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< < Release Reviews on Manchester Music For April, 2009

Bringing you all the Release Reviews that matter since 1999

ROUNDUP :: Other Releases To The 27th April 2009
27 April 2009 / Various Formats
:: Sonic Boom Six :: Metric :: A Hawk & A Hacksaw :: Duke Special :: The View :: Poppy & The Jezebels :: Loner :: Evil Nine feat Seraphim :: POS ::Tiny Masters Of Today :: the dø :: Au Revoir Simone :: The BDIs :: Simon Felton :: James Keen :: Colour :: Glass Youth :: Ricky Warwick :: Parlotones :: Health ::
Summary & review of other interesting releases due out by April 27th 2009

FIT THE PARADIGM * album of the week *
27 April 2009 / Whimsical / 13 Trk CD
:: Jack Butler ::
An album that really connects with the bookish indie of the very early 80’s, from Postcard’s Josef K to the energetic bluster of Haircut 100 and The Higsons

SET YOUR HEAD ON FIRE
27 April 2009 / T4Tunes / 10 Trk CD
:: The Black Box Revelation ::
Takes a cut from the Jagger / Richards book,drenched in the bleak rock and roll sounds of BRMC

SMALL TOWN REBELLION
27 April 2009 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: The Velvetines ::
The only thing they seem to be missing are the quiffs

UNCLE FUNK
27 April 2009 / Promo / 10 Trk CD
:: Skinless Finger ::
Manchester’s Skinless Finger live entirely on the fumes of funk

SEA SEW
27 April 2009 / Hoop Recordings / 10 Trk CD
:: Lisa Hannigan ::
Lisa Hannigan's solo debut

BLUE ROSES
27 April 2009 / Salvia / 10 Trk CD
:: Blue Roses :: Laura Groves ::
It’s interesting that Kate Bush is mentioned in the PR information

CRYSTALISED
27 April 2009 / Young Turks (Beggars) / 2 Trk CD
:: The XX ::
The XX utilise solid sounding electric instruments, but barely touch their strings

MIAMI ICE
27 April 2009 / Leaf / 14 Trk CD
:: Icy Demons ::
A very peculiar album that pushes the envelope between acceptable melody and bizarre electronica

4 x 12 – VOLUME 1 of 4
27 April 2009 / Dance To The Radio / 4 Trk 12” Vinyl
:: Pulled Apart By Horses :: Bear Hands :: Wonderswan :: Broadcast Society ::
Leeds label Dance To The Radio, is doing what it does best and that’s discovering brand new talent from north of the Pennine border

IF YOU LEAVE IT ALONE
27 April 2009 / Moshi Moshi / 12 Trk CD
:: The Wave Pictures ::
David Tattersall's warm delivery is given some weight by the sheer liveliness of the performance and his individual off-beat folk style

TALK TO ME
27 April 2009 / XL / 2 Trk CD
:: Peaches ::
To all intents and purposes a soul track structured for the dancefloor

CONTACT * demo of the week *
27 April 2009 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: King Pest ::
You’ll be hard pushed to shake this particular tune out of your mind

SO MANY LEMONS
27 April 2009 / Leaf / 4 Trk CD
:: Volcano! ::
Volcano! are from Chicago, but for much of the time you’ll be hard pressed to decipher their lyrics

THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT
27 April 2009 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 2 Trk CD
:: Friendship ::
The latest act to be showcased by the leftfield taste-making benefactors Too Pure

ROCK N ROLL BEGINS AT HOME EP
27 April 2009 / Demo / 5 Trk CDR
:: Luke Hirst ::
Luke Hirst is from Bradford and at the giddy age of 20 has decided he’s due a solo career

BLOOD DARK SEA
27 April 2009 / Promo / 11 Trk CDR
:: Stillman ::
A basket of ballads, life affirming observations and straight up, if not indirect love songs

PHOTOSHOP HANDSOME * single of the week *
27 April 2009 / Another Music = Another Kitchen / 2 Trk CD
:: Everything Everything ::
Another witty mixture of almost every genre possible,

SOUNDS OF THE CITY
27 April 2009 / Moustache Music / Digital Download
:: The Dykeenies ::
As far as come-backs go, “Sounds Of The City” is a veritable hit

ROUNDUP :: Other Releases To The 20th April 2009
20 April 2009 / Various Formats
:: Underoath :: Sneaky Sound System :: William Orbit :: The Hours :: The Virgins :: Go:Audio :: King Creosote :: 4Bitten :: The Seal Club Clubbing Club :: ::
Summary & review of other interesting releases due out by April 20th 2009

DARK DAYS / LIGHT YEARS
20 April 2009 / Rough Trade / 12 Trk CD
:: Super Furry Animals ::
Various Furrys side projects have so far failed to excite as much as SFA themselves

SONGS OF PREY * recommended *
20 April 2009 / Wrath / 14 Trk CD
:: The Scaramanga Six ::
The Scaramanga Six staggeringly, somehow, manage to better themselves with each record

RUBBER LOVE
20 April 2009 / 14th Floor Records / 1 Trk CD
:: Marmaduke Duke ::
A precursor to the (very) long awaited album “Duke Pandemonium”

SANDBLASTER
20 April 2009 / Crackhouse Recordings / 3 Trk CD
:: China Shop Bull ::
From Leeds, China Shop Bull were previously known as Fulibulbus

CATHEDRAL CLASSICS – VOLUME ONE * recommended *
20 April 2009 / Sonic Cathedral / 17 Trk CD
:: The Early Years :: M83 :: Maps :: Kyte :: Sarabeth Tucek :: Japancakes :: Daniel Land And The Modern Painters :: School Of Seven Bells :: Tambourines :: Mark Gardener :: Dean & Britta :: Miranda Lee Richards :: ::
“Cathedral Classics” therefore is a further reason why this label should continue to celebrate itself.

ACTOR OUT OF WORK
20 April 2009 / 4 AD / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl / Download
:: St Vincent ::
A dizzy, dazzling showboat, one that could have been stripped from a musical and then peppered with flustered guitars and quirky, half melted synthesisers

TWISTED WHEEL * album of the week *
20 April 2009 / Columbia / 11 Trk CD
:: Twisted Wheel ::
Twisted Wheel have truthfully crafted a sound all of their own, with a direct, unfettered new wave punch and a compelling range of infectiously short but memorable tunes

‘EM ARE I
20 April 2009 / Rough Trade / 11 Trk CD
:: Jeffrey Lewis :: & The Junkyard ::
A distillation of his own brand of Anti-Folk and fractured, laid back American indie guitar jingles

MY MAUDLIN CAREER
20 April 2009 / 4 AD / 11 Trk CD
:: Camera Obscura ::
A rich, pleasant tapestry of leftfield pop.

Bloody Chamber Music / 1 Trk CD (available as 7” Vinyl + Download
20 April 2009 / VULTURE
:: Patrick Wolf ::
Patrick Wolf’s self managed release delves yet deeper into his world of leftfield electronica

TRUE ROMANCE
20 April 2009 / XL / TRUE ROMANCE
:: Golden Silvers ::
Golden Silvers eschew guitars for the giddiest use of an electric piano since Dean Friedman

THE BOYS ON THE BURNING DECK * unsigned album of the week *
20 April 2009 / Northern Hoodoo / 10 Trk CD
:: The Vipers ::
The Vipers beyond their best

ROUNDUP :: Other Releases To The 13th April 2009
13 April 2009 / Various Formats
:: The Maybes? :: The Chemists :: Eddi Reader :: The Fevers :: Baby Gravy :: The Devil’s Conspiracy :: The Sensational Alex Harvey Band :: Idle Jack & The Big Sleep :: Imelda May :: The Sword :: In This Moment :: Tom Williams & The Boat :: Nightvision ::
Summary & review of other interesting releases due out in between April 1st and April 13th 2009

HIT IT OUT THE PARK, SON * single of the week *
13 April 2009 / Whimsical / 1 Trk CD + Download
:: Jack Butler ::
Jack Butler,Whimsical,scotland

PEARL * demo of the week *
13 April 2009 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: No Tokyo ::
No Tokyo have always looked back at Manchester’s psychedelic back catalogue

CODIS
13 April 2009 / Demo / 2 Trk CDR
:: The Life Project ::
A popped up mix of decent indie noodling carried by moments of EMO tinged rock

GOOD PEOPLE DO BAD THINGS
13 April 2009 / Militia Entertainment / 12 Trk CD
:: The Perils ::
Pushed by the insistent drive of bands like The Futureheads

ON ALL FOURS * album of the week *
13 April 2009 / Dead Again - Turnstile / 11 Trk CD
:: Video Nasties ::
The southern oiks with bad haircuts excel themselves once again, this time with a full collection of sharply delivered, slightly anarchic high frequency scratch outs

IN THE COLD WIND WE SMILE
13 April 2009 / Xtra Mile Recordings / 11 Trk CD
:: The Xcerts ::
This Dave Eringa produced LP exploits the trio’s tightly timed rock, extracting a tune and stop/start timings with an expert ear

THE QUESTION
13 April 2009 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: Black Fox ::
BF's home recorded project, brims with well executed, dense metallic guitars and a series of tripping, fast paced drum beats

WANDERING
13 April 2009 / Gladrag / 2 Trk CD
:: Rob McCulloch ::
“Wandering”, described as a song about ‘getting off your head out of boredom”.

HEAR ME
13 April 2009 / Headroom / 1 Trk Enhanced CD
:: Gone Til Winter ::
Manchester’s Gone Til Winter impressed in 2007 with one of their first demos and they still proudly fly the flag for dark progressive metal in this city

VENOM
13 April 2009 / Platform Records / 3 Trk CD
:: The Shermans ::
The Shermans are a band seemingly energised by sounds of The Enemy and a second album Clash

NEVER GONNA TOUCH THE GROUND * recommended *
13 April 2009 / Moshi Moshi / The Lost And Lonesome Recording Co / 10 Trk CD
:: Still Flyin ::
Sean Rawls takes his hippyfied San Franciscan ensemble on a ten track trip of Ska, Afrobeat, West Coast pop punk and more things inbetween

SORE THUMB
13 April 2009 / Full Time Hobby / 2 Trk CD
:: Fujiya & Miyagi ::
Something of a classic cut here from the Fujiya & Miyagi duo

THE RUIN OF MAN
13 April 2009 / Transcend / 13 Trk CD
:: Sacred Mother Tongue ::
The metal purveyors double pedal bass drum beats create earthquake inducing frequencies whilst the requisite guitar riffs are expertly dispatched

I’M SORRY
13 April 2009 / Just Music / 2 Trk CD
:: Loner ::
Geoff Smith has already achieved some heady moments via sound tracking Sex & The City

IF YOU LEAVE IT ALONE
13 April 2009 / Moshi Moshi / 2 Trk CD
:: The Wave Pictures ::
Another example of the band’s tales of real life. In the form of a dissembled love song

QUICK THE WORD SHARP THE ACTION
13 April 2009 / Pias / 16 Trk CD
:: Hundred Reasons ::
2007’s previously underachieving album “Quick The Word, Sharp The Action” is worth another drive around the block

BLACK ENTERTAINMENT
13 April 2009 / 11 Trk CD
:: BM Linx ::
CuBased collision of club electronica and live rock

IN A FOREST WITHOUT TREES * unsigned album of the week *
13 April 2009 / White Label / 10 Trk CD
:: Goonies Never Say Die ::
A quintet from the blustery holiday haven of Blackpool who excel at progressive rock landscapes

OH MY LOVE * single of the week *
06 April 2009 / Faulty Records / 2 Trk CD
:: John & Jehn ::
Nostalgically impressive stuff that isn’t afraid to lurk authentically in the shadows

RADIO LADIO
06 April 2009 / Because / 4 Trk CD
:: Metronomy ::
..wobbling themselves into the 80’s

A BALLOON CALLED MOANING * album of the week *
06 April 2009 / Pure Groove / 8 Trk CD
:: The Joy Formidable ::
A classic in a world hungry to return to some authentic indie values

I’M ALIVE AND YOU ARE DEAD
06 April 2009 / Fourth Floor / 9 Trk CD
:: Orphans & Vandals ::
Based around the various talents of one Al Joshua and his merry band of musical cohorts

THE HIP HOP DISCIPLE
06 April 2009 / Promo / With Me Music / 22 Trk CD
:: XS.IF ::
Manchester’s XS.iF creates an experienced collection of smooth soundtracks

LIVING THING
06 April 2009 / Wichita Recordings / 2 Trk CD
:: Peter, Bjorn And John ::
An album notable for preserving this trio’s reputation as sublime songsmiths and experts at adding only what is absolutely necessary to a tune

NANGIALA EP * recommended *
06 April 2009 / Naim Edge Monotreme Records / 3 Trk CD
:: Jeniferever ::
Given the regular success of the intelligent, ambient, prog genre, Jeniferever are well placed to get the following they deserve

IN DEARLAND
06 April 2009 / XL / 10 Trk CD
:: Elvis Perkins ::
Perkins skips from Cash Country to the home grown folky moments of Dylan as though it was second nature

ENDLESS POOL EP * recommended *
06 April 2009 / MIE / 12” Vinyl
:: Trouble Books ::
A ghostly affair, maybe even a spiritual one

PHOTOBOOTH
06 April 2009 / Young And Lost Club / Limited 7” Vinyl
:: exLovers ::
ExLovers it seems, are definitely worth falling for...

KITTY MAGIC EP * unsigned record of the week *
06 April 2009 / Rainbow Records / 4 Trk EP
:: Ono Palindrones ::
The vocal of one Andy Death makes a mark like a melodic Jello Biafra fused with a late PiL era John Lydon, practicing bookish indie tunes.

SUN GANGS
06 April 2009 / Rough Trade / 10 Trk CD
:: The Veils ::
It takes a carefully considered dip to sustain the album’s superlative dynamics

TONIGHT’S TODAY
06 April 2009 / XL / 1 Trk CD
:: Jack Peñate ::
Perhaps a defining shift change in Jack Peñate’s outlook

THE SNAKE
06 April 2009 / Leaf / 10 Trk CD
:: Wildbirds & Peacedrums ::
“The Snake” takes contemporary rhythms and new age folk to the very fringes, with extremely pleasing results

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