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False Lankum

    False Lankum follows their 2019 breakthrough album The Livelong Day, which paved the way for critical and commercial success, earning them that year’s RTE Choice Music Prize (the Irish equivalent of the Album of the Year Grammy) and the #8 spot on NPR Music’s Best Albums of the Year list. Drawing on traditional folk songs, Lankum put their own dark, distinctive mark onto each, leaning into heavy drones and sonic distortion that imparts new intensity and beauty into each track. This record sees the band cement their breakout from the folk genre, creating bold, contemporary music that may be fashioned from traditional elements but is firmly new, sitting comfortably alongside Rough Trade labelmates like black midi and Gilla Band. False Lankum also features two original tracks, ‘Netta Perseus’ and ‘The Turn’, both penned by the group’s Daragh Lynch.

    ‘Go Dig My Grave’ was discovered by Lankum’s Radie Peat who learned the particular version on the album from the singing of Jean Ritchie, who recorded it in 1963 on the album Jean Ritchie and Doc Watson at Folk City. It is a member of a family of songs which seem to be largely made up of what are known as ‘floating verses’, originally composed as stanzas of various different ballads, some of which date back as far as the 17th century.

    “'Our interpretation of the traditional song Go Dig My Grave is one that centres around the emotion of grief – all-consuming, unbearable and absolute” explain Lankum, “A visceral physical reaction to something that the body and mind are almost incapable of processing. The second part of the song is inspired by the Irish tradition of keening (from the Irish caoineadh) – a traditional form of lament for the deceased. Regarded by some as opening up ‘perilous channels of communication with the dead’, the practice came under severe censure from the catholic church in Ireland from the 17th century on.”

    From the start, Dublin’s Lankum planned for False Lankum, their fourth record and third for Rough Trade, to feel like a complete piece – a progression and a journey for the listener. “We wanted to create more contrast on the record so the light parts would be almost spiritual and the dark parts would be incredibly dark, even horror inducing,” they explain. The album’s 12 tracks, composed of 10 traditional songs and two originals, show the four-piece using a new palate to colour their sound in an increasingly experimental way, alongside longtime producer John ‘Spud’ Murphy.


    1. Go Dig My Grave
    2. Clear Away In The Morning
    3. Fugue I
    4. Master Crowley’s
    5. Newcastle
    6. Fugue II
    7. Netta Perseus
    8. The New York Trader
    9. Lord Abore And Mary Flynn
    10. Fugue III
    11. On A Monday Morning
    12. The Turn

    Sleaford Mods

    UK Grim

      As the Nottingham duo's most dancefloor friendly release to date, UK GRIM is an urgent and sage-like look at life, living and the gritty reality of our era. 

      Truly the sound of now, not only in terms of the ideas and issues Jason Williamson's strong words invoke, but also thanks to the innovative and immersive production of Andrew Fearn, which on this release has seen the pair collaborate on songs with Jane's Addiction's creative powerhouse, Perry Farrell and Dave Navarro, and with Florence Shaw, the distinct and vital voice at the heart of British band Dry Cleaning. Speaking of the forces that have triggered the poetic protest at the heart of this record, as with their musical forebears like The Clash or The Jam, Sleaford Mods reveal that the outrage they feel is underscored by love for the people and places around them, making ‘UK GRIM’ as much a celebration of individuals and the idealists as it is an attack on ruling classes who pursue their own self-serving agendas with increasing desperation.

      “Maybe we are proud of the country. Maybe we are proud to be English,” explains Williamson. “Maybe I’m proud of the horrible grey streets and the shit weather and the stupid fashions I find myself investing in. It’s just that the English we’re proud of being is absolutely nothing like the English the authorities want to try and promote.” Angry yet artful, innovative yet possessing an instinctual energy that irresistibly moves bodies and minds, ‘UK GRIM’ is an erudite electronic vision that truly engages with times that have been anything but 'precedented'.


      UK GRIM
      Force 10 From Navarone – Ft. Florence Shaw
      On The Ground
      Right Wing Beast
      Smash Each Other Up
      So Trendy – Ft. Perry Farrell & Dave Navarro
      I Claudius
      Pit 2 Pit
      Apart From You
      Tory Kong
      Rhythms Of Class

      Gruff Rhys

      The Almond & The Seahorse - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

        Following on from his top 10 album ‘Seeking New Gods’ Gruff Rhys is pleased to announce his forthcoming soundtrack to the film The Almond And The Seahorse via Rough Trade Records.

        The soundtrack will be released as a foil numbered, limited edition double-LP, on yellow vinyl with a fold out film poster.

        The 22-track album comprises original songs and instrumental score, all composed by Gruff Rhys. Recorded between 2021-2022 with a host of featured musicians including members of the National of Orchestra Wales, the music features throughout the forthcoming film of the same name, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rebel Wilson and Celyn Jones.

        Set for release in early 2023, the film tells the story of archaeologist (Rebel Wilson) and an architect (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and their fight to re-imagine a future after a traumatic brain injury leaves them adrift from the people they love. The title of the film itself refers to the nicknames given to the parts of our brains that lay down new memories and hold on to the old ones.

        Tonally, the soundtrack compliments the movie perfectly: the drama of the subject matter and the human relationships is counterbalanced by the film’s wry humour and lightness of touch, and the varied compositions and styles on Gruff Rhys’ score and compositions reflects that. “The soundtrack for The Almond & The Seahorse was recorded largely in pandemic conditions so it was a matter of recording in bursts of possible activity in various friends’ studios, homes and even scout halls as chance permitted. It’s a varied quilt work as a result. “Gruff notes. “As sonic flagpoles I wanted to signify the film’s location in Liverpool and the Wirral by liberally, but hopefully not too obviously, using the Mellotron synthesizer (as famously used in Strawberry Fields by the Beatles & therefore in my mind it represents that great city sonically) and the Cello as a nod to its use by Gwen’s character in the film.”

        “I was encouraged by Mike Jones the editor to take things to a more acoustic, emotional and ragged place. That, I hope, roughly explains the trajectory of the recording and how the varied music contained in this record came about. I hope you enjoy this colorful scrapbook of a soundtrack and get a chance to watch the film”.


        Side A
        The Brain And The Body
        People Are Pissed
        Layer Upon Layer

        Side B
        Joe's Theme
        Sunshine And Laughter Ever After
        Variation With Strings
        Low Cello
        Liberate Me From The Love Song
        Love Love Love

        Side C
        I Want My Old Life Back
        Forest Waltz
        Dance All Your Shadows To Death
        Library To Kiss
        Staccato With Cello
        Small Talk

        Side D
        Toni’s Theme

        Alabama Shakes

        Boys & Girls - 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

          Rough Trade Records commemorate the 10th anniversary of Alabama Shakes’ internationally acclaimed debut album, Boys & Girls, with a two-disc deluxe edition.

          Hailed as one of the best albums of 2012 by Rolling Stone and numerous other publications, Boys & Girls entered Billboard’s Independent Albums chart at No. 1. It went on to attain Platinum certification and earn the band multiple GRAMMY nominations. Lead single “Hold On" was voted the #1 Best Song of 2012 by Rolling Stone..

          Repackaged in a foil-board gatefold jacket with new, unreleased photos, Boys & Girls 10 Year Anniversary Deluxe Edition contains the album’s original 11 songs plus an additional 11 tracks from the band’s explosive live performance on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic,” which aired in the months leading up to the album’s release.


          Hold On
          I Found You
          Hang Loose
          Rise To The Sun
          You Ain't Alone
          Goin' To The Party
          Boys & Girls
          Be Mine
          I Ain't The Same
          On Your Way

          Hang Loose (Live At KCRW)
          I Found You (Live At KCRW)
          Be Mine (Live At KCRW)
          I Ain’t The Same (Live At KCRW)
          Mama (Live At KCRW)
          Goin’ To The Party (Live At KCRW)
          Hold On (Live At KCRW)
          Boys & Girls (Live At KCRW)
          Always Alright (Live At KCRW)
          Rise To The Sun (Live At KCRW)
          Heavy Chevy (Live At KCRW)

          Arthur Russell

          Corn - 2022 Reissue

            Corn, originally released in 2015, features nine tracks Russell recorded in 1982 and 1983. In collaboration with Russell’s partner Tom Lee, Audika’s Steve Knutson compiled Corn from Arthur’s original, completed 1/4” tape masters. Russell himself compiled this material on three separate test pressings—labelled El Dinosaur, Indian Ocean, and Untitled, respectively— in 1985.

            Russell fans know something of the Corn sound from Audika’s debut release, ‘Calling Out of Context’ (2004), which included four songs from these sessions: ‘The Deer In The Forest Part 1,’ ‘The Platform on the Ocean,’ ‘Calling Out Of Context,’ and ‘I Like You!’

            This new collection includes rhythmic alternate versions of ‘Lucky Cloud,’ ‘Keeping Up,’ ‘See My Brother, He’s Jumping Out (Let’s Go Swimming #2),’ ‘This Is How We Walk on the Moon,’ and ‘Hiding Your Present From You,’ along with ‘Corn,’ ‘Corn (Continued),’ ‘They and Their Friends,’ and the closing instrumental ‘Ocean Movie,’ one of the most beautiful and curious Russell tracks ever to see the light of day.

            TRACK LISTING

            Lucky Cloud
            Keeping Up
            See My Brother, He's Jumping Out (Let's Go Swimming #2)
            This Is How We Walk On The Moon
            Corn (Continued)
            Hiding Your Present From You
            They And Their Friends
            Ocean Movie

            Taken By Trees

            Another Year EP

              After a four year pause, Taken By Trees return to take you on a musical journey – and after a little wait, this one is as magical ever. The first step down an enchanted sonic path with Victoria Bergsman is Say You Don't Mind, a deceptively simple lullaby-like cover of the track first recorded by The Moody Blues' Denny Laine. Simultaneously both haunting and soothing with its gently euphoric atmospherics and Bergsman's own distinctly affecting vocals, which demonstrate why off the back of her own releases the former Concretes singer has been sought out by everyone from John Lewis (who had her cover Guns N Roses) to Peter Bjorn & John, who made her singing the centrepiece of their whistled classic, Young Folks. Say You Don't Mind, of course, was also a solo hit in 1972 for Colin Blunstone, and Bergsman's new version heralds a whole EP's worth of songs written or recorded by The Zombies frontman which she has been inspired to make her own.

              TRACK LISTING

              Time’s Running Out
              Say You Don’t Mind
              I Don’t Believe In Miracles
              Caroline Good Bye
              She Loves The Way They Love Her

              Arthur Russell

              Love Is Overtaking Me - 2022 Reissue

                ‘Love Is Overtaking Me’, originally released in 2008 comprises 21 demos and home recordings of unreleased pop, folk and country songs from Arthur’s vast catalogue. While much critical and popular affection for Russell’s music has come about well after his untimely death from AIDS in 1992, many fellow artists believed in his genius and were drawn to collaborate with him during his lifetime. The legendary producer John Hammond (Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen) recorded Russell on several occasions; a number of these recordings can be heard on ‘Love Is Overtaking Me’. Alongside songs recorded with various incarnations of The Flying Hearts, a group formed by Russell with Ernie Brooks whose shifting line up included, by turns, Jerry Harrison, Rhys Chatham, Jon Gibson, Peter Gordon and Peter Zummo as well as Larry Saltzman and David Van Tieghem. Several other Russell projects are represented on Love Is Overtaking Me, including The Sailboats, Turbo Sporty and Bright & Early.

                Compiled from over eight hours of material, ‘Love Is Overtaking Me’ reaches back further to Russell’s first compositions from the early `70s and spans forward to his very last recordings, made at home in 1991. Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear contributed mixing, restoration and editing to the album, whose tracks were selected by Audika’s Steve Knutson, Ernie Brooks and Russell’s companion, Tom Lee. Several songs feature prominently in Matt Wolf’s film ‘Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell’.

                Extensive ‘Love Is Overtaking Me’ liner notes by Tom Lee provide an intimate perspective on Russell’s diverse catalogue, which spanned an extraordinary diversity of styles and won the love of artistic communities that would seem utterly disparate, from Philip Glass, John Cage and Allen Ginsberg to rock bands like The Talking Heads and The Modern Lovers; the pre-Studio 54 disco-party scene of Nicky Siano’s Gallery and David Mancuso’s Loft; and DJ-producers like Francois Kevorkian and Larry Levan, among others.

                TRACK LISTING

                Side A
                Close My Eyes
                Goodbye Old Paint
                Maybe She
                Oh Fernanda Why
                Time Away
                Nobody Wants A Lonely Heart

                Side B
                I Couldn't Say It To Your Face
                This Time Dad You're Wrong
                What It's Like
                Hey! How Does Everybody Know

                Side C
                I Forget And I Can't Tell (Ballad Of The Lights Pt. 1)
                Habit Of You
                Big Moon
                Your Motion Says
                The Letter

                Side D
                Don't Forget About Me
                Love Is Overtaking Me
                Planted A Thought
                Love Comes Back

                Special Interest


                  On every level, Special Interest is uncompromising: in their adventurous sound, their high-energy live performances, and their convictions. Dance music and punk culture have flirted in the warehouse before, but Special Interest’s desire to dismantle genre is informed by a larger abolitionist worldview that resists constraint, category, and conformity. Their music is a soundtrack to dancing the pain away as much as raging against the machine.

                  Special Interest describes the experience of recording Endure as “inverted,” since the pandemic obviously stunted the possibilities of live performance, resulting in a new period of experimentation and sonic exploration in which old rules were cast out. Everything the group writes springs from the same source — a hard-hitting drum machine beat — but the possibilities are endless and the outcome always unpredictable. Ruth Mascelli’s work on drum machines and synthesizers provides a foundation, as varying beats lead the group into different directions: rave-ready drum and bass or ballroom-like house on the more dancefloor-friendly cuts, and marching kicks on No Wave-inflected tracks like “Foul”. “Cherry Blue Intention” brings together a sturdy post-punk bassline, shrieking guitar effects, and a jungle breakbeat into a driving anthem of an opening track.

                  The new songs recall the art rock of Sparks and The B-52s as much as politically-minded punk, and on “Midnight Legend,” the group is more overtly pop than ever before — making something fun during a time of frequent sadness became a central priority. But that doesn’t mean anything is simple or surface-level, with a darkness often treading beneath the smooth production. For as much as the band plays with dissonance, Maria Elena’s expressive guitar work and Nathan Cassiani’s grooving bass lines effortlessly weave together, and shade out the soundscape brought into existence by Alli Logout’s commanding vocal presence. Collaboration is central to the band’s creative process, and it’s difficult to imagine even one element from the whole of Special Interest subtracted from the equation. Their songs are living organisms, open to the possibility of experimentation and interpretation, but also not the property or creation of any one person.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  Cherry Blue Intention
                  (Herman’s) House
                  Midnight Legend
                  Love Scene
                  Kurdish Radio
                  My Displeasure
                  Impulse Control
                  Concerning Peace
                  LA Blues

                  The Libertines

                  Up The Bracket - 20th Anniversary Edition

                    Up The Bracket arrived like a raging bull in a tired post-Britpop china shop and introduced the world to The Libertines, a new gang of London bohemians, whose ragged tunes, red military tunics, opiated poetry and ‘live now pay never’ lifestyle came to define the millennial angst of the early noughties. At the heart of the band is the blood bond bromance between the ramshackle Music Hall Jagger/Richards, Peter Doherty and Carl Barat, ably assisted by the rock solid rhythm twins John Hassall and Gary Powell. Any bookie worth his salt would have given you short odds on this quartet surviving more than a month or two, given the teetering on the brink lifestyle they chose to lead, but here we are two decades later and our Byronic heroes, though older and wiser, are still fighting the good fight and making music every bit as vital as their debut. The belief, talent and fervour that Doherty spoke of in their earliest manifesto has stood them in good stead.

                    Up The Bracket, justly considered one of the greatest albums of the noughties, was originally released on October 21st 2002 by Rough Trade Records. The album, a heady stew of indie rock, skiffle, blues, dub and English bucolic pop, was a huge shot in the arm to a largely redundant music scene and helped to inspire the rebirth of guitar music, going on to influence countless artists who followed in its wake.

                    Up The Bracket, which was produced by Mick Jones of The Clash, takes you on a wondrously poetic journey into the band’s mythical world and their fevered dreams of Albion, a land of squalid glamour, liberty, equality, fraternity, gin palaces and chip shops. Quite simply Pete, Carl, Gary and John created a hugely compelling timeless British rock'n'roll classic debut as relevant now as it was upon its release.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    2LP & 2CD Tracklisting

                    LP1/CD1 – Up The Bracket (Remastered)
                    Death On The Stairs
                    Horror Show
                    Time For Heroes
                    Boys In The Band
                    Radio America
                    Up The Bracket
                    Tell The King
                    The Boy Looked At Johnny
                    The Good Old Days
                    I Get Along

                    LP2/CD2 - Live At The 100 Club
                    The Delaney
                    What A Waster
                    Time For Heroes
                    Death On The Stairs
                    Boys In The Band
                    I Get Along

                    BOXSET Tracklisting
                    LP1 – Up The Bracket (Remastered) (black Vinyl)

                    Side One 
                    1. Vertigo
                    2. Death On The Stairs
                    3. Horror Show
                    4. Time For Heroes
                    5. Boys In The Band
                    6. Radio America
                    Side Two
                    1. Up The Bracket
                    2. Tell The King
                    3. The Boy Looked At Johnny
                    4. Begging
                    5. The Good Old Days
                    6. I Get Along

                    LP2- Live At The 100 Club (White Vinyl)
                    Side One 
                    1. Horrorshow
                    2. Vertigo
                    3. The Delaney
                    4. What A Waster
                    5. Begging
                    Side Two
                    6. Time For Heroes
                    7. Death On The Stairs
                    8. Boys In The Band
                    9. I Get Along

                    7” - Up The Bracket – Blue Vinyl
                    Side A – Up The Bracket – Original Audio Not Remastered
                    Side AA – Boys In The Band – Original Audio Not Remastered

                    7” – Time For Heroes – Red Vinyl
                    Side A – Time For Heroes – Original Audio Not Remastered
                    Side B – The 7 Deadly Sins (Demo) – Original Audio Not Remastered

                    CD1 – Album Studio Outtakes
                    1. Up The Bracket – Take 4
                    2. Vertigo – Take 2
                    3. Ha Ha Wall – Take 1
                    4. Horror Show – Take 3
                    5. Bangkok – Take 1
                    6. Time For Heroes – Take 3
                    7. Begging – Take 1
                    8. What A Waster – Take 1
                    9. Breck Road Lover – Take 1
                    10. Never Never – Take 2
                    11. Tell The King – Take 1
                    12. The Domestic – Take 1
                    13. Don’t Talk To Me -Take 1
                    14. The Wolfman – Take 2
                    15. Radio America – Take 2
                    16. The Good Old Days – Take 1
                    17. 7 Deadly Sins – Take 3
                    18. Sweets – Take 4
                    19. Mocking Bird – Take 6
                    20. Boys In The Band – Take 1
                    21. Skag & Bone Man – Take 2

                    CD2 – Demos/Radio Sessions/B-Sides/Live Etc
                    1. Vertigo – Demo
                    2. The Boy Looked At Johnny - Demo
                    3. Death On The Stairs - Demo
                    4. Horror Show - Demo
                    5. All At Sea (Misty) - Demo
                    6. Wolfman - Demo
                    7. Plan A – Demo
                    8. Up The Bracket – Evening Session
                    9. Boys In The Band – Evening Session
                    10. Time For Heroes – Evening Session
                    11. I Get Along/mayday – Evening Session
                    12. Jo Whiley – Christmas Live Lounge
                    13. Skag & Bone Man – Up The Bracket B-Side
                    14. The Delaney - Up The Bracket B-Side
                    15. Plan A - Up The Bracket B-Side
                    16. General Smuts (Demo) – Time For Heroes B-Side
                    17. Bangkok (Demo) – Time For Heroes – B-Side
                    18. Mr. Finnegan (Demo) – Time For Heroes B-Side
                    19. Sally Brown (Demo) – Time For Heroes B-Side
                    20. 7 Deadly Sins (Demo) – Time For Heroes B-Side
                    21. Up The Bracket – Live At The ICA – 3/6/02
                    22. Mayday – Live At Nottingham Rock City – 30/10/02
                    23. Begging - Live At Divan Du Monde, Paris – 7/11/02
                    24. The Boy Looked At Johnny – Live At Divan Du Monde, Paris – 7/11/02
                    25. Death On The Stairs – Alt Guitar Version

                    HD Videos Of –
                    Up The Bracket
                    Time For Heroes
                    I Get Along
                    Up The Bracket & Boys In The Band – Jools Holland Dec 2002
                    Time For Heroes – Top Of The Pops March 2003
                    Exclusive Extras – Still Tbc

                    Cassette – Early Demos
                    1. I Get Along – 12/01 – Nomis Demo
                    2. Time For Heroes – 12/01 – Nomis Demo
                    3. Never Never – 12/01 – Nomis Demo
                    4. Horror Show – 12/01 – Nomis Demo
                    5. Boys In The Band – 12/01 – Nomis Demo
                    6. Up The Bracket – 01/02 – Nomis Demo
                    7. Begging - 01/02 – Nomis Demo
                    8. What A Waster - 01/02 – Nomis Demo
                    9. Skint & Minted - 01/02 – Nomis Demo
                    10. General Smuts - 01/02 – Nomis Demo
                    11. Bangkok - 01/02 – Nomis Demo
                    12. Mayday - 01/02 – Nomis Demo
                    13. Mr Finnegan - 01/02 – Nomis Demo
                    14. Tell The King – 25/1/02 - Demo
                    15. Death On The Stairs – 25/1/02 – Demo
                    16. Time For Heroes – 1/3/02 - Demo
                    17. I Get Along – 1/3/02 - Demo
                    18. Horror Show – 1/3/02 – Demo
                    19. Boys In The Band – 1/3/02 - Demo
                    20. General Smuts – 1/3/02 – Demo

                    JARV IS

                    This Is Going To Hurt (OST)

                      JARV IS have written & performed the original soundtrack for the critically acclaimed BBC TV series “This is Going to Hurt” based on Adam Kay’s award-winning international multi-million selling memoir of the same name. The soundtrack was recorded at Narcissus Studios, London by Drew Dungate-Smith during various sessions throughout 2021. Most of the performances are live takes featuring the entire band – often recorded whilst they watched the playback of key sequences from the series.

                      JARV IS… is a band comprising Jarvis Cocker, Serafina Steer, Emma Smith, Andrew McKinney, Adam Betts & Jason Buckle. The soundtrack consists of a mixture of songs & instrumental pieces, with Cocker & Steer being the main composers. Each episode features at least one song with lyrics by Cocker, who had access to the scripts (adapted by Adam Kay from his own book) from an early stage in the production process. Cocker is quoted as saying “It’s our love song to the NHS”.

                      Lead Director Lucy Forbes says “As one of England’s finest lyricists and songwriters we could not have been more thrilled to have Jarvis Cocker and his band write original songs and score for This Is Going To Hurt. His incisive wit, keen sense of observation and ability to write beautiful heartfelt melodies was the perfect fit. His music immediately intertwined with the fabric and tone of the show and took it to a whole new level, getting right to the heart of the pathos, pain and joy of working at the NHS. It was a huge privilege to work with him on this project, and I can’t imagine TIGTH without him.”

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1: This Is Going To Hurt
                      2: Visiting Hours
                      3: Adam’s Nightmare
                      4: Dark Wave
                      5: Dare To Love
                      6: Shruti
                      7: Job Description
                      8: Difficult C Section
                      9: Fuck This
                      10: Just Another One Of Those Days
                      11: All I Have Is Yours
                      12: Shruti (The Golden Thread)

                      Gilla Band

                      Most Normal

                        For their first album as Gilla Band, (formerly Girl Band) the foursome has redrawn their own paradigm. Most Normal is like little you’ve heard before, a kaleidoscopic spectrum of noise put in service of broken pop songs, FX-strafed Avant-punk rollercoaster rides and passages of futurist dancefloor nihilism.

                        Covid lockdown robbed Gilla Band of any opportunity to try the new material out live, but the pandemic also incinerated any idea of a deadline for the new album. They were free to tinker at leisure, to rewrite and restructure and reinvent tracks they’d cut – to, as drummer Adam Faulkner puts it, “pull things apart and be like, ‘Let’s try this. We could try out every wild idea.”

                        The group also fell under the spell of modern hip-hop, “where there’s really heavy-handed production and they’re messing with the track the whole time,” says Fox. “That felt like a fun route to go down, it was a definite influence.”

                        Most Normal opens with an absolute industrial-noise banger that sounds like a manic house-party throbbing through the walls of the next room as a downed jetliner brings death from above. What follows is unpredictable, leading the listener through a sonic house of mirrors, where the unexpected awaits around every corner.

                        The common thread holding Most Normal’s ambitious Avant-pop shapes together is frontman Dara Kiely. Throughout, he’s an antic, antagonistic presence, barking wild, hilarious, unsettling spiels, babbling about smearing fish with lubricant or dressing up in bin-liners or having to wear hand-me-down boot-cut jeans (“It was a big, shameful thing, growing up, not being able to afford the look I wanted and having to wear all my brother’s old clothes”, says Kiely).

                        Most Normal, then, is a triumph, the bold work of a group who’ve taken the time to evolve their ideas, to deconstruct and reconstruct their music and rebuild it into something new, something challenging and infinitely rewarding. It’s a headphone masterpiece. It’s a majestic exploration of the infinite possibilities of noise. It’s a bold riposte to your parochial beliefs on whatever a pop song can or should be. It’s the best work these musicians have put to (mangled) tape.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Liam says: Their first LP under new moniker Gilla Band (formally Girl Band), 'Most Normal' sees the Irish quartet further expanding on their already established brand of pummelling noise rock, whilst also incorporating elements of 00s dance-punk - especially with the James Murphy-esque delivery on album closer 'Post Ryan'. Infectious and full of catchy rhythms, 'Most Normal' is far from normal and is an exciting new future for Gilla Band. Also for fans of old, don't be deterred, this is still the LOUD Gilla Band we all came to initially love.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        The Gum
                        Eight Fivers
                        Binliner Fashion
                        The Weirds
                        I Was Away
                        Almost Soon
                        Red Polo Neck
                        Post Ryan 


                        I Love You Jennifer B

                          London-based duo Jockstrap (Georgia Ellery and Taylor Skye) will release their hotly-anticipated debut full-length record I Love You Jennifer B via Rough Trade Records.

                          Commenting on the album release, Jockstrap’s Georgia Ellery and Taylor Skye said: “I Love You Jennifer B is a collection of Jockstrap tracks that have been 3 years in the making. Everything on it is pretty singular sounding so we hope there is a track on there for everyone and something that speaks to you and says ‘I’m a banger.’” Skye added of ‘Glasgow’ (their new single): “‘Glasgow’ is our coming of age, moving forward, long-distance, travelling, beautiful bosk, wonderful thicket song.” And Ellery said of the song’s subject: “Glasgow is a great city, perhaps my favourite in the UK! Only downside is that it’s so damn cold all the time.”

                          When Georgia Ellery and Taylor Skye make music as Jockstrap, the process and result has one definition: pure modern pop alchemy. With their debut album I Love You Jennifer B, Jockstrap will cement themselves as one of the most vital young groups to emerge from London’s melting pot of musical cultures in years.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          Jennifer B
                          Greatest Hits
                          What’s It All About?
                          Concrete Over Water
                          Lancaster Court
                          50/50 (Extended)

                          Special Interest

                          (Herman's) House

                            “(Herman’s) House” is centered around the story of Herman Wallace, one of the Angola Three - three Black revolutionaries who were held for decades in solitary confinement while imprisoned at Louisiana State Penitentiary. Two of them, Wallace and Albert Woodfox, were held for over 40 years in solitary confinement. During Wallace’s imprisonment, he became close with an artist, Jackie Sumell, and the two collaborated to create Wallace’s dream house, taking four years and hundreds of letters to design it.

                            Inspired by the Angola Three’s refusal to give up and their ability to continue to dream in darkness, Special Interest vocalist Alli Logout and guitarist Maria Elena say, “Despite the sadistic torture they endured, they continued their fight towards Black liberation behind the prison walls. This song bears witness to our wonder and desire to dismantle the oppressive systems that hinder our possibilities towards true liberation, to annihilate, to destroy and to rebuild with one another. It’s a battle cry for dreamers who persist in spite of and because. This song moves us and it grooves us towards this end, may we go forward but not by ourselves.”

                            The b-side features a cover of Amanda Lear’s “Follow Me”. The artwork for the single is inspired by the original Rough Trade 7”s design such as the classic Augustus Pablo single ‘Pablo Meets Mr Bassie’ from 1978. It will also be priced in-line with the cost of records in that era, at just 85p!

                            Special Interest is a four piece punk band emerging from New Orleans, Louisiana. Combining elements of No-Wave, Glam and Industrial, they create a frenetic and urgent revisioning of punk and electronic music for a modern world gone mad. Propulsive analogue drum machines, a swirling layer of detuned samples, and driving bass lines create the foundation across which angular guitar work and dissonant synth lines glide. Front and center are Alli Logout's (they/them) commanding vocals and razor sharp lyrics moving from high camp satire to insightful political imperatives, often within the course of one song. Special Interest initially formed in 2015 to play one show in a basement. Originally, they were a two piece with Alli Logout and Maria Elena (she/her) playing guitars and power tools over the beat of a 70s Univox drum machine. Soon after they ditched the power tools and were joined by Ruth Mascelli (he/him) on electronics and Nathan Cassiani (he/him) on bass. The band quickly gained a reputation for their intense and energetic live shows - a dense wall of sound oscillating from aggressive and noisy to joyous and danceable, punctuated by the no holds barred on stage persona of their vocalist.

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Laura says: Possibly the most infectious tune of the moment from New Orleans four piece Special Interest. "(Herman's) House" is a collision of glam, disco, no-wave and everything in between creating a near perfect electro-punk banger. Oh and did I mention it's super limited, so don't snooze!

                            Black Midi


                              Hellfire builds on the melodic and harmonic elements of Cavalcade, while expanding the brutality and intensity of their debut, Schlagenheim. It is their most thematically cohesive and intentional album yet.

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Barry says: While Black Midi may be hard to categorise, it hasn't stopped people of all ages flooding towards their diverse mix of jazzy rock and angular post-punk, and 'Hellfire' definitely stands to gain them a significant chunk of new followers. It's another step outside of the comfort zone, with angular guitar phrases and barely cohesive percussion coming together magnificently into yet another chapter of incendiary oddball genius.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              Eat Men Eat
                              Welcome To Hell
                              The Race Is About To Begin
                              Dangerous Liaisons
                              The Defence
                              27 Questions

                              Gilla Band

                              Eight Fivers

                                First single “Eight Fivers” announces itself in that typical Gilla Band way where the lyrics often feel abstracted from the music. Dara’s voice is two opposing forces at once: it’s the melodic cry yearning and dancing over the driving beat. In some ways it’s the album’s most memorable track for how instant it sounds and simple it feels, however, its idiosyncratic enough to create its own peculiar feel. On the track Dara says “Eight Fivers is about 40 quid. It's about being out of touch with modern circumstances while feeling socially limited. Never fitting in and kind of proud of it. Stuck with what I have and happy for it. Being grateful and not fashionable, self-conscious and too aware of what is lacking. Accepting that jealousy played a big role in my life but trying not to feed into it.”

                                TRACK LISTING

                                A – Eight Fivers
                                B - Sportsday

                                The Libertines

                                What A Waster - 2022 Reissue

                                  To celebrate its 20th birthday, The Libertines’ debut single ‘What A Waster’ is repressed on seven inch single (backed by original B-side ‘I Get Along’).

                                  Part calling card from the stars, part postcard from the gutter, when The Libertines made their first introductions there was no time for a gentle warm-up or an orienteering session to point out all the fire exits. Hell, there was no way out anyway because with their first single Pete and Carl and Gary and John dropped you straight in the middle of the energy and chaos that surged through their lives and fuelled their band. A storm of Bond-theme like riffs and ‘Carry On’ entendres, that charged forward with brakes-off drums, bass and the singers’ intertwined vocals, ‘What A Waster’ wasn’t a song to help you get your bearing with a new band, it was a track that made you realise this group would become your whole world. 

                                  With its Hogarth set to music visions of society’s underbelly, and a Gerald Scarfe-like sharpness to its wit, though The Libertines debut single - backed by equally energetic B-side ‘I Get Along’ - might have come out of the blocks at full speed, but there was a preciseness and a thought behind ‘What A Waster’’s ramshackle charms. Twenty years on from its release, The Libertines' opening salvo retains a freshness that is as much down to its wisdom beyond its years as it is the youthful exuberance it inspired in band and fans alike.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  1. What A Waster
                                  2. I Get Along


                                  If I Never Know You Like This Again

                                  With their new album, If I Never Know You Like This Again, SOAK has finally shaken the hangover of their starry debut Before We Forgot How To Dream, and the pressures that came with it, hiding in the wings of their ambitious follow up album, Grim Town. Having come up through BBC introducing at the tender age of 15 before signing to Rough Trade Records as well as winning the RTE Choice Music Prize, The Northern Irish Music Prize and the youngest ever Mercury Prize nominee, SOAK has again and again been described as ‘the voice of a generation.’

                                  Showing from a young age an intensely artistic awareness of the poetry of memory, Bridie Monds-Watson, aka SOAK, would incessantly photograph and video everything, documenting and organising the material so it was always there for them to revisit. ”I always want to remember exactly how I felt at a certain moment.” Now, at 25, SOAK’s third album ‘If I Never Know You Like This Again', is naturally made up of what Bridie intimately calls “song-memories”.

                                  Working closely with Tommy McLaughlin (Villagers), with whom Bridie has been collaborating with since the age of 15, and armed with influences from Pavement, to Radiohead to Broken Social Scene, they wrote most of the album together before recording it with the rest of the band in Attica Studios, Donegal. Throughout the album SOAK pushes and pulls at melodies, but never milks their brilliance. Bridie masterfully glides their vocal melody slightly off-kilter above excitable compressed high hats and flourishing guitar lines. With the new direction of a grungier, more lo-fi production the swooning guitars are given a contemporary pop-edge, reflected in the rich and robust musicality of songs like ‘Bleach’, ‘Last July’ and ‘Pretzel’. There’s a constant pulsating beat at the album’s centre, propelling it towards a kind of dewy happiness, like the end credits of a 90s coming-of-age film. Bridie’s lyrics move through the songs almost as effortlessly and they sing them, and the songs when read, read like poetry. With this album Bridie is, as the title suggests, freezing time in the pursuit of truth: capturing their life into existence.

                                  In the world of ‘If I Never Know You Like This Again’, a life is lived only because it's remembered.

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Barry says: Falling somewhere between the youthful vigour of pop-punk and the fuzzy guitars and snappy bass of garage, all softened with the beautiful vocals of Monds-Watson. Another gorgeous, heartfelt outing from one of the most distinctive voices in indie music.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Last July
                                  Get Well Soon
                                  Baby, You’re Full Of Shit
                                  Swear Jar

                                  Arthur Russell

                                  Calling Out Of Context - 2022 Reissue

                                    The now classic album that started the renaissance, available via Rough Trade on double vinyl with four page insert.

                                    Calling Out Of Context features 12 previously unreleased tracks of Buddhist Bubblegum Disco Electro Pop including the anthemic "That's Us/Wild Combination", "The Platform On The Ocean", “Make 1, 2” and "Arm Around You", all recorded during Arthur's prime years 1985-90. Collaborators include Mustafa Ahmed, Walter Gibbons, Steven Hall, Jennifer Warnes, and Peter Zummo.

                                    30 years have passed since Arthur Russell left us, in relative obscurity, from AIDS complications in 1992. Yet his work—as composer, songwriter and dance music innovator—is better known now than ever before. Since Audika Records and Arthur’s partner Tom Lee began excavating and curating Arthur’s vast archive beginning in 2003, critics worldwide have hailed Russell as a visionary. Countless younger artists cite him as an influence. There has been an internationally acclaimed documentary film (Matt Wolf’s Wild Combination) and biography (Tim Lawrence’s Hold onto Your Dreams), a critical study (Matt Marble’s Buddhist Bubblegum) along with various tribute albums, concerts and events. In 2016 Arthur Russell’s archive was acquired by The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center as part of their American Music Collection.

                                    If Arthur Russell isn’t quite the pop star he imagined he would be, he is at least widely considered one of the most significant figures in late 20th century American music.

                                    The majority of the material selected for “Calling Out Of Context” comes from two sources. The first was a completed album which dates from 1985, entitled “Corn” of which three very different test pressings remain (complied and reissued in 2015). The second source was material earmarked for Rough Trade recorded between 1986 -1990.

                                    Both “Make 1,2” and “Hop On Down” (originally titled “Hop On Down To Petland”) are two songs that Arthur wrote specifically with the plan of releasing as singles. Sadly, Arthur was faced with an unsympathetic market which viewed his material as uncommercial or too eccentric. In the case of the abandoned Rough Trade recordings, Arthur had become ill due to complications from HIV. He simply could not let go of his material. Nonetheless, he worked and reworked songs into an infinite labyrinth of possibilities, working incessantly with confidence and optimism until the last years of his life.

                                    As a cellist, songwriter, composer, and disco visionary Arthur Russell consistently blurred the lines of our expectations of what pop music could be. Contrary by nature, Arthur’s spontaneous reaction to and altered perception of his environment produced music that remains challenging and contemporary. Arthur’s open hearted attitude to music was far ahead of its time, and now that time is ours.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    The Deer In The Forest Part 1
                                    The Platform On The Ocean
                                    You And Me Both
                                    Calling Out Of Context
                                    Arm Around You
                                    That's Us/Wild Combination
                                    Make 1,2
                                    Hop On Down
                                    Get Around You
                                     I Like You!
                                    You Can Make Me Feel Bad
                                    Calling All Kids

                                    Arthur Russell

                                    Instrumentals - 2022 Remastered Edition

                                      Remastered double LP with 12 page booklet including liner notes by Tim Lawrence, Ernie Brooks and Arthur Russell.

                                      Before Disco, and before the transcendent echoes, Arthur studied to be a composer.

                                      His journey began in 1972, running away from his home in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

                                      Heading west to Northern California, Arthur studied Indian classical composition at the Ali Akbar Khan College of Music followed by western orchestral music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, before ending two years later in New York at the Manhattan School of Music.

                                      Traversing the popular and the serious, Arthur composed “Instrumentals” in 1974, inspired by the photography of his Buddhist teacher, Yuko Nonomura, as Arthur described, “I was awakened, or re-awakened to the bright-sound and magical qualities of the bubblegum and easy-listening currents in American popular music”.

                                      Initially intended to be performed in one 48 hour cycle, “Instrumentals” was in fact only performed a handful of times as a work in progress.

                                      The legendary performances captured live in New York at The Kitchen (1975 and 1978) and Franklin St. Arts Center (1977) feature the cream of that eras downtown new music scene including Ernie Brooks, Rhys Chatham, Julius Eastman, Jon Gibson, Peter Gordon, Garrett List, Andy Paley, Bill Ruyle, Dave Van Tieghem, and Peter Zummo.

                                      Pitchfork lauded “Instrumentals” Vol. 1 as a masterpiece and one of Arthur’s “greatest achievements”. Americana touching on Copeland, Ives, and maybe even Brian Wilson. “Instrumentals” Vol. 2 is a moving, deeply pastoral work performed by the CETA Orchestra and conducted by Julius Eastman. Also included are two of Arthur’s most elusive compositions, Reach One, and Sketch For “Face Of Helen”. Recorded live in 1975 at Phill Niblock’s Experimental Intermedia Foundation, Reach One is a minimal, hypnotic ambient soundscape written and performed for two Fender Rhodes pianos. Sketch For “Face Of Helen” was inspired by Arthur’s work with friend and composer Arnold Dreyblatt, recorded with an electronic tone generator, keyboard and ambient recordings of a rumbling tugboat from the Hudson River.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      "Instrumentals" Volume 1
                                      "Instrumentals" Volume 1
                                      "Instrumentals" Volume 1
                                      "Instrumentals" Volume 1
                                      "Instrumentals" Volume 1
                                      "Instrumentals" Volume 1
                                      "Instrumentals" Volume 1
                                      "Instrumentals" Volume 1
                                      "Instrumentals" Volume 1
                                      "Instrumentals" Volume 1
                                      "Instrumentals" Volume 2
                                      "Instrumentals" Volume 2
                                      "Instrumentals" Volume 2
                                      "Instrumentals" Volume 2
                                      "Instrumentals" Volume 2
                                      Sketch For The Face Of Helen
                                      Reach One

                                      Amyl & The Sniffers

                                      Comfort Me - Deluxe Edition

                                        ‘Comfort To Me’ is the sophomore album from Amyl and The Sniffers, described by Pitchfork as “bigger, heavier, and more meaningful” than anything they’ve done before. MOJO Magazine raved: "Skin-shedding, lethal, self-sufficient, cool: no wonder Amy Taylor digs snakes. With Comfort To Me, she proves she can be whoever she wants, while the Sniffers confound preconceptions of how great a rude and righteous rock’n’roll band can still be."

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        DISC 1
                                        A1 Guided By Angels
                                        A2 Freaks To The Front
                                        A3 Choices
                                        A4 Security
                                        A5 Hertz
                                        A6 No More Tears
                                        A7 Maggot
                                        B1 Capitol
                                        B2 Don't Fence Me In
                                        B3 Knifey
                                        B4 Don't Need A Cunt (Like You To Love Me)
                                        B5 Laughing
                                        B6 Snakes

                                        DISC 2
                                        Comfort To Me - Live From Williamstown



                                          Pinegrove’s new album 11:11 is an unqualified triumph, an album that seizes listeners with hook-filled songs imbuing feelings of warmth, urgency, and poetic beauty, even as it asks some of life’s big and difficult questions.

                                          On previous Pinegrove recordings, band member Sam Skinner usually oversees mixing duties, but this time out, noted producer and former Death Cab for Cutie member Chris Walla has assumed the role. Calling previous album Marigold’s production “crisp and contained,” Hall, who co-produced 11:11 with Sam, sought more of a “messier” feel for these new songs. Most of the recording took place at two Hudson Valley facilities (Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock and The Building in Marlboro) with the final touches done side by side with Walla in Seattle. 11:11 features lush soundscapes, organs, Megan Benavente’s melodic and adventurous bass playing, Josh Marre’s signature guitar work & a special guest- Doug Hall, Evan’s father- playing piano on many tracks. The record sounds intimate, yet expansive.

                                          “It spends equal time on optimism, community, reaffirming what we are and how it’s our duty to look out for one another” says singer Evan Stephens Hall. “There’s anger, love, hope and grief. The record has all of that.”

                                          The opening mini epic track, “Habitat,” is a two-part masterpiece of texturalism, brimming with robust, percussive guitars and driven by unsettling shifts. Another key track is “Alaska,” – a happy-go-lucky romp of dense, bracing guitar rock, lurching out of the gate with tectonic force and boasting hooks at every turn. Later, the breezy, pastoral folk-tinged “Iodine” glistens with exquisite vocal harmonies, and “Flora” is a beautifully appointed apology to nature, its luxurious country rock feels connected to past masters like the Flying Burrito Brothers or early Wilco.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          So What
                                          11th Hour

                                          Jenny Lewis With The Watson Twins

                                          Rabbit Fur Coat

                                            Jenny Lewis’s first solo album from 2006. Known and loved by many as the front-woman of Rilo Kiley, Jenny's vocal and songwriting gifts have continued to blossom at a rapid rate since that band's first album in 2000. This may be her solo debut, but there's nothing virginal about it. The album was lovingly crafted together during short spurts of recording activity in the San Fernando valley, Portland, Oregon and Lincoln, Nebraska - due to the shared production duties of celebrated finger-picking guitar prodigy M Ward and Nebraska's resident production genius Mike Mogis. The magnificent backing vocals come courtesy of gospel singers Chandra and Leigh Watson (the Watson twins). Talented friends were roped in between tours and recording sessions and stand-out track a cover of the Travelling Wilbury's 'handle with care' - with its phenomenal sing-a-long crescendo features vocals shared equally by Jenny, M Ward, Conor Oberst and Ben Gibbard.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            Run Devil Run
                                            The Big Guns
                                            Rise Up With Fists!!
                                            The Charging Sky
                                            Melt Your Heart
                                            You Are What You Love
                                            Rabbit Fur Coat
                                            Handle With Care
                                            Born Secular
                                            It Wasn't Me

                                            Originally released on LP in 1986, “World Of Echo” is a deeply intimate and meditative work of awe-inspiring grace and remains a timeless work of sublime beauty. Arthur’s aim was to achieve what he calls 'the most vivid rhythmic reality', with just cello, voice, and echoes. Arthur achieved all of this and more on one of the most amazing albums you will ever hear.

                                            Often listed in the various 'most important albums you'll ever hear' type of fair; its innovative and maverick approach to the whole production process (even famously recording the album on a full moon) would go on to inspire countless future generations of creatives; especially across lo-fi and DIY scenes. His mix of classical training, frankly punk attitude and love of experimentation forged a sound that was unequivocally his own; a rare and epochal force of nature that will never be copied again.

                                            If you don't own a copy of this album, I urge you to reconsider! It's a must-have for any serious music lover. Copies always fly out too, so take advantage now as when its out of press it always commands big bucks.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            Tone Bone Kone 0:57
                                            Soon-To-Be Innocent Fun / Let's See 9:19
                                            Answers Me 2:04
                                            Being It 5:23
                                            Place I Know / Kid Like You 3:20
                                            She's The Star / I Take This Time 4:46
                                            Tree House 2:09
                                            See-Through 2:08
                                            Hiding Your Present From You 4:06
                                            Wax The Van 2:05
                                            All-Boy All-Girl 3:34
                                            Lucky Cloud 2:46
                                            Tower Of Meaning / Rabbit's Ear / Home Away From Home 4:20
                                            Let's Go Swimming

                                            The Long Blondes

                                            Someone To Drive You Home - 15th Anniversary Edition

                                              The home of a host of indie disco classics with its noir atmospheres and vivid storytelling – qualities that saw the record inspire recent, generation-capturing movie Giddy Stratospheres which takes its name from The Long Blondes’ iconic single – the Sheffield band’s first album managed that rare trick of capturing the 2000s zeitgeist while leaving a timeless artistic mark for the ages.

                                              Featuring of the aforementioned ‘Giddy Stratospheres’, ahead of the new deluxe edition’s release a remastered version of song, along with the track ‘Never To Be Repeated’,’ are being released today as a new digital single boasting brand new artwork painted by The Long Blondes’ frontwoman Kate Jackson. They are available now via all good streaming services.

                                              Initially inspired by the frisson of the indie disco – now, fittingly, a classic of low lit dancefloors everywhere – ‘Giddy Stratospheres’ is The Long Blonde's sophisticated calling card. A swirl of razor sharp guitars and vivid storytelling, waltzing melodies and burning vocals, the Sheffield band's 2000s single fizzes with dancing, desire and the most stylish sing-a-long you'll ever hear.

                                              The anniversary edition of ‘Someone To Drive You Home’, which was originally released in November 2006 and was produced by Pulp member Steve Mackey, comes as a limited edition, double gatefold LP and features the original record, plus 11 additional tracks that the band used on B-sides.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              LP1 Tracklisting
                                              Lust In The Movies – Remastered
                                              Once And Never Again – Remastered
                                              Only Lovers Left Alive – Remastered
                                              Giddy Stratospheres – Remastered
                                              In The Company Of Woman – Remastered
                                              Heaven Help The New Girl – Remastered
                                              Separated By Motorways – Remastered
                                              You Could Have Both – Remastered
                                              Swallow Tattoo – Remastered
                                              Weekend Without Makeup – Remastered
                                              Madame Ray – Remastered
                                              A Knife For The Girls – Remastered

                                              LP2 Tracklisting
                                              Five Ways To End It – Single B-Side
                                              Fulwood Babylon – Single B-Side
                                              The Whippet Fancier – Single B-Side
                                              Who Are You To Her? – Single B-Side
                                              Never To Be Repeated – Single B-Side
                                              All Bar One Girls – Single B-Side
                                              I'm Coping – Single B-Side
                                              Last Night On Northgate St – Single B-Side
                                              Platitudes – Single B-Side
                                              Melville Farr – Single B-Side
                                              The Unbearable Lightness Of Buildings – Single B-Side

                                              Jarv Is...

                                              REMIX ED...

                                                JARV IS... truly evolving. From its earliest recordings beginning in an actual cave, via the enticing hypnotics behind the mantralike tracks ‘Sometimes I Am Pharaoh’ and ‘Must I Evolve’, the exquisite yet candid storytelling of ‘Swanky Modes’ and timeless anthem-turned-inadvertent lockdown soundtrack, ‘House Music All Night Long’, the debut album of the Jarvis Cocker-led band JARV IS... proved a standout swirl of creativity, invention and vision on its release last summer.

                                                Yet ‘Beyond The Pale’ has continued to inspire long after the sessions for the record stopped. Despite being divided by the pandemic, audiences came together around the album, Jarvis and co made a live film based on the album with pioneering directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard entirely underground in a cavern, and intriguingly other musicians and producers have continued to be intrigued by the songs Cocker and his band created. The latter now has yielded an entirely new way of hearing ‘Beyond The Pale’ as, for the first time in his career, Jarv is releasing a remix album based on one of his records.

                                                Boasting re-imaginings and re-stylings from the likes of David Holmes, Dennis Bovell and Greg Wilson among others, the record is a collaborative mix that offers new focus and insight on the music of one of this generation's greatest songwriters, while also allowing the remixers’ own unique characters to take flight within JARV IS... creative cave.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                Save The Whale (Mister Deltoid Remix)
                                                Must I Evolve? (David Holmes & Keefus Ciancia’s Unloved Rework)
                                                Am I Missing Something? (Pilooski /Jayvich Late Night Mix)
                                                House Music All Night Long (Hot Chip Remix)
                                                House Music All Night Long (Greg Wilson & Ché Wilson Remix)
                                                Do The Pharaoh (Minsky Rock)
                                                Swanky Modes (Dennis Bovell DubMix)
                                                Children Of The Echo (Tam Tam Hidrogenesse Remix)

                                                At once kaleidoscopic and intimate, "Iowa Dream" bears some of Russell’s most personal work, including several recently discovered folk songs he wrote during his time in Northern California in the early 1970s. For Russell, Iowa was never very far away. “I see, I see it all,” sings Russell on the title track: red houses, fields, the town mayor (his father) streaming by as he dream-bicycles through his hometown. Russell’s childhood home and family echo, too, through “Just Regular People,” “I Wish I Had a Brother,” “Wonder Boy,” “The Dogs Outside are Barking,” “Sharper Eyes,” and “I Felt.” Meanwhile, songs like “I Kissed the Girl From Outer Space,” “I Still Love You,” “List of Boys,” and “Barefoot in New York” fizz with pop and dance grooves, gesturing at Russell’s devotion to New York’s avant-garde and disco scenes. Finally, the long-awaited “You Did it Yourself,” until now heard only in a brief heart-stopping black-and-white clip in Matt Wolf’s documentary Wild Combination, awards us a new take with a driving funk rhythm and Russell’s extraordinary voice soaring at the height of its powers. On "Iowa Dream", you can hear a country kid meeting the rest of the world - and with this record, the world continues to meet a totally singular artist.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                Side 1
                                                1. Wonder Boy
                                                2. I Never Get Lonesome
                                                3. Everybody Everybody
                                                4. You Did It Yourself
                                                5. Come To Life
                                                6. Iowa Dream
                                                7. Words Of Love
                                                8. I Still Love You
                                                9. You Are My Love
                                                10. Barefoot In New York
                                                11. Just Regular People
                                                12. I Wish I Had A Brother
                                                13. I Felt
                                                14. The Dogs Outside Are Barking
                                                15. Sharper Eyes
                                                16. Follow You
                                                17. List Of Boys
                                                18. I Kissed The Girl From Outer Space
                                                19. In Love With You For The Last Time

                                                Alabama Shakes

                                                Sound & Color (Deluxe Edition)

                                                  Originally released in April 2015, Sound & Color debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The album also went Top 10 in Australia, the Netherlands, Switzerland & the UK where it is certified silver with over 84,000 sales

                                                  Alabama Shakes co-produced the album alongside Blake Mills (Bob Dylan, Perfume Genius). Mainly recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studios, Sound & Color also found the band joining forces with engineer/mixer Shawn Everett (Beck, The War on Drugs, Kacey Musgraves). As they brought the album’s finely detailed tracks to life, Alabama Shakes let their most playful impulses run free.

                                                  This deluxe edition features seven bonus tracks pulled from unreleased studio material, b-sides and live recordings plus reimagined artwork by GRAMMY-winning art director Frank Harkins and new photos.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  Side A - Original Album:
                                                  1. Sound & Color
                                                  2. Don’t Wanna Fight
                                                  3. Dunes
                                                  4. Future People
                                                  Side B - Original Album:
                                                  5. Gimme All Your Love
                                                  6. This Feeling
                                                  7. Guess Who
                                                  8. The Greatest
                                                  9. Shoegaze
                                                  Side C - Original Album Plus Two Bonus Songs:
                                                  10. Miss You
                                                  11. Gemini
                                                  12. Over My Head
                                                  13. Drive By Baby (bonus Song)
                                                  14. Joe (bonus Song)
                                                  Side D - All New Bonus Material:
                                                  15. Someday (b-side/unreleased)
                                                  16. Don’t Wanna Fight (Live From Capitol Studio A)
                                                  17. Future People (Live From Capitol Studio A)
                                                  18. Dunes (Live From Capitol Studio A)
                                                  19. Over My Head (Live From Capitol Studio A)

                                                  Parquet Courts

                                                  Sympathy For Life

                                                    Parquet Courts’ thought-provoking rock is dancing to a new tune. Sympathy For Life finds the Brooklyn band at both their most instinctive and electronic, spinning their bewitching, psychedelic storytelling into fresh territory, yet maintaining their unique identity.

                                                    Built largely from improvised jams, inspired by New York clubs, Primal Scream and Pink Floyd and produced in league with Rodaidh McDonald (The xx, Hot Chip, David Byrne), Sympathy For Life was always destined to be dancey. Unlike its globally adored predecessor, 2018’s Wide Awake! the focus fell on grooves rather than rhythm.

                                                    “Wide Awake! was a record you could put on at a party,” says co-frontman Austin Brown. “Sympathy For Life is influenced by the party itself. Historically, some amazing rock records been made from mingling in dance music culture – from Talking Heads to Screamadelica. Our goal was to bring that into our own music.”

                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                    Laura says: While album opener "Walking At A Downtown Pace" is about as Parquet Courts sounding as you can get, Sympathy For Life sees them taking a broader more experimental approach to their sound. It’s still unmistakeably them, the chugging post punk grooves and catchy hooks are still there, but it’s a more expanded, adventurous sound that works brilliantly.

                                                    Barry says: It's been a long wait for the new Parquet Courts LP, and this one follows 2018's highly regarded 'Wide Awake', which is never going to be an easy task. Fortunately for all involved, this one takes the incredibly successful formula of that banger and streamlines it into a wonderfully precise and soaring pop-redux of their already sleek sound. A brilliantly catchy, wonderfully written opus.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    Walking At A Downtown Pace
                                                    Black Widow Spider
                                                    Marathon Of Anger
                                                    Just Shadows
                                                    Plant Life
                                                    Homo Sapien
                                                    Sympathy For Life
                                                    Zoom Out

                                                    Dean Blunt

                                                    Black Metal 2

                                                      I was tardy with my introduction to the genius that is Dean Blunt, ignoring the Hype Williams and Babyfather brilliance and only encountering the minimal magic of the first 'Black Metal' during my second year at Piccadilly. Shown the way by Ryan Horsebeach, Mike Riley Jones and Matt Ward, I bought the cryptic release and well and truly lost my shit...over and over again...for years. To say I'm excited by the appearance of a second instalment from the reclusive musician would be a wild understatement. 

                                                      The LP opens with strings and solemnity via 'Vigil', a sparse and beautiful reminder of Blunt's trademark sound - intimacy bordering on claustrophobia, nocturnal and emotive. The chiming guitars join the poised drum patterns for 'Mugu' and 'Dash Snow', a pair of bedsit vignettes which Javi just described as a London cabbie's reaction to Drill while Vini Reilly tunes up - this is a good thing by the way. Blunt's is a music of longing, vulnerability and beauty, presented as concise and considered songs which combine to form their own sonic landscape. Referential (the cover blacks out all everything from Dre's 2001 but the 2) but never reverential, Blunt, aided and abetted by Joanne Robertson somehow beats his personal best, and we should all be grateful we get to hear it.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      1. Vigil
                                                      2. Mugu
                                                      3. Dash Snow
                                                      4. Sketamine
                                                      5. Semtex
                                                      6. La Raza
                                                      7. Nil By Mouth
                                                      8. Zaza
                                                      9. Woosah
                                                      10. The Rot

                                                      Amyl And The Sniffers

                                                      Comfort To Me

                                                        Already renowned for a ball-tearing live show, The Sniffers made their international debut as one of the hottest tipped acts at The Great Escape in 2018. Soon afterwards, they signed deals with both Rough Trade Records and ATO Records, made a massively hyped appearance at SXSW, and finally released their self-titled debut album in 2019, landing them an ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Award for Best Rock Album, capping off a wild year for the lunatic, likeable punks.

                                                        Late in 2020, Amyl and The Sniffers went into the studio with producer Dan Luscombe to record their sophomore album, Comfort To Me. Written over a long year of lockdown, the album was influenced by and expanded on a heavier pool of references - old-school rock’n’roll (AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, Motörhead and Wendy O Williams), modern hardcore (Warthog and Power Trip) and the steady homeland heroes (Coloured Balls and Cosmic Psychos). Lyrically, the album was influenced by Taylor’s rap idols and countless garage bands and in her words ‘I had all this energy inside of me and nowhere to put it, because I couldn’t perform, and it had a hectic effect on my brain. My brain evolved and warped and my way of thinking about the world completely changed.’

                                                        Seventeen songs were recorded in the Comfort to Me sessions and the top 13 made the cut. They were mixed long-distance by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, IDLES, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and mastered by Bernie Grundman (Michael Jackson, Prince, Dr Dre).

                                                        Comfort To Me demonstrates the same irrepressible smarts, integrity and fearless candour as their debut but as you’d expect of any young band five years on, their sound has evolved, in Amy’s words it’s ‘raw self expression, defiant energy and unapologetic vulnerability.’

                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        Barry says: An expectedly hefty new one from Amyl And The Sniffers sees the Melbourne four-piece continue their brutal domination of the modern punk scene with this wonderfully acerbic, incendiary slice of slashing modern punk rock. There's a reason the band have garnered such a following, and this LP shows everyone why.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        Guided By Angels
                                                        Freaks To The Front
                                                        No More Tears
                                                        Don't Fence Me In
                                                        Don't Need A Cunt (Like You To Love Me)

                                                        Scritti Politti

                                                        Anomie & Bonhomie - Reissue

                                                          11 years after the release of previous album Provision, Scritti Politti erupted back into life with 1999’s Anomie & Bonhomie. Recalibrated, re-evaluated, re-imagined and, eventually, rewarded. Anomie & Bonhomie is the heady results of this artistic rebirth. Illuminated by the band’s stylish pure pop spotlight, collaborations with Mos Def, Lee Majors and Wendy Melvoin give the record a neon-lit, nocturnal shimmer. Hip hop flourishes sit side-by-side with heart-hitting balladry, as truly touching melodies match moments of uncompromising musical grit with their emotional impact.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          First Goodbye
                                                          Die Alone
                                                          Mystic Handyman
                                                          Smith ’N’ Slappy
                                                          Born To Be
                                                          The World You Understand (Is Over & Over & Over)
                                                          Here Comes July
                                                          Prince Among Men
                                                          Brushed With Oil, Dusted With Powder

                                                          Scritti Politti

                                                          Cupid & Psyche 85 - Reissue

                                                            From a bedsit in London to New York recording studios… Alternative acclaim to mainstream adulation… Indie label hopefuls to major signings… Despite the series of radical shifts that underpinned its creation, Scritti Politti's second album Cupid & Psyche 85 achieved the virtually impossible. While everything was scaled up – the ambition, the sound, the audience – the singular artistic vision that drove the group not only remained intact and undiluted in these bigger surroundings, but became more inventive, more adventurous and, ultimately, more beloved. Introduced to pianist and programmer David Gamson while making of the band's debut album Songs To Remember, Green Gartside realised he had found a creative foil to help him achieve the ambitions he had for Scritti Politti.

                                                            Partially recorded in New York, with several tracks produced by Arif Mardin (who had worked on Aretha Franklin's I Say A Little Prayer, a track Green beautifully commemorates on this record) and partially in the UK, with Green and Gamson directly overseeing the process, Cupid & Psyche 85 is infused shimmering synths and the heat of classic funk. Yet weaved together by Green's intoxicating melodies, it is also embroidered with ideas from philosophical writings, while taking cues from myths and fables.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            The Word Girl
                                                            Small Talk
                                                            A Little Knowledge
                                                            Don't Work That Hard
                                                            Perfect Way
                                                            Lover To Fall
                                                            Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin)


                                                            The Fool - Andrew Weatherall Sessions (RSD21 EDITION)

                                                              On the completion of the recording of The Fool, Andrew Weatherall was given access to the album's master tapes to work on mixes for the finished record. The track Baby, along with Warpaint's iconic single Undertow, were both mixed by the Guv'nor and appeared on the finished album that was released in 2010. For the first time ever, this Record Store Day edition brings together all the mixes Weatherall created while working on the project, including a never released before, finished version of Jubilee. ìI remember that one of the main reasons why we wanted Andrew Weatherall to mix the Warpaint album was because we loved his brilliant work on the Primal Scream remix of Higher Than The Sun. I know that we discussed this particular track with Emily and she knew it of course and also loved it. I think it was a key reason they agreed to let Andrew do the mix. - Geoff Travis - Rough Trade Records 

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              Side A 1.Warpaint 2. Undertow 3. Bees
                                                              Side B 1. Jubilee 2. Shadows
                                                              Side C 1. Majesty 2. Baby
                                                              Side D 1. Composure 2. Lissies Heart Murmur 3. Set Your Arms Down

                                                              Gruff Rhys

                                                              Seeking New Gods

                                                                Gruff Rhys is releasing his new album “Seeking New Gods” through Rough Trade Records on 21st May. This will be Gruff’s seventh solo album. “Seeking New Gods” was recorded following a US tour with his band and mixed in LA with superstar producer Mario C (Beastie Boys).

                                                                The album concept was originally driven to be the biography of a mountain, Mount Paektu (an East Asian active volcano). However, as Gruff’s writing began to reflect on the inhuman timescale of a peak’s existence and the intimate features that bring it to mythological life, both the songs and the mountain became more and more personal.

                                                                “The album is about people and the civilisations, and the spaces people inhabit over periods of time. How people come and go but the geology sticks around and changes more slowly. I think it’s about memory and time,” he suggests of Seeking New Gods’ meaning. “It’s still a biography of a mountain, but now it’s a Mount Paektu of the mind. You won’t learn much about the real mountain from listening to this record but you will feel something, hopefully.” - Gruff Rhys.

                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                Barry says: Gruff returns for yet another faultless slab of widescreen cinematic pop, full of his warmingly familiar but endlessly inventive chord progressions and swoon-inducing vocal drawl. Optimistic but filled with more introspective moments among the otherwise bombastic stomp. It's as dizzying and perfect as anything he's ever done. Peak Gruff.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                Side A
                                                                1. Mausoleum Of My Former Self
                                                                2. Can’t Carry On
                                                                3. Loan Your Loneliness
                                                                4. Seeking New Gods
                                                                5. Hiking In Lightning
                                                                Side B
                                                                1. Holiest Of The Holy Of The Holy Men
                                                                2. The Keep
                                                                3. Everlasting Joy
                                                                4. Distant Snowy Peaks

                                                                Dinked Edition Flexi Disc
                                                                Tropical Messiah

                                                                Goat Girl's latest offering lets off the distortion pedal just enough to make room for a more electronic pool of inspiration. It's delightfully wonky at times and tracks like “Jazz (In The Supermarket)” explore tempo changes and chord progressions that 2018 Goat Girl wouldn't dare consider. This doesn't mean they've held out on pure melody though, “P.T.S Tea” is satisfyingly poppy and “Sad Cowboy” breaks off into a New Order-esque sci-fi trip only after first smashing out four and a half minutes of delicious guitar twanging.
                                                                There is (to my delight) an overarching melancholy present throughout, keeping the pop at bay. Sadly, this might be because the album was put together during uncertain times for guitarist Ellie Rose Davies who was diagnosed with blood cancer. Now in remission, one can’t help but think that facing mortality changes everything and perhaps the band, as a whole, have been left feeling these shockwaves.

                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                Barry says: Goat Girls' swooning jangle takes a step into the future with their newest outing, adding moody synths and angular changes to their already impressive foundations. It's a brilliantly refined forward step, and shows that great things will come from Goat Girl in the future.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                Jazz (In The Supermarket)
                                                                Once Again
                                                                Sad Cowboy
                                                                The Crack
                                                                Closing In
                                                                Anxiety Feels
                                                                They Bite On You
                                                                Where Do We Go From Here?

                                                                It is frustrating that in a country beset by unfolding social and economic trauma, caused in large measure and plain view by an entitled elite in service of their own ambitions and with a population gaslighted by their friends in the media, that there has been little or no kickback from what has, in the past, been a reliable source, contemporary music. That it's taken a couple of fortysomethings to pick up punk's combative baton and run with it is telling, but at least someone is doing it. It's a testament to their energy and commitment, and the biting wit with which it is delivered, that Spare Ribs, their 11th album, still sounds this sharp. With its broader palette adding funk and hip hop influences to the paired back bleep punk, and the scathing social commentary accompanied by childhood hurt and recovery, it is also, maybe, their finest hour. So far. 

                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                Barry says: Sleaford Mods have one of the most rabid fanbases of all and 'Spare Ribs' is further proof as to why. Wry takes on modern issues and the politics, pitch-perfect commentary and delivered in their usual no-holds-barred way. Every bit the continuation of their rightfully enduring legacy.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                The New Brick
                                                                Nudge It (feat. Amy Taylor)
                                                                Out There
                                                                Top Room
                                                                Mork N Mindy (feat. Billy Nomates)
                                                                Spare Ribs
                                                                All Day Ticket
                                                                Thick Ear
                                                                I Don't Rate You

                                                                Jarvis Cocker

                                                                Jarvis - Reissue

                                                                  Jarvis Cocker’s 2006 self-titled debut ‘Jarvis’ and his second album ‘Further Complications’ are being reissued. Both albums have been out of print for several years. ‘Jarvis’ comes with a 7” featuring his rabblerousing classic single ‘Running The World’, which was the subject of a UK fan campaign to get it into the Christmas charts in the aftermath of the general election.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  The Loss Adjuster
                                                                  Don’t Let Him Waste Your Time
                                                                  Black Magic
                                                                  Heavy Weather
                                                                  I Will Kill Again
                                                                  Baby’s Coming To Get Me
                                                                  Fat Children
                                                                  From Auschwitz To Ipswich
                                                                  Disney Time
                                                                  The Loss Adjuster
                                                                  Big Julie
                                                                  Quantum Theory
                                                                  Running The World (one-sided 7”)

                                                                  Jarvis Cocker

                                                                  Further Complications - Reissue

                                                                    Jarvis Cocker’s 2006 self-titled debut ‘Jarvis’ and his second album ‘Further Complications’ are being reissued. Both albums have been out of print for several years. 2009’s ‘Further Complications’ is joined by a 12” featuring ‘You’re In My Eyes (Discosong)’

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    I Never Said I Was Deep
                                                                    Hold Still
                                                                    Caucasian Blues
                                                                    You’re In My Eyes (Discosong) (one-sided 12”)

                                                                    British Sea Power

                                                                    Open Season - 15th Anniversary Edition

                                                                      The expanded reissue includes additional live sessions, B-sides and rarities from the period and extensive new sleeve notes.

                                                                      The majority of the original album was recorded by Mads Bjerke (Spiritualized, Primal Scream, Girls Aloud) and mixed by Bill Price (Sex Pistols, The Clash, Sparks). Two tracks were recorded and mixed by Graham Sutton (The Delays, Bark Psychosis) and Phill Brown (Sly Stone, Led Zeppelin, Talk Talk).

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      It Ended On An Oily Stage
                                                                      Be Gone
                                                                      How Will I Ever Find My Way Home?
                                                                      Like A Honeycomb
                                                                      Please Stand Up
                                                                      North Hanging Rock
                                                                      To Get To Sleep
                                                                      Victorian Ice
                                                                      Oh Larsen B
                                                                      The Land Beyond
                                                                      True Adventures

                                                                      It Ended On An Oily Stage (recorded For The Mark Radcliffe Show On BBC Radio 2 – First Broadcast On 31st March 2005)

                                                                      How Will I Ever Find My Way Home? (recorded For The Mark Radcliffe Show On BBC Radio 2 – First Broadcast On 31st March 2005)

                                                                      Don’t You Want To Be A Bird? (recorded For The Gideon Coe On BBC Radio 6 – First Broadcast On 28th March 2005)

                                                                      When I Go Out (recorded For The Gideon Coe On BBC Radio 6 – First Broadcast On 28th March 2005)

                                                                      Crystal Horse (originally Appeared On ‘It Ended On An Oily Stage’ CD Single 2)

                                                                      Over In The Corner (originally Appeared On ‘Please Stand Up’ CD Single 1)

                                                                      How Will I Find My Way Home? (Organ Version) (originally Appeared As A Hidden Track On Open Season CD)

                                                                      How Animals Work (Mike Hedges Version – Previously Unreleased)

                                                                      Runaway (originally Appeared As ‘Gale Warnings In Viking North’ On ‘Please Stand Up’ 7”)

                                                                      Green Grass Of Tunnel (originally Appeared On ‘It Ended On An Oily Stage’ CD Single 1)

                                                                      Grey Goose (originally Appeared On ‘Please Stand Up’ CD Single 2)

                                                                      Chicken Pig (True Adventures Instrumental Demo) (originally Appeared On ‘Please Stand Up’ CD Single 2)

                                                                      I Am A Cider Drinker (originally Appeared On The Split 7” Single By British Sea Power And The Wurzels)

                                                                      Hello Forever

                                                                      Whatever It Is

                                                                        Rough Trade Records are excited to release the debut album by Californian group Hello Forever. Based in Topanga, California, the band live together in a pastoral setting high above the Pacific Ocean – not far from where Neil Young recorded After the Gold Rush or Captain Beefheart laid down the tracks for Trout Mask Replica, the group forever expanding and contracting, with members coming and going as they please.

                                                                        They fuse elements of the 60s West Coast sound with a DIY approach to music and creativity which has spawned their remarkable debut album, the aptly titled Whatever It Is. Samuel Joseph and company have created a contemporary throwback to a vibrant era with a set of songs that establish the collective’s exquisite harmonies and colourful instrumentation.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        1. Some Faith
                                                                        2. Anywhere Is Everywhere
                                                                        3. Farm On The Mountaintop
                                                                        4. Colors In The Sky
                                                                        5. Created For Your Love
                                                                        6. Rise
                                                                        7. Natural
                                                                        8. Get It Right
                                                                        9. Yeah Like Whatever
                                                                        10. I Want To Marry You
                                                                        11. Her Everything
                                                                        12. Happening

                                                                        Additional New Singles On CD / LP
                                                                        Everything Is So Hard (included On 7” With LP, Download With CD)
                                                                        I’m Feeling It (included On 7” With LP, Download With CD)

                                                                        JARV IS

                                                                        Beyond The Pale

                                                                          JARV IS… are pleased to announce their debut album “Beyond the Pale”. This is the first original music from Jarvis Cocker since the “Further Complications” album in 2009.

                                                                          JARV IS… a band featuring Jarvis Cocker (vocals, guitar, percussion), Serafina Steer (harp, keyboards, vocals), Emma Smith (violin, guitar vocals), Andrew McKinney (bass, vocals), Jason Buckle (synthesiser & electronic treatments) & Adam Betts (drums, percussion, vocals).

                                                                          JARV IS… formed to play a show at the Sigur Ros “Norður og Niður” festival in Iceland at the very end of 2017.

                                                                          JARV IS… was conceived as a way of writing songs in collaboration with an audience. As the material they were playing was in a state of flux the band decided to record their live shows so that they could monitor how the songs were developing. After an appearance at the Desert Daze festival in California, Geoff Barrow (Portishead, Beak>) suggested that these recordings could be used as the basis for an album. Overdubs & vocals were added at Narcissus Studios in Neasden, London. Post-production work took place at Jason Buckle’s Place du Big Boss studio in Raynes Park, London. The album was mixed by Craig Silvey at Toast Studios in West London.

                                                                          The first single from the album “Must I Evolve?” was released in May 2019 & appeared in many “Top 10 Tracks of the Year” lists.

                                                                          JARV IS… an ongoing live experience because life is an ongoing live experience.

                                                                          Or, to put it another way:

                                                                          THIS IS NOT A LIVE ALBUM – it’s an ALIVE ALBUM.

                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                          Barry says: Jarv Is the ever-talented ex-pulp frontman with a string of unmissable releases since then, spreading over a wide range of styles. Jarv Is returning with a brand new album and Jarv Is absolutely smashing it. It would maybe be easier to go through the things that Jarv Isn't, and he definitely isn't coming off our stereo anytime soon.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          Save The Whale
                                                                          MUST I EVOLVE?
                                                                          Am I Missing Something
                                                                          House Music All Night Long
                                                                          Sometimes I Am Pharoah
                                                                          Swanky Modes
                                                                          Children Of The Echo

                                                                          Josienne Clarke

                                                                          In All Weather

                                                                            ‘In All Weather’ is a new collection of songs in which Josienne Clarke goes it alone; musically, as this is her first solo record and in her own life, laid bare and played out in the leave-it-all-behind-andstart- anew nature of the lyrics. The songs were written in on the Isle of Bute in 2018, where Josienne relocated for a year, overlooked by a snowy Ben Nevis.

                                                                            Josienne accompanies herself on pared-back acoustic and electric guitar throughout. She’s joined on the record by experimental piano prodigy Elliott Galvin, innovative jazz drummer Dave Hamblett, celebrated Scottish harpist Mary Ann Kennedy and guitarist/bassist Sonny Johns, who co-produced the record with Josienne.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            (Learning To Sail) In All Weather
                                                                            The Drawing Of The Line
                                                                            Leaving London
                                                                            My Love Gave Me An Apple
                                                                            If I Didn't Mind
                                                                            Slender, Sad & Sentimental
                                                                            Season & Time
                                                                            Walls And Hallways
                                                                            Fair Weather Friends
                                                                            Dark Cloud


                                                                            The Livelong Day’

                                                                              Dublin fourpiece Lankum release their new album ‘The Livelong Day’. Made up of brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch, Cormac MacDiarmada and Radie Peat, Lankum have gained worldwide acclaim for their first two albums and captivating, often euphoric live performances. ‘The Livelong Day’ successfully blends alternative folk and psychedelia. Lankum honour the sacredness of traditional Irish tunes but allow them to metamorphose, to grow and breathe like the heavy, ancient breath of the Uilleann pipes which seethe beneath the tracks of their third studio album (and second with Rough Trade). “Drone is a big part of traditional music because the Uilleann pipes are indigenous to Ireland, so we’re ramping up that history and taking it as far as we can.”

                                                                              This is the idea found at the core of the universe created in ‘The Livelong Day’; expanding and emboldening that which is already playing out in history. Alongside the traditional songs on the record, there are two originals, the haunting ‘Young People’ and the tragic beauty of ‘Hunting The Wren’. With ‘The Livelong Day’, Lankum are about to fully cement their reputation as one of the most unique and talked about groups to emerge from Ireland in decades.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              The Wild Rover
                                                                              The Young People
                                                                              Ode To Lullaby
                                                                              Bear Creek
                                                                              Katie Cruel
                                                                              The Dark Eyed Gypsy
                                                                              The Pride Of Petravore
                                                                              Hunting The Wren


                                                                              Devour You

                                                                                Starcrawler’s remarkable sophomore album Devour You is a record that dynamically captures the essence and aggression of their gloriously unhinged live shows. Produced by Nick Launay (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, L7) at Sunset Studios, Devour You takes the feral intensity of their 2018 self-titled debut and twists it into something grander and more gracefully composed.

                                                                                With its more elaborate and nuanced yet harder-hitting sonic palette, the result is a selection of songs radiating both raw sensitivity and untamable power, and a record that the band’s Arrow de Wilde says, “encapsulates all the blood, sweat, bruised knees, and broken fingers of a Starcrawler show.”

                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                Barry says: Scathing, fiery rock riffs, a wonderfully odd exotica-meets-punk visual aesthetic and an incendiary live show have gotten Starcrawler to where they are today, and 'Devour You' is certainly set to continue that legacy in fine fashion.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                1. Lizzy
                                                                                2. Bet My Brains
                                                                                3. Home Alone
                                                                                4. No More Pennies
                                                                                5. You Dig Yours
                                                                                6. Toy Teenager
                                                                                7. Hollywood Ending
                                                                                8. She Gets Around
                                                                                9. I Don't Need You
                                                                                10. Rich Taste
                                                                                11. Born Asleep
                                                                                12. Tank Top
                                                                                13. Call Me A Baby

                                                                                Girl Band

                                                                                The Talkies

                                                                                  Recorded in November 2018 at Ballintubbert House, Ireland, “a few pay grades above what we're used to!”, the alien construction of Ballintubbert and its corridors help to navigate Girl Band’s cataclysmic sound within a world of its own.

                                                                                  “In many ways the idea behind the album was to make an audio representation of the house.“ And this enigmatic manor becomes Girl Band’s sonic playground: to place yourself within a space, and to work with that space harmoniously. Dan continues, “We recorded all the drums twice: once on the landing and once in the cellar” -The Well of Souls- “and during production we could actually cut in between both these sounds”. The Talkies vacillates between being big, ambient, and atmospheric to suddenly terribly intimate and up close.

                                                                                  The Talkies is living, breathing, in a continual state of metamorphosis. It encompasses everything there is to love about Girl Band while simultaneously causing an exciting level of discomfort. The moaning and sawing guitars, atonal blankets of sound, abstractive lyrical repetition, chugging snare and ascending/descending snakes and ladders noise-rock guitar deliver something that is so distinctively Girl Band.

                                                                                  …Eregenis. Album closes to steady breathing. It drips with catharsis, slow and mindful and purging over the familiar key and darkly syncopated grooves which closes the door to Girl Band’s sonic universe and brings ‘The Talkies’ to its first and final silence.

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  Going Norway
                                                                                  Couch Combover
                                                                                  Salmon Of Knowledge
                                                                                  Prefab Castle

                                                                                  Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

                                                                                  Up From Below: 10th Anniversary Remastered Edition

                                                                                    The 10 year anniversary remaster of ‘Up From Below’, the rousing, anthemic and wildly adventurous debut album from California’s Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros featuring the hit single ‘Home’.

                                                                                    Drenched in choral psychedelic folk rock, it was recorded onto used 2 track tape using a 24 track tape machine made in 1979.

                                                                                    Available on 180g black double vinyl with embossed gatefold sleeve and 16-page deluxe booklet including never before seen photos and stories.

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    40 Day Dream
                                                                                    Up From Below
                                                                                    Carries On
                                                                                    Desert Song
                                                                                    Black Water
                                                                                    Come In Please
                                                                                    Simplest Love
                                                                                    Kisses Over Babylon
                                                                                    Om Nashi Me

                                                                                    Jarv Is

                                                                                    Must I Evolve? - Inc. David Holmes & Keefus Ciancia’s Unloved Rework

                                                                                      From Jarvis re the mix: “David Holmes & Keefus Ciancia invited Catherine Rebeiro, Ennio Morricone, The Vampires of Dartmoor, Jean-Claude Vannier, La Düsseldorf, Alan Vega, Sergio Leone, Dario Argento & Jaromil Jireš to our Rave in the Cave.”

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      Must I Evolve (Original Version)
                                                                                      Must I Evolve (David Holmes & Keefus Ciancia’s Unloved Rework)


                                                                                      Together & Apart

                                                                                        PicaPica’s debut album ‘Together & Apart’ was recorded at the end of 2018 and is produced by Mobo / Mercury-nominated producer Sonny Johns, who also plays bass on the record. Together & Apart’ is about health and heartache, spring and shade, love and loss and life. PicaPica are able to balance life’s joys and sorrows beautifully, effortlessly and in continuous harmony, viewing life’s coloured photographs as imagined through their silvery negatives.

                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Barry says: Beautiful rhythmic new folk sounds mix with quirky off-piste melodic tilts and smooth electronic accents. Like a more melody focused Tunng, PicaPica clearly take influence from all ends of the musical spectrum and pull them together into a cohesive and musically rich whole.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        Together & Apart
                                                                                        On The Wing
                                                                                        Cast In Stone
                                                                                        Family, Friends & Lovers
                                                                                        Sucker Punch
                                                                                        Teeth & Chin
                                                                                        Opposite Song
                                                                                        Village Kids
                                                                                        To K(no)w One
                                                                                        Day To Day Parade
                                                                                        The Weather

                                                                                        Amyl And The Sniffers

                                                                                        Amyl And The Sniffers

                                                                                        The debut album from Amyl and the Sniffers is the sound of 21st century Australia recorded in Sheffield with producer Ross Orton. It's primal and explosive with a love of glam, the 70's Sharpie movement and good time rock n roll backed with lyrics that somehow are simultaneously bleak and nihilistic, yet humorous and celebratory. The album is full of beefy riffs and stomping drums that rages and rolls and lives up to all the hype. It has attitude, sass and Amy's sore throat howl.

                                                                                        Coming off the back of a hair raising gig at London's Moth Club (the band 'almost literally tore the roof off'), Amyl And The Sniffers are certainly one to watch if you like feisty, independent punk-n-roll.

                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Mine says: Gnarly, energetic garage Aussie punk that demands to be played loud. Like a cross between GØGGS and Be Your Own Pet, this is their debut long player on Rough Trade! Thrashing guitars and an irreverent band name - what more could you ask for?

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        Starfire 500
                                                                                        Gacked On Anger
                                                                                        Cup Of Destiny
                                                                                        Monsoon Rock
                                                                                        Got You
                                                                                        Shake Ya
                                                                                        Some Mutts (Can't Be Muzzled)

                                                                                        SOAK returns after 4 years with a new album, bringing with her 4 years worth of growth, introspection and understanding. The result is Grim Town, the follow-up to her Mercury Music Prize-nominated debut Before We Forgot How To Dream, which saw her win the prestigious Choice Music Prize for Album of the Year, the Northern Irish Music Prize, and the European Border Breaker Award, in addition to being shortlisted for a Q Award.

                                                                                        Her astonishingly assured, emotionally mature songwriting was often hailed as wise beyond its years; but, as her new album often asks, when do we ever truly shake off those childlike fears, the imposter-syndrome, the outsider-status? The term ‘to come of age’ lands with so much expectation, but with Grim Town, Bridie dissolves all such assuredness with imaginative, ambitious, and cathartic results. It is almost as though the greater soundscape - heavier in places, more pop-focused in others - has given SOAK the confidence to put her long overdue introspections in the firing line. It’s beauty and brutality is there from the album open opener, ‘Get Set Go Kid’ which traces the train-tracks out of depression (“I’ve got to get out, I can’t live here anymore!”) and was as inspired by the audio-visual environmentalism of Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ as Bridie’s train-obsessed grandad on voiceover duties.

                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Barry says: Grim Town is the newest album from Soak in 4 years, and displays a much more mature and thematically consistent side to Monds-Watson's sound. Still encompassing the punky chord sequences but with a much more nuanced and musically diverse backdrop, shimmering and soaring before bringing things back to earth with minimal guitar pieces, accentuated only by those unmistakable vox.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        1. "all Aboard"
                                                                                        2. Get Set Go Kid
                                                                                        3. Everybody Loves You
                                                                                        4. Knock Me Off My Feet
                                                                                        5. Maybe
                                                                                        6. Fall Asleep / Backseat
                                                                                        7. Crying Your Eyes Out
                                                                                        8. I Was Blue, Technicolour Too
                                                                                        9. Déjà Vu
                                                                                        10. Scrapyard
                                                                                        11. Valentine Shmalentine
                                                                                        12. YBFTBYT
                                                                                        13. Life Trainee
                                                                                        14. Missed Calls
                                                                                        15. Nothing Looks The Same

                                                                                        Bonus 7”:
                                                                                        1. IOU
                                                                                        2. Talk Of The Town

                                                                                        A. Swayze & The Ghosts


                                                                                          A. Swayze & The Ghosts are an exhilarating new garage punk band from Hobart, the capital of Tasmania. They are comprised of lead singer Andrew Swayze, alongside high school friends Hendrik Wipprecht (guitar), Zackary Blain (drums) and Ben Simms (bass). ‘Suddenly’ is backed with the epic, 10 minute jamfest known as ‘Reciprocation’.

                                                                                          Tasmania is known around the world as The Island of Inspiration and it’s no secret that the albums that have inspired A.Swayze & The Ghosts came from classic artists such as Iggy & The Stooges, Television, Fugazi, The Ramones and Australia’s kings of punk The Saints. Elements of these masterful artists from an early era can be found in the band’s DNA and have allowed them to grow into their own world, to create their own scene, on an island that also has much deep and meaningful history with potential to have some new rock & roll history too.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING


                                                                                          The Decemberists

                                                                                          Traveling On

                                                                                            The EP “Traveling On” is the next iteration of The Decemberists B-sides series, a tradition that began in 2005 and serves as a follow up to “Florasongs” and “Long Live the King”. It’s comprised of five B-sides related to their last album ‘I’ll Be Your Girl’ (4 tracks that were exclusive to the Exploded Edition box set + a full band version of “Traveling On”).

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            1. Down On The Knuckle
                                                                                            2. I Will Not Say Your Name
                                                                                            3. Tripping Along (Full Band Version)
                                                                                            4. Midlist Author
                                                                                            5. Traveling On

                                                                                            Light blue touch paper and retire to the safety of the DJ booth! Parquet Courts meet Danny Krivit uptown for a punk funk / disco-not-disco / indie dance special which couldn't be more Piccadilly if it tried. Not only does the A-side of this limited disco platter combine the musical talents of two of our all time favourites (2012 Album of the Year winners Packet Quartz and ten time All Star Edit champion Danny Krivit) but it also sounds like it's beamed in store directly from the Hacienda circa 1987. Taking the loose funk of PC's album stand out "Wide Awake!" and running with it, Mr K lets those slacker guitar licks ride tumbling drums, teases the odd electronic beep and lets the shout-a-long vocal drop before finally letting us have the full force of the bassline. Groovy as it gets and boasting all the bells and whistles you could ever wish for, this is the greatest dancefloor jam Madchester never wrote for luck. Flip it for a heater from the other end of the Hacienda spectrum as Australian producer and engineer Mikey Young replaces the bassline with an electronic pulse, strips the percussion back to a roland jack and stretches the track out into the kind of club killer you'd expect to hear Park or Pickering hammering at the end of the warm up. The Aussie closes the set in slamming fashion with a fucking punishing acid techno rework of "Normalisation" which rattles through the wormhole at a dizzying 150 bpm - techno punk at its finest.

                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                            Patrick says: Garnering maximum Piccadilly buzz right now, the combination of Danny Krivit's edit expertise and the slacker punk-funk of Parquet Courts has the old guard reminiscing about their halcyon days at the Hac or blah, and us young'uns reliving the DFA era with endorphin soaked enthusiasm. Chuck in a Mikey Young's Manc house mix and techno punk stormer and you've got yourself a killer kid!

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            Wide Awake! (Danny Krivit Re-Edit)
                                                                                            Wide Awake! (Club Mix) By Mikey Young
                                                                                            Normalisation (Collective Witnessing Mix) By Mikey Young

                                                                                            Honey Hahs

                                                                                            Dear Someone, Happy Something

                                                                                            ‘Dear Someone, Happy Something’ is the debut album by London based sisters Rowan, Robin and Sylvie. The three sisters from Honor Oak Park in South London, with an average age of only 13 and a ½ years old, write songs that reflect a disarmingly frank child’s-eye view of the world.

                                                                                            Honey Hahs have been championed by, and played shows with, Goat Girl, Fat White Family, Insecure Men, Shame, Micachu and The Moonlandingz amongst others.

                                                                                            ‘Dear Someone, Happy Something’ was recorded in London with Steve Mackey. Rowan plays guitar and piano, Robin plays bass and Sylvie plays drums, and they all sing and harmonise.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            Rain Falls Down
                                                                                            I Know You Know
                                                                                            Olive Green
                                                                                            Beer Fear
                                                                                            Sometime Ago
                                                                                            Stop Him

                                                                                            The Moldy Peaches

                                                                                            The Moldy Peaches

                                                                                              The Moldy Peaches were established in the mid-90s by Adam Green and Kimya Dawson, after meeting in upstate New York. The duo helped spawn the “anti-folk” music genre movement, bringing a more quirky, lo-fi punk element into the indie music scene. After releasing their own music for a few years, they collected their best material for a proper album, and in 2001 shared “The Moldy Peaches” via Rough Trade Records.

                                                                                              Known for their sense of humor, whimsy and self-deprecation, the album featured gems like “Downloading Porn With Dave” and Who’s Got The Crack”. In 2007, “Anyone Else But You” (another song from the aforementioned album), was used in the Academy Award winning movie Juno, and reignited the album’s cult popularity. Since then, the two founders have had continued success in their respective solo careers.

                                                                                              Kimya Dawson has also made children’s albums, and collaborated with many artists including Aesop Rock, They Might Be Giants, and The Mountain Goats. Adam Green has several albums on Rough Trade, as well as showing exhibitions of his visual art and making films.

                                                                                              We asked Adam Green what he thought about reissuing the album at this time....he said "It's been 17 years since this was last released and we are putting it out again just in time to capitalize on the popularity of Juno. JK LOL  we are slow at re-releasing stuff. We decided to ignore Barbara Walter's advice when she told us to strike when the iron was hot, and decided to wait until the iron had become safely tepid. Once a Moldy Peach, always a Moldy Peach. Bon appétit!"

                                                                                              “punk poets disguised as Nancy Sinatra and Dean Martin against a background of guitars and hiss...sweetly crazy and completely memorable.” -GUARDIAN

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              Lucky Number Nine
                                                                                              Jorge Regula
                                                                                              What Went Wrong
                                                                                              Nothing Came Out
                                                                                              Downloading Porn With Davo
                                                                                              These Burgers
                                                                                              Steak For Chicken
                                                                                              On Top
                                                                                              Greyhound Bus
                                                                                              Anyone Else But You
                                                                                              Little Bunny Foo Foo
                                                                                              The Ballad Of Helen Keller & Rip Van Winkle
                                                                                              Who's Got The Crack
                                                                                              Lucky Charms
                                                                                              D.2. Boyfriend
                                                                                              I Forgot
                                                                                              Lazy Confessions
                                                                                              NYC's Like A Graveyard (Edit)
                                                                                              Goodbye Song

                                                                                              Babelsberg is the fifth album by Gruff Rhys, his first record for Rough Trade since 2007’s classic Candylion. The album features orchestral scores by Swansea based composer Stephen McNeff and the incredible work of the 72 piece BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The result is Gruff’s best record to date - a ten song gazetteer of modern times, each track set to timeless, indelible melody. Amazingly, for a collection of songs written over two years ago, each one seems to pull very sharp focus on the times we’re living in.

                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                              Barry says: The legendary Gruff Rhys kills it once again for his newest outing, Babelsberg. Orchestral, nuanced and oozing with Gruff's singular vocal drawl, encompassing all aspects of his previous works and pulling together into a cohesive and essential whole.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              Frontier Man
                                                                                              The Club
                                                                                              Oh Dear!
                                                                                              Limited Edition Heart
                                                                                              Take That Call
                                                                                              Drones In The City
                                                                                              Negative Vibes
                                                                                              Same Old Song
                                                                                              Architecture Of Amnesia
                                                                                              Selfies In The Sunset

                                                                                              Parquets Courts' fifth album 'Wide Awake!' - produced by Danger Mouse - is a groundbreaking work, an album about independence and individuality but also about collectivity and communitarianism. The songs, written by Andrew Savage and Austin Brown but elevated to even greater heights by the dynamic rhythmic propulsion of Max Savage (drums) and Sean Yeaton (bass), are filled with their traditional punk rock passion, as well as a lyrical tenderness. The record reflects a burgeoning confidence in the band's exploration of new ideas in a hi-fi context.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              Total Football
                                                                                              Before The Water Gets Too High
                                                                                              Mardi Gras Beads
                                                                                              Almost Had To Start A Fight/In And Out Of Patience
                                                                                              Freebird II
                                                                                              Back To Earth
                                                                                              Wide Awake
                                                                                              NYC Observation
                                                                                              Death Will Bring Change

                                                                                              Mark Kozelek

                                                                                              Mark Kozelek

                                                                                                On May 11, 2018, Mark Kozelek will release his self titled album, Mark Kozelek, on Caldo Verde/Rough Trade. The 88- minute, double CD was recorded in San Francisco hotels and studios between May 2017 and January 2018. Mark has also completed work on a new Sun Kil Moon album to be released this November. All of the songs were written during Sun Kil Moon's European tour of Europe this past November, 2017. Some of the songs were recorded in Europe during that time, and some were recorded in December of 2017 in San Francisco.

                                                                                                Mark recently contributed music to the James Franco directed movie The Pretenders, to be released this summer, and also acted in the independent film Passing Through, written and directed by Jason Massot. Passing Through was shot in Butte, Montana, February of 2016.

                                                                                                Mark will be touring throughout 2018, both solo and with Sun Kil Moon, in South America, Europe, USA and Canada.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                1. This Is My Town
                                                                                                2. Live In Chicago
                                                                                                3. The Mark Kozelek Museum
                                                                                                4. My Love For You Is Undying
                                                                                                5. Weed Whacker
                                                                                                6. Sublime
                                                                                                7. Good Nostalgia
                                                                                                8. 666 Post
                                                                                                9. The Banjo Song
                                                                                                10. Young Riddick Bowe
                                                                                                11. I Cried During Wall Street

                                                                                                Across 19 tracks in just 40 minutes, Goat Girl’s self-titled debut creates a half-fantasy world out of a very dirty, ugly city reality.

                                                                                                Goat Girl belong to a burgeoning, close-knit south London scene, born in venues like The Windmill in Brixton and including bands like Shame, Bat-Bike, Madonnatron, Horsey, Sorry, and many more. “We help each other - I put you on, you put me on - because we genuinely like each other’s music. We’d played gigs all over before but never really settled in a comfortable environment, which is what The Windmill is. It’s an important place for us, it was the first space that our music made sense to exist within. It’s a safe space where music is genuinely listened to and appreciated, and where laws and licensing haven't reached over to ruin the venue.”

                                                                                                This live freedom enabled the band to think without constraints when it came to recording. Goat Girl enlisted producer Dan Carey (The Kills, Bat For Lashes, Franz Ferdinand) to help them capture their vision, set a goal to write and record a piece of music in a day in effort to capture that raw first-creation moment, and chose to record to tape.

                                                                                                It’s a very English album -- sharp-eyed observations like The Kinks, louche rage like The Slits -- but it’s also full of swampy, swaggering guitars and singer Lottie’s filthy drawl. Each member brings a diverse range of influences and contributions, ranging from krautrock to bossa nova, jazz to blues. They resist being boxed in to an indie, guitar-based genre, and focused intensely on the layers and textures of each song as well as the different contexts they could sit within.

                                                                                                The result, Goat Girl, succeeds in conjuring a complete world all unto itself, and is arranged in segments -- divided by improvised interludes -- that offer glimpses of an even stranger parallel universe. With each song acting as its own story of sorts that features different settings and characters, listeners are transported therewithin. It’s dark yet cheeky, varied yet cohesive, and striking in its vision; this world is populated by creeps and liars, lovers, dreamers, and wonderful lunatics. Lead single “Cracker Drool” is at once jaunty and sinister, a foreboding tale full of swirling guitar, echoing vocals and synthetic drum hits that stumbles and gurgles straight into “Slowly Reclines,” an equally menacing and considerably heavier track. “Creep” is, predictably and grimly enough, inspired by actual events: Creep on the train / I really want to smash your head in.

                                                                                                On “Country Sleaze,” she sings about sex in a way that embraces visceral reality and defeats shame. “If you say you’re sexually free, as a woman, society still deems that a bad thing. But really it’s a beautiful thing to be confident in yourself - to know that you can have sex and it doesn’t have to mean anything and that doesn’t make you a bad person.” Ellie smiles: “That song is quite disgusting, in a good way. It’s not trying to be nice, it’s not a love song.” Goat Girl is altogether an album crafted with intention, and invites imaginations to run wild; it draws listeners in to its half-fantasy world from the slow fade, eerie instrumental intro “Salty Sounds,” to the gorgeous, unsettling closer “Tomorrow” -- a rendition of the song featured in Bugsy Malone -- which ends with dawn-chorus birds and the feeling of new possibilities after a long and messy night.

                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                Darryl says: A superbly textured and stylistically varied outing from Goat Girl, holding within it's 19 tracks a fiery resolve and melodic leaning of the highest order. Brilliantly written and performed with heart!

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                Salty Sounds
                                                                                                Burn The Stake
                                                                                                Viper Fish
                                                                                                A Swamp Dog's Tale
                                                                                                Cracker Drool
                                                                                                Slowly Reclines
                                                                                                The Man With No Heart Or Brain
                                                                                                Moonlit Monkey
                                                                                                The Man
                                                                                                Lay Down
                                                                                                I Don't Care Part 1
                                                                                                Hank's Theme
                                                                                                I Don't Care Part 2
                                                                                                Throw Me A Bone
                                                                                                Dance Of Dirty Leftovers
                                                                                                Little Liar
                                                                                                Country Sleaze


                                                                                                Spring & Shade

                                                                                                  Josienne Clarke and Samantha Whates met on the London acoustic music scene several years ago and immediately shared a love of singing and writing songs. They have been unofficially collaborating for years, more often than not singing backing vocals for each other’s projects or just singing harmonies together for the pure enjoyment of it.

                                                                                                  PicaPica represents a long held ambition to write, record and perform new material and to join together with like-minded musicians and explore what it’s like to be in a band. Along with multiinstrumentalist, singer and songwriter Adam Beattie and multiple Grammy, Mercury and MOBO nominated producer, guitarist and bass player Sonny Johns, PicaPica make a sound that provides the perfect platform for two of the UK’s brightest vocal and songwriting talents. It’s instantly recognisable and completely unique.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  Spring & Shade/Light Of The Day
                                                                                                  Last Leaves/Way Back Up
                                                                                                  Small Time/Secret
                                                                                                  Little April Shower/April
                                                                                                  Come She Will



                                                                                                    Rough Trade Records are delighted to announce the reissue of Elastica’s debut album ‘Elastica’ which came out in 1994 and went straight to number 1.

                                                                                                    Justin Welch “The band is shocked and totally overwhelmed at the outpouring of love that obviously still exists for Elastica after all these years. Unfortunately, there are no immediate plans for a reunion but we are really excited to announce that we are working with Rough Trade Records and the re release of the first album on vinyl to coincide with Record Store Day 2017.”

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    Line Up
                                                                                                    Car Song
                                                                                                    Hold Me Now
                                                                                                    Indian Song
                                                                                                    Waking Up
                                                                                                    Never Here


                                                                                                    Between The Earth And The Sky

                                                                                                      “Lankum are the darlings of Dublin’s 300 year-old folk scene.” Colin Irwin – The Guardian

                                                                                                      Lankum are one of the most talked about bands to come out of Ireland in decades. They are a Dublin four-piece who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, accordion, fiddle and guitar. Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street-songs, classic ballads from the Traveller tradition, traditional Irish and American dance tunes, and their own original material. The band comprises of brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch along with Cormac MacDiarmada and Radie Peat. When not on tour Ian lectures in Irish Folklore and musical traditions in University College Dublin, while Cormac and Radie grew up as champion traditional players, on the fiddle and concertina, respectively. Yet Lankum are not purely trad themselves, in the same way The Pogues were more urban music. Rough-hewn and raw, they’re the edgiest thing in Dublin right now.

                                                                                                      Having spent the last number of years performing as ‘Lynched’ a play on Ian and Daragh’s family name Lynch, the band decided that they would no longer continue with the name due to the unavoidable implications that it has in regards to acts of racist violence. Their new name comes from the ballad ‘False Lankum’, as sung by the Irish Traveller John Reilly Jr.

                                                                                                      The band was originally formed by brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch in the early 2000’s, and has since progressed through a number of incarnations, culminating in the four-piece group playing today. The release of their album 'Cold Old Fire' and a subsequent appearance on the BBC television programme, 'Later... with Jools Holland' cemented their reputation as a band that successfully crosses genres. Lankum are busy breathing new life into old music.

                                                                                                      Although an acoustic group whose repertoire is fundamentally based on traditional song, influenced by legends such as Frank Harte, Planxty, The Dubliners and the Watersons, subtle traces of the group’s collective influences can be detected, ranging from American old-timey music to krautrock and drone.

                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                      Barry says: Unbelievable hypnotic multi-part harmonies, flickering fiddles and trad. melodies all over the gaff. It's a hark back to traditional folk in all it's forms. Sea shanties, drinking chants, all the good stuff.

                                                                                                      Mark Kozelek With Ben Boye And Jim White

                                                                                                      Mark Kozelek With Ben Boye And Jim White

                                                                                                        Recorded and mixed in San Francisco February through June of 2017.

                                                                                                        Words by Mark Kozelek. Music by Kozelek, Ben Boye and Jim White of Xylouris White, and most notably, Dirty Three with frequent Nick Cave collaborator, Warren Ellis. 

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        House Cat
                                                                                                        Topo Gigio
                                                                                                        Fur Balls
                                                                                                        Los Margaritos
                                                                                                        Blood Test
                                                                                                        February Rain
                                                                                                        The Black Butterfly
                                                                                                        The Robin Williams Tunnel

                                                                                                        Honey Hahs


                                                                                                          The Honey Hahs are three sisters from South London somewhere between Nunhead and Peckham. Their average age is 11 and a ½ years old. Rowan plays guitar and piano, Robin plays bass and Sylvie plays drum. They all sing and harmonise.

                                                                                                          This Is The Kit - the musical project which holds exceptional Paris-via-Bristol songwriter Kate Stables close to its heart - have earned the adoration of peers including Guy Garvey, The National and Sharon van Etten. Their new album and Rough Trade debut, 'Moonshine Freeze', is undoubtedly their most compelling and accomplished to date. Produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, M Ward, Perfume Genius), it began in the immediate wake of its predecessor, 'Bashed Out', when days after coming off tour last November, Stables and her band (Rozi Plain, Jamie Whitby-Coles, Neil Smith and Jesse D Vernon) headed into the studio in Bristol. Aaron Dessner of The National also features on six of the album tracks.

                                                                                                          Though the album’s songs were already written before heading into the studio, Stables says she had no fierce vision for how they should sound, preferring to let them take shape with the input of her band and Parish. “I’m not yet someone who says ‘I want this album to sound like an 80’s French nightclub’,” she says. “All I can do is write the songs and then step back from them and see what themes or patterns there are, then bring those patterns out so it’s a coherent piece of work, sonically and in terms of feeling.” Sonically, Moonshine Freeze is a beguiling mixture of great musical sophistication and something more guileless — children’s games, songs, incantations and snatches of nursery rhymes. Stables’ voice too is a remarkable thing: in its angles there lies an exquisite strangeness reminiscent of Will Oldham, Magnolia Electric Co, Robert Wyatt, Karen Dalton. 

                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                          Barry says: Propulsive dual vocal melodies and tenderly treated fuzz guitars punctuate subtle acoustic strums and clashing lo-fi percussion, gradually acquiescing into folky flickering strings and softly accentuated angelic vox. The 11 songs on ‘Moonshine Freeze’ perfectly progress from twee minimalism into hefty, but not overwrought instrumentals. It's a delicate balance to maintain, but it is done flawlessly here.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          Bullet Proof
                                                                                                          Hotter Colder
                                                                                                          Moonshine Freeze
                                                                                                          Easy On The Thieves
                                                                                                          All Written Out In Numbers
                                                                                                          Empty No Teeth
                                                                                                          Riddled With Ticks
                                                                                                          Two Pence Piece
                                                                                                          Show Me So
                                                                                                          By My Demon Eye
                                                                                                          Solid Grease

                                                                                                          Benjamin Booker


                                                                                                            On ‘Witness,’ Booker has created his most ambitious work yet by digging deep into his passion for eccentric soul, R&B, and blues, while never straying too far from the garage-punk intensity that made his self-titled 2014 debut such a creative breakthrough. The album’s ten new, original tracks were all written by Booker, produced by Sam Cohen (Kevin Morby), mixed by Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes), and recorded at The Isokon studio in Woodstock, NY and New York City’s Red Delicious studio.

                                                                                                            By Benjamin Booker

                                                                                                            “Once you find yourself in another civilization you are forced to examine your own.” -James Baldwin

                                                                                                            By February of 2016, I realized I was a songwriter with no songs, unable to piece together any words that wouldn’t soon be plastered on the side of a paper airplane.
                                                                                                            I woke up one morning and called my manager, Aram Goldberg.
                                                                                                            “Aram, I got a ticket south,” I said. “I’m going to Mexico for a month.”
                                                                                                            “Do you speak Spanish,” he asked.
                                                                                                            “No,” I answered. “That’s why I’m going.”
                                                                                                            The next day I packed up my clothes, books and a cheap classical guitar I picked up in Charleston. I headed to to Louis Armstrong Airport and took a plane from New Orleans to Houston to Mexico City.
                                                                                                            As I flew above the coast of Mexico, I looked out the plane window and saw a clear sky with the uninhabited coast of a foreign land below me.
                                                                                                            I couldn’t help but smile.
                                                                                                            My heart was racing.
                                                                                                            I was running.
                                                                                                            I rented an apartment on the border of Juarez and Doctores, two neighborhoods in the center of the city, near the Baleras metro station and prepared to be mostly alone.
                                                                                                            I spent days wandering the streets, reading in parks, going to museums and looking for food that wouldn’t make me violently ill again. A few times a week I’d meet up with friends in La Condesa to sip Mezcal at La Clandestina, catch a band playing at El Imperial or see a DJ at Pata Negra, a local hub.
                                                                                                            I spent days in silence and eventually began to write again.
                                                                                                            I was almost entirely cut off from my home. Free from the news. Free from politics. Free from friends.
                                                                                                            What I felt was the temporary peace that can come from looking away. It was a weightlessness, like being alone in a dark room. Occasionally, the lights would be turned on and I’d once again be aware of my own mass.
                                                                                                            I’d get headlines sent to me from friends at home.
                                                                                                            “More arrests at US Capitol as Democracy Spring meets Black Lives Matter”
                                                                                                            “Bill Clinton Gets Into Heated Exchange with Black Lives Matter Protester”
                                                                                                            That month, Americans reflected on the murder of Freddie Gray by Baltimore police a year earlier.
                                                                                                            I’d turn my phone off and focus on something else. I wasn’t in America.
                                                                                                            One night, I went to Pata Negra for drinks with my friend Mauricio. Mau was born and raised in Mexico City and became my guide. He took me under his wing and his connections in the city made my passage through the night a lot easier.
                                                                                                            We stood outside of Pata Negra for a cigarette and somehow ended up in an argument with a few young, local men. It seemed to come out of nowhere and before I knew it I was getting shoved to the ground by one of the men.
                                                                                                            Mau helped me get up and calmly talked the men down. I brushed the dirt off of my pants and we walked around the block.
                                                                                                            “What happened?” I asked him.
                                                                                                            “It’s fine,” he said. “Some people don’t like people who aren’t from here.”
                                                                                                            He wouldn’t say it, but I knew what he meant.

                                                                                                            It was at that moment that I realized what I was really running from.
                                                                                                            Growing up in the south, I experience my fair share of racism but I managed to move past these things without letting them affect me too much. I knew I was a smart kid and that would get me out of a lot of problems.
                                                                                                            In college, if I got pulled over for no reason driving I’d casually mention that I was a writer at the newspaper and be let go soon after by officers who probably didn’t want to see their name in print.
                                                                                                            “Excuse me, just writing your name down for my records.”
                                                                                                            I felt safe, like I could outsmart racism and come out on top.
                                                                                                            It wasn’t until Trayvon Martin, a murder that took place about a hundred miles from where I went to college, and the subsequent increase in attention to black hate crimes over the next few years that I began to feel something else.
                                                                                                            Fear. Real fear.
                                                                                                            It was like every time I turned on the TV, there I was. DEAD ON THE NEWS.
                                                                                                            I wouldn’t really acknowledge it, but it was breaking me and my lack of effort to do anything about it was eating me up inside.
                                                                                                            I fled to Mexico, and for a time it worked.
                                                                                                            But, outside of Pata Negra, I began to feel heavy again and realized that I might never again be able to feel that weightlessness. I knew then that there was no escape and I would have to confront the problem

                                                                                                            The song, “Witness,” came out of this experience and the desire to do more than just watch.
                                                                                                            If you grew up in the church you may have heard people talk about “bearing witness to the truth.”
                                                                                                            In John 18:37, Pilate asked Jesus if he is a king. Jesus replies, “You say that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, that I may bear witness to the truth. Everyone being of the truth hears My voice."
                                                                                                            In 1984, The New York Times printed an article titled “Reflections of a Maverick” about a hero of mine, James Baldwin.
                                                                                                            Baldwin has the following conversation with the writer, Julius Lester.

                                                                                                            Witness is a word I've heard you use often to describe yourself. It is not a word I would apply to myself as a writer, and I don't know if any black writers with whom I am contemporary would, or even could, use the word. What are you a witness to?

                                                                                                            Witness to whence I came, where I am. Witness to what I've seen and the possibilities that I think I see. . . .

                                                                                                            What's the difference between a spokesman and a witness?

                                                                                                            A spokesman assumes that he is speaking for others. I never assumed that - I never assumed that I could. Fannie Lou Hamer (the Mississippi civil rights organizer), for example, could speak very eloquently for herself. What I tried to do, or to interpret and make clear was that what the Republic was doing to that woman, it was also doing to itself. No society can smash the social contract and be exempt from the consequences, and the consequences are chaos for everybody in the society.

                                                                                                            “Witness” asks two questions I think every person in America needs to ask.
                                                                                                            “Am I going to be a Witness?” and in today’s world, “Is that enough?”

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            1. Right On You
                                                                                                            2. Motivation
                                                                                                            3. Witness (feat. Mavis Staples)
                                                                                                            4. The Slow Drag Under
                                                                                                            5. Truth Is Heavy
                                                                                                            6. Believe
                                                                                                            7. Overtime
                                                                                                            8. Off The Ground
                                                                                                            9. Carry
                                                                                                            10. All Was Well

                                                                                                            The album was recorded at Steve Mackey’s (Pulp) West Heath Garage studios in London. Jason Williamson discusses ‘English Tapas’: "Andrew walked into some random pub and saw "English Tapas" scrawled on the menu board. Underneath this beautiful coupling of words were it's components, half a scotch egg, cup of chips, pickle and a mini pork pie" It says everything about this fucking place. It's comedy, it’s make do, it's ignorant and above all, it's shit"

                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                            Barry says: Sleaford Mods hit us hard with another voracious and aggressive commentary on modern life with their trademark combination of wit and vitriol, backed by a thumping but decidedly downplayed backline. Snarling, punky spoken word passages and gritty dusty drum machines. If you like the Mods, this one won't change your mind. If you don't, it just might.

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            1. ARMY NIGHTS
                                                                                                            2. JUST LIKE WE DO
                                                                                                            3. MOPTOP
                                                                                                            4. MESSY ANYWHERE
                                                                                                            5. TIME SANDS
                                                                                                            6. SNOUT
                                                                                                            7. DRAYTON MANORED
                                                                                                            8. CARLTON TOUTS
                                                                                                            9. CUDDLY
                                                                                                            10. DULL
                                                                                                            11. BHS
                                                                                                            12. I FEEL DO WRONG



                                                                                                              In collaboration with Oneohtrix Point Never and Hudson Mohawke, on “PARADISE,” ANOHNI seeks to support activist conversations and disrupt assumptions about popular music through the collision of electronic sound and highly politicized lyrics.

                                                                                                              “PARADISE” includes new songs as well as material recently debuted live. On the title track, “Paradise,” Anohni voices ecstatic alienation, describing a dystopian life filled with horror, awe, comfort and threat. She expresses a sense of disembodiment: "Myself, I'm here... not here, as a point of consciousness." The music is wild and invigorating with a heavy beat conceived by Hudson Mohawke and twisting vocal treatments by Daniel Lopatin.

                                                                                                              Nine portraits of women on the EP artwork reflect the feminine oracle that ANOHNI evoked in her live concert tour.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              1. In My Dreams
                                                                                                              2. Paradise
                                                                                                              3. Jesus Will Kill You
                                                                                                              4. Enemy
                                                                                                              5. Ricochet
                                                                                                              6. She Doesn’t Mourn Her Loss

                                                                                                              Sun Kil Moon

                                                                                                              Common As Light And Love Are Red Valleys Of Blood

                                                                                                                “‘Common As Light And Love Are Red Valleys Of Blood’, for the most part, captures events from January to August of this year and how I processed it all while traveling.

                                                                                                                “[…] I’m blessed to have met the very talented Justin Broadrick and to have made these beautiful albums with him.

                                                                                                                “These two new albums capture more than my reactions to mass murders or the passing of beloved heroes like David Bowie or Muhammad Ali. The Sun Kil Moon and Jesu/Sun Kil Moon albums are also full of love, humor, and my gratitude

                                                                                                                Emiliana Torrini

                                                                                                                The Colourist & Emiliana Torrini

                                                                                                                  Rough Trade release a collaborative album by Emiliana Torrini & The Colorist Orchestra. This is a live album containing nine Emiliana Torrini songs from her catalogue along with two brand new songs. Seeing Emilíana and The Colorist Orchestra in concert is a truly special experience. They have a musical chemistry that is undeniable and documenting the experience on an album was something that just had to be done.

                                                                                                                  The Colorist Orchestra are a Belgian ensemble founded by Aarich Jespers and Kobe Proesmans in 2013. They re-envision the repertoires of established musicians from across genres using traditional classical instruments and arrangements, along with a variety of their own musical inventions to contribute innovative, never-before-heard sounds and grooves to their compositions and re-compositions.

                                                                                                                  When Jespers and Proesmans, fans of Torrini’s rich catalogue, invited her to collaborate on a series of live concerts she was intrigued and asked them to recompose one of her songs to see what their concept was all about. The result, a wholly novel rendition of ‘Animal Games’, from her most recent album ‘Tookah’, convinced Torrini that working with the group was a creative opportunity that she shouldn’t dare miss.

                                                                                                                  The group created a new world out of the music and while Torrini admitted that she could barely recognize many of her own songs in the rearrangements, the collaboration - from emails and Skype calls to rehearsals, soundchecks and finally the live concerts - came together organically and beautifully, with Torrini’s talent elevating the Colorist ensemble’s creativity and the group helping her rediscover the joy and the power within her own songs in this new light. The shows’ reception from audiences and press was exceptional and the Colorist members and Torrini realized a live album would enable them to share this magical experience more broadly.

                                                                                                                  Two brand new Emiliana Torrini songs debut on this album: ‘Nightfall’, written by Kid Koala and Torrini; and ‘When We Dance’, written by Jespers, Proesmans and Torrini. The latter reflects the musical chemistry the three musicians developed during the process of rehearsal and performance for the Colorist concerts.

                                                                                                                  Emiliana Torrini’s voice has been embedded in your brain over the last 20 years whether you knew it or not. She was a member of GusGus and she’s written / produced / performed numerous songs and hits with the likes of Kylie Minogue, Thievery Corporation, Bill Callahan and more. She herself had a #1 hit in a few countries with the song ‘Jungle Drum’ and in Germany it stayed in the #1 position for nine weeks. She contributed a song to the multi-platinum ‘Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers’ Soundtrack and her songs have been featured in many television shows. Her debut album was released in 1999 and was followed by three more critically acclaimed titles.

                                                                                                                  “Ms. Torrini’s voice is warm and whispery and appealingly unpredictable: she knows when to flatten the melody with a half spoke phrase and when to carry it up and away.” - The New York Times

                                                                                                                  Jason Williamson discusses TCR: “The idea behind the TCR video was to show and use the actual 1980’s toy racing kit in its original environment which would of most probably been the living room floor for most kids at that time It's a pretty crap device and I thought it married perfectly to the idea of life's (at times) rotating dross. The narration/vocal over the song is just that, an account of a bloke reacting to what he feels is a routine laden existence by 'escaping' for the night to the pub only to realize this is also a limited experience and in turn all options kind of merge into a circular experience of never ending repetition that he tries to navigate.”

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  I Can Tell
                                                                                                                  Britain Thirst
                                                                                                                  Dad's Corner
                                                                                                                  You're A Nottshead

                                                                                                                  Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker


                                                                                                                    Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker release their debut album for Rough Trade. The album which is self-produced, follows their Rough Trade debut, the ‘Through The Clouds' EP, which was released earlier this year.

                                                                                                                    ‘Overnight’ is their most ambitious record to date, focusing on Clarke’s extraordinary voice and lyrics, and Walker’s prodigious guitar-playing and arranging; the album features panoramic orchestration by an eclectic core of acclaimed musicians, including strings, horns, piano, double bass, and drums. The twelve songs – ten originals and two covers - recorded almost entirely live at Rockfield Studios in Wales - serve as a snapshot of the endless cycle of night into day and back again, morning light, into dusk, into black midnight, into greying dawn, and on, and on.

                                                                                                                    The album’s lilting first single, “The Waning Crescent,” is almost an answer in ballad form to the portrayal of the moon in traditional and popular music as a soothing, confessional, companion (i.e. “Blue Moon”). Coming at the darkest and stillest point in the album, the song – like the moon – brings a reassuring lightness.

                                                                                                                    Clarke explains, "I started to think about if I was the moon, what I might think and feel, and what the moon might sing back,” adding, “I’ve given it a slightly whiny, self-pitying quality because it’s whimsical and a bit funny.”

                                                                                                                    One of the poppier songs on the album, the sound of “The Waning Crescent” is meant to fit the song’s subject matter. “We’ve done vignettes before where we've taken on a musical genre because that’s what fits the concept of the song. On this one, we’ve used the ‘50s and ‘60s space-race era pop sound to deliberately compound the moon theme,” says Josienne.

                                                                                                                    Other ‘Overnight’ highlights include the stunning country/soul ballad “Something Familiar” and their marvelous take on Gillian Welch’s “Dark Turn Of Mind,” the eerie folk of “Dawn Of The Dark” and “The Light Of His Lamp,” and the traditional-leaning “Sweet The Sorrow” and “Weep You No More Sad Fountains,” the latter a traditional English ballad set to song.

                                                                                                                    Though Clarke & Walker’s previous work is very much steeped in the the folk tradition – the two in fact won the BBC Folk Award for Best Duo in 2015 – ‘Overnight’ draws just as much inspiration from more-straightforward 1970s AM radio rock like Fleetwood Mac or Neil Young as they do from folk-rockers like Fairport Convention or Joni Mitchell.

                                                                                                                    ‘Heads Up’ was recorded after the band spent 2015 apart working on solo projects. Reuniting in January this year, the band started to work with producer Jacob Bercovici, whom they had worked on their debut EP ‘Exquisite Corpse’ – into the studio to begin work on the new LP.

                                                                                                                    The album was recorded in House on The Hill studio in downtown LA, their home studios and Papap’s Palace and for the first time ever, recorded in pairs and alone rather than as a full band.

                                                                                                                    ‘The doors were a little more open in terms of what was accepted and what wasn’t, because we were sharing ideas so rapidly between us” says the band drummer Stella Mozgawa of the recording process. “

                                                                                                                    “Everybody was allowed to have their space, time and creative freedom with songs and figure out, ‘I wonder what the best notes would be? I wonder what the best would be to play?” says bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg “Everybody got to sit and go, “What do I want to do to this? What’s my part? What’s My Role? How can I make it the best?”

                                                                                                                    “I Feel really proud of what we made – almost surprised,” says Linberg “When we were making it, I was like “I wonder what this is going to sound like? How’s this going to come together so nicely? I feel so proud of it, and like its an evolution of our band, It sounds like a mature version of Warpaint”

                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                    Barry says: Warpaint have obviously matured a bit. Their last album was a rawkous and forceful cacophony of sound, visceral and triumphant. This is somewhat more nuanced, confident and collected. Electronic drums are heard in certain sections, rippling and swaying instrumental breakdowns and smooth vocal melodies. This has much more of a swagger about it, like they have made their point and now they're just out to prove their worth. It's definitely working. Fantastic.

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    01 Whiteout
                                                                                                                    02 By Your Side
                                                                                                                    03 New Song
                                                                                                                    04 The Stall
                                                                                                                    05 So Good
                                                                                                                    06 Don't Wanna
                                                                                                                    07 Don't Let Go
                                                                                                                    08 Dre
                                                                                                                    09 Heads Up
                                                                                                                    10 Above Control
                                                                                                                    11 Today Dear

                                                                                                                    Pantha Du Prince

                                                                                                                    The Triad

                                                                                                                      “Hendrik Weber is one of the leading figures in modern techno.” - Pitchfork • “A gift for generating heavily melodic mazes of sound.” - BBC

                                                                                                                      German techno auteur Pantha Du Prince (aka Hendrik Weber) releases ‘The Triad’, his first proper studio album since his 2010 breakthrough ‘Black Noise’ and 2013’s collaboration with The Bell Laboratory, ‘Elements Of Light’.

                                                                                                                      Of the new album’s conceptual framework Weber says, “‘Black Noise’ was very much about me being alone in a small room in Berlin and composing. ‘The Triad’ opens the structure to more human ways of interacting, not digitized ways of interacting. It’s not about Facebook; it's about meeting up and jamming. I wanted to cut through the digital dust that surrounds us.”

                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                      Barry says: The tone for this whole album is set by the organically blooming electronic melodies and serene ambient sweeps of anthemic opener 'The Winter Hymn'. Nuanced and breathtaking.



                                                                                                                        “Anohni has arrived at the high table of electronic nowness. She has moved from the lush pastoral piano modern compositional landscape framing her voice into a more immediate world of dance-mutated electronica... Was pop ever so revelatory or so profound?” - Geoff Travis, London 2016

                                                                                                                        Anohni, the singer of Antony And The Johnsons, releases her new album, ‘Hopelessness’, on Rough Trade. A collaboration with Oneohtrix Point Never and Hudson Mohawke, ‘Hopelessness’ is a dance record with soulful vocals and lyrics addressing subjects including surveillance, drone warfare and ecocide. The album seeks to disrupt assumptions about popular music through the collision of electronic sound and highly politicized lyrics.

                                                                                                                        To coincide with the Climate Conference in Paris last December, Anohni released her debut single, ‘4 Degrees’ and The Guardian called it “Hugely affecting… instantly earns its place in the pantheon of great musical protests.”

                                                                                                                        ‘Drone Bomb Me’ is the beautiful yet brutal second single from ‘Hopelessness’. As described by Anohni, “‘Drone Bomb Me’ is a love song written from the perspective of a young girl in Afghanistan whose family has been executed by unmanned US drones. She dreams of being annihilated.” The powerful video for ‘Drone Bomb Me’ was directed by Nabil and features an astonishing performance by Naomi Campbell.

                                                                                                                        “‘Hopelessness is the genius of Anohni and her masterful songwriting. The long low sexy beats, the skittering colorful and playful rhythms surround her voice, which is the silky center… ‘Hopelessness’ is an entirely new mix of love and power, sex and despair delivered with her heavenly voice and incantatory melodies.” - Laurie Anderson, NYC 2016

                                                                                                                        “Once, some time ago, Anohni, who sings so exquisitely on this new record which is really about defiance and naming names-the name you want to be called, your birthright-was known as Antony but it didn’t measure up to what was felt inside, and it is my belief that Anohni’s voice would have closed up if Anohni had stayed Antony and the words would have stopped, too, because the naming was not as accurate as Anohni’s soul required to sing what needed to be sung... The record is fierce-fierce in its desire to breathe and be heard.” - Hilton Als, NYC 2016

                                                                                                                        Recorded over the course of a year against a backdrop of personal instability, Human Performance massively expands the idea of what a Parquet Courts record can be. They've been one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the last 5 years; this is the record that backs all those words up.

                                                                                                                        “Every day it starts, anxiety,” began the first song on 2014’s Content Nausea. Those were essentially the song’s only lyrics, but Human Performance picks up where that thought left off, picking apart the anxieties of modern life: “The unavoidable noise of NYC that can be maddening, the kind of the impossible struggle against clutter, whether it's physical or mental or social,” says singer, guitarist and Human Performance producer/mixer Austin Brown.

                                                                                                                        There has always been the emotional side of Parquet Courts, which has always had an important balance with the more discussed cerebral side, but Andrew Savage sees Human Performance as a redistribution of weight in that balance. "I began to question my humanity, and if it was always as sincere as I thought, or if it was a performance,” says Savage. “I felt like a sort of malfunctioning apparatus,” he says. “Like a machine programmed to be human showing signs of defect.”

                                                                                                                        The sonic diversity, time, and existential effort that went into its creation makes Human Performance Parquet Courts' most ambitious record to date. It's a work of incredible creative vision born of seemingly insurmountable adversity. It is also their most accessible record yet. 

                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                        Darryl says: After bursting on the scene with the explosive and thrilling splendour of “Light Up Gold” (a Piccadilly Records Album Of The Year back in 2013) Parquet Courts seemed to be on a mission to alienate with a succession of somewhat “difficult” releases, the ‘Monastic Living’ EP in particular was a real head scratcher! But thankfully with ‘Human Performance’ the Brooklyn based four piece have rediscovered their smart pop edge.
                                                                                                                        Kicking off with the upbeat and catchy “Dust”, the band immediately plug in to their trademark “Americana punk” showcasing an uber cool sound that brings to mind the perfect New York lineage of Sonic Youth, Television and The Velvet Underground.
                                                                                                                        Almost every track on ‘Human Performance’ screams “Single” potential; we have the goofball pop of “I Was Just Here”, “Berlin Got Blurry” and afore mentioned “Dust”; the slacker-rock (dare we say Pavement influences?) of “Paraphased”, “Outside” and “Keep It Even”; the jaunty rumbles of “Pathos Prairie” and “Captive Of The Sun”; the mellow hazy-psych of “Steady On Mind” and the uptempo but chilling “Two Dead Cops”. The title track chronicling a relationship breakdown is a serious song of the year contender with its introspective verses and explosive shouted choruses; and then we have album’s centrepiece, “One Man No City”, a six minute plus drawn-out long-jam epic combining bongos and the jagged guitars of “The Gift” period VU. Lastly, "It's Gonna Happen" is a perfect finale, a brooding refrain that leads out with the reflective “…it’s gonna happen every time so rehearse with me in mind…”
                                                                                                                        ‘Human Performance’ is Parquet Courts reaching a songwriting peak, refined and intelligent off-kilter Brooklyn art-rock.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1. Dust
                                                                                                                        2. Human Performance
                                                                                                                        3. Outside
                                                                                                                        4. I Was Just Here
                                                                                                                        5. Paraphrased
                                                                                                                        6. Captive Of The Sun
                                                                                                                        7. Steady On My Mind
                                                                                                                        8. On Man, No City
                                                                                                                        9. Berlin Got Blurry
                                                                                                                        10. Keep It Even
                                                                                                                        11. Two Dead Cops
                                                                                                                        12. Pathos Prairie
                                                                                                                        13. It's Gonna Happen

                                                                                                                        Pantha Du Prince

                                                                                                                        The Winter Hymn

                                                                                                                          Pantha du Prince's new EP 'The Winter Hymn' features the titular album cut along with the exclusive track “Post Human Palisades (feat. Bendik & Kassian)” and an extended mix of the album track “Dream Yourself Awake".

                                                                                                                          The Prettiots

                                                                                                                          Funs Cool

                                                                                                                            NYC’s The Prettiots (Kay Kasparhauser and Lulu Prat) release their debut album ‘Funs Cool’ via Rough Trade.

                                                                                                                            Packed with catchy melodies, memorable hooks and heart on the sleeve lyrics, ‘Funs Cool’ acts as a thoughtful, funny, and catchy-as-hell state of the union address from young women living in a big city and watching life unfurl in fits and starts before them.

                                                                                                                            ‘Funs Cool’ comes hot on the heels of the band’s recent rapturously received first UK shows in November.

                                                                                                                            The Prettiots have a playful aesthetic and a sweet pop sound but their observations are scalpel-sharp and the emotional gut-punch their music packs is real. For Kay (vocals and uke) and Lulu (bass), simple instrumentation and no-frills vocals aren’t employed because they’re easy or cute - they’re useful because they’re the fastest way to the truth.

                                                                                                                            As Kasparhauser explained recently in a Rookie Magazine interview earlier this year, “My lyrics are completely honest… they’re 100% true to my thoughts at any given moment. I like to talk about Werner Herzog and sex.”

                                                                                                                            Jesu / Sun Kil Moon

                                                                                                                            Jesu / Sun Kil Moon

                                                                                                                              A collaborative studio album by American indie folk act Sun Kil Moon and British experimental act Jesu. The album also features guests Will Oldham aka Bonnie "Prince" Billy, members of Low, Rachel Goswell of Slowdiveand Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse.

                                                                                                                              Jesu and Sun Kil Moon including drummer Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth will play five shows in February and March 2016 to support the album. 

                                                                                                                              Gruff Rhys


                                                                                                                                "Candylion" was the second solo album from Gruff Rhys. Now released on vinyl for the first time in the UK, it's a mesmerising musical journey. It seems fitting therefore that insight into the workings behind the album come straight from the man himself:

                                                                                                                                '"Candylion" took form in the spring of 2006 over a fragmented two week period at Gorwel Owen's Ofn studio in Llanfaelog, Wales. My ears were happily ringing from a few months touring with the Super Furry Animals and I had a batch of mellower acoustic songs I wanted to record quickly and get out of the way before the next speaker-blowing SFA record. Once in the studio however I got carried away and found myself in a nostalgic mood, pining for some of the music I grew up listening to.'

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                A.1 - This Is Just The Beginning
                                                                                                                                A.2 - Candylion
                                                                                                                                A.3 - The Court Of King Arthur
                                                                                                                                A.4 - Lonsome Words
                                                                                                                                A.5 - Cycle Of Violence
                                                                                                                                A.6 - Painting People Blue
                                                                                                                                B.1. - Beacon Of Darkness
                                                                                                                                B.2 - Con Carino
                                                                                                                                B.3 - Gyrru Gyrru Gyrru
                                                                                                                                B.4 - Now That The Feeling Has Gone
                                                                                                                                B.5 - Ffwydriad Yn Y Ffurfafen
                                                                                                                                C.1 Skylon!
                                                                                                                                D - Etched..


                                                                                                                                Right On!

                                                                                                                                  Jenny Lee Lindberg of Warpaint announces her solo debut album as jennylee, after hinting to fans with studio photos via social media. ‘right on!’ is released by Rough Trade Records.

                                                                                                                                  Co-produced by jennylee and Norm Block, the 10 songs on ‘right on!’ were all written by jennylee and recorded earlier this spring at Happy Ending Studios in Silverlake, CA.

                                                                                                                                  Joining Jenny on the album are Norm Block (Plexi, Mark Lanegan), Dan Elkan (Them Hills, Broken Bells) and Warpaint’s Stella Mozgawa. Additional players include Tony Bevilacqua, Kris Byerly, Katie Burden, Kirk Hellie, Jonathan Hishcke and Cedric LeMoyne.

                                                                                                                                  While ‘right on!’ retains some of Jenny’s signature Warpaint groove, she incorporates New Wave and Goth elements into her solo work. Her breathy voice and her meticulous bass playing create a new aura that is hazy and dreamy, and essentially all jennylee.

                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  Boom Boom
                                                                                                                                  Long Lonely Winter
                                                                                                                                  He Fresh
                                                                                                                                  White Devil
                                                                                                                                  Real Life

                                                                                                                                  Girl Band

                                                                                                                                  Holding Hands With Jamie

                                                                                                                                  If you’ve seen Girl Band live, you understand. If you’ve heard ‘The Early Years’ EP or one of their early, handmade releases - or perhaps if you’ve seen the not-for-the-squeamish video for their eight-minute cover of Blawan’s “Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage,” you’ve got a sense.

                                                                                                                                  ‘Holding Hands with Jamie,’ Girl Band’s debut album, comes a few years into their tenure; a few years after their first tour; nine days crammed into a Fiat Panda; a few years of stamping 7” sleeves to sell at merch tables and mail-order; a few years of writing songs and touring and developing a live ferocity unmatched by nearly anyone. Recorded in April 2015, two days after returning home from their first-ever US tour, the nine tracks making up 'Holding Hands with Jamie’ capture, more than any previous recordings, the tension and abrasive energy of a Girl Band performance.

                                                                                                                                  Going into the studio (Bow Lane, Dublin) to record an album - rather than a track or two here and there - “required a different mindset,” guitarist Alan Duggan explained. "It was way more challenging to stay focused – tricky to find a balance between keeping a distance from the songs for perspective but also to fully concentrate on them.” While they had the luxury of studio time (“we spent three or four days just setting up drums, amps, and mics”), the band laid down seven of the tracks in less than two days, ensuring that the record pulses with vitality and forward momentum.

                                                                                                                                  Recalling any number of things but for only milliseconds at a time, Girl Band make a mockery of comparisons, because you can only get as far as “oh this bit sounds like—” before a guitar scuff-screams, the bass crunches like a car in a bailing press, or something else visceral and glorious comes from the speakers, and the thought’s erased. This young Dublin foursome are creating vital, propulsive, and almost terrifyingly energetic noise-rock that pulls as much influence from classic techno as from their more obvious post-punk, noise and industrial predecessors.

                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  1. Umbongo
                                                                                                                                  2. Pears For Lunch
                                                                                                                                  3. Baloo
                                                                                                                                  4. In Plastic
                                                                                                                                  5. Paul
                                                                                                                                  6. The Last Riddler
                                                                                                                                  7. Texting An Alien
                                                                                                                                  8. Fucking Butter
                                                                                                                                  9. The Witch Doctor

                                                                                                                                  Micachu And The Shapes

                                                                                                                                  Good Sad Happy Bad

                                                                                                                                    That Micachu & The Shapes’ return, three years after the release of their last record ‘Never’, is almost an accident: the trio of friends decided to rehearse in an East London studio, and found themselves immersed into an hours-long jam. Drummer Marc Pell had an Edirol field recorder in hand, and unbeknownst to his bandmates, recorded the whole session; Pell, Mica Levi, and Raisa Khan were so enamored of those off-the-cuff audio experiments that they became the underpinnings of a new record.

                                                                                                                                    "For me it's the most free we have been,” Levi explains. Rather than showing up to the studio with songs written out, the trio started with a collaborative improvisation, from which Levi chose sections to develop into songs, writing lyrics to the entire record “non-stop, in one avalanche."

                                                                                                                                    With one listen, it’s easy to hear why they loved the tracks. ‘Good Sad Happy Bad’ maintains the experimental-pop sensibility the band has brought to previous efforts, combining the lightness and bounce of their best singles with the sonic textures of field recordings, industrial effects alongside straightforward instrumentation. Levi’s affected vocals eschew easily readable emotional tone, instead relying on quixotic lyricism, repetition, and immersion into the song’s landscape, to evoke warmly - rather than show - the sentiments underpinning the songs.

                                                                                                                                    The record’s irrepressible energy, across both the upbeat and a handful of sadder songs, seems to be a direct result of the live recording process. “Jams are really quite a healthy release, it’s a way of getting stuff out without consciously thinking about it or making decisions,” says Khan.

                                                                                                                                    Conversely, because the band worked out the final mixes together over a number of months - rather than in a traditional, multi-track studio over a shorter period - Pell found a new degree of creativity. “I think the best drum part I have ever written is the stick-clicking at the beginning of ‘Peach’ - a moment, he explains, that he wouldn’t have been able to notice without the luxury of seeing the recorded tracks as more than simply songs, but as collections of sonic ideas.

                                                                                                                                    “Different things are happening in my life now, so there is no doubt that it will be a very different album.” - Mark Kozelek

                                                                                                                                    ‘Universal Themes’ includes ‘The Possum’, a nineminute track featuring Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley about dead possums and hanging out with Godflesh.

                                                                                                                                    Guitars and vocals by Mark Kozelek. Percussion by Steve Shelley.

                                                                                                                                    Recorded in San Francisco, 2014 / 2015. Additional recording in Hoboken, 2015.

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    The Possum
                                                                                                                                    Birds Of Flims
                                                                                                                                    With A Sort Of Grace I Walked To The Bathroom To Cry
                                                                                                                                    Garden Of Lavender
                                                                                                                                    Cry Me A River 
                                                                                                                                    Williamsburg Sleeve
                                                                                                                                    Tattoo Blues
                                                                                                                                    Ali/Spinks 2
                                                                                                                                    Little Rascals
                                                                                                                                    This Is My First Day And I’m Indian And I Work At A Gas Station


                                                                                                                                    Before We Forgot How To Dream

                                                                                                                                      Before We Forgot How to Dream’ is a stunning snapshot of SOAK’s formative years growing up in Northern Ireland, touching variously on the themes of isolation, family and what to do with your future. Already compared with the likes of Laura Marling and Beach House, Bridie has been a rising star in her hometown of Derry since the age of 14, when a chance uploading of the ‘Sea Creatures’ demo to the BBC Introducing playlist saw A&R board the next flight over and park up outside the Monds-Watson’s household. Yet SOAK rushed into nothing, instead splitting her time between studies, the local skate-park and daunting early shows (such as opening Derry’s tenure as City of Culture hours before a GCSE exam). Things moved forward last year, when Bridie teamed up with CHVRCHES for their launch of a singles label, toured with George Ezra and Tegan & Sara, before signing a deal with Rough Trade the same summer most of her friends got their A-Level results. Produced alongside Tommy from Villagers, her debut album traces SOAK’s extraordinary journey to this point, and marks Bridie’s graduation from raw talent to a significant songwriter for the years ahead. It seems also to speak of those more universal joys and fears of adolescence, before we, too, forgot how to dream.

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      My Brain
                                                                                                                                      B A NoBody
                                                                                                                                      Sea Creatures
                                                                                                                                      A Dream To Fly
                                                                                                                                      24 Windowed House
                                                                                                                                      Hailstones Don’t Hurt
                                                                                                                                      Reckless Behaviour
                                                                                                                                      If Everyone Is Someone - No One Is Everyone
                                                                                                                                      Oh Brother

                                                                                                                                      Palma Violets

                                                                                                                                      Danger In The Club - Deluxe CD Edition

                                                                                                                                        Two year’s on from the release of their debut, top 10 UK charting album ‘180’, which NME declared to be ‘the new soundtrack to your life,’ Q Magazine ‘one of the best debut albums of the decade’ and The Quietus ‘fucking brrrilliant,’ Palma Violets have announced the full details of their highly anticipated follow-up ‘Danger In The Club’. The album was produced by John Leckie (Stone Roses, Radiohead, The Fall), recorded at Rockfield Studio in Wales and is set for release on 4th May 2015 on Rough Trade Records. 

                                                                                                                                        Anyone lucky enough to catch Palma Violets road testing the new album at intimate UK venues recently (including Scunthorpe where the local rugby team had to be called in when the venue’s bouncers couldn’t handle the over-excited crowd) can testify that the new material is a giant step up from the band’s debut. ‘Girl, You Couldn’t Do Much Better On The Beach’ and ‘Hollywood (I Got It)’ build on ‘180’s exhilarating, primal rock and roll, whilst the hook-heavy choruses and imaginative lyrics of ‘English Tongue’ and ‘Coming Over To My Place’ demonstrate how much Palma Violets – still all in their early twenties – have developed into first class songwriters and honed their own unique sound.

                                                                                                                                        Speaking about the new album, bassist and singer Chilli Jesson explains: 
                                                                                                                                        “We wanted to make a young-sounding record. We listened to a lot of pre-punk while we were making the album. We like its rawness and simplicity. A lot of bands want to over-complicate their second album, we know that we didn’t.”

                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        1. Sweet Violets
                                                                                                                                        2. Hollywood (I Got It)
                                                                                                                                        3. Girl, You Couldn’t Do Much Better On The Beach
                                                                                                                                        4. Danger In The Club
                                                                                                                                        5. Coming Over To My Place
                                                                                                                                        6. Secrets Of America 
                                                                                                                                        7. The Jacket Song 
                                                                                                                                        8. Matador
                                                                                                                                        9. Gout! Gang! Go!
                                                                                                                                        10. Walking Home
                                                                                                                                        11. Peter And The Gun
                                                                                                                                        12. No Money Honey
                                                                                                                                        13. English Tongue

                                                                                                                                        Bonus Tracks:
                                                                                                                                        1. Five Gold Rings
                                                                                                                                        2. The Man Is Asleep
                                                                                                                                        3. In The Rain
                                                                                                                                        4. Scandal

                                                                                                                                        Palma Violets

                                                                                                                                        Danger In The Club

                                                                                                                                          Two year’s on from the release of their debut, top 10 UK charting album ‘180’, which NME declared to be ‘the new soundtrack to your life,’ Q Magazine ‘one of the best debut albums of the decade’ and The Quietus ‘fucking brrrilliant,’ Palma Violets have announced the full details of their highly anticipated follow-up ‘Danger In The Club’. The album was produced by John Leckie (Stone Roses, Radiohead, The Fall), recorded at Rockfield Studio in Wales and is released on Rough Trade Records.

                                                                                                                                          Anyone lucky enough to catch Palma Violets road testing the new album at intimate UK venues recently (including Scunthorpe where the local rugby team had to be called in when the venue’s bouncers couldn’t handle the over-excited crowd) can testify that the new material is a giant step up from the band’s debut. ‘Girl, You Couldn’t Do Much Better On The Beach’ and ‘Hollywood (I Got It)’ build on ‘180’s exhilarating, primal rock and roll, whilst the hook-heavy choruses and imaginative lyrics of ‘English Tongue’ and ‘Coming Over To My Place’ demonstrate how much Palma Violets - still all in their early twenties - have developed into first class songwriters and honed their own unique sound.

                                                                                                                                          Speaking about the new album, bassist and singer Chilli Jesson explains:
                                                                                                                                          “We wanted to make a young-sounding record. We listened to a lot of pre-punk while we were making the album. We like its rawness and simplicity. A lot of bands want to over-complicate their second album, we know that we didn’t.”

                                                                                                                                          The Decemberists

                                                                                                                                          What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

                                                                                                                                            “In some ways, this album was four years in the making,” says Colin Meloy, frontman and primary songwriter of the Decemberists. “We were on hiatus, so we had all the time we could want, no schedule or tour, no expectations.”

                                                                                                                                            With the ability to work at their own pace, the resulting record, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, is the band’s most varied and dynamic work, both musically and emotionally. Since their earliest recordings more than a decade ago, the Decemberists have always been known for their sense of scope and daring—from “The Tain,” an eighteen-and-a-half minute 2004 single based on an Irish myth to their last two ambitious, thematic albums, The Hazards of Love and The King is Dead. This time, though, Meloy explains that they took a different approach: “Let’s make sure the songs are good, and eventually the record will present itself.”

                                                                                                                                            Without a deadline, the Decemberists were also able to explore every song to completion. “Usually you have to let some songs slide because of time constraints,” Meloy says, “but nothing was relegated to the b-side pile, everything was given a fair shake. Which is a blessing and a curse—we ended up with 18 songs, and each had champions and detractors. There were a multitude of albums you could potentially make—somber, over-the-top pop, folk—and I think every band member would have created a different record.”

                                                                                                                                            Ultimately, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World found its final form, a distillation of the best things about this remarkable band. A new way of working led to a renewed excitement about the next chapter for the Decemberists. “I’ve never lived with a record for so long,” says Colin Meloy, “documenting my shifts and changes as a songwriter, with a real sense of time passing. And there’s something very freeing about working on music with absolutely no agenda, and just letting the songs become themselves.”

                                                                                                                                            Dean Blunt

                                                                                                                                            50 Cent / Trident

                                                                                                                                            Hype Williams man Dean Blunt preceeds his soon-come 'Black Metal' LP with this super-limited 12". Showcasing more of Blunt's eclecticism, '50 Cent' combines spacious, shimmering, reverb-laden lo-fi shoegaze guitar work and simple kick-snare machine drumming used as a hip hop break. Over this Williams adds a melancholic rap, duetting with a choral female vocal in a call and response style. 'Trident' offers a more straight forward rap, but again over an inventive dark and grimey backing track. It's indie hip hop, but not as you know it.

                                                                                                                                            Belle And Sebastian

                                                                                                                                            Dear Catastrophe Waitress

                                                                                                                                              Fifth album from Scots indie-pop heroes and their first for Rough Trade. Featuring their usual blend of twee chamber-pop and dry wit, the album was produced by Trevor Horn, the man behind the desk for such pop luminaries as Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Grace Jones and The Pet Shop Boys.

                                                                                                                                              Benjamin Booker

                                                                                                                                              Benjamin Booker

                                                                                                                                                Benjamin Booker, Rough Trade Records’ exciting new signing, releases his debut, self-titled album.

                                                                                                                                                The album is produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray For The Riff Raff). Described as “a well-mixed musical cocktail of punk, folk, and New Orleans blues,” Benjamin Booker cites his influences as The Gun Club, Blind Willie Johnson and T. Rex.

                                                                                                                                                The young singer-songwriter plays as a two-piece with drummer Max Norton, both of whom are based in New Orleans.

                                                                                                                                                Having already gained fans including Tame Impala, toured with Hurray For The Riff Raff and played a string of sold out shows in London, Booker and his drummer Max Norton have been hand-picked to open for Jack White on his US July tour, which will be followed by a series of summer US dates with Courtney Barnett.

                                                                                                                                                “Benjamin Booker blasted a raw brand of blues / boogie / soul,” observed the Chicago Tribune’s Greg Kot in his SXSW wrap-up. “He likes to leave the rough edges intact, bringing to mind the houserockin’ records that Hound Dog Taylor once did for Alligator Records in the 70s.”

                                                                                                                                                American Songwriter said “The 22-year-old New Orleans guitarist / songwriter - joined live by drummer / mandolin player Max Norton - took the stage as an unknown and… stepped off the stage a conqueror.”

                                                                                                                                                “It might look like just two people onstage but Benjamin Booker’s voice surely counts as a band member in its own right. Soulful and sandpaper-rough…” noted The Guardian, while NME said “he takes the ripped, raw racket of The Dirtbombs and smothers it in fuzzy, inherently moody-sounding riffs that recall The Gun Club and T Rex in equal measure.”

                                                                                                                                                The year and change since the release of Parquet Courts monumental 'Light Up Gold' is reflected in ways expected and not with 'Sunbathing Animal', its sharper, harder follow up. Following their quietly released 2011 debut 'American Specialties', 'Light Up Gold' caught the ears of everyone paying even a little bit of attention, garnering glowing reviews across the board for its weird colors and raw energy, saturated punk songs that offered crystal clear lyrical snapshots of city life. It was immediately memorable, a vivid portrait of ragged days, listlessness, aimlessness and urgency, broadcast with the intimacy of hearing a stranger’s thoughts as you passed them on the street.

                                                                                                                                                As it goes with these things, the band went on tour for a short eternity, spending most of 2013 on the road, their sound growing more direct in the process and their observations expanding beyond life at home. Constant touring was broken up by three recording sessions that would make up the new album, and the time spent in transit comes through in repeated lyrical themes of displacement, doubt and situational captivity. To be sure, Sunbathing Animal isn’t a record about hopelessness, as any sort of incarceration implies an understanding of freedom and peace of mind. Fleeting moments of bliss are also captured in its grooves, and extended at length as if to preserve them. Pointed articulations of these ideas are heard as schizoid blues rants, shrill guitar leads, purposefully lengthy repetition and controlled explosions, reaching their peak on the blistering title track. A propulsive projection of how people might play the blues 300 years from now, “Sunbathing Animal” is a roller coaster you can’t get off, moving far too fast and looping into eternity.

                                                                                                                                                Much as Light Up Gold and the subsequent EP Tally All The Things That You Broke offered a uniquely tattered perspective on everyday city life, Sunbathing Animal applies the same layered thoughts and sprawling noise to more cerebral, inward-looking themes. While heightened in its heaviness and mania, the album also represents a huge leap forward in terms of songwriting and vision. Still rooted firmly in the unshackled exploration and bombastic playing of their earlier work, everything here is amplified in its lucidity and intent. The songs wander through threads of blurry brilliance, exhaustion and fury at the hilt of every note. Parquet Courts remain, Austin Brown, A. Savage, Sean Yeaton, and M. Savage.

                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                1. Bodies
                                                                                                                                                2. Black And White
                                                                                                                                                3. Dear Ramona
                                                                                                                                                4. What Color Is Blood
                                                                                                                                                5. Vienna II
                                                                                                                                                6. Always Back In Town
                                                                                                                                                7. She’s Rollin
                                                                                                                                                8. Sunbathing Animal
                                                                                                                                                9. Up All Night
                                                                                                                                                10. Instant Disassembly
                                                                                                                                                11. Duckin And Dodgin
                                                                                                                                                12. Raw Milk
                                                                                                                                                13. Into The Garden

                                                                                                                                                ‘Warpaint’ was co-produced by Warpaint and Flood (PJ Harvey, Sigur Ros, New Order, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Foals), and mixed by Flood and Nigel Godrich (Radiohead). The album was conceived after some writing and recording sessions that took place in The Joshua Tree late last year. Here the band was joined by visionary director Chris Cunningham who has partnered with them for many of the album visuals including the cover. He has spent the past two years filming and photographing the band as they made ‘Warpaint’.

                                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                David says: The Californian sunshine bores the daylights out of Warpaint. Surf dudes to the left, Hollywood desperados to the right: their second album proper finds the band diving down deeper and darker than ever before in a valiant, but ultimately doomed attempt to escape LA's shiny, happy people. Hypnotic and bleakly claustrophobic; 'Warpaint' is an album that won't return your calls and will pretend it hasn't seen you on a night out but, like a doomed love affair, will keep you coming back for more, hoping for reciprocity, ignoring the truth, that this a record that will never love you back. Don't let that stop you falling in love though, having your heart broken is one of life's cruel constants. So, if it's inevitable, you could do worse than to have it broken by 'Warpaint'.

                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                1. Intro
                                                                                                                                                2. Keep It Healthy
                                                                                                                                                3. Love Is To Die
                                                                                                                                                4. Hi
                                                                                                                                                5. Biggy
                                                                                                                                                6. Teese
                                                                                                                                                7. Disco//Very
                                                                                                                                                8. Go In
                                                                                                                                                9. Feeling Alright
                                                                                                                                                10. CC
                                                                                                                                                11. Drive
                                                                                                                                                12. Son

                                                                                                                                                Emiliana Torrini


                                                                                                                                                  ‘Tookah’ is Emiliana Torrini’s fourth album and follows 2008’s fantastically received ‘Me And Armini’.

                                                                                                                                                  The album sees Emiliana back in the studio with her longterm producer / collaborator Dan Carey. As well as Emiliana’s three previous albums the pair co-wrote and produced Kylie Minogue’s Grammy award-nominated track ‘Slow’ which went straight to Number 1 upon release. ‘Jungle Drum’ from Emiliana’s last album ‘Me And Armini’ also charted at number 1 in several countries including Germany where it stayed for 9 weeks.

                                                                                                                                                  Of the album Emiliana says: “For me the first album was learning to write songs, the second was working on my own melodies and lyrics and the last album ‘Me and Armini’ was about learning to let go. With this record, it’s much more about the exploration of sonics and visual landscaping in order to find my own sound. I am a craftswoman and for me this record has been about Dan (Carey) and I evolving and going on a sound journey.

                                                                                                                                                  “‘Tookah’ is a made up name or word, which I connected with in a very deep and blissful way. It is the core of you, the you when you were born before life decorated you like a Christmas tree with all your baggage. It is what connects us with everyone and everything. It is what the Sufis spin for. It is the sudden thankfulness you feel when doing nothing in particular, where everything is gently perfect for a moment. Some call it god. I call mine ‘Tookah’.”

                                                                                                                                                  British Sea Power

                                                                                                                                                  Machineries Of Joy

                                                                                                                                                    British Sea Power’s new, fifth album ‘Machineries Of Joy’ will be released on Rough Trade Records. The album release will be accompanied by a full UK tour.

                                                                                                                                                    ‘Machineries Of Joy’ was written in the Berwyn mountains in north Wales and recorded in Brighton with Dan Smith and mixer Ken Thomas (David Bowie, Sigur Ros).

                                                                                                                                                    “We’d like to think the album is warm and restorative,” says singer Yan. “Various things are touched on in the words - Franciscan monks, ketamine, French female bodybuilders turned erotic movie stars. The world often seems a mad, hysterical place at the moment. You can’t really be oblivious to that, but we’d like the record to be an antidote - a nice game of cards in pleasant company.”

                                                                                                                                                    The Strokes release their highly anticipated fifth studio album ‘Comedown Machine’ via Rough Trade Records.

                                                                                                                                                    The Strokes consist of Julian Casablancas (lead vocals), Nick Valensi (guitar), Albert Hammond, Jr. (guitar), Nikolai Fraiture (bass) and Fabrizio Moretti (drums).

                                                                                                                                                    The New York band have released four studio albums, ‘Is This It’ (2001), ‘Room On Fire’ (2003), ‘First Impressions Of Earth’ (2006) and ‘Angles’ (2011), which have sold over 5 million albums worldwide.

                                                                                                                                                    Discussing the recording of ‘Comedown Machine’, bassist Nikolai Fraiture said: “We got off tour and we had these songs, some left over and some new. We rehearsed in Electric Lady and it was working so we went with it. It was touch and go for a while but we finished up at Electric Lady (recording studio) in New York. We recorded ten or 11 songs and there is other stuff floating around.” He added: “We hashed it out all together like the good old days. It’s a legendary studio and it is not far away from us all, apart from Nick who lives in Los Angeles, but he made the trip out to record.”

                                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                    Ryan says: The gritty New Yorkers make a comeback with 'Comedown Machine'. It’s clear that Casablancas’ stained vocals are still there, and the unique riffs & melodies remain, but Comedown Machine adds a new element of synthetic dreaminess, melodic 80's sounds & percussive overhauls. A must listen.

                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                    Track Listing
                                                                                                                                                    Tap Out
                                                                                                                                                    All The Time
                                                                                                                                                    One Way Trigger
                                                                                                                                                    Welcome To Japan
                                                                                                                                                    80's Comedown Machine
                                                                                                                                                    Slow Animals
                                                                                                                                                    Partners In Crime
                                                                                                                                                    Happy Endings
                                                                                                                                                    Call It Fate, Call It Kama

                                                                                                                                                    One of the most highly anticipated debut albums of the year, comes in the shape of the Palma Violets '180' via Rough Trade Records. They kicked things off with last years 7" debut 'Best Friend' - a burst of raw hook-filled energy which sets a general template for the entire album. The tempo fluctuates throughout, but there's always that energy bubbling away. I've read a couple of reviews that have said it sounds a little rough around the edges, but I don't think it's any worse for it. It has an urgency and exhuberance that goes some way to matching that of their live performances.

                                                                                                                                                    ‘180’ is also the number of the Lambeth house that the four-piece have become known for regularly throwing parties and impromptu gigs for friends and fans in. The album artwork features the band stood outside the building.

                                                                                                                                                    '180' was recorded in London at RAK Studios (produced by Steve Mackey), and also at The Lightship (produced by Rory Attwell).

                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                    1. Best Of Friends
                                                                                                                                                    2. Step Up For The Cool Cats
                                                                                                                                                    3. All The Garden Birds
                                                                                                                                                    4. Rattlesnake Highway
                                                                                                                                                    5. Chicken Dippers
                                                                                                                                                    6. Last Of The Summer Wine
                                                                                                                                                    7. Tom The Drum
                                                                                                                                                    8. Johnny Bagga' Donuts
                                                                                                                                                    9. I Found Love
                                                                                                                                                    10. Three Stars
                                                                                                                                                    11. 14

                                                                                                                                                    ‘POP ETC’ was recorded by the band over the course of 2011 at both Headphone Cave and Pull Studios in New York City, as well as in Los Angeles at SoundEQ Studios.

                                                                                                                                                    Though largely produced by the band, the album also features contributions from Danger Mouse and Andrew Dawson (Kanye West, Lil' Wayne).

                                                                                                                                                    Bright synths, high-octane pop melodies, and watery R&B reconfigurations.

                                                                                                                                                    Until very recently the band were known as The Morning Benders.

                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                    1. New Life
                                                                                                                                                    2. Back To Your Heart
                                                                                                                                                    3. Halfway To Heaven
                                                                                                                                                    4. Keep It For Your Own
                                                                                                                                                    5. Live It Up
                                                                                                                                                    6. Everything Is Gone
                                                                                                                                                    7. R.Y.B.
                                                                                                                                                    8. Whyd You Do It Honey
                                                                                                                                                    9. I Wanna Be Your Man
                                                                                                                                                    11. YoYo

                                                                                                                                                    Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes


                                                                                                                                                      The album ‘Here’, the follow-up to the band’s 2009 debut ‘Up From Below’, was self-produced and recorded in Bogalusa, LA and in their studio in Ojai, CA.

                                                                                                                                                      Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros made an appearance with Mumford & Sons at the 2012 South By Southwest Film Conference & Festival for the world premiere of ‘Big Easy Express’, the Emmett Malloy directed film that covered the band’s journey as they travelled in vintage railcars across the American Southwest over the course of a week, playing concerts at six unique outdoor locations along the route.

                                                                                                                                                      Mystery Jets


                                                                                                                                                        The album was recorded in Austin, Texas and Streatham, London and was co-produced by Mystery Jets and Dan Carey (Hot Chip, Franz Ferdinand, Emiliana Torrini).

                                                                                                                                                        Mystery Jets are Blaine Harrison, Will Rees, Kai Fish and Kapil Trivedi. On the making of the album ‘Radlands’, Blaine explains: “We’ve always wanted to make a record in America and after touring ‘Serotonin’ the time felt perfect to go and do it. Our first three albums were entirely conceived and recorded in London so going out to Austin felt like the furthest place from everything we knew. We arrived with a handful of songs, but one in particular felt like it captured the spirit of why we had come there. It was called ‘Radlands’ (a fusion of the 1970s Terrence Malick film ‘Badlands’ and Redlands, Keith Richard’s Sussex estate), which is also what we named our studio; a big old wooden house on the banks of the Colorado River. All we brought on the plane were the guitars on our backs, so we ended up borrowing all this amazing valve gear from an old guy called jack who ran a little studio up in the hills, which is why the songs sound the way they do. In the daytime we wrote lyrics on the porch and in the evenings a family of deer would gather in the back yard to hear us play. Some nights we drove into town to drink and bring people back to play on the songs. When we arrived home, it was hard to believe any of it even happened. It somehow all felt like a strange dream. But when Dan Carey heard it and invited us down to his studio we listened back to everything and it was all there, it was real. All we were missing were some gospel singers, which he found in the Streatham Community Ladies Choir... Twelve months on, and we are gearing up to take ‘Radlands’ on the road.”

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