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< < Release Reviews on Manchester Music For May, 2009

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ROUNDUP :: Other Releases To The 25th May 2009
25 May 2009 / Various Formats
:: The Alps :: The Phantom Band :: Micachu & The Shapes :: Simple Minds :: The Brian Jacket Letdown :: Idle Lovers :: Black Lips :: Nasa feat. Kanye West Santogold & Lykke Li :: India Soundpad :: The Late Greats ::
Summary & review of other interesting releases due out by May 25th 2009

SAINT LUMINOUS BRIDE
25 May 2009 / Little Red Rabbit / 4 Trk 10” Vinyl & Download
:: Last Harbour ::
Last Harbour provide a subdued sense of the spectacular

THEN I SAW SUMMER & SUN ON THE EARTH
25 May 2009 / Little Red Rabbit / 13 Trk CD & Download
:: Kalbakken ::
Kalbakken refuse to create syrupy twee songs, but instead proceed to scare the hell out of the listener in between their pure, angelic off kilter interludes

RIVALS
25 May 2009 / Memphis Industries / 2 Trk CD
:: Theoretical Girl ::
Theoretical Girl is Amy Turnnidge from sunny Southend-on-Sea

WHO CAN SAY * single of the week *
25 May 2009 / XL / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl & Download
:: The Horrors ::
This is their first record in two years – it’s well worth the wait

PLAY THE GAME EP
25 May 2009 / White Label / 3 Trk CD
:: The Would Be Emperors ::
The second demo from Urmston’s The Would Be Emperors

CRYING
25 May 2009 / 4 AD / 3 Trk CD
:: TV On The Radio ::
It’s taken some time, but TV On The Radio are now thankfully getting a wider spread of attention on the UK airwaves and music page

ACTOR
25 May 2009 / 4 AD / 11 Trk CD
:: St Vincent ::
“Actor”, St. Vincent’s new album, is ever more sophisticated, building on the debut’s sometimes confused, but rather inspired array of genre

TWO DAYS
25 May 2009 / Kids / 2 Trk CD
:: Silent Film Project ::
Highly melodious guitar pop funnelled into a sporadic collision of beats and catchy tunes

WE WERE GHOSTS
25 May 2009 / Small Town Records / 11 Trk CD
:: Telegraphs ::
Brighton’s Telegraphs explore the rockier side of today’s contemporary youth sound

I’VE BEEN THINKING
25 May 2009 / Flightpath / 1 Trk Download
:: Levelload ::
Levelload is the result of a chance meeting between Brit Tony Wade and Tokyo native Mariko Doi

BABYSLEEPMODE
25 May 2009 / Surbia / 3 Trk CD
:: The Hayley Faye Band ::
Local songstress Hayley Faye’s first formal single release

ROUNDUP :: Other Releases To The 18th May 2009
18 May 2009 / Various Formats
:: Sam Isaac :: Tiga :: The Penny Black remedy :: Ane Brun :: Wall Street Riots :: Nate Campany & The Serenade :: Terry Lynn :: Spector :: Cake :: William Orbit :: Daniel Merriweather ::
Summary & review of other interesting releases due out by May 18th 2009

MAN OF ARAN
18 May 2009 / Rough Trade / 12 Trk CD + DVD
:: British Sea Power ::
The hardships of life before advanced infrastructure such as Domino’s Pizza and Micro Chips saved us from having to hunt huge basking sharks

A MOUTHFUL
18 May 2009 / Wagram / 15 Trk CD
:: the dø ::
Here’s another session of relaxed music from the dø, a pan-European act that really just rely on a basic drum kit and a trundling guitar and bass

STILL NIGHT, STILL LIGHT
18 May 2009 / Moshi Moshi / 12 Trk CD
:: Au Revoir Simone ::
Emits sonic rays of sunshine without ever being twee

BLOOD * Recommended *
18 May 2009 / Domino / 9 Trk CD
:: Franz Ferdinand ::
These aren’t remixes, but re-interpretations, with each track seemingly renamed to reflect its new personality

SICK MUSE
18 May 2009 / MMI / 1 Trk CD
:: Metric ::
It’s hard not to be enchanted by Emily Haines

H BOMB
18 May 2009 / 1 Trk CD
:: Eskimo Project ::
Hydrogen Bomb” is catchy of sorts - like a Paul McCartney B-side

DIGITAL HEARTS
18 May 2009 / Independiente / 1 Trk CD
:: Howling Bells ::
HB push themselves a little harder under the passionate and memorable vocals of Juanita Stein

COME MONDAY NIGHT
18 May 2009 / Rough Trade / CD Album
:: God Help The Girl ::
“God Help The Girl” is a story set to music, voiced by Catherine Ireton and written by Stuart Murdoch

DÉLIVRANCE
18 May 2009 / Leaf / 10 Trk CD
:: A Hawk & A Hacksaw ::
Having won opening slots with Portishead, the band have had a chance to take their Balkans themed orchestrations to the masses

ELSEWHERE
18 May 2009 / Island / San Remo / 11 Trk CD
:: Scott Matthews ::
You may not have heard of Scott Matthews as yet, but already there are reams of plaudits

AWKWARD AURA
18 May 2009 / White Label / 5 Trk CD
:: The Murmurs Of Tension ::
Retro indie funk that would been good enough for the original Isle Of Wight Festival

LOVE HAS LEFT THE ROOM
18 May 2009 / Reveal / 3 Trk CD
:: A Camp ::
The beautiful voice of Nina Persson is worth a listen on any day of the week

ANGEL ON YOUR SHOULDER
18 May 2009 / White Label / 2 Trk CDR
:: Underdogs ::
The sound of self celebrating crashing pop, with legions of indie guitar noises supporting the great vocals

SWEETHEARTS
18 May 2009 / Cowboys In Pain / 7 Trk CD
:: The Elvis Suicide ::
Glasgow’s Elvis Suicide may in part be making a twisted reference to the king, but their sound faithfully distils punk rock and roll

RETREAT * album of the week *
18 May 2009 / Cuckundoo Records / 9 Trk Limited Tour CD / Digital Download
:: Vessels ::
Companion remix CD to White Fields And Open Devices is equally stunning...

ROUNDUP :: Other Releases To The 11th May 2009
11 May 2009 / Various Formats
:: Krazy Baldhead :: Killaflaw :: Kid ID :: The Wow Signal :: Nue! :: Attica Rage :: Plastic Toys :: Inner Party System :: Banjo Or Freakout :: Anarbour :: Last Temple Orchestra :: Francis Rodino ::
Summary & review of other interesting releases due out by May 11th 2009

PLANS EP * recommended *
11 May 2009 / Demo / 5 Trk CD
:: The Christophers ::
I don’t care how many times I hear “Alison” either – this is a pretty much a classic unsigned track

INOOCENTS AND THIEVES
11 May 2009 / Tone City / CD Album
:: Black Poets ::
Black Poets are from London, but definitely read from the Interpol rulebook

FEVER RAY
11 May 2009 / V2 / Rabid / 11 Trk CD
:: Fever Ray ::
An albums worth of pretty experimental, but superbly accessible strange electronic music

THE GREATS AND THE HAPPENINGS * recommended *
11 May 2009 / 12 Trk CD
:: Post War Years ::
The most satisfying thing about “The Greats And The Happenings” is that it’s the instruments and structures that are the point of focu

SUNNY DAYS * recommended *
11 May 2009 / Mercury / 1 Trk CD
:: Kid British ::
A masterpiece of modern pop, with a sparkling uplifting tempo

NEW IN TOWN
11 May 2009 / 679 / 1 Trk CD
:: Little Boots ::
The next big thing, if you believe everything you read in the papers

SHE’S GOT ME DANCING
11 May 2009 / Island / 4 Trk Remix CD
:: Tommy Sparks ::
Sparks has written a brilliant pop song and one that will endure just for a handful of simple things

ANOTHER CITY ANOTHER SORRY
11 May 2009 / Heist / 11 Trk CD
:: The Answering Machine ::
The sound of a band blossoming into something else

DOCUMENT 1
11 May 2009 / Demo / 5 Trk CDR
:: House of Brothers ::
A modern indie folk outing, with plenty of campfire sensibilities

MISFORTUNE & MINOR VICTORIES * demo of the week *
11 May 2009 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: Lanterns On The Lake ::
Lanterns On Lakes aren’t folk, but tread so closely to the prettier moments of that new age genre - and they aren’t rock, yet take us on epic progressive journeys

FOREVER AND A DAY
18 May 2009 / New Music Club / 2 Trk CD
:: The Jessie Rose Trip ::
Reggae indie pop as unusual as it is innovative

UNTIL THE EARTH BEGINS TO PART
11 May 2009 / 4 AD / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl & Download
:: Broken Records ::
..carried by searching vocals buried by epic guitars, the use of brass strangely cheers up matters along the way

LEAP INTO MY FERVENT ARMS
11 May 2009 / Phantom Power / 13 Trk CD
:: Screaming Mimi ::
Screaming Mimi have a lot to offer, but maybe, it’s best not to be inundated all at once

PRIMARY COLOURS * album of the week *
11 May 2009 / XL / 10 Trk CD
:: The Horrors ::
It’s a major turnaround, as the Horrors previous, more youthful exploits would have been difficult to follow - what we have here is a potential classic

EINSTEIN’S GATEWAY * unsigned record of the week *
11 May 2009 / Promo / 7 Trk CD
:: Stranger Son ::
Tempered by a brilliantly wired concoction of psycho-funk, SSOWB's mini-album sits somewhere between “Bush Of Ghosts” and the Pop Group

INSIDES
04 May 2009 / Double Six (Domino) / 10 Trk CD
:: Jon Hopkins ::
“Insides” is a mixture of mountainous electronic folk and experimental atmospherics

BEGONE DULL CARE
04 May 2009 / Domino / 8 Trk CD
:: Junior Boys ::
It seems like an almost mighty co-incidence that Depeche Mode are back with an album

THE TRAGIC DECLINE OF BUFF ORPINGTON * demo of the week *
04 May 2009 / Demo / 2 Trk CDR
:: Talons ::
Exceptional example of how post rock can be orchestrated and fun and be accomplished without phasing the listener

BRAVEFACE
04 May 2009 / Transgressive / 10 Trk CD
:: Esser ::
The almost impossibly quiffed Esser unleashes debut

THE KIDS ARE SICK AGAIN
04 May 2009 / Warp / 1 Trk CD
:: Maximo Park ::
A bit bigger, a bit more refined whilst tapping at the less obvious corners of leftfield indie rock, this seems to have been tuned for widespread appeal

DUKE PANDEMONIUM
04 May 2009 / 14th Floor Records / 10 Trk CD
:: Marmaduke Duke ::
"Duke Pandemonium" beckons forth as a beacon of invention and funked up off kilter sonics.

CUT
04 May 2009 / Affairs Of The Heart / 14 Trk CD
:: The Flare Acoustic Arts League ::
A lazy folk, ballad themed series of anthems, where lo-fi is squeezed into as broad sound as possible

25 YEARS
04 May 2009 / Bright Antenna / 6 Trk CD
:: MC Rut ::
This is the sound of a tanker full of adrenaline and of mountains being parted by rampant forces of nature

EVERYONE LOVES YOU
04 May 2009 / Wrath / 4 Trk CD
:: Eureka Machines ::
Massive sounds from the mighty 'Machines

WINDSWEPT LOVE
04 May 2009 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Bright Kicks ::
A great sound that looks heartily back at early 90’s soulful rock

CASTROVALVA
04 May 2009 / Brew Records / 8 Trk CD
:: Castrovalva ::
Castrovalva strangulate their sonic frequencies into squashed monotone transmissions

MADE UP STORIES
04 May 2009 / Rubix Records / 10 Trk CD
:: Go:Audio ::
Go:Audio are the perfect soundtrack for the legions of 14+ gig attendees, craving for hardcore pop ridden on the crest of EMO rock

KNOCKING
04 May 2009 / RCA / 1 Trk CD
:: Will And The People ::
Ultimately this is little more than a pleasing summer time tune

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