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Just Mustard

Heart Under

    ‘Heart Under’, Just Mustard’s second album and first for Partisan Records, is an album that asks you to forget what you know. At every turn, this remarkable record reconfigures and stretches the ideas and ambition of a rock band, and turns a year of lockdown and personal struggles into a breathtaking artistic statement.

    The music the five friends from Dundalk, Ireland make is strikingly untraditional. Though to look at them, it appears that the band are a five-piece with uniform make-up of a vocalist, two guitarists, a bassist and a drummer, not a single one of them utilizes their instrument in a confined or regular fashion. Guitarists David Noonan and Mete Kalyoncuoglu make their six-strings shriek and wail, the sounds produced sounding like everything from whirring machinery to horror movie monsters. On the introduction to the dark and dangerous ‘Seed’, it’s half-way to being a techno beat. On a great deal of the album, this harshness is juxtaposed by watery, swelling guitar chords that add a dreamy texture to the record alongside the more aggressive, industrial tones. “This is just a piece of wood with some metal strings attached – you can do whatever you want with it,” Mete says of his approach to his instrument.

    Behind them, drummer Shane Maguire uses the rim of his drums almost as much as the skins, providing a clattering, metallic backbeat. “I wanted to reinforce the clangy soundscapes of the songs,” he says of his approach to his instrument, and the record includes Shane whacking a metal staircase with a stick in the studio. Most of the melodies on offer poke through from Rob Clarke’s inventive, nodding basslines, which have nods to The Cure, who Just Mustard supported at a Dublin show in 2019. Rob’s sub bass also plays a pivotal role in the sound, creating a sound that feels like an anchor at the bottom of the sea and adding extra emotional weight to the record. “It leaves open the space that a normal bass guitar would normally occupy,” he explains, “and it’s leaving a lot of room in the mid frequencies for vocals and guitars.”

    Then there’s Katie on vocals. On the roaring climax to single ‘I Am You’ and the melodic and rhythmic verses in the sprightly ‘Mirrors’, she becomes the transfixing focal point of the band, where past material has seen her voice drop back to within the rest of the band, become an extra texture in the soundscapes.

    Since the release of debut album ‘Wednesday’ in mid-2018, the band have undergone a subtle but firm transition, through propulsive 2019 single ‘Frank’ and the gargantuan ‘Seven’ from later that year. While ‘Wednesday’ and subsequent singles pushed Just Mustard away from fitting snugly into the shoegaze category they once occupied, ‘Heart Under’ makes them stand alone as a band that sound like no other.

    Across its 10 tracks, the album presents a coherent style and ethos – those scything guitars, Katie’s magical vocals – but still incorporates a wide and untethered vision. There are brooding, atmospheric rock songs (‘Still’, ‘In Shade’) and others that apply a lighter, dreamier touch (‘Sore’, ‘Mirrors’), all tied together with impeccable instrumentation and a united vision. On ‘Wednesday’, the band played with dreamier soundscapes and production techniques, and ‘Heart Under’ serves as the next stage of this development, with every instrument brilliantly pushed to its limit and every boundary of the band stretched.

    “This album felt very blue to us,” Katie says of the overarching vision behind ‘Heart Under’. “There was sadness and sorrow in the album, and it felt like being underwater and under something very heavy. We let that influence the music, but it wasn’t a decision – it just naturally happened that way.” Flowing through every part of the album, which unpacks the grief and sorrow that Katie was experiencing at the time of its creation, the theme of water also stretches to its majestic artwork. Commissioned by the band and painted by British artist Graham Dean, it shows a subject up to their chest in water. “His paintings lined up with the emotions in the songs,” Katie says.

    The title, ‘Heart Under’, comes from the lyric “the heart under its foot” from the song ‘Sore’, and throughout the recording, the band discussed the idea of wanting the listener to feel like they’re on a train going through a tunnel. In every facet of the album is a physical and emotional intensity, with each note of dissonant guitar, thwack of a drum or piercing lyric hitting you right in the chest, just as intended.

    Primary recording took place in Attica Studios in rural Donegal, with additional recording and post-production then completed at home, and this extra time they gave themselves results in an even richer and more intricately composed record. Katie’s vocals were also recorded at home, with extra time and space that allowed her to give a more emotional and honest performance. “The emotion in the vocals is really important to me, and I could really zoom in and take my time when recording at home,” she reflects.

    After the band had finished recording and producing the album, ‘Heart Under’ was pushed even further into singular territory when the band worked with mixer David Wrench, whose previous collaborators include Frank Ocean, Let’s Eat Grandma, Jamie xx, FKA twigs and beyond. “We wanted someone who had done pop and electronic records and didn’t just work within rock music,” Katie says, with David adding: “I learned so much from what he did with the record. He put the spotlight on some things in the mix that we had no idea about, and he created so much extra space.”

    Though written in the depths of 2020, ‘Heart Under’ is a personal document of a time that doesn’t comment on realities of the outside world. “I always write about what’s going on inside my head rather than anyone else’s,” Katie says. “We all use music to escape, and it’s good to have a break from life with music.”

    An album not categorisable by genre or era, ‘Heart Under’ is a guitar album with guitars that don’t sound like guitars, an album that stretches traditional frameworks to make a thrillingly unique sound, and an album like little else you'll ever hear.


    TRACK LISTING

    Side A
    A1 23
    A2 Still
    A3 I Am You
    A4 Seed
    A5 Blue Chalk
    Side B
    B1 Early
    B2 Sore
    B3 Mirrors
    B4 In Shade
    B5 Rivers

    Tender

    Modern Addiction

      James Cullen and Dan Cobb formed TENDER in 2015, as the bedroom project of two flatmates tired of the design by committee nature of larger musical groups.

      TENDER’s ‘Modern Addiction’ provides fresh perspective to the idea of addiction, through the lens of love. It is unafraid to admit or to accuse, eager to confide and to provide, in direct, shimmering confessionals.

      Original pressing sold out - ‘Modern Addiction’ has been out of print for several years. Now available again, on black vinyl.

      TRACK LISTING

      Illuminate
      Nadir
      Hypnotised
      Crawl
      Erode
      Silence
      Machine
      Sickness
      Vow
      Blame
      Powder
      Trouble

      2020’s A Hero’s Death saw Fontaines D.C. land a #2 album in the UK, receive nominations at the GRAMMYs, BRITs and Ivor Novello Awards, and sell out London’s iconic Alexandra Palace.

      Now the band return with their third record in as many years: Skinty Fia. Used colloquially as an expletive, the title roughly translates from the Irish language into English as “the damnation of the deer”; the spelling crassly anglicized, and its meaning diluted through generations. Part bittersweet romance, part darkly political triumph - the songs ultimately form a long-distance love letter, one that laments an increasingly privatized culture in danger of going the way of the extinct Irish giant deer.


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Fontaines D.C are back! The incendiary Irish quintet bring us another slab of scathing post-punk, snapping percussion and wry, political lyricism. This time sees the band draw in elements of psychedelic electronica and gothic pop while still retaining the quintessential melodic grit that made their previous outings so adored.

      TRACK LISTING

      1 In ár GCroíthe Go Deo
      2 Big Shot
      3 How Cold Love Is
      4 Jackie Down The Line
      5 Bloomsday
      6 Roman Holiday
      7 The Couple Across The Way
      8 Skinty Fia
      9 I Love You
      10 Nabokov

      Fontaines D.C.

      Skinty Fia - SIGNED ART PRINT EDITIONS

        We've managed to get our hands on a limited edition signed test pressing of this album. Preorder the album now to be in with a chance of winning.
        *NPN


        2020’s A Hero’s Death saw Fontaines D.C. land a #2 album in the UK, receive nominations at the GRAMMYs, BRITs and Ivor Novello Awards, and sell out London’s iconic Alexandra Palace.

        Now the band return with their third record in as many years: Skinty Fia. Used colloquially as an expletive, the title roughly translates from the Irish language into English as “the damnation of the deer”; the spelling crassly anglicized, and its meaning diluted through generations. Part bittersweet romance, part darkly political triumph - the songs ultimately form a long-distance love letter, one that laments an increasingly privatized culture in danger of going the way of the extinct Irish giant deer.

        * For NPN entry to the draw email mail@piccadillyrecords.com with Fontaines DC TP in the subject line.

        TRACK LISTING

        1 In ár GCroíthe Go Deo
        2 Big Shot
        3 How Cold Love Is
        4 Jackie Down The Line
        5 Bloomsday
        6 Roman Holiday
        7 The Couple Across The Way
        8 Skinty Fia
        9 I Love You
        10 Nabokov

        Fela Kuti

        Live! With Ginger Baker

          The 50th-anniversary reissue of Live! is pressed on double red vinyl and features an etching of the album artwork on Side D. Side C features Ginger Baker and Tony Allen’s blinding, extended, dual-drums solos from 1978’s Berlin Jazz Festival, re-mastered at Abbey Road Studios in 2021. This anniversary reissue marks the first vinyl pressing of these performances. Complete with a collector's gold OBI strip.

          TRACK LISTING

          SIDE A:

          1) Let's Start
          2) Black Man's Cry


          SIDE B

          1) Ye Ye De Smell
          2) Egbe Mi O (Carry Me I Want To Die)


          SIDE C

          1) Ginger Baker And Tony Allen Drum Solo, Part I (Live At Berlin Jazz Festival, 1978)
          2) Ginger Baker And Tony Allen Drum Solo, Part II (Live At Berlin Jazz Festival, 1978)


          SIDE D:

          1) Bespoke Etching Design

          IDLES

          A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live At Le Bataclan

            ‘A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live at Le Bataclan’ was recorded at Le Bataclan in Paris on 3rd December 2018, at the close of a 90 date world tour. The album celebrates the band’s success over the previouse two years, featuring songs from ‘Brutalism’ and ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance’, and highlights their overall message of unity, and of healing through community.

            “Our show at Bataclan was the end of a very long journey for us. On that tour we learnt so much about ourselves, each other and the audiences we have grown with over the past 10 years. That show was nothing short of catharsis and nothing more than love. We love what we do and the people who have carried us here, there was no hiding that at Bataclan and we are so very grateful that the moment was captured in all its glory, love and fatigue. Long live the open minded and long live the moment.” - Joe Talbot


            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: A beautiful thing indeed, Idles bring all of their vitriol and political fire to the legendary Bataclan, and it couldn't be more perfect a performance. Rawkous, huge and scathing, a live album not to be missed.

            TRACK LISTING

            VINYL TRACKLISTING:
            SIDE A
            1 Colossus (Live At Le Bataclan)
            2 Never Fight A Man With A Perm (Live At Le Bataclan)
            3 Mother (Live At Le Bataclan)
            4 Faith In The City (Live At Le Bataclan)
            5 I’m Scum (Live At Le Bataclan)

            SIDE B
            1 Danny Nedelko (Live At Le Bataclan)
            2 Divide & Conquer (Live At Le Bataclan)
            3 1049 Gotho (Live At Le Bataclan)
            4 Samaritans (Live At Le Bataclan)
            5 Television (Live At Le Bataclan)

            SIDE C
            1 Great (Live At Le Bataclan)
            2 Love Song (Live At Le Bataclan)
            3 White Privilege (Live At Le Bataclan)
            4 Gram Rock (Live At Le Bataclan)
            5 Benzocaine (Live At Le Bataclan)

            SIDE D
            1 Exeter (Live At Le Bataclan)
            2 Cry To Me (Live At Le Bataclan)
            3 Well Done (Live At Le Bataclan)
            4 Rottweiler (Live At Le Bataclan)

            CD TRACKLISTING:
            DISC 1
            1 Colossus (Live At Le Bataclan)
            2 Never Fight A Man With A Perm (Live At Le Bataclan)
            3 Mother (Live At Le Bataclan)
            4 Faith In The City (Live At Le Bataclan)
            5 I’m Scum (Live At Le Bataclan)
            6 Danny Nedelko (Live At Le Bataclan)
            7 Divide & Conquer (Live At Le Bataclan)
            8 1049 Gotho (Live At Le Bataclan)
            9 Samaritans (Live At Le Bataclan)
            10 Television (Live At Le Bataclan)

            DISC 2
            1 Great (Live At Le Bataclan)
            2 Love Song (Live At Le Bataclan)
            3 White Privilege (Live At Le Bataclan)
            4 Gram Rock (Live At Le Bataclan)
            5 Benzocaine (Live At Le Bataclan)
            6 Exeter (Live At Le Bataclan)
            7 Cry To Me (Live At Le Bataclan)
            8 Well Done (Live At Le Bataclan)
            9 Rottweiler (Live At Le Bataclan)

            Maple Glider

            To Enjoy Is The Only Thing

              Maple Glider is Naarm/Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Tori Zietsch. On debut album To Enjoy is the Only Thing, Zietsch's vocals melt into layers of plucked acoustic guitar and lulling piano, drawing on the sombre styles of folk contemporaries with a stark tenderness and introspection that assumes the listener is inside her bedroom as she plays for herself. Striking emotionality is at the centre of this performance, leaning into an intimacy that is achieved by way of deeply personal reflections and velvety melodic compositions.

              In Tori's words: "To me, To Enjoy is the Only Thing feels like walking past tinsel-covered trees in mid-September, swimming along the calanques in the south of France, frost on the hood of a car, darkness at 4pm, lightness until 10pm, Sibylle Baier’s Colour Green, Devendra Banhart’s Ma, Adrianne Lenker’s a-sides, a muted feeling, the perpetual grey fog that swallows the Silver Coast in Portugal, an ugly green dress, the color red, red wine, red blood, red lips, the red of a cardinal’s robe, Switzerland, my mother’s diaries, a coroner’s report, the sun on my face, the end of love."

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Barry says: 'To Enjoy...' absolutely swims with a wealth of influences from tender 60's folk and country to more exuberant soulful moments that wouldn't feel out of place in a dimly lit club, smoke rising from the tables. It's evocative and brimming with beauty, a wonderfully realised gem.

              TRACK LISTING

              Side A
              1 As Tradition
              2 Swimming
              3 View From This Side
              4 Friend
              5 Be Mean, It's Kinder Than Crying

              Side B
              6 Good Thing
              7 Baby Tiger
              8 Performer
              9 Mama It's Christmas


              Aerial East

              Try Harder

                Aerial East’s music explores the space between the conscious and unconscious mind, between what was and what will be. She dives into what she has known - adolescence, heartbreak, coming into a new social consciousness, and managing a perpetual unanchored-ness - in order to find a most surprising place to rest inside: the unknowable.

                As the daughter of a military family, East spent her late childhood in Europe and teenage years in Abilene, Texas. After dropping out of community college, she moved to New York City where she’d meet a group of musicians whom she would come to befriend and collaborate with (including Okay Kaya, Kelsey Lu, Wet + more). She hopes to tell stories we don’t hear often. “I want to tell stories about people in Texas,” she says, “I want to humanize different characters.”

                ‘Try Harder’ is a tight yet eclectic record, both sonically and emotionally. “I didn’t want to hear any drums,” East says. “I was going through a period of high anxiety,” she explains, adding that she listened to a lot of solo-piano to calm down during moments of ungroundedness. “I wanted to make a record to be soothing in the same way [as the piano was for her].” So, much to the initial skepticism of her collaborators, East decided against adding drums to her songs. “I just wanted it to be healing and calm, something you can listen to even if the world is ending,” a feeling we can all relate to. The end result is a beautiful ode to those of us who feel like life sometimes is a little bit harder, that we don’t quite fit in, that our edges are rough – an album-length anthem for sitting in our own discomfort and groundlessness and finding a specific peace with it. 

                TRACK LISTING

                A1 Try Harder
                A2 The Things We Build
                A3 Katharine
                A4 Doin Somethin
                A5 I Love Dick
                A6 San Angelo
                B1 Blue
                B2 Angry Man
                B3 Ryan
                B4 Jonas Said
                B5 Brennen
                B6 Be Leavin

                Legendary activist and Afrobeat originator, Fela Kuti, used his music to lament social injustices and political corruption in his native Nigeria. Fela’s legacy spans decades and genres, touching on jazz, pop, funk, hip-hop, rock, and beyond. While this impact can be felt in Nigeria and the entire world, it also greatly affected Fela’s son Femi and his son Made, both of whom carry his legacy as torchbearers for change. Now Partisan Records release two albums from Femi and Made, packaged together and appropriately titled ‘Legacy +’.

                Both albums that make up ‘Legacy +’ are steeped in the tradition of Afrobeat invented by Fela, but each also offers their own unique vision. Femi’s 'Stop The Hate' honors Fela in a traditionally fun, sharply political, and affirming way. Meanwhile Made’s ‘For(e)ward’ is a modern and progressive freedom manifesto, pushing boundaries of the subgenre even further. Made also performs every instrument on his album. Both albums also feature portraits of Femi and Made, done by Brooklyn-based artist Delphine Desane, whose work was recently featured on the cover of Vogue Italia. 

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Matt says: Kuti's lineage continues to inspire new generations as well as keeping the hips of dancers thru the ages shaking. Made follows in his grandfather and fathers footsteps; rightly pairing politically-leaning lyrics to the inferno of Afro-beat that the family are famous for.

                TRACK LISTING

                Femi Kuti - Stop The Hate

                1. Pà Pá Pà
                2. As We Struggle Everyday
                3. Stop The Hate
                4. Land Grab
                5. Na Bigmanism Spoil Government
                6. You Can't Fight Corruption With Corruption
                7. Show Of Shame
                8. Privatisation
                9. Set Your Minds And Souls Free

                Made Kuti - For(e)ward

                1. Free Your Mind
                2. Your Enemy
                3. Blood
                4. Different Streets
                5. Higher You'll Find
                6. Hymn
                7. Young Lady
                8. We Are Strong

                Fontaines D.C.

                A Hero's Death/I Don't Belong

                  Barely a year after the release of their hugely acclaimed debut album 'Dogrel', which earned a Mercury Prize nomination and Album of the Year 2019 at both BBC 6Music and Rough Trade record store, Dublin’s Fontaines D.C. have returned with an intensely confident, patient, and complex follow up album. 'A Hero's Death’ was released on 31st July 2020 via Partisan Records – it arrives battered and bruised, albeit beautiful - a heady and philosophical take on the modern world, and its great uncertainty.

                  The 7” features two tracks from the album – “A Hero’s Death” and “I Don’t Belong”. I

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. A Hero's Death
                  2. I Don't Belong

                  Fontaines D.C.

                  A Hero's Death

                    Barely a year after the release of their hugely acclaimed debut album 'Dogrel', which earned a Mercury Prize nomination and Album of the Year 2019 at both BBC 6Music and Rough Trade record store, Dublin’s Fontaines D.C. have returned with an intensely confident, patient, and complex follow up album. 'A Hero's Death' arrives battered and bruised, albeit beautiful - a heady and philosophical take on the modern world, and its great uncertainty. 

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Martin says: Following the moody brilliance of the universally lauded ‘Dogrel’ was never going to be easy. Such a weight of expectation! Add to that a relentless schedule that goes with maintaining the momentum of success and a lifestyle that stretches minds and bodies to the limit (all too often beyond) and Fontaines D.C. could well be forgiven for buckling under the pressure. They certainly weren’t immune. Instead of blunting their creativity however, they channelled the world weariness and cynicism into their music, giving darker breadth and depth to the snarl and vigour of their debut. Grian Chatten is as poetic and articulate as ever, his wry observations irreplaceable, but here they are shot through with defiant nihilism and a wish for independence, from everything and everyone.

                    They cite the Beach Boys as an influence on this album, but, while their chopping, post punk growl certainly has added harmony and changes of pace for sure, this ain't surfing weather. Where they do throw in a ballad, the gorgeous drunken drawl of “No” that closes the record, it's under leaden Dublin skies. The glorious, rolling sneer of “Televised Mind” and the tortured glam of the title track are perhaps other standouts, but then this album is full of them. All killer, certainly that.

                    ‘A Hero's Death’ is absolutely and identifiably Fontaines D.C., it couldn't be anyone else, but it’s a leaner, more layered and brooding upgrade. If ‘Dogrel’ was a victory, ‘A Hero's Death’ is a reflection on the cost. It’s just magnificent.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    A1 I Don't Belong
                    A2 Love Is The Main Thing
                    A3 Televised Mind
                    A4 A Lucid Dream
                    A5 You Said
                    A6 Oh Such A Spring
                    B1 A Hero's Death
                    B2 Living In America
                    B3 I Was Not Born
                    B4 Sunny
                    B5 No

                    Pottery

                    Welcome To Bobby's Motel

                      Who is “Bobby,” you ask?

                      Enter Pottery. Enter Paul Jacobs, Jacob Shepansky, Austin Boylan, Tom Gould, and Peter Baylis. Enter the smells, the cigarettes, the noise, their van Mary, their friend Luke, toilet drawings, Northern California, Beatles accents, Taco Bell, the Great Plains, and hot dogs. Enter love and hate, angst and happiness, and everything in between. Beginning as an inside joke between the band members, Bobby and his “motel” have grown into so much more. They’ve become the all-encompassing alt-reality that the band built themselves, for everyone else. So, in essence, Bobby is Pottery and his motel is wherever they are.

                      But really, Bobby is a pilot, a lumberjack, a stay at home dad, and a disco dancer that never rips his pants. He's a punching bag filled with comic relief. He laughs in the face of day-to-day ambiguity, as worrying isn’t worth it to Bobby. There’s a piece of him in everyone, there to remind us that things are probably going to work out, maybe. He’s you. He’s him. He’s her. He’s them. Bobby is always there, painted in the corner, urging you to relax and forget about your useless worries. And his motel? Well, the motel is life. It might not be clean, and the curtains might not shut all the way. The air conditioner might be broken, and the floors might be stained. But that’s okay, because you don’t go to Bobby’s Motel for the glamour and a good night’s sleep, the minibar, or the full-service sauna. You go to Bobby’s Motel to feel, to escape, to remember, to distract. You go for the late nights and early mornings, good times and the bad. You might spend your entire life looking for Bobby’s Motel and just when you think you will never find it, you realize you’ve been there all along. It’s filthy and amazing and you dance, and you love it.

                      The 11 songs on ‘Welcome to Bobby’s Motel’ don’t just invite you to move your body; they command you to. Fusing reckless, manic energy with painstaking precision, the record is part post-punk, part art-pop, and part dance floor acid trip, hinting at everything from Devo to Gang of Four as it boldly careens through genres and decades. The music is driven by explosive drums and off-kilter guitar riffs that drill themselves into your brain, accented with deep, funky grooves and rousing gang vocals. The production is similarly raw and wild, suggesting an air of anarchy that belies the music’s careful architecture and meticulous construction. The result is an album full of ambitious, complex performances that exude joy and mayhem in equal measure, a collection that’s alternately virtuosic, chaotic, and pure fun." 

                      TRACK LISTING

                      01 Welcome To Bobby's Motel
                      02 Hot Heater
                      03 Under The Wires
                      04 Bobby's Forecast
                      05 Down In The Dumps
                      06 Reflection
                      07 Texas Drums Pt I & II
                      08 NY Inn
                      09 What's In Fashion?
                      10 Take Your Time
                      11 Hot Like Jungle

                      Ultraísta

                      Sister

                        Ultraísta are releasing their first new album since 2012's self-titled debut. "Tin King" is a collection that defies easy categorization, and one that proves that Ultraísta — Grammy-winning producer/engineer/musician Nigel Godrich, best known for his two decades helming Radiohead’s groundbreaking studio output; celebrated drummer Joey Waronker, who’s toured and recorded with everyone from R.E.M. and Beck to Roger Waters and Elliott Smith; and singer Laura Bettinson, an acclaimed solo artist whose work combines synth-driven electropop and dreamy vocal looping — is far more than just the sum of its remarkable parts.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Tin King
                        2. Harmony
                        3. Anybody
                        4. Save It ’til Later
                        5. Ordinary Boy
                        6. Mariella
                        7. Water In My Veins
                        8. Bumblebees
                        9. The Moon And Mercury

                        Cigarettes After Sex return with their anticipated sophomore album. Recorded during night time sessions in a mansion on the Spanish island of Mallorca, the album is a lush, cinematic meditation on the many complex facets of love - meeting, wanting, needing, losing...sometimes all at once. The album was self-produced and engineered by Greg Gonzalez, and mixed by Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs).

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Don't Let Me Go
                        2. Kiss It Off Me
                        3. Heavenly
                        4. You're The Only Good Thing In My Life
                        5. Touch
                        6. Hentai
                        7. Cry
                        8. Falling In Love
                        9. Pure

                        Erika Wennerstrom

                        Sweet Unknown

                          There's something somewhat frightening, yet utterly freeing when leaving the confines of a successful band to venture solo — especially a band whose latest record was called "effortlessly brilliant" by critics. But, such is the case with Erika Wennerstrom who is taking a brief vacation from her Cincinnati-based rock band, Heartless Bastards, to deliver her solo debut Sweet Unknown.

                          But fans of Heartless Bastards need not worry. The band has not broken up. "We'd been going for so long and everyone in the band was just ready for a little break. But I had songs in me that needed to come out. I didn't think it was fair to push them to keep going and I didn't want to do it without them under the band name," explains Wennerstrom, who enlisted the help of HB's Jesse Ebaugh to play bass on 8 of the 9 tracks on Sweet Unknown.

                          While Wennerstrom has always been honest the Heartless Bastards songs she's written, the 9 tracks that make up Sweet Unknown are even more personal and reflective, and for her, quite transformative as well.

                          The album kicks off with the feel-good roadtrip vibes of "Twisted Highway," which Wennerstrom says sums up her musical journey on Sweet Unknown. On the somber psych-rocker "Staring Out the Window," the artist digs even deeper into the inner workings of her mind. The upbeat and optimistic "Letting Go" epitomizes that experience. "Good To Be Alone" is just one sonic outcome of a formative trip to Big Bend taken soon after the band decided to go on hiatus.

                          With Sweet Unknown, Erika Wennerstrom bravely invites the listener in to experience her trials and tribulations of life amist a cozy soundscape of deeply emotive vocals and melodies to what is ultimately the soundtrack to her soul.



                          Americana mainstays Deer Tick return to form with not one but two albums in 2017.

                          ‘Vol. 1’ is quiet, ‘Vol. 2’ is loud - Deer Tick’s dual personalities, finally channelled onto two distinct and equally brilliant records.

                          Die cut covers that resemble picture frames with retractable disco jacket.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          ‘Vol. 1’
                          Sea Of Clouds
                          Card House
                          Doomed From The Start
                          Hope Is Big
                          Only Love
                          Cocktail
                          Me And My Man
                          End Of The World
                          Limp Right Back
                          Rejection

                          Americana mainstays Deer Tick return to form with not one but two albums in 2017.

                          ‘Vol. 1’ is quiet, ‘Vol. 2’ is loud - Deer Tick’s dual personalities, finally channelled onto two distinct and equally brilliant records.

                          Die cut covers that resemble picture frames with retractable disco jacket.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          ‘Vol. 2’
                          Don’t Hurt
                          Jumpstarting
                          Look How Clean I Am
                          It’s A Whale
                          Tiny Fortunes
                          Sloppy
                          Wants / Needs
                          S.M.F.
                          Pulse
                          Mr. Nothing Gets Worse

                          Cigarettes After Sex frontman Greg Gonzalez had a clear vision for his band’s gorgeously cinematic debut album. After the phenomenal online break-out success of “Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby”, from the band’s debut EP 1, the Brooklyn transplant (originally from El Paso) wanted to project his worldview on to a bigger screen, a broader canvas. As Greg explains, “This is like the novel or feature-length version of Cigarettes. I wanted it to feel like a complete work, where some of the imagery repeats – like it’s all in the same world. It’s very much a fulfilment of the feelings in the short works.”

                          That sense of fulfilment is richly felt on Cigarettes After Sex, which unspools like the most achingly romantic of movies: immersive, cohesive and transporting. Swooning in the spirit of influences such as Mazzy Star and Red House Painters, its sumptuous songs of love elevate Cigarettes to the ranks of those acts who create worlds of their own, exciting the most devoted kind of following.

                          Alongside keyboardist Phillip Tubbs, bassist Randy Miller and drummer Jacob Tomsky, the ability of Gonzalez and his band to set a scene and sustain a mood reels you in deeply. On album opener ‘K’, a tale of blossoming love etched in tiny details luxuriates over chiming guitars; on the hymn to romantic compulsion of ‘Each Time You Fall in Love’, the suspended animation of Angelo Badalamenti’s heart-stopping Twin Peaks music is echoed. ‘Sunsetz’ and the gently lilting ‘Sweet’, meanwhile, showcase Gonzalez’s ability to weave impressionistic snapshots of romance into melodies that haunt like memories of past loves, all coalescing around his melting vocals.

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Andy says: Gorgeous, slow-mo, late night heart-breakers drift by with classic chords, beautiful vocals and not one bad song in sight.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. K.
                          2. Each Time You Fall In Love
                          3. Sunsetz
                          4. Apocalypse
                          5. Flash
                          6. Sweet
                          7. Opera House
                          8. Truly
                          9. John Wayne
                          10. Young & Dumb

                          Cigarettes After Sex

                          EP I.

                            Cigarettes After Sex are an ambient pop group based out of Brooklyn, NY, inspired by the likes of The Cocteau Twins, Red House Painters and Mazzy Star. Since their formation the band have become a word-of-mouth phenomenon, generating over 75 million views on YouTube, all without the support of a label.

                            Having sold out shows around the world throughout 2016, Cigarettes After Sex recently released the single ‘K.’, their first new material in twelve months and are now reissuing 2012’s ‘EP I.’ ahead of their debut album, due summer 2017 on Partisan Records.

                            “A recent upswell of millions of YouTube hits have rained on this romantic, wistful Brooklyn band that plays at a heartbroken crawl. Many of them originated from recommendations via the video platform and a fanbase of pleasantly surprised listeners.” - Rolling Stone.

                            “Cigarettes After Sex’s sound is elemental, hazy, and romantic, but with a noir edge underneath Gonzalez’s androgynous voice. As the band’s name suggests, it’s reminiscent of lying in bed, but its ambient qualities don’t prevent it from being music you can dance to.” – Noisey.

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Andy says: Massive shoegaze, slow-mo, heartbreakers roll by like a blend of Mazzy Star and Slowdive. This hits and it hurts. So good!

                            Barry says: Stargazing indie-rock, haunting vocal musings and brilliantly constructed slow-mo balladry. From the longing optimism of 'Nothing's Gonna Hurt You Baby' to the dreamy lullaby that is the aching 'Starry Eyes', this is a wistful and beautiful outing.

                            Partisan Records present ‘Ullages’, the second album from Leeds-based band Eagulls.

                            ‘Ullages’ is an altogether different record from the heady fuzz of Eagulls’ 2014 self-titled debut: the drawn out textured melodies recall the shimmering opulence of The Cocteau Twins and the melancholic majesty of The Cure.

                            Highlights of the last campaign included taking both ‘Later… with Jools Holland’ and ‘The Late Show With David Letterman’ in the US by storm, sharing stages with the likes of Arcade Fire and Pharrell, scooping a major NME Award and playing at some of the world’s most renowned festivals including Coachella, Latitude, Field Day and Reading / Leeds.

                            The artwork is a collaboration with British cult photographer Peter Mitchell.

                            “A title this sour never sounded so sweet” - SPIN (on ‘Lemontrees’)

                            “Their new work is brave, lyrically challenging and accomplished” - Loud & Quiet

                            “There’s always been more to Eagulls than just fire and brimstone. With ‘Ullages’ those widescreen ambitions finally look set to be fully realised.” - DIY

                            “A sparkling sonic environment situated somewhere between The Smiths, Shins and Stone Roses. It’s a lovely development.” - Stereogum

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. Heads Or Tails
                            2. Euphoria
                            3. My Life In Rewind
                            4. Harpstrings
                            5. Velvet
                            6. Psalms
                            7. Blume
                            8. Skipping
                            9. Lemontrees
                            10. Aisles
                            11. White Lie Lullabies


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