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Lichen Slow

Rest Lurks

    Lichen Slow are Malcolm Middleton, primarily known for his work in Scottish indie rock band Arab Strap, who are hailed for their unconventional, intricate instrumentation and candid ruminations on the tragi-comedy of navigating today’s world and Joel Harries, whose discography spans gorgeous, stripped-back solo records, the gentle-electronica of duo Team Leader and instrumental-noise band 72%. Rest Lurks is a record that proves the magic in being creative for the hell of it. The album pieces together a patchwork that amplifies the raw talents of two musicians who don’t write songs because they have to, but simply because they need to.

    Shedding any assumptions we have for ourselves and others, Lichen Slow is a band that urges us to soak in the small moments, and if it helps, to poke fun at the things that frustrate us the most.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Hobbies
    2. Pick Over The Bones
    3. Preset
    4. Tense
    5. Pain Ctd
    6. It's Not What We Thought
    7. Sunshine Policy (Sombre Song)
    8. Hopeless Cause
    9. The Things We've Done
    10. Imposter Syndrome
    11. Tire
    12. Garden Gate

    Cloth

    Low Sun EP

      Glasgow’s Cloth announce their return with new music by way of a 4 track EP and their first release for their new label Rock Action Records. “Lucid” is resplendent yet brooding, offering airy dream-like, haunting vocals over dark guitar riffs and resonating percussion - a perfect moment of minimal alternative rock. Guitarist Paul Swinton says ”It was the first song we wrote for the EP and it felt like it set a tone for where we should go with the other songs - somewhere darker and bigger. The song is about being wrapped up in a situation you feel you have no control over then realising you do have the ability and agency to change things for the better.”

      This physical EP is a limited pressing and is available on ice blue coloured 12" vinyl and includes download code.

      It will appeal to fans of The XX, Cocteau Twins, Beachhouse and Warpaint.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Old Stories
      2. Lucid
      3. Low Sun
      4. Sidecar

      Gentle Sinners

      These Actions Cannot Be Undone

        Rock Action Records are pleased to present Gentle Sinners, a project by James Graham of The Twilight Sad and....ta dah! Aidan Moffat of Arab Strap! "These Actions Cannot Be Undone" is the brilliant album from two pals who wanted to try something different musically. The outcome being an epic explorative set of songs that stands quite apart from their esteemed work with Arab Strap and The Twilight Sad.

        TRACK LISTING

        1 Waiting For Nothing
        2 Killing This Time
        3 Let Them Rot Feat. AKG
        4 The Cries
        5 Date & Sign
        1 Rent Free
        2 Shores Of Anhedonia
        3 Face To Fire (After Nyman)
        4 Don't Say Goodnight
        5 Landfill

        Gentle Sinners

        Killing This Time/DTM

          To celebrate the beginnings of this new project to Rock Action Records and The Twilight Sad's James Graham along with somebody else, we are releasing their first two tracks on a limited run of 7" vinyl, individually signed by the artists and it comes with a download code.

          TRACK LISTING

          Side A - Killing This Time

          Side AA - DTM

          Kathryn Joseph

          For You Who Are The Wronged

            "for you who are the wronged" is the much anticipated follow-up to 2018’s "from when i wake the want is", and her 2014 debut "bones you have thrown me and blood i’ve spilled", which won 2015’s Scottish Album of the Year award. If "from when i wake…" was written for love to return, this is where she fights tooth and claw to protect it.

            Written and co-produced by Kathryn Joseph, it was recorded at The Lengths Studio in Fort William, with producer Lomond Campbell (also a recording artist for Heavenly Records and has previously produced King Creosote). Kathryn is signed to fellow Scottish musicians, Mogwai's Rock Action Records. It will appeal to those that have bought Kathryn's earlier albums plus fans of Lana Del Ray, Laura Marling, Kate Bush, Aidan Moffat, and Erland Cooper.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: For her third LP, Kathryn Joseph brings all of the brittle balladry and off-kilter weirdness of her previous outings, but imbued with a confidence and cinematic intensity we've not heard before. Beautifully rich and the perfect follow-up to 2018's 'From When I Wake The Want Is'.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. What Is Keeping You Alive Makes Me Want To Kill Them For
            2. The Burning Of Us All
            3. Only The Sound Of The Sea Would Save Them
            4. How Well You Are
            5. Until The Truth Of You
            6. The Harmed
            7. Bring To Me Your Open Wounds
            8. Flesh And Blood
            9. Of All The Broken
            10. For You Who Are The Wronged
            11. Long Gone

            Arab Strap

            Aphelion

              These two songs were written, recorded and mixed during the sessions for Arab Straps' first album in forever "As Days Get Dark". As much as they loved them, they couldn't find a place for them on the final album. Maybe it's because they seem to have their own distinct identities, but sometimes a song just sounds better on its own, when it's not part of a crowd and vying for attention. So, to celebrate the anniversary of the album's release, we present As Days Get Dark's two runaway loners; a couple of black sheep who might not click with the rest of the family but, even though they aren't very happy, are still worth a cuddle.

              TRACK LISTING

              Side A - Aphelion
              Side B - Flutter

              THE PICCADILLY RECORDS ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2021.

              PICCADILLY RECORDS EXCLUSIVE: 
              For a limited period only, buy either the vinyl or CD and you'll receive an exclusive track that has only been previously available on the Japanese version of the album. It'll come via a printed card with individual codes to be able to download the track.

              Also all formats come with a free Piccadilly Records EOY Sampler CD whilst stocks last.

              “To The Bin My Friend, Tonight We Vacate Earth'' seems an overwhelmingly prescient phrase to begin an album with, almost as if Benjamin John Powers knew Mogwai would use it for what is certainly their most celestially euphoric and soaringly majestic album to date. It's taken 25 long years since their first single, but it's entirely unsurprising that the people have recognised As The Love Continues as a masterpiece worthy of a UK No.1 album spot, and I would absolutely hasten to agree. Turns out the rest of the staff did too, so here we are.

              From the first moments of “To The Bin My Friend..”, it's clear that Mogwai's melodic blend of instrumental rock has undertaken a significant shift towards brighter climes in this instance, with gigantic walls of distortion piercing through the flickering percussion and synth swells below, bringing to mind the tectonic heft of Young Team but with the pop sensibilities brought about on Happy Songs.. or the unbelievably brilliant Mr. Beast.

              We've described this album as a 'Best Of' a few times, but that's clearly not in the traditional sense, it's not a compilation by any means and flows like a well sequenced album, but the themes explored are in every way the pinnacle of their sound and encompass everything that Mogwai fans love to hear. The difference here is that EVERYONE is welcome, with the more pop elements like “Ritchie Sacramento” (my song of the decade without a doubt) taking the heavy hitting instrumentals and injecting them with a moody, spine-tingling vocal melody. Later, pieces like “Fuck Off Money” bring things down a little before hitting us with the punky octave athleticism and rolling bass of “Ceiling Granny” or the cinematic orchestration of “Midnight Flit”. It's an absolute triumph, and in my opinion, the most worthy end of year winner yet.


              TRACK LISTING

              1. To The Bin My Friend, Tonight We Vacate Earth
              2. Here We, Here We, Here We Go Forever
              3. Dry Fantasy
              4. Ritchie Sacramento
              5. Drive The Nail
              6. Fuck Off Money
              7. Ceiling Granny
              8. Midnight Flit
              9. Pat Stains
              10. Supposedly, We Were Nightmares
              11. It's What I Want To Do, Mum

              Arab Strap

              As Days Get Dark

                “It's about hopelessness and darkness,” says Aidan Moffat. “But in a fun way.” The Arab Strap frontman is speaking about the band’s 7th studio album and their first since 2005’s The Last Romance. The band's exciting return saw the much lauded "The Turning of Our Bones" single achieve Record of the Week on Jo Whiley's BBC Radio 2 show and hit the B-list at BB6Music. The new album will appeal to longtime fans and pick up new ones who weren't ready for Arab Strap first time round!



                STAFF COMMENTS

                Barry says: It's hard to believe it's been 16 years since the great Arab Strap hit us with a full LP. Sure we've had Moffat's decidedly excellent solo work but there's something to be said for the superb, ironic and cleverly written melodies and singeable hooks that only Arab Strap can bring. Brilliantly listenable and perfectly timed.

                TRACK LISTING

                1 The Turning Of Our Bones
                2 Another Clockwork Day
                3 Compersion Pt. 1
                4 Bluebird
                5 Kebabylon
                6 Tears On Tour
                7 Here Comes Comus!
                8 Fable Of The Urban Fox
                9 I Was Once A Weak Man
                10 Sleeper
                11 Just Enough 

                Grey Dogs

                Outlaw King - A Netflix Original Soundtrack (Love Record Stores Edition)

                  OUTLAW KING is the soundtrack album from the intense Netflix medieval action drama ‘Outlaw King’, composed and performed by Grey Dogs with a host of Scotland’s musical talent.

                  Grey Dogs is acclaimed producer Tony Doogan (Belle and Sebastian, Mogwai) and the film’s director David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water, Starred Up). Mixing simple beautiful period music with moody atmospheres, plaintive soundscapes and high intensity action score, this is a journey through the misty glens, dark castles and bloody battlefields of Robert The Bruce’s Scotland (whom the film is based on) which somehow sounds both ancient and modern.

                  Grey Dogs is an umbrella collective designed to pull in diverse talent for making film soundtracks and other sonic landscape work. Tony Doogan and David Mackenzie are the core and a variety of top musicians come in and out including violinist Greg Lawson (Grit Orchestra) Barry Burns (Mogwai), the Scottish Session Orchestra and sax genius Raymond MacDonald.

                  For the end of the film, Tony and David decided to work with the wonderful Kathryn Joseph for her contemporary take on two folk classics - the tragic Land O’ The Leal and the rousing Scots Wha Hae (about Robert the Bruce and his army on the morning of the Battle of Bannockburn).


                  Graeme JD Ronald

                  Danielle

                    Graeme JD Ronald releases Danielle, his first new music in five years, and the first to be released under his own name, since his band Remember Remember went on hiatus following their acclaimed 2014 album Forgetting The Present. The 12 track mini album is the soundtrack to the extraordinary documentary of the same name, directed by Gareth Warland, who was shortlisted for the Young Director Award at Cannes this year for his work  The film tells the story of 27 year-old Danielle MacGillvray and her six year-old son Peter, who live in the beautiful and stark landscapes of the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. The story of a mother, runner, horse rider and fire-fighter living with Multiple Sclerosis, Danielle is a short film about fighting to live your best life possible, despite the obstacles.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. The Islands
                    2. Stable
                    3. Peter
                    4. Birds
                    5. Symptoms (Home's Fault)
                    6. But You Get Better
                    7. Corrie
                    8. A Wiggly Worm
                    9. Lack Of Sunlight
                    10. You Look Really Pretty Today
                    11. My Wee Escape
                    12. Danielle

                    The Yummy Fur

                    Piggy Wings

                      Beloved Scottish band, The Yummy Fur, are releasing a 14-track ‘best of’ album, Piggy Wings, on Glasgow's Rock Action Records. Singer / guitarist, John McKeown, fronted the band from their 1992 inception (scores of cartoon melodies under a minute long delivered at high velocity) until their demise in 1999. Along the way they recorded three albums: Night Club (1996), Male Shadow at Three O'Clock (1998) and Sexy World (1999). Firm favourites of John Peel, they recorded two sessions for the much revered DJ and regularly featured on his show.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Department
                      2. Plastic Cowboy
                      3. In The Company Of Women
                      4. Kirsty Cooper
                      5. The Canadian Flag
                      6. Roxy Girls
                      7. Sexy World
                      8. Policeman
                      9. St John Of The Cross
                      10. The Career Saver
                      11. Supermarket
                      12. Colonel Blimp
                      13. Chinese Bookie
                      14. Death Club

                      Sacred Paws

                      Run Around The Sun

                        Run Around The Sun is the follow-up to Strike A Match, Sacred Paws' SAY Award winning debut. It includes the previously shared ‘Brush Your Hair’, an infectiously fun listen. The album will appeal to fans of their previous work plus fans of Shopping, Girl Ray and Aldous Harding.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Barry says: In keeping with their superb LP from 2017, Sacred Paws have crafted a brilliantly nuanced but hugely listenable combination of jangling indie-pop, driven post-rock atmospherics and angular punky attitude. Completely brilliant, once again.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1 The Conversation
                        2 Almost It
                        3 Life's Too Short
                        4 Shame On Me
                        5 What's So Wrong
                        6 How Far
                        7 Is This Real
                        8 Write This Down
                        9 Brush Your Hair
                        10 Other Side

                        Rev Magnetic

                        Versus Universe

                          This is the debut album from Scottish quartet Rev Magnetic, who meld elements of R&B, shoegaze and post rock into their singular, blissfully spacial dream pop. Called ‘Versus Universe’, the album reflects a cosmos of transformative sound references ranging from My Bloody Valentine to Teebs, Lemmy-era Hawkwind to ABBA and Vaughan Williams to Stravinsky into its 11 otherworldly tracks. While touring the world as guest multi-instrumentalist with Mogwai, Luke (Long Fin Killie, Bows, Music A.M. Jomi Massage) used the downtime to sketch a bunch of songs. Once home, he recorded them with the help of Audrey Bizouerne ((Gift Horse) bass, Sam Leighton (drums) and Gregor Emond (guitar), who played with Luke in Hynd. 

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. Versus Universe
                          2. At The Mercy Of Fabulous Thoughts
                          3. Daughter Of Astronauts
                          4. Sunny Windy Winter Morning (Rainbows Spanning The Valley)
                          5. Schoenberg In America
                          6. Woodland Sorority Carwash
                          7. Yonder (Là-haut)
                          8. A Minotaur's Mass
                          9. Gloaming
                          10. It Shoulda Been You
                          11. Palaces

                          Rev Magnetic

                          Gloaming

                            Rock Action announce the first release on the label by Rev Magnetic.

                            Combining elements of dream pop, R&B, shoegaze and post rock, Rev Magnetic revolves around the core of musician and author Luke Sutherland, a long-time Mogwai collaborator on stage and on record. 

                            ‘Gloaming’, with its celestial tale of disappearing love, provides a snapshot of the band’s forthcoming debut album which, with a cosmos of transformative sound references ranging from My Bloody Valentine to Teebs, Lemmy-era Hawkwind to ABBA and Vaughan Williams to Stravinsky, is due for release later in the year.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Gloaming
                            Firmament Gear

                            'Future Ruins' presents a band moving with real time and real life vitality, showcasing new tricks alongside classic hallmarks. It exhibits Swervedriver’s fabled widescreen escapism, but with a tension that echoes the sleeve image of Coney Island in skeletal monochrome, like a post mortem photograph of a failed utopia. 

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Barry says: Swervedriver do it once again, their shimmering dytopian drone meeting headfirst with beautiful shoegaze aesthetics and hefty songwriting prowess to craft an absorbing and enthralling listen.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1 Mary Winter
                            2 The Lonely Crowd Fades In The Air
                            3 Future Ruins
                            4 Theeascending
                            5 Drone Lover
                            6 Spiked Flower
                            7 Everybody’s Going Somewhere And No-One’s Going Anywhere
                            8 Golden Remedy
                            9 Good Times
                            10 Radio-Silent

                            Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert

                            Ghost Stories For Christmas

                              It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And in the old tradition, Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert invite you to gather round the fire for Ghost Stories for Christmas.

                              The album began with an idea for a song – forthcoming single A Ghost Story for Christmas. Originally intended as a one-off, seasonal release, it proved such fun to write that soon they had enough songs for an EP. “Then, on a nice, sunny, summer morning, I phoned Hubby and suggested we just do a whole album,” says Moffat. The album also features their cover of Yazoo’s synth classic Only You, already a popular number in their live set and the cover versions is topped off with a sombre rendition of Mud’s 1974 hit, Lonely This Christmas.

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Barry says: There really is no way i'd rather listen to Christmas songs than with these two Scottish legends at the helm. Possibly a little more upbeat that the Low offering, but similarly brilliant, these are tenderly delivered and well-considered ballads for any time of year. Beautiful stuff.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. Fireside
                              2. A Ghost Story For Christmas
                              3. Desire Path (Baby Please Come Home)
                              4. Such Shall You Be
                              5. Lonely This Christmas
                              6. Weihnachtsstimmung
                              7. The Fir Tree
                              8. Only You
                              9. Ode To Plastic Mistletoe
                              10. The Recurrence Of Dickens

                              Mogwai's first venture into the world of the feature film soundtracks is for the upcoming KIN (directed by the producers that bought you Stranger Things and Arrival, Jonathan and Josh Baker and in cinemas 31st August 2018).

                              Expect classic mogwai tensions, twinkling synthesisers and tenderly interwoven guitar lines. Ambient washes spring forth from slowly building atmospherics and fall again into rumbles of activity. Yet another perfectly measured outing from the masters of post-rock. 

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Darryl says: The first venture into the world of the feature film soundtracks from famously brilliant instrumental(ish) rockers Mogwai, bringing together both the brittle, minimalist atmospherics and earth-shaking euphoric rock they've become so known for. A beautiful counterpoint to ‘Atomic’s tentative (but equally beautiful) malaise.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1 Eli's Theme
                              2 Scrap
                              3 Flee
                              4 Funeral Pyre
                              5 Donuts
                              6 Miscreants
                              7 Guns Down
                              8 KIN
                              9 We're Not Done (End Title)

                              Kathryn Joseph releases her new album From When I Wake The Want Is, via Glasgow’s Rock Action Records. The follow up to 2015’s acclaimed debut Bones You Have Thrown Me And Blood I’ve Spilled, which was named the Scottish Album of the Year, this album is a captivating set that documents both life’s traumas and their resolutions. Produced by Marcus Mackay, who also worked on her debut album, 'From When I Wake The Want Is' mixes new songs with material gathered over the past ten years to create an intimate and often devastating portrait of Joseph’s world.

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Barry says: Echoing piano and dusty atmospheric washes with touches of jazzy percussion make for a beautifully mournful but immersive backdrop for Joseph's evocative vocal touches. A stunningly fragile but brilliantly immersive listen.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. IIII
                              2. From When I Wake The Want Is
                              3. And You Survives
                              4. Tell My Lover
                              5. And It Will Lick You Clean
                              6. There Is No God But You
                              7. Safe
                              8. We Have Been Loved By Our Lovers
                              9. Mouths Full Of Blood
                              10. Mountain
                              11. Weight
                              12. ^^

                              Aidan Moffat And RM Hubbert

                              Here Lies The Body

                                Fans of all good music to come out of Scotland will be familiar with the name Aidan Moffat. A stalwart of Glasgow, one half of Arab Strap & Scottish Album of the Year winner among many other accolades joins fellow SAY Award winner and Chemikal Underground label mate RM Hubbert for this new album, this time out on Mogwai's Rock Action Records. The album features guest appearances from fellow Glaswegian Siobhan Wilson, who sings and plays cello (and who released her own There Are No Saints album last year to great acclaim); Louisville, Kentucky’s Rachel Grimes on piano; and veteran jazz saxophonist John Burgess.

                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                Barry says: A new one from Moffat and Hubbert is never going to disappoint, but this one is thoroughly transcendent. Stunning folk flourishes, off-kilter syncopated rhythms and simmering,loungey woodwind. Stunner.

                                Out Lines

                                Conflats

                                  Out Lines is a project by singer / songwriter Kathryn Joseph (Scottish Album Of The Year winner 2015), The Twilight Sad’s James Graham and producer / songwriter / musician Marcus Mackay.

                                  This exciting body of work was inspired by conversations Kathryn and James had with people who use Platform: a groundbreaking multi-arts and community space in Easterhouse, an area in the east end of Glasgow.

                                  With James and Kathryn at the helm of translating the stories heard through their conversations with locals and Marcus steering the sound, this inspiring collection of songs is being released through Rock Action Records.

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Barry says: Haunting dual-vocal lines, pulsing synths and hefty, echoing percussion make this a fascinating and enthralling journey through electronics, chamber-rock and swirled with a hint of folky drone. Beautifully constructed, and massively enjoyable.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  1 Buried Guns
                                  2 Our Beloved Dead
                                  3 The Left Behind
                                  4 There Is A Saved Place
                                  5 If You Love Me You Will Lie
                                  6 Open Shut
                                  7 These Three Desire Lines

                                  Mogwai return with their 9th studio album which was recorded with renowned producer Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev, The Flaming Lip’s, Mogwai’s Come On Die Young and ROCK ACTION) at his Tarbox Road Studios in New York State.

                                  'Every Country's Sun' named after a friends lack of knowledge in how the universe works, takes two decades of Mogwai's signature, contrasting sounds and distills it, beautifully, into 56 concise minutes of gracious elegance, hymnal trance-rock, and transcendental euphoria. It will definitely appeal to fans of the band and will gain many new ones along the way.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  1 Coolverine
                                  2 Party In The Dark
                                  3 Brain Sweeties
                                  4 Crossing The Road Material
                                  5 Aka 47
                                  6 20 Size
                                  7 1000 Foot Face
                                  8 Don't Believe The Fife
                                  9 Battered At A Scramble
                                  10 Old Poisons
                                  11 Every Country's Sun

                                  Part Chimp

                                  IV

                                    With nods to boundary pushing artists from the 60s to the present - from MC5 and Sabbath, to Big Business, Earth and Harvey Milk - it’s clear Part Chimp are not content to simply be labelled as one of the UK’s loudest bands. In everything the band create, songcraft is as important as the volume at which is played. This has never been more true than on Iv.

                                    ‘Namekuji’ opens the proceedings with its crushing sludge, before erupting into the unforgiving riffs of second track ‘Mapoleon’. Elsewhere on the album ‘RoRo’ is an intoxicating exploration psychedelic stoner-punk while ‘The Saturn Superstition’ sounds like a lost anthem from Seattle’s 90s peak.
                                    We last heard from Part Chimp in 2009 with their third full-length Thriller. This followed two acclaimed studio albums, a live record, compilations and split singles and EPs alongside artists including Torche and Hey Colossus, sharing stages along with the way with the likes of Melvins, Deerhoof, Harvey Milk and Isis, as well as headlining last years Raw Power Festival.

                                    Sacred Paws

                                    Strike A Match

                                      Formed while members of pop noise group Golden Grrls, Rachel Aggs and Eilidh Rodgers release their debut album as Sacred Paws through Glasgow's Rock Action Records. The album features 10 short but very sweet infectious guitar pop tunes.

                                      For fans of The Raincoats, Sleater Kinney and Warpaint.

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Barry says: Lots of twanging guitar and two-part harmonies, swaying surf-guitar lines and beautifully intricate rhythmic melodies. Not twee enough to be twee, but melodic, addictive and brilliant.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      Nothing
                                      Rest
                                      Everyday
                                      Empty Body
                                      Wet Graffiti
                                      Strike A Match
                                      Stars
                                      Ride
                                      Voice
                                      Getting Old

                                      Xander Harris

                                      California Chrome

                                        Xander Harris, former sidekick to vampire slayer (and sometime fondler) Buffy has gotten out of the stake-wielding game and brought us his 6th album, this time on Mogwai's own Rock Action records. Very much a horror/library sort of affar (no doubt inspired by his illustrious past), comprising of silky-smooth synth sweeps, heavy on the low-pass and saturated to the high heavens. Tracks like 'The Eye In The Triangle' wouldn't sound out of place on a Pye Corner Audio album, meandering but without being too wispy to really make an impact. 'Predator State' is more along the cold-wave lines, lots of delay and swirling pads, ambient and harrowing. Arpeggios swirl in the background before slowly coming to the fore before the groove kicks in, understated but ridiculously effective. 'Buckle Bunny' is probably the most obvious dance number on the LP, with Krauty sequenced synths, 1-2-1-2 percussives and majestic melody lines. The whole album is a perfect example of restraint and melody, understated enough to really shine but with a melodic sensibility that really stands out. Brilliant from beginning to end. 

                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Barry says: RIYL : Pye Corner Audio, Horror soundtracks, John Carpenter et al. Groovy but dusty synthetic soundscapes, grooving analogue percussives and shimmering arpeggios work together to make this a stunning and enthralling listen.

                                        The album is composed of reworked versions of the music recorded for the soundtrack to director Mark Cousin’s acclaimed documentary Atomic: Living In Dread and Promise, which first aired on BBC Four last summer.

                                        Constructed entirely of archive film, Atomic is an impressionistic kaleidoscope of the horrors of our nuclear times - protest marches, Cold War sabre-rattling, Chernobyl and Fukishima - but also the sublime beauty of the atomic world, and how x-rays and MRI scans have improved human lives. Mogwai’s soundtrack encapsulates the nightmare of the nuclear age, but its dreamlike qualities too. It is the latest in the band’s series of impressive soundtracks and scores, following acclaimed albums Les Revenants (The Returned) and Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait.

                                        Cousins says of Atomic, the film: “I’m a child of the nuclear age, and in my teens I had nightmares about the bomb. But physics was my favourite subject in school, and I nearly studied it at university. Learning about the atomic world excited me. It was like abstract Star Wars.”

                                        Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite says: “The Atomic soundtrack is one of the most intense and fulfilling projects we've taken on as a band. Ever since we went to Hiroshima to play and visited the peace park this has been a subject very close to us. The end results, both the film score and the record are pieces I'm extremely proud of.”

                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Barry says: Continuing along the same route as their much heralded synthesiser-heavy 2014 album, Rave Tapes, comes Atomic. Though not strictly an album (it is of course, a soundtrack first and foremost), it is as emotive and moving as you would expect from a band as dab-handed at soundscaping as Mogwai are. Even from the very first piece, twinkling synths meet with triumphant GYBE-esque horns, over a slowly whirling background, this is not quite the most melodic track on the album, but serves as an unsettlingly pleasant introduction. Much like the subject matter investigated in the film, this album is full of emotional ups and downs. Optimistic and dark in equal measure but stunningly gorgeous throughout.

                                        Sil says: Mogwai bring their soundscapes to another stunning score. This one is a experimental documentary that looks at the Hiroshima nuclear bomb and its legacy.
                                        The Scottish ensemble produce a soundtrack full of synthesizer bliss which finely balances the darkness and certain optimism that is reflected in this highly recommended documentary. If you enjoyed the Zidane soundtrack, this is for you.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        1. Ether
                                        2. SCRAM
                                        3. Bitterness Centrifuge
                                        4. U-235
                                        5. Pripyat
                                        6. Weak Force
                                        7. Little Boy
                                        8. Are You A Dancer?
                                        9. Tzar
                                        10. Fat Man

                                        Mugstar

                                        Magnetic Seasons

                                          It may come as no surprise to someone hearing 'Magnetic Seasons' for the first time that purveyors of said album, Mugstar, are on a label run by stalwart post-rockers Mogwai. Though they share a similar philosophy to music, it is by no means derivative.  There is a noticeable ambience around this whole collection, and with it, a certain calmness. Though the sounds themselves are not typically mellow, their delivery carries the pieces along in a haze. This is drone for those who love a bit of movement or melody, or post-rock for those who love improvisations around a theme. This is a competant and assured collection from a band who have much to offer. Robust but nuanced instrumental loveliness. 

                                          De Rosa

                                          Weem

                                            This is Glasgow's De Rosa's third studio album and their first for Mogwai's Rock Action Records. They have previously toured with Arab Strap, Doves and Mogwai so fans of those bands plus Interpol, The Twilight Sad and Belle & Sebastian will enjoy this album. 

                                            Mogwai

                                            Central Belters

                                              Mogwai release a 20 year career spanning retrospective of album tracks, singles and rarities which includes tracks from their debut album to their recent Top 10 album ‘Rave Tapes’.

                                              To those new to the band or who have been introduced via their soundtrack work on Channel 4’s ‘Les Revenants’ this is a must own collection of some of the best and most well known of the band’s music, available as a fantastic 3CD set or 6LP box set.

                                              Physical formats include a 20 page booklet of photos that takes you through the band’s history and includes words from well known author and journalist Keith Cameron.

                                              The LPs in the box set are individually sleeved and pressed on heavyweight vinyl. Box set also includes digital download codes.

                                              This album marks the end of a year of celebrations which included two sell out nights at London’s Roundhouse in the Summer and a one hour special on BBC6 Music.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              3CD Set Tracklisting:
                                              CD 1
                                              1 - Summer
                                              2 - Helicon 1
                                              3 - CODY
                                              4 - Christmas Steps
                                              5 - I Know You Are But What Am I?
                                              6 - Hunted By A Freak
                                              7 - Stanley Kubrick
                                              8 - Take Me Somewhere Nice
                                              9 - 2 Rights Make 1 Wrong
                                              10 - Mogwai Fear Satan
                                              CD2
                                              1 - Auto Rock
                                              2 - Travel Is Dangerous
                                              3 - Friend Of The Night
                                              4 - We're No Here
                                              5 - I'm Jim Morrison, I'm Dead
                                              6 - The Sun Smells Too Loud
                                              7 - Batcat
                                              8 - Mexican Grand Prix
                                              9 - Rano Pano
                                              10 - How To Be A Werewolf
                                              11 - Wizard Motor
                                              12 - Remurdered
                                              13 - The Lord Is Out Of Control
                                              14 - Teenage Exorcists
                                              CD3
                                              1. Hugh Dallas
                                              2. Half Time
                                              3. Burn Girl Prom Queen
                                              4. Devil Rides
                                              5. Hasenheide
                                              6. Tell Everybody That I Love Them
                                              7. Earth Division
                                              8. Hungry Face
                                              9. D To E
                                              10. My Father My King

                                              LP Box Set Tracklisting:
                                              SIDE A
                                              1 - Summer
                                              2 - Helicon 1
                                              3 - CODY
                                              SIDE B
                                              4 - Christmas Steps
                                              5 - I Know You Are But What Am I?
                                              6 - Hunted By A Freak
                                              SIDE C
                                              7 - Stanley Kubrick
                                              8 - Take Me Somewhere Nice
                                              9 - 2 Rights Make 1 Wrong
                                              SIDE D
                                              10 - Mogwai Fear Satan
                                              SIDE E
                                              1 - Auto Rock
                                              2 - Travel Is Dangerous
                                              3 - Friend Of The Night
                                              4 - We're No Here
                                              SIDE F
                                              5 - I'm Jim Morrison, I'm Dead
                                              6 - The Sun Smells Too Loud
                                              7 – Batcat
                                              SIDE G
                                              8 - Mexican Grand Prix
                                              9 - Rano Pano
                                              10 - How To Be A Werewolf
                                              SIDE H
                                              11 - Wizard Motor
                                              12 - Remurdered
                                              13 - The Lord Is Out Of Control
                                              14 - Teenage Exorcists
                                              SIDE I
                                              1. Hugh Dallas
                                              2. Half Time
                                              SIDEJ
                                              3. Burn Girl Prom Queen
                                              4. Devil Rides
                                              5. Hasenheide
                                              SIDE K
                                              6. Tell Everybody That I Love Them
                                              7. Earth Division
                                              8. Hungry Face
                                              9. D To E
                                              SIDE L
                                              10. My Father My King

                                              Atheist's Cornea is the 6th studio album from Japanese hardcore band, Envy. At 43 minutes long this album shows Envy at their most progressive. One of the loudest bands in the world, Envy have influenced artists such as Thursday, Deafheaven, MONO, Touché Amoré and Mogwai who have signed them to their Rock Action label for UK & Europe.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              Blue Moonlight
                                              Ignorant Rain At The End Of The World
                                              Shining Finger
                                              Ticking Time And String
                                              Footsteps In The Distance
                                              An Insignificant Poem
                                              Two Isolated Souls
                                              Your Heart And My Hand

                                              Errors

                                              Lease Of Life

                                                ‘Lease Of Life’ is the follow up to Errors’ critically acclaimed 2012 album ‘Have Some Faith In Magic’. Formulated on the Hebridean Isle Of Jura - the location where George Orwell wrote ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ and the place where The KLF are rumoured to have burned a million pounds - the new album is a bold work borne by the confidence and ambition of a band with the desire to combine the exploration of fresh soundworlds combined with their most accessible, immediate songwriting yet.

                                                Incorporating featured vocalists Cecila Stamp and Bek Oliva, ‘Lease Of Life’ is also the band’s most cohesive album statement to date: a start-to-finish experience that’s bound by recurring constituents and accomplished craft.

                                                Following the release of the critically acclaimed ‘Rave Tapes’ in January, Mogwai completed a worldwide tour with sell out shows at London’s Royal Festival Hall and festival performances headlining stages at Glastonbury and Latitude.

                                                This mini album contains three new and previously unheard tracks stemming from the writing and recording sessions for their last studio album ‘Rave Tapes’.

                                                The release also contains remixes of tracks from that album by Nils Frahm, Blanck Mass and Pye Corner Audio.

                                                Main track ‘Teenage Exorcists’ sees the band break new ground with a thrilling 3½ minute take on alternative rock.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                1 Teenage Exorcists
                                                2 History Day
                                                3 HMP Shaun William Ryder
                                                4 Re-Remurdered (Blanck Mass)
                                                5 No Medicine For Regret (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
                                                6 The Lord Is Out Of Control (Nils Frahm Remix)

                                                Remember Remember

                                                Forgetting The Present

                                                  Brand new studio album from Remember Remember, following on from their Scottish Album Of The Year shortlisted ‘The Quickening’ (2011).

                                                  "Forgetting The Present shares all the essential DNA of its precursors; thick waves of emotive guitars, piano and synth are punctuated by lovely melodic through-lines and delicate trickles at the top end that, in their fragility, make the big sounds even bigger. But each element feels more in-synch than ever before, from the chilly, Tubular Bells-referencing flow of opener “Blabbermouth” to the final strains of echoing electronics on “Frozen Frenzy”, the distant but soothing lullaby that closes the album." - Best Of Line Fit.

                                                  Recorded in Glasgow at Castle Of Doom Studios by Tony Doogan (Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai, The Pastels, The Delgados, Super Furry Animals) and mastered at Abbey Road by Frank Arkwright (Mogwai, Johnny Marr, Rudimental, Arcade Fire), ‘Forgetting The Present’ will be released on CD, heavy pressed gatefold double LP and digital download via Mogwai’s Rock Action Records label.

                                                  Following on from the sold out limited edition 10" EP released in January, Rock Action Records are proud to present the full soundtrack album by Mogwai for the acclaimed Canal+ series ‘Les Revenants’, featuring 14 brand new Mogwai recordings created as the score to the drama.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1. Hungry Face
                                                  2. Jaguar
                                                  3. The Huts
                                                  4. Kill Jester
                                                  5. This Messiah Needs Watching
                                                  6. Whisky Time
                                                  7. Special N
                                                  8. Relative Hysteria
                                                  9. Fridge Magic
                                                  10. Portugal
                                                  11. Eagle Tax
                                                  12. Modern
                                                  13. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
                                                  14. Wizard Motor

                                                  Mogwai

                                                  A Wrenched Virile Lore

                                                    Mogwai’s critically acclaimed ‘Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will’ album remixed.

                                                    Featuring contributions from artists as diverse as Cylob, Tim Hecker, Zombi and The Soft Moon.

                                                    Released through the band’s Rock Action Records imprint.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    1. George Square Thatcher Death Party (Justin K Broadrick Reshape)
                                                    2. Rano Pano - Klad Hest (Mogwai Is My Dick RMX)
                                                    3. White Noise (EVP Mix By Cylob)
                                                    4. How To Be A Werewolf (Xander Harris Remix)
                                                    5. Letters To The Metro (Zombi Remix)
                                                    6. Mexican Grand Prix (Reworked By RM Hubbert)
                                                    7. Rano Pano (Tim Hecker Remix)
                                                    8. San Pedro (The Soft Moon Remix)
                                                    9. Too Raging To Cheers (Umberto Remix)
                                                    10. La Mort Blanche (Robert Hampson Remix)

                                                    Errors

                                                    New Relics

                                                      Errors announce the release of a brand new 8- track mini-album, the new record, entitled ‘New Relics’, follows on from the critically acclaimed ‘Have Some Faith In Magic’, released earlier this year.

                                                      ‘New Relics’ was recorded by the 3 piece during the Spring of 2012 in their Glasgow studio and is released via Rock Action Records.

                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                      Ryan says: A mesh of synthetic sound scapes and bizarre escapes into a new sound. An excellent release from Errors

                                                      Errors

                                                      Have Some Faith In Magic

                                                        After a brief but hugely-influential time away, Errors return with 'Have Some Faith In Magic', on Rock Action Records; their third album, it counts as far and away their greatest shift in sound yet, heralding in a sound of serenely cosmo-gazing sugar-tipped pop; previously hinted at with Spring single "Magna Encarta."

                                                        A group who emerged at the tale end of a period when anything purely-instrumental and guitar-based became lazily tagged "post-rock", Errors have now distanced themselves from that loose genre so much that any fleeting comparison to it is now completely redundant. 'Have Some Faith In Magic' is an LP of sprawling pop, with delicious hooks applied liberally across post-electro scatterings; a complete turn away from previously lauded albums.

                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        Darryl says: Stepping away from their instrumental "Post-rock" sound of previous albums, Errors hit us with a bright as a button electro-infused leftfield album. Epic and sprawling soundscapes scattered with pop hooks aplenty.

                                                        The Scots post-rock legends follow up their 2010 CD/DVD live opus "Special Moves" with this, their seventh studio album and first since 2008's "The Hawk Is Howling". On this superbly titled effort the band continue to evolve, incorporating contemporary electronic touches into their trademark instrumental post-hardcore sound as they veer from the stately and elegiac to outright brute force. Includes the single "Mexican Grand Prix" and the track "Rano Pano", which was given away as a free download.

                                                        Mogwai’s seventh studio album was recorded with Paul Savage, with whom they last worked on 1997’s "Mogwai Young Team" debut.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        1. White Noise
                                                        2. Mexican Grand Prix
                                                        3. Rano Pano
                                                        4. Death Rays
                                                        5. San Pedro
                                                        6. Letters To The Metro
                                                        7. George Square Thatcher Death Party
                                                        8. How To Be A Werewolf
                                                        9. Too Raging To Cheers
                                                        10. You're Lionel Richie

                                                        Music For A Forgotten Future (The Singing Mountain) *

                                                        * = Bonus Track (ROCKACT55CDX Only)

                                                        Envy

                                                        A Dead Sinking Story

                                                          First UK release from this Japanese band. They create an intense fusion of ferocious, teeth-grinding, screaming hardcore and reflective ballads.


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