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ALI BARTER
January
from Hello I'm Doing My Best 2019
This is the third single from the Melbourne (Oz) indie-popster's second album
ANNA MEREDITH
Inhale Exhale
from FIBS 2019
This is the third album by the Tufnell Park (London) composer and singer. A darling of the Establishment, she has composed for the BBC, performed at posh London venues, and received a 'gong'
BEAUTY IN CHAOS
20th Century Boy (ft. Rolan Bolan & Wayne Hussey)
from Beauty Re-Envisioned 2019
Marc's son Rolan Bolan, and Wayne Hussey, contribute to this album by Michael Ciravolo's band, mixed and produced by Michael Rozon
BLACK BELT EAGLE SCOUT
At The Party
from At The Party With My Brown Friends 2019
Black Belt Eagle Scout is a moniker of Portland (Oregon, USA) musician and "Swinomish/Inupiaq queer feminist", Katherine Paul. She describes her second album as being "about friendship, love and what it means to support one another"
THE BLACK KEYS
Eagle Birds
from Let's Rock 2019
The Ohio garage-blues-rock duo are Dan Auerbach (vlcs, gtrs) and Patrick Carney (drms). This is their ninth studio album
BLACKELVIS
Gimme Ya Luv
from 2019
LEVi Tyrell Johnson's Cardiff band has been desrcibed as producing 'a fusion of wavy funk rock blended with reggae and hip-hop rhythms and R&B/soul vocals'
CARTWHEEL
Life Doesn't Wait
from Best Days (EP) 2019
The three-piece Wichita indie rock band is the creation of guitarist Kristyn Chapman. She's joined by long time collaborators William Erickson (drms) and Riley Day (bass)
THE CATHODE RAY
Heightened Senses
from 2019
Chief songwriter Jeremy Thoms sings of "living in the here and now", set to a typically catchy slice of Edinburgh-made Pop
CEREMONY
In The Spirit World Now
from In The Spirit World Now 2019
The Californian punksters release their seventh album
COSMO SHELDRAKE
Orby
from 2019
The intriging Sheldrake tells us that 'Orby is a track I made as a birthday present for my friend Orban Wallace in 2013. I tried to design him a bespoke dance tune! It features Andrea Vargas singing a version of an old sacred harp song... and also features the sound of a log dropping off a bridge into a frozen pond, slowed down and played backwards, among many other things'
THE DEAD AMIGOS
Hold Out
from 2019
The four Melbourne (Oz) rockers formed the band in early 2016 after "a most unlikely late-night encounter" (though they've not disclosed the details!)
DEATH VALLEY GIRLS
Dream Cleaver
from 2019
The L.A. band was originally formed by guitarist Larry Schemel with, until 2014, his sister, Patty (ex- Hole, Courtney Love solo, and Juliette And The Licks). Vocals here are by Bonnie Bloomgarden
DESTRENDS
Medication
from Medication 2019
The Melbourne based post-punk collective are Matt Savage, Billy Watts, Nathan Savage & Liam Burgan
DUDE YORK
Falling
from Falling 2019
This is the accomplished fourth album by Seattle's Peter Richards (vcls/gtr), Claire England (bass, vcls) and Andrew Hall (drms)
EDITORS
Black Gold
from Black Gold 2019
Tom Smith's band started in Birmingham in 2002. Previously known as Pilot, The Pride and Snowfield. This is an original title track from their 2019 compilation album which contains three new songs, plus 13 hits from the band's 15 year career
ELIZABETH THE SECOND
No One Cares
from No One Cares (EP) 2019
Ben Moro formed the rock band in Padua, northern Italy, with Michele Venturini (bass gtr) and Luca Gallato (drms)
EMPIRION
ADSR (ft Erik Griev)
from Resume 2019
23 years after their previous (and only other) full length album, the Prodigy-influenced fellow Essex boys Oz Morsley and Jamie Smart are back (now without Bob Glennie)
GOODBYE MR. MACKENZIE
Wake It Up
from Good Deeds and Dirty Rags 1989
Re-released to some acclaim in 2019, it's hard to believe this debut album by the Bathgate band was originally released 30 years earlier
HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH
Rollin'
from Imperfect Circle 2019
Led by Mark Bryan, the South Carolina band have sold over 25 million CDs since their landmark 1995 debut album 'Cracked Rear View'. This is their sixth, the title of which was inspired by the REM song 'Perfect Circle'
JAMES J. TURNER
Kalahari Rain
from Future Meets The Past 2019
The Liverpool rock singer/songwriter managed to secure funding for this album from the Arts Council Of Great Britain. No mean feat! Some nice guitar work here, too: he favours a 1973 Fender Strat, along with his Martin D28
JAPANESE BREAKFAST
Essentially
from 2019
This is the the solo musical project of Philadelphia's Michelle Zauner. This is from her third album
JR JR
R.I.P. RnR
from Invocations/Conversations 2019
The electro-pop duo are from Detroit. This album was released as a four-vinyl set
KINGS OF THE EARTH
Landing On The Moon
from Landing On The Moon 2019
This is the debut single by the Nashville band, abbreviated to KOTE
LANA DEL REY
Norman Fucking Rockwell
from Norman Fucking Rockwell! 2019
New York's Elizabeth Woolridge Grant releases her sixth album. She describes this title track as being "about this guy who is such a genius artist but he thinks he's the shit and... won't shut up talking about it"
LEANNE TENNANT
Bring It All Back
from Red Wine, Late Nights 2019
This follows the success of the Australian singer's previous single 'Cherry Cola'. She was born in Ellesmere Port, but her family relocated to Papua New Guinea while she was very young, before settling in Cairns, Australia, in the 90s
LOLA
Care
from 2019
London-based Lolita Parnell says her song is "about gratitude... and only realising what you had when it was gone"
MARC DELMAY
Better Day
from 2019
The Rotterdam singer/songwriter says it took 'blood, sweat and tears to put this one together'
MARIKA HACKMAN
Any Human Friend
from Any Human Friend 2019
The Hampshire-born multi-instrumentalist Marika Louise Hackman contributes most of the music on ther third album. Here, she sings and plays guitar, bass guitar, synthesizer, piano, and arranged the strings. Production and percussion comes from 2XS Barn Session veteran, David Wrench
MARINA
Superstar
from Love + Fear 2019
Love (Side 1) + Fear (Side 2) is the fourth studio album by Welsh singer-songwriter, Marina Lambrini Diamandis
METALITE
Far From The Sanctuary
from Far From The Sanctuary 2019
Influenced by bands like Within Temptation, the quintet from Stockholm 'reinvent classic Melodic Metal' with new vocalist, Erica Ohlsson. Abba on speed, then
NOT UR GIRLFRENZ
Song About You
from 2019
The Texan power indie-pop trio features drummer, Maren Alford, who became an internet hit with her drum cover of Slipknot's 'Unsainted'
OH SEES
Face Stabber
from Face Stabber 2019
The San Francisco rockers have been getting away with this since 1997
OSO OSO
Basking In The Glow
from Basking In The Glow 2019
Oso Oso is an emo solo project of New York's Jade Lilitri
PIP BLOM
Freckles
from 2019
Ms Blom's Amsterdam four-piece is made up of her guitar and vocals, with her sister, Tender Blom (vcls, gtr), Darek Mercks (bass) & Gini Cameron (drms). This single folows their acclaimed debut album 'Boat'
PSYENCE
Black Hole
from Psyence 2019
The Stoke-On-Trent band release their self-titled, debut album. We're impressed!
PURPLE MOUNTAINS
She's Making Friends, I'm Turning Stranger
from Purple Mountains 2019
This is the debut album by the Chicago band, comprising Anna St. Louis, David Berman, Jarvis Taveniere & Jeremy Earl. This is the first new music from Berman since he disbanded Silver Jews in 2009
RING RING ROUGE
Scrubs
from Talking In Instalments 2019
The Burnley 4-piece return with the follow-up to their 2014 debut album, 'Head Full of Fog'
RO BERGMAN
Clouds
from 2019
The impressive Austrian indie-rock singer/songwriter tells us that he draws inspiration from a wide variety of artists 'including Beck, Bon Iver, Fink, The National and The Verve'
SHE MADE ME DO IT
Fun And Games
from 2019
The London duo Shaheena and Will met when they both played in the indie-rock band Rachel Stamp. Bouncing song ideas off each other in that band, they say "it seemed natural to carry on"
SLEATER-KINNEY
The Future Is Here
from The Center Won't Hold 2019
The Washington State rockers are now a duo, comprising original members, Corin Tucker & Carrie Brownstein. Long-standing drummer Janet Weiss left in early 2019
TELEGRAPH
Down In The River
from 2019
The Paris trio are Julien Humez, Matthieu Humez & Maxime Fornareso. They met in California, with Julian's lyrics often referencing the work of Jack Kerouac
TITUS ANDRONICUS
Hey Ma
from An Obelisk 2019
The New Jersey indie-punk rockers founded the band in 2005. Perhaps obviously, they take their name from Shakespeare's play 'Titus Andronicus', and have cited musical and stylistic influences such as Pulp (not evident here!)
WARRIORS OF THE DYSTOTHEQUE
Things In The Shadows
from 2019
This features Adam Leonard of Invaderband. He is an Manchester singer/songwriter specialising in folk, psychedelic and electronic music
WATCH CLARK
Weakness
from Couch 2019
With more than a nod towards Depeche Mode, Seattle's Paul Furio produces a retro mesh of industrial and new wave