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A Certain Ratio

It All Comes Down To This

    It All Comes Down to This is the brand new album from Manchester legends A Certain Ratio, produced by Speedy Wunderground’s Dan Carey.

    This album takes A Certain Ratio back to their roots, featuring 10 straight-to-the-point tracks, with a sprinkling of electronics for good measure. It is the first time the band has recorded as the core 3-piece lineup of Jez Kerr, Martin Moscrop, and Donald Johnson, with no additional collaborators or members of the live setup. Following on from ACR's acclaimed 1982 album and the electrifying 2023 EP, It All Comes Down to This continues the lineage of constant progression demonstrated by the band.


    Barry says: A brilliant new album from Manchester's Certain Ratio and a stunning example of ACR's unique fusion of vibrant, groove-led indie music and post-punk adjacent stomp. 'It All Comes Down To This' could be their most definitive statement yet both wilfully celebratory, and brilliantly hefty. A perfect distillation of their hugely varied sound.

    Laura says: Speedy Wunderground's Dan Carey, has managed a near perfect distillation of ACR's sound here, as the trio of Jez Kerr, Martin Moscrop and Donald Johnson draw on the post-punk-funk grooves of their early days while ruminating on the current state of the world. For me it's the best thing they've done in ages.


    Vinyl Tracklist
    A1 All Comes Down To This
    A2 Keep It Real
    A3 We All Need
    A4 Surfer Ticket
    A5 Bitten By A Lizard
    B1 God Knows
    B2 Out From Under
    B3 Estate Kings
    B4 Where You Coming From
    B5 Dorothy Says

    CD Tracklist
    1 All Comes Down To This
    2 Keep It Real
    3 We All Need
    4 Surfer Ticket
    5 Bitten By A Lizard
    6 God Knows
    7 Out From Under
    8 Estate Kings
    9 Where You Coming From
    10 Dorothy Says

    10,000 Maniacs

    Playing Favorites

      • Double Opaque Red Vinyl edition of their 2016 live album
      • 15 tracks – including two performances not on CD (one featuring Robert Buck) 

      For over 40 years, 10,000 Maniacs have been doing what they do best – Playing Favorites! Originally released on CD and Digital in 2016, Playing Favorites documented their dynamic live shows. Recorded before an adoring crowd in Jamestown, NY, Playing Favorites included hits and fan favorites from the group’s storied and influential career. The 6 piece band (Jerome Augustyniak, Dennis Drew, Jeff Erickson, Steven Gustafson, John Lombardo, and Mary Ramsey) was augmented by strings, horns, and backing vocalists, making their lush sound even fuller and more engaging. 

      A Place To Bury Strangers

      Don't Turn The Radio / This Is All For You

        "The Sevens" a series of four 7-inch vinyl records that unveil a treasure trove of previously unreleased tracks from A Place To Bury Strangers' critically acclaimed 6th album, "See Through You"

        Renowned for their visceral sonic assault and immersive live performances, A Place To Bury Strangers has cemented the end-all-be-all space for over-the-top post- punk / shoegaze destruction. With this special vinyl collection, the band invites listeners to delve deeper into their sonic universe, exploring uncharted territories and hidden gems. Don't Turn The Radio / This Is All For You is the third release.

        "When looking back at the recordings that were done around the time of See Through You there were a bunch of great tracks that just captured life back then and really had something incredible going on. Even though they are a bit raw and a bit personal, I thought it would be a mistake if they didn't come out. I thought it would be best to go back to my roots and put out a series of 7"s the way A Place To Bury Strangers started. That strange weird format where the tracks each speak for themselves, no album context to muddy the water. These tracks are such a contrast to the way I am feeling now and the current songs we've been working on so slip back into this moment in time." says APTBS' Oliver Ackermann.


        Don't Turn The Radio
        This Is All For You

        The Baby Seals


          The Baby Seals debut album, "Chaos," is a sonic exploration that blends heavy guitars, a pop edge, and a punk rock garage spirit with a heavy attack. The band, comprised of Amy "Amos" Devine on drums and backing vocals, Kate Shore on bass and backing vocals, and Kerry Devine on guitar and lead vocals, delivers a raw and energetic collection that captures the essence of their live performances.

          Recorded in March 2023 in Thaxted, just outside of Essex, "Chaos" embodies the DIY ethos that has defined The Baby Seals' approach to music. Working with engineer Joe in a secluded outhouse surrounded by fields, the band laid down the tracks live over a day, capturing the unfiltered essence of their sound. Joe's extensive collection of homemade pedals added a unique touch to the recording, while Benny T's mixing expertise brought the album to its final form.

          The decision to minimise post-production sets "Chaos" apart from previous recordings, reflecting the band's commitment to authenticity and a desire to showcase their growth and maturity.

          On Chaos Kerry says: “Chaos is the next phase in life for us lasses in the band - babies and mid-life responsibilities. The album definitely is about how we feel and experience the world around us in our 30s and 40s. Someone who heard the album recently said it's like the The Baby Seals have grown up and I liked that because that's what I feel likes happened to me in the last two years… The album definitely has Themes: inclusivity, gender inequality, the mental load, the motherload, power, body positivity, challenging taboos, liberation. The importance of what to take seriously and what not to take seriously.

          Title track, Chaos is one of the songs on the album which I'd written after a series of events including watching an interview with the late writer Benjamin Zephaniah who said the only way to liberation for all was to tear big governments down and to believe in your community.

          The cover photo by Jeff Pitcher sums us up and hopefully gives you a feeling of what the album sounds like. Album design was created by Igor Prato Luna, he just seemed to understand what we are about. He referenced loads of wonderful album cover, poster and flyer artwork from the 60s - 90s, and even some fabulous sci-fi artwork from the 1920s and those incredible 1950s sci-fi pulp book covers. Nothing was referenced too heavily, though, and Igor definitely made it his own. “


          Barry says: Clashing, distorted guitars and pumpelling percussion, topped with the near-shouted vocal trilogy of Amy and Kerry Devine and Kate Shore. It's rich in the traditions of punk rock and garage but with a more modern, sardonic vim. Superbly loud, and made for crashing around to.


          1. Yawn Porn
          2. ID'd At Aldi
          3. Vibrator
          4. Chaos
          5. Invisible Woman
          6. My Labia Is Lopsided But I Don't Mind
          7. Mild Misogynist
          8. Nipple Hair
          9. It's Not About The Money Honey


          Standard Tuning

            Standard Tuning is the final song recorded at The Knave Studios, Leeds as part of the bdrmm's recording sessions for their acclaimed 2nd album "I don't Know" released last summer 2023. The 10" comes with a remix of album track "Alps" by Nathan Fake, an etched b-side and exclusive artwork by band member Jordan Smith.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: A superbly atmospheric distillation of BDRMM's sound with a lot more propulsive electronics and airy shoegaze breeze. Backed with a lovely remix from Nathan Fake too! Nice.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Standard Tuning
            2. Alps (Nathan Fake Remix)

            BIG | BRAVE

            A Chaos Of Flowers

              A Chaos Of Flowers is the follow on to BIG|BRAVE's 2023 album nature morte. "BIG|BRAVE’s music has been described as massive minimalism. Their fusillades of textural distortion and feedback emphasize their music’s frayed edges as much as its all-encompassing weight. The potency of the trio’s work is their singular artistry combining elements of traditional folk techniques and a modern deconstruction of guitar music. Gain, feedback, and amplitude are essential.

              For A Chaos Of Flowers guitarist/vocalist Robin Wattie drew heavily on the poems of artists whom Wattie found kinship in, their words resonant with experiences of those often sidelined by cultural norms. Guitarist Mathieu Ball and drummer Tasy Hudson help Wattie shape poetry into pieces as dense and impenetrable as they are vulnerable.

              BIG|BRAVE achieve their colossal sound through minimalist approaches, a deft understanding of dynamics and an inventive employment of percussion and distortion. The trio reconceptualize what it is to be heavy or minimal, challenging perceptions with their illumination of painfully overlooked perspectives. Guest guitarist Marisa Anderson lends earthen, blues-inflected atmospheres to the album, where guitarist Tashi Dorji and saxophonist Patrick Shiroishi amplify the squall. Working closely with frequent collaborator and producer/engineer Seth Manchester, the internal tumult of Wattie’s voice rings out in warbles, haunting echoes, and unearthly harmonies across bold immense walls of distortion."

              TRACK LISTING

              1. I Felt A Funeral
              2. Not Speaking Of The Ways
              3. Chanson Pour Mon Ombre
              4. Canon : In Canon
              5. A Song For Marie Part Iii
              6. Theft
              7. Quotidian : Solemnity
              8. Moonset

              Chanel Beads

              Your Day Will Come

                At once a hazy relic and a digital snapshot of the human experience, Your Day Will Come is the debut album from Chanel Beads, arriving April 19 via Jagjaguwar.

                The remarkable project announces the arrival of New York-based musician Shane Lavers as a new force in experimental music, capturing the many contradictions of modern existence and the strange infiniteness of the digital world. The songs feel like a memory in which you can’t distinguish between what actually happened or what was a false reproduction in your mind—although the burning emotion remains intact. Lavers pushed himself to strip his own sense of ego from Your Day Will Come.

                Throughout, Lavers weaves in contributions from his live bandmates, singer-songwriter Maya McGrory (Colle) and experimental instrumentalist Zachary Paul, who offer their own layers of feeling. As McGrory offers a more full-bodied tone and Lavers often sings with his higher[1]pitched head voice, the two collaborators meet in the middle; it’s an intermingling of identities or a subconscious pining for androgyny. In this slippery space, different perspectives merge together, and there’s a sense of empathy and humility that arises from the blending of these voices.

                These days, Chanel Beads live shows see all three performers weaving together in absolute catharsis. This catharsis is pushed to its peak on “Idea June,” which sees McGrory taking over lead vocals to project Lavers’ lyrics. As McGrory sings, “The waves wash onto my shore,” in a voice that’s both earnest and digitally processed, it’s as though she's speaking as a separate embodiment of Lavers. In under two minutes, the track of clunky acoustic guitar and gutting strings lands somewhere between detachment and kinship.

                Similar to the off-kilter structure of “Police Scanner,” these songs are strangely affecting in their unfinished and liminal forms. Lavers, who is drawn to poor MP3 rips and transitional moments in DJ mixes, knows that these inexact musical artifacts evoke human imperfection.

                The title of Your Day Will Come could be read as a promise of the arrival of good karma, or it could be a reminder of one’s mortality, said out of spite. Yet as Lavers unpacks the haunting feelings of the past that he must release in order to move into his future, he reminds us that grief and hope might be closer than they seem to the naked eye.

                TRACK LISTING

                1. Dedicated To The World
                2. Police Scanner
                3. Idea June
                4. Embarrassed Dog
                5. Unifying Thought
                6. Your Day Will Come
                7. Urn
                8. Coffee Culture
                9. I Think I Saw

                Close Lobsters

                Janice Long Session 15.07.86

                  Even before the release of the debut single from off-kilter Scottish indie-pop legends Close Lobsters, the late, lamented Janice Long got them in for their first outing at the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios. They recorded a session featuring four staples from their blistering live set at the time – which was peak-hour C86.

                  Two of the songs included here in early versions ended up re-recorded as A-sides of singles, paving the way to a close shave with stardom via their incredible debut album ‘Foxheads Stalk This Land’, released a year later.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  Never Seen Before
                  Pathetic Trivia
                  Heaven … Rains [Going To Heaven To See If It Rains]
                  Nothing Really Matters

                  Close Lobsters

                  John Peel Session 04.01.88

                    A year and a half after their first BBC session, Close Lobsters returned to Maida Vale at the behest of John Peel. What emerged was a stunning session including three songs destined for their next single ‘What Is There To Smile About?’ – among them the Lobsters classic, ‘Loopholes’ – plus a cover with near-legendary status among fans: their version of ‘Mirror Breaks’ by anarcho-punk outfit The Mob.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    What Is There To Smile About?
                    From This Day On
                    Mirror Breaks

                    Close Lobsters

                    Session EPs

                      This limited edition 3x10" collection features the two Precious Recordings Sessions EPs along with a Radio Clyde Session EP which is exclusive to this bundle.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      John Peel Session
                      1. Loopholes 02:44
                      2. From This Day On 04:42
                      3. What Is There To Smile About? 02:47
                      4. Mirror Breaks 03:46

                      Janice Long Session

                      1. Never Seen Before 02:55
                      2. Pathetic Trivia 02:38
                      3. Heaven … Rains [Going To Heaven To See If It Rains] 03:06
                      4. Nothing Really Matters 03:04

                      Radio Clyde Session
                      5. Lovely Little Swan 03:48
                      6. Le Grande Ennui [Knee Trembler] 04:37
                      7. Nature Thing 03:59
                      8. Say Hello, Wave Goodbye 04:25

                      Cloud Nothings

                      Final Summer

                        Cloud Nothings are back! Cleveland's loudest export with their new album, Final Summer via Pure Noise Records. Over the past 15 years Cloud Nothings have become part of the fabric of modern indie rock with a steady run of reliably fantastic records, and this streak continues unabated with Final Summer – an album that’s so assured, so instantly satisfying, that it forces you to pause and realize you’re listening to one of the great American rock bands in their prime.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Barry says: Equal parts rolling scuzz-garage and psydedelic grunge music, cloud nothings effortlessly lurch between sound worlds into places that are both terrifying and exciting. Even on record you can hear the tremendous energy emanating from the Ohioan trio, I bet they're a lot of fun to watch live. Brilliantly raucous.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Final Summer
                        2. Daggers Of Light
                        3. I'd Get Along
                        4. Mouse Policy
                        5. Silence
                        6. Running Through The Campus
                        7. The Golden Halo
                        8. Thank Me For Playing
                        9. On The Chain
                        10. Common Mistake

                        The Durutti Column

                        Vini Reilly - Expanded Edition

                          35th Anniversary edition of the seminal 1989 album ‘Vini Reilly’, Produced by Stephen Street (The Smiths, Blur, The Cranberries, New Order). Remastered and heavily expanded 5 disc version, featuring over 75 tracks.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          DISC 1 - Vini Reilly:
                          1. Love No More
                          2. Pol In G
                          3. Opera I
                          4. People’s Pleasure Park
                          5. Red Square
                          6. Finding The Sea
                          7. Otis
                          8. William B
                          9. They Work Every Day
                          10. Opera II
                          11. Homage To Catalonea
                          12. Requiem Again
                          13. My Country
                          14. Otis (No Samples)
                          15. Dry
                          16. My Country (Monarchy Mix)

                          DISC 2 - The Sporadic Recordings:
                          1. Buddhist Prayer
                          2. Pathway
                          3. Nile Opera
                          4. Shirt No. 7
                          5. Kind Of Love
                          6. Rob Grey’s Elegy
                          7. Misere
                          8. For Steven Patrick
                          9. We Stumble
                          10. Sketch For A Manchester Summer 1989
                          11. Arpeggiator II
                          12. Diazepam 5 Mgs
                          13. But Was I…?
                          14. Pol In Ab
                          15. Real Drums – Real Drummer
                          16. Another Mirror – Another Wall
                          17. 30 Oldham Street
                          18. 4.10 AM
                          19. For Lydia
                          20. Detail For Heidi & Jodie
                          21. Zinni’s Dance
                          22. PPP Version
                          23. For Lucy H
                          24. 4.30 AM
                          25. It’s A Bright Guilty World – Pt 1
                          26. It’s A Bright Guilty World – Pt 2
                          27. Nile Reprise
                          28. Diazepam 5 Mgs

                          DISC 3 - Womad Live EP + Demos:
                          1. Otis (Womad Live)
                          2. English Landscape Tradition (Womad Live)
                          3. Finding The Sea (Womad Live)
                          4. Bordeaux (Womad Live)
                          5. Day Is Over (Live)
                          6. Red Shoes (Live)
                          7. Opera II
                          8. Finding The Sea I
                          9. PPP (demo)
                          10. Juan Montero (Sketch 1)
                          11. Sample Tune
                          12. Finding The Sea (2)
                          13. Juan Montero (Sketch 2)
                          14. William B (demo)
                          15. Sketches On Stratocaster
                          16. Zinni And Vini Tune

                          DISC 4 - Live In Porto 30/04/1988

                          1. Mercy Theme
                          2. Arpeggiator
                          3. What It Is To Me (Woman)
                          4. Jongleur Grey
                          5. Pol In B
                          6. Bordeaux Sequence
                          7. Jacqueline
                          8. Sketch For Dawn
                          9. Tomorrow
                          10. Requiem Again
                          11. English Landscape Tradition
                          12. When The World
                          13. The Missing Boy
                          14. Red Shoes
                          15. The Beggar
                          16. Sketch For Summer

                          DISC 5 - I Know Very Well How I Got My Note Wrong
                          1. I Know Very Well How I Got My Note Wrong

                          The Fall

                          Live At The Witch Trials - 2024 Reissue

                            The Fall’s first studio album, reissued on black vinyl in its 45th Anniversary year. This black vinyl version is 180GSM with an inner bag and features the US artwork and track-listing.

                            Founded by its only constant member, Mark E. Smith, The Fall formed in Manchester in 1976 and were one of the most prominent post-punk groups in the world. Musically, there may have been several stylistic changes over the years, but it was often characterised by an abrasive guitar-driven sound and frequent use of repetition, always underpinned by Smith’s distinctive vocals and often cryptic lyrics.

                            “They are always different; they are always the same.” JOHN PEEL

                            “Live At The Witch Trials” is the debut studio album – released 16th March 1979 – these editions celebrate the fortieth anniversary of this seminal album. Originally released through record label Step-Forward, it was recorded in a single day and mixed by producer Bob Sargeant. Mark E. Smith’s lyrics include his unique commentary on the music business (‘Music Scene’), poorly paid jobs (‘Industrial Estate’) and drugs (‘No Xmas For John Quays’, ‘Like To Blow’, ‘Frightened’, ‘Underground Medecin’)

                            Sounds gave it five stars at the time of release, writing: “an album of staggeringly rich, mature music, inner questioning hand in hand with rock and roll at its fiercest, its finest, its most honest, rock and roll at its naked, most stimulating”

                            Featuring the one and only Mark E. Smith alongside Martin Bramah, Marc Riley, Karl Burns and Yvonne Pawlett.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            SIDE ONE
                            1. FRIGHTENED
                            2. CRAP RAP 2/LIKE TO BLOW
                            3. REBELLIOUS JUKEBOX
                            4. NO XMAS FOR JOHN QUAYS
                            5. VARIOUS TIMES

                            SIDE TWO
                            1. UNDERGROUND MEDECIN
                            2. TWO STEPS BACK
                            3. LIVE AT THE WITCH TRIALS
                            4. FUTURES AND PASTS
                            5. MUSIC SCENE

                            The Flesh Eaters

                            A Minute To Pray A Second To Die - 2024 Reissue

                              Jackpot Records is proud to reissue what many call arguably the greatest album of the punk rock era: The Flesh Eaters’ 1981 punk-noir masterpiece, ‘ A Minute To Pray A Second To Die.

                              Once referred to as an all-star roots/voodoo combo, The Flesh Eaters could only have crawled out of the myst of the late L.A. 70s punk scene. Fronted by punk poet/composer Chris D. (Desjardins), the band was a satellite for exquisite collaborators that allowed him to bring the full force of his dark, messed-up lyrical nightmares. Members of X, Wall Of Voodoo, Los Lobos, The Blasters, and The Plugz all hopped into his unmarked car to take a drive with Chris D.

                              Its grabbed-by-the-throat vocals are powerfully buoyed by the tight melodicism emanating from the players on this record (John Doe and DJ Bonebrake from X, Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, Dave Alvin & Bill Bateman of The Blasters). Hell, we even get the perfectly executed John Doe original, “Cyrano de Berger’s Back,” which was re-recorded by X in 1987.

                              The creators of this record made a pulp novel for your ears with an equal chance to scar your heart. Do not miss out this is punk noir at its greatest.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. Digging My Grave
                              2. Pray Til You Sweat
                              3. River Of Fever
                              4. Satan's Stomp
                              5. See You In The Boneyard
                              6. So Long
                              7. Cyrano De Berger's Back
                              8. Divine Horseman

                              Flowered Up

                              A Life With Brian - 2024 Reissue

                                Iconic UK indie band Flowered Up, seen as London’s answer to Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses, reissue their debut album ‘A Life With Brian’ (from 1991) via London Records. The reissue follows a BFI documentary on the video of ‘Weekender’ and it’s legendary status in UK club culture of the time. The album remastering was overseen by Flowered Up keyboard player Tim Dorney.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                LP Tracklist:

                                A1. Sunshine
                                A2. Take It
                                A3. Crackerjack
                                A4. Mr Happy Reveller
                                A5. Hysterically Blue
                                B1. It's On
                                B2. Silver Pan
                                B3. Phobia
                                B4. Egg Rush
                                B5. Doris... Is A Little Bit Partial
                                C1. Weekender
                                D2. Weekender - Weatherall’s Weekender (Audrey Is A Little Bit Partial Mix)

                                CD Tracklist:

                                1. Sunshine
                                2. Take It
                                3. Crackerjack
                                4. Mr Happy Reveller
                                5. Hysterically Blue
                                6. It’s On
                                7. Silver Pan
                                8. Phobia
                                9. Egg Rush
                                10. Doris…..Is A Little Bit Partial
                                11. Weekender – Original Version
                                12. Weatherall’s Weekender (Audrey Is A Little Bit Partial Mix)

                                1. Weekender (BTWS Re-Animation)
                                2. It’s On (Feel Pain Mix)
                                3. Phobia (Paranoid Mix)
                                4. I’ll Be Your Dog
                                5. Take It (Pure Sexy Dub)
                                6. Flapping
                                7. Crackerjack – Clive Langer Version
                                8. Don’t Talk Just Kiss
                                9. Better Life
                                10. Take It (Edge Of The Box Mix)
                                11. Weatherall’s Weekender (Audrey Is A Little Bit More Partial Mix)
                                12. Crackerjack – Everyone You Know Naughty Remix


                                World Music - 2024 Reissue

                                  (Abbey Road master but in the original sleeve) When the mysterious masked collective calling themselves Goat first emerged in 2012, armed with an incendiary debut album ‘World Music’ – there was, and there still isn’t, anyone else on earth quite like them. With their enticing mythology, music full of sinuous grooves and manic explosions of fuzz, Goat were outliers from the very beginning. ‘World Music’, received an avalanche of acclaim with critics, psych heads, outernational crate diggers etc, all left enraptured by its thunderous intensity, conjured from a singular mix of sounds from across the globe. ‘World Music’ is brimming with tracks now seen as ‘classic’ Goat live favourites. Tracks that have been wowing audiences all over the world; the afrobeat stomp of ‘Disco Fever’, the fuzz abuse of ‘Goathead’, the post-punk groove of ‘Let it Bleed’, the sing-along repetitive pop of ‘Run to your Mama’... From the first note to the last, ‘World Music’ oozes with a sonic confidence rarely seen on a debut album. What Goat have is unique – they’ve managed to create a sound unrestrained by genre or any other boundaries. So if you haven’t done so already, then it is now time you joined the Goat commune. 

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  01 Diarabi
                                  02 Goatman
                                  03 Goathead
                                  04 Disco Fever
                                  05 Golden Dawn
                                  06 Let It Bleed
                                  07 Run To Your Mama
                                  08 Goatlord
                                  09 Det Som Aldrig Förändras / Diarabi 

                                  The Innocence Mission

                                  Sun On The Square - 2024 Repress

                                    For listeners of the innocence mission, the Lancaster, Pennsylvania trio are beyond a favorite band, more like a beloved companion, such is their intensity and fragility of their sound and vision, spearheaded by Karen Peris' heartbreaking, breathtaking voice

                                    Those fans include Sufjan Stevens and Sam Beam (Iron & Wine), who have both covered innocence mission songs, and in whose company the trio deserve to be bracketed.

                                    "All I cannot say I hope you know, all you cannot say I hope I can hear," sings Karen Peris on "Look Out from Your Window," the strong, circular, and somewhat quirky third track from the innocence mission's latest album, Sun on the Square. These lines, possibly spoken to her children -- one of whom actually plays viola on the song-- could be called emblematic for the album.

                                    In their own way, Karen and her husband and fellow guitarist, Don Peris, have spent years trying to voice the inexpressible. Since forming the innocence mission in 1985 with Mike Bitts, upright bassist and friend from their Catholic high school, the dreamy, orchestral folk band have spent ten full-lengths speaking to our collective memory and awe at life's mysteries. Their songs are full of sensory imagery and deeply felt instrumentation, and it's their unique way of trying to approach universal joys and sorrows that allows the band to achieve the emotional connection with their listeners that makes them so special.

                                    Sufjan Stevens talked to NPR about the innocence mission's music, saying "...what I always come back to, after the din and drum roll, is the small song that makes careful observations about everyday life. This is what makes the music by the innocence mission so moving and profound."

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    Records From Your Room
                                    Green Bus
                                    Look Out From Your Window 
                                    Shadow Of The Pines
                                    Buildings In Flower
                                    Sun On The Square
                                    Light Of Winter
                                    Star Of Land And Sea
                                    An Idea Of Canoeing / Galvanic

                                    Noah Kahan

                                    Stick Season: We’ll All Be Here Forever

                                      Over the past year, GRAMMY Best New Artist-nominated Vermont singer & songwriter Noah Kahan has exploded from his New England roots into the global mainstream and has been touted as one of this year’s biggest and best new artists.

                                      The global sensation is back with a deluxe version of Stick Season (We’ll All Be Here Forever). The Deluxe CD showcases seven additional tracks from Kahan’s Platinum-Certified Stick Season album as well as his

                                      Double Platinum-Certified and first career top 10 hit “Stick Season” and Platinum-Certified top 40 hit “Dial Drunk”.

                                      Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds

                                      That Delicious Vice

                                        “It's a new lineup,” landlord of the avant-garage Kid Congo Powers exclaims of the Pink Monkey Birds edition responsible for the fifth studio full-length of their 19 year recording career, That Delicious Vice.

                                        “We've gone from a four piece to a three piece,” continues Kid, whose unique guitar style has been at the center of some of the most forward-thinking bands in punk and garage: The Gun Club, The Cramps, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Knoxville Girls, to name a handful.

                                        “I'm not sure if living in the desert is making me want more space in music or not,” laughs Kid, a Tucson resident for a few years now. “Maybe I’m turning into a desert stoner rocker. But I'm not a stoner, so that's not happening.”

                                        No, the former Brian Tristan is most decidedly not unleashing a Kyuss tribute album. But you hear the desert all over That Delicious Vice, beginning with opening instrumental “East Of East,” its Duane Eddy/Rowland S. Howard guitar twanging through some malicious reverb. You feel it in the slide guitar-drenched theme from an imaginary western, “Silver For My Sister,” which echoes the pioneering Los Angeles blues punk band Kid formed with Jeffrey Lee Pierce, The Gun Club. There’s also such unique pieces as the acid/garage cumbia title track, translated into Spanish at least for its name, “Ese Vicio Delicioso.” As he tells the tale of his musical journey over the Pink Monkey Birds’ cowbell-thumping Latinate rhythms, Kid’s thickly distorted guitar groans and screams with feedback, likely a conscious sonic homage to Jimi Hendrix, name checked in the lyrics.

                                        But the album’s major hallmark has to be its extended collaboration with Alice Bag, the face of and voice of early LA punk titans The Bags. How and why these two took this long to unite creatively is a dense mystery, considering both graduated with honors from early Hollywood punk palace The Masque, and their photos had to have stared at one another from opposite pages of a few issues of Slash or fLiPSiDe.

                                        This led to “Wicked World,” a full-on Kid Congo/Alice Bag duet that’s That Delicious Vice’s second track and major fulcrum. Over rat-a-tat “Big Bad John” drums, a blast of fuzz bass, and Kid’s siren-like slide guitar, the co-composers recount in tandem the tale of a child “born into trouble from a devil seed/Every fork in the road led her here.” It’s a short drive from there through a poor childhood and bad decisions to turning tricks and seeking kicks, amid an atmosphere heady with the scent of sex. The action stops, and Alice chants, “One two three four five six seven — you’re going to Hell, and I’M GOING TO HEAVEN!!” It’s a pulp paperback reincarnated as primal rock ‘n’ roll.

                                        That Delicious Vice is produced by Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds, recorded and mixed by Jim Waters [Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Sonic Youth] at his Waterworks Studios facility in Tucson. It features nine new original tracks that are the band’s strongest to date. The band will be touring Australia in April with more touring to follow.

                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Barry says: Fuzzed-out breakdowns and soaring psychedelic freakouts are the bedrock of Kind Congo's sound, but on 'that Delicious Vice' the band are on peak form, effortlessly moving between walls of sound freakout drone and tender slide-guitar balladry. There 's groove and rhythm too, never eschewing the feel for needless heft, it's a beatifully balanced maelstrom.

                                        Kiran Leonard

                                        Real Home

                                          Cathartic avant-rock, literate DIY folk & experimental composition exploring displacement, love, climate change, belonging & the places we call home - RIYL Jim O’Rourke, Richard Youngs, This Heat, Richard Dawson, Flying Nun.

                                          ‘Real Home’ is the new album by the Manchester-born, London-based artist Kiran Leonard. His sixth album proper (not including innumerable tour-only CD-Rs and short-run cassettes), since his precocious debut in 2013, ‘Real Home’ finds Leonard invigorated by inspiration and experience, making passionate, literate, and mercurial music that explores displacement, love, memory, climate change, connections to home and more.

                                          Encompassing songs recorded after moving to South London, ‘Real Home’ reflects on ideas of belonging and domesticity through folkloric, stream-of-consciousness songwriting. Across nine tracks, Leonard traces lived impressions of the household and the city, expressing sentiments of dislocation, alienation and stasis, but contentment too.

                                          Infusing the avant-rock effervescence, terraced dynamics and visionary lyricism of his music with what he defines as a greater sense of openness, Leonard is as versatile, fervent and imaginative as ever on ‘Real Home’, yet his music is somehow more intimate, affecting, and acutely expressive. Shaped by dual considerations of simplicity and formalism, ‘Real Home’ is by turns beautiful, allusive, and ruminative, an album on which Leonard considers what his songs have resembled in the past and what they mean now.

                                          In recent years, Leonard has crafted eloquent chamber music inspired by the likes of James Joyce and Clarice Lispector (‘Derevaun Seraun’), responded to contemporary politics and communication breakdown in the digital age (‘Western Culture’), and compiled solo works and ensemble recordings for a longform ode to Jonas Mekas and to one of Leonard’s enduring themes; home (‘Trespass On Foot’).

                                          On ‘Real Home’, Leonard reiterates this abiding thematic focus yet ascends to new, different heights, in music of cathartic delicacy and dissonance where all the myriad dimensions of his work to date seem to crystallize.

                                          There are sinuous songs about struggle and defying the pace of city life through drift and diversion (‘Pass Between Houses’), stirring songs of intense feeling and crescendo, described as a form of speculative detective fiction (‘Theatre for Change’). There are touching solo piano ballads (the title track), symbolic contentions with carbon capture and climate change (‘Utopia of Bog’), modes of experimental minimalism (‘Void Attentive’), and other profuse feats of compositional range, embroidered with wild tendrils of narrative and lyrical depth. A record to pore over, and get lost in.

                                          Exemplifying the vast aesthetic scope of Leonard’s music, lead single ‘My Love, Let’s Take The Stage Tonight’ is inspired by country lodestar Hank Williams, Russian poetry and a late period love poem by William Carlos Williams. Yet for Leonard, the song signals a sense of accessible materiality, and is the product of a more linear approach to writing songs:

                                          “My imitation of the great Hank Williams, in spirit if not in substance…This is one of the best efforts on Real Home at a song-as-object. Looking at it now I realise I was trying to write a song that made itself known as a song to the listener, and I wonder whether that’s crucial if you want a song to transcend its context. And that this is either accomplished through a total openness – by being inviting, by laying the tricks of the song out plain to see, as Williams and his many ghostwriters did so well – or by adopting a knowing aloofness, positioning oneself against the listener but letting it be known that that’s what it’s doing. In this song I try both, but mostly the former: as in, I wanted to write a song where every line follows on from the next.”

                                          Imbuing the endlessly elaborate and inventive qualities of his music with a newfound streak of candid, clear-cut melodicism, Leonard has reached a special place in his artistry, on a record that feels familial, and expresses closeness. Assembled with affiliates including Lauren Auder, Otto Willberg, Jasper Llewellyn (caroline), Tom Hardwick-Allan (Shovel Dance Collective), Magda McLean (caroline, The Umlauts), Alex Mckenzie (caroline, Shovel Dance Collective), Isabelle Thorn (Dear Laika) & more, the recording process had a significant influence on the subject matter of ‘Real Home’, in sessions defined by close-knit camaraderie and artistic eccentricity:

                                          “The theme of the home obviously recurs throughout the record; the album was mostly recorded in domestic spaces with friends, and the name of the album is Real Home. I like the qualifier ‘real’, like you’re getting past the cloak of the word and towards the thing-itself…[also] nearly all the percussion in this record was recorded on items from my dad’s shed (jam jars, sandpaper, blocks of wood, etc). Real home record!”

                                          ‘Real Home’, like anything by Kiran Leonard, is a record of dazzling multiplicity. Yet it’s a companionable prospect with a central premise; a collection of songs where listeners old and new can find a home. An album led by a scene; of Leonard standing at the threshold, ready to welcome you inside.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          1. Pass Between Houses
                                          2. Theatre For Change
                                          3. Real Home
                                          4. Treat Me A Stranger
                                          5. Utopia Of Bog
                                          6. Void Attentive
                                          7. My Love, Let's Take The Stage Tonight
                                          8. The Kiss
                                          9. He Had Always Led


                                          Tarantula Heart

                                            The Melvins new album Tarantula Heart is like nothing the band has ever done before. Probably the best record they’ve ever recorded. Certainly one of their weirdest. The five song album centers around the mammoth 19-minute opening track “Pain Equals Funny” and the noise laden heavy hitter “Working the Ditch.”

                                            In addition to the core three members, also appearing on the album are second drummer Roy Mayorga (Ministry, Soulfly, Stone Sour and Nausea) and We Are The Asteroid guitar player Gary Chester, who the Melvins recently toured with.

                                            “The way we approached Tarantula Heart was different than any other Melvins’ album,” explains Buzz Osborne. “I had Dale and Roy Mayorga come in and play along with Steven and I to some riffs, then I took those sessions and figured out what parts would work and wrote new music to fit. This isn’t a studio approach we’ve ever taken. Usually we have the songs written BEFORE we start recording!”

                                            Buzz often surprises fans and friends with the diverse influences that factor into his process; you’re just as likely to find him enjoying Judy Garland classics one moment and diving into the raw energy of The Birthday Party the next. Drawing inspiration from the legendary Miles Davis, a master of the improvisation studio approach which showcased the talent and creativity of his collaborators certainly influenced Osborne’s approach to Tarantula Heart.

                                            Without question Tarantula Heart is a huge milestone for the Melvins. it’s rock solid sound wise and looks great with brilliantly executed cover art by Mackie Osborne.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            1. Pain Equals Funny
                                            2. Working The Ditch
                                            3. She’s Got Weird Arms
                                            4. Allergic To Food
                                            5. Smiler


                                            Death Songbook (With Brett Anderson & Charles Hazlewood)

                                              Death Songbook is an exquisite and unique collaboration between Suede’s Brett Anderson, Charles Hazlewood and Paraorchestra featuring special guests Nadine Shah and Gwenno.

                                              The album features delicate new interpretations of iconic songs by the likes of Echo & The Bunnymen, Suede, Depeche Mode, Mercury Rev and Japan tackling themes of death, the death of love, anxiety, loss and transcendence.

                                              Paraorchestra is the world's first large-scale virtuoso ensemble of professional disabled and non-disabled musicians.

                                              The CD and LP packages feature beautiful photography from the original recordings at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              1. The Killing Moon
                                              2. Unsung
                                              3. Holes (feat. Nadine Shah)
                                              4. Nightporter
                                              5. She Still Leads Me On
                                              6. Wonderful Life
                                              7. The Next Life
                                              8. He's Dead
                                              9. Enjoy The Silence (feat. Gwenno)
                                              10. The End Of The World (feat. Nadine Shah)
                                              11. My Death
                                              12. Brutal Lover

                                              Pearl Jam

                                              Dark Matter

                                                Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductees, Pearl Jam, return with their highly anticipated new album Dark Matter.

                                                The band’s 12th studio album was produced by Grammy® Award Winning Producer, Andrew Watt.

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Barry says: A blistering new LP of soaring grunge hooks and Big Ed's unmistakeable vocal fire. It's a brilliantly recognisable sound that Pearl Jam make, but has just enough moments that veer outside of their already venerable canon to make it sound fresh. Lovely stuff.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                CD & LP Tracklisting:
                                                Sacred Of Fear
                                                React, Respond
                                                Dark Matter
                                                Won’t Tell
                                                Upper Hand
                                                Waiting For Stevie
                                                Something Special
                                                Got To Give
                                                Setting Sun

                                                Pillow Queens

                                                Name Your Sorrow

                                                  After forming in 2016, Pillow Queens released a series of singles, honing their craft and working towards their first album, In Waiting (2020). Along the way there has been acclaim from UK and American press, many sold-out gigs and an appearance on James Corden's Late Late Show. After signing with Canada’s Royal Mountain Records, they released a follow-up album, Leave the Light On in 2022, touring the UK, US and Europe extensively, including shows at Austin’s SXSW and supporting Phoebe Bridgers in Glasgow.

                                                  Three albums in three years indicates a serious work ethic, for their new album Name Your Sorrow they stuck to a strict schedule. They showed up every day from 9-5, in a windowless Dublin room to just play, swap instruments and experiment. From there, they decamped to a rural retreat in County Clare along the Atlantic coastline of Ireland, to immerse themselves further. “ The palpable shift in sound and tone is possibly the result of working with a new producer, Collin Pastore from Nashville, who has produced boygenius, Lucy Dacus and Illuminati Hotties. The band holed up for three weeks at Analogue Catalogue studio in Newry, and quickly noticed that the change of scene and personnel impacted on the record.

                                                  The result of combining new experimentation, heartfelt lyrics and a sound that pinballs from quiet and loud offers a kind of catharsis. Of picking through the shrapnel to find slivers of hope. Previously, the band have road-tested new tracks live, playing them to an audience and reworking them based on the crowd’s reaction. They haven’t done that this time, because the songs already feel fully formed. The band also had to unlearn the process of questioning whether a song sounded like “a Pillow Queens song”. There are definite links to the last two albums, but Name Your Sorrow feels like a triumphant step in another direction.

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Barry says: Moody post-grunge riffs and soaring distorted guitar swells break into upbeat indie jangles and major-key lifts, all topped with the gothic-leaning vocals that easily switch from morose and solemn into stadium-fillingly grand in the blink of an eye. A wonderfully produced, perfectly written statement from the Pillow Queens.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  Side 1
                                                  1. February 8th
                                                  2. Suffer
                                                  3. Like A Lesson
                                                  4. Blew Up The World
                                                  5. Friend Of Mine
                                                  6. The Bar's Closed
                                                  Side 2
                                                  1. So Kind
                                                  2. Heavy Pour
                                                  3. One Night
                                                  4. Love II
                                                  5. Notes On Worth

                                                  Jess Ribeiro

                                                  Summer Of Love

                                                    Across the ten tracks on Jess Ribeiro’s incoming new album ‘Summer of Love’, she traverses isolation, loss, tiny snatches of love, expectation versus reality, once-in-a-century pandemics and healing. It was written and recorded during a particularly unstable time, with Ribeiro living in nine different houses across a two year period, including six months in a church outside of the city, “That instability affected my mental health, ”she says. It also created the spark for her fourth album, on which she transfixes audiences as she digs deep into the present, past, and wanted future.

                                                    The first demos for Summer of Love were put down at a solar-powered shack by Jess with her friend and musical collaborator Dave Mudie (Courtney Barnett, Super American Eagle), an experience that wasn’t without excitement: “We used all the solar power trying to record. It ended with us around a fire for the rest of the night, terrified that the boars were going to get us.”

                                                    From there, she recorded the album with Nick Huggins on Wautharong Country in Point Lonsdale, with special guests Jim White (Dirty Three, Xylouris White,) on drums, Darcy McNulty on saxophone, folk-diviner Leah Senior on keys, James Seymour on bass, Davie Mudie taking percussion duties, Carrie Webster’s violin and viola, and Huggins himself chipping in on bass, tape and drum loops, synth, guitars and piano. The way in which the album came together with her collaborators - separately, but towards the same north star - is where the beauty in the work is experienced. “It was improvised and experimental, musicians could only visit on eat a time due to the restrictions, half of the musicians never even came to the studio”.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    1. Maybe If I Wore Sunglasses Inside I Won’t Feel Tired
                                                    2. Everything Is Now
                                                    3. The Trees & Me
                                                    4. Paradise
                                                    5. Jump The Gun
                                                    6. Airborne
                                                    7. Helicopter
                                                    8. Summer Of Love
                                                    9. Wake In Fright
                                                    10. Howl

                                                    Lucy Rose

                                                    This Ain't The Way You Go Out

                                                      British musician Lucy Rose released a third album, No Words Left, back in 2019. It garnered the strongest critical acclaim of her career and culminated in a sell-out show at London’s Barbican theatre. It was a record that ruminated in a sort of hushed reverence, emotionally charged and deftly delivered.

                                                      Lucy had planned to spend some well-earned time at home in the record’s aftermath, having toured relentlessly since her late teens. She’d balanced that precariously spinning plate by forming her own record label too, Real Kind Records, putting out new records by artists she admired and thought deserved her due care and attention. With both plates spinning, she managed to catch them just before the pandemic ensured her plan for some rest and recouperation became an enforced reality. She welcomed her first child, Otis, in the summer of 2021. All was well until she was diagnosed with a rare form of pregnancy induced osteoporosis.

                                                      With a life being lived upside down, and only now without the indignity of excruciating pain, making music wasn’t seeded top of Lucy’s priority list. Any fleeting thought of writing a new record, or even sitting down with a guitar or at a piano, took a back seat to building up the strength to walk and care for Otis. As her confidence started to rebuild, so did her usual inhibitions in the making of music. Inspired by a trip to America with friend and rapper Logic, she later worked with renowned producer Kwes to finish the record.

                                                      This Ain’t The Way You Go Out is an album constructed from the ashes of despair, nurturing the tiniest of green shoots and giving life to something that had looked otherwise spent. It’s a new era for Lucy, and an era in its purest, truest sense. An artist re-awakening herself to the power of music, and having a lot of fun in the process of its discovery and delivery.

                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                      Barry says: Lucy Roses's brilliant 'This Ain't The Way You Go Out' flawlessly straddles the disparate worlds of disco, folk and indie rock, delivered in Lucy's richly syncopated vocal style. There are myriad moments that could easily be made for the dancefloor but they classily move into similarly placid jazzy home listening fare. It's wonderfully done throughout, and hugely addictive the more you listen.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      Side A
                                                      Light As Grass
                                                      Could You Help Me
                                                      Dusty Frames
                                                      Whatever You Want
                                                      Interlude I
                                                      Life’s Too Short
                                                      Side B
                                                      This Ain’t The Way You Go Out
                                                      Over When It’s Over
                                                      Sail Away
                                                      Interlude II
                                                      No More
                                                      The Racket

                                                      Claire Rousay


                                                        claire rousay is a singular artist, known for challenging conventions in experimental and ambient music forms. rousay masterfully incorporates textural found sounds, sumptuous drones and candid field recordings into music that celebrates the beauty in life’s banalities. Her music is curatorial and granular in detail, deftly shaped into emotionally affecting pieces. sentiment is a meditation of the poignant emotional terrains of loneliness, nostalgia, sentimentality, guilt, and sex. The album’s narrative arc is guided by delicate musical gestures and artistic vulnerability, audaciously synthesizing disparate and unexpected influences. rousay crafted the songs in various homes, bedrooms, hotels, and other private places, the feeling of time and energy spent alone radiating from each passage. The album is a collection of heart-rending, incisive pop songs that explore universal feelings with subtlety and remarkable vision.

                                                        rousay’s vocals and guitar take center stage on sentiment. Her intimate, diaristic lyrics contrast with her mechanical-inflected vocal effects, emphasizing a powerful desire for connection, a deep yearning and a lingering sense of separation. The spare guitar playing and laconic tempo both drive the songs and exude a sense of resignation. Her delicate mastery of nuance draws on her explorative musical past that she, with sincerity and admiration, seamlessly interweaves into her adventurous textures and distinctive compositions. “I want to belong to the worlds and communities I look up to. Same as someone using a Fender guitar or dressing like Kurt Cobain. Emulate your heroes,” says rousay.

                                                        From a sprawling math-rock duo, to an array of emo-inflected rock outfits to a hired hand in evangelical worship bands, rousay worked as a percussionist for over a decade before shifting her focus to the solo collage work she’s known for. sentiment folds those experiences into her compositions. rousay explains, “As the drummer in an evangelical rock band, it’s your job, with the singers, to manipulate the crowd. You start building on the drums and you know it’s one bigger chorus and then we’re out and you can see the tears, people just start crying. I still feel a version of that when playing my own shows now.”

                                                        The album balances the poetic soul of her influences with a documentarian heart, rousay capturing moments of her life while living alone in houses across the country, learning to play guitar, and reconnecting with pop music. “I have been on a quest to communicate my feelings and ideas as clearly as possible lately. Pop seemed like the way to do that this time,” says rousay. The confessional nature of sampled fragments of conversation give her pieces a specificity and sense of intimacy that is both immediate and curious. rousay’s innate ability to conjure pure feeling from sound derives from her delightful embrace of pop forms, the vulnerability found in field recordings, minimalistic arrangements and innovative sound choices. The resulting songs of sentiment are as anthemic as they are breathtakingly personal. sentiment is blissfully, achingly melancholic, and an undeniably sensual listening experience. 

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        1. 4pm
                                                        2. Head
                                                        3. It Could Be Anything
                                                        4. Asking For It
                                                        5. Iii
                                                        6. Lover's Spit Plays In The Background
                                                        7. Sycamore Skylight
                                                        8. Please 5 More Minutes (feat Lala Lala)
                                                        9. W Sunset Blvd
                                                        10. Ily2 (feat Hand Habits)

                                                        Say She She & Jim Spencer

                                                        Wrap Myself Up In Your Love

                                                          Experience the rebirth Of Jim Spencer’s musical vision through Piya Malik’s captivating rendition in say she she’s limited 45 rpm edition of ‘Wrap Myself Up’. Malik’s artistry infuses fierce elegance into the original tune, honoring spencer’s legacy, with spencer himself featured on the B-side.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1. Say She She - Wrap Myself Up In Your Love
                                                          2. Jim Spencer - Wrap Myself Up In Your Love

                                                          Ian Skelly

                                                          Lotus And The Butterfly

                                                            After the psychedelic opus Cut From A Star (2012) and understated country weirdness of Drifter’s Skyline (2020) Ian Skelly is no stranger to the strange. He’s been busy the last few years at his day job as drummer/ songwriter for The Coral, playing and contributing to the critically acclaimed Coral Island and latest albums Sea Of Mirrors/ Holy Joe… Amidst all this, he’s found time to etch out a new and wonderful solo LP.

                                                            Lotus And The Butterfly is a treasure trove of psychedelic colour and freak-folk. Think Brian McLean in a seance with Karen Dalton, dreaming up the soundtrack to a lost American road movie. Recorded between Parr Street Studios, Coastal Studios and band HQ the Coral Caves, it features cameos from James Redmond and bandmates Paul Duffy, Paul Molloy and Zak McDonell. Extended liner notes are written by Nick Power.

                                                            Speaking to Shindig Magazine, Ian says of the album’s theme and feel:

                                                            A lot of the sounds I hear these days bore me, so I wanted to make a record that rips up the rule book a bit. I wanted ‘Sweet Love’ to feel as if it was something from a 1969 biker movie starring Dennis Wilson, you know? No dialogue but plenty of great shots. I put that down originally with just guitar, no click track. Then later I added the drums, that's what gives it that feel, I was having to guess where the ‘one' might be.’ Elsewhere, hardened Coral heads will clock a folk-psych version of Rovin’ Jewel from Butterfly House.

                                                            Taylor Swift

                                                            The Tortured Poets Department

                                                              The Tortured Poets Department is the eleventh studio album by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, released on 19th April 2024. Swift announced the album at the 66th Annual Grammy Awards on February 4, 2024, after winning Best Pop Vocal Album for her tenth studio album, 'Midnights' (2022).

                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                              Barry says: There's no doubt there's been a big reassessment of Taylor's sound since the superb duo of Folklore and Evermore (and the brilliant Long Pond sessions LP from RSD last year), and mass appreciation for Midnights so it's with some excitement that her new LP 'The Tortured Poet's Department' lands. I for one am excited to hear it.

                                                              The Zutons

                                                              Creeping On The Dancefloor

                                                                Recorded at Abbey Road Studios with legendary songwriter and producer Nile Rodgers, alongside the band's original producer Ian Broudie. The multi-platinum selling band released three studio albums between 2004 and 2008, scoring 9 UK Top 40 singles including two Top 10s with ‘Why Won’t You Give Me Your Love?’ and the all- conquering ‘Valerie’, the latter a triple-platinum hit for Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse. Today they return to share the fruits of their extended time away. The Big Decider comes into view as an album of stark significance to the band, completed by Dave McCabe (guitar, lead vocals), Abi Harding (saxophone, vocals) and Sean Payne (drums, vocals). Written against the backdrop of a decade and a half’s worth of lived experience, it is born under the weight of family tragedies, lives lost and created, reality checks, and home truths faced up to and stared down. Wrestled into shape under the kind of steam that only decades-long friendships - with all their messy fall-outs, make-ups, breakdowns and ultimately love - can muster, The Big Decider became the sound of water passing under the bridge, and love for music, love for each other, and love for creating together becoming the most important thing of all.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                1. Creeping On The Dancefloor (Nile Rodgers)
                                                                2. Creeping On The Dancefloor (Ian Broudie)

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