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Melody's Echo Chamber

Bon Voyage

    Melody’s Echo Chamber’s second album finally arrives more than five years after Melody Prochet’s debut, and it’s certainly been worth the wait. Bon Voyage is a mind-blowing mini-opus full to the gunwales with surprises. It’s a capricious trip that builds majestically upon what Pitchfork in 2012 called “enchanting, psychedelic-tinged pop with just the right amount of thematic darkness”. Made up of seven expansive new tracks, it marries Melody’s breathless soprano to the wildest sonic excursions, always pinned to an emphatic, clattering groove.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Coloured LP Info: Heavyweight violet 180g vinyl, comes with bonus phenakistiscope insert.

    LP Info: Comes with bonus phenakistiscope insert.

    Arctic Monkeys

    Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino

      Arctic Monkeys return with their sixth album, entitled ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ on Friday the 11th of May 2018. Produced by James Ford and Alex Turner, the album was recorded in Los Angeles, Paris and London.

      Their first release since 2013’s ‘AM’ finds the band intent on continuing to explore new musical terrain with each album. ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ ups the ante in a big way; it is a bold and brilliant album reflecting Turner’s ever more comprehensive creative vision. 


      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Coloured LP Info: Transparent heavyweight vinyl LP, with gatefold sleeve and a 16 page expanded lyrics and photo booklet. Comes with album download card.

      LP Info: Heavyweight vinyl LP with gatefold sleeve, 4 page booklet and album download card.

      Alexis Taylor releases a new album on Domino. It is a very new, very individualist and – yes – very beautiful reflection of a life that's changed immeasurably since Alexis first started out in music. This is a musician, writer and singer who has carved his own unique path through the music of the 21st century, completely avoiding getting trapped along the way in dumb oppositions of pop vs avant-garde, dancefloor vs intellect, retro vs modernist and so on. He has worked with living legends from major pop stars to free improvisors in the furthest left field, played huge arenas and tiny clubs without ever privileging one over the other, and through all of it, never stopped listening and learning. All of this accumulated experience is put to work on Beautiful Thing in pursuit of something subtle and elusive but ultimately quite profound and beautifully human. Taylor’s fourth album also represents the first time Alexis has made a solo album with a producer, that producer being Tim Goldsworthy, co-founder of Mo Wax and DFA Recordings and member of UNKLE.

      The record is a bold and confident step forward for Alexis both sonically and in terms of his songwriting abilities. It has electronic thrills, dark spaces, memories of dancefloors, heartfelt writing; it's composed, it's improvised, it's accidental, it's strange, but it's also very immediate. It is a beautiful thing itself: a moving, modern and unique sounding long-player, to get lost in on repeated deep listens.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      2xColoured LP Info: Heavyweight orange vinyl.

      Bonny sings Susanna, to simply try and save the world. Sonata Dwarf Mix Cosmos is an old companion of his and with the Chijimi house band +1 they bring it all back home again, this time to the space in Bonny’s place.

      “As other practitioners are leaving the room in favor of novel forms of recording and distro and consumption, we are left with a virtual PALACE, fantastical and real structures and practices. Like we are allowed into the museum at night. We can make a great essentially live record with great songs and great players because nobody else is? ‘Wolf Of The Cosmos’... is about, as much as anything, direct engagement with recorded music. So step right up to the replicant.” - Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy

      Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy is joined by musicians Emmet Kelly (bass guitar, voice, acoustic guitar), Cheyenne Mize (violin, slide ukulele, voice), Chris Rodahaffer (banjo, voice, acoustic guitar) and Elsa Madeline Oldham (juice harp).

      “‘Wolf Of The Cosmos’ is a wonderful obsessive trip into the mind of one of the most important living singers” - Country Music

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Beautifully emotive country-tinged plucks, BPB's unmistakable voice and softly pulled strings make for an enchanting an absorbing journey. Yet more evidence of the unwavering excellence of one of today's most successful singer-songwriters. Brilliantly fresh, but comfortable and familiar.

      Sorry

      2 Down 2 Dance / Harmless

        Sorry are a new London band centred around Asha Lorenz and Louis O'Bryen, two 19-year-old childhood best friends, who along with Lincoln Barrett (drums) and Campbell Baum (bass) have been playing on London’s underground circuit since 2015.

        This 7” is their second official release for Domino Records, featuring Asha and Louis’ twisted twin vocals punctuating a typically catchy chorus laden with grungy guitars and surging beats on lead single ‘2 Down 2 Dance’.

        Both tracks are produced by Ollie Barton-Wood (Alaskalaska, HMLTD). This spring they will support Sunflower Bean on their UK tour.

        Hotly tipped by the likes of NME, DIY, Dazed, Dork, Loud & Quiet, Noisey and championed by Radio 1 Huw Stephens, the band are moving from strength to strength, due to appear on the cover of So Young magazine in the March issue.

        “I’m really excited about this band... I think that’s brilliant. Definitely a band to look out for in the future, I like that a lot” - Huw Stephens, Radio 1

        “I’m into this lot, they’re just the right side of misery” - Tom Ravenscroft, 6Music

        “There’s just a different vibe to this band than a lot of other acts in the UK at the moment. They remind me a bit of Nirvana in a way, in the weirdness and the leftfield-ness of it… I think their strongest point is the weird Avant-garde-ness of it.” - Matt Wilkinson, Beats 1

        Self-produced, written and recorded in the east London house-stroke-studio-stroke band HQ they all share together (imagine a squat version of the Brill Building, or a lo-fi, DIY take on Max Martin’s Cheiron studio), Superorganism is a spectacularly confident debut record that beams with a sense of wonky fun, a kaleidoscopic riot of sound and visuals. Influenced by the world-building depth of artists like Devo, Beck and The Avalanches, Superoganism soundtracks the band’s rapid trajectory from shared house side project to global audiovisual powerhouse and features previous singles ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D.’ and ‘It’s All Good / Nobody Cares’ as well as their brand single ‘Everybody Wants To Be Famous’.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: Brilliantly quirky oddball pop, twee synthy pads and glitched indie come together into this flourescent explosion of melodic power. Unforgettable and a truly exciting concept for the future.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Indies Exclusive LP Info: Deluxe edition comes in a glow in the dark gatefold sleeve.

        Deluxe CD Info: Deluxe CD comes in mini gatefold with 16-page booklet

        The Kills

        List Of Demands (Reparations)

          7" single from The Kills, featuring two covers, one is the powerful classic List Of Demands from Saul Williams alongside the reggae classic Steppin' Razor by Josh Higgs, Peter Tosh & The Wailers.

          Wild Beasts

          Last Night All My Dreams Came True

          ‘Last Night All My Dreams Came True’ is a career-spanning collection and features songs from each of Wild Beasts’ studio albums, with an emphasis on ‘Boy King’, their most direct record yet.

          Looking back on Wild Beasts’ back catalogue and the themes they tackled, there is a sense of prescience - toxic masculinity, gender fluidity, the conflicts surrounding class, politics and art were no bandwagon jumps, often becoming hot topics in the media several years after they’d been eloquently dealt with on record.

          Recorded in two days over the Summer at RAK Studios, ‘Last Night All My Dreams Came True’ is the second official Domino Documents release and has more than fulfilled the Domino Documents aim to capture a band at the height of their powers, recording a selection of their finest songs.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          2xColoured LP Info: Indies exclusive coloured vinyl.

          Nothing short of a rebirth, the album’s 10 songs are a triumphant recasting of the group, bursting with fresh ideas and vigorous sonic experimentation. 

          ‘Always Ascending’ was recorded at RAK Studios, London and Motorbass in Paris, with the help of French producer extraordinaire Philippe Zdar (Cassius, Phoenix, The Beastie Boys), the mutual affection between band and producer seeping into every dazzling groove. ‘Always Ascending’ shows Franz Ferdinand broadening their palate, as exuberant as it is euphoric, creating a sound that singer, Alex Kapranos, refers to as “simultaneously futuristic and naturalistic.”

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: Franz Ferdinand always stood out from the considerable crowd of potential soundalikes with their jagged brand of majestic indie-pop, relying heavily on split-second key changes and snappy, fuzzy riffage. You'll be delighted to know that this one is no less outstanding, a thoroughly excellent return.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Deluxe LP Info: Available to independent retailers on pink vinyl with 8-page booklet and 24” x 24” foldout poster plus digital download code.

          Microshift is the Leeds band's first new work in over 3 years and marks a seismic shift in their sound, dynamic, songwriting and production, whilst still bearing all the ferocious energy, intricate musicianship and bruised but beautiful song-craft of the previous releases which have quietly made them one of the UK's most revered young bands.

          This is the band's third studio album technically but arguably the first in which the studio has been central to its creation. Pearl Mystic and second LP, The Hum were heavily informed by the band's live sound, Microshift on the other hand came to life in the studio, formed out of loops, modular synthesizer sequences, drum machines, homemade samples etc. which were jammed around and layered until the songs began to emerge. The band have also opened their writing to include collaborations with artists such as Richard Formby (on Opener), Christopher Duffin (on Boxing Day) and Alice Merida Richards (on Each Time We Pass).

          Radiant, immersive and teeming with light, but still heavy and forceful - the music on Microshift acts as a very deliberate counter to some of the difficult topics the album's lyrics address. Death, disease, heartbreak, body image and even natural disaster are all present here but the overall effect these songs achieve is euphoric catharsis.

          The album was written and recorded in full following a complete rebuild of the band’s Suburban Home Studio after the River Aire floods in Leeds in the winter of 2015 which devastated the studio. The band had an incredible response to a GoFundMe campaign and the subsequent help of volunteers over several months to rebuild the studio from nothing is a huge part of the band’s continued existence. Striving through the toughness, it is perhaps no surprise that the record is one of both defiance and darkness. “All of our records are to an extent about mental health,” comments MJ. “Largely this is an album about loss but also about maturing, accepting your flaws and the transience of intimacy”.

          Hookworms are MJ, MB, JW, JN & EO.


          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: A brilliantly dynamic mix of psychedelic guitars, determined vocal swathes and soaring cosmic synth swells. As fascinating and direct an outing as The Hum, but refined through a good few years of working on their sound. Superb.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Indies Exclusive LP Info: JUST FOUND ONE COPY OF THIS!
          Indies only deluxe edition with a printed PVC outer sleeve.
          Black 180g heavyweight vinyl.
          Printed inner sleeve.

          LP Info: Black 180g heavyweight vinyl.
          Printed inner sleeve.
          Download card.

          CD Info: CD in spined “mini LP” wallet with printed inner sleeve.

          Porches

          The House

            ‘The House’ is the third full-length album from New York musician Porches (aka Aaron Maine).

            The 14-song affair features contributions from (Sandy) Alex G, Dev Hynes, Okay Kaya, Maya Laner (True Blue), Bryndon Cook (Starchild & The New Romantic), Cameron Wisch (Cende) and Maine’s own father Peter Maine.

            ‘The House’ was written and recorded over an 18- month stretch, immediately following the completion of Porches’ breakthrough record ‘Pool’. Taking a diary-like approach, Aaron documents a period of time through the 14 gorgeous songs on this record.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: Like an introspective mix of the synth-heavy downbeat vibes of James Blake, mixed with grand, room-filling layers of vocals and melody. Brimming with euphoria, but tinged with a covert despair. Stunning.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            LP Info: LP pressed on black 180g heavyweight vinyl, spot
            gloss jacket, 11” x 22” fold out poster and
            download code.

            Panda Bear

            A Day With The Homies

              “It's been my perception that these things tend to homogenize experience so I hope you’ll forgive me if I don’t outline, in any specific way, the many choices involved in its creation. I appreciate your role as filter or translator, and by withholding my own blueprints for the album, I mean to encourage and cultivate your part in its trip.

              The songs aren’t lyrically linear or narrative as such, though I did scatter pieces of longer-chewed themes across the tracks. I find they still work satisfactorily alone, but strengthen each other’s messages when combined.

              I hoped to make something without frills or much embellishment, principally because I’ve found more fluff tends to equal less power. Since the juiciest action is entirely focused in the deeper zones of the frequency spectrum (at least from where I’ve sat), power was key.”

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Barry says: Never one to shy away from being a little 'out there', Panda Bear has always veered towards the stranger side of the pop spectrum, with syncopated grooves and off-piste chirps making up the bulk of their output. What we have here is a culmination and brilliant expansion of that trademark sound, sticking with a number of elements that made that Panda Bear sound whilst simultaneously pushing the boundaries into other realms. Brilliant.

              John Cale

              Music For A New Society

                ‘Music For A New Society’ is a fully re-mastered album of the long out of print 1982 classic album with three previously unreleased bonus tracks from the original multi-track recordings Library Of Force, Chinese Envoy and Thoughtless Kind ..

                The ‘Music For A New Society’ heavyweight vinyl format comes with a download card which includes the three unreleased bonus tracks.

                The Kills

                Black Rooster EP

                  The Kills’ eponymous debut mini album ‘Black Rooster’, originally released in 2002, has been reissued for the first time.

                  The mini album was recorded on an 8-track at Toe Rag Studios by Liam Watson, except ‘Dropout Boogie’ which was recorded during a live performance at Paint It Black.


                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  10" Info: Indies red vinyl.

                  Superorganism

                  Something For Your M.I.N.D.

                  Superorganism are a sprawling, multi-limbed collection of international musicians and pop culture junkies. They number eight in total - recruited from London, Japan, Australia and New Zealand - seven of whom now live together in a house in east London. It was in this house, in January 2017, that the collective had their Big Bang moment, the track ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D.’.

                  The track caused a huge stir online and across airwaves, played on air by Frank Ocean, Annie Mac and Zane Lowe before being taken down for a copyright claim. Now, with the sample cleared (and the song featured on the new ‘FIFA’ soundtrack), live performances lining up and debut album almost done, Superorganism are now ready to take on the world.

                  ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D.’ will be released as a single-sided etched vinyl 7”.

                  Dan Deacon

                  Rat Film: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

                    Domino Soundtracks are proud to present their first release, an original soundtrack recording from Dan Deacon of the provocative essay-film ‘Rat Film’, to be released in October 2017.

                    ‘Rat Film’ marks Deacon’s first full record devoted to modern composition. In between his four ecstatic electronic-pop albums, Deacon has frequently flexed the 21st Century classical muscles he first developed studying at SUNY Purchase’s Conservatory Of Music.

                    ‘Rat Film’ offers the first recorded document of this parallel career - and both as a self-contained album and a companion piece to an equally potent film, it astounds.

                    “The aesthetic audacity alone is intriguing; combined with Maureen Jones’s icily robotic narration and Dan Deacon’s eerie electronic score, the effect is somewhere between confounding and mesmerizing.” - New York Times

                    “‘Rat Film’, in other words, is not your typical documentary, and its mesmerizing electronica score by Dan Deacon - full of whirring, bleeping and blipping, cacophonous noise, and ominous tonal swells - only enhances its eccentricity.” - The Daily Beast

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    Coloured LP Info: Available to independent retailers on ‘rat hair’
                    coloured vinyl.

                    Irish alt folk and electronica alchemist Seamus Fogarty returns with his second album ‘The Curious Hand’. It is his first album for Domino and follows his acclaimed debut full length ‘God Damn You Mountain’ (Fence/Lost Map).

                    ‘The Curious Hand’ was produced by Fogarty and Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Wild Beasts), who also plays on the album. The album also features the multi-instrumentalist Emma Smith (Hot Chip, Jon Hopkins), who plays a plethora of instruments across the album’s 11 tracks.

                    ‘The Curious Hand’ showcases Seamus’ natural inclination to take his songs and “screw them up,” by applying synthesiser drones and circuit burps, found sounds and spoken word audio samples that give all of his records such wonderful atmosphere, as if they’re haunted by rogue half-tuned signals from another world.

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    Coloured LP Info: Indies exclusive coloured vinyl.

                    Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                    Anxiety about the precarious nature of reality is a recurring thread on Protomartyr's 4th full-length and Domino debut, Relatives In Descent. Though not a concept album, it presents twelve variations on a theme: the unknowable nature of truth, and the existential dread that often accompanies that unknowing. It's no coincidence this missive comes to us at a moment when disinformation and garbled newspeak have become a daily reality. “I used to think that truth was something that existed, that there were certain shared truths, like beauty,” says Protomartyr singer Joe Casey. “Now that’s being eroded. People have never been more skeptical, and there’s no shared reality. Maybe there never was.”

                    Relatives In Descent offers new layers and new insights, without sanding any of the edges born from their days as a Detroit bar band. Greg Ahee’s guitar still crackles and spits electricity. Casey's voice continues to shift naturally between dead-eyed croon and fevered bark. Drummer Alex Leonard and bassist Scott Davidson remain sharp and propulsive, a rhythm section that’s as agile as it is adventurous. But this is also Protomartyr at their most impressive. After months of rehearsal, the band decamped to Los Angeles for two weeks in March of 2017, to record with Sonny DiPerri (Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors), who co-produced the record and helped capture the band’s long-simmering vision for something more complex, but no less visceral.

                    It all begins with ‘A Private Understanding,’ pegged as the album's opening statement the second it was finished, and a wellspring from which the following eleven songs flow. At once beautiful and brutal, it mutates from drum-led oddity to unlikely anthem, with some of Casey’s most potent lyrical work at its centre: “Sorrow's the wind blowing through/Truth is hiding in the wire.”


                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Barry says: Another vicious sneering assault from Protomartyr, melodic but heavy AF. Punky progressions, brilliantly heavy production values, and an innate knowledge on dynamics and keeping things interesting make this a bracing and rewarding listen. Thrashing from exotica-tinged hardcore freak-outs, Bad Religion-esque skate-punk bravado and classic melodic progressions. A superb marriage of songwriting prowess and kinetic force.

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    Coloured LP Info: Special edition indies only blue coloured vinyl (also includes fold-out poster, zine insert featuring lyrics & original illustrations, and download code).

                    Lal And Mike Waterson

                    Bright Phoebus

                    Bright Phoebus, Lal and Mike Waterson’s 1972 folk-noir masterpiece, has long been recognised as one of British music's legendary lost records. Following the parting of ways of The Watersons and freed from the strictures of folk orthodoxy, Lal and Mike Waterson’s love of words allowed them to serve the needs of their songs in ways that weren’t possible when singing already written songs.

                    Featuring performances from Lal, Mike and Norma Waterson, Martin Carthy, Richard Thompson, Ashley Hutchings, Dave Mattacks, Tim Hart and Maddy Prior, amongst others, the album is now recognised as a forward-thinking benchmark for the genre. Fans include Arcade Fire, Stephen Malkmus, Billy Bragg, Jarvis Cocker, Richard Hawley – the latter two performed the record themselves in 2013 on the Bright Phoebus Revisited tour.

                    The origins of Bright Phoebus started in 1971, only a few years after the split of The Watersons whose three albums had a profound effect on the folk world. Following the split, and independently of each other, Mike and Lal had started writing their own songs; after Lal moved back to Hull; they started to cultivate these ideas together.

                    Not long after, Martin Carthy was visiting for a show, "We did Hull Art School or something, and then the next morning we went round to visit Lal, and she had all these songs. We sat there listening to them and… now, I knew Lal wrote songs but I had never heard any of them prior to this point. It was extraordinary.” Convinced that these songs needed to be heard by the wider world, Martin alerted Steeleye Span bandmate and former Fairport Convention bassist Ashley Hutchings to their existence. “I was instantly in tune with what I heard,” remembered Ashley, “I found an empathy with the songs, and I really would have fought off anyone to play bass on them.”

                    Ashley got to work; he contacted Bill Leader and set the whole thing up, along with Richard Thompson and Martin Carthy. All Lal and Mike Waterson had to do was allow themselves to be swept along by the collective will of everyone who had either heard or heard about their songs. And when, at the very end of 1971, it emerged that a homesick Norma Waterson would be returning to join them, the heavens looked to be aligning as never before.

                    Recorded in a week in the basement of Cecil Sharp House, Mike recalled “Lal and I dreamed our way through the recordings. It was magic.” Marry, who was eight at the time, remembered her father George describing the sessions as “a great big party”, people just wandered in. Tim Hart and Maddy Prior are on a few tracks because they happened to walk through the door, so they were lassoed in to do some vocals. One poor sod came in to deliver a package and we said, ‘Right! You’re in! And we stuck some words in front of him and put him in the chorus! He sang away, thank you very much, and then he left!’”

                    Despite the anticipation for a new ‘Watersons’ record, the release of Bright Phoebus was viewed with suspicion from the conservative folk community and shortly after, Bill Leader’s company went bankrupt and the initial pressing of 2000 LPS soon fell out of print. Since then, the album has become legend, its scarcity not hindering generations of music fans falling for its beguiling atmosphere. Sadly Lal – who passed away from lung cancer in 1998 - never got to see Bright Phoebus receive a full re-evaluation. Mike Waterson did, at least, get to enjoy some of backdated acclaim before his death in 2011. But he remained dogged in his belief that none of that mattered. “You do what you do,” he insisted. “And nothing is right to them, and everything’s right to you. Who are you making the record for? *You.* If fans like your record, then wonderful. If they don’t, well you’ve made it anyway. Because you love the songs.”

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    2xDeluxe LP Info: This deluxe version includes a second disc containing 12 demos for the album, themselves tinged with their own mythology and previously unreleased.

                    2xDeluxe CD Info: This deluxe version includes a second disc containing 12 demos for the album, themselves tinged with their own mythology and previously unreleased.

                    Bonnie Prince Billy

                    Leonard / Carolyn

                      Two tracks culled from Bonnie 'Prince' Billy's Haggard-tribute Best Troubador sessions save a little for Tommy! Tommy Collins was the stage name for Leonard Sipes, whose presence on the Bakersfield scene and in the country charts during the 1950s was no doubt a major inspiration for Merle Haggard during his early years of apprenticeship. "Carolyn" tells the tale of Tommy's rise and fall and rise again in deft images; a plain-spoke and loving tribute to a hero of Merle's.

                      Tommy contributed songs to Merle's songbook often in the early days. The B-side of this single, "Carolyn", went to #1 for three weeks in '72, toward the end of Tommy's period of getting songs on Merle's records. On "Leonard", Bonnie and the band (Van Campbell, Nuala Kennedy, Danny Kiley) are joined by Matt Sweeney who sings along and fingerpicks an acoustic in a fond tribute to Merle and Tommy and all the old boys. "Carolyn" is an outtake from the Ease Down the Road recording.

                      ‘Eucalyptus’ is the new studio album written and produced by Animal Collective’s Avey Tare.

                      Recommended listening for dawn or dusk. An electroacoustic movement through leaves, rocks and dust. Written on sunlit bedroom afternoons in Los Angeles, practiced in the dark early hours of the California twilight and slept on under Big Sur skies.

                      Recorded by Animal Collective’s Deakin (Josh Dibb), featuring chamber orchestration arranged by Eyvind Kang, musicians Angel Deradoorian and Jessika Kenney.

                      Peter Perrett, whose incisive songcraft and sardonic drawl made him one of the most distinctive voices of the Seventies, hasn’t released any music for 20 years. Bearing in mind his most famous song began “I always flirt with death” (‘Another Girl, Another Planet’), this is one comeback that nobody saw coming.

                      Backed by his sons - Jamie and Peter Jr. on lead guitar and bass respectively - and produced by Chris Kimsey (The Rolling Stones), Peter’s intuitive feel for words; his flair for idiosyncratic metaphors and his deadpan wit are all still as sharp as ever.

                      Royal Trux "Live"

                      Platinum Tips & Ice Cream

                        ‘Platinum Tips + Ice Cream’ is new from Royal Trux.

                        The songs were written over a span of time as wide as eagle’s wings but the recordings are new, live, unrehearsed and were presented in real time to a few thousand people in California and NYC.

                        Performance art? Yes! But only because, unlike so many other aural ‘content providers’, Neil Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema are true artists writing their own futures into the present. This was, and will always be, Royal Trux.

                        (Sandy) Alex G

                        Rocket

                        Rocket is (Sandy) Alex G’s eighth full-length release—an assured statement that follows a slate of humble masterpieces, many of them self-recorded and self-released, stretching from 2010’s RACE to his 2015 Domino debut, Beach Music.

                        Rocket’s sessions began shortly after Beach Music’s ended, with Alex tracking songs at home, by himself and with friends, in the gaps between a hectic 2015 and 2016 touring schedule (including working with Frank Ocean on Blonde).

                        Rocket was mixed by Jacob Portrait (Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Bass Drum of Death), who also lent his hand to Beach Music, giving the album a fine-tuning that retains the homespun personality of earlier efforts.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Barry says: Uplifting folky plucking, heart-wrenching fiddle work and those heart-melting vocals. It's not all smooth sailing though, with pieces like 'Brick' coming way out of leftfield, you have to hear it to believe it, but the range of talents on display here is mindblowing. Well worth your time.

                        Animal Collective

                        The Painters EP

                          Animal Collective announce The Painters EP, a new companion release to last year’s album Painting With. 

                          The EP contains three new and original tracks recorded during the Painting With era, and also includes a studio recording of “Jimmy Mack” (made famous by Martha & The Vandellas), a cover performed on their recent tours. 

                          The EP features artwork by Brian DeGraw, who supplied the original portraits and artwork for Painting With.

                          With ‘Best Troubador’, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy pays homage to a longtime and forever hero, the late Merle Haggard.

                          A singer who, some 25 years previously, first performed in public by playing a Merle Haggard song, Bonny has often cited Merle’s work in performance, on records and in conversation with anyone who was around, even talking to Merle himself for Filter magazine in 2009.

                          ‘Best Troubador’ flips through his song book, landing on pages unmoored from their time and located anew. Moving from 1978 to 1969 to 2003 to 1981 allows the album to circle Haggard’s music in a simulation of thought and memory, slipping around from spot to spot as if they were discrete impressions, unknown but knowable yet.

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Barry says: Superbly uplifting plucked guitars, swooning woodwind and Mr. Billy's sweet but serious vocal delivery. It's a wonder that there could be any more gold flowing from this supremely talented songwriter, yet it continues. Touching, beautiful and sublime.

                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                          2xLP Info: Double LP includes bumper sticker and digital download code.

                          Animal Collective

                          Meeting Of The Waters

                            THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2017 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                            Brand new four track 12” EP - recorded in Brazil – featuring all new material from Animal Collective.

                            Limited to 1000 copies for the UK and Eire.

                            South London trio Little Cub release their debut album, ‘Still Life’, on Domino Recordings.

                            Marrying a wry, worldly and subversive form of diarist lyricism with sumptuously evocative electronic production, ‘Still Life’ announces the arrival of a band at once deeply in tune with the greatest traditions of progressive, homespun British pop music and at odds with the increasingly vacuous pop culture they are born into.

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                            ‘Electric Lines’, the new album from producer Joe Goddard, is all about connections. The title refers to the colourful cables that link the modules in his Eurorack synthesizer and to the invisible wires that run between all the different kinds of electronic music that he loves. An apt title for a record which brilliantly unites the strands of his prolific career: member of Hot Chip and The 2 Bears, songwriter, producer, DJ, Grammy award winning remixer and co-founder of the Greco-Roman label. Like Four Tet, Caribou and Jamie xx, Joe combines a thirst for experimentation, an instinctive understanding of the dancefloor and a love of left-of-centre pop music. ‘Electric Lines’ confirms his place in the front rank of British producers.

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Barry says: Goddard superbly mixes the off-key rotating chord electronica of his day-job at Hot Chip with post-dubstep atmospherics and the warm vintage hum and twisted modulations of analogue synths. An epic journey (even more so in the extended CD version), and one worth undertaking. Brilliantly varied but resolutely enthralling synth 'tronica.

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                            Following the chilled-out acoustic draughts blowing through both ‘Further’ and ‘Chorus’, to say nothing of the folkundertones in the 1996 EP release ‘Sally Free And Easy’, it seemed that the direction for future Flying Saucer Attack musics was clear: increased melodicism with more roots exposed in ever-cleaner productions. Apparently not - 1997’s ‘New Lands’ brought a return to the starkness and shadowplay of extreme noise and FSA’s Dave Pearce’s sonombulent vocalizing, along with the introduction of an unanticipated new development - a rubbery, almost dance-rhythmic bottom end that only increased the atmosphere of dread hanging above the fray. This set the stage for ‘Mirror’, which followed ‘New Lands’ over two years later, with only a cover version of Skip Spence’s ‘Goodbye World’ opus, ‘Grey/Afro’ coming between.

                            ‘Mirror’ arrived wrapped in a vibrant, multicolored cover designed by Savage Pencil but the opening sequence of songs offered some of the quietest, most refined Flying Saucer Attack songs committed to tape. The violent spells of ‘New Lands’ had given way to a flattened drone on the electric pieces ‘Space (1999)’, ‘Islands’ and ‘Dark Wind’, while the glittering acoustics of ‘Suncatcher’ and ‘Tides’ highlighted an incredible fragility within the songs. Dave Pearce seemed to be further away in space than ever, a wispy presence over streamlined hard beats and loops of ‘Chemicals’, which create the direction of ‘Mirror’’s second side.

                            Particularly when considering the silence that followed, this impression makes ‘Mirror’ a distressing encounter at times, though certainly one of the most enervating listens of the FSA catalogue - quite an achievement, when the blinding airs of previous phases are recalled. 

                            Likely titled New Lands due to Flying Saucer Attack being lauched upon "phase two" (as the liner notes put it), this release finds FSA down to Pearce and Pearce only, as before with a bit of help here and there from Rocker and, on "Present," the co-writing skills of two members of Amp. That the first two tracks are called "Past" and "Present" and that the first has more of a "classic" FSA sound with a steady rhythm and huge solo while the second revolves around a buried, near inaudible series of loops, seems to be part of the album's plan, such as it is. New Lands in general showcases Pearce in testing mode, seeming to see what works and what doesn't, looking backward as much as forward. Indeed, the lengthy, majestic steady build of "Whole Day Song" reappears from the Goodbye/and Goodbye EP, this time with vocals and a low-key, softly intoxicating piano line. While the more experimental parts of New Lands aren't really Pearce completely trashing his general aesthetic and trying something new, they do show him attempting and often succeeding at introducing further variety to his murky, intriguing field. Thus, "Up in Her Eyes" has a very familiar vocal and guitar style, but the obsessive, upfront yet still shadowy percussion -- sounding more like a chugging train engine than anything else -- dominates the track, at least up until its slightly more ambient, free-flowing end. Other curious rhythms, reminiscent of past comparisons to the work of Main, crop up more than once -- the near arrhythmic, squealing loop that introduces "Respect" or the blunt, brusque punch of "The Sea." Through it all, the combination of Pearce's tender, dark folk vocals and skybursting guitar provides the central point of the experience, making for some fascinating, entrancing results. - Allmusic

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            LP Info: 20th anniversary vinyl repress, brand new cut 180 gram heavyweight virgin vinyl with a download code.

                            LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                            It’s been eight years since Scott Kannberg, aka Spiral Stairs (founding member of Pavement and Preston School of Industry), released any new music. He knows that. The years just have a habit of slipping away sometimes.

                            You can’t hurry genius – not even the genial, unforced and unpretentious genius that has long been Scott’s forte. 

                            Doris and The Daggers is worth the wait, it showcases the most personal and emotional music Kannberg has ever written, reflecting the life changes that occurred over those eight years. During that stretch, Scott weathered the loss of friends, treasured the joys of fatherhood, lived life as an Australian and even ate haggis meat – experiences that inform these warm, sweetly melodic and soundly honest songs.

                            The first Spiral Stairs record The Real Feel came in 2009, just as Pavement were announcing a hugely successful burst of reunion shows. After that, Scott and his wife moved to Brisbane, Australia, started a family and life simply got in the way.

                            Having moved back to Los Angeles, the original concept for the album was to go to Seattle’s Orbit Studios and “record the whole thing in a week, like the old days.” Then, a month before the trip, Scott awoke to heart-breaking news: Darius Minwalla, who had drummed with Preston School of Industry and on The Real Feel, and was scheduled to play on the mooted Seattle sessions, died suddenly in his sleep.

                            Scott was deep-sixed by the news, and it would be another three months before he was ready to return to the studio. By that time, the album had changed – the songs had grown in the interim, become longer, more emotional. Following Darius’ death, Scott went to spend time with his friend, singer-songwriter Kelley Stoltz, up in San Francisco, where they bounced ideas off each other. “His influence made me turn the record in an entirely different direction.”

                            Instead of a week-long blitz, Doris and The Daggers was recorded over a more civilised, considered batch of short sessions at Exactamundo studios in Eagle Rock, California. Long-time low-end foil Matt Harris returned on bass duties, while the drum-stool was adopted by Broken Social Scene’s Justin Peroff. The trio cut 30 songs in all, while a number of Scott’s close musical friends stepped in to make some key contributions. Peroff’s Broken Social Scene cohort Kevin Drew sang on ‘Emoshuns’, Kelley Stoltz lent guitar to the summery chime of ‘AWM’, and The National’s Matt Berninger lends vocals to the bittersweet, zephyr-light ‘Exiled Tonight’.

                            “I guess I’ve been writing songs for a while now,” reflects Kannberg on his second album. “I like hearing echoes of things I love in the music that I make. Writing music doesn’t come easy to me – it’s hard to write a song that’s good. But our memories slowly escape us as we get older, and in songs you kind of relive those moments, the things that matter.” And that’s part of the key to Doris and The Daggers’ charm, along with the lyrical wit and Scott’s unerring knack for tuneage as embraceably familiar as a beloved sweater; these songs are full of life, stories engagingly told, and a sense of affection for everything that happens within them. You’ll keep returning to them again and again, and hope that Scott doesn’t wait so long to cut his next batch.

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Andy says: Superb old school indie classic chords and mega melodies on top. Really good.

                            On In Mind, the fourth full-length record from Real Estate, the band fine-tunes the winsome songwriting and profound earnestness that made previous albums - 2009’s Real Estate, 2011’s Days, and 2014’s Atlas - so beloved. Recorded in Los Angeles with producer Cole M. Greif-Neill (Julia Holter, Beck), In Mind delivers the same kind of warmth and soft-focus narratives that one has come to expect from the band - pastoral guitars, elegantly deployed arrangements, a sort of mindful melancholy - but there is also a newly adventurous sonic edge to the proceedings.

                            It offers a mild shifting of the gears, positing a band engaged in the push/pull of burgeoning adulthood. Reflecting a change in lineup, changes in geography, and a general desire to move forward without looking back, the record casts the band in a new light - one that replaces the wistful ennui of teenage suburbia with an equally complicated adult version.

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Andy says: One of Piccadilly Records' favourite janglers return with another swooningly resigned ache-a-thon, this time with added quirk and expanded dynamism thanks to the addition of the splendid Julian Lynch on lead guitar.

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            Coloured LP Info: Indies only limited coloured vinyl with gold foil imprint.

                            Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                            LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                            Featuring the original line-up of Howard Devoto (vocals & songwriter), Pete Shelley (guitar & songwriter), Steve Diggle (bass guitar) and John Maher (drums), ‘Time’s Up’ was recorded at Revolution Studios, Bramhall Lane Stockport on the 18th of October 1976. The session, recording Buzzcocks’ live set at the time and was engineered by Andy MacPherson.

                            François & The Atlas Mountains

                            Solide Mirage

                            ‘Solide Mirage’, the follow up to the 2014 album, ‘Piano Ombre’, offers a glimpse of coherence in a distorted world. The album was recorded in the chaotic-yet-calm environment of Brussels - the capital of Europe - a city where the future of a million ‘others’ is being decided.

                            Fránçois Marry and his shape-shifting band The Atlas Mountains recorded with Ash Workman (Christine & The Queens, Metronomy) before Owen Pallett added violins from his home in LA.

                            ‘Solide Mirage’ - like an imperceptible dream, a fantasy where reality shifts as one approaches it - is a perfect definition for this protean, changeable-yet-direct album which reveals new facets and new territories in every listen. Sometimes soft (on ‘1982’, ‘Apocalypse à Ipsos’, ‘Pepétuel été’, ‘100.000.000’), sometimes tough (‘Bête Morcelée’ and its rush of pure grunge, ‘Grand Dérèglement’ and the roughness and splinters of ‘Jamais Deux Pareils’), sometimes crazy (the digitized trance of ‘Âpres Après’) but always highly political, whether direct or reading between the lines.

                            The new Dirty Projectors song ‘Up In Hudson’ is an elegy — to the Obama years, to a generation of indie rock, and to a relationship. Over the course of nine verses and almost eight minutes, the lyrics situate David Longstreth & his band in the vivid textures of the recent past like a millennial Blood On The Tracks. It is a piece of epic storytelling unlike anything else in Dirty Projectors’ discography. 

                            To arrive where we began and know the place for the first time: ‘Up In Hudson’ is an origin story for a new chapter of Dirty Projectors. 

                            And with it, Dirty Projectors announce their long-awaited 7th LP. 

                            The new album does everything we want and expect from Dirty Projectors — but in a way we never could have imagined or anticipated. In a career of surprising conceptual gambits, unexpected stylistic evolutions, and continually changing lineups — this is, as DJ Khaled says, “ANOTHER ONE”!

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Barry says: Soulful beats, driven choruses and synthy breakdowns clash headfirst with soaring melodies, rapidly flicking from glitchy meltdowns into beautifully formed jazzy flourishes and silken harmonies. Brilliantly written and constantly evolving, a true gem.

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            Indies Exclusive LP Info: The deluxe features the album on 150g clear with black smoke double LP, housed in a wide spine jacket with a 16-page 11x11 libretto, and an etched D side.

                            Proceeding ‘Feel It’ (2011) and ‘Olympia’ (2013), ‘Future Politics’ is the third studio album from Canadian electronic pop outfit Austra, fronted by Katie Stelmanis.

                            The album was written, produced, and engineered by Stelmanis with mixing by Alice Wilder at Transmitter Park Studio in New York and Union Sound Company in Toronto.

                            The project concerns the concept of projecting innovation and creativity through individualism and the injustice of an, at times, closed minded or stunted world. A matured message, ‘Future Politics; is for fans of iconic sounds resonating from The Knife, Fever Ray and Bjork to Grimes and Anohni.

                            Their most visually compelling record to date, ‘Future Politics’ sees transcendent, modernist artwork shot at Luis Barragán’s famed Cuadra San Cristóbal in Mexico City.

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            CD Info: Jewelcase CD plus 16 page booklet with lyrics and
                            artwork.

                            Domino Records reissue John Cale’s classic live album ‘Fragments Of A Rainy Season’, featuring his revered interpretation of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ amongst many solo versions from his enduring catalogue and previously unreleased outtakes.

                            ‘Fragments Of A Rainy Season’ was the first live John Cale album to feature him performing solo and ‘unplugged’ - before that term became a mid 1990s buzzword.

                            In contrast to the jaundiced punk truculence of ‘Sabotage/Live’ (1979) or ‘Even Cowgirls Get The Blues’ (1986), ‘Fragments Of A Rainy Season’ gives us Cale at his most melodic and moving, a mellowed and certainly a soberer man in a Yamamoto jacket and a lopsided haircut running through a selection of his prettiest songs. It’s a Cale many love deeply, a man alone at a concert-hall Steinway revisiting the pop-rock of ‘Paris 1919’ and ‘A Child’s Christmas In Wales’, as wistful and whimsical as any 70s singer songwriter holding court at LA’s Troubadour club. It’s the Cale who disavowed the spiky nihilism and decadence of the Velvets, inspired instead by melodicism of Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson (to whom he’d paid haunting homage on ‘Slow Dazzle’s brilliant Beach Boys pastiche ‘Mr. Wilson’). It’s the Cale who improbably took a staff job at Warner-Reprise in LA and - for an all-too-brief moment - became part of the Burbank producers’ mafia alongside Lenny Waronker and his laidback chums. (Lest we forget, 1973’s ‘Paris 1919’ featured members of Little Feat and The Crusaders among the backing musicians.)

                            Cale being Cale, ‘Fragments Of A Rainy Season’ isn’t all rueful tenderness. The deceptively jaunty ‘Darling I Need You’ is flippantly introduced as a song about “religious awakening in the southern part of the United States,” while Elvis’ ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ is no less gothic in the solo version here than it is in the Grand Guignol horror show of the original on ‘Slow Dazzle’. ‘Guts’ is as close as Cale ever came to Lou Reed at his most withering.

                            It’s easy to forget that - years before Jeff Buckley and The X-Factor - he was the first artist to recognize the hymnal majesty of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’, or that it was his original 1991 reading of the song that popped up on the soundtrack of ‘Shrek’.

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            3xIndies Exclusive LP Info: Exclusive 3LP format is available to independent retailers and includes eight previously unreleased tracks from the original touring period plus digital download code of all content.

                            2xCD Info: Includes eight previously unreleased tracks from the original touring period.

                            The Last Shadow Puppets

                            Everything You've Come To Expect - Expanded Edition

                              The album finds Alex Turner and Miles Kane reunited with James Ford (production and drums) and Owen Pallett (string arrangements) and joined by Zachary Dawes (Mini Mansions) on bass, recording the follow up to 2008’s ‘The Age Of The Understatement’ at Shangri La Studio in Malibu. 

                              Featuring current single ‘Bad Habits’, ‘Everything You’ve Come To Expect’ is a more open and expansive work than its predecessor, wearing its influences less obviously on its sleeve – by turns the album is soaring, snarling and breathlessly seductive.

                              This expanded edition also includes the 'The Dream Synopsis' EP, which  was recorded live in one day at Future-Past Studios, Hudson NY and features new versions of album favourites ‘Aviation’ and ‘The Dream Synopsis’ alongside a selection of cover versions, first heard live during The Last Shadow Puppets’ summer touring.

                              After producing two albums celebrated by a thirsty underground network of fans, Galaxie 500 released what turned out to be their unexpected swansong, "This Is Our Music". The title is an intentionally declarative statement. After being labelled masters of the disengaged and forlorn, Damon Krukowsi, Dean Wareham, and Naomi Yang delivered a full-length comprised of their most stately material. Here, one can hear potential realized, as well as changes afoot. "Fourth Of July" is a surprisingly up-front song for the band, with rolling drums and a bass-heavy refrain, and it proved to be their most popular single. The track sets the stage for the dynamism of "This Is Our Music". When Galaxie 500 sounds wistful ("Summertime"), it sounds like years of yearning actualized; when the band sounds regretful ("Sorry"), it comes pleading on its knees. The trio found a beautiful balance between increased production values and knob-twiddler Mark Kramer's odd handed approach.

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                              The return of Shirley Collins after a 38 year silence. ‘Lodestar’ is a collection of English, American and Cajun songs dating from the 16th Century to the 1950s, recorded at Shirley’s home in Lewes by Stephen Thrower and Ossian Brown of Cyclobe and produced and musically directed by Ian Kearey.

                              Though Shirley Collins (MBE) has been absent from the music scene for many years, her impact has not diminished. The likes of Graham Coxon, Jonny Greenwood, Stewart Lee and Angel Olsen laud her and a documentary, ‘The Ballad Of Shirley Collins’, is currently in progress. Additionally, she was given the Good Tradition award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2008, elected President of the English Folk Dance & Song Society in the same year and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music from Sussex University this year. Shirley released her first memoir, ‘America Over The Water’, in 2004 and is currently working on her second book.

                              “Shirley is a time traveller, a conduit for essential human aches, one of the greatest artists who ever lived, and yet utterly humble” - Stewart Lee.

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              Deluxe LP Info: The deluxe LP comes with a 24 page 12” booklet containing a full and extended essay by Stewart Lee with notes and annotations from Shirley Collins, plus a copy of the album on CD in a printed card wallet.

                              LP Info: The standard LP comes with a 4 page booklet featuring notes and annotations from Shirley. Also includes a digital download card.

                              CD Info: The CD comes in a capacity wallet with a 28 page booklet containing a full and extended essay by Stewart Lee, with notes and annotations from Shirley Collins. This edition will be for first press only before reverting to a standard jewel case format.

                              On turning 60, legendary producer Clive Langer decided it was time to get a band together.

                              Recorded at Iguana Studio in Brixton with musician mates and long-time cohorts (including Suggs and Roxy Music’s Andy Mackay), ‘Practice’ is jagged, melodious, ingenious, impulsive and exhilarating.

                              Driven by a frantic and restless energy, ‘Practice’ is exactly the kind of record you’d hope someone would make if they woke up aged 60 thinking, “Sod it, I’m going to start a rock & roll band.”

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                              King Creosote

                              Astronaut Meets Appleman

                              King Creosote, one of our most beloved voices, returns with his new record Astronaut Meets Appleman. It explores the tension and harmony between tradition and technology – between analogue and digital philosophies – and also invokes a feeling, King Creosote (otherwise known as Fife’s Kenny Anderson) says, of “being caught between heaven and earth”.

                              Album opener ‘You Just Want’ is a seven-minute piece of hymnal drone-pop, its touchstones are the art of patience, scenes of mild bondage and Venus (in Furs).

                              Elsewhere on the record, ‘Melin Wynt’ is a lilting bagpipe-techno odyssey. KC explains “It’s an anti-wind turbine song, from a place called windmill. There are no windmills there.” This sense of place, disorientation and absence (in space, time, nature, hearts) underpins Astronaut Meets Appleman – most literally, perhaps, in the silence that unfolds amidst crestfallen lullaby ‘Rules of Engagement’. Or, as he intones on philharmonic lament 'Faux Call', “it's the silence that somehow says it all”.

                              The KC idiom – equal parts geometry, self-deprecation, cosmic wonder and seafaring poetry – remains intact on the forthcoming album, as does his knack for a killer couplet (see drive-pop calypso ‘Love Life’: “Her jealous accusations know no bounds / Scarlett Johansson was never in my house”). But there is a renewed sense of space and letting the music breathe (lead, even) on the album – all the better to showcase a stunning ensemble cast that includes Catriona McKay (harp), Mairearad Green (bagpipes), Gordon Maclean (double bass), Hannah Fisher (violin, vocals), Sorren Maclean (guitar, vocals) and Pete Harvey (cello), alongside KC's regular rock diviners, and his baby daughter Louie Wren (on ambient reverie, 'Peter Rabbit Tea').

                              “I wanted to push myself songwriting-wise, so I went in with hardly anything and had to wing it,” KC reveals. “I wanted to try and flip the clock all the way back to sound like a younger me – or a less cynical me. In the past, I've been fixated on twisting and wrenching every line, but here I've let that go a bit, and I hope that lets you concentrate more on the music; on what’s going on around it.”

                              “I always feel I’m reaching for something, but I never get there, I wanted to get out of the usual places” KC muses, and this is reflected in the album's geography, which is more far-flung than usual. It was variously recorded at Analogue Catalogue in Ireland's County Down, An Tobar on the Isle of Mull, and Glasgow's Chem19 studios (HQ of long-time ally Paul Savage, who co-produced the LP with KC).

                              On Astronaut Meets Appleman, King Creosote is still upsetting apple-carts and dealing with the fallout, still appraising love and life, the moon, the stars; tide tables, bagpipe scores, zeros and ones; mathematics, ticking clocks and the beat of our hearts.

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Barry says: All of these pieces feel like they could be the song at the end of a movie we all end up Googling (Other search engines are available) to see what it is. This is beautiful heartfelt indie at it's very best, every swell of a bagpipe bringing the dream of a lost love, while the pull of a violin pulls at the heartstrings in equal measure. This is an ambitious album, full of seguing atmospheres and unusual instrumental phrases, but is meticulously crafted throughout, and successful in every way.

                              Andy says: We're all big fans of the lovely Kenny (played in our shop once!) but I never would have thought he'd be releasing his best ever album, after all these years. The usual subtle blend of Scottish instrumentation is married to basically the catchiest set of tunes he has ever done. A lovely surprise and probably one of my albums of the year so far.

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              Indies Exclusive LP Info: Deluxe vinyl edition with exclusive etched 10”.

                              Blood Orange

                              Freetown Sound

                              Written and produced by Devonté Hynes, Blood Orange’s highly anticipated new album, ‘Freetown Sound’ features musical contributions from Nelly Furtado, Carly Rae Jepsen, BEA1991, Debbie Harry, Adam Bainbridge (AKA Kindness), Empress Of, Ian Isiah, Kelsey Lu, Jason Arce, Ava Raiin, Aaron Maine (AKA Porches), Bryndon Cook (AKA Starchild) and Patrick Wimberly.

                              ‘Freetown Sound’ is a tour de force, a confluence of Hynes’ past, present and future that melds his influences with his own established musical voice.

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Patrick says: I saw Test Icicles in 2005 and thought they were a right load of bollocks (wahey!). I've flirted with Devonté's output since without taking it past first base, before finally calling it a day after 'Cupid Deluxe'. When 'Freetown Sound' hit the shelves I avoided eye contact and kept walking, almost missing out on one of my records of the year. Politicised, soulful and culturally aware songwriting expressed through the most forward thinking synthwave sounds.

                              Barry says: A soulful mix of ultra-silky synthwave textures, Hynes' trademark vocal delivery (as well as a who's who of guests) and silky hip-hop percussion. Though the production throughout is impeccable, it manages to retain an element of surprise, ranging from heartfelt soul to a percussive instrumental breakdown in a few short minutes. Brilliantly innovative, but eminently listenable, this is another tour-de-force from Hynes et al and sure to become a favourite for lovers of (almost) any genre. As exceptional as it is revolutionary.

                              Millie says: Freetown Sound is such a prominent album for me, resounding politically and emotionally charged, it holds a lot of important messages. The album seems more progressive from his previous albums, it is confident and distinct. The songs Chance, Love Ya and Hadron Collider are a handful of my favourites off the album.

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              2xIndies Exclusive LP Info: 2xLP + 10 Exclusive LP edition available to independent retailers. Includes the double vinyl album housed in a wide spine jacket, a bonus 10” with two additional nonalbum tracks - ‘Do You See My Skin Through The Flames’ and ‘Sandra’s Smile’ - and a double-sided 24” x 36” poster.

                              2xIndies Exclusive LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                              2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                              ‘Bugger Me’ is Sam Coomes’ first ever solo album. Coomes is probably best known as half of the long-running underground pop duo Quasi, the other half being Janet Weiss, herself better known as the drummer for Sleater-Kinney.

                              ‘Bugger Me’ is, in Coome’s own words, “Suicide meets The Beach Boys. Not the sophisticated ‘Pet Sounds’ Beach Boys, but more like ‘Surfer Girl’ stuff. More conscious reference points were Chris Montez or Timmy Thomas.”

                              All formats include a 16-page black and white booklet.

                              PICCADILLY EXCLUSIVE: PRE-ORDER THE ALBUM AND ENTER A DRAW TO WIN A 100cmx100cm PROMOTIONAL FABRIC DISPLAY BANNER – ONLY 1 IN THE WORLD!!!

                              Where 2014's Present Tense album found Wild Beasts in reflective mood, absorbing a fascination with online culture and electronic music, Boy King has them, as Tom Fleming puts it, "back to being pissed off". The quartet’s ever-present knack for sensual melody via Hayden Thorpe and Fleming's dueting vocals, Ben Little's sinuous guitar groove and Chris Talbot's potent rhythm section carries in Boy King an aggressive, snarling and priapic beast that delves into the darker side of masculinity and Thorpe's own psyche. As Hayden himself says, "After five records there had to be an element of 'what the fuck?'".

                              A newfound creative friction between Thorpe and Fleming proved key to unleashing the unique pop sensibility of Boy King - Fleming’s more visceral experimentation unlocking new dimensions in Thorpe’s own writing. After spending a whole year finessing this new found impetus in East London, the band emerged with a collection of songs ready to take to Dallas and producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Swans, The War on Drugs). Both Thorpe and Fleming credit that trip to Dallas with teasing out the raw power of Boy King. In the studio, the band kept up the intensity of the office hour routine they'd employed during writing sessions and, they say, responded well to Congleton's sober discipline. "He made us get in there, get on and do it," Fleming says. "English politeness never featured."

                              The raw pop of Boy King's songs are the perfect foil to Thorpe's libidinous lyricism: "it became apparent that that guitar almost became the character within the songs, that phallic character, the all-conquering male," he says. "I'm letting my inner Byron fully out, I thought I'd tucked him away, but he came screaming back like the Incredible Hulk." Here lies Boy King's greatest success. Between the slide of prowling aggression and interior darkness, there are glorious, gorgeous moments. It’s yet another incomparable Wild Beasts record; a visceral, sensual and jolting body of work that acts as a remarkable soundtrack to the early 21st century male malaise. Or as Thorpe puts it: "I think Boy King is an apocalyptic record. It's about swimming in the abyss. When you think about sex, you've got to think about death, they're one and the same.”


                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Barry says: Wild beasts come back to the fore with this funky slab of wistful electronic indie, drenched in 90's reverb and synth stabs. This outing sees their minimal instrumental input accentuated by crystal-clear production values and thumping sub-bass drones. Indie for the dancefloor, satisfying and ethereally rousing. Top stuff.

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              LP Info: Heavyweight vinyl with download card.

                              Cass McCombs

                              Wit's End

                                The most beautiful and stark of Cass McComb’s albums, ‘Wit’s End’ is a classic in a cannon of superlative songwriting.

                                Respected by everyone from Vampire Weekend to Band Of Horses it’s time for you find out what all the fuss is about.

                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                Andy says: Sad songs say so much!

                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                LP Info: Re-pressed and including download code.

                                Higher Authorities

                                Neptune

                                  THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2016 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                  Higher Authorities is the new project from a duo of shadowy, psychedelic adventurers.

                                  Their debut album, ‘Neptune’ – a collection of dub influenced, electronic explorations - is set to be released on Record Store Day 2016.

                                  The album was produced by Higher Authorities alongside legendary producer Adrian Sherwood who handled mixing duties alongside additional production.

                                  Includes download card.

                                  Limited to 500 copies.

                                  Matthew E White & Natalie Prass

                                  Cool Out

                                    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2016 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                    ‘Cool Out’ stems from a spontaneous collaboration with fellow Richmond producer and Stones Throw recording artist DJ Harrison and features long-time friend and collaborator Natalie Prass on vocals.

                                    AA side ‘Maybe In The Night’ was recorded with White’s full live band in Dublin and mixed by esteemed producer Dan Carey in London.

                                    This song is an RSD exclusive and has never been heard before prior to this release.

                                    Limited to 600 copies.

                                    Higher Authorities is the new project from a duo of shadowy, psychedelic adventurers. 

                                    Their debut album, ‘Neptune’ is a collection of dub influenced, electronic explorations. 

                                    The album was produced by Higher Authorities alongside legendary producer Adrian Sherwood who handled mixing duties alongside additional production. 


                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    Barry says: Pulsing drug-tinged psychedelic synth anthems sit comfortaably alongside strained vocals and droning bass. Tripped-out wah-wahs and hammond organs form the backbone to this almost floydian adventure into the rabbit-hole. Astral and otherwordly pop gems.

                                    ‘Pennied Days’ is the second album from Minneapolisbased band Night Moves.

                                    Written and recorded by principle band members John Pelant and Micky Alfano and produced by John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth, The Walkmen), the album follows 2012’s ‘Colored Emotions’.

                                    The album feels warm with feeling, tinged with a deep appreciation for rock & roll’s most storied songwriters. Ranging from traditionalist heroes like Leon Russell and The Band to R&B originators Curtis Mayfield and Sly Stone to pre-punk experimentalists Suicide. It’s distinctly modern and a great leap forward from ‘Colored Emotions’.

                                    ‘Pennied Days’ was recorded following tours with Father John Misty, Lord Huron, Django Django and Polica.

                                    The Last Shadow Puppets

                                    Everything You've Come To Expect

                                    The album finds Alex Turner and Miles Kane reunited with James Ford (production and drums) and Owen Pallett (string arrangements) and joined by Zachary Dawes (Mini Mansions) on bass, recording the follow up to 2008’s ‘The Age Of The Understatement’ at Shangri La Studio in Malibu.

                                    Featuring current single ‘Bad Habits’, ‘Everything You’ve Come To Expect’ is a more open and expansive work than its predecessor, wearing its influences less obviously on its sleeve – by turns the album is soaring, snarling and breathlessly seductive.

                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    Barry says: Once again, Alex Turner and Miles Kane deliver a minor-key slice of melancholic yet melodic indie-rock. Dark reverbed vocals, snappy snare hits and oy-like shouting appears completely naturally, the sound not suffering at all from a change of pace. The strings on show here further emphasising the crescendo of both tone and density, and exacerbating the lifting tension present. Low-fi but meticulously crafted, and yet another reason (as if you needed one) that Turner and co. deserve your attention.

                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    Indies Exclusive LP Info: Deluxe heavyweight LP packaged in a board mounted tip-on gatefold sleeve with 32 page booklet, plus coloured vinyl 7” featuring ‘Bad Habits’ and exclusive new track ‘The Bourne Identity’.

                                    Indies Exclusive LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                    LP Info: Standard LP format is 180g heavyweight vinyl and includes 4 page booklet and digital download code.

                                    CD Info: Standard CD includes 16 page booklet.

                                    Ltd CD Info: Limited deluxe CD format features a 40 page hardback book with exclusive photography.

                                    Flying Saucer Attack

                                    Distance

                                      Following last year’s re-emergence with ‘Instrumentals 2015’, three of Flying Saucer Attack’s most revered albums - ‘Chorus’ (1995), ‘Distance’ (1994) and ‘Further’ (1995) - are now reissued on Domino.

                                      All three albums are essential listening for those who are still capable of dreaming even as our dreams are co-opted and second guessed in a digital era which is revealing itself to be monstrously voracious and venal. ‘Chorus’, ‘Distance’ and ‘Further’ open up spaces in the mind where one may wander at will, with main man Dave Pearce’s excoriating feedback serving as a dream weapon designed to cleanse the grit from the mind’s eye. The melodies beyond the noise reassure us that it’s okay to take this route away from the superhighway and explore paths trodden only by a few, Pearce and collaborators included. This may be derided by some as escapism; rather it is parallelism. The search for alternatives, when the very term ‘alternative’ has been devalued beyond all recognition.

                                      ‘Potential’ is the new album from Brooklyn, NYbased musician James Hinton, aka The Range.

                                      ‘Potential’ uses as its backbone a series of vocal samples that Hinton has found in the forgotten corners of YouTube, introducing us to unknown artists expressing themselves unfettered by the constraints of industry, lost in the infinite potential of an audience unknown.

                                      A documentary about the people he has sampled, entitled ‘Superimpose’ and directed by Daniel Kauffman, will be released this spring.

                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                      LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                      Flying Saucer Attack

                                      Chorus

                                      Following last year’s re-emergence with ‘Instrumentals 2015’, three of Flying Saucer Attack’s most revered albums - ‘Chorus’ (1995), ‘Distance’ (1994) and ‘Further’ (1995) - are now reissued on Domino.

                                      All three albums are essential listening for those who are still capable of dreaming even as our dreams are co-opted and second guessed in a digital era which is revealing itself to be monstrously voracious and venal. ‘Chorus’, ‘Distance’ and ‘Further’ open up spaces in the mind where one may wander at will, with main man Dave Pearce’s excoriating feedback serving as a dream weapon designed to cleanse the grit from the mind’s eye. The melodies beyond the noise reassure us that it’s okay to take this route away from the superhighway and explore paths trodden only by a few, Pearce and collaborators included. This may be derided by some as escapism; rather it is parallelism. The search for alternatives, when the very term ‘alternative’ has been devalued beyond all recognition.

                                      Following last year’s re-emergence with ‘Instrumentals 2015’, three of Flying Saucer Attack’s most revered albums - ‘Chorus’ (1995), ‘Distance’ (1994) and ‘Further’ (1995) - are to be reissued on Domino.

                                      All three albums are essential listening for those who are still capable of dreaming even as our dreams are co-opted and second guessed in a digital era which is revealing itself to be monstrously voracious and venal. ‘Chorus’, ‘Distance’ and ‘Further’ open up spaces in the mind where one may wander at will, with main man Dave Pearce’s excoriating feedback serving as a dream weapon designed to cleanse the grit from the mind’s eye. The melodies beyond the noise reassure us that it’s okay to take this route away from the superhighway and explore paths trodden only by a few, Pearce and collaborators included. This may be derided by some as escapism; rather it is parallelism. The search for alternatives, when the very term ‘alternative’ has been devalued beyond all recognition.

                                      Animal Collective

                                      Painting With

                                      For fifteen years Animal Collective has been rewriting the musical map, their line-up and aesthetic shifting with each astonishing release as they continue their pursuit of a new psychedelia. Their wild path has taken them from cramped concrete basement shows and forest floor singalongs to immersive installations at the Guggenheim and performances to millions on national television. So where to from here?

                                      Dizzyingly upbeat and gloriously realized, their new LP bounces and pops with an urgent, ecstatic energy, propelled by polyrhythmic beats and gurgling modular synth, with Noah Lennox and Dave Portner’s vocals gleefully falling in and out of syncopation and off-kilter harmony.

                                      Working as a trio, Portner (Avey Tare), Lennox (Panda Bear) and Brian Weitz (Geologist) began trading demos in early 2015, pursuing a goal of what Portner calls “really short songs: no B.S, get in, get out material…” The three met up in Asheville during that Spring and began exploring the songs together. Recording took place in the legendary EastWest Studios in Hollywood, home to sessions by The Beach Boys and Marvin Gaye. The album features contributions from John Cale and Colin Stetson, and was engineered by Sonny DiPerri.

                                      The result: Painting With. Warm and personal, kaleidoscopic and high definition, concerned with art (cubism, Dadaism, and the distorted way those artists viewed the world) and the human experience, and the meeting of both - creating something elemental, joyous, and unmistakably Animal Collective.


                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Barry says: From the very first moment, 'Painting With' grabs your attention through a mix of exuberant lyricism and vocal delivery, underpinned by frenetic psychedelic instrumentation. Part surf-psych, part art-pop, this is undoubtedly an Animal Collective record, and quite possibly the best one yet.

                                      Your Friend is Taryn Miller, who plays guitar, writes, sings the vocals and crafts loops. Taryn recorded ‘Gumption’ in New York with Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, War On Drugs) at his Rare Book Room studio.

                                      The album builds on the ideas of Your Friend’s previous EP, ‘Jekyll/Hyde’ and since Taryn has toured with Courtney Barnett and play her first SXSW.

                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                      LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                      ‘Where Have You Been All My Life?’ is a collection of songs that distils five years and three albums of Villagers’ songwriting into one flowing narrative.

                                      Recorded in one day at London’s RAK Studio with Richard Woodcraft (Radiohead, The Last Shadow Puppets) and Villagers live engineer Ber Quinn, the album is a re-imagining of older material seamlessly woven with present glories from Villagers’ most recent studio album, ‘Darling Arithmetic’.

                                      Released in April 2015, Conor O’Brien’s third album under the guise of Villagers was a more pared-back, intimate journey compared to the multi-faceted arrangements of ‘Becoming A Jackal’ (2010) and ‘{Awayland}’ (2013). This fresh approach was extended on subsequent Villagers tours, where old songs were reinvented to match the new. Then for one day in July 2015, 18 songs were quickly captured and 12 songs chosen for the final album, making it Villagers’ most intense but satisfying session to date. These recordings are all first or second takes and the immediacy of the occasion was part of the magic that day, live and unadorned by overdubs or studio trickery.

                                      The unique nature of these arrangements is due in no small part to the musicians in the room at the time of recording: Cormac Curran on grand piano and analogue synthesizer, Danny Snow on double bass, Mali Llywelyn on harp, mellotron and vocals and Gwion Llewelyn on drums, flugelhorn and vocals. The result is a lush, harmony-laden and vibrant document of a time and a place.

                                      Included in the album is a new recording of ‘Memoir’, which O’Brien wrote for Charlotte Gainsbourg; it can be found on her 2011 album ‘Stage Whisper’ but has never before been recorded by Villagers until now.

                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                      Indies Exclusive LP Info: Available exclusively to independent retailers as a deluxe translucent green vinyl edition featuring two bonus tracks on the digital download.

                                      Indies Exclusive LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                      Richard Dawson

                                      The Glass Trunk

                                        Originally released in 2013, ‘The Glass Trunk’ was triggered by a commission to respond to the local museum service’s archives. Dawson created an album largely from stories found in an old 17th Century scrapbook, including a lengthy paean to the sorry demise of community pillar Joe The Quilt-Maker and the much-loved yet equally, viscerally dark ‘Poor Old Horse’.

                                        Six acapella odes of between 4 and 13 minutes in length, plus a rendering of Mike Waterson’s ‘The Brisk Lad’, interspersed with a series of brief instrumental vignettes, Dawson’s guitar sparring with the electric harp of Rhodri Davies for strictly spontaneous 60-second blasts.

                                        This album paved the way for its successor, ‘Nothing Important’, that saw features on Richard from The Wire (cover feature), Mojo, Uncut, The Guardian, The Quietus and more, as well as several 5 star live reviews from The Guardian.

                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                        2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                        Richard Dawson

                                        The Magic Bridge

                                          Originally released in 2012, the album is the sound of what was a developing Richard Dawson bursting gloriously out of his chrysalis - those first dazzling glimmers of beguilingly Beefheartian folk picking and a voice with a profound range (emotionally and musically and also in terms of the peerless lyrical journeys he’s been taking us on ever since).

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                          “The biggest thing ever to happen to indie pop in America... Most of what's written about this band is all about that sweet pop and those childish affectations, but that misses the substance at the core: Their music was dark, damaged, full of fright and sex and death and vulnerability-- just like any real childhood...their hopscotch stories felt punker than Black Flag tattoos ever could.” - Nitsuh Abebe, Pitchfork

                                          Exploding the teenage underground into passionate revolt against the corporate ogre since 1983, Beat Happening formed at Evergreen College in Olympia, Washington by Calvin Johnson, Heather Lewis and Bret Lunsford. The band combined a modern primitive pop sound with the D.I.Y. ethos of ‘anyone can do it’ and inspired countless bands and labels along the way. The music community that arose around the band and their label, K, may have seemed the sonic antithesis of their Seattle neighbors (and friends) but was no less influential.

                                          The legend of Beat Happening, and of K, the label that Calvin Johnson founded, is full of big names they worked with before they were stars (Beck! Modest Mouse! The Gossip!), and big names they influenced (Kurt Cobain! Sleater-Kinney!) Less acknowledged, however, is that Bret Lunsford, Heather Lewis, and Calvin Johnson created some of the most original and surprising music to come out of the often deliberately weird American punk rock tradition. Working from a sonic template of the Cramps, Trouble Funk, Young Marble Giants, and messianic blues, Beat Happening confounded and often incited violence from audiences weaned on hardcore punk. In the place of macho aggression, Beat Happening confronted the all-ages scene with Heather’s low-key delivery and Calvin’s fey theatrics, topped off by his trademark dance move: rubbing his tummy. For a supposedly cutesy band, Beat Happening was adamant about asserting its right to exist, carrying itself with a punk as fuck attitude that would become a key inspirational lodestone for the generation of D.I.Y. bands that followed, including Bikini Kill and the Nation of Ulysses.

                                          30 years since the release of their self-titled debut album, Look Around is a remastered, career-spanning double album anthology, handpicked by the band and a great starting point for the uninitiated as well a refreshing reminder to those who caught the wave the first time around. The 23 tracks range from their 1984 debut single, “Our Secret” b/w “What’s Important” (originally sold directly for $2.50 to individuals, but $4 to institutions) to “Angel Gone,” a single released in 2000 after eight years of inactivity.

                                          On his ‘Crosswords’ EP, Noah Lennox bequeaths five fresh and finely observed body-pop wonders.

                                          Three new songs: ‘No Mans Land’, ‘Jabberwocky’ and ‘Cosplay’ and two re-castings of previous ore -‘The Preakness’ (previously heard in spirited demo form on 2012’s ‘Tomboy’ boxset) and the whole shebang treasure-topped with a fresh take on his ‘PBVSGR’ soul tour de force ‘Crosswords’.

                                          Aided on studio production duties by Sonic Boom.

                                          Eye-popping artwork by Swiss artist Marco Papiro with custom typefaces by Black Dice’s Bjorn Copeland.

                                          There has been an issue with barcode on the limited vinyl version and so it has been pulled until this is resolved. We should have it back in stock again later in the week. Sorry! 

                                          ‘West Kirby County Primary’ - written and recorded by Bill Ryder-Jones in his childhood bedroom at his mother’s house in West Kirby before being filtered through Liverpool’s legendary Parr Street Studios - is the third full length album from Bill Ryder-Jones and finds him fronting a classic band set-up.

                                          Each of ‘West Kirby County Primary’s ten tracks offers a sneaked glance into his private world; they eavesdrop on a set of encounters that go about “turning stories into beautiful truth” set to glorious molten melody that explodes like fireworks over water.

                                          It all adds up to a remarkable record by one of Domino’s most cherished musicians - a musical polymath as at ease on stage with the Manchester Camerata (where he performed as part of the Manchester Literature Festival last Autumn) or on live guitar duties with Arctic Monkeys as he is on production duties with Hooton Tennis Club and The Wytches.

                                          The follow-up to ‘A Bad Wind Blows In My Heart’ was produced by Ryder-Jones and mixed by James Ford.

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          Indies Exclusive LP Info: Deluxe LP edition available exclusively to independent
                                          retailers, featuring a bonus 7” with two new tracks.

                                          Indies Exclusive LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                          Alex G

                                          Beach Music

                                          Philadelphia’s Alex Giannascoli aka Alex G releases ‘Beach Music’, his forthcoming new album and his first for Domino.

                                          The album, his seventh full-length, follows on from previous beloved albums ‘DSU’ (Orchid Tapes), ‘Trick’ and’ Rules’, all which have led to a fervent cult fanbase and a number of Artist To Watch designations from publications such as Fader and Rolling Stone.

                                          The album was mixed by Jacob Portrait of Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

                                          Julia Holter

                                          Have You In My Wilderness - Bonus Disc Edition

                                          THE PICCADILLY RECORDS ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2015.

                                          PICCADILLY RECORDS EXCLUSIVE: For a limited period only, buy either the vinyl or CD of 'Have You In My Wilderness' and get a free CD bonus disc, Julia Holter 'Selected Tracks 2011-2014'. 

                                          'Have You In My Wilderness' is the fourth full length album by Los Angeles artist Julia Holter and her most intimate album yet. Recorded in her hometown over the last year and once again crafted with Grammy-winning producer and engineer Cole Greif-Neill, the album follows 2013's 'Loud City Song' and two much-lauded previous titles - 'Ekstasis' (2012) and 'Tragedy' (2011).

                                          'Have You in My Wilderness' was written from the heart - warm, dark and raw - and explores love, trust, and power in human relationships. While love songs are familiar in pop music, Holter manages to stay fascinatingly oblique and enigmatic, with some of the most sublime and transcendent music she has ever written. Like Holter's previous albums, 'Have You in My Wilderness' is multi-layered and texturally rich, featuring an array of electronic and acoustic instruments played by an ensemble of gifted Los Angeles musicians.

                                          'Have You in My Wilderness' is also Holter's most sonically intimate album, with her vocals front and centre in the mix, lifted out of the layers of smeared, hazy effects. The result is striking: clear and vivid, but disarmingly personal.

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          David says: 'Have You In My Wilderness’ is Julia Holter’s fourth and most accessible album to date, but given that previous records have looked to Greek Philosophers and French novelists for their inspiration, this perhaps isn’t the boldest of statements.
                                          Holter, a music and composition graduate, approaches her craft in a cerebral, conceptual way that is still very much apparent on the album’s arrangements and time signatures. However, on ‘Have You In My Wilderness’, her more exotic tendencies have been tamed by producer M Cole Grief-Neill. He’s convinced Holter to shake off the shackles of reverb in which her otherworldly voice has always been chained and let it take centre stage on the record. It’s a master stroke that’s culminated in a sonically direct, shimmering, leftfield pop classic that everyone at Piccadilly Records has been willing her to make since first hearing 2013’s ‘Loud City Song’.
                                          Dark and lovely, exploring pop’s universalities of love and relationships, ‘Have You In My Wilderness’ is the perfect soundtrack to winter’s long nights. Where previously Holter could be accused of being cold and aloof, she now revels in a new found warmth and intimacy. It’s like the girl on the bus that’s been ignoring you for months suddenly walking over and saying “hi, fancy going for a drink later?” - Completely unexpected and all the more wonderful for it.
                                          But wait, don’t go! I know what you’re thinking. ‘Love and relationships? Surely ballads are the end credit to a thousand, desperate Saturday nights; certainly nothing new in pop music?’ BUT, and it’s a big but, Holter’s take on this, the most clichéd of pop clichés, is brilliantly oblique. Flitting from orchestral chamber music to Laurel Canyon introspection, it’s a schizophrenic record, whose many competing voices have combined to make ‘Have You In My Wilderness’ Piccadilly’s favourite album of 2015.

                                          Andy says: Finally Julia Holter does what she's been threatening to do for ages: combines all her arty, classical, jazzy, ehtereal, avanty otherness into one near-pop masterpiece! Definitely one of the best records this year.

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          Deluxe LP Info: 180 Gram LP housed in a gloss jacket with printed inner sleeve. Comes with limited edition large photo-print and Download.

                                          LP Info: Includes a free CD bonus disc, 'Selected Tracks 2011-2014'

                                          LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                          CD Info: Includes a free CD bonus disc, 'Selected Tracks 2011-2014'

                                          ‘The Making Of’ lands blow after blow. Featuring early singles XXX and Swarm, alongside Radio 1 playlisted To Die For and Where You At, the album is two barrels' worth of electrifying tunes and crackling 21st Century rock and roll.

                                          The Bohicas are rock and roll painted in vivid primary colours. Hi def, loud, fast, shiny and above all fun. A barrage of killer hooks, razor blade riffs and choruses that slap you in the face, grab your hand and lead you onto the dance floor. All shot through with pulp imagery torn from the pages of a graphic novel.

                                          ‘The Making Of’ was produced by Mark Rankin (Queens Of The Stone Age, Bombay Bicycle Club), Chris ‘Merrick’ Hughes (Tears For Fears, Adam And The Ants) and Oli Bayston (Toy, Boxed In).

                                          The Bohicas are Dominic McGuinness, drummer Brendan Heaney, guitarist Dominic John and bassist Adrian Acolatse. The Bohicas’ story began in Essex where, as schoolmates, McGuinness, Heaney and John first came together over a love of The Beatles, The Kinks, Ray Charles and the new wave of guitar bands who emerged at the start of the century after the scrag ends of Britpop had finally limped off.

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                          Written, performed and produced by Georgia in its entirety and recorded in her own home-studio, ‘Georgia’ is the product of two years of obsessive work, but also a young lifetime of voracious music listening.

                                          Elements of the glacial yet hyper-melodic tone of early 00's grime, sweltering, mid-summer west London dub and ragga, sophisticated pop, first wave post-punk agitation, the formative influence of Missy Elliott and the high-concept, illuminated sound-design work of contemporary artists such as The Knife and Hudson Mohawke run through ‘Georgia’, a record that reveals new layers of intrigue and ingenuity with every listen. 

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          Ltd LP Info: The Deluxe LP comes with a bonus 10”.

                                          Unfurling out of Los Angeles this July comes St. Catherine, Matt Mondanile’s fifth outing as Ducktails. The new album emerges from the roots of Mondanile's previous work, from the free-form, ambient bedroom experiments of seminal underground release Landscapes (2009), to 2013's eighties pop re-imagination The Flower Lane, but ultimately moves Ducktails on to a more refined, personal and sincere place.

                                          St. Catherine is a finely-honed collection of baroque pop songs that take the blissful, cascading melodic fretwork that Mondanile has made his signature with both Ducktails and his other band, Real Estate, and applies it to songs of considerable new emotional heft and dynamic range.

                                          Mondanile partially wrote and recorded St. Catherine over the course of 2014 and then finished off recording at the start of 2015. The longest time he has ever spent working on a record, it took place in bedrooms and studios predominantly in east LA and Glendale, but venturing as far as Berlin and New York as Mondanile worked on tracks around heavy periods of Real Estate touring.

                                          When Mondanile finally settled back in LA at the start of 2015, it was Rob Schnapf, co-producer of Elliott Smith's classic albums XO and Either/Or, that he turned to in order to help put the finishing touches to St. Catherine. Together, the pair added a new crispness and punch to the record's more upbeat, psychedelic pop tracks (such as James Ferraro-featuring, lolloping lead single "Headbanging In The Mirror", and the soaring "Into The Sky"), that recalls the artful muscularity of Smith's later work, whilst title track, the heavenly "St. Catherine" boasts one of Mondanile's greatest ever lead guitar lines and benefits greatly from Schnapf's warm, rich feel.

                                          Where St. Catherine impresses even moreso, however, is when Mondanile steps out of his comfort zone, as he does frequently and with great success. The Julia Holter-featuring "Church" and "Heaven's Room", tracks which see Mondanile flex his muscles as a composer and arranger, introducing complex, interlocking vocal harmonies, gorgeously sweeping string parts (provided by Chris Votek and Andrew Tholl) and a host of off-kilter electronic elements into his sonic palate - channelling the likes of Broadcast, and Stereolab but with a younger, wide-eyed sensibility.

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          Andy says: More lush, dreamy sounds and Anglophile jangles from the moonlighting Real Estate man. Gorgeous, as ever.

                                          Originally released in 2000 on the band’s own Placid Casual label (between deals with Creation and Sony), the Super Furries career-defining fourth album Mwng was the band’s only Welsh language long player. It reached Number 11 in the UK album charts and was their highest selling record globally up to that point. It remains the biggest selling Welsh language album of all time. On its original release, the record was praised in an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons for its significant part in promoting the language and culture of Wales.

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                          Super Furry Animals

                                          Mwng - 15th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

                                          Originally released in 2000 on the band’s own Placid Casual label (between deals with Creation and Sony), the Super Furries career-defining fourth album Mwng was the band’s only Welsh language long player. It reached Number 11 in the UK album charts and was their highest selling record globally up to that point. It remains the biggest selling Welsh language album of all time. On its original release, the record was praised in an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons for its significant part in promoting the language and culture of Wales.

                                          Deluxe editions contain five tracks previously released on the US version of Mwng under the name Mwng Bach as well as a previously unreleased Peel session and a full live show recorded at ATP.

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          3xLtd LP Info: Very limited deluxe triple vinyl edition - 800 copies only: Deluxe Outer Wrapped Envelope Sleeve Including Removable "Skull" Sticker, 3 x Heavyweight White Vinyl With Printed Inner Sleeve, 4 Page LP Size Booklet And Download Code

                                          James Yorkston

                                          Demonstration Of The Craws

                                            THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2015 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                            ‘The Demonstration Of The Craws’ collects the demos that went to make ‘The Cellardyke Recording & Wassaling Society’ album release in 2014.

                                            RSD exclusive and limited to only 500 copies.

                                            The follow-up to Conor O’Brien’s debut, Becoming a Jackal, and its successor, Awayland - both hugely acclaimed and Mercury-nominated - is a breathtakingly beautiful, intimate album entirely about love and relationships.

                                            Darling Arithmetic was written, recorded, produced and mixed by O’Brien at home - the loft of a converted farmhouse that he shares in the coastal town of Malahide to the north of Dublin - revealing a single-minded artist at the peak of his already considerable songwriting powers. It encompasses the various shades of feeling – desire, obsession, lust, loneliness and confusion, and deeper into philosophical and existential territory, across a cast of lovers, friends, family and even strangers. Backing up his supple and emoting vocal and guitar is the subtlest palate of instrumentation – piano, Mellotron (which accounts for the album’s occasional horn and cello tones) and brushes. O’Brien plays every instrument on these exquisite, melodic songs in a sparse, spacious, acoustic-leaning fashion.

                                            On Darling Arithmetic, O’Brien doesn’t only pare back his use of language but looks deep into his own heart and motives. The opening track and first single, ‘Courage’, concerns the most important kind of love – for yourself: “It took a little time to get where I wanted / It took a little time to get free / It took a little time to be honest / It took a little time to be me.”

                                            Matthew E. White

                                            Fresh Blood / Fresh Blood: No Skin - Deluxe Edition

                                            Deluxe LP format (available to independent retailers) features heavyweight vinyl in a gatefold sleeve containing a bonus LP titled ‘Fresh Blood: No Skin’, a complete new full length minimalist mix of the full album, minus strings, horns or choir.

                                            Matthew E. White is a Richmond, Virginia-based singer, songwriter, bandleader and musical polymath.

                                            ‘Fresh Blood’ is the follow-up to the “magical” (Pitchfork) debut ‘Big Inner’ and is a bracing, beguiling record and a bold advance for White. It’s a record that feels like the brilliant bloom to ‘Big Inner’s striking bud.

                                            Produced by White and Spacebomb partner Trey Pollard and mixed by Pat Dillett (David Byrne, Nile Rodgers), ‘Fresh Blood’ marks the next chapter of White’s Richmond, VA-based Spacebomb - an analogue studio, record label and production house with in-house strings, horns and a choir at his behest.

                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                            2xLtd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                            Matthew E. White is a Richmond, Virginia-based singer, songwriter, bandleader and musical polymath.

                                            ‘Fresh Blood’ is the follow-up to the “magical” (Pitchfork) debut ‘Big Inner’ and is a bracing, beguiling record and a bold advance for White. It’s a record that feels like the brilliant bloom to ‘Big Inner’s striking bud.

                                            Produced by White and Spacebomb partner Trey Pollard and mixed by Pat Dillett (David Byrne, Nile Rodgers), ‘Fresh Blood’ marks the next chapter of White’s Richmond, VA-based Spacebomb - an analogue studio, record label and production house with in-house strings, horns and a choir at his behest.

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Andy says: Even better than his first LP and that's really saying something!

                                            Wild Beasts

                                            Present Tense: Deluxe Edition

                                            Accompanying the original, critically acclaimed album is a bonus disc of remix material from artists including Factory Floor, Juan Atkins, Lone, East India Youth and Sohn, as well as a brand new remix of ‘Palace’ from Foals.

                                            What they said about ‘Present Tense’:

                                            “That’s Wild Beasts’ mantra - finding treasure where others wouldn’t think of treading. This time, though, they’ve widened their search, rooted around in the present and found something unbelievably precious” - NME (9/10)

                                            “For the fourth album in a row, they’ve moved the goalposts, challenging themselves to apply their whooping idiosyncrasies to a new aesthetic framework. On ‘Present Tense’ they’ve done so with such exquisite attention to detail, you can’t help but submit to their advances” - Uncut (9/10, lead album review)

                                            “The work of a richly creative entity still in the ascendant, those with a mind to, will drink deep” - Q (****)

                                            “This intimate, intelligent album boasts that rarest quality in 21st century rock music: inimitability.” - MOJO (****)

                                            “‘Present Tense’ is a triumph of ideas that results in a ground zero for Wild Beasts. They’ve pulled off possibly the most intelligent, involving and profound record since ‘OK Computer’” - The Line Of Best Fit (10/10)

                                            Bonnie Prince Billy

                                            Singer's Grave A Sea Of Tongues / Barely Regal - Deluxe Edition

                                              This very limited deluxe edition packages together the "Singer's Grave A Sea Of Tongues" album with an exclusive 8 track compilation of songs from his itunes only "Barely Regal" series.

                                              We've only got a handful of these, and when they're gone, they're gone, so jump in quick if you want a copy.


                                              Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s new album ‘Singer’s Grave A Sea Of Tongues’ is released on Domino. 


                                              At the locus of five corners, mythos is in the wind; a sea of tongues boils forth, mountains spurting forth from the magma. Bonnie sings for who he was and will be and for all of us, in time. 

                                              Bonnie Billy has been quoted as saying that one of the songs on the album is a conceptual track that’s about “one day in 1973 when only two people died in the whole world.”

                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                              Ltd LP Info: Just found 1 copy of this!

                                              Bonnie Prince Billy

                                              Singer's Grave A Sea Of Tongues

                                                Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s new album ‘Singer’s Grave A Sea Of Tongues’ is released on Domino.

                                                At the locus of five corners, mythos is in the wind; a sea of tongues boils forth, mountains spurting forth from the magma. Bonnie sings for who he was and will be and for all of us, in time.

                                                Bonnie Billy has been quoted as saying that one of the songs on the album is a conceptual track that’s about “one day in 1973 when only two people died in the whole world.”

                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                Cassette Info: Special cassette format exclusively available to
                                                independent retailers.

                                                James Yorkston

                                                The Cellardyke Recording And Wassailing Society

                                                James Yorkston, an artist not unfamiliar with the notion of collaboration, has opened the studio doors to a broad and brilliant selection of players on this his eighth studio album.

                                                Produced by Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor in London’s Livingston studio, it features KT Tunstall, The Pictish Trail, Rob Smoughton, Fimber Bravo and his long term collaborators Jon Thorne and Emma Smith.

                                                ‘The Cellardyke Recording And Wassailing Society’ finds James at his most personal and reflective, following 2012’s ‘I Was A Cat From A Book’.

                                                What James and his collection of fine musicians have created is an album that connects the intimacy of his hometown life with the camaraderie of good friends. ‘The Cellardyke Recording And Wassailing Society’ flows with acceptance and relief and is James’ fullest body of work.

                                                The album artwork was created by celebrated children’s author and illustrator Clare Beaton.

                                                Composed of eleven stunning and emotive tracks, ‘From Scotland With Love’ was written by King Creosote and produced by music supervisor and guitarist David McAulay, with additional production by Paul Savage, in Chem19 Studios in Glasgow.

                                                The record features King Creosote accompanied by his band - Derek O’Neill (keyboards), Andy Robinson (drums), Pete Mcleod (bass) and Kevin Brolly (clarinet) - as well as an additional string section (arranged by cellist Pete Harvey) and a choir of backing vocalists.

                                                ‘From Scotland With Love’ was created in collaboration with director Virginia Heath and producer Grant Keir as an audio-accompaniment to a poetic documentary film of the same name, to be released for the Commonwealth Games this summer. Featuring archive footage but no narration or interview, the film works around themes of love and loss, war, resistance, emigration, work and play and is driven as much by the music as it is the images. For the first time King Creosote found himself being able to write from other people’s perspectives, such as the female characters found in the archive (the ‘fisher lassies’ inspired the moving track ‘Cargill’, for example). The result is ‘From Scotland With Love’, one of King Creosote’s most widescreen cinematic and finest pieces of work to date.

                                                Resilient and hard hitting rock ‘n’ roll outfit White Lung are set to release their third album ‘Deep Fantasy’ via Domino. The band is every bit as confrontational as before but they’ve managed to open their sound up just enough to draw listeners in before kicking them in the face (in a good way).

                                                ‘Deep Fantasy’ was made primarily in Vancouver with producer Jesse Gander (who did both ‘Sorry’ and their 2010 debut ‘It’s The Evil’) in just two, ten day-long sessions at the end of last year and the start of this one.

                                                Vocalist Mish Way is more provocative and melodic than ever on ‘Deep Fantasy’, surveying lyrically addiction (‘Drown With The Monster’), body dysmorphia (‘Snake Jaw’) and sexual dynamics (‘Down It Goes’).

                                                ‘In Conflict’ is the new album from Owen Pallett, due for release via Domino Recording Co.

                                                The album was written and produced by Owen and recorded by Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire, Peter Gabriel, Last Shadow Puppets). It features contributions from Brian Eno on synth, guitar and vocals and also The Czech FILMharmonic Orchestra amongst others. “It’s meant to approach insanity in a positive way” says Owen of the record. It’s full of love songs, conveyed in Owen’s inimitable cinematic, indie pop style.

                                                Pallett was recently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score, alongside Arcade Fire, for their work on Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’.

                                                Franz Ferdinand

                                                Fresh Strawberries

                                                Fresh from their UK tour, Franz Ferdinand release the latest single from their acclaimed fourth album ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions’.

                                                The single, featuring Roxanne Clifford of Veronica Falls on guest vocals, was produced by Prince House Rabbit and features B side ‘Erdbeer Mund’, a new German language track.

                                                Limited to 350 copies in the UK and Eire on 7” heavyweight vinyl.

                                                ‘Atlas’, the new album by New Jersey’s Real Estate, is a triumph of highly evocative, perceptive songwriting and graceful, precise musicianship.

                                                ‘Atlas’ carefully refines, and ultimately perfects, the brilliantly distinct artistic vision that made its predecessors ‘Days’ and ‘Real Estate’ so beloved.

                                                ‘Atlas’ is intimate and spare. It conjures quiet, late night drives down wooded highways, rural rambles with friends (and maybe a love interest) on the sunniest afternoons of the year, and hazy summer evenings spent alone, thinking back to those times and the people who were with you for them.

                                                Within the music one can catch glints of Galaxie 500, Little Wings, Luna, Neu, Nick Drake, and Pavement, and also Fairfield Porter, Milton Avery, and Albert York.

                                                The cover art for ‘Atlas’ features a detail taken from ‘Alexander’s Mural’, an iconic North Jersey landmark created by artist Stefan Knapp that once hung on the side of Alexander’s department store for over twenty years, not far from the band’s hometown of Ridgewood, NJ.

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Michael says: Following ‘Days’ was always going to be difficult, Real Estate could either repeat the trick, fall into the “experimental album” abyss… or refine all their little intricacies and mature musically and thematically. Don’t worry, ‘Atlas’ isn’t Real Estate’s prog album, no; it’s still full of the sun-soaked escapism that we all love but everything feels a little bit cleaner and sharper. Mondanile, Bleeker and Courtney still create melodies like no other band but in the absence of the hazy reverb washes of previous work, the craft of those melodies now shines through, especially on “Talking Backwards”. As for themes, ‘Atlas’ is a document of the morning after the picturesque escapades of previous albums, with the band navigating the anxieties of getting older, relationships and perhaps even parenthood, but it’s all still framed within the soft focus warmth we’ve come to love. ‘Atlas’ is still very much a Real Estate album, just one that’s growing up.

                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                LP Info: Heavyweight 180gram vinyl in a gatefold debossed sleeve with MP3 code.

                                                Domino are very excited to present ‘Present Tense’ from Wild Beasts.

                                                This collection of eleven songs will be the Kendal fourpiece’s fourth album, and the first in almost three years since the release of the critically acclaimed ‘Smother’.

                                                Already rightly considered to be one of contemporary Britain’s most innovative and vital bands, the new album sees the group’s ever-restless collective muse lead them to remarkable new heights - boldly embracing new production techniques and songwriting forms whilst retaining the thrilling idiosyncrasies that have made them so beloved over the course of three challenging, beguiling and beautiful albums to date.

                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                Wild Beasts

                                                Wanderlust

                                                The first single from Wild Beast’s forthcoming studio album ‘Present Tense’, also featuring B-side ‘Byzantine’.

                                                Limited edition (250 copies for the UK & Eire) heavyweight 7” vinyl, available exclusively to independent retailers.

                                                The sound of this single and the forthcoming album marks a progression for the band, taking cues from the most intense and effervescent of 1980s and 1990s electronic sound but rethinking and retooling these elements with exquisite detail for the 21st century.

                                                Orange Juice

                                                You Can't Hide Your Love Forever - Remastered Edition

                                                Domino reissue four classic albums from Orange Juice, Glasgow’s finest purveyors of the Sound Of Young Scotland who, led by Edwyn Collins, blazed a trail of self-reliance and literate pop writing.

                                                All four albums are remastered and include the original lyric sheets and printed inner sleeves (except ‘Texas Fever’, which had none).

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Andy says: Orange Juice invent indie-pop on their debut album!

                                                Domino reissue four classic albums from Orange Juice, Glasgow’s finest purveyors of the Sound Of Young Scotland who, led by Edwyn Collins, blazed a trail of self-reliance and literate pop writing.

                                                All four albums are remastered and include the original lyric sheets and printed inner sleeves (except ‘Texas Fever’, which had none).

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Andy says: A slicker and more groovesome mix of blue-eyed soul and jangle-pop than their debut. Suddenly Orange Juice were pop stars!

                                                Domino reissue four classic albums from Orange Juice, Glasgow’s finest purveyors of the Sound Of Young Scotland who, led by Edwyn Collins, blazed a trail of self-reliance and literate pop writing.

                                                All four albums are remastered and include the original lyric sheets and printed inner sleeves (except ‘Texas Fever’, which had none).

                                                Ducktails

                                                Wish Hotel

                                                  Ducktails release their new five track mini album, ‘Wish Hotel’, on Domino.

                                                  ‘Wish Hotel’ consists of five songs recorded by Matt Mondaline (who also plays in Real Estate) and sees him returning to a solo home recording setting and the blown out guitar and synthesizer work of his past releases.

                                                  ‘Wish Hotel’ follows Mondaline’s first album on Domino, ‘The Flower Lane’, a sun-dabbled pop album that has been a big favourite here at Piccadilly.

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Andy says: More loveliness from Matt and co with five pretty diverse tracks that include the already classic "Honey Tiger Eyes".

                                                  Specially expanded version of Matthew E. White’s celebrated debut album ‘Big Inner, featuring brand new 5 song mini album ‘Outer Face’.

                                                  ‘Big Inner’, Matthew E. White’s first album, was universally lauded by critics. Compared to the likes of Amy Winehouse, Beta Band, Cat Power, Spiritualized, Lambchop and Randy Newman, it blends vintage soul-pop with blues, funk and gospel to create a soulful masterpiece soaked in a bygone age.

                                                  The expanded 2CD ‘Outer Face Edition’ features ‘Outer Face’ as a bonus CD that sees Matthew experimenting with certain recording limitations, giving the record a different gravitational pull and furthering the record’s soulful minimalism. 

                                                  Guided by restraint and indulgence, Matthew E White expanded the process that created ‘Big Inner’ and began to find its first descendant, ‘Outer Face’, that White describes as “a monument to love, to non-love, to the confusion of feelings, to the last half century of recorded music, to dub, to minimalism, to pure orchestration, to the human voice, to birds in the sky, to home.” It’s ‘Big Inner’ stripped down to the basics - percussion, bass, strings, choir - exploring tape manipulation, a bit of editing à la Teo Macero, and dub-inspired effects.

                                                  Initial quantities include a free CD bonus disc: 'Quasi covers EP'.

                                                  Now in their 20th year as a band, two-piece Quasi return with a veritable Quasi songbook featuring 24 shinning examples of shakin’ blues, percussion freak-outs, chiming minor seventh chords and rock & roll.

                                                  ‘AM’ was produced by James Ford and co-produced by Ross Orton at Sage & Sound Recording, LA and Rancho De La Luna, Joshua Tree. The album was engineered by Ian Shea and mixed by Tchad Blake.

                                                  Josh Homme, Pete Thomas and Bill Ryder-Jones all make guest appearances on ‘AM’ – as do the words of John Cooper Clarke, on the track I Wanna Be Yours.


                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Andy says: The perfect mix of pop and rock. Their best since their debut.

                                                  The third studio album from singular artist Julia Holter.

                                                  New album of avant-pop experimentation from the LA based singer / composer that blends influence ranging from Joni Mitchell to Arthur Russell and the poetry of Frank O’Hara into a daringly unique work as conceptually strong as it is immediately affecting.

                                                  ‘Loud City Song’ follows, and progresses brilliantly from ‘Ekstasis’, one of last year’s most critically lauded records.

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Andy says: Julia Holter's Domino Records debut fittingly feels like the start of something new, honing as it does, everything that's special about her. Dark and dreamy.

                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  2xLP Info: Double heavyweight vinyl with illustrated ten page accordion insert.

                                                  2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                  Jon Hopkins releases ‘Immunity’, his fourth solo album, via Domino.

                                                  A powerful, multi-faceted beast, packed with the most aggressively dancefloor-focussed music Hopkins has ever made, ‘Immunity’ is about achieving euphoric states through music.

                                                  Inspired by the arc of an epic night out, the album peaks with ‘Collider’, a huge, apocalyptic, techno monster and dissolves with the quiet, heartbreakingly beautiful closer, ‘Immunity’, a track featuring vocals from King Creosote, which could sit comfortably alongside the gems of their
                                                  Mercury-nominated collaboration, ‘Diamond Mine’.

                                                  Jon Hopkins is also an expert producer, Ivor Novello-nominated composer of film scores, long-term collaborator of Brian Eno and Coldplay, and remixer of artists as diverse as David Lynch, Four Tet, Wild Beasts, Nosaj Thing, and Purity Ring.

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Philippa says: Previously better known for his collaborations with other artists (Brian Eno, Coldplay, King Creosote etc) than for his own work, the release of ‘Immunity’ puts Jon Hopkins centre stage and in the spotlight. Giving the album a filmic breadth Hopkins themed ‘Immunity’ around a night out clubbing. The first half features the “club” tracks, including heavyweight single “Open Eye Signal”, climaxing with the techno anthem “Collider”. The second half of the album (“chilling out”) opens with the beautiful ambient piece “Abandon Window”, pushing Hopkins skill as a classical pianist to the fore. King Creosote joins him for title track “Immunity”, reminiscent of their pairing on ‘Diamond Mine’. Fed up with standard equipment presets, Hopkins set about building his own found sound archive. The backing tracks he created using these samples are what give ‘Immunity’ its distinct feel: the whirr and clunk of organic rhythms and immersive cityscape ambience. Epic and emotionally uplifting, ‘Immunity’ is one of 2013’s electronic music highlights.

                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  2xLP Info: Double vinyl in gatefold sleeve with insert.

                                                  2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                  Long-awaited reissue of Los Angeles based artist Julia Holter’s debut album.

                                                  Originally released in November 2011 on Leaving Records in two runs of 500 copies only, this modern masterpiece proved to be the most inspired, captivating and unique debut album of the year, and has been out of print - and much coveted - ever since.

                                                  Inspired by Euripides’ ‘Hippolytus’, the sheer scope and scale of ambition evident in ‘Tragedy’s fifty minutes is staggering.

                                                  Comprised of voice, synths, drum machines, piano, cello, saxophone, samples, vocoders, ensemble musicians and a chorus, ‘Tragedy’ is a transcendental amalgamation of avant garde and pop conventions, and of organic and electronic compositional forms - an entire universe of a record blessed with its own beautifully peculiar logic.

                                                  To coincide with its ten year anniversary, Domino reissue Four Tet’s seminal album, ‘Rounds’. This reissue features the album as well as a live set from Copenhagen recorded near the time of the original release.

                                                  Kieran Hebden, aka Four Tet, had this to say of ‘Rounds’ when it was originally released: “I used to be cynical about people saying that their music was a reflection of what was going on in their lives. But when I listen back and think about it, I realise that I am doing it myself and that ‘Rounds’ is totally me. I like a sense of melancholy and I like pop music. This record has a 2am lonely feeling, because that was largely when it was made, on my own, in my little flat.

                                                  Taking subtle, child-like piano motifs and juxtaposing them with loose, often seemingly abstract beats, he slowly builds tracks into beautiful, melodic daytime lullabies. Beautiful.

                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  2xCD Info: Double CD edition featuring the bonus live set.

                                                  King Creosote

                                                  That Might Well Be It, Darling

                                                    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2013 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                    King Creosote compiles the three limited edition vinyl EP’s from last year into an 11 track CD album exclusively for RSD.

                                                    Limited to 1500 for the UK and Eire.

                                                    Moving, redemptive and powerfully soulful, ‘Big Inner’ is a timeless record told in seven songs that mingle memory with the rawness of any given human moment.

                                                    The references - from the lyrics that echo the common conditions of love, death, seeking, and finding, to open tributes to artists like Washington Phillips, Allen Toussaint, Jorge Ben, Jimmy Cliff, and Randy Newman - are their own scavenger hunt through music history and through Matthew E. White’s place in it.

                                                    “Country-soul apostle Matthew E. White offers spiritual succour” - Q

                                                    “Bottomless columns of ethereal soul… magical” - Pitchfork

                                                    “Resplendently somnolent funk” - Rolling Stone

                                                    “A dramatic pop-gospel record that hits extremes of the mood spectrum: very easygoing and very obsessive” - NY Times

                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                    Andy says: There is nothing like this record around at the moment: ‘70s, Southern, blue-eyed soul; languid, mellow, groovy and heady. Matthew is a big, funky, bearded dude from Virginia, who has taken years to set up his Spacebomb label and gather cool kindred spirits, a house band of sorts, who add lush orchestration, parping horns, and loose, shuffling drums to these subtly uplifting tunes. His voice is a murmur, at times a whisper, but it fits perfectly with the vintage instruments and production; elegant, slowly unfurling songs, bubbling bass-lines, choirs and cosmic vibes. Think Spiritualized, Lambchop, or The Beta Band, then lose yourself in “Big Love”s heavy, pulsing swamp, whilst the words "I am a barracuda, I am a hurricane. Live free!" float up and you just know what he means. And that he means it! This guy is the real deal. Hearing is believing.

                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                    LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                    ‘{Awayland}’ is the follow up to the Mercury nominated and Ivor Novello Award winning debut ‘Becoming A Jackal’.

                                                    Engineered, produced and mixed at Attica Audio in Donegal by Conor J. O’Brien and Villagers’ guitarist Tommy McLaughlin.

                                                    Comes with a very nice postcard set while stocks last.


                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                    CD Info: The CD is packaged in a white tray jewelcase with
                                                    booklet, featuring an O-card with spot UV gloss.


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