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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".

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03 May 19

Useless Coordinates is the debut album from Drahla (comprising of Luciel Brown, Rob Riggs and Mike Ainsley) which was recorded over just ten days in between a frantic touring schedule in 2018. It's dark and industrial right from the outset, utilising harsh, angular guitar sounds, discordant melodies and unusual rhythmic flows alongside more traditional punk and rock elements to create something that's both challenging and familiar. It can be harsh and desolate but with enough pumping rhythm to get you moving, should the mood take you (think Spectres with a bit more bounce).

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26 Apr 19

Welcome Home is Hannah Cohen's long awaited follow up to 2015's dark pop masterpiece, the criminally overlooked Pleasure Boy. On this album Cohen has morphed from synths and stark soundscapes to a smoother, folkier sound (albeit still with dashes of icy electronica). The album opens with "This Is Your Life", a hazy, wobbly dreamlike pop single with Cohen's pristine vocals sitting unassumingly on top.

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26 Apr 19

Designer is the third album from New Zealand musician Aldous Harding. Its modus operandi seems to be beautiful, mellow arrangements over a bare bones - but cool and funky rhythm section (think 1960s French funk-rock a la Serge Gainsbourg / Jean Claude Vannier). It's a spotless mix of surreal pop and (mostly) sad, stripped back introspection, the only real constant being the ultra slow tempo. These lush compositions bring to mind a host of artists and genres over the nine songs.

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19 Apr 19

In December, 2016 Allo Darlin' played a  farewell concert in front of a thousand lucky fans at London's Scala. It was a bit sad and a bit joyful, much like the music  the band had given us over the previous six or so years. But all good things come to an end, and luckily they are sometimes followed by new beginnings. In the case of Allo Darlin', we've already had fine solo albums from Bill Botting and Mikey Collins and now it's the turn of Elizabeth Morris, Allo Darlin's driving force.

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19 Apr 19

Stealing Sheep are Emily Lansley (bass / vocals), Luciana Mercer (drums / vocals) and Rebecca Hawley (synth / vocals) and Big Wows is their third album, their first in four years. It's a dazzling mirror-ball of a record, full of glistening pop gems that keep the positivity flowing in a music scene that is not currently brimming with joy. Thematically, the album was influenced by the modern tech era, so it's fitting that the songs were born on a computer and then moulded into something that sounds more organic.

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19 Apr 19

New Routes out of Innerland is the new album from Mark Peters, the follow up (and re-imagining) of his critically acclaimed 2018 album Innerland. Eight remixes of the tracks from his debut solo album from a varity of collaborators including Ulrich Schnauss, Moon Gangs, Odd Nosdam, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Olga Wojciechowska, Andi Otto, E Ruscha V and Brian Case. Artists working together, across the globe on a collection called "New Routes out of Innerland" seems to be a nicely timed dig on our current political situation / brexit shambles.

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05 Apr 19

6 Lenins is the third album from The Proper Ornaments, a super-group / side project / fully formed entity led by James Hoare (of Ultimate Painting, and previously Veronica Falls) and Max Claps (of Toy). The two songwriters were joined in the studio by Danny Nellis on bass and Bobby Syme on drums and the album was recorded swiftly last August. The fact that most of these songs were written in the summer is telling, as the record has a clear mellow, sunshine vibe running through it, in stark contrast to the band's second album which was more inspired by illness, break-ups and drug abuse.

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29 Mar 19

Tempertwig were formed in 1999 and split up in 2004. They were comprised of Ben Parker (Vocals/Guitar), Adam Parker (Drums) and Daniel Debono (Bass) but never made an album during their time together. Brothers Ben and Adam did go on to form Nosferatu D2 who had the distinguished honor of being a "cult" band (and a very good one at that). Now, some of their surviving recordings have been compiled on a collection called FAKE NOSTALGIA: An Anthology of Broken Stuff.