Bon Iver Blood Bank (10th Anniversary) A tenth anniversary reissue of the extremely special and iconic EP from Bon Iver, originally released shortly after his debut full length For Emma, Forever Ago, beginning the journey towards more experimental sounds and songwriting that he has become well known for. Included in this new edition is live versions of the EP tracks recorded in different locations throughout 2018. A reflection on the Blood Bank EP by Ryan Matteson: When I reflect on the songs that make up the Blood Bank EP, I am drawn to mantras, both musical and lyrical. The driving and pulsating rhythm of the title track is held steady by the repeated refrain, I know it well, before it eventually yields to a beautiful array of guitar distortion and noise. These moments are significant through all four songs. When the steel guitar makes its entrance on “Beach Baby,” it’s transportive. A blissful, breezy feeling sweeps into the room and that puts you within the moment. Close your eyes and you can feel it. “Babys” follows perfectly. A piano guides your mind to the new beginnings that come with the changing of seasons. The awareness of time passes and makes way for another day. Then there’s “Woods.” A flawless finale. Foreign and new. Not just a new direction but a new beginning entirely. A place where boundaries don’t exist. It was a signal change of things to come, laying the groundwork for new collaborations. A decade later, the song says so much in just three lines. Most significant to me are the words, “I’m building a sill to slow down the time.” Time doesn’t slow down, it races. Jagjaguwar CD | LP Pre-Order
Paul Weller In Another Room Not sure if we'll see any of this one, for now click the Notify me button, just in case! Ghost Box is very proud to present a new EP by Paul Weller. The eclecticism of his career goes without saying and in Ghost Box Weller finds the perfect home to explore his interest in experimental tape music and early electronics. The four tracks here though are more than just experiments. Tape manipulation, field recordings and instrumental passages are artfully arranged to create a gently uncanny and psychedelic atmosphere. During the final piece Rejoice the abstraction starts to resolve into a more conventional and joyful group sound. No sooner has the melody taken shape when it suddenly collapses, deepening the magic and mystery of the whole work. In part this is musique concre?te in the tradition of Pierre Schaeffer. The “sonic art” of Trevor Wishart being perhaps a closer parallel. Unlike the mid-century pioneers of avant garde music, Weller introduces subtle melodic elements and ghostly fragments of song. Pianos drift in from next-door rooms with an atmosphere not unlike the work of Virginia Astley. The resulting impression is melancholy and reflective with a dreamlike sense of loss. Ghost Box Pre-Order
Jake Bugg Kiss Like The Sun / Be Someone A new 7" single from the ever-excellent Jake Bugg. Limited (1000) standard black 7" single from Nottingham songsmith. Features recent single 'Kiss Like The Sun' b/w last summer's moster dance collaboration with Camelphat 'Be Someone'. 7" Pre-Order
Sports Team The Races A limited edition 7" from the rapidly-rising and most excellent indie-poppers Sports Team. Recorded at Livingston Studios in London and produced by longtime collaborator Burke Reid (Courtney Barnett, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever), ‘The Races’ is built on a driving bassline, with their trademark swagger in full focus. Lyrically it continues to play with middle english characters recognisable from the band’s back catalogue, this time delving into dodgy politics and misguided patriotism. "A reminder of why indie made it back from the brink, loaded with both earworms and emotion" - The Guardian 7" Pre-Order
David Bowie Silly Boy Blue / Love You Till Tuesday A limited edition and numbered 7" single from David Bowie, available on 'blue' coloured or picture disc vinyl. 7" Pre-Order
The Skints / Runkus Armageddon A new 7" from the awesome Kingston visitors and London's premier reggae/dub/ska band, The Skints. 7"
The Wedding Present Once More The Wedding Present are set to re-release their second single, 'Once More' on the Preston label Optic Nerve Records. Optic Nerve 7" Pre-Order
Metro Trinity Die Young EP The Die Young EP was released on the group’s own Cafeteria label, released early 1987. Michael Fury was inspired by James Joyce’s short story The Dead. Only previously available on a 4 track 12" .This 7" version comprises 3 of those 4 tracks. Metro Trinity were a short lived Manchester based indie band that included Jon Male, later of Soul Family Sensation and Republica fame. Drummer Colin Rocks, bass player Tim Whiteley and Doves guitarist Jez Williams. Metro Trinity only other release came on a split with the Inspiral Carpets on Dave Haslam’s Debris fanzine. Which featured the track Stupid Friends. Andy Williams of Doves joined the band later on, but does not feature on this EP. The band split up shortly after. Optic Nerve 7" Pre-Order