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Cocteau Twins – Head Over Heels / Treasure


Head Over Heels

Cocteau Twins - Head Over HeelsAbsolutely loving the saturated colours of this re-pressed artwork, definitely more reactive than the icy grey of my ’83 original. The spray-painted water waltzing the eye in hiccupping fissure and blurring nitrate. A suggestion of fossilised form and rupturing collapse

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Zoë Mc Pherson – String Figures

SVS Records

Zoë Mc Pherson - String Figures“Tell me the story”, a sibilant voice whispers on the album’s opening track, “i. Sabotage Story (unknot opening)”.

Well, OK; you asked for it.

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Delphine Dora – Eudaimon


Delphine Dora - EudaimonThis is a sparse beauty. Eudaimon explores the magic and mysticism of Kathleen Raine‘s poetry in multi-tracked voice and unadorned piano. Delphine Dora‘s borrowed words melt in a melancholic sweetness, floating out on a mandolin of needled ivory.

The Nico comparisons are hard to avoid, but

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Coil – Astral Disaster Sessions Un/finished Musics


Coil - Astral Disaster SessionsSo let’s just get this out of the way first. This is going to be a horribly biased review. Coil almost single-handedly squeegied my third ear open. They lit up the left side of my musickal brain like a flare going off in a broom cupboard. I am hopelessly partisan, unutterably in love, deeply impressed by and unashamedly in awe.

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The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing – Double Negative

Leather Apron

The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing - Double NegativeThose of you who are inclined towards the comic book medium may remember a short-lived title that ran in the very late 80s and very early 90s called Baker Street. Created by Gary Reed and Guy Davis, the story was, as you’d expect, yet another riff on Sherlock Holmes. The twist this time, though, was that punk had happened in the Victorian era. It was steampunk without the Victorian computers and stuff.

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Holy Motors – Slow Sundown

Wharf Cat

Holy Motors - Slow SundownA spectral, dream-inducing five-piece from Estonia is not what I was expecting to be listening to, but that is what Holy Motors are and this, their first album, is a thing of rare beauty.

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Ufomammut – 8

Neurot (vinyl and CD) / Supernatural Cat (vinyl)

Ufommamut - 8So. Ufomammut‘s 8. That’s not the same as New Model Army‘s Eight, though both are the eighth albums by their respective artists. This is 8 as in ∞ turned on its side. Eight seamless tracks of endless riffs — sounds about right.

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Anna von Hausswolff – Dead Magic

City Slang

Anna von Hausswolff - Dead MagicThat organ vibe is immense, reverbs the Copenhagen church it was recorded in a solemn flood, crested by a bewitchment of voice. A vocal that brings to mind His Name Is Alive‘s Karin Oliver, then shifts in with Kendra Smith inflexions, gymnastically leaping to elsewhere, soaring on singed syllable.

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Kim Myhr – You|Me


Kim Myhr - You|MeThe last couple of years have been busy for Kim Myhr. You|Me is his third album of 2017, including two collaborations: one with Lasse Marhaug and one with Ingar Zach; while in 2016, he released two albums, including one with Jenny Hval and the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra.

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Iannis Xenakis – Persepolis


Iannis Xenakis - PersepolisMohammad Reza – better known to the world as the (last) Shah of Iran – was not a hugely likeable man. In 1979, as a youngster struggling to make sense of the images of the unfolding revolution that were flooding in via the BBC Six O’clock News, I remember my father explaining it to me

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Erik Honoré – Unrest


Erik Honoré - UnrestHubro are doing such a great job of cataloguing and drawing to our attention the vibrant neo-jazz/experimental scene in Scandinavia. This latest album from Erik Honoré, following on from 2014’s well-received Heliographs, explores further his experiments in the melding of live improv and sampling technology.

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The Breeders – All Nerve


The Breeders - All NerveI’m feeling wooozy; Kim and Kelly Deal‘s deadpan is killing me again, that no-nonsense nudge hyena(ing) my inner diva. When it comes to The Breeders, it’s almost impossible not to mention their previous track record.

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Tomorrow We Sail – The Shadows


Tomorrow We Sail - The ShadowsLeeds six-piece Tomorrow We Sail seem to be steering away from that city’s prevailing need for noisy stuff and heading into calmer, more melancholy territory with this, their second album.

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Eraldo Bernocchi, Chihei Hatakeyama, Petulia Mattioli and Yasushi Miura – Solitary Universe


Eraldo Bernocchi, Chihei Hatakeyama, Petulia Mattioli and Yasushi Miura – Solitary UniverseItalian guitarist and producer Eraldo Bernocchi has worked on a wide range of projects since forming Sigillum S in the eighties. He has collaborated on projects with Harold Budd, Markus Stockhausen, Robin Guthrie and Russell Mills among many others. From working with avant-garde noise to almost world music, Solitary Universe finds Bernocchi and Chihei Hatakeyama in a more ambient mode.

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Monnik – Bedevaart

Consouling Sounds

Monnik - BedevaartThere is very little to give the game away on the sleeve to Monnik‘s second album Bedevaart. Besides the title, artist and three track names, there is no more to go on.

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