production and arrangement nous of Air's 'Virgin Suicides', 'Broken Flowers' is a thing of lazy majesty indeed.
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2020 (heavyweight vinyl 2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: WEIRD 120LP. Rel: 11 Oct 19
  1. Civil Servant (6:39)
  2. The Queen's Head (5:18)
  3. Two Halves (5:05)
  4. Jogging (6:39)
  5. Heart Emoji (4:29)
  6. Black Triangle (7:49)
  7. Fulfilment Centre (10:00)
  8. Fresher's Ball (4:58)
  9. No One (0:51)
  10. Dead Dog In An Alleyway (5:28)
Review: It's not just in the album title that Newcastle bard Richard Dawson is ahead of his time. His dark sense of humour and sweaty barroom gig sonics break through the noise, identifying, tackling but not seeking to solve the problems currently facing British society. What could be more post-modern than that? The UK right now is a fractured and somewhat broken island struggling to come to terms with its own place in the modern world. It's also filled with people struggling to come to terms with this reality. Focusing on portraits of those lost souls, it's poignant, cutting and lyrically hard-hitting. A bold and mammoth concept for an album, the instrumentation is even bigger, easing up on the blues and folk of his formative years to allow more room for pop to break through. The result is proof that in times of desperation a nation can at least rely on its artists to offer some hope that all is not completely lost.
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Sky Girl (2xLP)
Cat: ES 002. Rel: 30 Jun 16
  1. Linda Smith - "I So Liked Spring" (5:27)
  2. Karen Marks - "Cold Cafe" (3:03)
  3. Bruce Langhorne - "Leaving Del Norte" (1:56)
  4. The Seraphims - "Conciousness Of Happening" (2:13)
  5. Gary Davenport - "Sarra" (5:00)
  6. Some Of My Best Friends Are Canadians - "Feeling Sheepish" (4:09)
  7. The Rising Storm - "Frozen Laughter" (3:12)
  8. Warfield Spillers - "Daddy's Little Girl" (4:50)
  9. Joyce Heath - "I Wouldn't Dream Of It" (2:17)
  10. Joe Tossini & Friends - "Wild Dream" (4:29)
  11. Scott Seskind - "I Remember" (2:52)
  12. Angel - "Driving (Down)" (4:28)
  13. Nini Raviolette & Hugo Weris - "Slow" (1:05)
  14. Nora Guthrie - "Home Before Dark" (2:38)
  15. Once - "Joanna" (3:17)
Review: Sky Girl is the work of two noted (but arguably under-appreciated) crate diggers, DJ Sundae and Julien Dechery, and gathers together a veritable treasure trove of obscure material loosely connected by (in the label's own words) "the same longing sentiment". Its' fifteen tracks touch on a variety of hazy, down-tempo styles, and were recorded at various points between 1961 and '91. There's much to admire throughout, from the folksy psychedelic pop of The Rising Storm's "Frozen Laughter", and spoken word eccentricity of Scott Seskind's "I Remember", to the dreamy, eyes-closed ambience of Nini Raviolette & Hugo Weris' "Slow" and string-laden samba-folk of Nora Guthrie's "Home Before Dark".
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Cat: 73095 CD. Rel: 26 Mar 20
  1. When You're Ready
  2. 21 Days
  3. Vincent
  4. I Don't Mind (If I'm With You)
  5. Lonely For You Only
  6. Horses
  7. Hard Feelings
  8. You Have Stolen My Heart
Review: Brian Fallon is one of those artists who truly endears themselves to their fan base, and pretty much anyone else who comes into earshot. Frontman of seminal group The Gaslight Anthem, we've watched, or more accurately listened closely as he has grown up, expanded his horizons in terms of sources of inspiration and matured in so far as ability to reflect and re-evaluate the past to better inform the future. A guy who has come of age, you might say. Of course in many ways 'Local Honey' adds to the side of his oeuvre that has been reined in by the march of life itself. Long-since a father, many of the heartfelt but huge guitar tracks on here are focused close to home, and therefore close to the bone, but this is not an artist who has lost relevance to younger listeners. In fact far from it.
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Countless Branches (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: DOC 141LP. Rel: 17 Jan 20
  1. In Human Hands (2:18)
  2. How Long, How Long (2:43)
  3. Your Little Face (2:42)
  4. Salt Of The Earth (3:38)
  5. I Will Remain Here (2:06)
  6. Filled With Wonder Once Again (3:07)
  7. Time's Going Somewhere (2:41)
  8. Love Will Remain (2:23)
  9. Countless Branches (2:19)
  10. One Life (2:43)
Review: Good things from those who wait, someone should have definitely said at some point. For Bill Fay, who had both the privilege and the nightmare of being able to choose from some 40 years of material to put this together. Amazingly only his third LP, arriving 50 years after his debut, at 76-years-young he has clearly mastered the art of keeping things simple in order to be truly, staggeringly powerful. It's unforgettable stuff to say the least. Tender vocals, gentile guitar, delicate pianos and little more, aside from some incredibly evocative lyrics. Works such as "I Will Remain Here" and the title track summarise Fay in many ways. Songs about ancient, mysterious places and histories imagined and real, our poet-cum-troubadour acting as both guide and accomplice to the act of marvelling at it all. Records like this literally don't come along everyday, and we should treasure every moment of them.
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Cat: DOC 211CD. Rel: 17 Jan 20
  1. In Human Hands
  2. How Long, How Long
  3. Your Little Face
  4. Salt Of The Earth
  5. I Will Remain Here
  6. Filled With Wonder Once Again
  7. Time's Going Somewhere
  8. Love Will Remain
  9. Countless Branches
  10. One Life
  11. Tiny (bonus track)
  12. Don't Let My Marigolds Die (live In Studio - bonus track)
  13. The Rooster (bonus track)
  14. Your Little Face (acoustic version - bonus track)
  15. Filled With Wonder Once Again (Band version - bonus track)
  16. How Long, How Long (Band version - bonus track)
  17. Love Will Remain (Band version - bonus track)
Review: Good things from those who wait, someone should have definitely said at some point. For Bill Fay, who had both the privilege and the nightmare of being able to choose from some 40 years of material to put this together. Amazingly only his third LP, arriving 50 years after his debut, at 76-years-young he has clearly mastered the art of keeping things simple in order to be truly, staggeringly powerful. It's unforgettable stuff to say the least. Tender vocals, gentile guitar, delicate pianos and little more, aside from some incredibly evocative lyrics. Works such as "I Will Remain Here" and the title track summarise Fay in many ways. Songs about ancient, mysterious places and histories imagined and real, our poet-cum-troubadour acting as both guide and accomplice to the act of marvelling at it all. Records like this literally don't come along everyday, and we should treasure every moment of them.
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Countless Branches (Deluxe Edition) (2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: DOC 211LP. Rel: 17 Jan 20
  1. In Human Hands (2:17)
  2. How Long, How Long (2:41)
  3. Your Little Face (2:41)
  4. Salt Of The Earth (3:36)
  5. I Will Remain Here (2:04)
  6. Filled With Wonder Once Again (3:05)
  7. Time's Going Somewhere (2:38)
  8. Love Will Remain (2:20)
  9. Countless Branches (2:16)
  10. One Life (2:41)
  11. Tiny (2:54)
  12. Don't Let My Marigolds Die (live In Studio) (2:14)
  13. The Rooster (3:15)
  14. Your Little Face (acoustic version) (2:15)
  15. Filled With Wonder Once Again (Band version) (4:16)
  16. How Long, How Long (Band version) (2:41)
  17. Love Will Remain (Band version) (2:36)
Review: Good things from those who wait, someone should have definitely said at some point. For Bill Fay, who had both the privilege and the nightmare of being able to choose from some 40 years of material to put this together. Amazingly only his third LP, arriving 50 years after his debut, at 76-years-young he has clearly mastered the art of keeping things simple in order to be truly, staggeringly powerful. It's unforgettable stuff to say the least. Tender vocals, gentile guitar, delicate pianos and little more, aside from some incredibly evocative lyrics. Works such as "I Will Remain Here" and the title track summarise Fay in many ways. Songs about ancient, mysterious places and histories imagined and real, our poet-cum-troubadour acting as both guide and accomplice to the act of marvelling at it all. Records like this literally don't come along everyday, and we should treasure every moment of them.
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Cat: DR 36 (B-STOCK). Rel: 09 Aug 19
  1. That Others May (2:26)
  2. Beneath (1:48)
  3. Son In Blue (1:34)
  4. Old Gold (1:53)
  5. Mink Horn (3:51)
  6. Can't Make Done (2:06)
  7. Rolling Boil (3:43)
  8. Daylight
  9. Make It Up
  10. Crab Song (2:35)
  11. Candle (0:57)
  12. Song From "Island" (1:46)
  13. Winter Galaxy (3:23)
  14. July August (2:25)
  15. Pile Of Books (2:02)
Review: ***B-STOCK: Box damaged, product unused & in perfect condition***

- Creasing to corner of sleeve


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Designer (LP)
4AD
Cat: 4AD 0102LP. Rel: 26 Apr 19
  1. Fixture Picture (4:04)
  2. Designer (4:19)
  3. Zoo Eyes (5:14)
  4. Treasure (4:10)
  5. The Barrel (4:50)
  6. Damn (6:16)
  7. Weight Of The Planets (4:30)
  8. Heaven Is Empty (3:05)
  9. Pilot (3:09)
Review: To live a life with harmony is some of the first lyrics spent on Aldous Harding's anticipated Designer album, and she gives us plenty here. Easy going '90s coastal pop nostalgia is subtly blended into folky storytelling of up-front, breathy vocals, strumming and finger picked guitars, to acoustic drums and various strokes of piano. Patti Smith influences, to Nico, Kate Bush and even Cat Power similarities and inspirations are there to be found on this LP too. And with the New Zealand singer-songwriter already making quite the impression with her Party LP from two years ago, her debut on the always impressing 4AD, this sophomore album looks to conjure up more of her sweet and dreamy flow yet.
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Party (LP)
4AD
Cat: 4AD 0008LP. Rel: 19 May 17
  1. Blend (2:28)
  2. Imagining My Man (5:48)
  3. Living The Classics (2:42)
  4. Party (5:41)
  5. I'm So Sorry (3:47)
  6. Horizon (4:10)
  7. What If Birds Aren't Signing They're Screaming (3:03)
  8. The World Is Looking For You (5:05)
  9. Swell Does The Skull (5:51)
Review: It may be open to debate how ironic that title is - the New Zealand-born singer-songwriter Harding insists that it's not. But the fact that this record isn't overburdened by elated atmospherics takes nothing away from a quietly powerful, reflective and charismatic piece of work. PJ Harvey comparisons (particularly in relation to 'White Chalk') are bound to present themselves, especially with longtime Peej collaborator John Parish on board, but 'Party' is a dark gem with a lustre all its own. not to mention brio, humour and subtlety to spare.
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Stonechild (limited 180 gram white marbled vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: MI 0545LPX. Rel: 05 Jul 19
  1. Free Of The Feeling (feat Lucius) (2:00)
  2. Shoulder Charge (feat Lucius) (2:00)
  3. Old Fear Of Father (2:00)
  4. Footfall To The Path (2:00)
  5. Death Row (2:00)
  6. Red White & Black (2:00)
  7. 01 Tear (2:00)
  8. All Time Low (2:00)
  9. Outside Of Eden (feat Kate Stables & Justis) (2:00)
  10. Passage's End (2:00)
  11. Time Capsule (2:00)
Review: On her fifth solo album, singer and songwriter Jesca Hoop teams up with UK producer John Parish, best known for his work with singer-songwriter PJ Harvey. "Stonechild" marks a slight sonic seachange here with the American arguably delivering her quietest, most contemplative studio work yet. Cryptic confessionals, fabled tales and spiritual expression are just some of the more subdued themes that come up across these 11 songs, and with environmental concerns and emotional harmonies both voiced through vocals and guitars, Jesca Hoop lacks no fear in chronicling her take of exploring the depths of one's own abyss.
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Cat: SPCD 1255. Rel: 31 Aug 18
  1. What Hurts Worse
  2. Waves Of Galveston
  3. Last Of Your Rock 'n' Roll Heroes
  4. Milkweed
  5. Autumn Town Leaves
  6. Talking To Fog
Review: Iron & Wine, aka Samuel Beam (not to be confused with Father John Misty) is an crooning America folk singer-songwriter who's earned the right to sport the beard he does. The music here is a collection of songs that couldn't quite make it in time to find a place on his Grammy nominated album Beast Epic from last year, so they are neatly encapsulated in this heart-nourishing follow up. It's a nice strum through folky pastures that at points reach a bluesey coastline (maybe hi-fiving Donavon Frankenreiter along the way) in search of that warm campfire, somewhere nearby.
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Pour L'Amour (140 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: ERC 066. Rel: 17 Dec 18
  1. Introduction
  2. Le Reveil
  3. L'Amour Pour Bouclier
  4. Ne Doute Pas
  5. Le Long De Fleuve Amour
  6. Le Guerrier
  7. Introduction
  8. Secret
  9. Aurore
  10. Kiroel
  11. Douleur
  12. Sorciere
  13. De L'Autre Cote Du Miroir
  14. Les Coquillages
Review: Emotional Rescue is delighted to offer this compilation of music from Elaine Kibaro and her particular coalesce of chanson, folk, balearic and touch of disco, all encased in her strong French and North African roots.

The music included here, released between 1979 to 1989, is an expression of her development, of music changes matching growth in life, conveyed through her emotions in song. Opening with the spoken word Introduction from her debut album, "Mirrors" and the folk rock of melodies of Le Reveil from the 1981 follow up, Au Soleil, her early works are characterised by band, orchestra and choirs complimenting her voice as one.

This is further heard on the mystical Sorciere, psyche percussion of Secret, the marching Le Guerrier and the inclusion her first "hit" with Aurore, appearing her in all it's extended, off-kilter guitar meets organ form.

Exploring sensitivity and desires the compilation matches these earlier folk and world inspired songs with her move towards electronic production that accompanied a return some 4 years later, adding balearic and even pop dance found on 1985's Le Long De Fleuve Amour and the following 1989 opus, in Kiroel.

L'Amour Pour Bouclier and Ne Doute Pas lift her music higher towards lovers' heights, with word, melody, and rhythm giving the desire to dance and be free, while her continuing exploration of chanson and spoken word takes on new meanings via the new wave meets estoric Douleur, while the emotionally charged soundscape of Kiroel brings balance.

Inspired by the purity of song, Kibaro's music's has a timeless essence to behold; a voice and words found through life experience - beauty, discovery, nature and dreams.

A love and hope in music, her quest for the infinite potential in song.





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Joey Always Smiled (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: LPCV 050. Rel: 03 Dec 19
  1. Parakeet Prison (16:51)
  2. Joey Always Smiled (6:26)
  3. Rest In Peace R Lee Ermey (6:07)
  4. Nice People All Around (5:57)
  5. 1983 Era MTV Music Is The Soundtrack To Outcasts Being Bullied By Jocks (19:30)
  6. Spanish Hotels Are Echoey (12:11)
  7. The Power Of Love (4:45)
Review: Red House Painters' founder turned-rightly-celebrated solo troubadour Mark Kozelek presents the latest album in his prolific back catalogue, and it's as consistent as ever. Teaming up with violinist and singer Petra Haden for the pair's first joint recording, the seven tracks presented here are as musically accomplished and lyrically evocative as you would hope. From the hypnotic pianos and largely-spoken word delivery of woozy opener "Parakeet Prison", to the (more than likely) biographical (and hilariously titled) "1983 Era MTV Music Is The Soundtrack to Outcasts Being Bullied by Jocks", and its sultry, jazz-inflections, the songs are as confident and assured as they are delicate enough to break, had those responsible been remotely heavy handed. Needless to say, they weren't, with every note and word carefully considered, played and sung with love and thought.
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Cat: 194397 770414. Rel: 03 Jul 20
  1. Roll Me Mama, Roll Me (4:05)
  2. I Was Born To Love You (4:13)
  3. Strong Enough (3:35)
  4. Summer Clouds (4:25)
  5. We'll Make It Through (6:01)
  6. Misty Morning Rain (5:37)
  7. Rocky Mountain Healin' (4:16)
  8. Weeping Willow (3:24)
  9. Morning Comes Wearning Diamonds (3:58)
  10. Highway To The Sun (5:25)
Review: Here we go again, then. Studio album number eight from Ray LaMontagne is doing him no disservice in terms of that formidable reputation. Taking on the roles of producer, engineer, singer, songwriter and every-instrumentalist for the purposes of this record, words like 'auteur' certainly make sense when talking about 'Monovision'.Enough preamble, onto the main event - 'Monovision' is the perfect reflection of a musician in peak form. When that iconic, throaty voice roars out over the slight-of-hand acoustic guitar plucks of opener 'Roll Me Mama, Roll Me', you're immediately captivated. Tracks like 'Strong Enough' set the tempo much higher, stomping a way through old timey rock 'n' roll tones, standing in complete contrast to the tender refrains and more mournful (or at least reflective) atmospheres of 'Summer Clouds' and 'We'll Make It Through'. To be honest, we're barely worthy.
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August (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: SP 1315. Rel: 30 Aug 19
  1. Death Up Close (2:31)
  2. Nowhere (2:54)
  3. November (2:17)
  4. Shuffling Stoned (2:18)
  5. Past Time (1:35)
  6. Wild (3:42)
  7. August (2:48)
  8. Sea Came To Shore (2:05)
  9. Sunday Sundown (2:26)
  10. Something On Your Mind (2:03)
  11. Unconditional (2:43)
  12. The Dream (3:18)
Review: With track titles such as "Death Up Close", "Something On Your Mind" and "Shuffling Stoned", it's not going to surprise anyone to learn that Shannon Lay's beautiful long form is a reflective, introverted and tender accomplishment. A place where acoustic guitars regularly lull us into dream-like states of consciousness, the fact you also get a truly stunning voice packing opiate qualities adds to the feeling of escaping into a fantasy. It's not all buttercups and rainbows, mind. And nor should it be. This, after all, is Lay, the guitarist from scuzz-loving LA garage punk quartet Feels, not to mention a solo artist whose last release arrived via a label someone set up especially for her. Those looking for grit will find themselves coming up short, as efforts like "November" prove, this one's vulnerable, thoughtful, heartfelt and comes with more than a wistful longing.
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August (limited coloured vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: SP 1315X. Rel: 23 Aug 19
  1. Death Up Close (2:31)
  2. Nowhere (2:54)
  3. November (2:19)
  4. Shuffling Stoned (2:18)
  5. Past Time (1:35)
  6. Wild (3:41)
  7. August (2:47)
  8. Sea Came To Shore (2:05)
  9. Sunday Sundown (2:25)
  10. Something On Your Mind (2:03)
  11. Unconditional (2:43)
  12. The Dream (3:18)
Review: With track titles such as "Death Up Close", "Something On Your Mind" and "Shuffling Stoned", it's not going to surprise anyone to learn that Shannon Lay's beautiful long form is a reflective, introverted and tender accomplishment. A place where acoustic guitars regularly lull us into dream-like states of consciousness, the fact you also get a truly stunning voice packing opiate qualities adds to the feeling of escaping into a fantasy. It's not all buttercups and rainbows, mind. And nor should it be. This, after all, is Lay, the guitarist from scuzz-loving LA garage punk quartet Feels, not to mention a solo artist whose last release arrived via a label someone set up especially for her. Those looking for grit will find themselves coming up short, as efforts like "November" prove, this one's vulnerable, thoughtful, heartfelt and comes with more than a wistful longing.
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Sister Sister (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: BSR 066. Rel: 06 Jan 17
  1. Bondi's Dead (2:56)
  2. Glory Rats (2:18)
  3. So It Goes (3:11)
  4. Run Run Run (3:34)
  5. Ravesh (7:29)
  6. All The Young Men (3:13)
  7. On Off On Off (2:03)
  8. Cursed By Numbers (3:35)
  9. Shades Of Lawn (2:44)
  10. Treehouse (2:57)
Review: Less a bona fide band that a collection of friends in Australian garage-punk and indie-rock bands that occasionally converge to record an album in a considerably more laid-back style, Lower Plenty have nonetheless released three albums worth of gloriously ramshackle indie-folk that tempers delicate songcraft with Velvets-esque insouciance. 'SIster Sister' may be their finest work to date, radiating a carefree aura that unites the psychic spectres of the late-'60s with timeless bedsit style. A collection of bohemian charm and understated elan.
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Traditional Techniques (limited red vinyl LP + insert + MP3 download code)
Cat: WIGLP 471X. Rel: 06 Mar 20
  1. ACC Kirtan (6:17)
  2. Xian Man (4:06)
  3. The Greatest Own In Legal History (3:44)
  4. Cash Up (4:07)
  5. Shadowbanned (3:23)
  6. What Kind Of Person (3:27)
  7. Flowin' Robes (2:50)
  8. Brainwashed (4:58)
  9. Signal Western (3:43)
  10. Amberjack (4:16)
Review: In 2020 Pavement fans are getting excited about the band's reunion tour, but frontman Stephen Malkmus seems rather disinterested in rehashes (not that we're suggesting he's not up for the band's new dates). As his own album shows; the latest in a growing oeuvre of varied curveballs betraying a broad taste in music and a similar scope in terms of talent.

'Sparkle Hard' was his 2018 LP that explored downtempo nuances via strings and vocal effects. 2019's 'Groove Denied' celebrated proto-electronics and post-punk, making anyone with even a passing interest in bands like The Units want to sit down with the maestro and pick his brains. By contrast, 'Traditional Techniques' is a full-blown, or rather subtly proud folk album in the truest sense. Aided by Decemberists guitarist Chris Funk, Matt Sweeney of Chavez note and Afghan aficionado Qais Essar, it's further proof that Malkmus has depths previously unexplored.
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Traditional Techniques (LP + inset + MP3 download code)
Cat: WIGLP 471. Rel: 06 Mar 20
  1. ACC Kirtan (6:17)
  2. Xian Man (4:07)
  3. The Greatest Own In Legal History (3:45)
  4. Cash Up (4:07)
  5. Shadowbanned (3:23)
  6. What Kind Of Person (3:27)
  7. Flowin' Robes (2:51)
  8. Brainwashed (4:59)
  9. Signal Western (3:44)
  10. Amberjack (4:17)
Review: In 2020 Pavement fans are getting excited about the band's reunion tour, but frontman Stephen Malkmus seems rather disinterested in rehashes (not that we're suggesting he's not up for the band's new dates). As his own album shows; the latest in a growing oeuvre of varied curveballs betraying a broad taste in music and a similar scope in terms of talent.

'Sparkle Hard' was his 2018 LP that explored downtempo nuances via strings and vocal effects. 2019's 'Groove Denied' celebrated proto-electronics and post-punk, making anyone with even a passing interest in bands like The Units want to sit down with the maestro and pick his brains. By contrast, 'Traditional Techniques' is a full-blown, or rather subtly proud folk album in the truest sense. Aided by Decemberists guitarist Chris Funk, Matt Sweeney of Chavez note and Afghan aficionado Qais Essar, it's further proof that Malkmus has depths previously unexplored.
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Cat: BRRC 002. Rel: 10 Jul 20
  1. Alexandra
  2. Held Down
  3. Strange Girl
  4. Only The Strong
  5. Blow By Blow
  6. Song For Our Daughter
  7. Fortune
  8. The End Of The Affair
  9. Hope We Meet Again
  10. For You
Review: Laura Marling's seventh studio album earned fulsome praise from critics when it first landed on streaming services back in April. Listening to this CD version, it's easy to see why. Inspired by Maya Angelou's 2009 book "Letter To My Daughter", it sees the popular singer-songwriter offer up a string of songs written as if she was addressing a younger version of herself. These are personal and often highly emotional pieces, with Marling's yearning and impassioned delivery of her own thoughtful lyrics being accompanied by minimal instrumentation (often just acoustic guitar or piano, though some tracks also include light orchestration). It's therefore a mature and impactful set that should appeal to more than just Marling's core fanbase.
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Mutable Set (2xLP (side 4 etched))
Cat: 876032. Rel: 22 May 20
  1. Never Forever (4:52)
  2. May Later (5:18)
  3. Eat My Dust (2:04)
  4. Money Is The One True God (6:54)
  5. Summer All Over (4:55)
  6. Vanishing Twin (6:09)
  7. My Dear One (3:53)
  8. Farsickness (4:30)
  9. Mirror Box (5:02)
  10. Window Facing A Window (4:49)
  11. Off Grid (2:38)
Review: It's hard to separate Blake Mills the legacy from Blake Mills 'this is what you're listening to right now' whenever you encounter the man in question. This is his fourth solo album since deciding to move out from the shadows back in 2010, but it's the product of lessons and techniques learned from decades of working and producing for big names - Fiona Apple, Alabama Shakes, Perfume Genius, to name but a handful. Over the years he has garnered an exceptional reputation for adding understated but incredibly effective layers of musicality, hence the praise from guitar greats like Eric Clapton. In practice, what that sounds like on this record is a hushed and delicate masterpiece showcasing an accomplished songwriter and instrumental hero at his best. Slick and sophisticated, direct but apparently destined to wander through soft but rich string and piano tapestries.
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Cat: 878385. Rel: 27 May 20
  1. Never Forever
  2. May Later
  3. Eat My Dust
  4. Money Is The One True God
  5. Summer All Over
  6. Vanishing Twin
  7. My Dear One
  8. Farsickness
  9. Mirror Box
  10. Window Facing A Window
  11. Off Grid
Review: It's hard to separate Blake Mills the legacy from Blake Mills 'this is what you're listening to right now' whenever you encounter the man in question. This is his fourth solo album since deciding to move out from the shadows back in 2010, but it's the product of lessons and techniques learned from decades of working and producing for big names - Fiona Apple, Alabama Shakes, Perfume Genius, to name but a handful. Over the years he has garnered an exceptional reputation for adding understated but incredibly effective layers of musicality, hence the praise from guitar greats like Eric Clapton. In practice, what that sounds like on this record is a hushed and delicate masterpiece showcasing an accomplished songwriter and instrumental hero at his best. Slick and sophisticated, direct but apparently destined to wander through soft but rich string and piano tapestries.
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The Weight Of The Sun (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: FIRELP 598. Rel: 08 May 20
  1. Photograph (4:17)
  2. Run For Cover (3:34)
  3. Heavy Water (3:20)
  4. She (3:09)
  5. Corridors (3:22)
  6. Signs Of Use (5:21)
  7. Brother (4:35)
  8. The Blue Of Distance (3:38)
  9. Back To The City (3:23)
  10. Jacqueline (3:05)
  11. Spaces (4:12)
  12. Shape Of Light (4:13)
Review: There's a timeless quality to the electronica-tinged folk fare Modern Studies make. A familiar feeling and timbre, subtle brass, gentile strings and gradually rising sense of crescendo, often from the quietest of beginnings ('Signs of Use', for example). Combined with male and female vocal harmonisation, it makes for compelling work to say the least. Perhaps folk rock is all wrong, though, if we stick to presumptions and expectation of the term. 'Brother' hazily rolls through a groove-laden five minutes, slowly adding layers of funk-inflected percussion, lunging bass and guitar licks abound. 'She' is an altogether more sombre experience, melodies on a downward trajectory throughout. 'Spaces' adding further depth to a similar arrangement. Earthy and organic, hushed but also loud, it's an accomplished and quietly commanding testament to the power of innovative songcraft.
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Ghost Stories For Christmas (red vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: ROCKACT 119LP. Rel: 07 Dec 18
  1. Fireside (2:11)
  2. A Ghost Story For Christmas (4:01)
  3. Desire Path (Baby Please Come Home) (2:56)
  4. Such Shall You Be (2:11)
  5. Lonely This Christmas (4:22)
  6. Weihnachtsstimmung (2:53)
  7. The Fir Tree (4:00)
  8. Only You (3:35)
  9. Ode To Plastic Mistletoe (3:45)
  10. The Recurrence Of Dickens (3:43)
Review: As Regent Street's lights are hung and the colours green and red take on new meaning, it's the poetic stanzas of Scottish songwriters Aidan Moffat and RM Hubbert that usher in a shaded take on Christmas cheer. Bah humbug, no not quite, but an October release around Halloween for this album would make some sense too. It follows 2018's somewhat macabre Here Lies The Body album, with Ghost Stories For Christmas however said to have been the result of impromptu writing sessions from the middle of summer. The better parts of this album may be vignettes, save the title track, but your December poetry to savour nonetheless!
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Strangers (LP)
Cat: BELLA 531V. Rel: 20 May 16
  1. Divers Of The Dust (2:43)
  2. Katie I Know (5:40)
  3. Skyscraper (4:03)
  4. Hungry Is The Ghost (6:07)
  5. All The Colors In The Dark (4:13)
  6. Strangers (4:11)
  7. Janie In Love (5:03)
  8. Waking (2:34)
  9. Shadow Show Diane (3:06)
  10. Nothing Feels The Same (3:11)
  11. Dissolve (3:31)
Review: Over six albums of ethereal folk-tinged serenades, Marissa Nadler has forged a formidable reputation for herself as an artist whose delicacy and restraint are balanced out by a cinematic sensibility and a formidable heartfelt clout. Something like a collection of short stories in song form interweaved by a common aesthetic, 'Strangers' feels like the most potent and affecting statement that Nadler has thus far created, with Lynchian atmospherics rubbing shoulders with dreamlike melody and her mellifluous, tones to fashion a beguiling tapestry of nocturnal beauty. Fans of Mazzy Star and Julee Cruise, be advised in extremis.
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Divers (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: DC 561. Rel: 23 Oct 15
  1. Anecdotes (6:23)
  2. Sapokanikan (5:09)
  3. Leaving The City (3:48)
  4. Goose Eggs (5:00)
  5. Waltz Of The 101st Lightborne (5:19)
  6. The Things I Say (2:34)
  7. Divers (7:06)
  8. Same Old Man (2:26)
  9. You Will Not Take My Heart Alive (4:00)
  10. A Pin-Light Bent (4:26)
  11. Time, As A Symptom (5:19)
Review: For all her otherworldly talents, even hardcore fans of Joanna Newsom will likely be relieved to hear that 'Divers' marks a very slight move back from the artistic brink compared to 2010's 'Have One On Me', an exhausting triple-album embarrassment of riches which few ever made it though in one go. Yet there's no hint of compromise on the deliriously thrilling 'Divers', despite its slightly more concise approach - the elegant yet baroque wordplay, ornate and innovative arrangements and Newsom's unique voice are all present and correct - yet more, these emotive and engaging ditties may mark the most accessible thing this iconoclastic and mercurial artist has thus far summoned from the ether.
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Myopia (gatefold blue vinyl LP) (1 per customer)
Cat: 483717 8. Rel: 21 Feb 20
  1. Camera's Rolling (4:44)
  2. Broken Sleep (4:55)
  3. Island Of Doom (5:26)
  4. Roscian (2:15)
  5. Myopia (5:13)
  6. Drosera (2:27)
  7. Can't Be (3:26)
  8. Promise Keeper (2:28)
  9. Parliament Of Owls (4:28)
  10. Won't You Call Me (4:06)
Review: You can't help but be impressed by the trajectory evident in Agnes Obel's work since she first stopped us dead in tracks on 2010's debut, "Philharmonics". Instrumentally, she's still a maestro capable of grabbing you by the tear ducts with stunning, graceful melodies. But lyrically, she might be on course to becoming one of the most expressive we've got. And that's something to treasure. "Myopia" doesn't feel celebratory, mind. In fact anything but. It's an atmospherically dark, nocturnal journey into equally dark themes, told with nighttime language. From asking corpses what the other side is like, ahead of their physical bodies being lowered into the lightless ground ("Island Of Doom"), to the pain and frustrations of insomnia (the appropriately-named "Broken Sleep"), it's not an album that will ready you for the arrival of spring, but it's easy to find yourself falling for its understated melancholia.
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Myopia (gatefold LP)
Cat: 483717 5. Rel: 21 Feb 20
  1. Camera's Rolling (4:44)
  2. Broken Sleep (4:55)
  3. Island Of Doom (5:29)
  4. Roscian (2:15)
  5. Myopia (5:14)
  6. Drosera (2:27)
  7. Can't Be (3:26)
  8. Promise Keeper (2:27)
  9. Parliament Of Owls (4:29)
  10. Won't You Call Me (4:09)
Review: You can't help but be impressed by the trajectory evident in Agnes Obel's work since she first stopped us dead in tracks on 2010's debut, "Philharmonics". Instrumentally, she's still a maestro capable of grabbing you by the tear ducts with stunning, graceful melodies. But lyrically, she might be on course to becoming one of the most expressive we've got. And that's something to treasure. "Myopia" doesn't feel celebratory, mind. In fact anything but. It's an atmospherically dark, nocturnal journey into equally dark themes, told with nighttime language. From asking corpses what the other side is like, ahead of their physical bodies being lowered into the lightless ground ("Island Of Doom"), to the pain and frustrations of insomnia (the appropriately-named "Broken Sleep"), it's not an album that will ready you for the arrival of spring, but it's easy to find yourself falling for its understated melancholia.
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Myopia (CD)
Cat: 483717 3. Rel: 21 Feb 20
  1. Camera's Rolling
  2. Broken Sleep
  3. Island Of Doom
  4. Roscian
  5. Myopia
  6. Drosera
  7. Can't Be
  8. Promise Keeper
  9. Parliament Of Owls
  10. Won't You Call Me
Review: You can't help but be impressed by the trajectory evident in Agnes Obel's work since she first stopped us dead in tracks on 2010's debut, "Philharmonics". Instrumentally, she's still a maestro capable of grabbing you by the tear ducts with stunning, graceful melodies. But lyrically, she might be on course to becoming one of the most expressive we've got. And that's something to treasure. "Myopia" doesn't feel celebratory, mind. In fact anything but. It's an atmospherically dark, nocturnal journey into equally dark themes, told with nighttime language. From asking corpses what the other side is like, ahead of their physical bodies being lowered into the lightless ground ("Island Of Doom"), to the pain and frustrations of insomnia (the appropriately-named "Broken Sleep"), it's not an album that will ready you for the arrival of spring, but it's easy to find yourself falling for its understated melancholia.
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Agnes OBEL/VARIOUS
Agnes Obel: Late Night Tales (180 gram vinyl 2xLP + insert + MP3 download code)
Cat: ALNLP 49. Rel: 25 May 18
  1. Henry Mancini - "The Evil Theme" (3:02)
  2. Roger Webb - "Moonbird" (2:20)
  3. Eden Ahbez - "Eden's Island" (2:13)
  4. Lee Hazelwood - "The Nights" (3:17)
  5. Nora Dean - "Ay Ay Ay Ay (Angle-Lala)" (3:05)
  6. Yello - "Great Mission" (2:56)
  7. Quarteto Em City - "Aleluia" (with Tamba Trio) (3:30)
  8. Lena Platonos - "Bloody Shadows From A Distance" (3:05)
  9. Ray Davies - "I Go To Sleep" (2:44)
  10. Alfred Schnittke - "Piano Quintet, V" (3:21)
  11. Agnes Obel - "Stretch Your Eyes" (Ambient acappella) (6:01)
  12. The Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Choir - "Pilentze Pee (Pilentze Sings)" (2:22)
  13. Agnes Obel - "Glemmer D" (2:03)
  14. Agnes Obel - "Bee Dance" (2:34)
  15. Sibylle Baier - "The End" (2:29)
  16. Michelle Gurevich - "Party Girl" (4:28)
  17. CAN - "Oscura Primavera" (3:19)
  18. David Lang - "I Lie" (5:08)
  19. Nina Simone - "Images" (live In New York 1964) (2:50)
  20. Agnes Obel - "Poem About Death" (3:05)
Review: The latest missive in the evocative and open-minded Late Night Tales series comes from Agnes Obel, a Danish singer/songwriter whose fragile, pastoral songs seemingly join the dots between traditional folk music, neo-classical and early music. Fittingly, Obel's selections, while more diverse than many may have expected - see the soulful reggae throb of Nora Dean, the creepy jazz of Yello's "Great Mission" and the whispered synth-pop shuffle of Lena Platanos - are every bit as atmospheric and ethereal as her own work. It helps that she's included several of her own compositions, alongside inspired cuts that touch on Berlin School ambient, hazy easy listening, neo-classical, psychedelia, lo-fi art rock and, of course, folk.
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Head Above The Water (limited white vinyl LP + postcard in spot-varnished sleeve)
Cat: FIRELP 592X. Rel: 05 Jun 20
  1. On A City Night (5:03)
  2. Wearing Red That Eve (3:29)
  3. Wedding Of A Friend (4:37)
  4. Not Yours To Own (3:24)
  5. I Was Named After You (6:00)
  6. We Weren't Sure (4:09)
  7. You Have A Quiet Power (4:41)
  8. I Had To Keep My Circle Small (5:14)
  9. The Blacksmith (5:27)
  10. Head Above The Water (3:58)
Review: It's easy to choke up when getting to grips with this latest long form from Galway's Brigid Mae Power. Not only does the Irish siren possess one of the most jaw-dropping voices we've encountered in some time, rendering her brand of soft country-folk heartbreakingly powerful, but she's also capable of capturing aspects of human emotion most of us would struggle to articulate in a thesis, let alone a few minutes of song. There are tales of self-preservation, memories of the revelatory realisation that emotional vulnerability and strength are not mutually exclusive, and rousing calls for freedom and self expression. Subjects tackled with lyrical sympathy, empathy and understanding, set to arrangements that have a habit of slowly but surely creeping into the conscience, immersing us in gentle harmonies until we are completely bewitched.
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On Your Own Love Again (gatefold LP)
Cat: DC 606. Rel: 30 Jan 15
  1. Wrong Hand
  2. Game That I Play
  3. Strange Melody
  4. Greycedes
  5. Moon Dude
  6. Jacquelyn In The Background
  7. I've Got A Feeling
  8. Back, Baby
  9. On Your Own Love Again
Review: Californian Jessica Pratt may have been born in the late-eighties, but On Your Own Again, her second album to date, is possessed of a strangely timeless quality, apparently beamed in from some alternate dimension where pastoral atmosphere sashays with ethereal quietude to beguiling effect. Somewhat redolent of the sleight-of-hand of Joni Mitchell and the otherworldly subtleties of Karen Dalton, Pratt's small-hours serenades are mostly comprised of merely her guitar and voice - and recorded all-analogue to four track - yet it's testimony to her talents that these simple ingredients weave a delicate spell over the course of these nine songs that is little short of mesmerising.
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Cat: AU 10172. Rel: 13 Nov 19
  1. Wonder Boy
  2. I Never Get Lonesome
  3. Everybody Everybody
  4. You Did It Yourself
  5. Come To Life
  6. Iowa Dream
  7. Words Of Love
  8. I Still Love You
  9. You Are My Love
  10. Barefoot In New York
  11. Just Regular People
  12. I Wish I Had A Brother
  13. I Felt
  14. The Dogs Outside Are Barking
  15. Sharper Eyes
  16. Follow You
  17. List Of Boys
  18. I Kissed The Girl From Outer Space
  19. In Love With You For The Last Time
Review: Where do you start with this epic collection? Arthur Russell should be no stranger to any music boffin, having been a tour de force on the New York underground during the 1970s and 80s. A maestro of disco, formative-era dance music, anything remotely avant-garde, despite having worked on some of the most iconic releases of the day, he only produced three albums before passing before time. "Iowa Dream" is what was left behind, or at least to some extent. Archived and - for years - never earmarked for release, thanks to the tireless efforts of composer Peter Broderick, this collection of demos, home recordings, and lost songs has been restored, edited and mixed, then carefully placed on this lovingly-conceived compilation. The result is a must-buy for fans and newcomers alike and will only serve to cement Russell's place in the pantheons.
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Unfurl (gatefold heavyweight vinyl LP + inserts)
Cat: 405053 8446890. Rel: 15 Feb 19
  1. Body (Ambient) (1:19)
  2. Untold (4:11)
  3. Bound (4:57)
  4. Body Sun (5:00)
  5. Foreign Tides (3:51)
  6. Hounds (3:57)
  7. Sun (Ambient) (1:22)
  8. Yayaya (3:46)
  9. The Water (4:21)
  10. Coven (4:58)
  11. Mallorca (2:52)
  12. Fumbling Prayer (5:16)
Review: With unabashed portraits adorning the major releases of Ry Cuming's music, the coastal crooner that is RY X on stage is certainly not shy of revealing his rugged sensitivity of swoon, inside and out. A production feat of the highest order, Unfurl, presents an album diving deep in a procession of chords and reverb-drenched vocal work. With flashes of post-dubstep beats in tracks like "Untold" - possibly hinting at his James Blake inspirations - to the profound and effectively melancholic chords in "Body Sun", RY X has delivered an unrivalled album of coastal blues and roots meets contemporary pop and electronica by the way of easy listening and piano. Five Stars.
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Cat: NOQ 063LP. Rel: 30 Aug 19
  1. Haven (1:39)
  2. Coming Down For You (3:12)
  3. Teal (4:09)
  4. Cycle (3:45)
  5. When What It Is (2:46)
  6. The Fading (3:07)
  7. The Sway (3:20)
  8. Awake (3:11)
  9. Stay All Night (3:02)
  10. Tell Me Something (2:44)
  11. High On The Mountain (3:49)
  12. Any Day Now (3:27)
Review: If you're looking for memorable landscapes, you'll find few to compete with Iceland. Barren, stark and beautiful, it's at once small, vulnerable and exposed and yet wisen, chiselled, rough and ready. With such magical aesthetics it's only natural the island stamps its own elven personality down on the music it helps create, but at first listen Joan Shelley's latest, constructed in the isolated country, seems to have escaped that spell. Which isn't to say there's not some form of witchcraft at work here, though. Rather than that North Atlantic outpost, "Like The River Loves The Sea" feels born in America's great wildernesses. "Haven" opens the scoring with one of the finest teasers of all time, running at just over one-minute, its plucked guitar strings and Shelley's classic folk tones luring us in to the remaining 12 tracks. All of which are softly spoken, thoughtful and thoroughly enchanting.
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Companion Rises (LP in spot-varnished sleeve)
Cat: DC 777. Rel: 21 Feb 20
  1. Pacific (1:54)
  2. Two Forms Moving (4:38)
  3. The Scout Is Here (5:04)
  4. Black Tea (4:31)
  5. Companion Rises (3:26)
  6. The 101 (4:33)
  7. Haunted & Known (5:31)
  8. Mark Yourself (6:01)
  9. Worn Down By The Light (4:02)
Review: Ben Chasny is back with his synth-drone-folk experiment, three years on from 2017's impressive "Burning The Threshold". How much has he learnt in the time between then and now? Plenty, it's fair to say, but he hasn't forgotten the simple truth that garnered his fan base, either - sometimes it's the most basic and stripped down sounds that offer the most beauty. There are waves of emotional electronica crashing around us throughout. Whether on "Mark Yourself", which uses unnatural noises to create a feeling of tangible discomfort, or the chords that glide through "Pacific". More organic avenues are explored on "The 101", but on the whole this is definitely one born from a 21st Century reading of journeyman tales. Distortion and effect pedals hitting the open road in some science fiction reading of traditional song craft. Or maybe that's just us.
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Ace
Cat: XXQLP 2049. Rel: 01 Feb 17
  1. Caravan - "Love Song With Flute" (4:13)
  2. The Roger Webb Sound - "Moon Bird" (2:18)
  3. The Parlour Band - "Early Morning Eyes" (3:51)
  4. Scotch Mist - "Pamela" (3:12)
  5. Spring - "The Prisoner (Eight By Ten)" (5:32)
  6. The Orange Bicycle - "Last Cloud Home" (3:06)
  7. T2 - "JLT" (5:50)
  8. Bill Fay - "'Til The Christ Come Back" (3:07)
  9. Van Der Graaf Generator - "Refugees" (5:18)
  10. Aardvark - "Very Nice Of You To Call" (3:35)
  11. John Cale - "Big White Cloud" (3:25)
  12. Belle Gonzalez - "Bottles" (3:21)
  13. The Way We Live - "Watching White Stars" (7:06)
  14. Offspring - "Windfall" (3:27)
  15. Camel - "Never Let Go" (3:38)
  16. Daevid Allen - "Wise Man In Your Heart" (8:30)
  17. Matching Mole - "O Caroline" (5:08)
  18. Prelude - "Edge Of The Sea" (6:41)
  19. Alan Parker & Alan Hawkshaw - "Evening Shade" (2:34)
Review: If you're looking for someone to chronicle the seamier side of British musical history, or a curatorial force with insights into its more dusty and unchartered areas, no-one is better qualified than Saint Etienne boffins Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs, and they've excelled themselves here, delivering a beautifully chosen and endlessly evocative selection of songs from an era often overlooked by the reductive forces of retro culture - a disenfranchised but rich zone in the early seventies after psychedelia, when although the '60s dream had faded slightly the atmosphere of melancholy and hope alike made for unclassifiable and evergreen music. Not quite prog, not quite psych, the likes of T2, Aardvark, Matching Mole and Van Der Graaf Generator were harbingers of a lost spirit that makes for endlessly rewarding listening here, sitting proudly alongside better known figures like Daevid Allen and John Cale on a strange time capsule to be cherished.
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Ace
Cat: CDCHD 1484. Rel: 31 Jan 17
  1. Caravan - "Love Song With Flute"
  2. The Roger Webb Sound - "Moon Bird"
  3. The Parlour Band - "Early Morning Eyes"
  4. Scotch Mist - "Pamela"
  5. The Orange Bicycle - "Last Cloud Home"
  6. T2 - "JLT"
  7. Bill Fay - "'Til The Christ Come Back"
  8. Van De Graaf Generator - "Refugees"
  9. Aardvark - "Very Nice Of You To Call"
  10. John Cale - "Big White Cloud"
  11. Belle Gonzalez - "Bottles"
  12. The Way We Live - "Watching White Stars"
  13. Offspring - "Windfall"
  14. Camel - "Never Let Go"
  15. Daevid Allen - "Wise Man In Your Heart"
  16. Matching Mole - "O Caroline"
  17. Prelude - "Edge Of The Sea"
  18. Alan Parker & Alan Hawkshaw - "Evening Shade"
Review: If you're looking for someone to chronicle the seamier side of British musical history, or a curatorial force with insights into its more dusty and unchartered areas, no-one is better qualified than Saint Etienne boffins Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs, and they've excelled themselves here, delivering a beautifully chosen and endlessly evocative selection of songs from an era often overlooked by the reductive forces of retro culture - a disenfranchised but rich zone in the early seventies after psychedelia, when although the '60s dream had faded slightly the atmosphere of melancholy and hope alike made for unclassifiable and evergreen music. Not quite prog, not quite psych, the likes of T2, Aardvark, Matching Mole and Van Der Graaf Generator were harbingers of a lost spirit that makes for endlessly rewarding listening here, sitting proudly alongside better known figures like Daevid Allen and John Cale on a strange time capsule to be cherished.
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Moonshine Freeze (limited coloured vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: RTRADLP 870. Rel: 07 Jul 17
  1. Bullet Proof (4:08)
  2. Hotter Colder (3:58)
  3. Moonshine Freeze (3:40)
  4. Easy On The Thieves (3:01)
  5. All Written Out In Numbers (4:49)
  6. Empty On Teeth (3:14)
  7. Riddled With Ticks (3:28)
  8. Two Pence Piece (4:09)
  9. Show Me So (3:35)
  10. By My Demon Eye (3:57)
  11. Solid Grease (3:47)
Review: The Bristol-born, Paris-based Kate Stables here delivers her fourth record in a career that's seen her develop a penchant for knotty indie-folk that's as colourful in character as gritty in delivery. John Parish is in the producer's chair this time around, and he's helped coax out a collection of ditties rich in storytelling charm and articulacy. Spare, intimate and with a refreshing candour to its delivery, 'Moonlight Freeze' is a perfectly balanced mix of the sweetly melodious and the saltily artful, Emboldened with electronic filigree yet rooted in earthy ballast, this could well be the point where Stables establishes this humble project as a serious force to be reckoned with.
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Gunn Vile (LP + insert + MP3 download code)
Cat: LPTLR 111X. Rel: 12 Jul 17
  1. Kurt Vile - "Pretty Boy" (4:11)
  2. Kurt Vile - "Way Back Then" (3:34)
  3. Kurt Vile - "Red Apples For Tom Scharpling" (4:18)
  4. Kurt Vile - "NPR Reject" (1:33)
  5. Steve Gunn - "60/40" (5:07)
  6. Steve Gunn - "Spring Garden" (10:05)
Review: This collaboration between the long-locked Dylanesque troubadour and the offbeat guitar virtuoso was originally released as part of Three Lobed Records' Parallelogram series and pulls off the neat trick of playing the strengths of the twin mavericks whilst also expanding their oeuvres into pastures new - largely consisting of covers of songs by the likes of Randy Newman and Tom Prine, these wayward and beguiling extrapolations veer between the gothically compelling and the psychedelically fried, yet shot through with the maverick spark and wayward charm with which each artist has become renowned.
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