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    Alexander Ebert, lead singer of Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros, releases his debut solo album "Alexander" through Rough Trade. The album includes ten brand new songs that Alexander wrote and composed entirely himself.

    During breaks from touring with the Zeros over the past year, Alexander began building and recording the pieces that would become the songs for this album alone in his bedroom. Before this album, all of the music he worked on had been collaborative, especially with the 10-person Magnetic Zeros. “I wanted to be able to build an album basically with my hands, like building a house by myself,” Alexander remarked of his inspiration for making this album without outside help.

    There isn’t a single sound on the album that Alexander didn’t perform himself. When he knew that he wanted to use a violin on the bridge of "Glimpses", he had an urge to call a friend to come play it for him, but then questioned why he wouldn’t try it himself. Says Alexander, “To me, it’s a very humble album with sky’s-the-limit sort of qualities, and so I didn’t really shy away from doing whatever I felt like doing.”

    As for the music itself, Alexander explains that some of the inspirations for the ‘mouth sounds’ throughout the record were from all-time-favourites of his like the 1970 chart-topping ditty "In The Summertime" by Mungo Jerry. He also notes that children’s clapping games like Patty Cake and infectious and optimistic Disney tunes like "Zip A Dee Do Da" served as loose inspirations for him.


    1. Let’s Win!
    2. Awake My Body
    3. Truth
    4. In The Twilight
    5. Bad Bad Love
    6. Old Friend
    7. A Million Years
    8. Remember Our Heart
    9. Glimpses
    10. Let’s Make A Deal To
    11. Not Make A Deal

    Dean Blunt

    Black Metal 2


      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

      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.”


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


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

          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

            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)


              Skydiving Onto The Library Roof / Everything For Everyone

                caroline began in early 2017, evolving out of weekly improvisation sessions. Band members brought together their shared influences, including Midwestern emo, Appalachian folk, minimalist classical and various forms of electronic music, slowly expanding their on-stage membership as the songs developed. Rough Trade released their debut single “Dark blue” in March 2020.

                “Skydiving onto the library roof” represents a new development in caroline’s songwriting process. Built on what the band refer to as a “broken loop” with no fixed pulse or rhythm, the song represents the start of their ongoing explorations into non-gridded time signatures and improvisation. “We’ve always been interested in patterns and repetition and that definitely features in a big way, although rather than there being a minimalistic, mechanical precision to the repetition, each one is unique,” they explain of the track. “The essence of the song - the broken loop - came early in the process and everything else seemed to naturally evolve out of it, as if the other parts were already contained within the broken loop and just needed to be unpacked.”

                TRACK LISTING

                A. Skydiving Onto The Library Roof

                B. Everything For Everyone


                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


                  Singles (RSD21 EDITION)



                    The box set named singles is a reissue of the first 4 UK 7" singles and a bonus 7" specially chosen for RSD. 10 tracks altogether. This is the first time the original limited addition artwork work has been reproduced since itís release. Now for the first time theyíll be boxed as 1 unique limited collectors edition. The band are huge supporters of RSD having already released the first album Elastica and a BBC sessions album on the same day in previous years. It feels fitting that the Box set should also follow in their footsteps. The original singles were initially released in small limited numbers, because of this they sold out immediately making it difficult to purchase a copy. The singles all reached indie number 1's and top 40 chart positions. The numbering on the original sleeves we're individually printed by ourselves one evening after rehearsals. 

                    TRACK LISTING

                    7" A. Stutter B. Pussycat
                    7" A. Connection B. See That Animal
                    7" A. Line Up B. Vaseline
                    7" A. Waking Up B. Gloria
                    7" A. Brighton Rock B. Car Wash

                    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

                      On All Fours

                        Goat Girl’s new album “On All Fours” was produced by Dan Carey (Kae Tempest, Black Midi & Franz Ferdinand) in South London in early 2020. This new record sees the band veer away from the confrontational lyricism of their debut & indicates Goat Girl’s maturing perspectives in discussing the world's injustices and social prejudices, using the music to explore global, humanitarian, environmental and mindful wellbeing.

                        Throughout, “On All Fours”, Goat Girl’s Frequent use of sci-fi synthesisers, off-beat chord progressions, analogue drum machines, diverse vocal styles and distinct, gritty guitars fuse a musical language that expresses both former characteristics and newer developments of the band’s sound and vision On All Fours. 

                        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?

                        Sleaford Mods

                        Spare Ribs

                          Poised to blow the cobwebs off life and unleash some much-needed wit and charm upon us, Sleaford Mods announce the forthcoming release of their astonishing 6th studio album, entitled ‘Spare Ribs’, on 15th January 2021.

                          Recorded in lockdown in a furious three-week studio blitz at JT Soar in July, the polemical Jason Williamson and dexterous producer Andrew Fearn kick against the pricks with unrivalled bite, railing against hypocrisy, inequality and apathy with their inimitable, scabrous sense of humour. And ‘Spare Ribs’, featuring Amy Taylor of Melbourne punks Amyl and the Sniffers and the British newcomer Billy Nomates, finds the duo charged with ire at the UK Government’s sense of entitlement, epitomized by its devil-may-care approach to the coronavirus crisis.

                          Quote from Jason on Spare Ribs
                          'Our lives are expendable under most governments, secondary under a system of monetary rule. We are stock if you like, parts on a shelf for the purposes of profit, discarded at any moment if fabricated or non-fabricated crisis threatens productivity. This is constant, obviously and notably in the current pandemic. The masses cannot be present in the minds of ill-fitting leaders, surely? Or else the realisation of their catastrophic management would cripple their minds. Much like the human body can still survive without a full set of ribs we are all 'spare ribs’, preservation for capitalism, through ignorance and remote rule, available for parts.’

                          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



                                                    Cast In Stone

                                                      PicaPica features the vocal interplay of Josienne Clarke and Samantha Whates, dual frontwomen who create powerful harmonies atop layers of texture created by Adam Beattie and Sonny Johns, a tiding of magpies picking shiny moments of tone and timbre from 60s West Coast, sunshine pop and indie folk.

                                                      Josienne and Samantha met on the London acoustic music scene several years ago and immediately shared a love of singing and writing. They have been unofficially collaborating for years, often singing backing vocals for each other’s projects or just singing harmonies together for the pure enjoyment of it.

                                                      The other half of PicaPica, Adam Beattie - Scotland’s king of soft-spoken chanson - brings gently morphing textures and detailed guitar playing to every bar, while Sonny Johns is a Grammy, Mercury and MOBO- nominated producer / engineer. Sonny’s bass playing and production give PicaPica's otherworldly compositions a seriously grounded sound.

                                                      The band first appeared on the scene with their debut EP ‘Spring & Shade’ back in 2016 and are now returning with this new 12” featuring delicate yet empowering new track ‘Cast in Stone’. The release also features two remixes from Seb Rochford - best known for drumming with the legendary Patti Smith - who has also performed on PicaPica’s upcoming debut album.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      Cast In Stone
                                                      Cast In Sea

                                                      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

                                                      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

                                                        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

                                                          Princess Nokia – aka New York rapper Destiny Frasqueri – has been releasing music via Youtube and Soundcloud since she was in High School and catapulted herself to the next level with last year’s critically acclaimed rap opus 1992 Deluxe -- selling out venues across the globe and steadily gaining tens of millions of streams. Now, this shapeshifting emcee returns with a brand new collection of songs titled A Girl Cried Red, a self-described “emo mixtape” which will undoubtedly cement her place in the Alternative underground as well as the Hip-Hop world. “Black people created punk — the band Death was way before The Ramones,” she stated in a recent interview, “If you think about it, the wool has been pulled over our eyes. This is our shit. Very naturally, that's why we return to it.” Drawing on influences as varied as the introverted acoustic sounds of Elliott Smith to the bombastic pop-punk energy of Paramore – A Girl Cried Red showcases another fully formed side of Destiny that still taps into the uncompromising feminist ideology of Princess Nokia.

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Millie says: I am obsessed with this. Princess Nokia's emo side has emerged and it's fab. She clearly gives no cares on what people think and just does what she wants. I heart Princess Nokia!

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          Flowers And Rope
                                                          Your Eyes Are Bleeding
                                                          For The Night
                                                          Look Up Kid
                                                          At The Top
                                                          Little Angel

                                                          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


                                                            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

                                                              Sun Kil Moon

                                                              Ghosts Of The Great Highway

                                                                An album as good as Ghosts of the Great Highway should never go out of print. Ghosts continues-- even fine-tunes-- the work Kozelek did with his former band, Red House Painters. These songs are virtuously stoic Americana-- all shimmery guitars, measured tempos, malevolent moods, and wandering melodies. His voice sounds like Neil Young’s, especially in the effortlessness with which he hits the high notes then returns to a lower, earthier texture. Ghosts is a travelogue of sorts, speeding through the Midwest and the West; in this sense, it’s the male equivalent to Lucinda Williams’ Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, especially in the imperfect mirroring of physical terrain and emotional geography. The band Kozelek assembled for Ghosts-- Anthony Koutsos (Red House Painters), Tim Mooney (American Music Club), and Geoff Stanfield (Black Lab), along with a few guests-- ably but subtly bolster his lyrics and vocals, generating a steady clip that never flags. The result is an album as hypnotic as highway divider lines whizzing past. Includes original bonus track “Gentle Moon (Acoustic).” 

                                                                Starcrawler are a Los Angeles rock band who formed in 2015 when 18-year-old lead vocalist Arrow de Wilde first met guitarist Henri Cash at their Echo Park high school. Shortly thereafter they were joined by the rhythm section of Austin Smith (drums) and Tim Franco (bass). The foursome play with squalling riffs and thundering beats, and their incendiary live shows, fronted by de Wilde’s otherworldly magnetism, are truly captivating. Gigwise (UK) recently stated that “Starcrawler are simply the most exciting - and best - band Rough Trade have signed in years."

                                                                Recorded by Ryan Adams on analog tape at his Pax-Am studio, the 10 songs on the album prove that yes, they ARE making rock and roll exciting again! Ryan has been tweeting up a storm about them saying things like “This starcrawler record is gonna peel the paint off your brain!” and “Starcrawler are so fucking insanely good. Soon they will rule this galaxy.”

                                                                The first single from the album is “I Love LA” and the video, directed by famed music photographer Autumn de Wilde (AKA Arrow’s mum) is a fun and feisty homage to the city of dreamers – watch it here:

                                                                After signing to Rough Trade earlier this year, they quickly released their debut single “Ants”, which caught the ear of Elton John who played the track on his Beats 1 radio show. Soon after, they were on the cover of LA Weekly – their hometown paper. The headline was “With Fake Blood and Frenetic Songs, Starcrawler make rock feel dangerous again". In the article, Arrow describes that “bands are boring nowadays” and that “there’s no mystery”. That helps explain a little bit of why their shows have become the stuff of legend. They also recently played LA’s CalJam Festival, which is curated by Dave Grohl (Starcrawler was the first band he reached out to, and he raved about them the next day on KROQ.) Gerard Way is also a fan, describing them as a "mix of 70’s theatricality and Stooges electricity.”

                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                Barry says: Think Siouxsie Sioux, PJ Harvey, NY hardcore, new-wave and mush them all up into a ball and you're still nowhere near to Starcrawler. Enthralling, hugely talented and they're all about to sit their Key Stage 3's. Properly great stuff.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                1. Train
                                                                2. Love’s Gone Again
                                                                3. I Love LA
                                                                4. Different Angles
                                                                5. Chicken Woman
                                                                6. Pussy Tower
                                                                7. Full Of Pride
                                                                8. Let Her Be
                                                                10. What I Want

                                                                Josienne Clarke And Ben Walker

                                                                Nothing Can Bring Back The Hour

                                                                  Now available on vinyl for the first time, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker’s ‘Nothing Can Bring Back The Hour’ album from 2014.

                                                                  A year in the making, ‘Nothing Can Bring Back The Hour’ builds on the blend of traditional and contemporary songwriting first explored in 2013’s ‘Fire And Fortune’.

                                                                  Drawing on sumptuous chamber folk textures and rich instrumentation, this new record has a timeless yet current sound, examining and reflecting upon the theme of time past, present and future.

                                                                  Prepare to hear the hottest shit around! Stomping out of Harlem in an explosion of speaker wrecking beats, hard hitting bars and vintage clothing, Princess Nokia has taken the world by storm of late. Sticking a fat middle finger up to the hyper masculine (often misogynistic) hip hop crowds, white male industry bods and bro-ey haters, Destiny Frasqueri blew up last year with the release of her '1992' mixtape, and now returns with an expanded version for physical release. A child of the 90s, Frasqueri was robbed of the noughties via an abusive foster mother, leaving home with 3$ and 75% battery to make her own way on the streets. After a brief brush with the industry as Wavy Spice in 2012, Destiny swerved the suits, headed back to Harlem, only to re-emerge as Princess Nokia. Taking her name from the cheap ass Obamaphone she got from the state, Destiny set about combining a hard edged punk attitude, political consciousness and a fuck load of raw talent into the freshest rap you'll hear in 2017. Flow-wise we're talking the best of Wu, Nas, Monie Love, Biggie & Pac; politics are Le Tigre, Bikini Kill and L7; the beats flip between Premo head nod and trap rumble and the lyrical content touches on the gentrification of NYC, her upbringing, contemporary feminism and her unapologetic outsider status. So if you were wondering what rap should sound like in 2017, it's this - a fiercely independent intersectional feminist making a whole lot of noise. Turn it up!

                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                  Patrick says: Holy shit! If this had dropped a month earlier we'd have had to make some serious alterations to the End Of Year Chart. Packed from top to tail with neck snapping beats, razor sharp lyrics and a life changing flow, "1992 Deluxe" is as good as Kendrick's "Damn". No bullshit!

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  Bart Simpson
                                                                  Saggy Denim Ft Wiki
                                                                  Green Line
                                                                  ABCs Of New York
                                                                  Goth Kid
                                                                  Brick City
                                                                  Chinese Slippers


                                                                  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

                                                                        Pantha Du Prince

                                                                        The Triad: Ambient Versions

                                                                          Pantha Du Prince (Hendrik Weber) has been working with longtime engineer Kassian to create an ambient version of last year’s triumphant studio return, ‘The Triad’. This reworking showcases the otherworldly and moody delicacy that makes Weber’s music so absorbing and affecting; with the beats and most vocals removed, his dreamy sonic details come to the fore.

                                                                          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



                                                                              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

                                                                              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

                                                                              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

                                                                                                  Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts


                                                                                                    “The best lyricist working in the US today.” - Jarvis Cocker

                                                                                                    Manhattan is Jeffrey Lewis’s seventh studio album for Rough Trade and his first since 2011’s ‘A Turn In The Dream-Songs’. His band is called Los Bolts and includes his regular players Heather Wagner (drums) and bassist Caitlin Gray (Hooray For The Riff-Raff). The album’s artwork features Jeff’s illustrations throughout.

                                                                                                    ‘Manhattan’ was mixed by John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Phosphorescent, War On Drugs) and recorded by Brian Speaker.

                                                                                                    The album is both named after and directly inspired by New York City but is no regionalised curio. It’s the very specificity of the details Lewis uses to depict his characters and situations that make his songs so evocative and so emotionally rich. Lewis is both a lifelong resident and a detached observer of his hometown but ultimately it’s a simple treatment of human moments by one of our sharpest songwriting talents.

                                                                                                    The track ‘Outta Town’ is a song that Jeff describes as “how empty life feels when you are in a relationship and that person's not there, because you don't remember how to have a relationship with yourself, you broke up with yourself when you started dating the other person. You have to learn how to start dating yourself all over again.”

                                                                                                    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.”

                                                                                                            Alabama Shakes

                                                                                                            Sound & Color

                                                                                                              Since the release of the Athens, Alabama group’s critically acclaimed 2012 album ‘Boys & Girls’ which has sold over a million copies worldwide, the band have been nominated for a Brit and Q Award, contributed music to the Oscar-winning films ‘Twelve Years A Slave’, ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ and ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, performed at The White House alongside Mavis Staples and Justin Timberlake for Barack and Michelle Obama, and become one of the most celebrated live acts in the world having delivered unforgettable performances everywhere from Jools Holland to the main stages of festivals including Glastonbury. They have also just been announced as the Friday night headliners of this year’s Great Escape Festival.

                                                                                                              ‘Sound & Color’ demonstrates the tremendous strides made by a group of twenty-something musicians who had only been playing together for a few months when they recorded their first album. From the gently swaying, chiming title song to the garage-rock freak-out on “The Greatest” to the psychedelic space jam “Gemini,” ‘Sound & Color’ builds on Alabama Shakes’ soulful blues-rock base and maps a surprising, innovative new direction. 

                                                                                                              “We took our time to write this record, and I’m really glad we did,” says lead singer/guitarist Brittany Howard. “We were able to sit down and think about what’s exciting to us. This record is full of genre-bending songs.”

                                                                                                              ‘Sound & Color’ was recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium studio. The band co-produced the album with Blake Mills—a young guitar wizard who has played alongside Lana Del Ray.


                                                                                                              Little Neon Limelight

                                                                                                                The 11 new, original songs on ‘Little Neon Limelight’ are the band’s best to date, blending their signature four-part harmonies with the gritty foot-stomping rock swagger of their live shows and a loose confidence in the studio. “I’ve grown up a lot since our first record,” reflects frontman Matt Myers (guitar / vocals), adding, “the inspiration falls close to the struggle of figuring out exactly what it means to be a man, let alone an artist.”

                                                                                                                Highlights of ‘Little Neon Limelight’ include the live fan favourites ‘By God’, ‘My Cousin Greg’ and ‘Say It’, plus the acoustic track ‘For No One’, which recently premiered on NPR Music and is unlike anything else Houndmouth have ever recorded. Ann Powers called ‘For No One’ an “epic ballad, stuffed full of vivid imagery.”

                                                                                                                On ‘Gasoline’, Katie Toupin (keyboard / vocals) barbs the confessions of a perennial party girl with the spectre of mortality (“Maybe I’ll meet my maker on a bedroom floor”).

                                                                                                                Shane Cody (drums / vocals) leads vocals on the album’s heartbreaker, ‘Honey Slider’ and the group embraces their garage-rock influences on the thrilling, needle-in-the-red cut ‘15 Years’, which finds Zak singing one of the album’s most infectious refrains (“15 years on the county line / Enough to make a man nearly lose his mind”).

                                                                                                                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

                                                                                                                      British Sea Power

                                                                                                                      From The Sea To The Land Beyond

                                                                                                                        British Sea Power’s widely-praised soundtrack for the film ‘From The Sea To The Land Beyond’ is to be released on CD and double vinyl (plus digital download coupon) accompanied by a DVD copy of the film through Rough Trade Records.

                                                                                                                        The album features a bonus track not available on the original soundtrack. · The soundtrack consists of re-workings of previous British Sea Power songs and was recorded in Brighton and mixed by Ken Thomas (Sigur Ros, Daughter, M83, Cocteau Twins, Moby).

                                                                                                                        In January 2013 when the film, directed by Penny Woolcock, was first shown on BBC4 as part of the ‘Storyville’ series the viewing figure nudged 500,000 - over twice the usual audience size.

                                                                                                                        The film features a fantastic array of footage of the British coastline from the BFI’s National Archive. Travelling from 1901, through both World Wars, into peacetime and the modern age, ‘From The Sea To The Land Beyond’ shows our coast as a place of leisure, industry and wild nature: A woman scaling a sheer cliff face to collect eggs, dancers on the Sussex shoreline, émigrés from the Caribbean and India, a big British Rail hovercraft... For all this, the British Sea Power soundtrack is a fitting, moving audio counterpart.

                                                                                                                        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’.”

                                                                                                                          Belle & Sebastian

                                                                                                                          The Third Eye Centre

                                                                                                                            Belle & Sebastian are set to release ‘The Third Eye Centre’ - a collection of rarities, collectibles and non-LP tracks from the last decade – on 26th August on Rough Trade Records in the UK and 27th August on Matador in the US. The album will be available to buy on CD, download and as a double heavyweight vinyl in deluxe heavy gatefold packaging.

                                                                                                                            The tracks are taken from the Glaswegian band’s most recent three albums released on Rough Trade – ‘Dear Catastrophe Waitress’ (2003), ‘The Life Pursuit’ (2006) and ‘Write About Love’ (2010). The album can therefore be seen as the follow-up to ‘Push Barman To Open Old Wounds’ (2005) – a compilation of the Belle & Sebastian singles and EPs released on Jeepster Records.

                                                                                                                            The album includes one brand new track ‘Your Cover’s Blown (Miaoux Miaoux Remix)’.

                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                            Andy says: Still following in the footsteps of The Smiths, and why not: they have the songs, the style and the mystique; this is a beautifully put together odds'n'sods collection. Excellent.

                                                                                                                            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

                                                                                                                              Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory

                                                                                                                              Elements Of Light

                                                                                                                                Over the course of three albums - and as an in-demand remixer of artists ranging from Animal Collective to, most recently, Philip Glass - the Berlin-based musician and producer Pantha Du Prince (Hendrik Weber) has been celebrated for pushing the envelope of electronic music.

                                                                                                                                His newest effort, ‘Elements Of Light’, a collaborative project with The Bell Laboratory, is doubtless his most ambitious to date: The work is a symphony for electronics, percussion and bell carillon, a three-tonne instrument comprising 50 bronze bells.

                                                                                                                                The genesis of the project began in Oslo in the summer of 2010, when Weber was having lunch with local curators Mattis With and Håkon Vinnogg and heard, in the distance, one of the concerts played multiple times daily on a bell carillon inside the city hall. Weber was struck by how the frequencies and overtones unfolded unpredictably, influenced one another, and resonated, more or less, throughout the Norwegian capital.

                                                                                                                                With and Vinnogg suggested he compose for the carillon, which was developed in China 3,500 years ago, during the Shang Dynasty, and made its way to Europe during the Middle Ages. Weber began collaborating with the Norwegian Lars Petter Hagen, who served as arranger and conductor. For the recording, a bell carillon was shipped from Denmark to Germany, where Vegar Sandholt, the same carillonist that Weber had heard during his stay in Oslo, played it.

                                                                                                                                A separate session, in Oslo, brought together a variety of percussionists, including Weber; Martin Horntveth of Jaga Jazzist, Killl and The National Bank; Erland Dahlen of Nils Petter Molvaer Trio, Susanne Sundfør, Madrugada, Xploding Plastix, and Kaada; the researcher and performer Håkon Stene, who teaches at the Norwegian Academy Of Music; and Heming Valebjørg, of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. They contributed numerous tubular bells, marimba, xylophone, cymbals, chimes, handclaps, finger snaps and other percussion.

                                                                                                                                The album is a single continuous work, although it has been broken down into five tracks named for elements of light: ‘Wave’, ‘Particle’, ‘Photon’, ‘Spectral Split’ and ‘Quantum’. Sonically, the work is a fusion of electronic music and classical composition, and draws on house and minimalism, jazz and new music, Gamelan and Western sacred music. Influences include John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Steve Reich, LaMonte Young and Moondog.

                                                                                                                                ‘Elements Of Light’ is a natural next step in the Pantha Du Prince oeuvre. Bells figured prominently on his last album, the highly acclaimed ‘Black Noise’, which Rough Trade released in 2010. In a Best New Music review of ‘Black Noise’, Pitchfork said “each track is its own micro sound world with enough rich detail to draw you back for deeper investigation.”

                                                                                                                                Micachu & The Shapes


                                                                                                                                  Rough Trade are excited to announce Micachu & The Shapes’ second studio album, ‘Never’.

                                                                                                                                  ‘Never’ was self-produced by the band, recorded at band member Marc Pell’s studio in Stratford and mixed by Dillip Harris and the band. It is the follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut ‘Jewellery’ (2009).

                                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                  Ryan says: Mica Levi's obscure song writing genius shines through once again on their second studio album. More sonically in your face than ever before but sticking to their usual interesting instrument modifications.

                                                                                                                                  ‘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.”

                                                                                                                                      Alabama Shakes

                                                                                                                                      Boys & Girls

                                                                                                                                        Alabama Shakes – comprising vocalist/guitarist Brittany Howard, guitarist Heath Fogg, drummer Steve Johnson and bassist Zac Cockrell – began playing together when they were in high school. Ben Tanner assists on keyboards. 'Boys & Girls' was recorded at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville, TN. Produced and mixed by the band members, the album is a vibrant fusion of swampy dirty South rock, blues and soul delivered with punk rock fervour.

                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                        Darryl says: The debut album and a real biggie!! Don't be put off the massive hype surrounding this band, this is top notch soul rock bringing to mind the likes of Afghan Whigs, early Kings of Leon and Muscle Shoals period Rolling Stones.

                                                                                                                                        The Strokes


                                                                                                                                          "Angles" is The Strokes’ first new release since their No.1 album "First Impressions Of Earth" in 2006.

                                                                                                                                          The 10 new songs were all written, in various combinations, by everyone in the band: a first for a Strokes album. Their breakthrough debut, 2001's "Is This It", and the 2003 follow-up, "Room On Fire", were largely written by singer Julian Casablancas.

                                                                                                                                          "Angles" is the best album The Strokes have made since "Is This It" because of the stylistic depth and progressive excitement in those crisscross guitars, the tightly wound rhythms and Casablancas' dry trademark croon.


                                                                                                                                          The Fool

                                                                                                                                            Los Angeles all-girl four-piece Warpaint release their debut album proper, "The Fool" on Rough Trade, following last year's "Exquisite Corpse" mini-album.

                                                                                                                                            Warpaint weave intricate guitar lines, hypnotic vocals and driving post punk rhythms into gorgeous, sprawling songs that skirt the line between psychedelia and intimacy. Both live and on record, Warpaint sound like they're channelling something truly otherworldly, mystical.

                                                                                                                                            Recorded in a gym in LA, "The Fool" was produced and mixed by Tom Biller (Karen O – "Where The Wild Things Are" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" soundtracks), with further mixes from Andrew Weatherall (New Order, Primal Scream, Bjork) and Adam Samuels (Pearl Jam, Willie Nelson).

                                                                                                                                            Belle And Sebastian

                                                                                                                                            Write About Love

                                                                                                                                              Unlike its predecessors, "Write About Love" is an album which has come together in a relatively short period of time. After reconvening in February 2010, a period of writing and pre-production in Glasgow was followed by a trip to Los Angeles for recording with Tony Hoffer (who also produced ‘The Life Pursuit’) at the renowned Sound Factory Studio B.

                                                                                                                                              Adopting a more fluid approach than on the previous record, fourteen songs were recorded and mixed by the start of June, of which eleven feature on the CD and vinyl releases. Two further tracks from these sessions appear on a bonus 7” with the vinyl edition of the album.

                                                                                                                                              As ever, the record draws the band’s internal songwriting strengths, but this time includes some guest performances. Stuart Murdoch wrote the majority of the songs on the album, while Sarah Martin takes lead vocals on her two contributions, "I Didn’t See It Coming" and "I Can See Your Future" and Stevie Jackson on his ("I’m Not Living In The Real World"). In addition, Norah Jones contributes lead vocals to "Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John" (which also appears on her forthcoming album of duets and collaborations called "Featuring") and actress Carey Mulligan sings on "Write About Love". Strings were added by LA residents The Section Quartet.

                                                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                              Millie says: I’m spoilt for choice with Belle and Sebastian albums; they’re a favourite band of mine, their juxtaposition of melancholic lyrics with upbeat and cheery melodies are just brilliant. It’s bold and rosy; their story-like style is prominent in their ever on-going array of music.

                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                              1. I Didn't See It Coming
                                                                                                                                              2. Come On Sister
                                                                                                                                              3. Calculating Bimbo
                                                                                                                                              4. I Want The World To Stop
                                                                                                                                              5. Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John (Feat. Norah Jones)
                                                                                                                                              6. Write About Love (Feat. Carey Mulligan)
                                                                                                                                              7. I'm Not Living In The Real World
                                                                                                                                              8. Ghost Of Rockschool
                                                                                                                                              9. Read The Blessed Pages
                                                                                                                                              10. I Can See Your Future
                                                                                                                                              11. Sunday's Pretty Icons

                                                                                                                                              Antony & The Johnsons


                                                                                                                                                While "I Am a Bird Now" is compelling in its vulnerability and "The Crying Light" is a masterpiece of austerity, "Swanlights" may be Antony’s most wide-rangingly emotional work to date. It is a record that is at moments heartbreakingly tender, and at other times has a joyful gleam to its teeth.

                                                                                                                                                Unlike previous work, which was often quite sparsely voiced, on "Swanlights" the vines in the garden are overgrown and the sound palette has become more exotic; strange percussive elements, John Cale-esque string drones, heavily distorted guitars and symphonic winds and strings thread the song cycle together.

                                                                                                                                                The album includes the song "Flétta", a duet with Björk.

                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                1. Everything Is New
                                                                                                                                                2. The Great White Ocean
                                                                                                                                                3. Ghost
                                                                                                                                                4. I’m In Love
                                                                                                                                                5. Violetta
                                                                                                                                                6. Swanlights
                                                                                                                                                7. The Spirit Was Gone
                                                                                                                                                8. Thank You For Your Love
                                                                                                                                                9. Flétta
                                                                                                                                                10. Salt Silver Oxygen
                                                                                                                                                11. Christina’s Farm

                                                                                                                                                Antony & The Johnsons

                                                                                                                                                Thank You For Your Love

                                                                                                                                                  This mini album features "Thank You For Your Love" which is taken from the forthcoming "Swanlights" album, along with four exclusive tracks and the video for the title track. None of the extra tracks will appear on the new album.

                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                  1. Thank You For Your Love
                                                                                                                                                  2. You Are The Treasure
                                                                                                                                                  3. My Lord My Love
                                                                                                                                                  4. Pressing On
                                                                                                                                                  5. Imagine

                                                                                                                                                  Thank You For Your Love (Video)

                                                                                                                                                  Adam Green

                                                                                                                                                  Minor Love

                                                                                                                                                    Adam Green's sixth's studio album, recorded with long time producer / friend Noah Georgeson. Co-founder of influential anti-folk group The Moldy Peaches, Adam Green's unique vocal style has never been especially commercial. However, while "Minor Love" isn't exactly a 'Top40' style record, it is more accessible than his previous work. Green recorded almost all of the instruments himself, and the songs have simple arrangements, which highlight Green's vocals. "Minor Love" showcases a side of Green that is not often obvious in his public profile.  


                                                                                                                                                    Exquisite Corpse

                                                                                                                                                      This is their debut mini-album originally released on Manimal Records, now reissued in the UK on Rough Trade.

                                                                                                                                                      Los Angeles' mystical Warpaint weave majestic, haiku-like guitars, hypnotic vocals, and driving post-punk rhythms into gorgeous, sprawling songs that skirt the line between the soundscapes of psychedelia / shoegaze, the haunting intimacy of folk, and rock's primal heaviness. At the core of the band are childhood friends Emily Kokal and Theresa Wayman who both met bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg at a commercial casting audition in LA. The trio quickly traded in their headshots for guitars and the fertile, diverse LA music scene has been much better for it since. Expertly mixed by John Frusciante, the album successfully captures the band's sonic textures and playful dynamism Warpaint is notorious for creating live. Onstage, Warpaint's disarmingly authentic package can shake a room into a dance frenzy—while simultaneously holding it in a trance-like dreamworld.

                                                                                                                                                      Colin Meloy

                                                                                                                                                      Sings Live!

                                                                                                                                                        "Colin Meloy Sings Live!" is the debut album from The Decemberists singer and songwriter. It comprises of songs spanning The Decemberists career, alternative versions that morph in to covers (The Smiths "Ask" and Fleetwood Mac "Rumours" as well as snippets from REM and Pink Floyd!), a Tarkio track (Colin's band before The Decemberists), unreleased tracks and rarities, as well as the in-between song banter that Colin is famed for throughout his live shows.

                                                                                                                                                        The Decemberists

                                                                                                                                                        The Hazards Of Love

                                                                                                                                                          The Decemberists' "The Hazards Of Love" album plots an extravagant tale rooted in ancient language and imagery of a woman ravaged by her lover who is able to change his form between animal and man. The result is musically and lyrically rich with elaborate orchestrations that explode like baroque fireworks. The Decemberists are joined on this record by Lavender Diamond's Becky Stark and My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden and there are cameos from Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Robyn Hitchcock and The Spinanes' Rebecca Gates.

                                                                                                                                                          1. Prelude
                                                                                                                                                          2. The Prettiest Whistles Won't Wrestle The Thistles Undone (The Hazards Of Love part 1)
                                                                                                                                                          3. Bower Scene
                                                                                                                                                          4. Won't Want For Love (Margaret In The Taiga)
                                                                                                                                                          5. Wager All (The Hazards Of Love part 2)
                                                                                                                                                          6. Queen's Approach
                                                                                                                                                          7. Isn't It A Lovely Night
                                                                                                                                                          8. Wanting Comes In Waves/Repaid
                                                                                                                                                          9. Interlude
                                                                                                                                                          10. Rake's Song
                                                                                                                                                          11. Abduction Of Margaret
                                                                                                                                                          12. Queen's Rebuke/The Crossing
                                                                                                                                                          13. Annan Water
                                                                                                                                                          14. Margaret In Captivity
                                                                                                                                                          15. Revenge (The Hazards Of Love Part 3)
                                                                                                                                                          16. Wanting Comes In Waves (Reprise)
                                                                                                                                                          17. Drowned (The Hazards Of Love Part 4)

                                                                                                                                                          British Sea Power

                                                                                                                                                          Do You Like Rock Music?

                                                                                                                                                            Given that this album was produced by Howard Bilerman (drummer on Arcade Fire's "Funeral Album"), Efrim Menuck (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) and Graham Sutton (Bark Psychosis), it's epic grandeur is really no surprise. With its layers of soaring guitar, thundering drums and chanting vocals comparisons to Arcade Fire are inevitable, particularly on tracks like "Waving Flags" and album opener "All In It". There is much more to this album though: although the big surging sound is pretty much full on, there's some lovely intricate instrumentation, lots of clever pace changes to keep you on your toes, and unlike pretty much every indie band around lately, they actually have a story to tell too. With "Do You Like Rock Music?", they've finally fulfilled the promise shown on their previous albums. Already an album of the year contender!

                                                                                                                                                            The Libertines

                                                                                                                                                            Time For Heroes

                                                                                                                                                              Bringing together the tracks that defined a generation, from their epochal debut "Up The Bracket" and feted, self-titled follow-up, "Time For Heroes" is a timely reminder of the unique talent of Albion's favourite sons Pete Doherty, Carl Barât, John Hasall and Gary Powell.
                                                                                                                                                              The album also includes ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’ and ‘What A Waster’, which have never previously been available on either of the band’s albums.

                                                                                                                                                              The collection includes the classic singles ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’, ‘Time For Heroes’, fan picks ‘What A Waster’, ‘Boys In The Band’ and live favourites / B-sides ‘The Delaney’ and ‘May Day’.

                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                              Up The Bracket
                                                                                                                                                              Time For Heroes
                                                                                                                                                              Don't Look Back Into The Sun
                                                                                                                                                              Tell The King
                                                                                                                                                              What Katie Did
                                                                                                                                                              Can't Stand Me Now
                                                                                                                                                              What A Waster
                                                                                                                                                              The Delaney
                                                                                                                                                              Boys In The Band
                                                                                                                                                              Death On The Stairs (Re-Recorded)
                                                                                                                                                              I Get Along
                                                                                                                                                              What Became Of The Likely Lads

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