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Celestial North – Otherworld

Bandcamp

Pagan Poetry


A.R. Kane – A.R. Kive Box-Set

Lavish box set re-issue for the dreampop pioneers


Osees – Intercepted Message

In The Red

“Thee Oh Sees are back to slay pretence and pretenders alike”


Mercylane – Mayday EP

from the former God Machine man


Various Artists – These Clouds…

Sound in Silence

Label celebrates milestone with compilation release


Scenius – Life Is A Thing

Bandcamp

Can the darkwave/synthpop duo do it again?


Deepriver – Volume One

n5MD

Hemisphere-spanning ambiance.


The Declining Winter – Really Early, Really Late

Home Assembly Recordings

“The instrumentation is an absolute treat. Each note feels considered, even agonised over.”


The National – First Two Pages of Frankenstein

4AD

Ninth outing from the Dads of sad.


SENSES – Little Pictures Without Sound

42's Records

Arena-sized anthems from latest Coventry wonders.


IST IST – Protagonists

Kind Violence Records

Impressive 3rd outing from the Manc post-punks


Laurel Canyon – S/T

Agitated

The grunge revival gets another reboot.


Last Days – Windscale

n5MD

contemplative ‘soundtrack’ to the UKs worst Nuclear disaster


Emperor Zero – Nights Of The Hunter EP

Ramber Records/Sways

“Blossoming in adversity, beautiful melodies square off against the solemnity of the Old Testament, post-punk guitars soaring poetically from the noisy squalor”


Ballamona – Institutions EP

Ramber Records

“Manchester-based neo-industrial band take perverse pleasure in exploiting uneasy spaces”


Carlton Melton – Resemble Ensemble

Agitated

“a statement quite unlike anything the Northern Californian woodsmen have done before”


Vague Lanes – Foundation and Divergence

Swiss Dark Nights/ n5Music

The bass men cometh


Hammock – Love in the Void

Hammock Music

a return to the glistening dreampop template


The C.I.A. – Surgery Channel

In The Red

An electro-punk “drive-it-like-you-stole-it, sparking-on-the-rims vehicle for reckless fun”


Skull Practitioners – Negative Stars

In The Red

The Dream Syndicate’s Jason Victor gets hot and heavy alongside this set of general practitioners.