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The Grammy and Brit nominated Courtney Barnett returns with her second album - 'Tell Me How You Really Feel.' It follows her critically acclaimed 2015 debut album 'Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit', and a recent top 10 collaborative record, 'Lotta Sea Lice', with Kurt Vile. One of the most distinctive voices in music, Courtney is known for mixing witty observations with unflinching self-assessment - fast forward to now and although all of the cleaver turns of phrase and an eye for story telling are still there; this new collection of songs see a more serious and outwardly tone capturing the current social landscape yet still retaining moments of intimacy and warmth. As the world becomes more familiar with Courtney Barnett these songs feel comforting and emphatic yet that raw energy and the ability to make the listener think still remain.

STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: Another absolute stormer from Courtney, though you might have already heard the superb 'Nameless, Faceless' from the 7" a little while ago, and 'City Looks Pretty' and 'Sunday Roast' from the RSD 12", there are a bunch of gems to uncover on this including the snarling skate-punk melodicism of my personal highlight, 'Charity'. Killer.

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Coloured LP Info: Indies exclusive in gatefold mirror board sleeve. Limited red vinyl.

Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

Deluxe CD Info: Limited hardback with exclusive 24 pp photo booklet.

A conversation between friends, documented in raw, unvarnished song form, brimming with personal history, crackling with energy and shot through with humour - this is the collaborative album of Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile. Two of the most acclaimed and gifted song writers of our generation “Lotta Sea Lice” also sees them roping in friends such as Dirty Three, Stella from Warpaint and Mick Harvey to create a body of work that sounds organic & candid.

The shared chemistry is immediately apparent in the breathtaking jam of opener and first single “Over Everything”, with dovetailing vocal lines and intricate, shimmering guitar stylings from the pair. The lyrics play out as a rambling dialogue as they compare notes about song-writing and inspiration – it was the first song written for this project, and comes accompanied by a beautiful black and white video from Australian director Danny Cohen which features Courtney and Kurt swapping lines over series of jaw dropping backdrops in rural Victoria and New Jersey as well as Melbourne and Philadelphia. It’s deceptively simple but incredibly effective.

Other tracks include the bluesy “Let it Go”, which itself was inspired by texts and emails between the duo, and the drop dead gorgeous ‘Continental Breakfast”, which showcases a more melodic side as the two harmonise over finger-picked acoustic guitars.

There are even more surprises in store, however, when the pair tackle each other’s tracks, with Vile delivering a delicious, souped-up version of “Outta the Woodwork” backed by Barnett herself, and Barnett taking on Vile’s “Peepin’ Tomboy” completely solo, to spine tingling results. The overall effect is that of Barnett and Vile throwing open the doors to their house to listeners - this is certainly Courtney and Kurt’s party alright, but this time, everyone is invited.

STAFF COMMENTS

Andy says: Originally intended as a one-off 7-inch single ("Over Everything") but quickly developing into so much more, this album features a handful of originals (all excellent!) a couple of covers (Jen Cloher and the Breeders) and both heroes doing a version of each other's songs. More Kurt than Courtney, but hey, that's alright! The slacker king and queen create something kooky'n'cool with some nice tunes to boot!

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LP includes MP3 Download Code.

ALASKALASKA

ALASKALASKA

    ALASKALASKA is an art-pop 6 piece from London. They make beautiful, groove-laden music that seamlessly blends jazz, disco, funk and R&B into a bold and playful sound uniquely their own; synthetic beats play alongside live drums, delayed guitars and shimmering saxophones to create something musically rich and delightfully intricate.

    Band leader and principle vocalist Lucinda twists brooding and introspective lyrics - akin to the words of Arthur Russell - into infectious melodies reminiscent of Warpaint, Dirty Projectors or Talk Talk, which demand repeat listens and could as easily soundtrack a wistful evening alone as they could a party.

    They’ve built a cult following and reputation as extraordinary performers. Their debut self-titled EP is the perfect introduction to their unique brand of off-kilter pop.

    Shock Machine

    Shock Machine

      Shock Machine is the new project from the Mercury and Ivor Novello winning artist James Righton (formerly of Klaxons).

      His eponymous debut album is a collection of timeless pop music that embraces inspiration from decades of off-kilter classics, such as ELO, Roxy Music, 70s McCartney, “Benny and the Jets by Elton John on acid”, alongside a passion for ultra vivid shimmering psychedelia - the result is a gorgeous celebration of melody and synths.

      Recorded in a cabin in the South of France with the help of esteemed producer James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Florence and the Machine, Foals, Haim) and then mixed in Atlanta by Ben H Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter, Gnarls Barkely), the material has already won fans such as Mark Ronson,The Strokes, Graham Coxon and Erol Alkan, as well as continued support from Pitchfork, Zane Lowe and Annie Mac.

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      LP includes MP3 Download Code.

      Jen Cloher

      Jen Cloher

        A letter in triplicate addressed to the themes of love, music and Australia, Jen Cloher's fourth album is the culmination of a period of artistic and personal growth in which the artist took her rightful place as a punk-rock figurehead of Melbourne's famous DIY music scene.

        She is an outspoken advocate for artist rights and co-founder of the incredible Milk! Records label, which includes the likes of Courtney Barnett and Fraser A. Gorman among its luminaries. Since 2014, her output has been increasingly biting, witty and poetic, with her last album, the critically lauded "In Blood Memory" representing an artistic apex for the artist and garnering her a prestigious Australian Music Prize nomination.

        The self-titled album, "Jen Cloher", represents another quantum leap forward for the artist. Recorded amidst the rolling greenery of South-Eastern Australia and mixed at Jeff Tweedy's famous Loft Studios in Chicago, the songs are split by Courtney Barnett's extraordinary lead guitar and anchored by the rhythm section of Bones Sloane and Jen Sholakis. The end result is bold, assured, and piercingly observed, seeing Cloher face up to painful truths with unwavering honesty and emerge triumphant.

        Recorded at Maze Studios, Atlanta across the summer of 2016 where the band decamped for a month, it was produced by the legendary Ben H Allen III (Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, Deerhunter) who struck up quite the creative partnership with ringleader Ben Romans-Hopscraft. You could be forgiven for branding ‘Universal High’ a rebirth.

        In places almost unrecognizable from the dub-charged psychedelic indie of their debut, the new sound swells from the southern streets in which it came to life, caked in the Seventies soul of The Isley Brothers, Curtis Mayfield and Shuggie Otis.

        Ben Romans-Hopcraft says, “’Universal High’ represents many things to us as a band. It signifies change, both musically and mentally whilst also revisiting influences that confounded our interest in music in the first place. What I think is noticeable is the direct nature of the songs and its influences. Being surrounded by soul music, classic pop songs and music with any form of groove all my life, these influences began to speak for themselves within these new songs we were writing”.

        Since the first album Bens evolved into something of an auteur, with numerous collaborations under his belt as both a producer, recurrently alongside new regular comrade Sean Lennon, as well as numerous teamings with Fat White Family’s Saul Aamczeski as part of both Warmduscher and Insecure Men.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: Brilliantly effervescent pop songs, imbued with soul and flecks of funk. It's a smooth ride throughout, but brilliantly listenable and most importantly, thoroughly enjoyable.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Coloured LP Info: Red vinyl edition.

        New album from the Australian psychedelic rock band, Pond.

        “Pond, an Australian rock band, toppled the stateliness of Britpop anthems into psychedelic turbulence, melting down grandiose riffs or pushing them toward screaming tantrums.” – New York Times

        “From sleazy rock excess, to introspective, cracked psychedelia and back again” – Fader

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: Off-kilter rhythms, the heaviest distorted basses you're likely to hear and soaring vocal harmonies. Brilliantly danceable synth freak-outs complete with plate reverbed mile-long drum tails. Get it or regret it!

        Since the release of 2013’s ‘Howlin’ Jagwar Ma have played sold out shows across the world and supported the likes of Tame Impala, The xx and Foals, filling festival tents and clubs alike with their explosive, hypnotic live performances, not to mention legendary DJ sets - most recently illustrated through their televised Park Stage performance at Glastonbury, and a raucous closing DJ set at the Crows Nest the same weekend.

        Now the song-writing duo of multi-instrumentalist and producer Jono Ma, singer and guitarist Gabriel Winterfield return with their second album ‘Every Now & Then’.

        The new record returns to the melody soaked nods to club culture and instantaneous vocal hooks they’ve become well known for, but has also seen them employ their passion for the Beastie Boys, citing this eclectic album as their ‘Paul’s Boutique’. Overall this stunning record encapsulates the band at their most entrancing and anthemic – a wig out of oscillating acid bassline, ricocheting dub-fused guitars and heady pop psychedelia bathed in strobe-lit sonics.

        It was self-produced and recorded in the United Kingdom, Australia and France, then tweaked and mixed with the assistance of some of their brightest contemporaries, James Ford (Florence and The Machine, Arctic Monkeys), Blue May (Kwes, Kindness), Ewan Pearson (LCD Soundsystem, Chemical Brothers) and David Wrench (Caribou, FKA Twigs, Glass Animals).

        Max Jury

        Numb / Standing On My Own

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

          Very special limited edition 12". Both tracks are taken from Max Jury's self-titled debut album.

          Matthew E White's Spacebomb collective produced B-side Standing On My Own sees Max veering further towards the world of R&B and Soul. Whilst Max gently sweeps between whispered vocals and falsetto the complimentary horn and string arrangements from Spacebomb create an air of authentic classic Motown, Chess and Stax Records.

          Elliott Power

          Once Smitten

          With his debut album ‘Once Smitten’, London newcomer Elliott Power explores genre-defying sounds of club-savvy soul, UK bass and paranoid trip-hop - echoing the history of era defining label Mo’Wax and the forward thinking spirit of Marathon Artists.

          Constructed alongside Elliott’s NuBrain cohort Dorian Lutz, it is an ethereal journey through the underbelly of his native city, regaling tales of dark corners, shady characters and riotous nights, all set against luscious arrangements and driving rhythms.

          Courtney Barnett

          Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit (Special Edition)

            The CD version includes 'Live From Electric Ladyland Studios NY' audio CD with card wallet, a download card with the exclusive cover of John Cale’s 'Close Watch', an A4 poster of 'Sometimes...' album cover and 4 x Polaroids taken by Courtney Barnett.

            The LP Version includes gatefold double yellow vinyl of 'Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit' album audio, plus a download card of mp3s of the album, the live tracks and the John Cale cover. There’s also an A2 poster of 'Sometimes...' album cover and 4 x Polaroids of Courtney & CB3.

            Following the runaway success of her EP collection, 'The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas', Courtney Barnett returns with her debut album. Recorded in the Autumn of 2014 in an intense 10 day session at Head Gap studios in Melbourne, the album finally brings Barnett's incisive vision into stark, unflinching focus; her wit sharpened to a knife edge, her melodies more infectious and addictive than ever.

            'Sometimes I Just Sit and Think, and Sometimes I just Sit' cements Barnett's standing as one of the most distinctive voices in indie rock. Mixing witty, often hilarious observations with devastating self-assessment over a beguiling collection of songs that reveals her as an ambitious songwriter with an ear for clever turns of phrase and an eye for story-song details that are literate without being pretentious. Depressing rentals and dead foxes, go-nowhere relationships and dead end suburbs, even her own fears, doubts and insecurities - nothing escapes Barnett's caustic sense of humour.

            If 'The Double EP' announced the arrival of a major new talent, 'Sometimes…' consolidates that promise and marks Courtney Barnett as one of the best and most unique voices around, period.

            Fraser A Gorman arrives on our shores with a bagful of cool, funny, heartfelt and super-infectious tunes, on debut album 'Slow Gum.' Although a core member of fellow Melbourner Courtney Barnett's Milk! Records label troupe and close pals and collaborator with King Gizzard and the Lizzard Wizzard, Gorman cuts a dash entirely his own.

            He drinks deep from the well of wayward folk contemporaries such as Bill Callahan and Cass McCombs, while also genuflecting to heroes such as Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan. Its lackadaisical charms bely Gorman's wryly affecting way with a lyric, however, as he sings tongue in cheek couplets over gorgeous slide guitar twangs and early offbeat melodies.

            Fraser A Gorman has achieved a great deal in the past 12 months firmly establishing himself as one of Australia’s most promising rising talents. His captivating songwriter abilities and charismatic live performances have secured his place on some of Australia’s most loved festival bills including Meredith, Falls, Queenscliff Port Fairy and Boogie. He has also supported the likes of Mark Lanegan, First Aid Kit, Tex Perkins, Gary Clarke Jr., Wanda Jackson, You Am I and Simone Felice.

            Courtney Barnett

            Kim's Caravan / Close Watch

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




              FORMAT INFORMATION

              Ltd 12" Info: 1 copy only left!

              Courtney Barnett

              Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

              Following the runaway success of her EP collection, 'The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas', Courtney Barnett returns with her debut album. Recorded in the Autumn of 2014 in an intense 10 day session at Head Gap studios in Melbourne, the album finally brings Barnett's incisive vision into stark, unflinching focus; her wit sharpened to a knife edge, her melodies more infectious and addictive than ever.

              'Sometimes I Just Sit and Think, and Sometimes I just Sit' cements Barnett's standing as one of the most distinctive voices in indie rock. Mixing witty, often hilarious observations with devastating self-assessment over a beguiling collection of songs that reveals her as an ambitious songwriter with an ear for clever turns of phrase and an eye for story-song details that are literate without being pretentious. Depressing rentals and dead foxes, go-nowhere relationships and dead end suburbs, even her own fears, doubts and insecurities - nothing escapes Barnett's caustic sense of humour.

              If 'The Double EP' announced the arrival of a major new talent, 'Sometimes…' consolidates that promise and marks Courtney Barnett as one of the best and most unique voices around, period.


              STAFF COMMENTS

              Philippa says: Just how talented is Courtney Barnett? She not only has an ear for the catchiest tunes, with songs that have the musical freshness and immediacy of punk, or pub rock, but her conversational stream of consciousness lyricism is at once playful and insightful. How could you fail to fall for her charms once again?

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              2xLtd LP Info: Indie stores exclusive - Limited deluxe 2LP is a double gatefold heavyweight orange vinyl and also includes MP3 download card.

              We Are Shining, aka producers Morgan Zarate and Acyde, are spontaneous, unpredictable and utterly uncategorisable. Their debut album Kara is a wild ride, twisting and turning from scuzzy blues riffs to squiggly, irresistible melodies, held together by ferocious rhythms and the untethered power of Acyde's voice.

              Anything goes: each cut is packed with details from psychedelic synths to gospel choirs. Zarate (the ex-Spacek member who has latterly gained recognition for his brilliant club-focused singles for Hyperdub) and Acyde have known each other since their '90s Mo Wax days, but it was only in 2011 that this shared vision started to take shape. They imagine their music visually - if it was a film, it would be one following a journey along a lost highway - and have been inspired by house parties in Jamaica and Africa where guests would take turns to do their thing on the mic.

              A roster of guest singers from Shingai Shoniwa (Noisettes) to Roses Gabor get down and dirty in the We Are Shining cauldron, providing a sweet, soulful counterpoint to the dense, fuzzy layers of sound. There's an incredible energy to Kara, but We Are Shining are always in control of the propulsive kinetic thrust of their music, which sounds like nothing else out there.

              Jagwar Ma, the duo Jono Ma and Gabriel Winterfield, first bonded in Sydney, Australia over a mutual passion of melody and experimental beats, setting out to create a sound that would capture their love for contemporary electronica & classic American pop harmony, Joe Meek & King Tubby, vintage drum machines & radio frequency manipulation, Ray Davies’ vintage amp noise and improvised percussion. Hot on the heels of powerhouse singles ‘The Throw’ and ‘Man I Need’, Jagwar Ma are now pleased to announce their debut album Howlin

              The album was recorded in a secluded town in the North of France, just the two of them in an almost farm with an 808, a Fender jaguar, a laptop & a pair of vintage Neve console channels, and neighbors with a thing for hardcore sound systems. Collaborators along the way included long-time friend & Warpaint drummer, Stella Mozgawa and renowned Berlin producer/mixer, Ewan Pearson, adding another station to the globe-spanning journey the songs have travelled.

              Across its eleven tracks, Howlin twists addictive hooks around often dirty and clanking breakdowns. Pop songwriting is buried in layers of crunching synths and pedal effects, from 60’s beat to the strobe-lit warehouses of acid house via the techniques and sonic feel of dub and the touchstones of anthemic British guitar music, reveling in the vibrant tension between the discovery of something classic and future-looking experiments


              STAFF COMMENTS

              Andy says: Big, baggy, psychedelic pop. This could be the sound of the summer!


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