Cocteau Twins Treasure Vinyl reissue of the third studio album from the legendary Scottish band Cocteau Twins, originally released in 1984. As Pitchfork put it when including the album in their Top 100 Albums of the 1980s, “Treasure was titled simply enough. An adjective for the endlessly inventive melodic lines you'd find buried in these songs, and a verb for what you'd do with them for years to come.” 4AD LP
Adrianne Lenker songs and instrumentals The new double album from the acclaimed Big Thief fronter Adrianne Lenker, recorded in a one-room cabin in the woods of Western Massachusetts in spring time at the start of the pandemic. If “music for indigo” is spacious, “mostly chimes” is mostly just space. It begins with tentative playing, but after four minutes, her guitar gets quieter and quieter, and then drops off to silence. What is left is just the swirl of chimes and birdsong, 11 minutes of pure dreamspeak. That might seem inadvisably precious or indulgent, but Lenker’s atmospheric coda has a purpose: It completes the process of disappearing that has taken place across the course of the record. On side A, there may be as many as three guitar parts, plus overdubbed vocals, in play at any moment. Side B loses the overdubs but retains the vocals. Side C is just guitar and chimes. Side D, on the other hand, is just a suggestion of what will be left when Lenker packs up and leaves. It is the wind in the trees, the sun through the branches, the robin’s egg lying cracked and hollow on the ground, a half-moon of sky blue nestled against black loam. The barely-there conclusion of this remarkable pair of records is a memory frozen in tone, absence given form. “Oh, emptiness/Tell me ’bout your nature,” Lenker asks in “zombie girl.” Taken together, songs and instrumentals provide an answer. 4AD CD | LP
Joker The Vision First release on 4AD for Bristolian dubstep behemoth Joker, who played our Repeater night last year. Jessie Ware (SBTRKT) on vocals. Two track white label. http://www.myspace.com/thejokerproductions 4AD 12"
Future Islands As Long As You Are The sixth full length album from the awesome Baltimore indie-poppers Future Islands. As Long As You Are looks to the past as well as the future, confronting old ghosts and embracing a new hope. It is an album about trust, full of honesty, redemption and “letting go”, allowing old wounds to heal and bringing painful chapters to a close. As Long As You Are also signals a new era for Future Islands. Drummer Mike Lowry officially joins as a fully-fledged member and songwriter bolstering the founding trio of William Cashion, Samuel T. Herring and Gerrit Welmers. Together, the four-piece took on official production duties for the first time, co-producing As Long As You Are with engineer Steve Wright at his Wrightway Studios in Baltimore. Their brand of new wave synth-pop full of bright melodies and heavenly choruses is as euphoric and uninhibitedly joyful as anything the band has done in their 14-year career. 4AD CD | LP
LNZNDRF LNZNDRF Debut from LNZNDRF a trio of members of The National and Beirut with collection mostly improvised songs that were then edited! LNZNDRF’s debut is rock minimalism meets sonic maximalism. Recorded in a church in Cincinnati over two and a half days, the eight songs on the album were improvised with a vital spirit harking back to the reason The songs, which were edited from 30+ minute jams, evoke the essence of their expansive, largely improvised live shows. the members became musicians in the first place. 4AD CD | LP
The National High Violet (10th Anniversary) Tri-fold and foil-blocked sleeve with a belly-band. The 10th anniversary edition of The National's fifth full length album High Violet, marking the first time the expanded edition has been released on vinyl, to celebrate its 10th Anniversary. The National will be release a 10-year anniversary expanded edition of their 2010 album High Violet, on 19th June 2020. Originally released in May 2010, the critically acclaimed fifth studio album features the now-classics “Terrible Love”, “Bloodbuzz Ohio”, “England”, and perennial show closer, “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks.” In addition to the 10 original tracks, the triple LP package includes a third LP which includes tracks never before available on vinyl, including “Wake Up Your Saints,” an alternate version of “Terrible Love”, “Walk Off” and more. 4AD LP