On this page you’ll find a semi-regular update on some of the albums we’ve got on regular rotation in-store! If you like the sound of something and would like us to reserve you a copy, use the contact form at the bottom of the page and tell us if you want a CD or LP, we’ll get back to you with availability very quickly!
Originally coming to prominence as a founder of Engineers and more recently for his collaborations with Ulrich Schnauss, this is the solo debut from Mark Peters. Over 8 tracks of sublime instrumentals, inspired by specific places in Lancashire, Peters crafts a pastoral guitar ambience akin to Brian Eno, Talk Talk or even Public Service Broadcasting minus the samples
One-time Everything But The Girl singer and celebrated author Tracey Thorn, the self-proclaimed ‘Bedsit Disco Queen’ has a new record called, um, ‘Record’ and it’s a doozy! An album of brilliant ‘feminist bangers’ which own the dancefloor with witty lyrics and pulsating synthy melodies which also showcase that most distinctive of voices. Guest spots for Shura and Corinne Bailey-Rae add a sense of womanly comradery to the album, great stuff!
The emergence in recent years of bands like Alvvays, Girl Ray and The Big Moon has seen something of a revival of pure indie-pop joy and ‘Silver Dollar Moment’, the Heavenly Records debut from Halifax trio The Orielles needs to be added to that illustrious list with its classic jangly sound winning on multiple levels!
The ever-evolving, incendiary Edinburgh based trio Young Fathers return with ‘Cocoa Sugar’, another raw and muscular album that throws numerous shapes into the knotty mix of rap, soul, gospel, electronica and pop, another thrilling album.
Eels new album ‘The Deconstruction’ is another fine addition to the canon of a Man called E, blending downtempo introspection with sugar coated rock ballads, Eels still pack a mean zap. These days they are very much a DIY cottage-industry of sorts and it’s heartening to hear an artist who, let’s face it, has been through the ringer over the years, sounding so comfortable in their skin! Here’s to the next 12 albums!
British singer and one-time Slits member (when stil a teenager) Hollie Cook is back with ‘Vessel of Love’, her 3rd album of sun-baked reggae vibes which sees her take inspiration from the lover’s rock era.
Russian trio Pinkshinyultrablast are not only one of the best named bands around but they’re positively magic on the ears as-well. They take dreamy shoegaze guitar sounds and fuse them with sparkling electronica and great swooshes of ambient loveliness. The resulting sound feels like a collaboration between My Bloody Valentine, The Cocteau Twins and Grimes!
We’re not sure how many times we’ve written the following sentence:”The new album from Ty Segall”… That’s right the prolific Californian garage-rock freak is back with another sprawling slab of glorious madness in ‘Freedom’s Goblin’, a 19 track trawl through twisted folk jams, stomping glam and even an audacious Hot Chocolate cover that has to be heard to be believed!
The Bristol-based electronic singer-songwriter Henry Green’s debut album, inspired by the likes of Rhye, Nils Frahm and John Hopkins, is a deeply soulful and subtle release that blends ethereal synth melodies with his sublime, androgynous vocals.
On ‘Le Kov’, her second solo album, Gwenno presents a series of mesmeric psychedelic synth-infused songs written entirely in Cornish, exploring her own identity and the region. Veering from hauntingly ethereal to enthusiastically poppy this is a joy from start to finish. The underused language lends everything here an otherworldly feel which is truly intoxicating. Highly recommended for fans of Jane Weaver, Cate Le Bon, C.Duncan and Broadcast…and of course fans of songs about cheese.
The ever reliable First Aid Kit returned with 4th album ‘Ruins’. The Swedish sisters have long mastered the sweetly perfect vocal harmonies and lilting Americana sound that has made them so beloved, yet here there’s a depth and maturity at work that is truly heart-wrenching. Another glorious album.
Following up the unbeatable store favourite ‘Fading Love’ comes the new full length from UK dance producer George Fitzgerald. ‘All That Must Be’ continues to balance house beats with effervescent melodies and vocal samples, here with some great guest appearances, in particular from Tracey Thorn. Perfect for both dancefloor and home listening this is another fine record!
Hailing from various West Coast cities in the US (and Norway), Cinder Well play a spine-tingling gothic folk based around twin violins, deep drones and Amelia Baker’s mournful, moving vocals. The result is at times minimalist but with poise and aching drama in every note. Absolutely incredible stuff.
After last year’s glorious Offa Rex side-project we have a new album from The Decemberists called ‘I’ll Be Your Girl’. This album finds the Portland veterans in playful mood, throwing in some unexpected twists to their established sound, including some fine synth-lines and stomping, almost glam-rock rhythms, this is a lot of fun!
Cut Worms is the musical alias of New Yorker Max Clarke, a multi-instrumentalist in love with vintage gear and vintage sounds. Think British Invasion/Merseybeat style 60’s pop played with fuzzy authenticity. Joins the dots between The Kinks and Foxygen
First things first; don’t expect AM part 2! The 6th album from Arctic Monkeys sees them adopt a radically different but fascinating new sound. Largely composed on the piano, this new svelte, cinematic, twisted-lounge sound recalls all kinds of great artists; the likes of Serge Gainsbourg, ‘Pet Sounds’, Pulp circa ‘This Is Hardcore’, Timber Timbre, Nick Cave, Wild Beasts and Father John Misty all come to mind, along with the very strong belief that Alex Turner has at least one Bond theme in him!
The 2nd album from otherworldly sophisti-pop duo Rhye is a worthy follow up to their sumptuous 2013 debut. ‘Blood’ is every bit as hauntingly beautiful with Mike Milosh’s androgynous vocals and deeply personal lyrics drawing you into their cocoon-like sound. If you dug last year’s Cigarettes After Sex album get this in your life!
the new album from Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon. ‘Sleepwalker’ is an unashamedly romantic look back over American heartland rock’s glory days, infused with huge doses of soul and some wonderful vintage keyboard sounds. It’s hard to resist the husky voiced troubadour and we love this!
Baltimore dream-pop duo Beach House have such a distinctive sound, a seductive, billowy shoegaze built on a sea of reverb and haunting vocals, that any changes over the course of their previous 6 albums have been so subtle as to imperceptible. However with ‘7’ they’ve branched out a little more than usual by abandoning a band rule to only include things they can play live and have thrown in some wonderful new textures and layers, while still sounding exactly like Beach House!
We’ve always got time for some African desert blues here and ‘Temet’, the 2nd album from the Algerian Tuareg outfit Imarhan, is something really special. The band have been touring hard since their self-titled debut and it really shows, they’re hitting a stride of funk and blues-infused grooves which have just the right balance between the traditional and the contemporary, this hits the sweet spot frequently.
Reinvented soul-man Nathaniel Rateliff actually played in-store here many years ago, back when he was peddling a husky, introspective Americana sound. Nowadays, with storming backing band The Night Sweats whipping up a frenzy behind him he’d likely blow the windows out! His new record ‘Tearing At The Seams’ is another fantastic collection of heart-on-sleeve guttural soul numbers that bring in a big Van Morrison influence; no bad thing!
Debut full-length album from New York’s hottest alternative-indie four-piece, The Shacks. “Haze” is so hypnotic & seductive that it feels more like a whispered late-night secret than a young band’s first tentative step. FFO The Orielles, Alvvays and Weaves.
We can’t get enough of the debut album from soon-to-be-massive oiks Shame; ‘Songs of Praise’. Channelling all the best bits of punk and post-punk into a thrilling, caustic, seethingly angry yet deeply melodic set of songs that sum up austerity Britain better than most, this band will cross generations and are set to be one of the most talked about bands of the year.
Everything Is Recorded is a project helmed by XL Recordings main man Richard Russell and features a huge cast of singers and musicians drawn from the extended orbit of this most forward thinking label. With the likes of Sampha, IBEYI, Damon Albarn, Kamasi Washington and even Peter Gabriel involved this is a wonderful celebration of creative collaboration.
The American rock duo return with their fourth full-length album “Snares Like A Haircut”. A shimmering whirl of lo-fi scuzz punk, slacker rock, shoegaze fuzz and ambient drones. Perfect for fans of The Jesus & The Mary Chain and Descendants.
After a number of side-projects, collaborations and soundtracks, German composer Nils Frahm is back with new album ‘All Melody’, another striking opus in which his neo-classical style marries effortlessly with contemporary production techniques to deeply absorbing effect.
Following 2 store-favourite albums of rollicking rock n roll Chicago’s Ezra Furman returns with ‘Transangelic Exodus’, a gloriously unhinged ‘queer outlaw saga’ heavy on narrative, dense with character and utterly thrilling throughout.
Josh Rouse is better known for a 20-years-long(!) career as a maker of rootsy alt-country and indie folk tunes, but with ‘Love In The Modern Age’ he’s blended these more organic elements with synths, infusing his work with a plethora of Yacht Rock melodies and a laid back, loungey mood without losing the quality songwriting. ‘Businessman’ could well be the summer anthem you’ve been waiting for as-well so get on board!
Ambient techno maestro Jon Hopkins has returned with a more introspective album of widescreen electronica soundscapes, as suited to headphone listening as it is the dancefloor. Lovers of the new Rival Consoles, Simian Mobile Disco and Daniel Avery albums are sure to find much to love here, as are fans of Boards of Canada and even Brian Eno.
It’s been 3 years since the last Hookworms album but we’ve returned again and again to the Leeds outfit’s intense, motorik sound so anticipation for new album ‘Microshift’ was very high. It’s here, it looks lovely and it’s… well it’s different! First listen we were confused, second listen we were hooked (pun intended!). This is a more structured, song-based and less noisy version of the band yet no less intense and marks a significant evolution!
This gloriously playful debut from British singer-songwriter Cosmo Sheldrake is a joy! Operating within the same eco-system as Johnny Flynn or Beirut there’s countless twists and turns and charm a-plenty! Heartily recommended
Wussy are a grungey college-rock leaning band from Cincinnati with shades of a Drive-By Truckers-esque gnarly Americana in the mix. They’re not exactly a household name having been releasing albums since 2005 with very little profile but around these parts they’re something close to royalty! Co-fronted by the bear-like former Ass Ponys singer Chuck Cleaver and his ex partner Lisa Walker; 20 years his junior, equally heavily tattooed and a perfect foil to Cleaver’s gruff bellow. Wussy are a unique blend of hard-working blue-collar rock and something a little more edgy, incorporating droney guitar noise and tumultuous lyrics alongside killer hooks and melodies and oodles of charm.
2nd album from East London outfit Shopping, who play a driving post-punk-funk with an itchy, angular explosion of propulsive bass lines, primitive disco-not-disco drums & sharp guitar lines. For fans of Gang of Four, The Slits or more recently Savages and Dilly Dally
Loma is a collaboration between Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg and his former support act Cross/Record. The self-titled album is a collection of translucent, absorbing songs (sung by Emily Cross) which emerge from the shifting sands of a sample-infused soundscape of subtly layered melodies and loops. It’s deep, organic, soulful and endlessly fascinating. Amazing stuff!
Luke Winslow-King hails from Cadillac, Michigan and seemingly also from another era! His wholesome, sincere and deeply authentic sound mixes numerous strands of country and blues history together with understated panache. Along with the likes of William Elliott Whitmore , CW Stoneking and Pokey Lafarge, Winslow-King is doing his bit to keep the candle burning.
Third studio album from American indie folk-rock outfit “Hop Along”. “Bark Your Head Off, Dog” features a bright and quirky take on pop music, with inspiration ranging from ELO to Elvis Costello. FFO Waxahatchee, Swearin’ and Frankie Cosmos.
Having started life under the name Viet Cong, Preoccupations return with some new material in the form of the album ‘New Material’. The austere album title reflective of the Canadian outfits icy post-punk sound which they’ve absolutely nailed yet again.
The legendary garage-hardcore-punks return after 14 years out, with all of the energy, all the grooves, all the swagger, and all of the tunes brilliantly intact. “Jericho Sirens” is their most addictive record to date. FFO The Wipers, Pissed Jeans and Shellac
The ever-reliable Tuscon, Arizona outfit Calexico have released their 9th album ‘The Thread That Keeps Us’, once again proving themselves to be one of the finest bands operating on the Americana spectrum, their sound effortlessly moving from hauntingly beautiful ballads to widescreen anthems.