The Fall, The Futureheads, Avi Buffalo – This Week’s New Releases Rated

It’s a funny old world when the most exciting big release is the 28th release by a band whose work’s spanned four decades, but so it is with the new album by The Fall, whose rather tasty ‘Your Future Our Clutter’ has spiced up the stereo no end in recent weeks.

Ever-lovable Sunderland scamps The Futureheads are still fighting the good fight on their own label Nul for album number four, and if they haven’t exactly reinvented their barky, scrappy, multivocalled wheel for ‘The Chaos’ they’re still rolling it with aplomb.

Normally I’ve got a serious gag reflex when it comes to anything ethereal and folky and American, so no one was more suprised than me to be won over by the charms of Pearly Gate Music. Even the fact that PGM mainman Zach Tillman’s brother is in Fleet Foxes couldn’t put me off.

Matt Wilkinson was charmed by the sweet and Spector-esque garage-bound charms of new Matador signings Harlem whose ‘Hippies’ bounces with youthful vim and vigour.

Meanwhile, over on that other great lynchpin of US indie rock, Sub Pop, Avi Buffalo were making off with the heart of James McMahon by way of their unbearably poignant self-titled debut tortured little tales of melancholy disguised as sunkissed love songs.

Canadian indie meister Casey Mercer, in his Frog Eyes guise gives it some psych-rocking elbow grease on ‘Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph’, much to the joy of Chris Parkin.

Alessio Natalizia of much-tipped experimentalists Banjo Or Freakout has a new venture, Walls. The woozy electronic noise of their debut is fine indeed, and tastier than your average glo-fi blog-arouser.

Kelly Murray’s more than a little tickled by Jaguar Love‘s new effort ‘Hologram Jams’, which induces as much belly-laughing as it does rug-cutting.

Rob Parker’s not quite as thrilled, sadly, by Jesse Malin & The St Mark’s Social’s ‘Love It To Life’, cattily noting that “his musical output has never been quite as impressive as his phonebook”. Perhaps he should just have sung that instead…

Read about next week’s key releases, including Crystal Castles and Foals, in the new issue of NME.