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Arab Strap, Myriam Gendron, Group Listening, Amen Dunes, Villagers, Mary Lattimore and Walt McClements, Douglas Dare, Dehd and Keeley Forsyth.

Arab Strap, Myriam Gendron, Group Listening, Amen Dunes, Villagers,  Mary Lattimore and Walt McClements, Douglas Dare, Dehd and Keeley Forsyth.

Lots of subtlety and lots of albums to ensure that you don’t miss.

Although we have another full offering of new music attractions for you this week, the record of the week was a relatively forgone conclusion as Connor Drift had threatened to quit if the ROTW mantle wasn’t bestowed to filthy duo Arab Strap. Don’t worry, it is great, it is worthy, he still works here and I’m totally fine with it 👍don’t give a fuck anymore 👍 is a real banger. As richly dark as you’d expect, funny and still provoking. Lurid and delicious.

+ Available on Emoji Yellow colour vinyl.
Arab Strap
We are utterly delighted to have a new album from Montreal-based songwriter Myriam Gendron this week, with the hugely alluring Mayday on Thrill Jockey. There is a hypnotic beauty to her voice - in both French and English - and her guests (drumming legend Jim White, guitarist Marisa Anderson and saxophonist Zoh Amba) really help the experimental swirls take this one somewhere special. Very highly recommended indeed.

+ Available on exclusive Opaque Green colour vinyl.

Also out this week - and full of otherworldly beauty - is Walks, the new set from duo Group Listening on PRAH. More beautifully sweeping pastorals, but with their most overly electronic inspired timbre yet. Beautiful music.

+ Available on Leah Green colour vinyl.

Big-time Drift favourite Damon McMahon returns this week as Amen Dunes with Death Jokes, his first in partnership with Sub Pop. After the last half-decade it’s no wonder this one has a fair amount of scathing on offer, specifically, “America’s culture of violence, dominance, and destructive individualism.” As with his previous work, there is always that little twinkle of optimism even in the darkest darkness, this one is even more subtle as it slowly builds.

+ Available on Coke Bottle Clear Loser Edition vinyl with a D-Side etching.

Another big return this week finds Villagers in glorious voice on That Golden Time. Lots of signature fragility, but also some of his most euphoric sections to date. It’s an easy one to fall for.

+ Available on limited 140g Golden colour vinyl.

Sheer beauty with a collaboration we highly recommend next, with high Harp Queen Mary Lattimore and accordion innovator Walt McClements delivering the shimmering Rain on the Road. Recorded in the cozy setting of McClements’ apartment during a rainy December in LA, this is amazingly expansive stuff and a real treat.

+ Available on limited Opaque Blue colour vinyl.

Douglas Dare returns on Erased Tapes with his fourth LP Omni and it’s a bold departure into electronic bleeps. His voice is still very much the main event and sounds in the right place here amongst the waves of beats and clunks. The arrangements are hugely impressive.

+ Pressed Translucent Red colour vinyl.

Chicago three-piece Dehd release poetry on Fat Possum and it really does have such a great vibe. Much of it has a laconic lull, but the brighter pop moments turn it all on its head, it’s an album that you’ll want to stick on a few times.

+ Available on Plutonium Green colour vinyl.

OUI LSF is the first album in well over a decade from much-loved art-punks Les Savy Fav. A dense sort of pop production with some real thrash and clatter. Sounds like they were just waiting around to be sufficiently jacked up again, great stuff!

+ Available on exclusive 'Bloodshot' colour vinyl.
Douglas Dare

Also this week; electronic lushness from Dutch duo Tinlicker with Cold Enough For Snow. New York-bred R&B vocalist Yaya Bey returns on Big Dada with Ten Fold. Going to spend more time with this as there are some amazing lines already. A smokey return from Australian siblings Angus & Julia Stone with Cape Forestier. We have an upbeat but actually very sad new Dan Auerbach-produced album from Shannon & The Clams called The Moon Is In The Wrong Place. Super-producer Jordan Rakei releases The Loop, some nice bleeps. Josienne Clarke releases the beautifully subdued Parenthesis, I. Ludicrously loud duo Big Special release their full debut LP Postindustrial Hometown Blues, and it is really impressive!

Loads of these have limited and exclusive colour pressings, so do come and have a browse.

Lastly today, The Hollow is the stark and hugely arresting new LP from Keeley Forsyth. We worked with Keeley on a custom Dinked Edition, so this is an album we’ve sat with for quite a while now. The first plays back at the start of the year were so desperately sad, but there is something about this wonderous record in bright sunlight that feels even more captivating. The production (with Ross Downes) is so tense, and guest appearances from Matthew Bourne and Colin Stetson add the chills. Hugely impressive.

+ Available as a very limited Dinked Edition.

Reissues this week include the brilliant Universal Order Of Armageddon, Kenny Burrell, Jimi Hendrix and the absolutely massive Ghana Special 2. We shall be sure to tell you more.