Julien Baker Red Door [RSD19] This is an exclusive release for Record Store Day 2019. Any remaining stock will be available online from Saturday 20th April, strictly one per customer. On the heels of her triumphant Matador debut Turn Out the Lights and the critically acclaimed collaborative EP boygenius, Julien Baker returns with her first new solo recordings in 18 months, “Red Door” b/w “Conversation Piece,” available exclusively for Record Store Day 2019. The 7” features the first studio recording of a fan favorite “Red Door”, previously only heard live, and a previously unreleased cut begun during the Turn Out the Lights sessions, “Conversation Piece.” 2 previously unreleased tracks - exclusive to this 7" on red vinyl. 01. RED DOOR 02. CONVERSATION PIECE Matador Records 7" Pre-Order
Interpol A Fine Mess A new 12" EP from the legendary post-punk Kingston visitors Interpol. Five songs that follow on from 2018s Marauder. Echoing its title, the artwork for A Fine Mess is illustrated by a series of lost images, recovered from an abandoned police station in Detroit, MI. In a crumbling evidence room - amongst the rubble - an undeveloped roll of film, dated “1-20-96”, featured latent images of a breaking and entering scene, the rooms in chaos. From the beguiling refrain of the title track, to the soulful topsy-turvy of ‘No Big Deal’, cathartic chorus of long sought-after live favourite ‘Real Life’, anthemic swell of ‘The Weekend’, and angular shades of ‘Thrones’, A Fine Mess is a bracing and distinct entry in Interpol’s oeuvre. Matador Records 12" | CD Pre-Order
Snail Mail Lush Indies exclusive LP on red/blue splatter coloured vinyl. The debut album from Snail Mail. A refreshing marvel of songwriting and technical composition, that’s both cohesive and explosive. Her voice rises and falls with electricity throughout, spinning with bold excitement and new beginnings at every turn. Lush feels at times like an emotional rollercoaster, only fitting for Jordan’s explosive, dynamic personality. Growing up in Baltimore suburb Ellicot City, Jordan began her classical guitar training at age five, and a decade later wrote her first audacious songs as Snail Mail. Around that time, Jordan started frequenting local shows in Baltimore, where she formed close friendships within the local scene, the impetus for her to form a band. By the time she was sixteen, she had already released her debut EP, Habit, on local punk label Sister Polygon Records. Matador CD | LP
Boygenius boygenius EP The hugely anticipated debut release from the supergroup boygenius, made up of the incredible Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus. This will be highly emotive and detailed EP from the three as they have all excelled in their haunting, heart-wrenching indie-folk albums. "When we met, Lucy and Phoebe and I were in similar places in our lives and our musical endeavors, but also had similar attitudes toward music that engendered an immediate affinity," Baker explains in a press release. "Lucy and Phoebe are incredibly gifted performers, and I am a fan of their art outside of being their friends, but they are also both very wise, discerning and kind people whom I look up to in character as much as in talent." Matador 12"
Helium The Magic City + No Guitars Reissue of the second studio album from 90's indie-rockers Helium , originally released in 1997 it was the band's last album. This reissue is combined the the No Guitars EP that was released before the album. A rich, colourful array of sounds, The Magic City blends lo-fi indie-rock with '70s prog rock. Mary Timony is a sharp songwriter, and she balances her instrumental excesses with remarkable introspective lyrics. Surprisingly, the sitars, keyboards, and harpsichords are not indulgences -- they're integral to the sound of the record, making The Magic City sound alternately fantastical and frightening. It's an impressive leap forward, confirming Helium's status as one of the '90s' best indie-rock bands. - All Music, Stephen Thomas Erlewine Matador LP
Helium Ends With And A compilation from 90's indie-rockers Helium, collecting their Pirate Prude EP plus B-sides, rarities and demos. “Compiling Ends with And has been like stumbling upon a long forgotten time capsule and trying to put the pieces in order. I hadn’t heard most of the songs in a very long time. I pored over hours of unlabeled cassette demos, odd test pressings, and DAT tapes. A few of the live recordings and bonus tracks were hard to find – I knew that they existed but I had lost copies, but luckily a few kind souls had stored tapes in dusty basements and attics in various parts of the country. It’s good to know that these songs will all be in one place now.” – Mary Timony Matador LP