Release Date
09 Nov 18
Right from the "kerching" of the cash register and the monstrous bass line that opens For A Lark, you know that King Champion Sounds aren't going to be slipping into comfortable mid-career predictability with their fourth studio album. An Anglo/Dutch band featuring members of The Ex, The Common Cold and Year of Birds, their previous output has constantly pushed the boundaries of what can be achieved by a rock band in the modern era. Previously they've mixed punk with jazz and ambience and produced one of the best albums of 2016 with their double LP To Awake In That Heaven Of Freedom.
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Release Date
09 Nov 18

Look Inside Your Heart is The Wave Pictures' second long player of 2018 and it sees the band continuing in their experimentation with - what I suppose you could call - "high concept" releases. Following on from their last album Brushes With Happiness (written and recorded in a single day) and A Season In Hull (recorded with a single microphone) this one takes things a step further: it's a drunk record.

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Release Date
05 Oct 18
We haven't seen much of Matthew Houck since 2013's Muchacho LP, an album which seemed to thrust him further into the mainstream (or at least the fringes of the mid-sized venue circuit). With C’est La Vie, Houck seems to be exploring deeper and deeper into the pop and country territory that has characterised his last couple of releases, but these are book-ended by two tracks which hark right back to his humble beginnings in "Black Moon / Silver Waves" and "Black Waves / Silver Moon". Even the names of the songs seem comfortingly familiar (see early favourites like "My Dove, My Lamb").
Release Date
28 Sep 18
I'll cut to the chase. This album hits you like an instant classic. Right from the off, even with some unassuming light feedback and what by all accounts should be a bog-standard bluesy bassline, there's the sense that there's something creeping round the corner. A bit like that sense of unease/dread you get watching a Michael Haneke film (or maybe watching Brexit unfold). But here, there are no unanswered questions (and very little subtlety), what we get is a full on bombardment of doom drenched rock n roll.

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Artist
Release Date
21 Sep 18
Paula Garcia is a musician/singer/producer from Resistencia in the north of Argentina (but now based in Buenos Aires) who's been active in her home country since 2006, going by the name Sobrenadar. She's actually recorded 3 low-key albums over the years but this is her very first release outside of her native Argentina and it combines her most recent 2 EPs: Dromer and Habita. The collection has been named y, which means "and".
Artist
Release Date
31 Aug 18
We haven't heard much from Benjamin Shaw over the past couple of years. Well... we haven't heard his actual voice on an album anyway. His last two records have been instrumentals (including 2015's superb Guppy) and he's moved about as far away from this land as it's possible to be: Melbourne, Australia. So here, with his first vocal release since Goodbye, Kagoul World came out back in 2014, it's nice to hear what he's got to say. As you might expect if you've heard any of Shaw's previous recordings, it's not entirely positive, but's it's not 100% gloomy either.
Artist
Release Date
13 Aug 18
break_fold (aka  Tim Hann, a North East musician who now lives in Yorkshire) returns with his new album 27_05_17 – 21_01_18, the follow up to last year's 07_07_15 - 13_04_16, itself a gem of a debut and a low key release which probably didn't reach as many people as it should have done.  It's immediately apparent that Hann is following the same pattern for this record (a pattern which he teases he may or may not continue with on future releases) of naming the song titles after the date that work on them commenced. It's a logical, unromantic approach to songwriting and the music he makes, for
Release Date
03 Aug 18
Hot on the heels of Ring Around The Country (an 8" EP released by Endless Records in April) and Autodidact (a self-released 10" recorded under the guise of Ivan The Tolerable and Friends) Ivan The Tolerable returns with a brand new record, Le Monde Inversé, the "soundtrack to a film that was never made". And where Autodidact saw Heffernan dabbling more confidently with synths, here we get what is more or less a full blown ambient/electro album, in stark contrast to a lot of his other work in the more guitar driven realms of Year of Birds, King Champion Sounds and Shrug.
Release Date
20 Jul 18
Jessica's Brother are a three piece from London, comprising of Tom Charleston, Jonny Helm (drummer with The Wave Pictures) and Charlie Higgs (from the Ramshackle Union Band), and this is their self titled debut album.
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Release Date
22 Jun 18

After a couple of albums of amped up garage blues The Wave Pictures return to the style of their earlier more subdued albums like If You Leave It Alone or Beer In The Breakers.