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28 Jun 19

Molly are a duo based in Innsbruck, Austria comprising Lars Andersson on guitars and Phillip Dornauer on drums. But this isn't your standard raucous guitar-drums indie garage duo, Molly are more akin to the sweeping densely populated sounds of Explosions in the Sky or Sigur Rós. Occasionally toning things down a notch to Slowcore territoty. Put it this way, everything is slow and that ain't no bad thing.

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28 Jun 19

Ivan The Tolerable has traditionally been a thoroughly singular DIY project for Teesside musician Oli Heffernan. In recent years we've seen a gradual shift towards a fuller, more refined sound, getting friends on board to provide instrumentation and also relinquishing some production and mixing duties. Last year's Autodidact and Le Monde Inverse are a million miles away from the early tapes and EPs, for example.

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21 Jun 19

Stanley Brinks is the the sort of artist that just can't stop himself from releasing stuff. This could also be said of The Wave Pictures, to a slightly lesser extent. I think it's unwise to try and pin a number on this latest episode in the Brinks mega saga, but suffice to say he's released over 100 in various guises over the years (putting The Wave Pictures' impressive tally in the shade).

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14 Jun 19

It's been six years since Bill Callahan released Dream River, an album which, like pretty much all Bill Callahan / Smog records, has aged nothing but gracefully. Now he's back with a new collection called Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest which contains a whopping 20 tracks. You can only really get away with a title and duration like that if you've earned a fair bit of good will, and Drag City know that they can trust this fella to deliver the goods.

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07 Jun 19

Earthen Sea is the recording alias of Jacob Long, a producer from New York, and Grass and Trees is his second album for Kranky records. His first, the well received An Act of Love, mixed electro beats with more abstract soundscapes. The inspiration for this one was to create simple, restrained music to contrast with the hectic city where he lives, so the music is quieter and sparser in comparison, removing most of the dance elements in favour of more ambient, thoughtful compositions.

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Newcastle three piece Waves of Dread have been releasing music in dribs and drabs over the past year, quietly building a mini-buzz amongst those who know where to look. This is their latest offering, a lovely four minute melodic dirge to keep put us on until their next full release.

You can listen to "The Make-Believe" in all the usual places (or just press play below).

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Here's the latest sneak peak from Ivan The Tolerable's forthcoming mega-double-album Rations, this one under the guise Ivan The Tolerable & The Elastic Band. Ivan The Tolerable is the long running recording alias of Middlesbrough's Oli Heffernan and the album sees the project expanded to a full band for the very first time (hopefully with live dates too).

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Cloud released Live at Kulak's Woodshed earlier in the month. It's probably the greatest live album that you probably don't own. In case you need any more reasons to buy the thing here's a video of the album's peak "Mother Sea", including Tyler Taormina's unique dual drum/keyboard skills! 

You can buy Live at Kulak's Woodshed from here.

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Dirty disco sounds from Moscow, Гласность (or Glasnost) use analogue synths to create a raw pulsing sound not too dissimilar to Ladytron or XTRMNTR era Primal Scream. This is the first track from their excellent LP Пиета (Pieta), out now on Cruel Nature Records.

You can order the full album on limited edition tape (or download) from here.

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A welcome return for Euan Hinshelwood and co., four years on from their last album Dissolver, this track hints at a purer and poppier direction, perfect for the glorious British summer that surely awaits us... We'll find out just how breezy Younghusband have become when their new album Swimmers is released on 7th June via Opposite Number.

You can pre-order Swimmers on transparent blue vinyl or CD from here.