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Gregory And The Hawk

Leche

    Gregory And The Hawk returns with her second FatCat album ‘Leche’, a more mature and honest collection of songs than her previous releases, which sees her expanding instrumentally onto piano and harp yet conveying a sense of her bedroom recording roots.

    Contributors include Jeremy Backofen (Felice Brothers), Rob Laakso (Amazing Baby, Diamond Nights, Mice Parade, Swirlies), and Adam Pierce (Mice Parade, Swirlies).

    TRACK LISTING

    For The Best
    Landscapes
    Over And Over
    Soulgazing
    Geysir Nationale
    Frebeight
    Olly Olly Oxen Free
    A Century Is All We Need
    Leaves
    Puller Return
    Hard To Define
    Dream Machine

    Loose Fit

    Social Graces

      ‘Social Graces’ is the debut album from Australian post-punk outfit Loose Fit. Made up of Kaylene Miller, Anna Langdon, Max edgar and Richard Martin, Kaylene & Anna met in fashion school & instantly bonded through their love of experimental music. After toying with lo-fi bedroom recordings, the pair recruited Max edgar on guitar and Richard Martin on bass and started making some actual noise.

      Kaylene is also behind the cult knitwear brand WAH-WAH Australia with items worn by Noel Fielding, Courtney Barnett and even Kim Gordon. The band’s rhythm-heavy sound contains echoes of UK post-punk titans such as PiL and A Certain Ratio.

      TRACK LISTING

      Side A
      1. Social Graces
      2. Cool Change
      3. Stupid Drama
      4. Cut Your Teeth
      5. Exhale

      Side B
      6. Mosquito
      7. Colours For The Walls
      8. Best Face Forward
      9. On Land
      10. Enemies
      11. Potential Things

      The Twilight Sad

      Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters - 2022 Reissue

        ‘Fourteen Autumns…’ is a complete record, the nine tracks working together to create a strong narrative flow. Deceptively simple songs are rendered transcendent. Bleached, overdriven guitars consistently ride a line between ambient and coruscating, working in tandem with an articulate, at times tumultuous rhythm section, forever poised between tension and release. Augmented by piano and more frequently accordion, which provide the songs with a dramatic swoon, The Twilight Sad purvey an awestruck, ragged sentimentality. Lyrically suggestive and metaphorical, their songs give glimpses of bitter experience and romantic failure, their songs at times verging on the anthemic or celebrative, yet firmly rooted in the familiar, often unsaid hurt behind day to day events.

        TRACK LISTING

        Side A
        1. Cold Days From The Birdhouse
        2. That Summer, At Home I Had Become The Invisible Boy
        3. Walking For Two Hours
        4. Last Year’s Rain Didn’t Fall So Hard
        Side B
        1. Talking With Fireworks / Here, It Never Snowed
        2. Mapped By What Surrounded Them
        3. And She Would Darken The Memory
        4. I’m Taking The Train Home
        5. Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters

        The Twilight Sad

        No One Can Ever Know - 2022 Reissue

          The Twilight Sad’s third full-length, No One Can Ever Know, marks a sonic shift for the band. Freshly inspired by a listening diet of Cabaret Voltaire, Can, Liars, Magazine, Autechre, and Public Image Limited, the band turn to a dark, synth-heavy sound for No One Can Ever Know; the resulting LP shares thematic and sonic space with the most innovative offerings from Depeche Mode, The Cure, or even Nine Inch Nails. “We wanted to be a lot more spontaneous, get outside our comfort zone - not to fall back into repeating what we’ve done previously,” explains guitarist Andy MacFarlane. “So we moved to London for a month to record at The Pool and got Andrew Weatherall involved to bounce ideas off and to generally reassure us of the direction we were already progressing in – toward a sparser sound, with a colder, slightly militant feel.”

          TRACK LISTING

          Side A
          1. Alphabet
          2. Dead City
          Side B
          3. Sick
          4. Don’t Move
          Side C
          5. Nil
          6. Don’t Look At Me
          7. Not Sleeping
          Side D
          8. Another Bed
          9. Kill It In The Morning

          We Were Promised Jetpacks

          These Four Walls - 2022 Reissue

            The band’s youthful energy explodes thunderously as colossal choruses fall unfailingly into place. Every space is filled, tension bristling achingly in Thompson’s vocal delivery as the rest of the band crashes around him with a perfect balance of force and harmony. The romanticism and accessibility of a pure pop sensibility is never hidden too deep. Both ‘Roll Up Your Sleeves’ and lead-off single ‘Quiet Little Voices’ capture this beautifully, immediately. The product of Ken and Jolyon Thomas’ (Sigur Ros, Cocteau Twins, David Bowie etc.) studio mastery and Peter Katis’ (Frightened Rabbit, The Twilight Sad, The National etc.) mixing, the recording of These Four Walls was almost entirely live, with only minimal overdubs, and the band members’ collected passion and intuition is translated into a pure, precise form.

            TRACK LISTING

            Side A
            1. I T’s Thunder And It’s Lightning
            2. Ships With Holes Will Sink
            3. Roll Up Your Sleeves
            4. Conductor
            5. Half Built House
            6. This Is My House, This Is My
            Side B
            1. Quiet Little Voices
            2. Moving Clocks Run Slow
            3. Short Bursts
            4. Keeping Warm
            5. An Almighty Thud

            Frightened Rabbit

            The Midnight Organ Fight - 2022 Reissue

              An unconventional three-piece with a defined personality, and a gift for being able to nail a near perfect pop song, Frightened Rabbit convey candid tales of ordinary folk with a wry, acerbic wit via an eloquent, emotive, modern garage-pop aesthetic. Comprising Scott (vocals, guitar), Billy (guitar, keys), and Grant (Drums, vocals), the origins of the band were rooted in 2003, when Scott began playing solo shows under the name Frightened Rabbit, with his brother Grant joining in 2004, and Billy completing the line-up in 2006.

              Lyrically ranging from incisive social commentary, to lucid, humourous explorations of interpersonal relationships, Scott’s songs were essentially folk-tinged pop songs with more fervent ambitions. Somewhat atypically there is no bass, but crucially nothing is missing; Billy’s second guitar augments or bolsters Scott’s guitar/vocal hub, or drops an octave to add weight or bottom end. Grant’s drum patterns are alternately or simultaneously physical and adroit, adding accent and eloquence to the score.

              Recorded by Peter Katis (Mercury Rev, Interpol) over the space of two weeks, and mixed over the ensuing fortnight, ‘Midnight…’ was written with the intention of creating a more ‘pop’ sounding album. Yet although musically more immediate, vitally, the band did not forsake the personality or passion of any of their earlier recordings

              TRACK LISTING

              Side A
              1. The Modern Leper
              2. I Feel Better
              3. Good Arms Vs Bad Arms
              4. Fast Blood
              5. Old OId Fashioned
              6. The Twist
              Side B
              7. Bright Pink Bookmark
              8. Head Rolls Off
              9. My Backwards Walk
              10. Keep Yourself Warm
              11. Extrasupervery
              12. Poke
              13. Floating In The Forth
              14. Who’d You Kill Now?

              Breathe Panel

              Lets It In

                Split between London and Brighton, Breathe Panel come together to create a sound that is the sum of their four parts. Playing together half unplugged in a living room and swapping drums for cushions is where they would often hit their natural rhythm, capturing a shared feeling in songs in a quick and simple way.

                With no agenda other than enjoying making music together, the resulting album Lets It In is ultimately positive in outlook. Themes include falling in love, moments in places, light, breathing, walking, urban living and finding beauty in a sometimes heavy environment. Living together in a shared house in East London, frontman Nick Green and lead guitarist Josh Tyler would start writing songs together as an escape from the restlessness of the city. “A sort of meditation from the mess”, says Nick.

                TRACK LISTING

                Side A
                1. A Good Day
                2. Lets It In
                3. Tomatoes
                4. Sure
                5. Spring

                Side B
                6. Days Inbetween
                7. Stretch
                8. Love You, I Love You
                9. Sometimes Brighter
                10. I Cannot Wait To Be There
                11. My Preferred Memory Was

                Social Haul

                Social Haul

                  Social Haul’ is a collection of songs to get to know us by. The album loosely depicts a protagonist challenging perceived negative aspects of character, particularly in others, attacking in stages or episodes. Not dissimilar to that unfinished Bruce Lee movie. Including bouts with ignorance, through to rebellion, disassociation, spiritual bypass[1]ing, indifference and eventually light-enlightenment. ‘Social Haul’ centres around the middle distance, the place in which we realise that no matter how insignificant or excluded we may feel, we all have something worthwhile to say. Produced with Daniel Fox (Girl Band).

                  TRACK LISTING

                  A
                  1. Complain
                  2. Wet Eyes
                  3. This Is All I Need
                  4. Anthea
                  5. The Bayou

                  B
                  6. The Ease
                  7. Prized From The Rot
                  8. The Best Dust-Up
                  9. Utmost Care
                  10. I Have A Pen

                  Shopping return with their new album All Or Nothing – a record that speaks about commitment, leaps of faith and tests of courage. “A lot has happened in our personal lives since we last recorded and we knew this album was going to reflect that exciting and scary feeling that comes with change, heartbreak and personal evolution”, the band explains. Since their last record the band are now spread across the globe with Billy in LA and Andrew and Rachel in Glasgow, and the songs were written in a two week intensive period while they were all together. Taking a bold leap towards pop with their most vibrant & punchy production to date, mixed and produced by Nick Sylvester. For fans of ESG, Bodega, Priests, Squid, Public Practice, Sacred Paws, Sault, Dry Cleaning.

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Barry says: Driven rolling bass and fuzzy guitars swirl around under the angular, mathy buzz. Shopping maintain the momentum while injecting things with a good amount of vigour, and a keen melodic sensibility. Lovely stuff.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  Side A:
                  Trust In Us
                  Initiative
                  Follow Me
                  No Apologies
                  For Your Pleasure

                  Side B:
                  About You
                  Lies
                  Expert Advice
                  Body Clock
                  All Or Nothing

                  MNNQNS

                  Body Negative

                    The album is a rare record that manages to be both fiery and textural. It combines the charge and speed of a record that resembles a car veering dangerously close to a cliff edge yet also manages to instil a confidence in the ability of the driver. MNNQNS exude a sense of controlled danger and chaos and this permeates throughout their debut. This feverish and unpredictable approach is also represented by the band’s diverse musical tastes and inspirations. If you’ve ever wondered what a record would sound like that shares influences as eclectic as Deerhunter, Death Grips, the Beach Boys, Omni and the films of Jean-Jacques Beineix then wonder no more because MNNQNS debut is the answer.

                    Such a sense of determination and focus is apparent on the record throughout; whether it’s the post-punk assault of “Wire (Down to The)”, the harmony-soaked pop swing of “NotWhatYouThoughtYouKnew”, the deeply textural explorations of “Stagnant Pools” - which combines seamless melody with an urgency that resembles This Heat - or the kick-down-your-frontdoor charge of “Urinals”. This duality of harmony and discordance that exists on the record is something that D’Epinay feels when he reflects on the recording process. “Some tracks make me want to go out and dance whilst others remind me of being totally alone in the countryside. Listening to the record is like being pushed away from the city and then dragged back in.”

                    TRACK LISTING

                    A-Side

                    1. Body Negative
                    2. NotWhatYouThoughtYouKnew
                    3. She’s Waiting For The Day
                    4. Double Visions
                    5. Different Sides Of Truth
                    6. Limits Of Town
                    7. Urinals
                    8. Desperation Moon

                    B-Side

                    9. Drinking From The Pond
                    10. Fall Down
                    11. Stagnant Pools
                    12. Wire (Down To The)
                    13. (Ghost Track,

                    Minor Pieces

                    The Heavy Steps Of Dreaming

                      ‘The Heavy Steps Of Dreaming’ is the brilliant debut album from Vancouver-based Minor Pieces, a new songwriting partnership comprising acclaimed singer/composer Ian William Craig and newcomer Missy Donaldson, a singer and multi-instrumentalist. Retaining some of the textural play and experimentation of Ian’s solo material whilst channeling it squarely within the domain of tangible songwriting, the pair utilise guitar, modified tape decks, bass and synths to fashion deeply-felt songs with their beautifully matched male/ female vocals standing resolutely centre-stage. Taking influence and inspiration from the likes of Low, Grouper, Mazzy Star, Portishead, My Bloody Valentine, Talk Talk and Cat Power, ‘The Heavy Steps Of Dreaming’ sounds at once familiar whilst forging something new, unique and beyond the sum of its influences.

                      Over the course of its 8 tracks - from the opening bars of ‘Rothko’ to the resonant closing lines of ‘Shipbreaking’ - the duo move fluidly between voices, shift from moments of overwhelming power to perfect points of stillness; from acoustic balladry pared down to the sparsest of means to thick, tumbling swells of tape and electronics or billowing synth trails. At both album and song level, it’s a work of contrasts and combinations; of broad, bold dynamics. Masterfully crafted, the lyrics are rendered with an almost painterly approach and reveal a palpable joy in the richness of language and its capacity to conjure resonances, to hold moments close and to patch together meaning from life’s scattered detritus. What’s forged is a kind of Alt. Americana filtered through a progressive modern lens and the tactile, heavily processed tactics of Ian’s solo practice – an approach that links to the corrosive asethetics of electronic artists like Fennesz, William Basinski or The Caretaker.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1 Rothko
                      2 This House
                      3 Brávallagata
                      4 Grace
                      5 Burden
                      6 The Way We Are In Song
                      7 Tender Fire
                      8 Shipbreaking

                      Both Steve Bicknell and Vainqueur are legendary names in the techno genre. London-based Bicknell is co-curator of the seminal, scene-defining Lost nights, which date back to the early ‘90s, where luminaries such as Jeff Mills, Basic Channel, Richie Hawtin, Suburban Knight, and Robert Hood gained their first ever UK bookings (and where FatCat founder Alex Knight frequently appeared as DJ). A close ally of Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins and Laurent Garnier, Bicknell also runs a number of labels, including Lost Recordings and Cosmic. His brilliant reinterpretation of "Tanzbein" is a dark, pounding, floor-friendly track that drives on a rotor-flicker and a deep kick-pulse and coats everything in a pumping, viscous, bass-ooze.

                      Berlin-based René Löwe, under his moniker / alias Vainqueur, was a key player in the Hardwax shop / scene of the early ‘90s (back in the days when FatCat itself was a pioneering electronic record store, with the two shops closely linked, regularly trading records and ideas) and cemented his place in the pantheon of classic techno with several releases on the Chain Reaction imprint, as well as being one of the very few artists to appear on Basic Channel. René’s fizzing, shimmering, amorphous dub take on "Ping" is classic Vainqueur - chasing clouds of radiance through the deployment of rippling delay and continual filtering. There are a host of Basic Channel / Chain Reaction imitators out there, but the sheer quality stamped across this heavyweight 12” punches holes in the opposition and marks it out as the real deal.


                      TRACK LISTING

                      A. Tanzbein (Steve Bicknell – Lost Mix)
                      AA. Ping (Vainqueur Remix)

                      The Twilight Sad

                      Òran Mór Session

                        Almost a year since the release of their acclaimed fourth album Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave, Scotland’s The Twilight Sad return with the Òran Mór Session LP: a collection of reworked, stripped-back versions of tracks from the album, b-sides and a cover of Arthur Russell’s ‘I Couldn’t Say It To Your Face’.

                        The sessions act as something of a means to recap and reflect on what’s been a whirlwind past year for the band, with Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave earning rave reviews from publications including The Sunday Times, The Quietus and Q, alongside topping Drowned in Sound’s best albums of 2014 and earning a rare perfect ten from the site, finishing second in The Skinny’s list, third in Popmatters’ indie rock albums of the year and topping Any Decent Music’s Scottish albums of the year.

                        "It’s not until you assemble – no, grow, because this is nothing if not organic – the whole thing, that the jaw-dropping brilliance of the album reveals itself." - Drowned in Sound (10/10)

                        "Simple but effective, the lyrics are bleak, bitter phrases of existential loneliness and torment. His emotion hits just as potently throughout." - NME (8/10)

                        "The group's fourth LP more than justifies [their] ascension. Where there were youthful, wayward meanderings, Graham has emerged a man, exorcising the sorrows of lessons learnt along the way." - The Quietus

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1: Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave
                        2: Last January
                        3: It Never Was The Same
                        4: Pills I Swallow
                        5: I Could Give You All That You Don't Want
                        6: Drown So I Can Watch
                        7: The Airport
                        8: Leave The House
                        9: I Couldn't Say It To Your Face

                        Brimming with emotion and passion, this musically strong and assured album sees the unique and identifiable Jetpacks sound now grown and fully galvanised.

                        ‘Unravelling’ is a captivating ride of tense excitement, pounding rhythm, huge walls of cavernous guitar and hyperborean beauty, all kept in check by the band’s gifted songwriting skills.

                        The album release also sees the addition of a new member to the band in the form of multi-instrumentalist Stuart McGachan. Adam Thompson explains “Stuart is an accomplished keys, piano and guitar player as well as having a lovely little singing voice, and with him we’ve tried to do something a little different. We've known him for ages and played music with him before so we were pretty sure it would work out. It has just been the four of us since 2004, so having someone new with us has been an enjoyable part of the process.”

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1: Safety In Numbers
                        2: Peaks And Troughs
                        3: I Keep It Composed
                        4: Peace Sign
                        5: Night Terror
                        6: Disconnecting
                        7: Bright Minds
                        8: A Part Of It
                        9: Moral Compass
                        10: Peace Of Mind
                        11: Ricochet

                        The Growlers have announced details of the release of their new album. Chinese Fountain will be released through Fat Cat Records. Having demoed the tracks at guitarist Matt Taylor’s Topanga home, the 11-track album was recorded quickly in a week-and-a-half at Sea Horse Sands Studio in downtown Los Angeles. Produced by JP Plunier.

                        Self-describing their music as “Beach Goth”, sunburned and salty, the term perfectly describes their distinctive melding of reverb heavy surf guitar and Bakersfield-style honky tonk with ‘80s post-punk. Chinese Fountain, their fourth long-player having formed in Dana Point, California in 2006, is their most confident album to date.

                        “The band played better than they’ve ever played,” says Brooks Nielsen. “We’ve got the process down now. There’s less screwing around to get the songs laid out and we weren’t waiting around for take after take. We knew it and we played without much time to spare.”

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1: Big Toe
                        2: Black Memories
                        3: Chinese Fountain
                        4: Dull Boy
                        5: Good Advice
                        6: Going Gets Tough
                        7: Magnificent Sadness
                        8: Love Test
                        9: Not The Man
                        10: Rare Hearts
                        11: Purgatory Drive

                        Showcasing the impressive songwriting ability that His Clancyness mastermind Jonathan Clancy has demonstrated since the start of the project, opening track ‘Safe Around the Edges’ is a hook-filled, intelligent pop song that encapsulates the His Clancyness sound perfectly. A heady mix of breezy Americana and tightly wound krautrock, Clancy’s compositions simultaneously bring to mind contemporary artists as diverse as Kurt Vile and Lower Dens but are delivered with the ease and a flair of a songwriter totally confident in his own singular vision.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Safe Around The Edges
                        2. Miss Out These Days
                        3. Gold Diggers
                        4. Hunting Men
                        5. Slash The Night
                        6. Run Wild
                        7. Machines
                        8. Avenue
                        9. Crystal Clear
                        10. Zenith Diamond
                        11. Castle Sand Ambient
                        12. Progress

                        Growlers

                        Hung At Heart

                          Will appeal to fans of: The Black Keys, The Beach Boys, Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Captain Beefheart, The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Black Lips, The Doors, The Allah-Las.

                          “…pitchy organ and plunky, country-western bass are punctuated by faux-dub echoes that hang like tapestries in a chill-bro den.” SPIN

                          “Invokes a smoking ‘60s beach party” Time Out

                          “The So-Cal five-piece sound so comfortable being the stoned philosopher on Hung at Heart, hopping from party to party, delivering gems of lyrical wisdom in the midst of the thoroughly kicked out jams.” Consequence of Sound

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. Someday
                          2. Naked Kids
                          3. Salt On A Slug
                          4. One Million Lovers
                          5. No Need For Eyes
                          6. Living In A Memory
                          7. Pet Shop Eyes
                          8. In Between
                          9. Burden Of The Captain
                          10. Row
                          11. It's No Use

                          US Girls

                          GEM

                            A hauntingly catchy release by American lone DIY artist Meghan Remy.

                            In June 2011 FatCat offshoot imprint Palmist Records released a split 12” by U.S. Girls and her production partner Slim Twig, which followed a great split 7” with the much celebrated Dirty Beaches.

                            U.S. Girls’ last album, ‘U.S. Girls On Kraak’, was critically acclaimed and supported by great blog coverage and a series of promo videos.

                            U.S. Girls pursue a minimalist aesthetic with a militant by-any-means-necessary attitude, merging experimental compositions with distinctive photocopy-art visuals to deliver a starkly defined statement.

                            “Don't let the scuzzy surface fool you: At the heart of Megan Remy's one-woman lo-fi project U.S. Girls beats a pop sensibility” - Pitchfork

                            “Remy’s aesthetics and emotional cues are pulled from the ephemera of decades past” - Refinery29

                            Milk Maid

                            Mostly No

                              Second album from Manchester-based band Milk Maid, headed up by Martin Cohen of Nine Black Alps. A step up in terms of production, maintaining the same top standards of songwriting as heard on previous release ‘Yucca’.

                              The band were discovered by Jack Cooper of Mazes, who released a single on Suffering Jukebox before they were signed by FatCat Records. Frightened Rabbit are huge fans of Milk Maid, and recently recorded a cover of ‘Not Me’ (off the previous album) to release later this year.

                              Reference points: Mazes, Woods and the Woodsist label generally, The Shins, Guided By Voices, Ride, JAMC.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. Dopamine
                              2. Do Right
                              3. Stir So Slow
                              4. Your Neck Around Mine
                              5. Bad Luck
                              6. New Plans
                              7. Summertime
                              8. Drag To Find
                              9. Pictures Of Stone
                              10. Old Trick
                              11. No Goodbye

                              Maps & Atlases

                              Beware And Be Grateful

                                "On record, they have one of the most exciting styles on today’s music scene" - The Independent.

                                Chicago’s Maps & Atlases return with their eagerly awaited sophomore album, which sees the band blend their math rock roots with a more accessible direction.

                                For fans of Paul Simon, Vampire Weekend, The Beach Boys, The Maccabees.

                                Breton

                                Other People's Problems

                                  “Like some weird hoodied mad professors, or the bastard sons of Crystal Castles and Steve Jobs” - NME

                                  The album was recorded at Sigur Ros’ Sundlaughin studio in Iceland and mixed at the band’s Kennington based creative HQ in a converted bank called The Lab.

                                  Forest Fire

                                  Staring At The X

                                    Forest Fire’s electrifying new full-length with a focus on mature singer-songwriter pop writing and instant-classic hooks.

                                    Recommended for fans of The Velvet Underground, Television, Pink Floyd as well as contemporaries The Walkmen and Phosphorescent.

                                    This is the band’s second album, after 2008’s Survival, which garnered some great critical responses and made several top 10 lists.

                                    “A general air of beat-poet cool and a careless articulacy to the lyrics that heightens the impression of the band as quintessential SoHo bohos” - The Guardian.

                                    “These are songs of the most universal of human themes… the battle between the darker side of human instinct and angelic purity” - Drowned In Sound.

                                    We Were Promised Jetpacks

                                    In The Pit Of The Stomach

                                      We Were Promised Jetpacks make their hotly anticipated return with a gripping new album, ‘In The Pit Of The Stomach’ that bears testimony to the poise, control, confidence and vigour the band now command.

                                      Signing off their debut ‘These Four Walls’ campaign with 'The Last Place You'll Look EP' in April 2010 – and a spectacular North American tour with Jimmy Eat World, We Were Promised Jetpacks decamped to Sigur Ros’ Sundlaugin Studios in the frozen wilds of Iceland to record the new record. “We had been touring the debut album extensively for over two years” says singer Adam, “So we were very excited to get back in the studio and record the follow-up, which we hope demonstrates how much we have progressed as a band.”

                                      The approach to recording was markedly different this time around, “We recorded the debut album in 8 days with one short tour under our belts - this time around we spent a full three weeks in the studio recording with [live sound engineer] Andrew Bush and made an album that both captures the sound of our live show and is strong start to finish.” Peter Katis (Frightened Rabbit, The National) was also on hand for mixing and additional production duties.

                                      Armed with the confidence built from their time on the road and firm ideas as to how the new record should sound, ‘In The Pit Of The Stomach’ is emphatically a sustained piece of work full of fiery, muscular and hugely atmospheric epics like (lead single) ‘Medicine’, ‘Picture Of Heath’ and ‘Human Error’ - and impresses with the sheer scale of it’s ambition.

                                      Post the release of their ‘These Four Walls’ debut in June 2009 (sales of which currently stand at 40,000 worldwide) the band have achieved huge success touring America and Europe, highlights of which include selling out New York’s Williamsburg Music Hall and attracting high-profile support slots for gold-selling US rock bands like Passion Pit and Jimmy Eat World.

                                      With thunderous live performances matching the power of fellow Scot’s Mogwai and a pop sensibility comparable to that of Foals or Bloc Party, ‘In The Pit Of The Stomach’ proves how WWPJ have stealthily become a fully-fledged rock band - louder, wilder, avidly literate, fiercely melodic, powerfully restrained.

                                      Milk Maid

                                      Yucca

                                      Milk Maid is Martin Cohen from Nine Black Alps.

                                      They were discovered by Jack Cooper of Mazes, who released a single on Suffering Jukebox before they were signed by FatCat Records.

                                      The whole album was recorded on Martin’s 8-track in his flat in Manchester.

                                      Reference points include Mazes, Woods and the Woodsist label, The Shins, Guided By Voices, Oasis, Jesus And Mary Chain.

                                      “Milk Maid are already a smashing success” - NME; “Have a listen to the wonderful Milk Maid, new signing to FatCat. I am addicted” - Scott from Frightened Rabbit on Twitter.

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Darryl says: Fuzzed-up indie guitars and lo-fi melodic vocals with an American edge, that would sit more than nicely on the Captured Tracks and Woodsist labels.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      1. Such Fun
                                      2. Can’t You See
                                      3. Oh!
                                      4. Dead Wrong
                                      5. Girl
                                      6. Not Me
                                      7. Kill Me Again
                                      8. Same As What
                                      9. Back Of Your Knees
                                      10. Sad Song
                                      11. Someone You Thought You’d Forgot

                                      Mazes

                                      A Thousand Heys

                                        The result of sessions that took place on an old lightship moored on the Thames, April the 11th sees the release of Mazes’ debut album; "A Thousand Heys". The band (formed of Jack Cooper on vocals and guitar, Neil Robinson on drums, Jarin Tabata on guitar and Conan Roberts on bass) admit that the time spent in the boat represented the first time that they were able to concentrate on their performances during a recording session, rather than, as Jack puts it, ‘pressing record and then running over to our instruments to play.’ This relative liberty has allowed Mazes to focus on creating an album that captures the refreshing spontaneity and looseness that characterised their 30-track Italian Beach Babes mixtape, whilst simultaneously refines the sharp instinct for a pop hook that can be found in their back catalogue of 7”s and splits.

                                        Mazes formed in Manchester in early 2009 and began their life touring with Pens and Wavves before going on to share stages with bands such as Deerhunter, Thee Oh Sees, Sic Alps, Dum Dum Girls and Crocodiles. Whilst these bands are peers and contemporaries, Mazes are not an act swayed by fashion or influenced only by what is happening immediately around them. “A Thousand Heys” is a tapestry of collective influences that draws on the band’s multi-national constitution (Jarin is from the US, Neil from New Zealand) and sees them dart in and out of their record collections with the same enthusiasm and sense of fun as the two wide-eyed kids messing about in front of the camera on the album’s cover. The opener "Go Betweens" is a song influenced by the honeyed, major-key pop of the band the song’s title references, but with New York Dolls guitars, Buzzcocks intensity and Big Star-esque nihilist lyrics. At other times, as referred to by Marc Riley when he called them a ‘sort of really garagey Kinks’, they can sound like a British Invasion group; a syncopated McCartney bassline kicks in during a chorus that starts with a ‘Hey!’ on "Surf & Turf", with lyrics that actually reference ‘The Beatles at JFK’.

                                        A band that has been extensively covered on the blog scene, much has already been made of Mazes’ ability to juxtapose measured three-minute pop songs with short bratty blasts. Although there is no "Painting of Tupac Shakur", the thirty second thrash punk song found on their split with Spectrals, songs such as "Till I’m Dead" prove they can still shred when they want to, whilst "Eva" references the aforementioned IBB mixtape in sounding like a sketched out idea, a fleeting moment in time recorded for posterity. Conversely, the Dunedine Sound influenced "Cenetaph" is a beautifully controlled pop song that demonstrates the band care more for songcraft than correct spelling, whilst "No Way" recalls early REM.

                                        Perhaps the most thrilling moment on the album is when Mazes combine these two elements in the shape of lead single "Most Days". In under two minutes the band encapsulate their sound with a driving pop song full of hooks and sugared melody that makes way for a frenzied ending of flailing guitars and crashing drums, the lyrics somehow simultaneously capturing both the recklessness of youth and the terror of mortality in about three lines. Throughout the album Jack Cooper proves himself to be a versatile vocalist, able to recall the impassioned yelp and ‘oohs’ of James Mercer in one instance, and the sigh of Elf Power’s Andrew Rieger in the next. The lyrics on the album display a similar range, from the idealised childhood and subsequent collapse into post-adolescent apathy of "Summer Hits/ J&J Don’t Like", to the vivid vignette of "Cenetaph", the youthful forcefulness of "Death House" to the Swell-like world-weariness of "Wait Anyway".


                                        Ensemble

                                        Excerpts

                                          Beautiful second full length from Montreal’s French-born Olivier Alary, the songwriter / composer behind Ensemble

                                          Alary has previously collaborated with Cat Power, Bjork and Lou Barlow, amongst others.

                                          "Excerpts" features the arranging input of heavyweight, award winning film / theatre composer Johannes Malfatti.

                                          “A quietly stunning synthesis of melody and texture” - The Wire.

                                          David Karsten Daniels & Fight The Big Bull

                                          I Mean To Live Here Still

                                            The first collaboration between David Karsten Daniels and Fight The Big Bull, "I Mean To Live Here Still" is the product of two decidedly individual, but musically (and geographically) distant sets of musicians.

                                            David Karsten Daniels is an immensely talented, formally-trained composer/musician with a background in hymn singing and four-track experimentation, and a release history of gentle, acoustic, plaintive folk music embellished with touches of orchestration and jazz.

                                            Following on from Daniels’ "Sharp Teeth" and "Fear Of Flying" albums, this record is a lush contribution to a stunning personal canon and an album that transcends influence, tradition and climate.

                                            Fight The Big Bull are a nonet led by composer / arranger / guitarist Matthew White, exist loosely in the Duke Ellington / Charles Mingus / Ornette Coleman plane of jazz, yet are fiercely, often unpredictably, unique.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            1. All Things Are Current Found
                                            2. The Funeral Bell
                                            3. Die And Be Buried
                                            4. October Airs
                                            5. On Fields
                                            6. Though All The Fates
                                            7. Salmon Brook
                                            8. Smoke
                                            9. Each Summer Sound
                                            10. Epitaph On The World

                                            Tom Brosseau

                                            Posthumous Success

                                              This is Tom Brosseau's third full-length for FatCat, after 2006's compilation of early material "Empty Houses Are Lonely" and 2007's critically acclaimed "Cavalier". Mice Parade's Adam Pierce and Small Sails' Ethan Rose co-produced and guest-performed on "Posthumous Success". Ethan Rose's tracks were produced in Portland, Oregon; Adam Pierce's in upstate NY. This album marks a noticeable sabbatical from the predominantly vocal and guitar / all-acoustic recordings of previous records.

                                              Tom Brosseau

                                              Cavalier

                                                Tom Brosseau, a 28-year-old North Dakota native, sings songs of lost love and poetic observation. Brosseau's voice sounds eerily like a high-lonesome reincarnation of Jeff Buckley. Hauntingly moody and atmospheric, Tom's music is plaintive, eloquent and timeless. A natural songwriting talent, Tom's music displays a natural affinity to an American Blues / folk tradition, from Bob Dylan or Woody Guthrie to Mississippi John Hurt and beyond. With a simplicity and directness almost at odds with the modern era, Tom's music somehow seems to have something vital to say right now.

                                                No Age

                                                Weirdo Rippers

                                                  Debut full length release from super-talented young DIY noise/pop/punk two piece No Age, formed from the ashes of Wives, reminiscent of early Black Dice, The Ramones and My Bloody Valentine. Until 12th March 2007, the band had released no recorded output whatsoever – that changed when they decided to release five limited edition vinyl-only releases on a variety of DIY labels across the globe on the same day (namely UTR, Deleted Art, Teardrops, Youth Attack and Dean's own PPM label). "Weirdo Rippers" is a collection of recorded highlights taken from the aforementioned releases, plus one exclusive track. Harnessing an explosive dynamic tension, No Age's music is prone to switch from syncopated punk-rock squalls to melodic, transient flashes of colour, or conversely, a pop song might spontaneously cut through the noise.

                                                  Welcome

                                                  Sirs

                                                    Welcome are both distinct and familiar, at once drawing the listener in, and suggesting worlds of possibilities. Their sound is melodic, and rhythmically and sonically ambitious, sitting somewhere between the fractured, exploratory idealism of 60s psych pop (The Creation, Revolver-era Beatles, Syd Barrett), and such non-conformist alt-rock luminaries as Unwound, The Breeders, Deerhoof or Lilys.

                                                    Tom Brosseau

                                                    Empty Houses Are Lonely

                                                      Debut FatCat release from American singer-songwriter, Tom Brosseau – a collection of highlights from his recorded history to date, augmented by a number of new recordings. Tom Brosseau, a 27-year-old North Dakota native, sings songs of lost love and poetic observation. His voice sounds eerily like a high-lonesome reincarnation of Jeff Buckley. Hauntingly moody and atmospheric, his playing elicits a hushed reverence from admiring listeners blessed with the intimacy and emotional immediacy of his live performances. A natural songwriting talent, coming from such disparate influences as Nick Drake, Cole Porter and Woody Guthrie. Something new via something old.


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