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Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Luciferian Towers

Constellation

GYBE - Luciferian TowersI remember the first time I heard Godspeed You! Black Emperor; having my mind blown by the sheer enormity of the scale of that first album, the bleak drama and the frazzled audacity of it. With the second album, this ragged bunch of Canadians reached the apogee of what could be done using the basic constructs of rock music

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UUUU – UUUU

Editions Mego

UUUU - UUUUAn exquisite corpse figuring the familiar Edvard Graham Lewis and Thighpaulsandra, UUUU make for a interesting fusion. Matthew Simms, guitarist and singer for the lo-fi curiosity It Hugs Back and drummer Valentina Magaletti, who once played with Bat For Lashes, but is best known for her dapplings with prepared percussion in Tomaga are the unknowns here

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Nick Nicely – Sleep Safari

Tapete

Nick Nicely - Sleep SafariNick Nicely is a bit of a mystery. It would appear that he has been recording and releasing music for the best part of the last forty years, but this album released on Tapete is only his third non-compilation full-length record in that time. A series of psychedelic singles were released in the early ’80s and then a series of dancefloor-filling twelve inches in the nineties

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Welcome To Night Vale – All Hail

Apollo Victoria Theatre, London 1 October 2017

Welcome to Night Vale - All HailFor the last five years, a growing audience of podcast listeners have been being amused, entertained and just plain weirded out by the small-town cosmic absurdism of the mighty Welcome To Night Vale – community radio from a little town somewhere in the desert

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Jon Hassell – Dream Theory In Malaya: Fourth World Volume Two

Tak:til

Jon Hassell - Dream Theory in MalayaYears ahead of its 1981 timestamp, Jon Hassell‘s Dream Theory in Malaya was inspired by Kilton Stewart essay about the Dream Tribe of Malaya (now Malaysia) called the Senoi – a people whose equilibrium was based on dreamtime.

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The Doomed Bird Of Providence – Burrowed Into The Soft Sky

Front & Follow

The Doomed Bird Of Providence - Burrowed Into The Soft SkyThe Doomed Bird Of Providence‘s latest album shows a marked departure for the band. Initially known for their dark and mournful songs about Australian colonialism, Burrowed Into The Soft Sky takes a far more abstract approach.

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Bjørn Hatterud and André Hardang Borgen – Dalstrøka Bortafor

Picadisk

Bjørn Hatterud andAndré Hardang Borgen - Dalstrøka BortaforBeing part of the Norwegian experimental underground scene for more than twenty years, Bjørn Hatterud and André Hardang Borgen have finally released an album together.

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Dig Deeper – In Central European Time

Alien Agency

Dig Deeper - In Central European TimeFor Dig Deeper‘s third long-player, leader Einar Kaupang has chosen to cast a light on the plight of refugees as seen from the perspective of a Norwegian citizen; one who is discontented with the inhumane attitudes and “close the border” mentalities of that government

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Lee Ranaldo – Electric Trim

Mute

Lee Ranaldo - Electric TrimAfter thirty years spent as Sonic Youth guitar wrangler, plus his intermittent and incredibly varied solo career of experimentation, collaboration and wild ideas, I thought I knew a little of what to expect from this latest release from Lee Ranaldo. The stark, contextless cover image of tyre marks on a rural road further confirmed my assumptions, only to have them dashed completely

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