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Psychedelic Furs


Made of Rain
Stunning first album in nearly thirty years from groundbreaking and influential post-punk outfit the Psychedelic Furs


Pixies


Beneath the Eyrie
Impressive return-to-form on third comeback album sInce they reformed from Boston alt. rock legends Pixies


New Order and Liam Gillick


∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif): So It Goes
Groundbreaking indie/electronica outfit New Order team up with revered conceptual artist Liam Gillick for a frequently dazzling live set recorded during the band’s five night residency at Manchester International Festival 2017


Lemonheads


Varshons II
Eclectic but frustrating first album in a decade from alt.rock act the Lemonheads which is a collecton of both familiar and obscure covers


Christian Kjellvander


A Village: Natural Light
Introspective but haunting latest album from Swedish singer-songwriter, Christian Kjellvander


Editors


In Dream
Acclaimed UK indie rockers Editors return with fifth LP which sees them bring more of an electronic edge to their sound with mixed results


Skull Defekts


Dances in Dreams of the Known Unknown
Underwhelming latest album from Swedish psychedelic/drone outfit, the Skull Defekts


Bird


My Fear and Me
Atmospheric and haunting debut album from ethereal Liverpool-based post-punk outfit, Bird


Wolf People


Fain
Impressive combination of 60's and 70's-influenced blues and folk on second album from London-based band, Wolf People


Fuzzy Lights


The Hour
Haunting orchestral pop on latest single from Cambridge-based band, Fuzzy Lights


Handsome Family


Wilderness
Fabulous combination of Southern Gothic-inspired folk and country on tenth album from husband-and-wife duo, the Handsome Family


Arbouretum


Coming Out of the Fog
Slow-burning, but hypnotic sixth album from Baltimore trio Arbouretum, who merge together prog rock, country and folk


Bob Mould


Silver Age
Excellent latest solo release from former Hüsker Dü/Sugar front man, Bob Mould


Elk


Daydreams
Over clean-sounding 60's-influenced third album from Ontario-based garage rockers, Elk


Lizzie Nunnery and Vidar Norheim


Black Hound Howling
Politically aware and musically innovative collaboration between highly acclaimed Liverpool-based playwright/folk singer Lizzie Nunnery and Wave Machines multi-instrumentalist Vidar Norheim


Mozambique Courier


Outergalactic Love Crimes
Compact, compelling debut offering from the mysterious Mozambique Courier, which is being released exclusively on cassette


Mashemon


Kompressor EP
Superb, swaggering electro-glam rock from Liverpool-based three-piece Mashemon


Jay Lewis


Back to the Fountain
Excellent solo debut LP from former Cracatilla lead singer and La’s and John Power sideman, Jay Lewis


Yeti Lane


The Echo Show
Excellent second album from acclaimed electronic/shoegaze French two piece, Yeti Lane


Lemonheads


Hotel Sessions
Acoustic and lo-fi album of hotel room recordings of largely previously released material from the Lemonheads, which provides a stop-gap in the now seven years absence of new material from them


Bearsuit


Princess, You're a Test
Short, yet brilliant garage rock on latest single from Norwich-based indie rock group, Bearsuit


Howling Bells


Into the Sky
Increasingly impressive first single from their forthcoming third album from country infuscd Australian neo-goths, Howling Bells.


Strawhouses


These Are the Willing
Ambitous debut album from dark Liverpool-based indie rockers Strawhouses, which, taking war as it principal theme, they have self-released for £1


Amor de Dias


Streets of the Love of Days
Perfectly understated gentle chamber pop on debut album from Amor de Dias, the new band of Alasdair MacLean of the Clientele and Pipas' Lupe Nunez-Fernandez


Blue Aeroplanes


Anti Gravity
Contemporary-sounding melange of folk, rock and spoken word narrative on initially vinyl only latest album from literate Bristol art rockers the Blue Aeroplanes, who are now approaching their thirtieth anniversary


Cowboy Junkies


Demons
Moving collection from the Cowboy Junkies of covers of their late friend, singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt, who committed suicide in late 2009


Radio Dept.


Passive Aggressive: Singles 2001-2010
Superb singles compilation from wayward, yet under-acknowledged Swedish based pop enthusiasts, the Radio Dept.







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