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Tvfordogs


I Only Wanted to Make You Cry
tvfordogs’ fifth album is a thrillride of educated, articulate, and edgy glam rock


One Thousand Motels


Get In Where You Fit In
Rat Scabies’ and Christ Constantinou’s second album from their One Thousand Motels project conjures up classic Delta blues, gospel, and R&B


Conrad Clipper


Herons' Book oF Dreams
Anonymous German composer Conrad Clipper’s second album is full of wistful piano instrumentals


Birdpen


All Function One
Haunting sixth album from Birdpen is a protest against technology’s stranglehold on our lives and society


Damn Vandals


You Me the Devil and the Sunshine
A year’s worth of pent-up energy and emotion blasts through Damn Vandals' new album with one banger after another


Randolph’s Leap


Spirit Level
Scottish folk-pop collective Randolph's Leap’s new album is full of catchy melodies and sunny skies


Rossall


Last Glam in Town
John Rossall releases a solo album of emergency glam rock designed to cheer up the entire clobbered planet


Penny Rimbaud


Arthur Rimbaud in Verdun
Crass founder, activist, and multimedia artist Penny Rimbaud envisions fighting in the Battle of Verdun with poet Arthur Rimbaud by his side


Keiron Phelan and Peace Signs


Hobby Jingo
Multi-instrumentalist Keiron Phelan’s second Peace Signs album is a breezy, reflective collection of classic grown-up pop


Peter Hall


There’s Something Wrong With Everyone
Breathtakingly impressive debut EP from singer-songwriter Peter Hall


Cunning Folk


A Casual Invocation
Cunning Folk’s latest album is part prog rock-cosmic acid folk, part pagan sacred music


Michael McDermott


What In The World
Fabulous latest album from Chicago indie singer-songwriter Michael McDermott who has taken advantage of the recent lockdown to create a introspective collection of gorgeous new songs


Barringtone


Bonanza Plan
Angular art rock on excellent debut album from Barringtone which proves to be an immediate classic


Percy


Seaside Donkeys
Yorkshire-based post-punk act Percy are back with a full-throttle discordant collection of scenes from real life which is ugly, beautiful, funny, and frightening.


Kidsmoke


A Vision in the Dark
Beautiful dream pop on long-awaited debut album from critically acclaimed and melodic Welsh indie/shoegaze outfit Kidsmoke


Various


Surrender to the Rhythm: The London Pub Rock Scene of the 70s
Excellent and exhaustive Cherry Red box set celebrates the under-rated era of ‘70s UK pub rock


Squire


September Gurls
Expanded edition of Squire’s 1984 classic mini-album 'September Gurls' is timeless power pop


Pedaljets


Twist the Lens
Kansas City’s reunited beloved indie rockers Pedaljets return with a well=crafted and energetic third album


Squire


Get Ready To Go
Energetic new compilation from mod revivalists Squire traces the evolution of the band from punk to mod in 1977-78


Various


A Slight Disturbance In My Mind
Cherry Red’s new compilation of the UK experimental pop of 1966 that blossomed into psychedelia shows how diverse the style really was


Moods


Strong
Hopeful and upbeat latest single from Manchester-based indie group the Moods


Red River Dialect


Abundance Welcoming Ghosts
Folk-rock Red River Dialect’s debut on Paradise of Bachelors is soulful and transcendent


GospelbeacH


Let It Burn
Shimmering Southern Californian classic rock on long-awaited latest album from GospelbeacH


Matthew Frederick


Hay-On-Wye
Summery second single off his forthcoming and eagerly awaited solo album from Climbing Trees’ Matthew Frederick


Massy Ferguson


Great Divides
Classic American roots rock on firth album from Pacific Northwest country outfit Massy Ferguson


Hank Marvin


Gold
Shadows guitarist Hank Marvin’s fifty years of solo work is captured on a new three-CD collection


Matthew Frederick


Tell Me
Emotionally melancholy yet cheerful new single from Climbing Trees frontman Matthew Frederick, which promises much for upcoming second solo album


Stray Cats


40
Rockabilly pioneers the Stray Cats return with new material to celebrate their 40th anniversary


Ulysses


On Safari
Bath’s ace glam-rockers Ulysses offer towering sound and non-stop delight on their latest album


Cowboy Flying Saucer


Travel Lodge
Cosmic rhythm-heavy mix of psych, ambient, techno and other styles with mysterious storylines on second album from Cowboy Flying Saucer


Brainiac 5


Back to Shore
Eclectic new thematic album from Cornwall’s Brainiac 5 is filled with literary psych-prog rock and jam band exploration


Vegabonds


V
First-rate fifth album from Nashville-based country rock outfit the Vegabonds that elevates them to among the very best of New South Rock


Whoa Melodic


Whoa Melodic
Welcome dose of upbeat jangle pop on the first full album from singer-songwriter Michael Wood’s project Whoa Melodic


Malcolm Holcombe


Come Hell Or High Water
Beautiful country-folk album from singer-songwriter Malcolm Holcombe that reflects upon his southern roots and the importance of meaningful work, community, love, and family


She Drew the Gun


Revolution of Mind
First-rate new album from Liverpool band She Drew the Gun which is a whirlwind of Louisa Roach's incendiary, political pop-psych and spoken word


Keiron Phelan


Peace Signs
Debut solo album from London-based songwriter and composer Keiron Phelan which is full of delightful relaxed psych pop and elegant character sketches


Schizo Fun Addict


A Shoegaze Bossa Nova
Intriguing new album from Schizo Fun Addict which fuses shoegaze with retro Brazilian music


Sharks


Ready Set Go
Versatile second album in two years from reformed, still underrated pre-punk supergroup Sharks


Hanterhir


The Saving of Cadan
Ambitious double CD and concept album from prog rock band Hanterhir half sung in their native Cornish


Simon Love


Sincerely, S. Love x
Irreverent and offbeat but excellent indie pop on second solo album from former Loves front man Simon Love


Burning Ferns


Public Mono
Second album from Burning Ferns proves to be precisely what 60's pop fans have needed for a very long time.


SLUG


HiggledyPiggledy
New sophomore solo release from SLUG, aka Field Music’s Ian Black, proves to be a wonderfully disjointed Dadaist ride


Jaguwar


Ringthing
Dresden-based Jaguwar’s debut album, described by the band as 'noise and detail', is destined to become a shoegaze favourite


Yellow Melodies


Life
Spanish indie power pop band The Yellow Melodies’ eighth album is a cheery, sunny collection declaring their love of things pop


Gun Outfit


Out of Range
Gun Outfit’s postmodern cowboy music evokes vast desert utopias and Western frontier mythology


Self Esteem


Your Wife EP
Rebecca Taylor’s Self Esteem debut EP is an empowering letter of resignation on behalf of all side chicks everywhere


Brainiac 5


We're Ready
First-rate new album of older and recent material from reunited psych-punks the Brainiac 5 which sounds shockingly fresh


Burning Ferns


Bullet Train/Fuses Blow
Heartstoppingly superb power pop on new double A-sided 7 inch single from Welsh band Burning Ferns


Pinetop Sauna


Pinetop Sauna
Prolific Norfolk singer-songwriter Nick Worrall reunited with three members of his high school band to finally record a proper debut album as Pinetop Sauna


Jonathan Segel


Superfluity
Latest solo double album from Camper Van Beethoven’s Jonathan Segel which is freeform, varied, and sometimes difficult


Warm Digits


Wireless World
Newcastle and Manchester-based Warm Digits tackle societal uneasiness and ecological disasters by throwing an apocalyptic techno dance party


Filthy Friends


Invitation
Fantastic debut album from unlikely super group Filthy Friends which has members from R.E.M., Sleater-Kinney, King Crimson, Young Fresh Fellows and Fastbacks


Nik Barrell


Growing Peaches in Oxfordshire
Determinedly cheerful new album from Brighton-based singer-songwriter and musician Nik Barrell which we didn’t even know we needed


Jaime Wyatt


Felony Blues
West Coast singer-songwriter and former prisoner Jaime Wyatt provides a woman’s take on the outlaw country genre on her mini-album 'Felony Blues'


Left Lane Cruiser


Claw Machine Wizard
Latest album from Left Lane Cruiser which proves a rootsy, blues rock, Everyman stomp from the American Midwest


Taos Humm


Flute of the Noodle Bender
Debut album from Bristol trio Taos Humm which proves to be a surreal, colourful blast of noise and general oddity


Various


Running the Voodoo Down
Extraordinary double CD compilation which traces America’s late 1960's explosion of funk, psychedelic rock, soul, and jazz over twenty-three stunning tracks


Sharks


Killers of the Deep
Reunited pre-punk supergroup Sharks leap from out of the wreckage and onto the dance floor, picking up with their new album from where they left off in 1974


Heat


Overnight
Dreamy and artful 80's dark new wave on first-rate debut album from Montreal-based act Heat


Winter Mountain


I Swear, I Flew
Cornwall’s Joe Francis evokes classic heartland Americana on his second Winter Mountain album







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