New This Week

15th February 2019

1. Piroshka - Brickbat

Limited pink vinyl.

The Lush-Elastica-Moose super group (not supergroup) drop their first album awash with layered, gushing shoegaze noise. Sweet pop melodies, slow hooks, jangly guitars, shimmering synths and Miki Berenyi's unmistakable sardonic and thick London delivery has a familiar comfort to it. Piroshka feels like your favourite pair jeans that have been stuck at the back of your cupboard, out of sight, out of mind, until one day you think shit, those jeans were my favourite I wonder if they are still as great as before. Spoiler alert, they are.

But don't let their familiarity make you think for one moment that they are just here, resting on their laurels, relying on our nostalgia. NO. Piroshka have got shit they wanna talk about. Behind the smoke and mirrors of their lush (HEY?) sound is an angry kickback at some awful parts of our society and ourselves, and for fuck's sake the last thing they want you to do is just sit there and listen, they want you to take responsibility and act! Oh shit, looks like you just found a CND Badge/Free Mandela Flyer/One of those weird charity wristbands everyone was wearing in the noughties in one of the pockets of those old jeans.

2. bis - Slight Disconnects

Limited yellow vinyl with download. First few copies come signed by the band.

Glaswegian indie-pop favourites release only their 4th studio album in over 25 years. They return with all the same power, humour and infectious fun that made them so loved up and down the country. Full of hooks and classic bis choruses the album also has more reflective moments as you would expect, some 17 years after their last LP.

3. Stats - Other People's Lives

Limited neon pink vinyl with download. The first few come with a photobook.

Ed Seed’s compelling storytelling of humanity, domesticity, routine, love, loss and new fatherhood. Other People’s Lives investigates the gaps in the stories we tell about our lives. Stats are a refreshing, modern band with a debut album that captures the now, the fleeting, the fickle and the forgotten – like that perfect moment lost on the dance floor – yet it presents it in a musical way that avoids being trapped to a time and place.

4. HOMESHAKE - Helium

Limited light blue vinyl with download.

Peter Sagar puts down his guitar in exchange for a synthesizer and a drum-machine to hypnotising effect. The transition from Mac DeMarco, slacker-rock wallflower to lo-fi R&B crooner was unexpected but it can only be considered a success. The built-in-bedroom sound amplifies the seclusion in his voice and lyrics. His synths glint and glisten like a tear in the eye, waiting for the right time to drop. The melodies are evocative of Prince and Mariah Carey, the rhythm melancholic and slow but the music is airy and light, like helium, which prevents the album from becoming bogged down in its heartache.

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This Week's Top 20

1. Piroshka - Brickbat

4. Homeshake - Helium

6. Chaka Khan - Hello Happiness

7. Barbara Howard - On the Rise

8. Czarface - Czarface Meets Ghostface

9. Pye Corner Audio - Hollow Earth

10. Patti Smith Group - Radio Ethiopia

11. Ladytron - Ladytron

12. Zhane - Pronounced Jah-Nay

13. The Pale Fountains - (There's Always) Something On My Mind

14. Theon Cross - Fyah

15. Susan Christie - Paint A Lady

16. Methyl Ethel - Triage

17. Shahid Wheeler - Just One Dance Before You Go

19. William The Conqueror - Bleeding On The Soundtrack

20. Yann Tiersen - All