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Records of the Week: Bodega, Jenny Hval, A Place To Bury Strangers, Widowspeak, Jameszoo, Drug Church, Ethan P. Flynn and Alex Cameron.

Records of the Week

Records of the Week: Bodega, Jenny Hval, A Place To Bury Strangers, Widowspeak, Jameszoo, Drug Church, Ethan P. Flynn and Alex Cameron.

Heavy rockin', heavy poppin' and then there is Jameszoo! A killer week of new bits.

Hello, Friends. 

Record of the Week is Broken Equipment, the glorious return of NYC post punks Bodega. The band's second full album is inspired by literature and philosophy, all acting as a fascinating framework for their humour and smartness to really shine. Retains all the tightly wound energy of their debut (and excellent Shiny New Model EP), whilst expanding their sonic palette with an ever-propulsive drive. Really killer stuff.

+ We were delighted to work with the band on a Dinked Edition (No. 155) and we've made our last few copies available now, pressed on Clear Teal Vinyl in an alternate Glow in the Dark sleeve.

Classic Objects is the super-smart new album from pop experimentalist Jenny Hval. It's the first album from the Norwegian musician and novelist in partnership with 4AD and has a beautiful lightness to it. Her deconstructed pop always bubbles, but this new LP really does have a great energy whilst remaining far from straightforward.

+ Available on limited edition Blue colour vinyl.

A Place To Bury Strangers - See Through You

Alongside Bodega, we have TWO other Dinked Editions this week.

A Place To Bury Strangers return with See Through You and it really is jacked-up; a confident and hugely imaginative trip through post-punk, noise-rock, shoegaze and psychedelia. The pacing is really fascinating, it feels very much as a whole like it's driving along in a dark dirge, but it actually moves all over the place to great effect.

+ Dinked Edition Number 162 - Online now.
+ Indie exclusiveYellow & Black Marble colour vinyl - Online now.

Welsh duo Samana return with their second full album, All One Breath. Their debut was richly championed by Elbow’s Guy Garvey (amongst others) and acts as a jumping-off point for this subtle and evolving outing, very much a project grown out of the last few year's confinement.

+ Dinked Edition Number 161 - Online now.
+ Heavyweight "natural" coloured LP / bonus flexi-disc / exclusive design, gatefold sleeve / signed postcard / limited, numbered pressing of 400.

Jameszoo - Blind

The most excellent Jameszoo (Mitchel van Dinther) returns to Brainfeeder with Blind, a new LP embarking on further adventures on the fringes of jazz and electronica. Synth heads... Brainfeeder heads... This really has it going on, moving between frenetic and somewhat serene with hugely impressive dexterity. Complex and engaging, highly recommended. 

We have always raved about the excellent Brooklyn-duo Widowspeak and The Jacket - their sixth LP - is an excellent and quite different addition to their discography. Slower (mostly) in pace and slightly more traditional in arrangement, it's a great set of songs.

+ Available on Coke Bottle Clear colour vinyl. 

Alex Cameron returns with Oxy Music on Secretly Canadian and he's in fine outsider form. Brilliantly weird pop songs and just stacked with hooks, he really is building up such an idiosyncratic body of work. One of the good ones.

+ Available on Clear Teal colour vinyl. 

Ethan P. Flynn returns on the Young label with the highly-anticipated Universal Deluge. Great voice and some really fascinating - and quite dark - directions into pop. Really is one to watch.

Drift Records

American five-piece Drug Church release Hygiene on the Pure Noise label. Brash and full of zeal, but equally full of quite broadly appealing hooks. Great stuff.

+ Available on a BONKERS-LOOKING Milky Clear + Blue Jay Pinwheel colour vinyl pressing.

The most-excellent Dog Unit return with Turn Right and Right Again, another hypnotic set. Atmospheric, ambient, etc... It just doesn't really sell them, they are making complicated and euphoric music with drive. It's well good.

Also today, Rex Orange County returns with Who Cares?Reeling is the highly anticipated debut LP from Liverpool rock band The Mysterines (visit our website to win a signed test pressing) and Impera is the fifth studio LP from esteemed Swedish rock band Ghost

Lots of compilations and reissues to tell you about soon too, including the excellent Franz Ferdinand Hits To The Head set, plus PJ Harvey, Moon Duo, Blackalicious and Karen Dalton.

- Drift