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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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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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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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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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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.

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Leeds band Mush have been kicking around for a good while now but they've recently signed a deal with Memphis Industries (always a good sign) and seem to have morphed from wonky noise mongers into something more nuanced and melodic. "Operation Vaken" is a sneak peak from their highly anticipated debut EP, Induction Party. It's an ode to Theresa May's habitually horrible "go home" vans and their wider historical connotations.

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10 May 19

Live at Kulak’s Woodshed was recorded in a "bizarre and enchanting studio space in Valley Village" around the time of the release of Cloud's last album Plays With Fire. When you first listen to this album, you may wonder why Tyler Taormina is so intent on telling the audience that the upcoming set was designed for a standing audience, rather than the seated one he's been presented with. You may even wonder why the 41 second spoken intro has been included on this album (which only has 6 tracks in total). It all becomes pretty clear once you get to around about the track 3 mark though.

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10 May 19

Tim Hecker’s tenth Anoyo album sees him moving into calmer, more organic sounding territory. Miles apart from the icy electronica of Love Streams or the swirling intense minimalism of Ravedeath, 1972. And even though this album is drawn from the same sessions as his last album Konoyo (recorded with members of a Japanese classical ensemble called Tokyo Gakuso), it's quite different to that too. Presumably these are the tracks that didn't fit with the particular feel of that record which seemed far more direct, or "in your face".