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Various


Party for Joey: A Sweet Relief Tribute to Joey Spampinato
Fantastic covers project and charity compilation album for NRBQ bassist and songwriter Joey Spampinato, who is undergoing long-term treatment for cancer


Ted Barnes


17 Postcards
Cinematic and richly rewarding solo album from Beth Orton guitarist and composer Ted Barnes


Eisenhowers


Judge a Man By the Company He Keeps
Confident Elvis Costello-influenced indie rock on latest album from Scottish band The Eisenhowers


JIM


Falling That You Know
Mellow West Coast pop on enjoyable debut EP from JIM, the new project of Crazy P's Jim Baron


Telescopes


Songs of Love and Revolution
Haunting and also surprisingly accessible twelfth album from London-based veteran noise/experimental rockers the Telescopes


Lost Doves


Set Your Sights Towards the Sun
Evocative and beautiful debut album from folk rock duo the Lost Doves, which provides a welcome antidote to these dark times.


Michael J Sheehy


Distance is the Soul of Gravity
Sublime and understated but also emotionally rich first album in ten years from Michael J Sheehy


John Jenkins


Growing Old - Songs From My Front Porch
Intimate and emotional album from Merseyside songwriter John Jenkins that reflects on the challenges we all face in growing older


Floodlights


From A View
Promising and exciting debut album from 80's-influenced Melbourne indie guitar band Floodlights


Richard Davies and the Dissidents


Human Traffic
Enjoyable classic and punk rock-influenced debut solo album from former Tiny Monroe and the Snakes guitarist Richard Davies and his new band the Dissidents


Robb Johnson and the Irregulars


Eurotipia
Essential album from Robb Johnson and the Irregulars which captures the politics of current times astutely


Joss Cope


Indefinite Particles
Compelling post-punk psychedelia from Liverpudlian singer-songwriter and Julian's brother, Joss Cope


Kacy and Clayton


Carrying On
Fine, potentially breakthrough album from young Saskatchewan country duo Kacy and Clayton


Prefects


Going Through the Motions
Insightful retrospective of studio recordings and live performances from short-lived 70's Birmingham punk band the Prefects


Thom Morecroft


The Feng Shui and the Sushi
Masterful and evocative debut album from rising Liverpool-based singer-songwriter Thom Morecroft


Tim Holehouse


Come
Confessional and brilliantly produced latest album from Deep South bluesman and songwriter Tim Holehouse


Mining Co


Frontier
Melancholic but compelling Americana on third album from the Mining Co., the project of singer-songwriter Michael Gallagher


Tenement and Temple


Tenement and Temple
Evocative debut album from Tenement and Temple, the new band of Thrum's Monica Queen and Johnny Smillie


Neighbourhood Strange


Russian Spy EP
Fantastic combination of punk, psychedelia ans surfer rock influences on latest vinyl/CD release from Stonehenge-based band the Neighbourhood Strange


Anthony Reynolds


A Painter's Life
Masterful new studio album from ex-Jack frontman, music biographer and cult solo artist Anthony Reynolds


Blue Orchids


The Magical Record of Blue Orchids
Extraordinary covers album of previously undiscovered psych garage gems from acclaimed cult group Blue Orchids


Delicate Steve


Till I Burn Up
Challenging but riveting insturmental psychedelic rock on fifth album from New Jersey-based guitarist Delicate Steve


Only Child


Emotional Geography
Passionate third album from Only Child, the project of Liverpudlian musician Alan O’Hare, which pays tribute to his own roots


Rafa Russo


This Strange Place
Reflective and atmospheric album from London-based m singer-songwriter Rafa Russo who is also an award-winning screenplay writer


Black Bombers


Vol 4
Raucous and explosive rock and roll on mini-album from Birmingham-based trio Black Bombers


Ponderosa Aces


No Particular Way
Authentic and worthy country and western on second album from Californian act the Ponderosa Aces


Mike Krol


Power Chords
Exhilarating indie guitar rock on fourth album from New York-based singer-songwriter Mike Krol


Deep Cut


Different Planet
Excellent and long-awaited third album from Deep Cut, the project of Revolver and death in Vegas' Mat Flint, which combines a shoegazing sound with a variety of contemporary influences


Robb Johnson


Ordinary Giants: A Life And Times 1918-2018
Remarkable three CD album from British singer-songwriter Robb Johnson, which based on the life of his father Ron, acts as a social and political history of the twentieth century


B.R. Lively


Into the Blue
Evocative and poignant latest album from acclaimed American indie folk singer-songwriter BR Lively


Basement Revolver


Heavy Eyes
Familiar but rich alternative rock on fine debut album from rising Canadian outfit Basement Revolver


Glen Matlock


Good to Go
Solid rock and roll-influenced latest solo album from former Sex Pistols bass player Glen Matlock


Nick Ellis


Speakers' Corner
Politically and socially conscious latest album from Liverpool-based singer-songwriter Nick Ellis that gives voice to twelve individual characters


Walk Upright


Walk Upright
Exuberant and classic 70's punk -influenced debut album from London-based guitar band Walk Upright


Aaron Clift Experiment


If All Goes Wrong
Promising but undemanding prog rock from Texan band the Aaron Clift Experience which over-relies on its influences


Horse Feathers


Appreciation
Fantastic sixth and potential breakthrough album for indie folk/country act Horse Feathers


Richard James Simpson


Sweet Birds of Youth
Promising but sometimes unfocused alternative rock on debut album from American musician Richard James Simpson


Nick Garrie


The Moon And The Village
Evocative and beautiful new album from long lost singer-songwriter and folk artist Nick Garrie


Luke Daniels


Singing Ways To Feel More Junior
Intimate but diverse latest album from Liverpudlian singer-songwriter and musician Luke Daniels


Ivan The Tolerable


Morning Tea Migraine
Eccentric and challenging but brilliant new album from Ivan The Tolerable, the project of Teeside alternative musician Oli Heffernan


Nick Ellis


Adult Fiction
Minimal but haunting and enthralling latest album from Liverpool-based singer-songwriter and guitarist Nick Ellis


New Faith


Me On You
Epic and ambitious but sometimes overwhelming debut album from highly Brighton-based indie group the New Faith


El Goodo


By Order of the Moose
Superbly-produced and versatile first album in eight years from psychedelic-tinged South Welsh band El Goodo


Everyday Sinners


Shakedown
Riotous but thought-provoking protest album from alternative rock outfit the Everyday Sinners


Mise en Scene


Still Life on Fire
Energetic second album from potentially promising Winnipeg-based art rockers Mise en Scene


Kamikaze Girls


Seafoam
Enthralling debut album from existential and angst-torn Leeds-based duo, the Kamikaze Girls


Adore//Repel


Empty Orchestra
Fabulous combination of death metal and shoegaze which speaks for the times on debut album from west Yorkshire band Adore//Repel


Those Unfortunates


Nothing Isn't Beautiful
Wistful and lyrical debut album from melancholic London-based art rock act Those Unfortunates


Benjamin Folke Thomas


Copenhagen
Eclectic and thought-stimulating third album from Swedish singer-songwriter Benjamin Folke Thomas


Nadine Khouri


The Salted Air
Immaculate John Parrish-produced but repetitious debut album from London-based British-Lebanese singer-songwriter Nadine Khouri


Baltic Fleet


The Dear One
Haunting instrumental electronica on cinematic second album from Baltic Fleet, the project of Liverpool-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Paul Fleming


Leisure Tank


Wetsuit
Minimally-produced but powerful debut album from Americana-influenced German power pop duo, Leisure Tank


Various


Cologne Curiosities: The Unknown Kraut Rock Underground 1972-1976
Appealing compilation of largely obscure Krautwork recorded in Cologne betwwen 1972 and 1976


Birthh


Born in the Woods
Claustrophobic and exhausting but ultimately rewarding debut album from Birthh, the moniker for 19 year old Florence-based singer-songwriter Alice Bisi


Hans Chew


Unknown Sire
Accomplished third album from New York-based singer-songwriter and pianist, Hans Chew







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