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20 Oct 2017 // 2:30 AM

Kllo: Backwater

Australian cousins deliver genre-fusing debut album of understated dancefloor euphoria, tinged with darker undertones of isolation and self reflection as the impact of their early successes are realised.

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20 Oct 2017 // 2:20 AM

Coil: Time Machines

Dais Records reissues a relic of Coil's discography with Time Machines, acting as the latest reminder of the brilliance of the experimental act and the forward thinking music they represented.

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The Jazz Butcher: The Wasted Years

The first four, never-dull albums from Pat Fish's priceless UK indie band, compiled.

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Pat Dam Smyth: Goodbye Berlin EP

Pat Dam Smyth offers up more beautifully literate narratives on emotionally rich new EP.

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Michael Vincent Waller: Trajectories

Composer Michael Vincent Waller just keeps on writing, even when trying to settle on instrument arrangements.

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King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard Transform the Fillmore to Defy the Apocalypse

There’s a tight prog-metal vibe here that recalls Iron Maiden in their heyday, but King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard soon show they’re more than just a metal band.

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19 Oct 2017 // 2:30 AM

Lee Gamble: Mnestic Pressure

Lee Gamble explores the pressures on our memories, marrying challenging, abstract beats with subtle ambience.

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Esmerine: Mechanics of Dominion

Esmerine is a post-rock act fusing chamber music with near Eastern folk music tradition. Mechanics of Dominion is fueled by the current state of the world and the dangers of climate change.

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Mastodon: Cold Dark Place EP

This EP is essential listening for any Mastodon fans who've followed the band into the 2010's without an excess of griping about what the band used to be.

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Ella Fitzgerald and the London Symphony Orchestra: Someone to Watch Over Me

Pairing her original vocal tracks with new arrangements from the London Symphony Orchestra, Ella's "latest" release featurings some shining moments.

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18 Oct 2017 // 2:30 AM

Bell Witch: Mirror Reaper

Bell Witch moves the listener with a deathly journey that is often poetic and at times philosophically rich.

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18 Oct 2017 // 2:20 AM

Pink: Beautiful Trauma

Indulgence and cliché were never attributes we've used to describe peak-era Pink, but on this languid, ballad-heavy effort, they fit perfectly.

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JD McPherson: Undivided Heart and Soul

McPherson has shaken things up a bit. His music is less genre bound than his past endeavors. Heck, some of this record resembles the work of '60s girl groups or even '70s New Wave pop.

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Willie Watson: Folksinger Vol. 2

On Folksinger Vol. 2, Willie Watson once again establishes himself as a fine interpreter of song.

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18 Oct 2017 // 2:05 AM

ORB: Naturality

ORB are a trio that sounds like a trio -- the surprises are few and tedium is bountiful.

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Jerry Yester: Pass Your Light Around

The songs reflect the '70s, the time from which they emerged. This music recalls the soft pop of that era.

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Quadro Nuevo and Cairo Steps: Flying Carpet

Two world music powerhouses unite influences and traditions for their first collaborative album.

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The Replacements: For Sale - Live at Maxwell’s 1986

Long thought lost to time, this live recording captures the Replacements at their peak. Their ragged, soused live show-once a thing of anecdotal legend-is presented in its fullest form, warts and all.

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17 Oct 2017 // 2:30 AM

Beck: Colors

Say hello to yacht-rock Beck. Enjoy your voyage.

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TOKiMONSTA: Lune Rouge

TOKiMONSTA strikes a balance between pain and peace on Lune Rouge, her fullest and most diverse work yet.

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