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Angel Olsen
My Woman

9 people love me. Be the 10th...

9/10 according to our Robin

Yes. Angel Olsen. She’s good. I realise I have to say a thing or two of substance with regards to her music, but weaving a narrative about it is hard: it’s witty but plainspoken, ever-changing but staying the same and its best bits are… rather slight. Perhaps the biggest switch from ‘Burn Your Fire’, Olsen’s breakout record of futility and fury, and follow-u…view full details.

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Eluvium
False Readings On

6 people love me. Be the 7th...

8/10 according to our Robin

Some of us are just trusty. Reliable, but little more; never change, but see you never. I feel that Matthew Cooper, many years into his career of ornate and bewitching post-rock ambience, has become one of those types. So I’m asking you to get excited about a new Eluvium record, for his sake: forget that you’ve heard his music many times, cast under the exact same incantation, and h…view full details.

The Hecks
The Hecks

2 people love me. Be the 3rd...

9/10 according to our Robin

Top three fake-out swearwords: darn, goodness, heck. You’d think this band of Sonic Youth ripping naysayers would go straight to the source and say one of the big ones, but they keep it on the downlow for their Trouble In Mind debut. I know I keep complaining about this, and long into the nights of 2016 may it continue, but that new …view full details.

Mark Pritchard
Beautiful People feat. Thom Yorke

1 person loves me. Be the 2nd...

9/10 according to our Clinton

Hello. I'm the guy who doesn't like Thom Yorke yet I like this so hopefully that means that if you like Thom Yorke you will really really like this.  Or maybe you won't? The world moves in strange ways. In any case what we have is a delightful piece of music that recalls Moondog with it's twisting, interlocking melodies an…view full details.

Pigeon Laundry
Pigeon Laundry

3 people love me. Be the 4th...

If you came up with a name as good as Pigeon Laundry for your musical duo, you wouldn't bother thinking up another one for your album title would you? So of course they didn't. Pigeon Laundry are Australian improvisers Shenzo Gregorio (FourPlay) and Julian Curwin (The Tango Saloon). Here they utilize ukuleles and de-tuned guitars as well as pretty much anything else they could lay their hands on (including a leaf blower). No pigeons, but possibly a washing machine.…view full details.

Littlebow
Three

5 people love me. Be the 6th...

9/10 according to our Clinton

Littlebow's previous album 'Pi Magpie' was an unusual concoction of flute led melodies that had a dislocated feel as if the band were just unable to settle on something pretty and instead set about making life awkward for all of us. Fascinating music that makes you work hard.  This follow up album eschews experimentation and lets itself be pretty. This is extraordinarily gorgeous m…view full details.

Pye Corner Audio
Stasis

14 people love me. Be the 15th...

9/10 according to our Phil

Absolutely bleeding wondersauce is this record! We all know Pye Corner Audio has been making great synthy sounds for a while... and I really like pies too so that's a bonus! Spooky dusty techno haunt music that sounds well old times! I feel like I'm in a library from the future on an industrial estate reading lots of old books. Martin Jenkin…view full details.

GAS
BOX

15 people love me. Be the 16th...

10/10 according to our Ant

To mark the 20th anniversary since its inception, Wolfgang Voigt's revered GAS output finally gets the super deluxe reissue treatment fans of the work have desperately longed for. Finally dreams have come true as Kompakt present this lavish box set - a comprehensive anthology containing a whopping 10 slabs of vinyl a…view full details.

Kate Carr
I Had Myself A Nuclear Spring

14 people love me. Be the 15th...

9/10 according to our Laurie

For this one, Kate Carr retreats to possibly the most depressing French town ever, where the river frequently floods, no shops or cafes exist, no one is there, and the National Front just got voted in. Still, she uses the river to her advantage, recording all the birds, bees and sloshings before embellishing them with melodic tones and flecks of guitar. It sits quite (un)comfortably bet…view full details.

Aethenor
Hazel

6 people love me. Be the 7th...

8/10 according to our Robin

In which Stephen O’Malley screams “we have to go deeper” and continues to dive into the metalception netherworld. Once again enlisting his buds in Ulver, who now prioritise electronic beatwork atop their black metal CV, the Sunn member who isn’t Greg also gets jazz drummer Steve Noble into the studio for a record of dark,…view full details.

Shit & Shine
Teardrops

6 people love me. Be the 7th...

8/10 according to our Robin

The noncompliant jukebox that is Shit & Shine once again malfunctions on your attempt to put in 50p and a request for like, I don’t know, the Stones. Having made one of our favourite dirge dance records with ‘54 Synth-Brass’, the Shit committee went on to make ‘Chakin’, a gloriously weird slice of longform jazz in the vein of Sun Ra…view full details.

Brandon Vare
Music for Film

11 people love me. Be the 12th...

8/10 according to our Robin

Talk to me about the imaginary soundtrack. There are a lot of musicians making them, so ratio me this: where are the directors making films for imaginary musics? This stunning one-way-street of respect brings Brandon Vare into the fold as our latest maker of in-vein cinema sounds. His synth-studded debut swirls about in search of a dystopia to no avail, even quoting Philip K. Dick in its liner …view full details.

Elizabeth Parker at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop
The Living Planet

4 people love me. Be the 5th...

8/10 according to our Laurie

It’s now time to ask the all-important question: what music did the Radiophonic Workshop members not make? It seems we’re snowed in by the number of nostalgic sci-fi bleeps and surreal dream-scene vistas from Derbyshire, Hodgson & co, but they’ve still got new things to offer in abundance. This time round we have then-newly-joined member Elizabeth Parker, one of w…view full details.

Hoops
Hoops EP

2 people love me. Be the 3rd...

9/10 according to our Clinton

My week off taught me that it is possible to live while only listening to music you like. The first Monday back was therefore a shock to the system especially when the How To Dress Well album got an airing. Thankfully Hoops make my worlds collide, they make music I like which I can listen to while I work. I feel so happy about this that I’ll do my best to sell you a copy of their debut …view full details.

Saturn and the Sun
Focus On the Centre Of Your Skull

4 people love me. Be the 5th...

8/10 according to our Laurie

The second album from psych power-synth group Saturn and the Sun once again promises to invade your cranium, and that’s just the title of the LP. This is my head, my rules. How do I know that you’re not agents from the government sending out these sounds to brainwash and nullify the population? Huh?? Truth is, this is music for people to space out to and talk about how the g…view full details.

Cara & Mike Gangloff with the Great American Drone Orchestra
Knock on Life's Door

2 people love me. Be the 3rd...

8/10 according to our Robin

There’s a Great American Drone Orchestra? Cool. Can I join? Please take me with you. If ever this crew of psychedelic instrumentalists could make an opus, it may just be ‘Knock on Life’s Door, a record in which experimental couple Cara and Mike Gangloff come to the fore to shape, stretch and shatter some American traditionals. You might know “Moon River” as that fa…view full details.

Morgan Delt
Phase Zero

6 people love me. Be the 7th...

8/10 according to our Robin

Hell hath no fury like a chilled out psych rock album. Or... hell just hath no fury. There’s no fury. As far as escapism goes, Morgan Delt makes ‘Phase Zero’ the best in town, flying into a fantastical pop paradise on his fluorescent blimp to make sure everything’s okay, no one’s sad, nothing’s real. It’s like Tame Impala…view full details.

The Album Leaf
Between Waves

6 people love me. Be the 7th...

It’s been over ten years since I first heard In a Safe Place, The Album Leaf’s sophomore album. It wasn’t hard to lose track of Jimmy LaValle’s instrumental ambient post-rock project, as he hasn’t treated us to a full length album since 2010. But now he’s back with Between Waves, once again creating mesmerizing tracks that peacefully surround you and then suck you in deeply as soon as you pay pro…view full details.

Ghost Wave
Radio Norfolk

3 people love me. Be the 4th...

8/10 according to our Clinton

Despite naming their album after a very close wireless affiliate of Alan Partridges Radio Norwich, Ghost Wave hail actually from New Zealand and appear on that country’s seminal Flying Nun imprint. However, all their influences are anglophile and it’s only apt that they’ve got Spacemen 3 dude and Norman Records telephone botherer Sonic Boom t…view full details.

Kemper Norton
Toll

9 people love me. Be the 10th...

8/10 according to our Jamie

When Clint handed me this CD to review, I immediately sensed he was affording me the chance to learn about my ancestral roots -- although I’ve only been to Cornwall twice. It rained both times... So, ‘Toll’ by Kemper Norton then. Opening track ‘Yadnik’ is the aural equivalent of mizzle, that dense moistness in the air that often plagues mid-summers in the area. Hea…view full details.

Sam Grant / Joseph Curwen / Daniel Rejmer / Stanier Black-Five
RailCables2016

5 people love me. Be the 6th...

8/10 according to our Jamie

Great news, for Rail Cables have released their 2016 collection! It follows a set of four compilations -- one for each season -- that gratified our ears last year here at NR, especially those of us who travel by rail. The guys seem to have abbreviated or streamlined their processes; here are a mere four train-inspired long-form tracks, each from a different producer working within the realm of …view full details.

David Allred
Woods

6 people love me. Be the 7th...

8/10 according to our Jamie

The human voice: making music since forever. Long before recording technology came about, anyway. When it works, it really works. Am I right? When used in combination with others voices or accompanied with acoustic instrumentation it can produce the most affecting results, but I don’t need to tell you that. Why am I telling you that? Well, because the music here falls into the ‘very…view full details.

Gap Dream
This Is Gap Dream

3 people love me. Be the 4th...

8/10 according to our Robin

This is a gap dream, this is a gap dream. For the second time this week it’s Burger Time as the label releases a lovely, unexpected record of quite downbeat but exceedingly charming dream pop excursions, moving between Krautrock excursions a la Camera and the electronic slowcore of Spiritualized, each track drifting along with a mumbled kindness. Indeed, This Is Gap Dream, and they are ni…view full details.

The Bug
Box ft. D Double E / Iceman ft. Riko Dan

2 people love me. Be the 3rd...

9/10 according to our Ant

The Bug gets busy with two of Grime’s most heavyweight microphone lords on this explosive 12” for Ninja Tune. Now I’m most definitely not an MC - but if I were; the two I would fear most in battle would most likely be D Double E and Riko Dan. Their u…view full details.

Terence Fixmer
Beneath The Skin EP

4 people love me. Be the 5th...

8/10 according to our Laurie

First time on Ostgut Ton for longtime footstomper Terence Fixmer featuring 4 tracks of deep industrial-tinged techno for the underground bunkers of metropolises worldwide. His production has already delighted these ears with interesting and bold moves outside of the purists approach of just harsh, abstract percussive loops and distant clangs, oh joy. In general, most of them feature a m…view full details.

Traversable Wormhole
Sublight Velocities

3 people love me. Be the 4th...

8/10 according to our Ant

Brooklyn techno warrior Adam X makes a welcome return to his Traversable Wormhole handle for a coupla cuts on his hometown’s own Hospital Productions - the label helmed by Dominick Fernow (Prurient/ …view full details.

Federico Leocata
Zunachst

3 people love me. Be the 4th...

8/10 according to our Laurie

Something a little different here from CPU, which is always welcome. This time round it’s a guy called Federico Leocata who I haven’t heard before but he’s a self-described audiovisual artist, apparently delving into ‘sound based analysis of the human psyche’. Sh--should we really be listening to this then? Isn’t it dangerous? Invasive even? Not exact…view full details.

Africans With Mainframes
Faces of Africa

3 people love me. Be the 4th...

9/10 according to our Laurie

Ok so it’s only now that I realise that Mathematics is run by Jamal Moss aka Hieroglyphic Being aka I.B.M aka half of Africans With Mainframes. It’s actually a duo of Moss and Noleian Reusse who I’m not familiar with but his first relea…view full details.

Lnrdcroy
Ooze City

3 people love me. Be the 4th...

8/10 according to our Laurie

My housemate really got into Much Less Normal when it made its way back to our abode from Norman Towers. Being a funky good times house DJ, the sparkly chill synth layers and bouncy but slightly overdriven beats were irresistible. But he’s a lazy DJ, so he was distraught by most of the track durations. Apparently 3:50 isn’t enough time to find another record in. Jeez. …view full details.

Scott Walker
The Childhood of a Leader - Original Soundtrack

8 people love me. Be the 9th...

9/10 according to our Laurie

Scott Walker does soundtracks, who knew. Probably any real fan, as the internet just informed me that he did one back in 1999 for a romantic drama film called Pola X, but it’s still a curio. Truth is, I’ve been asked to review this not because I’m the local Scott Walker expert, but because I have been known to lurk in the stock room warbling the lower regions of my voice with …view full details.

The Dead C
Trouble

7 people love me. Be the 8th...

8/10 according to our Robin

Having long collapsed the conventions of rock music like a jenga tower converted to living room rubble, the Dead C don’t really have any obligations. Hearing “Driver UFO”, the twenty minute opener to ‘Harsh 70s Reality’, for the first time, was like being told rock is dead, if you want it to be -- a track that seemed to fall apart exponentially, it felt like a band…view full details.

TR
Manifesto Rumoratorio

1 person loves me. Be the 2nd...

8/10 according to our Robin

Described adequately by our Tom as “delicious sound mess”, TR is Pietro La Rocca, who makes music and borrows some sounds and makes sure you’re always hearing something. Such was, I feel, the philosophy of acts like Sun City Girls (well, play something!) and this often ecstatic, frequently nauseating sou…view full details.

Wolf Muller & Cass.
The Sound Of Glades

3 people love me. Be the 4th...

8/10 according to our Robin

International Feel have been acing their school-year with a bunch of lovely ambient records smartly falling out of the strict categorisation of “meditative”. CFCF’s ‘On Vacation’ may have been their high point, a slice of electronic music masquerading as soft muzak, lathered with corny guitars and twilit percussion. This record is an extremely different affair, but…view full details.

Scheich in China
Scheich in China

2 people love me. Be the 3rd...

8/10 according to our Robin

That indecipherable font isn’t the only thing keeping Scheich In China at a distance. The group’s dark ambient could be described, without mincing words, as repellent, a billowing, noise-scarred, kraut-outpacing kind of meditation that adequately stifles its listener. I am not being negative; this is noise music  that compels us to understand it. Scheich In China make a…view full details.



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